Friday, 20th April 2018

Whole School Newsletter

50 Years of the International Baccalaureate

Dear Parents

At the end of last term I was privileged to attend the IB Global Heads' Conference where considerable focus was given to the fact that the IB is celebrating its 50th birthday. For an organisation that began as a brave experiment with just a handful of schools, it is a remarkable accomplishment that it is now recognised as a providing a world class standard of education in schools around the globe, with learners in over 7000 programmes.  Not only has the IB maintained a consistent and dependable standard of learning, benchmarked against a world standard, it also continues to be innovative and forward thinking. The IB also has the advantage of not being affected by political interference from governments and is respected by universities worldwide. Siva Kumari, the IB Director General, in her letter to IB Heads wrote:

Today, just as 50 years ago, our focus is on teaching, learning and assessment, across a continuum of education. In our highly interconnected and rapidly changing world, IB programmes aim to develop international-mindedness in a global context. New challenges that are not defined by traditional boundaries call for students to develop the agility and imagination they need for living productively in a complex world. The IB has always championed a stance of critical thinking and engagement with challenging ideas, one that values the progressive thinking of the past whilst remaining open to future innovation.

Whilst at the conference I was again reminded of what a privilege it is to work in an IB school. There is an authentic desire in the organisation to work towards a better world and to provide the best possible education for our children. This is very reassuring in a time when almost daily I feel disheartened by the lack of principles and moral purpose demonstrated by leaders and organisations around the world. I am proud to work in an IB school.

Another great joy of being at the conference was the opportunity to spend time with the Heads of the other Dwight Schools. There are many new initiatives being planned that will create global learning opportunities for our students as we collaborate with our sister schools. I will share more information about these initiatives in a newsletter in the near future.
Chancellor Stephen Spahn
What does Dwight New York Chancellor, Stephen Spahn, have in common with the IB?
They are both celebrating 50th anniversaries. 

This year marks 50 years of Chancellor Spahn's leadership of Dwight School. Our Carnegie Hall concert in February celebrated this amazing landmark, and Dwight London is renaming the "Dwight Building", the "Stephen Spahn Building" (or more simply the Spahn building) in honour of his 50 years as Head of the Dwight Schools. 

Stephen is a remarkable man and an inspirational educator. He is the longest serving Head of an independent school in the US and has been a pioneer in IB education ever since the school in NY first adopted the IB in 1975. The IB honoured him by including him in a series of articles about pioneers of IB education in the IB World publication. You can read the article here.

I am delighted that Stephen will be visiting Dwight London on 18th May to be our guest of honour at the ceremony to name the Stephen Spahn Building in the afternoon, and to speak at our Graduation Ceremony in the evening. I hope that as many students, members of staff and parents will be able to join our naming celebration on this day to mark our inspiring leader's 50th anniversary. 

Termly Magazine
We are delighted to share our latest magazine with you. Please click here to view it online, or here to download a PDF version.

Kind regards

Alison Cobbin
Head of School


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