With the release of new COVID SOPs by MKN earlier this morning as the government begins the endemic phase (found HERE in both BM and English), some of our arrival processes will remain the same, while others will change. As of Monday, April 4:
We will continue to:
We will stop:
By Jason McBride
Hello IGBIS Community,
Although it was published almost eight years ago, I only recently came across the essay by Carol Black entitled “A Thousand Rivers: What the modern world has forgotten about children and learning”. In it, she calls for parents, educators, leaders and policymakers to go beyond the standard way of measuring learning that has been adopted in many “developed” countries that over-emphasize testing, quantification and standardization and instead to:
“Experiment. Observe. Listen. Explore the thousand other ways of learning that still exist all over the planet. Read the data and then set it aside. Watch your child’s eyes, what makes them go dull and dead, what makes them brighten, quicken, glow with light. That is where learning lies.”
There is no doubt that assessment is important and we support our Grade 12 students to do as well as they possibly can on their exams (with a lot of success over the years I might add!), but standardized tests and predetermined curriculum have an inherent assumption built into them that expects all students to learn similar things in similar ways along a similar timeline and if you think about your children, you know that is simply not how they grow and develop.
It is for that very reason why I have been with—and have my own children—in an IB school where we continuously put the student at the center so they can be agents in their own learning, inquirers with their own interests, and directors on their own paths. Students aren’t empty vessels in need of filling as Socrates reminded us, but lights that need igniting; I’ve found that you can’t ignite anyone with endless memorization while sitting in straight rows quietly taking tests!
This is why at IGBIS – as Malaysia’s first four-programme IB school – instead of the traditional model most of us grew up in, we:
To better tell the story of who we are and what we believe, we have been completely redesigning the school website so that it communicates what makes our school unique better than it has ever done before. We should be ready to launch in late April/early May and we hope that the story it tells explains how we aim to raise children and young adults whose eyes “brighten, quicken, [and] glow with light” each and every day.
Enjoy the rest of this week’s very full newsletter, especially all the action opportunities as a result of the upcoming Grade 5 PYPX!
Please click HERE to visit the School’s Calendar page to view the 2022-23 academic calendar. A few notes:
By Simon Millward
Thank you to all those parents who attended the Workshop Wednesday with Mr Alex, Ms Elli, Mr Wei Jun and Mr Ngatai.
These are great opportunities to learn more about our programme and ask lots of questions to the educators at the school. You have also received a link via Toddle to access the recording, should you have missed the session. Just copy and paste the URL into your browser and access the material from there. Remember you have to be signed in to your parent’s email account.
This week I managed to visit some older students swimming classes and I have to say the children are very focused on developing their current stroke technique. Yes, the students are working at different levels and that is OK, as we all know students develop at different rates and one size does not fit all, so seeing the students getting the attention they need to be challenged and improve is pleasing to see.
Next week sees us enter our final week at school before the April break. Next Friday we will still have house shirt day as the students will be engaged in some fun ‘physical’ activities in their grade levels (KG-G5), so please remember to send your child(ren) in their house colour shirt.
By Aga Chojnacka, PYP Coordinator
Wellbeing is one of our core pillars and values at IGBIS, while caring is one of the key attributes of our learner profile. Those two elements are at the forefront of our daily conversations and reflections, which is why we would like to ask our parent community for support in making healthy choices for our learner’s snacks and home-made lunches, making sure that the food selection and preparation have a positive impact on our children’s minds and bodies.
As we accompany our children throughout their daily routines and learning, we can clearly see who’s doing well, and who is having a bit of a rough time staying balanced, focused or simply awake – as their bodies may not always have enough energy and nutrients.
It’s important to us to see our learners healthy and happy and benefiting from the latest neuroscience and pediatric research on the importance of a balanced diet and eating habits for children’s physical, emotional and academic development.
Please see the infographic below, summarizing the essence of good nutrition choices for our learners and the research behind it.
Have a healthy and happy weekend!
By Pat Yong, Head – Marketing and Admissions
It has been so long since we were able to engage with our community, the pandemic certainly put all parent and school engagement on hold. Therefore, in order to restart our community parent engagement, the IGBIS Marketing Department has organised a meeting with all Parents of IGBIS to restart the Parent Volunteer Organisation (PVO).
The PVO is a great way to get involved in the school community. No formal introduction is needed and there is no cost to join. PVO meetings are held monthly, with the date and agenda shared prior to the meeting via our school email and newsletter. All families are always welcome to attend.
The first PVO meeting for the year will be held in the PVO room, Level 2 (facing the pool) on Thursday, 7th April 2022 at 8:15 am. Kindly fill out this form to RSVP (by Tuesday, 5th April 2022). Light refreshments will be served.
We look forward to meeting each and every one of you next week.
By John Schuster, Elementary Counsellor
My name is John Schuster and I am the Elementary School Counsellor; the students call me Mr. John. I also have another role in the school and that is our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). Safeguarding means keeping people safe from harm, abuse or neglect. There are a few reasons I am writing about this now. One, the school is going through our re-accreditation process and although we always take safeguarding seriously, it is one of the areas we’ve chosen to pay attention to as a special project. Two, In the next few weeks, an updated Safeguarding Handbook and Policy will be coming out for all students, parents and staff to be aware of. Some of the Safeguarding team have been going through additional training over the past 6 months and that training has informed the updates to our internal processes. Finally three, the month of April is also National Abuse Prevention Month. The US-based childwelfare.gov website states that “National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to strengthen families to prevent child abuse and neglect. Through this collaboration, prevention services and supports help protect children and produce thriving families.”
