Kindergarten and Grade 1 learners have worked collaboratively over the past 4 weeks to build their own class website to share the significant learning they have done about endangered Sumatran animals. The website features the extensive writing they have done throughout our final Unit of Inquiry this year. Our central idea has been: Understanding the special characteristics of animals helps people support their survival. Please check out our class website (http://sumatranendangeredanimals.weebly.com) to find out more about some of the interesting endangered animals of Sumatra and the beautiful Sumatran jungles where they live. Included on the website are helping organisations and our own ideas for action to support endangered animals' survival.
Kindergarten and Grade 1 had an interesting visit, for the morning, to the Medan Zoo as part of our learning about the characteristics of animals. We especially enjoyed seeing the large, interesting birds, the elephant and the Sumatran tigers. A few of the animals we saw are endangered. We had many discussions about the bodies, behaviors and needs of the different animals we were seeing. We have since been able to reflect on how the animals needs were being provided by the zoo as part of our learning about ways we can share our planet with animals.
This year at MIS we have combined STUCO spirit days with assemblies. During this assembly EC presented Humpty Dumpty, K/1 presented plays they wrote themselves, 2/3 dressed as Roman countrymen and played lyres, 4/5 presented on children's rights, 6/7/8 debated sustainable energy and 9/10 taught us about the different forms of energy. We sang happy birthday for the May and June birthdays in both English and Bahasa Indonesia. STUCO also gave out awards & prizes to each class for the learner profile attribute that they most achieved thus far: EC-Inquirers, K/1-Communicators, 2/3-Caring, 4/5-Risk-Takers, 6/7/8- Balanced 9/10-Thinkers. The spirit day was “Literature.” Students dressed up as a book character and brought along the book to share with their peers. It was so lovely to see the students interests in literature and the creative costumes involved. It was a busy morning at MIS!
2/3 has begun their last unit for the year under the transdisciplinary theme - Sharing the Planet. The central idea is, “Decisions must be made about how we use the earth’s resources.” As part of the provocation for the students they participated in the Japanese art of “nature bathing” or “Shinrin-yoku.” You can look at shinrin-yoku.org for more information. 2/3 students enjoyed walking in/sitting in nature so much that they asked for it to be their homework for next week! It is good to see the students understanding how they have a responsibility towards nature as well as having an appreciation for it. After participating in nature bathing, the students decorated their classroom door with a truffula tree and wrote on the trunk the different ways in which they speak for the trees. I am excited to see where their learning will take them in this unit.
The lovely people from Lyra/Giotto http://www.lyra.co.id/ came to MIS and let the students unleash their creativity! They painted each others faces and made things out of plasticine and/or oil pastels. It was great to see the students creativity and spirit of trust when painting each other. It was also amazing to see the 3D creations that the students made.
The primary years classes went on a Physical Education field trip to the Fun and Fit trampoline park. They were able to better practice their form at the park because of the plethora of options and large size of the trampolines. Trampolines can help students improve their balance and coordination in movement. In addition to being a fun morning, it was cardiovascular as well, as we jumped for 2 hours!
Today the students at MIS gathered to celebrate the powerful life of Kartini. Her biography was reflected upon, poems were read and the Kartini song was sung by all. All the students and staff dressed up and a group photo was taken. It was fun for the students to wear Kabaya, Sarong, Batik and other Indonesian clothing.
The sun was shining bright today as MIS hosted their 2017 Swimming Carnival! In attendance for the competitions were Sampoerna Academy and Siti Hajar. Students grouped by gender and grade level competed in the freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and relay. Scores were compiled from each event and the winning schools were announced in each grade level. Congratulations to all the competitors for being risk-takers and showing that they are balanced today! Also, a special congratulations to MIS Grade 9-10 for winning first place!
Today, Kindergarten and Grade One students enjoyed a fun excursion to several different venues. Our first stop was a craft workshop and gallery where we saw artisans expressing their ideas and skills with wood and other materials. We used our 'See, Think, Wonder' thinking routine to observe and record what we were noticing. Students interviewed the head artisan using questions they had prepared in their Bahasa Indonesia class. We saw many examples of recycling, and use of natural materials, in creative and beautiful art works. We enjoyed a play break and lunch in Taman Deli, a park nearby, and then headed to the Sinaipar Ulos gallery and workshop. Here, we enjoyed seeing hundreds of beautifully patterned Ulos in every color imaginable, as well as other crafts. We were also priviledge to be able to see two artisans working at hand looms making Ulos. Over the next few school days we will look at the observational drawings we made and reflect on what we learned about the visual art elements (line, color, shape, form, value, space and texture) we saw during this wonderful excursion.
Today is Pi Day! Here at MIS the students and teachers dressed up creatively with Pi or as Albert Einstein (as Pi Day is also his birthday). Ms. Anna made pineapple pie and she brought it in for us. In classes we learned about Pi, Albert Einstein and did activities involving circles, radius, circumference and diameter. Math is fun!
