At OIS, we encourage students to live the learner profile. It's embedded in everything we do. We also have social responsibility as part of our mission statement: we value that individuals have the ability to change the world.
We want students to develop attitudes toward people, the environment and learning like confidence and curiosity, empathy, respect and independence.
Just recently, one of our youngest learners, Rishabh in SKG, exemplified the epitome of a principled student who is independent and able to communicate well to others. On his way in to school for "fun day," walking in on his own from his car, he was carrying a game. He met up with a friend on the way in who had forgotten his toy or game. When his friend complained that his mother had forgotten to pack his game, Rishabh quickly replied: "You know that it's not your mother's responsibility. It's your responsibility."
Hearing those words made me smile and think about how much our kids have grown this year. They've grown from nervous, often crying young children into confident children who understand responsibility. Our youngest learners are now proudly walking up and down the stairs, putting away their supplies, cleaning up after each other, asking questions and caring for each other.
All of the students have learned the importance of collaborating in teams. They've taken trips into the community to learn outside of school. They've taken action. First grade have started to collect paper for recycling. 4th grade have put in compost bins for snack time. They've been out to the beach to clean up rubbish and written letters and communicated with administration about their needs and desires.
We will get a chance on June 1st to recognize our students' first year and applaud their growth. As we settle in to the end of the school year, we need to celebrate our children, not only the knowledge they've gained, but their growth toward being an internationally minded citizen who wants to change the world.
Thanks to everyone for coming to the coffee mornings and thank you for your ideas and questions. One question that comes up over and over again is how you can support your child in this program. This question, honestly, comes up all over the world, as this program doesn't come with textbooks and manuals to help us as parents.
So I've tried to encapsulate some key ideas on how you can help. Students gain everything they can in school, and hence, we emphasize attendance. Outside of school, you can help with the ideas in this slideshow. Look forward to more parent workshops next academic year as well to give you some insight into the nitty gritty of the program.
Thanks for your support!
Kristen Blum, PYP Coordinator
Dear Parents, Friends and Families,
We have recently run Coffee Mornings at OIS JVLR, led by the new incoming Head, Mr Steve Augeri. We would like to thank those parents who have been able to make it to these mornings.
Some questions that parents have asked, across the different age groups, have been quite similar and we thought we could address some of these issues in this blog.
One common question/comment, was that parents want to be clear about the role they need to play in helping support their child with things they are doing at school; How can we help our children at home?
We would like to make it clear that in our Elementary school, we really value parents spending time with their child, being a parent not a teacher and leaving the teaching to the teachers. We do recognise that this can be a challenge for some parents and so we feel that it is important to address not only what the IB is, but how it is different from more traditional boards and programmes. The majority of our families come from traditional boards.
In 2013, the IB, shared a research project entitled, "The critical analysis of an IBPYP programme in India." In this research paper, a total of 16 school leaders (both heads of schools and programme coordinators), 79 teachers, 368 students and 96 parents participated in the study.' Below is a brief of the findings:
Issues and challenges with the PYP in India
During this particular research, some of the surveys carried out were offered to parents and teachers and they were given an opportunity to discuss their perception of issues and challenges with the PYP’s execution in India.
Parents, for the most part, indicated that there were no major problems with the PYP. Of those parents who did indicate potential issues, the biggest challenge was lack of teachers trained in international curriculum. To strengthen the PYP, parents suggested more parental involvement and increased recognition of the IB. Still, parents generally seemed happy with the programme, as they indicated that their main reasons for sending their children to IB schools were to achieve overall childhood development with a global curriculum and belief in the IB teaching philosophies. (Department of Educational Administration, the Maharaja Sayajirao University Of Baroda).
The major findings (in this particular paper) were misunderstandings about curriculum adaptation, implementation and impact on the students’ learning outcomes, along with the perceptions of PYP teachers, students, parents and school heads concerning the PYP implementation in India.
In general, PYP teachers, students, parents and school heads had a positive opinion of the PYP in India. The international curriculum was valuable from all perspectives, with students displaying high emotional intelligence and positive academic performances for the majority of students on the majority of the academic topics. From all aspects, PYP implementation appears to have a positive impact in India.
We understand and recognise that the majority of our parent body and students are moving from a traditional type of learning to a more holistic, inquiry centric, international programme and through this blog and parent workshops we hope to educate all stakeholders in what it means to be an IB school.
Just to be clear, some key words that you will hear us say (all the time) are student voice, student empowerment, concepts, understandings, questions, thinking, perspective, reflection and many more abstract bigger picture ideas and thoughts.
In the meantime parents can check out:
Always remember that the risk you have taken and the school you have chosen will centre on the following:
Please remember any questions you have you can address them to your child's teacher, Ms Kristen (our PYP Coordinator) or myself.
Thank you again for your support,
Miss Lisa Hughes
Head of Primary @ OIS JVLR