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Friday, 1st July 2016

Whole School Newsletter

Alison Cobbin, Head of School

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Congratulations to Year 6!

After I attended the IBPYP Exhibition yesterday I knew there was really no option but to write about it in this week's newsletter.
The IBPYP Exhibition was a creative and meaningful celebration of learning that was completely astounding. 

The evening started with the Y6 students presenting to a hall full of family and friends. It was entirely composed by the students themselves and the introductory presentation included song, poetry and drama as each group creatively communicated their approach to the central idea: Throughout history people have explored, journeyed and settled all over the world.
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Following the introductory presentation visitors had a chance to look closely at the exhibition and to discuss it with the students. Every single Y6 student was able to talk confidently and knowledgably about his or her learning. Topics ranged from the vast empires of antiquity, to individual journeys of family members; all the presentations reflected personal connections with the ideas being presented and visitors were encouraged to interact with the exhibits through engaging displays, quizzes and opportunities to provide feedback.
An important part of the process was reflection on how to research and present ideas. In each of the displays students had identified how they had used the attributes of the Learner Profile: there was abundant evidence of students being inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, reflective, open-minded and communicators. When I asked students about the key things they learned, some responded with a new idea they had uncovered in their research, some about how moving the stories of the past can be and others on the actual research and writing process. I would have been delighted to hear such insightful comments from students four or five years older.
The exhibition was also a testament to the power of collaboration. The students worked in groups with the support of a mentor and the creative power of group-work was clearly shown. Ms. Dunaway emphasised in her comments at the end of the evening that it had also been a collaborative effort on the part of the staff team. Ms. Dunaway, Mrs. Nagata, Mrs. Becci, Ms. Tye, Mrs. Brooks, Ms. Larragy, Mrs. Gaylor, Mrs. Duggan and Mr. Deneux have done a brilliant job in supporting and guiding the students whilst allowing them to have the autonomy and independence to be responsible for their own learning.
The evening also highlighted for me the richness of an IB education where students are encouraged to ask questions and given the skills to find the answers to those question. I was therefore delighted when I walked through the science labs this morning to find the D1 students working on their Group 4 science projects. The Group 4 project is a compulsory element of the IB diploma where the students work in groups, across the different science disciplines to research an idea that has been generated within the group. Diploma students also complete an extended research essay where the students set their own line of inquiry. MYP students have a similar task in their Personal Projects that are based on individuals' interests and students are empowered to mould their own approach to their enquiry.
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This inquiry-based, problem-solving approach to learning is a strong characteristic of the IB programmes, and sets them apart from the national curriculum. It is refreshing to see our children engaging in deep and meaningful learning rather than the exam-driven rote learning that is characteristic of the national curriculum.

Once again, thank you to Year 6 for such an inspiring exhibition. No doubt Year 5 have already started gathering ideas for their exhibition next year. Expectations will be high.

Best wishes for the weekend

Alison Cobbin
Head of School
 

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