Welcome back ISC and welcome to the next edition of the PYP Blog!
Book Week Reflections
This has been a very exciting first week back to school with different activities taking place around the power of storytelling. Your children really embraced the theme and worked collaboratively on different projects. On Tuesday Grade 2-Grade 6 students worked together with teachers to create alternative endings to the Cinderella story which were filmed and shared in Homeroom Time. The dress up day was a huge success and it was incredible to see the effort made by the children. Early Years produced wonderful models of the different elements of the story and we also created a presentation exploring the themes in Cinderella such as bullying, beauty, love and hate and magic. The Book Fair was also well attended and of course Drop Everything and Read was a huge success. A big thank you goes to Ms Roberta for designing the week and I can’t wait to find out what next year’s theme will be!
Taking Action for the local community
Every year our Student Council lead the Donacibo project for Banco di Solidarietà. The purpose of Donacibo is to collect dried food for local families who do not have the means to purchase their own food. Over the next weeks, Student Council will be placing boxes in the Atrium where children may donate packs of dried food to be distributed to families. Ideas include: pasta, salt, sugar, coffee and tinned foods such as Tuna. We feel this project reminds our children that not everyone has access to everything at the supermarket and to help them develop empathy towards families less fortunate.
The Student Council and I would like to thank you very much for your support of this project.
Taking Action in Choir
I am very excited to write that our PYP Choir have recorded their first song. The song “Change” was written by Sophie Cerella in Grade 5. I am delighted to share it with you here. WOW work PYP Choir and a huge thank you to Sophie for her incredible lyrics and melody. Listen to the song here:
Father’s Day Breakfast
On Friday, March 15 the Student Council would like to invite all fathers to school for breakfast. The event takes place in the cafeteria and is an opportunity for fathers to come together and celebrate their great work! We hope to see you there dads!
On Friday March 15 school will end at 13.00 in order for teachers to plan collaboratively. In the PYP we will continue to focus on action components in the units of inquiry and will then develop ideas for the upcoming units. This is an opportunity for staff to work together to create exciting provocations and explorations for your children.
AIBWSI at ISC
On Monday March 11, ISC will host the PYP and MYP Coordinators meetings for members of the Association of IB World Schools in Italy. Schools from all across Italy will be represented at the event where we will discuss important aspects of the programme which relate to all our schools such as the PYP Review and Assessment in the MYP.
The IB Self Study
Thank you very much to our group of parents who have joined the Committees to collect evidence and findings for the various standards set by the IB. We would like to arrange a meeting to talk about the next steps in this process and would like to use after the next PTA Coffee morning to do so. On Tuesday April 9th, we kindly ask the parents involved in the Self Study to meet with the Coordinators and chairs of the different sections in order to take the next steps. Section A will work with Ms Karen, B with Ms Pearce and C with myself.
Student Teachers at ISC: Dundee University
On Monday we will welcome four student teachers from Dundee University in Scotland. They are currently completing their teaching degree to Masters Level which includes an international element. The student teachers are trained in the PYP and are coming to ISC to see the PYP in action and understand how the theory translates into practice. We are very excited to be hosting them and wish them every success in their placement. The students will be placed in Kindergarten, Grade 2, Grade 4 and Grade 5S and will stay with us until May 7.
I would like to kindly remind parents that children with long hair must have this tied back for school. This is not only to reduce the spreading of nits but also for safety in PE and to make sure hair isn’t falling in front of your child’s face so they can’t see the board! I would be very grateful for your support in this area and thank you for your cooperation.