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KG3 AND GRADE 8 WORKING TOGETHER

FUTSAL FUN

BCISB NEWSLETTER

Students at the 2018 KPIS Music Challenge

Grade 2 & 6 buddies pottery field trip

Message from the Principal Dear BCISB Parents, March was another busy month at BCISB. We have begun the third and final term of the year, signalling the fact that we have only one-third of the year left. Thank you very much for coming to parent/teacher interviews and for continually supporting “Congrats to the the efforts of the school. Congrats to the amazing musicians at BCISB for their excellent showing at the 2018 KPIS Music Challenge. The next few months at BCISB are sure to be packed with excitement and we look forward to sharing the experience with students and parents.

amazing musicians at BCISB for their excellent showing at the 2018 KPIS Music Challenge”

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Poetry Madness!

Upcoming at BCISB

Poetry is something often polarizing for some. All students must do poetry in school but there are varying levels of engagement from students with some simply claiming “I don’t like poetry.” As with many things though it all depends on what your exposed to and how its presented. I was fortunate enough to be present for Ms. Rochelle’s March Madness Poetry challenge and witnessed true engagement from the students. It was a unique set of lessons with a very unique purpose that the students were clearly moved by.

Friday, April 6th Monday, April 16th Songkran Break Wednesday, April 25th Fire Safety Training Friday, April 27th Sunday, April 29th CISS Multi-team tournament in Cambodia

Poetry March Madness

Building circuits

Fire on Ice!!! Our BCISB Bears, led by coach Jordan Ashton have yet to lose a game this year. It has been an amazing experience being able to have an ice hockey teach associated with our school. The students have worked hard, listened attentively to their coaching and are enjoying their success. 4-0 Bears keep roaring! !2


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Teacher Spotlight- Raechel Dickinson As a Principal I am often asked about the difference between primary, middle years, and secondary teaching. Having some experience with all three I can say that they are all unique in their challenge and in their rewards. With that said, I have always had the utmost respect for primary teachers as you find some of the most caring, compassionate, hard working, and creative minds in the profession. Such is the case with Ms. Raechel Dickinson. I first met Ms. Raechel in an online interview for a position at my former school as a grade 1 teacher. I was very impressed by her demeanour and outlook on education. It did not take long to decide she was the right person for the job. Similarly, when I was on the hunt for a great kindergarten teacher this year I was very confident Ms. Raechel could fill this position and make a very positive impact on the students. After spending many months at BCISB Ms. Raechel has done an amazing job with her class. She has also become a highly valued member of the BCISB community. She collaborates regularly with other teachers and specifically she coordinates with our Elementary Head Mr. Richard and our Grade 1 teacher Ms. Lindsey to ensure the transition into next year will be a smooth one for her students. It’s extremely important to get feedback from your staff and recently I had the opportunity to chat with Ms. Raechel about her experiences thus far. One of the things she shared with me is how impressed she is with the “strong sense of community” at BCISB. Raechel values how close the staff is with each other and with the students. As she put it “we learn together every day and we work together throughout the year to organize exciting and engaging events like sports day, literacy week, Christmas, spirit week and so much more.” For an administrator this type of sentiment is music to one’s ears. As the great educator Sir Ken Robinson famously said, “most great learning happens in groups. Collaboration is the stuff of growth.” When you have a staff that echoes this you are truly fortunate indeed. Another important topic for Ms. Raechel is the new BC curriculum. She is a definite fan of this and sees the multitude of possibilities. The curriculum itself “aims to engage students in their own learning through meaningful and hands on experiences”, as she puts it. She also noted the emphasis on skill development in relation to thinking, personal and social being significant and positive. With these principles applied “[students can] succeed beyond their education.” BC is well known for being the highest rated curriculum of any English speaking nation by international PISA standards. This is something Ms. Raechel and the rest of the staff are proud !3


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of but it is not something we “rest on”, as she says. She noted that at BCISB our teacher’s don’t simply “deliver the curriculum...we work together as a staff to develop it so it is relevant, engaging, and meets the needs of individual learners.” This attitude is universally shared by the staff and certainly embodied in Ms. Raechel’s classroom. Ms. Raechel is from Ontario, but after graduation and a year teaching in Quebec, she decided to venture to Asia. After a year of grade 1 in Korea I asked her about the transition to Kindergarten. She described it as “a rewarding experience” teaching students “so curious about the world and who love to learn new things.” One thing unique about primary is the rate of growth over the course of the year is substantial. This is something Ms. Raechel has noticed from the beginning of the year till now. Students have gone from learning the alphabet to reading and writing and this is substantial and “rewarding to witness.” Just as important as the academic growth is the social growth. Students learn so much in the early years about sharing friendship and empathy. They become balanced young people eager to continue their growth towards adulthood. Ms. Raechel speaks about BCISB with a lot of excitement. She has “had many fond memories from this past year” and looks forward to the “many more that will come.” It has been a pleasure having Ms. Raechel as part of the staff and we are very excited to have her back next year as a part of this very dynamic, creative, and dedicated staff.

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The science of flight

Students from the KPIS Challenge 2018 !4

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