By Sandy van Nooten, Secondary School Principal
On Thursday, our house captains organised Shamrock Day. Lots of students and teachers came dressed in Green and joined in the hunt for shamrocks and leprechauns to earn house points. There was some healthy competition and great house spirit on display. Huge thanks to the student organisers and their spirited house teachers (Kerri and Ruth).
Next Friday, IGBIS will be running an extension of Earth Hour to turn it into an Earth Day. A group of Grade 9 students (after studying a recent unit in Science) were inspired to do something to raise awareness about the impact of power use and power wastage. Essentially, they want us to use zero power and no devices until the first break and then after that, to use limited power and very limited devices for the remainder of the day. The students will be sharing their purpose and plans in more detail next week. You will see below that the PYP is also taking part in the official World Earth Hour next Saturday (26th March), but the secondary students want to encourage the entire community to join millions of households around the world and turn everything off between 8:30 and 9:30 pm on that day. Hope you’ll join us.
Have a great weekend (don’t forget RTKs on Sunday)
By Kari Twedt
Grade 5 students are taking action for their PYPX by supporting the Non-Profit WWF-Malaysia team in their Earth Hour Pledge for Nature. Earth Hour is from 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm on Saturday, 26 March 2022.
The students are taking the pledge themselves and inviting the IGBIS community to also take part!
There are two parts to the pledge:
To sign the pledge yourself please go to:
You can put “IGBIS” in the Company/Educational Institution block to show WWF that IGBIS is supporting them!
Thank you for caring about the Earth and helping support our PYPX students as they show initiative and take action for our planet.Earth-hour
By Leanne Harvey, Middle School Counsellor/Secondary School Learning Support Teacher
I don’t know about you, but for me, the last two years seem like they have been full of constant bad or scary news reported in the media. When positive news stories are covered, they are often overshadowed by news of a global pandemic, wars and conflicts, floods and more. As parents and educators we often find ourselves asking; ‘what can we do to help prepare and protect our kids from all this scary news?’
Child development experts offer this very valuable advice:
Limit young people’s exposure to breaking news
For big stories, ask: “What have you heard and how are you feeling?”
As many of us have experienced, sometimes there are stories that are just too big to avoid. Along with this, there are times when if they don’t hear about it at home, they will certainly hear about it at school from classmates.
Give them facts and content
Look for the ‘helpers’
Take positive action together
Please remember that our counselling team is here to assist if you need help talking to your young people about any of these or other matters. Please reach out to:
*Reference: Anya Kamenetz and Cory Turner – https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/59143/war-crisis-tragedy-how-to-talk-with-kids-when-the-news-is-scary?fbclid=IwAR2-VMfBgPtlKfheaxf289KgGRDTywYNJJgmuFiEuQ16BHKBgLbYOevJSwI
By Ruth Spracklan, Athletics Director, MYP Wellness Coordinator
The first week of distances are in, and it seems we have a 2 horse race! AQUA are plodding along with a respectable 9km (not quite at the first stop point just yet) but stomping ahead are AER with 44km! That’s 2 out of 16 stops completed in just the first week, go AER!
TERRA and IGNIS, are you there??…
We love having some House fun, and nothing brings a smile to our faces more than seeing a sea of coloured shirts! SO, up until April break, we are inviting you all to wear your House shirts every Friday! Not only can you earn some much-needed HOUSE POINTS by wearing your shirt, but we have some fun House activities planned for those days!
In honour of Walk the World and Earth Day we invite students to join us at lunchtime to get walking around the track. Not only is this a great opportunity to get some steps in for a challenge, but it is also a chance to be away from the screens and get some much-needed vitamin D. This activity will run throughout the whole lunchtime so plenty of time to eat and walk! Just join us on the track when you are ready.
Students join us for a lunchtime of games and giggles! Information to be sent closer to the day.
Friday 8th April
We won’t give the game away just yet, but there are some awesome things being planned for you for this day… Watch this space!
After counting, recounting and checking over and over, we are pleased to announce the following results from our 17th March House Day!
Congratulations to TERRA! Well done to everyone for taking part, it was such a fun day!
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