By Simon Millward
As we come to the end of the first part of the year, often there's a lull in what is happening at school. Here at IGBIS, it is very evident that learning is happening, and the many facets of learning are being addressed. This week we saw some of our Elementary students visit presentations from the Grade 11 psychology students as part of their ‘Brain Museum’. Our Grade 3 students, in particular, were interested in learning from these students as they inquired into body systems as part of their Who We Are unit of inquiry. A big thank you to Ms. Sousa for inviting our Elementary students to this wonderful experience.
Talking about sharing, our Grade 5 have been creating dioramas and infographics as part of their ‘Sharing the Planet’ unit entitled:
Humans can help conserve and preserve healthy ecosystems.
They, too, invited classes to come and learn about ecosystems and this is a great way for them to start to practice and develop their presentation skills as they will embark on their PYP Exhibition journey very soon.
Another way that our students have been developing their confidence and presentation skills was during the ‘Winter Carnival’. Some grade levels had prepared songs to sing, and these students were risk-takers as they performed in front of an audience.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the organisation of the Winter Carnival. The parents I spoke with were very complimentary about the whole event. The children really enjoyed it too.
With so much happening today, the number of folks at Coffee with the Counsellors was far fewer than usual. Regardless of the number of people in attendance, it was still engaging, meaningful and an opportunity to connect. We took time to think about who and what we are grateful for and how we actually show gratitude in our daily lives. We all agreed that just like the importance of setting boundaries and telling others what is OK and what is not, the same applies to gratitude. It is important to let others know how we like to be thanked, appreciated and acknowledged. I demonstrated that the Counselling Team really appreciate all of the support our parent community show us. I did this by sharing homemade Lamingtons (and Australian cake) with them. Thank you for your continued support for our team and for the school as a whole. Gratitude helps to build community. Here are the slides from today.
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