Learning for life ISB’s Corporate Newsletter May 2013 Volume 3, Issue 2
ISB is a learning community. Our school motto - Learning for Life describes how the knowledge and skills students acquire prepare them for their future lives. In addition, students gain a positive and inquisitive attitude towards learning that reinforces the benefits of becoming lifelong learners.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Continually learning, continaully improving
Fostering caring individuals
HIGH QUALITY INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION FOR A BETTER WORLD The International Baccalaureate stands out as an educational programme through its focus on lifelong learning and the individual as a whole. At ISB, our philosophy and practices work to enable students to become critical thinkers, as well as confident, responsible learners. The International Baccalaureate® (IB) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. The IB Mission Statement
Our motto here at ISB, Learning for life, reflects this mission. We wish to foster a sense of inquiry and a love of knowledge that will enable the students to apply their knowledge in practical situations. In this issue of our corporate newsletter you will see how the IB approach to learning takes form in our daily life here at ISB. Read about how our students embody the IB Learner Profile by showing that they care. You will also get to know how we on a regular basis perform a selv evaluation study of each program followed by an evaluation visit.
Developing “internationalmindedness” 3 Questions Answered
The ISB Corporate newsletter is published and sent out to the buisness and Bergen community twice a year. Our aim is to promote the International School of Bergen within these sectors and raise awareness of the educational services offered by ISB to internationally mobile families. By doing so,1 we hope to enhance the recruitment and retention of high quality personnel to the Bergen region.
International Baccalaureate at a glance •
Continually learning Continually improving The ideal of lifelong learning does not only apply to students. IB World Schools must continually ensure that their programs are up to par by periodically undertaking a programme evaluation process.
through a self study, which is an important part of the evaluation process.
Boniface explains: “As part of the self study process teachers are required to review, and collate, all the curricular documentation Every five years after a school that forms the basis of the has been authorized to teach teaching in each subject area. We one of the IB Programmes, the have worked on this during the programme evaluation process whole school year and as a result, occurs. we have identified our strengths as well as the areas where we feel “It provides an opportunity there is room for improvement. to pause and reflect honestly on achievements and new We are now, in the last weeks initiatives in order to enhance before the summer, putting the implementation of the IB together a five year action plan programme.” which will not only address these The International Baccalaureate areas, but will also ensure that we offer rigorous, high quality, ISB was the first school in the up-to-date and relevant learning world authorised to offer the experiences for all the students International Baccalaureate in the Middle Years Programme.” Middle Years Programme (MYP) The next step in the evaluation for students in grades 6-10. process is that an IB visiting During the 2012/2013 school year, team will come to the school to the ISB Middle Years Programme have a close look at the school’s Coordinator, Gillian Boniface, implementation of the MYP. has been organizing and seeing 2
The IB offers a continuum of education, consisting of three programmes for students aged 3 to 19. The IB’s reputation for high quality education has sustained for over 35 years. The IB encourages international-mindedness in students. The IB encourages a positive attitude to learning by encouraging students to ask challenging questions, to critically reflect, to develop research skills, to learn how to learn and to participate in community service.
The IB Programmes IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) IB Diploma Programme (DP)
The IB programme evaluation is an ongoing process of action and reflection that aims to enhance the implementation of the programme, as shown in the diagram.
FOSTERING CARING INDIVIDUALS One of the attributes in the IB Learner Profile is Caring. During this school year, our students have certainly shown that they truly are caring and responsible citizens. We are proud to say that our students have perfectly integrated the IB learning outcome that is to be caring, whether it is caring for the environment by initiating a clean-up around the lake behind the school, or caring for others by collecting funds and donating to charity. SOS Barnebyer Fund Raising Our Upper School students have Lake Clean Up initiative for many years actively supported After a Scavenger Hunt around the SOS Children’s Village the lake behind the school, Kandalaksha in Russia. Earlier Tveitevannet, the students this month the chairperson of commented on the amount the ISB Student Council was able of rubbish in the area. Words to hand over a cheque for 31.045 became action, and grades 3, 4 NOK raised through sponsorship & 5 all took part in a major clean from the previous two years’ up. Despite the wind and rain annual fun-run. they worked hard in groups and collected around ten bin bags full Christmas Gift Drive for of rubbish as well as discarded Robin Hood Huset umbrellas, scaffolding poles and Just before christmas, a gift even a whole bike! drive was organized to collect
woolen gloves, socks, scarves and marzipan pigs to Robin Hood Huset, a local charity organisation which provides services, facilities, care and advice for families which have landed on hard times.
DEVOLOPING “INTERNATIONAL-MINDEDNESS” At ISB we organize a biennial study trip to Nice, France, for our grades 9 & 10. The city and its surrounding areas have so much to offer when it comes to experiencing the French culture as well as activities covering school subjects. Art at the Chagall museum, science at the Oceanographic Museum and the Galimard perfume factory, and culinary discoveries at restaurants. PE was not omitted either, as the students travelled to the Canyon d’Audin where they put on wetsuits and helmets and slid down waterfalls, swam through pools and jumped off boulders into the cool water. Once back in school, the students held a presentation at the Upper School Assembly, showing photos and
sharing their experience with the younger students, who are already looking forward to their turn. 3
FACTS AND FIGURES The International School of Bergen was founded in 1975 as the Bergen American School. The school was established to provide an education in English to children of executives and others working in the newly-established offshore oil-industry. Vilhelm Bjerknesvei 15 5081 Bergen, Norway www.isob.no
The school currently enrolls approximately 225 students, representing 36 nationalities. While more than 20 % of parents are employed in the oil and energy industry, the remaining work predominantly in health, academic research, and related business sectors.
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Questions answered What is an IB World School?
What is the deadline for applications?
Being an IB World School means that the ISB’s curriculum is based on the International Baccalaureate. This is an internationally recognised curriculum known for its high standards.
We admit students at any time during the school year, if we have places available in the appropriate classes. For our preschool and kindergarten classes, it is recommended that applications be submitted before 1 March, for entry in August.
What is the IB Learner Profile?
What benefits do sponsors have? This is the International Baccalaureate’s mission statement translated into leaning outcomes. It is Sponsoring companies are always assured priority the heart of this common framework and an em- admission at any time during the school year. bodiment of what the IB means by “internationalOur current sponsors appreciate the flexibility this mindedness”. allows in relocating personnel at any time during Which IB programmes does the ISB offer? the year. In addition, since sponsors can purchase spaces in advance, anticipated increases in activity We have several years experience offering the can be planned for in a strategic way. Primary Years Programme, the Middle Years Programme, and from August 2012 we added the How do we find out more? Diploma Programme to our curriculum. Visit our web site for more in-depth information, or This means that we have students from the age of 3 contact us by e-mail or telephone and we will be to the age of 19 at our school. happy to answer your questions, and arrange a visit and a tour of our facilities. 4