By Jason McBride
A massive thank you to everyone involved in organizing, supporting or performing in today’s Deepavali celebration. Deepavali is a day that celebrates the victory of light over dark which is why candles, lanterns and other sources of light are an important part of this special day for many people around the world. I spoke with the students at the end of the assembly that “light versus dark” is an everyday battle that each one of us faces in a hundred different ways. It’s often the frequent, smaller choices we make that lead to personal well-being, great relationships and help create the type of inclusive, positive community we want. Small acts of kindness and compassion repeated frequently are actually more impactful than infrequent grand gestures. We are our habits, so let’s make choosing light over dark a part of our everyday choices.
Although our students are not back in class until Tuesday, November 1, our teachers and academic staff are back on campus a few days beforehand for a two-day conference that we are hosting. Working with the widely respected expert on inquiry-based teaching and student engagement, Kimberly Mitchell, our faculty continues to look for ways to help students solve problems, think critically and build social-emotional skills. A great organisation never stops moving forward and we are looking forward to the time we have with her.
Finally, many thanks to our students, teachers, staff and parents who took part in our Week of Play, it’s been wonderful to see so many students (especially in the Secondary) having fun off their screens at lunchtime, running around, playing games, laughing and having fun. More on all the ways that we played is later in the newsletter.
Have a wonderful holiday and to those celebrating, Happy Deepavali!
A gentle reminder to please submit the completed Withdrawal Form and Refund – Bank Details Form to our Admissions Department by Monday 31st October if you intend to withdraw your child by the end of this semester. Please ensure you meet this deadline in order to secure a full refund of your deposit.
We are thrilled and proud to announce that we have launched our newly redesigned website on Thursday, 20 October 2022. It is now live and located at the same address https://www.igbis.edu.my
The new website was designed to be faster than ever, easier to navigate, more user-friendly, better reflect on our school and programme offerings, and with a refreshed design.
New Website Highlights:
Please take a moment and navigate through our new website. We would also like you to share it with your friends and families to celebrate this occasion.
If you have any feedback or comments regarding the content, navigation or visual aspects of the site, we encourage you to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yet again it has been a busy week. It started on Monday with our U9 bench ball teams playing their first games against other schools. This was a fabulous experience for them and I know they benefited from the experience. A big thank you to the coaches Ms Sally and Mrs Ngatai for guiding our students. Thank you to all the parents that came out and supported the teams as well. It is very much appreciated.
At the same time, we had our ‘Day of Play’ afternoon. It was a great turnout with many parents joining us for the fun. It was so good being back face to face and being able to enjoy playing together. So why have these days?
We value play and creativity as unique ways of expressing human ingenuity and we understand that play is central to how children learn; the way they make sense of their world; the way they form and explore friendships; the way they shape and test intellectual, social, emotional, and ethical ideas.
We used different materials to provoke children’s imaginations and creativity. We often get asked why we use cardboard so much? It’s about creating opportunities for our children to understand that using biodegradable materials or giving old resources and loose parts a new life is a way to make a positive impact on our community, by making our choices more sustainable for us and the planet. What is more, cardboard is a perfect material for “out of the box” thinking as it can be turned into anything our young innovators imagine.
We also saw how Lego was being used to develop teamwork, problem-solving and mathematical thinking as well as lateral thinking, planning skills and fine motor skills.
On Wednesday, Ms Natasha led the PYP workshop Science and Social Studies in the PYP and the role of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Thank you to all the parents that attended, I think as parents you were challenged, but it also opened your eyes to what we teach in the Elementary school.
Finally, we had a wonderful Deepavali assembly on Friday. A big thank you to Ms Meena, Mr Rashid, Ms Farah, the Parent choreographers, and Ms Hadewych for guiding the different groups through their performances.
The IGBIS Orchestra set the tone once again with not only their accompaniment for the Malaysian national anthem but the three-song set ‘Jai Hind’ that featured Jana Gana Mana the Indian national anthem. Our Grade 2 students shared with us why Deepavali is called the festival of lights and performed a light dance, followed by our KG students who performed a stick dance, Dandiya. They used brightly coloured sticks that represented swords as evil was defeated by good.
Our Secondary students showcased two very different dances. One was a traditional Bollywood-style dance from Kimaya and then our Grade 7, 9 and 10 students performed a mash-up dance of two songs, which really got a feet tapping!
The staff then danced ‘Chaiya Chaiyya’ which is a popular Hindi song from a famous movie act by Shah Rukh Khan called Dil Se in 1998.
To wrap up the whole assembly the parents featuring Mr McBride, Ms Sandy and Mr Simon danced the Nachde ne Saare which means ‘Everybody is Dancing’ from the movie Baar Baar Dekh. This joyful music is meant to reflect the happy celebrations of family and friends!
I hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing week.
This year’s Holiday Bazaar will be held on Friday, December 9, from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm, one week before the Christmas Assembly. It is open to the IGBIS community (students, parents, and staff) and the invited guests of the parents from the stated time, 12.00 pm to 7.00 pm. In addition to that, we would also like to extend the Holiday Bazaar to our neighbourhood communities from 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm.
If you have any Christmas decoration items that you would like to donate, please drop them off at the reception area at your earliest convenience. Many thanks for your kind support on behalf of the PVO Holiday Bazaar.
Committee members: Pauline Bourquenez, Chickie Dumalag, Hilda Lujan, Divya Kapoor, Kim Hee Kyung, Preeti Chhabra, Sally Watters, and Megan Ngatai.
The Counselling Team
Selamat Hari Deepavali!!! and Happy Friday!
