It can sometimes be difficult to understand all the information parents receive from school, particularly if English is not the primary language used at home. Parents want to stay abreast of what their children are learning so that they can be encouraging and supportive of their children’s academic endeavours. That is why IGBIS recently held parent information sessions in Korean and Japanese. Organised by the Language Department, and conducted by Ms Yuri Kim (Korean) and Mr Gustav Helman (Japanese), the information sessions helped bridge the language gap and explained to parents the International Baccalaureate (IB) philosophy. The sessions also looked at each programme within the IB — the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP) and the Career-related Programme (CP) — and how these programmes are taught at IGBIS. The parents were enthusiastic and peppered the presenters with questions and discussion for almost three hours! They left with a better understanding of the programmes within the school, and valuable information about how to better support their children. Both Ms Kim and Mr Helman hope to run more language-specific information sessions later in the year, with a greater focus on each individual programme (PYP, MYP, DP and CP).

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