From the Principal’s Desk – 29 November, 2018
One does not have to go too far to come across articles or news reports on TRADE WARS, ECONOMIC DOWN TURNS, RECESSIONS, ENTREPRENEURS, BLACK FRIDAY etc. Our news outlets are filled daily with stories of economic importance. While some of them may not be exactly “happy news”, it highlights the importance of understanding our economic world and how to survive within it.
Tomorrow our Senior Primary students will partake in their annual market day – with over 67 stalls, our budding entrepreneurs will be selling their wares but more importantly gaining some understanding of how the economic world works. This real life situation is so applicable and relevant, and I often walk around market day astounded at some of the initiatives and creativity that our young students have come up with. Last term we saw our High School students participate in their annual Dragon’s Den where they too had to come up with a product, market it and sell it.
In both these cases you see the IB in action – our education system is so much more than just a curriculum – it connects our students to the real world and helps “place” world contexts into their everyday learning. The IB seeks to expose our students to many ‘Real Life’ situations thus making our curriculum applicable.
As Richard Branson once stated “I got my learning in the world. In my opinion real life learning is the only way forward”. This concept coupled with the project based learning approach that we encourage, is what makes us unique and different.