Today kicks off the first BMS House System Community Challenge Event of the school year. Students in Grades one through twelve have been challenged to spread a message of peace all around the world! On Peace Day this year, many students across the school participated in the Peace Crane Project. BMS Primary and Secondary students managed to fold over 1000 Peace Cranes!
Following up on these efforts, all students in Grades 1-12 have been presented with the following challenge:
- Take a Peace Crane with you after school today. (Grades 1 & 2 will receive a crane in Homeroom and all other grades can collect one from tables in the Courtyard.)
- Write a message of peace on the crane. This message can be a tip on how to find peace, a friendly message of peace or even well wishes for a peaceful day.
- Bring the crane to a public location somewhere in Berlin or around the world during Fall Break travels.
- Take a photo or short video of the crane in that location.
- Leave the crane there for someone to find and discover a message of peace.
- Email the photo or video to Mr. Saunders email@example.com
*Make sure you include in the email where the photo is taken and what House you are from!!
Mr. Saunders will keep track of the photo submissions and your House will receive a point for each student that participates in the challenge.
We are looking forward to seeing all of the interesting places that students share a message of peace!
This week, we were excited to welcome special guests into the Primary School to learn all about a collaboration between our German department and Tech Spaghetti. We have collaborated with Tech Spaghetti over many years and during this past 18 months were involved in a collaboration to translate their English language learning app, Hey Monster! English for Kids into German.
A number of our students were also involved in the testing of the app, becoming ‘student Experts’ as they tested and gave feedback about it as it was being developed.
As the purpose of the development of this app was to give something back to the community, Tech Spaghetti secured sponsorship and support from Deutsche Bank and Axel Springer Plug and Play Accelerator to be able to launch this app for free on all platforms making it widely accessible in the community. The app is targeted towards young children who have just arrived in Germany learning German for the first time and is engaging and fun with lots of great visuals, rhymes and music.
It was with great excitement that we were asked to host the App Launch Event here at BMS! Our students were called upon to present and also act as guides in using the app. You can see just a few photographs of the event in our slideshow below. A huge thank you to Annika Lenz who worked on the translation of the content of the app and of course to our student volunteers!
We were delighted to hear the news that the entry from Tina Zimmermann for the Berlin Festival of Lights ‘Special Award, Democracy’ Bellevue won the award! The students in 4a were part of this project and very excited to hear this wonderful news and be part of this achievement. You can learn more about the competition and see all the entries here:
Take a look below at the light show that took place last Friday evening
Festival of Lights 2017 – “Democracy” Videomapping on Schloss Bellevue from Tina Zimmermann on Vimeo.
Photographs of President Steinmeier and his wife watching on the opening night!
Congratulations, Tina and well done for your contribution, Grade 4a!
The newly elected Grade 5 & 6 House Captains came together for their first official meeting yesterday where they met with Mr. Saunders, Head of Well-Being in Secondary School, to discuss plans for Spirit Week. The House Captains confirmed that the Primary School students will take part in all 5 daily themes of Spirit Week. All students in grade 1-12 will have the opportunity to show their community spirit by dressing up a special way each day of the week. All teachers and students who participate will earns points for their House.
The Spirit Week themes are:
Monday – Book or Movie Character Day: Use clothing, behavior and props to resemble a favorite character
Tuesday- Twin Day: Pair up with a friend to look like twins, same hair, clothes and accessories
Wednesday- Senior Day: Dress up as an older, grown-up version of yourself
Thursday- Pyjama Day: Dress like you just got out of bed
Friday- Halloween Day: Dress up in Halloween theme or costume
Our House Captains have established the following guidelines for the week:
Masks may not be worn during lesson times.
If a costume or prop is distracting from learning you will be asked to change out of the costume and place distracting items in your locker.
We should take care of our younger and more sensitive students and make sure they are not scared by any costumes.
No weapons as accessories to costumes.
We are looking forward to having a lot of fun during Spirit Week!
