Different from a Service portfolio at other schools, at HBIS Service is part of a student’s curriculum. It is more than simply taking part in activities to fulfill required hours.
In the Diploma Programme, Creativity, Activity & Service (CAS) is a large component of a students pass mark over their two final years. In PYP 6, Action is a part of their final exhibition project.
This week my Diploma students in their final year are busy presenting their final Theory of Knowledge (TOK) presentations. These presentations, which count 33% towards their final TOK grade, always remind me of how interesting and different the IB Curriculum is for students who are enrolled in any of the programmes on offer.
The TOK presentations encourage students to...Read More
On Friday, 2nd of March, the DP1 class hosted the CANSA Shavathon event at Hout Bay International School. The turnout was amazing – around 150 people sprayed their hair, including many primary school students. On top of this, four courageous students and three teachers shaved their heads, and five brave girls cut their hair. This hair will be donated to make wigs for those suffering...Read More
This week we welcomed the International Baccalaureate Organization’s Evaluation Team for our Primary Years Programme (PYP). Every 5 years each of our IB programmes (PYP, DP and soon to add MYP) have to be re-evaluated. As a school we get the opportunity to reflect on our delivery of these programmes to celebrate what we are doing well and see where we can make improvements....Read More
At last week’s Open Day, I was once again reminded of the many positive and wonderful things that happen at HBIS. Comment after comment from prospective families were incredibly positive. For many of our visitors they commented on how confident and knowledgeable our students were and how impressed they were with the teaching and learning that they observed. Sometimes it takes an...Read More
Hout Bay International School currently offers the Primary Years Programme (PYP) ages 3 – 12, and the Diploma Programme (DP) ages 16 – 19 of the International Baccalaureate (IB). While the school structure is comparable to other South African Primary and High Schools, a marked difference can be found in the curricula of the IB.
You may have heard this term used at Hout Bay International School in reference to the characteristics of the students that study at our school under the International Baccalaureate. But what is the IB Learner Profile? And how is it instilled in students being taught at HBIS? More than simply offering students knowledge, the IB promises to develop internationally minded people.
When first encountering the PYP 6 exhibition – the culmination of the Primary Years Programme, most noticeable is the confidence with which the students speak to visitors about the work they have been doing. The presentation skills they possess at such a young age don’t even compare to your standard classroom oral.
In the 21st century the world has become a smaller place. Students are acutely aware that they are part of a bigger picture. It is now more possible than ever to participate culturally and economically on a global scale. And this will only become more of a tendency as children progress through school today.
Inquiry-based learning puts the student at the centre of the study, encouraging them to seek out what they don’t know in areas that most interest them. This motivates students and they are enthusiastic to find answers to their questions. Involving students in the learning process this way has been proven to better cement knowledge and, perhaps even more importantly, develop skills to better...Read More