At Blouberg International we are privileged to have teachers who have a vested interest in our school and the community. Our teachers do not focus solely on the classes they teach, but have innovative ideas about improving our school. They are passionate about seeing their students, and our larger school community, grow and develop. Their ideas and plans are always welcomed by management as it is indicative of their commitment to our school.
I have decided to introduce a Leadership Panel where, once a month, key stakeholders will brainstorm a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats analysis) for the school. It is through this collaborative process that we intend to identify the changes that need to take place on a regular basis to avoid stagnation.
I am happy to announce that the second jungle gym for our Key Stage 1 and 2 students is almost complete. I know they are awaiting it eagerly and I am sure it will bring them a lot of enjoyment.
This week we received letters of motivation from our Year 11 students in which they declared their interest in serving on the Student Representative Council (SRC) in 2020. Our students’ passion for their school was evident in these letters and we are looking forward to the finalisation of the voting process.
With only a few weeks left before our Year 10 and 12 students begin their final examinations, emotions are running high and we are doing our utmost to support their academic and emotional needs during this challenging time.
Please remember that we have another exciting Interactive Curriculum Morning happening this Saturday, 17th August. I hope many of our parents will attend, as I am certain it will be another successful and informative morning.
Next week we celebrate Book Week, as well as offer support to the students involved in the West Coast Song Festival.
I wish you all a wonderful weekend.
“Happiness is a choice, why are you not choosing it?”
I was reminded again this week that we are in control of how we respond to negative situations and people. We all have days where we are in high spirits and other days that are low. How we deal with those days is up to us! Happiness is a choice!
As we celebrate National Woman’s day tomorrow, let us choose to celebrate; be joyful and be the reason others smile! Let it be your intention to make someone’s day!
In South Africa, we celebrate Women’s Day on the 9th of August as this day marks the anniversary of the Women’s March of 1956 to the Union Buildings in Pretoria in protest of the pass laws.
Today we celebrate women for more than just the march in 1956. We celebrate them for their individuality and life-giving role. Women are integral in teaching our girls about their unique role in life! Let us celebrate our grandmothers, mothers and daughters to be more!
A reminder that we will have another fun interactive morning on the 17th of August 2019. Please come and join our staff as we learn more about what is happening in our class rooms.
Enjoy the long weekend ahead and stay warm and dry.
Being part of an Interact Club gives our students wonderful opportunities such as the Rotary Short-Term and Long-Term Youth Exchanges for University students. Thousands of young people from different countries meet each other every year and experience other countries’ culture, thus planting the seeds for a lifetime of international understanding.
The Rotary Youth Exchange programmes are open to youth with leadership skills, as well as interpersonal skills, such as flexibility and a willingness to try new things, that will enable them to be excellent ambassadors.
The Ryla Camp is another excellent example of what an Interact Club member can benefit from. Ryla stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. This yearly camp aims to:
- Demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for youth
- Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
- Encourage leadership of youth by youth
- Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities
Young people from various Interact clubs get together and enjoy activities such as hiking, leadership training and survival adventures.
For more information on the Ryla Camp, Interactors may contact our teachers in charge of BIS Interact Club, Elena Berger and Janine van Niekerk.
RYLA Facebook Page
High School Teacher
For Science week the Year 5 and Year 6 students were each given the task to research one German Scientist. With great excitement the students could use the Ipads for this in their classroom.
Many students were amazed that Albert Einstein was in fact German and that so many scientific theories and discoveries in the medical field e.g. Fahrenheit, Merkel cells, Alzheimer’s , Bunsen burners, the Bergius process and the Haber-Bosch process, were then named after these scientists; Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, Friedrich Sigmund Merkel, Alois Alzheimer, Robert Bunsen, Friedrich Karl Rudolf Bergius, Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch.
Most of these theories the students will learn about in the future when they enter High School and in Higher Education. Over 60 German Scientists and innovators were researched by the students and they each gave the student a new perspective on Science and Innovators from Germany.
Frau Kerstin Pani
Year 6 outing to the Heart of Cape Town Museum
On the second of August 2019, the Year 6 classes went on an outing to the Heart of Cape Town Museum, one of the city’s most exciting tourist destinations. The first successful heart transplant took place here.
The Year sixes learnt about Christiaan Barnard’s journey to becoming the first person to perform a successful heart transplant. Following that, the classes were introduced to realistic silicone sculptures based on the real people involved in the operation. The Year sixes even saw real human hearts preserved in containers. What a few children found most fascinating was going into the actual room where the first heart transplant was held.
Ending the day off, the classes grabbed their packed lunches and ate on the grass outside the hospital. Unfortunately, the Year sixes then had to board the bus and end the outing.
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The alphabet is simply a collection of letters and sounds but the building blocks of language. In order to become literate, our students must be able to recognise each letter as well as the sounds connected with that letter. Once armed with that knowledge, then a student is well on the road to reading and literacy.
Our Pre-Reception class is learning their letters and initial sounds of words. They are very excited to have a turn to take the “Sound Puppy” home They then find something that begins with the letter we are learning about that week and put those items in the puppy’s bag. They can’t wait to tell the other students and teachers of the things they found at home beginning with the sound of the week.
