Thank you to all those families who made time to come to school on Friday, 20th September for PTMs and 3Way Conferences. We were very pleased to have close to 100% attendance. Students were able to share their goals and their strengths with their loved ones and each one owned their own learning.
Nearly all of our new students are very used to parents and teachers talking about them and the student having no-part in sharing their learning. 3Way Conferencing is a powerful platform allowing each student to take ownership and responsibility for their own learning. Almost immediately, one could see how empowered the students felt about informing the grown-ups about their learning.
Well done to all our students!
Parents make sure that you have access to the school app where you can easily find upcoming events. Stay tuned for ECA information.
In the meantime please find below some dates for your diaries:
Dates for Diaries
September 26th and 27th: ISA testing Grades 3 and 5
October 1st: Camp presentation (3, 4 and 5)
October 2nd: School closed
October 7th: PD day II. Non-Student day
October 11th: JVLR teachers sharing MM @ OGC
October 23rd: Festival of Lights (Events committee)
November 5th: Parent Book Club led by Lisa
November 6th-8th: Grade 4 Camp
November 13th-15th: Jennifer Abrams PD sessions for teachers
November 18th: SKG Early Childhood development followed by SKG visit. Led by Lisa
November 20th and 21st: PYP Verification visit
November 22nd: PD Day III. Non-Student Day
December 13th: Choir Festival
December 16th-17th: Grade 3 camp
January 29th-31st: Grade 5 camp
During our PYP New Family Orientation, we had a few questions about the programme. One question that kept arising was how to engage in discussion with my child about what they are learning, if I don’t know what they are learning - how can I help?
Just to make it clear for new parents:
Miss Lisa Hughes
OIS Core Values
Our core values are at the heart of the school and guide everything that we do. Throughout August we have been discussing our core values with the kids: through reading and activities.
When we dig deeper, knowledge is about developing a love for learning and lifelong learning. Knowledge is about developing skills, along with content, so that we can think critically about the world around us. It is not just about reciting facts.
Being knowledgeable and a reflective thinker are also attributes in our learner profile. The learner profile guides everything we do in the IB--from 3-year olds through grade 12.
Things you can do to help build "knowledgeable" learners:
Also, allow your kids to make mistakes; in fact, encourage them to make mistakes and learn from them. Mistakes help us learn. Here is a list of books you can read to your kids about making mistakes and learning from them.
Books about making mistakes