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ALUMNI NEWSLETTER August 2017 Volume 4

Science Fair


esterday was the final day for the Science Fair and Grade 8 Personal Project. Well done to everyone.

It was good to see such dedication to your work and was also good to see so many parents come out and have a look at the student work. I was proud not only of my grade 6 students, but all students for putting in a lot of work to show off your scientific and inquiring minds.


ell done.

Grade 5 Graduation


hat a special morning for our Grade 5 students. Their graduation was attended by parents and other family members, teachers and students from several classes, including Grade 6 students ready to welcome Grade 5 to Secondary School. The speech given by each Grade 5 student was a clear and heartfelt summary of their feelings about Grade 5. We are very proud of this very special and unique group of students, all of whom have grown and learnt so much during their time with us! The students read out their speeches and also danced with enthusiasm and confidence. We then presented the students with certificates as they welcomed ‘up the stairs’ by Grade 6. Thank you to the parents whose support we have really appreciated. Special thanks to Ms. Drezgic and to Ms. Fika and to all the Grade 5 teachers!

Community Farewell Event


any thanks to FoBIS who organised this final event for 2016-17. After a ‘buka puasa’, students, parents and staff enjoyed the delicious food, much of it donated by FoBIS and other parents. The Silent Art Auction was an opportunity to appreciate the art work of our PYP and Secondary students, with the proceeds going to the Refugee Learning Nest. Students and teachers and also a very talented parent performed at the Music Café and receive a lot of applause – what talented musicians we have in our community! Thank you to Mr. Ashworth, Mr. Grennan and Pak Dikri. I was also really impressed by the creativity and thought behind the Grade 3 presentation and other videos created to say farewell to me – thank you! A memorable part of the evening was when FoBIS donated the funds they have raised this year for BIS, the Education Development Project and the Lodge Foundation. We are very grateful to FoBIS for their hard work and generosity and much appreciation goes to the leadership team: Mrs. Mathana, Mrs. Jermaine and Mrs. Boyoung (Sally). These three ladies have been amazing!

BIS Bandung Movie Award


ere is the list of BIS winners from BIS Bandung Movie Awards. Congratulations to all who took part, thank you to everyone who came to support the event, everyone who helped behind the scenes and our six judges.

Movie Student Cast & Crew


Winds of Change Saskia Wulandiarti, Valencia Pranata, Pilar Djavan Schenkels, Duncan Siebert, Sofyan Saepudin & Enzo Khalauman

· Best Poster (Saskia Wulandiarti)

Touches Audrey Pranoto, Hana Lee, and Karen Sutanto, Minkyu Shin & Matthew Pranata

· Best Screenplay (Audrey Pranoto), · Audience Choice Award

Strangers Hana Lee, Nikita Philpott, Carlston Sung, Kyu Hyok Sim & Hugo Tanade

· Best Music

Jessica Imogen Lamplugh, Amarta Jatisambogo, Hugo Tanade & Hugo Tanade

· Best Voiceover (Amarta Jatisambogo) · Best Action/Suspense · Best Director (Imogen Lamplugh) · 2nd place Best Overall Film

When Zinnia Was Here. Nikita Philpott, Amarta Jatisambogo Laras Utami, Isabel Smith, Angelique Philpott, Anais Sibourg, Laras Utami, Melissa Kho Izzy Smith & Ariel Tjandra

· Best Experimental Film

Drama and Poetry Evening


everal of our Secondary School students kept the audience enthralled and entertained for 90 minutes at the Drama and Poetry evening. The three actors from the Drama ECA enacted short plays and monologues while Grade 8 and Grade 9 students read poems by Shane Koyczan and Edgar Allan Poe. The actors and poets made excellent use of space as well as of their voices and body language, and the acting skills were impressive. Thank you to the students who helped with lighting and backstage, to the English teachers Ms. Jane and Ms. Confait, to our support staff and to Mr. Ashworth who was responsible for the organisation of the event. Special thanks to Mr. Michel Leroux, the Play Director who has been leading the Drama ECA. We also appreciate the support of the parents and of the audience. What a talented group of students we have at BIS!

FoBIS Brunch


veryone who attended the FoBIS brunch at Buttercup, Four Points Sheraton enjoyed the good company, good food and beautiful surroundings. It was a chance for this year’s leadership team to celebrate their achievements and to talk to friends about their plans for the coming weeks. Many thanks to everyone in FoBIS for your hard work which has helped to create such a memorable learning experience for our students.

Earth Day Celebration


s part of our Earth Day celebrations, students were given a plant to take home and look after. Students explained how they would look after their plant, and why plants are important. PYP students created a ‘Poetree Pledge Tree’. On recycled paper, they wrote poems or other text forms to explain the importance of plants in order to create a large ‘tree’. Have a look at this Poetree Pledge Tree in the library to find out about our students’ ideas and opinions. Thank you to Ms. Irma Yunita for organising this display!

JASIS Swimming Carnival


his year’s JASIS Inter-school Swim Carnival took place at the Australian Independent School in Jakarta on Saturday. We had 20 students from Grades 1-7 joining the swim team, plus three more students who took part in fun games. Congratulations to the BIS team – we were placed fourth overall! Events included freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke, and during the swimming events of the other age group, students who were not swimming participated in the fun games. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and our students showed fantastic commitment and enthusiasm. Several of our students won 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons – great job! Thank you to the parents who went with the BIS team and many thanks to Pak Deni, the team leader.