The Jolly Phonics programme teaches the students to read and write using synthetic phonics. It is a comprehensive programme, based on the proven, fun and multi-sensory synthetic phonics method that gets students reading and writing from an early age.
“Literacy is one of the greatest gifts a person could receive.” – Jen Selinsk
This term, the year 8’s are covering business finance as part of their EMS curriculum. As an introduction to business finance, we decided to get the students’ opinions on what they think our Blouberg International School finance department does, and what Blouberg International School needs a finance department for…
Students presented their thoughts in a poster that was judged by our finance department ladies, who were extremely impressed by the level of knowledge and application that our students had with regards to the work the Blouberg International School finance department does, commenting that some of our students would make good finance managers!
It was a fun and informative lesson with Mrs Rubio talking about her job in the finance department at BIS.
Business Studies Teacher
The process of learning a language does not only consist of revision of grammar and vocabulary, it also involves an understanding and knowledge of the culture and traditions of that country in a much better way.
The more you know about these factors the deeper your linguistic immersion will be.
In the case of the Spanish language, it is even more important and relevant due to the diversity within the Spanish speaking countries – 21 countries in total in 4 continents (Europe, Africa, North and South America).
For these reasons the Year 5 and 6 students have been learning over the last few weeks about the different Spanish speaking countries around the world: Puerto Rico: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
They have been asked to choose their favorite country, and to do a simple immersion in a variety of topics such as the typical music, food or the most popular sport in the country of their choice.
The students even discussed some demographic and geographic aspects during their oral presentations: like the capital cities, total population or location on the map of that specific country.
They drew the flag of their chosen country and learned the names of several important, famous or relevant people that are from these countries. Sharing this information with the class enriched the whole experience.
To make learning a little bit more fun, the students held a competition playing the Rockalingua game “countries”, locating each of the 21 Spanish-speaking countries on the map.
These students correctly located all of them:
Year 6: Ben Van Der Westhuizen, Kyle Youlten and Darian Iyer.
Year 5: Ian Scrooby, Faith Chivaka , Ayesha Hassen, Iviwe Matakata, Treasure Daniel, Maia Davies, Saumya Maharaj, Tshegofatso Phalane, Gabriella Davids, Ronan Macey and Kaylah Leach.
Congratulations to all!
What is the difference between Volume and Capacity?
Capacity is the amount a container can hold if completely full to the brim.
Volume is the actual amount in the container e.g. 500ml.
The Year 2’s explored Capacity and Volume using different sized containers and “dragon tears” (plastic chips used in recycling plants). They were learning how to fill a container to the litre or half litre mark. Some students quickly put two and two together and discovered that two half litres make up one litre.
I must say, it was a joy as a teacher to watch the Year 2’s exploring and discovering on their own terms. Although the task was set out for them clearly, with the use of a worksheet to guide them, the rest of the learning was up to them.
This discovery learning approach, also described as Active Learning, has many benefits for students:
– It helps students to take charge of their own learning
– Students become independent thinkers
– Problem solving and intellectual abilities of students is enhanced
– Students are more motivated, interested and satisfied with what they are learning
Active Learning for the win!
Year 2 Teacher
In Year 1 the students have been learning about non-fiction books. Last week they read reports about seals and then wrote their own reports about harp seals.
In order to write a report a student must achieve an understanding of the content they need to report on. This teaches them to think about what they have read. Comprehension is one of the most important skills a child must develop from a young age and can be developed at home as well.
You can help your child by adding a few little things to your reading routine:
- Hold a conversation and discuss what your child has read. Ask your child probing questions about the book and connect the events to his or her own life. For example, say “I wonder why that girl did that?” or “How do you think he felt? Why?” and “So, what lesson can we learn here?”.
- Help your child make connections between what he or she reads and similar experiences he has felt, saw in a movie, or read in another book.
- Help your child monitor his or her understanding. Teach her to continually ask herself whether she understands what she’s reading.
- Help your child go back to the text to support his or her answers.
- Discuss the meanings of unknown words, both those he reads and those he hears.
- Read material in short sections, making sure your child understands each step of the way.
- Discuss what your child has learned from reading informational text such as a science or social studies book.
Here are a few of the creative reports they wrote:
The harp seals habitat is ice and water. The diet of a seal is fish and the pup’s diet is milk. The pup’s fur is white, after 2 weeks the grey hair comes under the white fur.
The harp seal has milk for 12 days and it also has fish. It lives on ice and water. Its fur turns grey.
The habitat of a harp seal is ice and water. The diet of a baby seal is fish. A mother seal eats fish The baby seal has with fur for 12 days. After 2 weeks their fur turns grey.
The habitat of a harp seal is ice and water. The diet is fish and milk. They are white and then turn grey.
The habitat of a harp seal is ice and water and their diet is fish and milk. Their fur is white. Under the white fur grey fur grows.
The harp seal swims in water. They live on ice. They eat fish. Baby seals drink milk. After that the baby fur turns grey.
Year 1 teacher