This is our last post for October (thanks to break next week!), and our last post focuses on Authenticity.
We have used the month of October and the celebration of Halloween to apply the metaphor of masks as we talk about authenticity: looking at the masks we wear to keep ourselves safe.
But today, we are going to use the celebration of Diwali to apply the metaphor of light: “victory of light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance,” says Wikipedia. As it applies to being authentic – shining a light on the parts of ourselves that feel scared to be who they really are, and loving them fully (remember it’s not about being self-critical or casting shame), so that we can shine as our true selves.
So, here are some tips for “How to Be Your Authentic Self” modified from PositivePsychology.com:
Joseph (2019) suggests asking yourself the following questions:
If you answer “no” to any of the questions, reflect on one further question: Could it be that you are not being true to who you are?
Take care and have the weekend and break that you need.
The Counseling Team
It has been a short week thanks to illness, and my apologies for having to cancel our 2nd session in our What’s Next series, focusing on the UK, Scotland, and Ireland.
Please save the date for our new day and time for this session –
What’s Next? Session 2: Applying UK, Scotland & Ireland
As we get closer to the date, RSVP information will be sent out.
Wednesday, 2 November
Ringling College of Art and Design – US
Monday, 7 November
University of British Columbia – Canada
Tuesday, 8 November
Campus Connect University Fair
Wednesday, 16 November
What’s Next? Series: Session 3: Applying Australia
Temple University Japan Campus
Application due dates have been updated per your deadline calendar to help relieve your stress.
NEW DATES: Friday, November 11 AND Friday, December 9
Students applying to UCAS, if you do not pay and submit your application by December 9, I MUST have your application by no later than Wednesday, January 18 by 7:30 am so that I can process your applications and get them submitted before January 20 as we are on holiday from January 22 – 25.
Students applying to other countries that are NOT UCAS, please keep in mind that I do NOT have access to your application, thus if you want me to look over your application, you need to make an appointment with me between now and December 16th, as we will be out on holiday from December 17 – January 10 and again January 21 – January 25.
HERE is the UPDATED Future Planning Timeline, so please use this as you are working through your IB dates and deadlines.
Letters of Recommendation Info:
In the following days, I will be available DURING LUNCH to help you with applications. No appointments are necessary, just pop into the Lounge and I’ll be there to help.
In the following days, I will be available ALL DAY to help you with applications. No appointments are necessary, just pop in and I’m there to help – I will also circulate through the Lounge for your convenience.
How to Nail the 8 UC Essays (From College Torch)
For anyone planning to apply to the University of California system
A Crash Course on the UC Personal Insight Questions (From the College Essay Guy)
Wednesday, November 9th, 7-8:00 pm Pacific Time
Learn more and register HERE
University of Bristol Free Taster Series – Facing a World in Crisis
Our ‘Facing a world in crisis’ lecture series is returning for part two!
Young people around the world are concerned about the climate crisis and are keen to learn how science can help combat this. Our School of Geographical Sciences – a world-leading department – is hosting a lecture series aimed at students with an interest in science, sustainability, and the environment.
Students attending all three lectures will be awarded a certificate of attendance by the University of Bristol. Please encourage students to register using the following links:
Work Experience For Medicine
This Saturday the 22nd of October, an online recreated Post Mortem course is running. A unique course designed to give students some amazing work experience for medicine. https://www.premedprojects.co.uk/post-mortem-online-course
Also, every Monday students can gain free access to a month of online work experience using code WEEKLYFREE https://www.premedprojects.co.uk/the-weekly-surgery
They are for students aged 14-18 who might be considering careers in medicine and are designed to provide work experience to help their applications.
For more information:
Binghamton Free Application Weeks
Apply to Binghamton University…for free! No special codes. No fee waivers.
How to get into an Ivy for non-Americans (From the Sunny Jain Newsletter)
This week, we’re introducing John. He managed to win a place at Princeton University. If you are interested in our professional services, the list of our programmes is on our website.
The Ivy League universities, including John’s future alma matter, have notoriously low acceptance rates. John started out with little more than above-average grades, and in most cases, that isn’t enough to receive the coveted acceptance letter. Here is what we did to make his application stand out:
Step 1: Take the SAT and ACT exams. Though some Ivies are now test-optional, as a non-American applicant it is better to take one of the two tests. This shows a familiarity with the American system, and provides a more objective metric than your school results, making the question of grades and a student’s academic ability airtight. John scored 34 points on the ACT.
Step 2: Start some extracurriculars. Having studied in the UK, John didn’t take part in any extra-curricular activities with the commitment and uniqueness factors that Ivy Leagues expect. This was the main area of our work: we helped John find a topic he was passionate about – in his case it was the effects of global warming. John focused on humanitarian crises caused, such as water shortages.
Step 3: Elevate the extracurriculars. Once we decided on a topic, John created a website and filled it with blog posts on the matter. John then organised a hybrid conference on solutions to water shortages at his school. He invited his fellow students to attend as well as speakers from Oxford, Harvard and other leading institutions via Zoom. The event went very well and looked impressive in his application. A similar strategy can be employed almost by anyone in a relatively short timeframe.
Step 4: Network, network, network. After the conference John kept in touch with the experts, one of whom wrote him a reference letter, commending his organisational skills and fervour in approaching the subject. A non-school reference provides some more objectivity to universities in rating John as a potential candidate.
Step 5: Essays. This is a crucial part of the application. Since the format is different to what one would write to universities elsewhere, it can be hard to adapt. Luckily for John, we have ex-admission officers from the Ivies on our team. With A&J, your essays will be drafted and edited by former decision-makers.
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