MYP students and STUCO members researched, planned, implemented and enjoyed the MYP Lock-in this year! It was an overnight in the gym. We played basketball, swam, played board games, and had a scavenger hunt. Students bonded without using devices for the evening. Students made their own waffles for breakfast in the morning. Great maturity was shown by the students who planned it as well as all those in attendance. Thank you!
Friday March 10 was International Day at MIS where students dressed up in clothing to represent their countries of origin. Students in PYP 4/5 also led the school wide assembly. There were some great class presentations, including a gymnastics demonstration from MYP 1-3, unit themed plays from PYP 4/5 and K/1, a video of favorite places and events from EC, a kinesthetic demonstration of mathematical functions from MYP 4-5, and a "Children of the World" song performance from PYP 2/3.
In our current unit, "People migrate around world for a number of reasons," we have been reading various current events articles about immigration and refugees. However, we have learned that we should be careful when selecting articles to get our facts from. A Stanford University study found that 82% of the middle schoolers they tested couldn't distinguish between real news and fake news. Today, with so much information available from so many sources, it is important for students (and adults) to be able to distinguish reliable information from unreliable information. Students in PYP 4/5 have done just that and are now looking at information with a more critical lens.
On Friday, 3rd February, we enjoyed one our favorite school community events, Family Dance Night. The evening began by welcoming new students and families to the school and with everyone up dancing the Macarena. Each class and learned a dance prior to the event. They took turns teaching their dance to the audience, who then joined them as they performed their dance a second time. The dancing ended with an Indonesian line dance and a delicious, shared dinner with a Chinese New Year theme. Our new PTA had done a wonderful job of arranging the menu. This was such a fun event and it was wonderful to have our whole school community involved.
Since the day school began for this academic year, the Kindergarten and Grade One students have been counting each day on our class 100 board. On Wednesday 25 January we reached 100 school days! Our current Unit of Inquiry is a Where we are in place and time unit about celebrations so we decided we would create our own 100 school days class celebration. Students decided they would like to bake and decorate a chocolate cake, make 100 stars to hang as decorations and invite the Grade Two and Three students to play some of their favorite outdoor games with them. The day began with Grade Two and Three students coming into our class to give us our 100 Days Smarter crowns they had made for us. What a lovely surprise! Next we all worked together to bake our 100 Days cake. As well as being fun, this also allowed us an opportunity to apply a lot of the mathematics learning we had been doing recently in class related to capacity. It was also a good introduction to fractions as we measured out 1/2 and 1/3 cups of ingredients. Our next mission was to make 100 decorative stars. After a lot of discussion we realized we would need to make 10 stars each since there are 10 students in our class. As well as the stars, some students worked on making chains with 100 links in them by grouping the links in tens first. Once our cake was cool, we iced it, decorated it with 100 M&Ms, talked about halves and quarters as we cut it, and then ate it. YUM! We then had a lot of fun with Grade Two and Three playing 'Go Home Stay Home' and 'Hide the Red Flag' in the playgrounds. What a wonderful celebration! Great work Kindergarten and Grade One.
To participate in 2017 Global Play Day, MIS went to Kampung Ladang an Outward bound team building/activity day camp. The entire school participated in various activities and all the students were "unplugged" for the day. One of the things that makes Global Play Day so unique is that nothing with batteries is used. The students worked together to enjoy a full "unplugged" day of laughter, dance, fun and water! Thank you to Kampung Ladang and all the staff there that made our day so full of "PLAY!" The photo is of catching fish :)
Today was Spirit Day. We all wore our "White Tiger" shirts. At this morning's cocurricular introduction assembly we took a photo of the whole school snarling like tigers. We also announced the January and February birthdays. This photo is of the ladies in 2/3 snarling in the beautiful foliage at MIS.
This year's Science and Technology Fair was an exciting mixture of visual displays, hands-on activities and practical presentations, as the whole MIS student community shared their learning with one another and visitiors. The Science and Technology Fair is the school's most significant learning presentation event for the first semester and was wonderfully supported by parents and other visitors. A really interesting variety of topics were presented by students and high quality learning, at all levels, was evident in their ability to discuss their processes, knowledge and conclusions. Great work everyone!
MIS had their first ever Egg Drop Challenge as part of Science and Tech Week.
The whole school was split into teams and they had to create the best design, using limited materials, to survive a 4 meter drop and protect their egg from breaking.
Congratulations to our first place winners!
Guests from Campus France (the organization that places Indonesian students in French University) and Alliance Francaise (the French language and cultural center) came ot our school this morning to speak to our MYP students about the possibilities of going to university in France.
Of particular interest were the high academic and research standards and the extremely low fees and cost of living in France. Tuition costs less than IDR 3,000,000 per year (!) and cost of living can be less than IDR 10,000,000 for someone who is willing to live frugally.
Cultural exposure and standards of living are also extremely high in many cities across France and students are allowed to take part time jobs to increase their cultural assimilation and earn a little extra to fund their costs. Mny courses are provided in English and entrance with the IB program is very straightforward, with only a French Language certificate required to gain entry to this heavily subsidized system.
This program was conducted as part of our ongoing project to prepare our upcoming DP students for university. We plan to offer many more such programs and consultations as the year goes by.