We want all our students to feel safe and secure and our aim is to have that be their experience in all facets of their life. Our students often talk about human rights issues and recently Grade 4 in particular were talking about children’s rights and had a great discussion on The Convention on the Rights of the Child to “[protect] children from violence, abuse and being neglected by anyone who looks after them.” Deep, fascinating conversations by 10-year-olds!
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about safeguarding, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
By John Schuster, Elementary Counsellor
As the students enter school in the morning, come up the central stairway and arrive at level two, I greet them and ask, “Which Zone Are You In?” They take a look at the posters, tell me and I then tick the sheet beside the colour they say; Green, Blue, Yellow or Red. These are called “The Zones of Regulation”.
Each zone has different feelings:
A person can be in any zone at any time. There is no wrong or right zone. There are students (and teachers) who are also in two zones at the same time telling me they are both Blue (tired) and Green (Happy).
The Zones of Regulation program was developed by Leah Kuypers using the colour system to help students think about and understand their feelings. It is a quick way to check in with the students. As you can see, most of the time the students are in the green zone (five full sheets) where they are happy and ready for learning. Next comes the blue zone, with tired being the most common (especially on a Monday morning and after morning swimming). There have been some yellow zones as well as red zones (mad my mom woke me up). Some students know immediately which zone they are in, while others stop to look at the posters and ponder which zone they are in, being mindful of their feelings.
The Zones of Regulation Program provides a common language and compassionate framework to support positive mental health and skill development for all.
Take a minute to ask your child which zone they are in, maybe while having dinner or while driving them to school. Remember, all the zones are okay!
By Grade 7 Visual Arts 2021/22 Semester 2
Statement of inquiry: Street art uses visual culture and aesthetics to communicate important ideas and messages to a large audience.
Students chose an issue of personal importance under the Global Context of ‘Fairness & Development’.
They then researched the topic, brainstormed ways to raise awareness, condemn wrongs or celebrate success pertaining to this issue. Finally the students refined their design, made stencils and created their unique artwork.
By Ruth Spracklan, Athletics Director
What a few weeks we have had! What started off as a very slow amble has progressed into a full-on hike, well done IGBIS! Not only have we had distances coming in from people getting out and walking in their own time, but we also had a brilliant day with walking last week!
Our students and staff should be really proud of our spirit day and how far we travelled, notching up a huge 180km in total!
The results from our Friday spirit day of walking are as follows:
HUGE congratulations to everyone who contributed! Now, these are not the current totals, these have only contributed to the House totals. So here it is, the House totals as of March 30:
GO TERRA! Huge efforts with travelling, so far you have seen 6 of the stops on your walkies…
By David, Grade 5
Hello my name is David and I am currently in Grade 5 and we are in the process of completing our PYPX Unit of Inquiry. My area that I am inquiring into is quality education. I chose quality education because I think its important to have an education if you’re a kid. I think all children deserve this because without it you might end up somewhere else or your future might not go as planned. Part of the PYPX involves taking action to make a difference.
I am asking for you to please support my PYPX action for helping kids have access to quality education here in Malaysia. I have decided to support an organization called Suka Society with one of their current programs because I want to help indegenous children in Malaysia get a quality education so they can move forward into primary and secondary school.
Suka Society is a non-profit organization that is dependent on public support to help children in need here in Malaysia.
One of their actions is to help create greater access to education. They are currently supporting six indigenous preschool classes located in the villages near Slim River, Gopeng, Gerik, Tapah, and Gua Musang. There are currently over 150 students between the ages of 4 and 6 years old attending the pre-school classes regularly.
This is how YOU can help ME to support THEM!
On April 20, 21, and 22 I am organizing a Donation Drive here at IGBIS to help them collect needed school supplies to keep their programs running.
They are looking for the following school supplies for their schools: (must be new please!)
I will have collection boxes set up at the turnstiles (both Level 1 and Level 2) where you can drop off the supplies when you get to school. This is happening the week that we get back from our April break, so you will have plenty of time to purchase supplies.
I hope you can support me with my Donation Drive and I know that the students that Suka Society is supporting will really appreciate your help!
By Wafiy Yusri and Niclas Wihlborg, Grade 8
We are Wafiy Yusri and Niclas Wihlborg from Grade 8, and we are working with the Valencia Trap and Release Organisation (VTRO) to help stray cats.
A green donation box will be placed in the level 6 DP lounge starting on March 29th, where every one can donate cat food. Please make sure that the cat food is sealed properly and safely put into the box, for us to collect.
All donations will be given to the Valencia Trap and Release Organization (VTRO).
Donations would be greatly appreciated, so please donate if possible!
My name is Constance. I am a Young Activist in Grade 4. My SDG number is 5; Gender Equality. I am going to be doing a book drive for Zomi Education from April 18-22. Please send in any old children’s books that you don’t need anymore. The books can be dropped off after the turnstiles on level 2.
My name is Kayvan. I am a Young Activist in G4. My SDG number 14; Life Below Water. I am bringing back Zero Waste Wednesdays to reduce plastic in the ocean. Please don’t send any plastic in your child’s snacks and lunch on Wednesdays.
Place your order HERE.