G7 Trip to the RLN


he Grade 7 students were delighted to have the chance to visit the Refugee Learning Nest (RLN) in Bogor on Wednesday. The students, with Mrs. Hamilton, Ms. Gilleece, Pak Arief and Pak Agung, went there to find out more about the children’s lives and about how these teachers, refugees themselves, are educating the refugee children in Bogor. Our students prepared learning activities for the children, including sports and storytelling, and connected really well with the children in Bogor. They also enjoyed a delicious Afghani lunch cooked by the teachers. Thank you to everyone who supported this trip, especially Grade 7 and the four teachers who took them to Bogor. Visit for more information and get in touch with Grade 7 if you would like to know more.

G5 PYP Exhibition


ell done Grade 5 - the PYP exhibition was a great success! The central idea, written by the students, was: ‘Our choice of response and action make a difference within local and global communities.’ The visitors to the soft opening of the exhibition included classes from different grade levels and teachers from another PYP school. On the official exhibition day, student-led conferences were also happening, so many students with their parents visited either before or after their conferences. Thank you to the Grade 5 teachers, especially Mrs. Marijana Drezgic and Ms. Fika, and to the BIS community members who supported the exhibition. A big thank you to the mentors and the Grade 5 parents. Congratulations, Grade 5!

Student-Led Conferences


uring conferences teachers hope that parents will gain an insight into their child's learning. The students were responsible for leading the conference, and sharing the process with their parents through a variety of learning situations across several curriculum areas. They explained and reflected upon work samples that had been previously been selected (either by students or teachers or by both) to share with their parents. I observed many students being confident and reflective communicators and thinkers. The single-subject stations such as PE and Music also offered students the opportunity to teach their parents new skills. Thank you to all parents who participated in the conferences.

EC and G11 Collaboration


he EC2-3 students are getting used to having the Grade 11 IBDP Language B students in their class. This time they came to extend their learning related to the novel A Step From Heaven by An Na, which they are reading in class. This novel is about a young Korean girl who moves to the United States just before she starts Grade 1.

The G11 students interviewed the Early Childhood students about their emotions related to 'moving' (e.g. school, home, country). This helped them to understand the novel and to empathise with how young children respond to 'moving'.

Connecting with USA Ambassador


IS University Placement representatives with Mr.Joseph R. Donovan Jr., USA Ambassador to Indonesia. Dinner reception at the ambassador residence in Jakarta on 13 February 2017.

Connecting with UK Ambassador


IS representatives on the 1st Anniversary of UK Embassy ~ Bandung Representative with the British Ambassador, H.E. Moazzam Malik on Tuesday, 28 February 2017 at Pendopo, Bandung.

The British Ambassador Visits BIS


e were honoured to welcome to BIS the British Ambassador, H.E. Moazzam Malik. He talked to a group of Secondary students and some parents about the British presence in Indonesia and about life and study in the UK. His speech focused on building collaboration between Indonesia and the UK through education and he answered several questions from students, many of whom are interested in following degree courses in Britain. When asked to comment on currently challenges in Britain, Mr. Malik focused on the many positive aspects of life in the UK, saying: “That openness and diversity is crucial in how we think about ourselves in the world.�

International Day of Women & Girls in Science


emasek Independent School hosted an event to celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. A group of BIS girls attended to learn about how the subjects of chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics are incorporated in police investigations. They participated in a workshop called "Who is the Murder?" where they got to utilize their knew tools and knowledge to identify a murder suspect in a crime scene. In the end our BIS girls identified the correct murder through their scientific knowledge and application! It was a great experience for them and hopefully made them realize that women shouldn't be afraid to pursue jobs in male dominated fields. Well done ladies!

Futures Day


ur annual Futures Day took place last Friday and was well attended. Students and many of their parents from Grade 10 upwards found the presentations to be useful and informative and we had several careers advisors and university representatives to help them plan for their future studies.

World Read Aloud Day


very year, people all over the world celebrate World Read Aloud Day by reading and sharing stories, poems, songs and writing together. We enjoyed a range of activities to mark this event, helping students to celebrate reading and raising awareness of the importance of universal literacy. Thank you to Ms. Irma Yunita and Ms. G. who planned the activities and also to the parents who visited classes to read aloud in their home languages. You can find more information about this annual event at wrad/

Talent Show


different venue and so a different atmosphere and feel to this year’s Talent Show – holding the event around the canteen area worked really well! Well done to students and staff involved in this year’s Talent Show – the Environmental Club, the performers, the sponsors, backstage crew, Mr. Russell and Mr. Ashworth. The event helped raise awareness along with funds in support of the Bio-rock Initiative sponsored by the Environmental Club. A big thank you to the sponsors and parents who donated raffle prizes and organised refreshments. There were performances by Secondary and Elementary students, some of which were joined by parents and teachers too, and the audience loved them! Congratulations to everyone who made the event a success.

Chinese Korean New Year Assembly


his year’s Lunar New Year assembly included fantastic performances including singing and dancing with Chinese and Korean traditional dances and songs. The Chinese and Korean parents did a wonderful job of collaborating to prepare the students for the performances and many thanks must also go to Michelle Kuan and Tina Phang along with the other members of the committee. Their organisation of the event was excellent and they ensured that the students were confident and ready for the show. Well done to all the students who performed! We were so lucky to be served a range of delicious Chinese and Korean food at the end of the assembly and we wish to thank everyone for their generosity.

Happy Lunar New Year of the Rooster!

Alumni Newsletter vol 4 August 2017  
Alumni Newsletter vol 4 August 2017