Whatever you did over the holiday, I hope it was an adventure; relaxing and a lot of fun at the same time. I’m sure for Year 13 it included some work, and for Year 12 it included a long and anxious wait for IGCSE results which finally arrived yesterday. A huge congratulations to the Year 12 students, who did extremely well, and we here in IB are feeling lucky to have two fantastic year groups to work with this year.
So what’s new? Well, Batik Fridays for IB students launched today and we’re pleased to see a number of students taking the opportunity to demonstrate their love of Indonesian culture and heritage.
For Year 12 students in core we are bringing in a new skills development support programme called Callido, which is an interactive learning platform developed by ex-IB students after graduating from Harvard and Stanford. We’ve been working through core to develop Approaches to Learning (ATLs: Research, self-management, thinking, social and communication skills) as these are the top skills needed by employers but lacking in graduates according to current research. Callido is a new weapon in our battle to ensure that BSJ IB students leave here as exceptional graduates with all the skills needed to be future leaders.
We’re just getting started in core with Year 12, but expect to see their blogs up and running soon. Through blogging we are developing great communication skills, improving writing ability and learning how to create our own brand: a positive digital footprint which represents us to the world. If you haven’t read our Year 13 blogs yet, this could be the time you head over to the blogs page and pick a few to read. They are a fantastic insight into their engagement in CAS, TOK and their skills development.
We’ve also got some exciting events coming up at BSJ, organised by our IB students. At IME Conference 2016 there’s an incredible line-up of influential speakers thanks to the organisation of our Year 13 students, led by Narendra, Audrey, Philippe and Rahmani, amongst others. The event, on 9th September, will be an exclusive opportunity in Indonesia to hear the speakers on one stage and its a testament to our students’ hard work and powers of persuasion that they have managed to make this happen.
Coming up in October, we also have a TED X event organised by Bryan. Again, this is shaping up to be an exciting afternoon of young, influential voices. Both of these events really do demonstrate the development of project management skills, and the maturity of our students – and they make us exceptionally proud!
Leadership opportunities abound at BSJ, with the launch of the executive student council. Year 12 students wanting to make a difference at BSJ should fill in an application form later today. There’ll be more on other leadership roles soon so watch this space!
Through core, students will be modelling what it means to be an IB student at BSJ through two key events involving all IB students. Year 12 will be picking up the baton from Year 13 and running our second ATL conference – this time for Year 7 students. And, Year 13 will be focussing on caring conversations and well-being as they prepare to lead a week of RUOK?
All in all, an exciting term ahead – busy, challenging of course, but exciting. And students, it is worth remembering that BSJ is not like other schools. The opportunities you get here unique – don’t pass them by!