Journey is the goal.
The three IB programmes are designed to culminate with an in-depth inquiry and action process conducted by the students. The Diploma programme ends with the extended essay, the Middle Years Programme with personal projects, and the PYP Exhibition marks the end of the Primary Years Programme. These culminating events not only give the students the opportunity to synthesise their learning, but also help the school evaluate the efficacy of curriculum implementation.
Grade 5 being the final year of the PYP at OIS, all students of this grade level participate in the PYP Exhibition every year. Under one of the six transdisciplinary themes, the students first choose an issue they are most passionate about. Thereafter, they are grouped with other students with similar interests and each group is assigned mentors. They then inquire into the central idea and the lines of inquiry by using primary and secondary sources of information. Students also find opportunities to showcase all the Approaches to Learning (communication, research, self-management, thinking and social skills), all the PYP key concepts (form, function, change, causation, connection, perspective and responsibility), and all the IB Learner Profile attributes (inquirers, thinkers, communicators, open-minded, reflective, caring, knowledgeable, risk-takers, balanced and principled). Students eventually take authentic action based on what they have learnt.
The transdisciplinary theme for us this year has been 'How we organise ourselves'. The central idea was: 'Entrepreneurial spirit connects our passions and interests with action'. Student groups chose these issues for their inquiry: poverty, Covid-19, animal welfare, sustainable resources, education, pollution and environment. The groups met multiple times each week to discuss their research and make conclusions. All the students recorded their journeys using a personal planner. On Monday, May 31st, the students will be sharing their entire exhibition journeys on this link. The sharing will be done using student videos, which will also cover the action they took as a result of their learning.
A huge shout out goes out to all the Grade 5 teachers and mentors, whose organisational skills and commitment to student learning made the entire process seamless for everyone involved. The mentors voluntarily spent several extra hours in order to help and guide the students in their journeys. Big THANK YOU to all these Exhibition mentors and teachers for helping the ten exhibition groups:
We look forward to you all visiting our Exhibition page on the 31st of this month. You may use this padlet to share your reflections after the visit.
In an attempt to correct the unfortunate oversight of not observing this year's Eid al-Fitr celebration on our school calendar, it has been decided that tomorrow (Friday, May 14th) will now be a holiday for all OIS students and staff.
I know that any disruption to our schedule has the potential to create inconveniences, particularly now that so many of you may be engaged with summative assessments.
On Monday 17th May, we will all be back in school and it will be Day 2.
I am sorry this information is reaching you so late.
I wish you all the best for a safe and healthy three-day weekend of festivities...
Thank you to some wonderful Grade 4 students for their presentations about Earth Day!!
The entire world is currently coping with the endless challenges thrown at us by the ongoing pandemic. Each section of the society faces a unique set of problems, and every organisation is attempting to contextually troubleshoot with the help of whatever resources they have access to. Schools have been no different. Our biggest difficulty is that we are missing the essence of what is perhaps at the core of the learning environment at school: human contact.
These unforeseen and unparalleled circumstances have however made us all think outside the box. They have compelled us to be more creative than ever. At our school, teachers have been delving into some in-depth research and professional learning about online learning. We have sufficient evidence to show how we have effectively used technology to overcome some of those missing elements of learning physically together. These endeavours have not only helped us cope with the situation, but have also aided us in becoming better practitioners in general.
Due to the limited amount of time the teachers are spending with the students during the learning from home phase, a significant challenge we have encountered is the unpacking of curriculum outcomes in each subject discipline. At some point after the winter break, the teachers used spreadsheets to identify the learning outcomes we were not able to address this year. We recently completed collecting all such information for the current academic year.
Through detailed collaborative discussions and backward planning, we have identified some strategies to manage the identified curriculum gaps. We are positive that strategies will ensure that students are set for success in their learning journeys.
We thank all our parents for their ongoing support and feedback, and we look forward to our continued success as a school community.
Lots of our students celebrated Earth Day yesterday.
Thank you to those families who are teaching their children about the environment and how important it is to look after ourselves, each other and the Earth.
Try to bring something into your lives that show how we value the Earth. In our family, we have grown lots of plants and are doing our best to look after them, feeding them, giving them sunlight and even at times talking to them.
Anything we can do will make a difference.
HAPPY EARTH DAY!
Dear Parents and Families,
We are proud to inform the community that on Thursday 22nd April we will have 4, 5th Grade students represent OIS;JVLR at a Primary Summit, hosted by Nexus International School.
The 4 students, Janvi, Anahita, Aahaana M and Sofia will each present a speech to share their views and opinions about diversity and why it is something that is valued in today's society.
We wish them the very best of luck!
Thank you once again for all your hard work with helping your children Learn From Home. It has been said many times, but I can't quite believe that we have been doing this for just over a year.
We hope that you take a break away from the screens and manage to make relaxed family time for yourselves.
My family and I are still in Mumbai and staying safe. We are looking forward to a time when the world returns to some normality and we can go back to the UK to visit our families.
Feel free to email me photos of your vacation whatever you are doing, its always good to share creative ideas.
Have a great break and see you when you all return!
As many of our returning parents are aware, one of our conferences that takes place at OIS are Student-led Conferences, this happens once a year. We have had to think very differently of how we do these conferences virtually.
On Thursday, 4th March, our students will be leading you through their learning in our virtual student-led conferences (SLCs). The purpose of these conferences is to have our students share their perspective on their learning with you. Students will not attend classes on Thursday, 4th March.
In preparation for the conference, teachers will be supporting students to select, reflect and plan what they would like to talk about in their conference. As IB learners, we will hope that students will be able to discuss learning holistically including the learner profile attributes, skills, action and international mindedness. Students can also share with you how they have adapted and changed throughout the year, during learning from home. The conferences are designed for students to show learner agency and to have voice, choice and ownership in sharing their learning.
What will the conference look like:
Each Grade will inform the parent community regarding how the SLCs will work.
Students will either be given a chance to record their conference in the comfort of their own home and share it with the teacher via Google Drive or log into a Zoom link.
The role of the teacher is to:
Support students in the planning and sharing of their learning. To organise SLC as needed.
The role of the student is to:
Share their learning process with parents, guardians and teachers.
The role of the parent or guardian is to:
Support, listen to and ask your child/children questions about learning. To celebrate learning.
Make an alternative meeting time if you have questions you need to ask the teacher or wait until the parent-teacher meetings which will be later in the year.
Sample Parent questions:
Dear JVLR Primary & Secondary Students, Staff, & Families,
As giving is great all year round, we especially turn our attention to it this time of the year! Being the season of giving, Grade 5 had taken this initiative to help children in need. We would like to continue this tradition and inspire our community to share with others. We have contacted St Catherine’s Orphanage Home to share the joy of giving and in our way to express gratitude.
Saint Catherine’s Orphanage Home is a foundation that supports orphans, deprived, abused, and underprivileged children. In order to support them, we have come up with a shoebox drive. A shoebox drive is where you can put different things in a shoebox. The quantity and the number of items to put in the box depend entirely on you. This collection is purely voluntary, and yet we do encourage you to participate.
The home has provided a list of (unused) items which they need.
You can drop your shoebox at the JVLR Campus next week (Monday, December 7 - Friday, December 11) between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. If you are driving in, you can see in the image attached below that the collection point will be at the rear of the Lobby (please remain in your car to ensure safety). If you are on foot, the collection point will be just inside Gate 1. In the image below, you will see that boxes can be dropped off at the rear of the building, using our driveway. We will then arrange for delivery of the boxes to the Orphanage.
Thank you in advance for any help you can give.