On Tuesday, March 2nd, BCS Kindergarten & Preschool celebrated a Literacy Day event where children were able to meet different characters from some of their favourite books. Within this snapshot photo, please meet Elmer the Patchwork Elephant. What book have you read recently that explores cultural diversity?
This was a rare occasion for children and teachers to celebrate two very different cultural events at the same time. What a great opportunity for all to experience international mindedness in such a fun way!
The COVID lockdown has restricted performing arts in unimaginable ways, but the Cosmo Philharmonic Orchestra found opportunity during the crisis to have a virtual exchange with an orchestra from the other side of the world. Students from our own Cosmo Philharmonic Orchestra joined a zoom conference with students from Harare, Zimbabwe who also play in their school Orchestra, the Hellenic Academy Strings. During the team building time, students discovered that they have school colours, playing an instrument, and a love of sports and snacks in common. They also learned that the climate is quite different on the other side of the equator and that the students from both groups spoke a diverse set of languages. During the second half of the zoom call, students separated into breakout rooms based on instruments and worked in student-led sessions on practicing their parts for two pieces of music: Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no. 3 and Taylor Swift’s song Shake it off. Making new friends and connections through digital learning is certainly helped by the universal medium of music making. After the joint-rehearsal, student feedback was collected, and the verdict is in: The Zoom collaboration will go on. Stay tuned for exciting developments in this project.
Over the past years at BCS there have been ongoing discussions at all grade levels regarding appropriate digital use, social media, gaming, and screen time. There is a planned online seminar, organized by parents of BBIS with similar questions. These parents have now partnered with 12 international schools across Berlin and German, including BCS to invite you to participate in this seminar:
Learn life-long strategies for navigating the digital world with your child or teen.
Register at this link (https://www.trybooking.com/book/sessions?eid=697632) before Feb 5 to take advantage of the early bird discount, and a chance to win life-time access to Dr. Kristy Goodwin’s “Switched On Portal”, containing evidence-based advice on helping kids and teens thrive in a digital world. Please see flyer attached for more information!
What: Kids, Teens and Screens
When: Saturday, February 27 10:00 to 13:00
Where: via Zoom
Presented by: Dr. Kristy Goodwin
Cost: 20€*//family (early bird), after Feb 5th, 25 €*/family
(* note: Charged in Australian dollars, this is an estimated converted price)
Bonus: Educators can earn a certificate towards professional development