We are delighted to open our doors to our parent and wider community on Saturday 14th October 14.00 – 17.00. This is an opportunity for our parent community to visit open classrooms and also attend information sessions, particularly focused upon transition between ELC and Primary, Primary and Secondary, and indeed Secondary to Universities. Our Primary School team will also have open classrooms that families can go and visit and learn more about teaching and learning approaches in the school.
There will also be information sessions for visitors who would like to learn more about our school and our programs. Our Student Council team of students will also be available to show visitors around our school. Please find further information about the schedule below. We do hope you can join us!
An annual celebration in Berlin, and indeed well known internationally, is the Berlin Festival of Lights. This is the 13th year of this festival which will be held from Friday 6th October – Sunday 15th October. The festival involves local and international artists creating light installations that are then projected on the many landmarks, monuments and important buildings throughout Berlin. These light installations celebrate cultures, tell stories, address interesting issues and provoke thinking.
We are excited to share with you that a member of our parent community, Tina Zimmermann, has created an installation along with the students in Grade 4a. This installation involved the students writing, drawing and recording their voices and will be beamed onto the Bellevue building in Berlin! Our students are of course very excited!
The video submission created by Tina Zimmermann and the students can be seen below and this particular project has been submitted as part of a competition in which artists were asked to share their ideas and visions of democracy in image and sound! From 22.00 on the 6th – 22.00 8th October you can vote for your favorite artist at: www.fol-awards.de
The screening premiere of this installation will be held on Friday 6th October and this video contest will be opened by Mr. Steinmeier, the German President at 21.00. Please do join us to support this collaboration with our students if you can!
If you cannot make it to the live show on Friday 6th October you can also see this light show installation on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October from 19.00 – Midnight.
Congratulations Grade 4a for your collaboration, and thank you to Tina Zimmermann for involving our students in such a fantastic opportunity! Best of luck from us all at BMS!
Assembly is an important time for the Primary School to come together to share news and celebrate our learning. Today’s Grade 4-6 assembly had a new look as students were challenged to move out of the ‘rows by class’ formation they are use to and instead form small groups that included students from all three grade levels. Using their communication and risk taking attributes all students were up to the task.
The small groups took time to discuss the topic of ‘Assembly’ and list suggestions for how we can come together and celebrate learning in new and interesting ways each week.
Teachers joined in on the massive brain storm and piles of ideas were collected! We are looking forward to exploring a wide variety of approaches and contributions from students at our upcoming Assemblies!
Around the School today students have been honoring Peace Day 2017. Students have participated in a variety of activities in their classes and around the school. Students in Primary had a paper crane making activity at break time in the playground and in classrooms. Students in Grade 4a wrote a wish for peace inside, kissed the paper to send good wishes to whomever it reaches, and then folded the crane. Making the paper cranes was a challenge – you can try one at home using these instructions!
Our Secondary School students have a target of 1000 Peace Cranes to make as part of the #Peacecraneproject They intend to send their peace cranes to another school via this project. Below you can see some of the paper cranes that our students created. To learn more about the story behind the making of paper cranes inspired through the story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes read more on the Hiroshima International School website.
This week in assembly we shared some student learning, news of student leadership roles, Peace Day and learned more about the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We also had our first introduction to our Home Language Program for our new students and Grade 1 who met some language buddies. Take a look at our assembly presentation below!
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In the Primary School, we know the importance of all of us taking responsibility to improve and ensure our school is a happy, interesting and enjoyable place for us all to learn. Therefore, we are looking for students who might be interested to participate in one of our student leadership roles this year.
We will have opportunities for:
- Student Council Representatives
- House Captains (Grade 5 & 6)
- Playground Buddies (Grade 2 – 6)
- Digital Leaders
- Class Librarians
We are going to start with our search for our Student Council Representatives and House Captains for 2017-18! If you would like to know more about the role of a Student Council member take a look at our presentation below.
We will be holding elections in Grade 2-6 classrooms next week and look forward to working with another dynamic group of students during this year! Please ask your class teacher for more information if you are curious to learn more.
More coming soon about our House Captains!