Primary Curriculum Evening

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Primary Curriculum Evening

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Welcome to the Primary School Curriculum Information Evening 15 September 2008 : 

Welcome to the Primary School Curriculum Information Evening 15 September 2008

« Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. »Aristotle : 

« Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. »Aristotle

Aims for this evening… : 

Aims for this evening… To introduce the primary school staff To share campus plans and primary school objectives To share some aspects of our school programmes To share our expectations

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950 Campus des Nations Students 86 Nationalities 288 Primary School Students in Years 3-6 12 Classes

Defining Characteristics of The International School of Geneva : 

Defining Characteristics of The International School of Geneva *Putting the students’ needs at the centre of all our activities; *Enabling students to develop intellectually, socially and culturally to the highest of their potential;

*Striving continually to do better than our previous best;*Making best use of our human resources by helping all staff develop as reflective professionals*Ensuring the provision of all other resources necessary to provide a stimulating learning environment. : 

*Striving continually to do better than our previous best;*Making best use of our human resources by helping all staff develop as reflective professionals*Ensuring the provision of all other resources necessary to provide a stimulating learning environment.

School Structure : 

School Structure Director General – Dr. Tate Campus Principal – Andrew Hand Principal – Maggie Lopez Assistant Principal - Justin Harte PYP Curriculum Coordinator – Christine DeLuca Learning Support Coordinator – Carol Borne Year 3 Coordinator – Kathryn O’Doherty Year 4 Coordinator - Sandra Häger Year 5 Coordinator - Karen Coats Year 6 Coordinator - Jill Bailey Head Librarian/Media Specialist – Yvonne Baumann Specialty Teachers and Class Teachers Classroom, Library and Administrative Assistants

Campus Developments : 

Campus Developments Campus Principal – Andrew Hand Building Projects Extension Field

Annual Fund : 

Annual Fund Ecolint is a not for profit educational foundation S chool fees meet the annual cost of educating our students We raise funds to help us invest in the development of our infrastructure and teaching programmes – donations of 14 million CHF made Campus des Nations happen Every year the Annual Fund asks families, staff and alumni to make a gift to support projects agreed with our teachers

Annual Fund : 

Annual Fund Thank you! Your gifts in 2007-08 mean Oliver West; artist, university lecturer and visual thinking specialist will work with our students in November In October we will ask you to help us raise 35,000 CHF to improve our school environment with: specialised playground equipment for Pregny chairs for use at indoor / outdoor assemblies and concerts at Saconnex/three flagpoles and flags for Saconnex A gift of 50 CHF from each family would allow us to reach this target For further information about the Annual fund go to: www.ecolint.ch and click on the pages « Supporting the school\Annual Fund » or email communications@ecolint.ch

Our Fundamental Aims : 

Our Fundamental Aims * To offer a high quality education to young people from the international and local communities. * The 2008-2011 Foundation Strategic Plan * School Objectives

School Objectives : 

School Objectives * Improving Student and School Life * Supporting Students’ Language Development * Improving Learning Support * Reviewing and Revising the Curriculum

School Objectives : 

School Objectives * Reviewing and Revising the Curriculum * Improving Sports and Arts Provision * Making More Effective Use of ICT to Support Teaching and Learning

Improving School and Student Life : 

Improving School and Student Life Mr. Justin Harte, Assistant Principal A brief introduction Attendance / Holidays Student Action Group Assemblies

Attendance and Punctuality : 

Attendance and Punctuality There are only 36 weeks of school. Please plan vacations around them. Supervision begins at 08:00 Classes start at 08:20 Dismissal at 15:10 daily; 12:10 Wednesdays

Supporting Students’ Language Development : 

Supporting Students’ Language Development French Speaking Assistants French and English Language Courses for Staff Development of a PYP language policy and review of best teaching and learning practices Use of a common screening tool for all students Development of writing benchmarks Bilingual classroom displays ESL in the Mainstream professional development course

Supporting Students’ Language Development : 

Supporting Students’ Language Development French Language Programme Language levels B1, B2, B3, A1 Normal progression, not repetition French assistant support 2 hours, 40 minutes (4 periods) *Increased contact with greater Francophone community

FLIP – First Language Intstruction Programme : 

FLIP – First Language Intstruction Programme Italian Spanish Chinese Hindi Norwegian Korean German Russian Japanese French FLIP Coordinator – Mara Marino

Improving Learning Support : 

Improving Learning Support Learning Support Teacher/Coordinator Carol Borne Learning Support Team - Psychologist, EAL, Learning Centre Learning Support Assistants Learning Lab Referral Process Parent Information Session

Reviewing and Revising the Curriculum : 

Reviewing and Revising the Curriculum Primary Years Programme Coordinator - Christine DeLuca Overview of curriculum My role in the school Resources for parents

Reviewing and Revising the Curriculum : 

Reviewing and Revising the Curriculum On-going development of Units of Inquiry / promoting structured inquiry across the curriculum Atlas curriculum documentation 2008-2009 Curriculum focus on language and student literacy Developing international mindedness throughout our curriculum and as part of International Week

Reviewing and Revising the Curriculum : 

Reviewing and Revising the Curriculum Parent Education: PYP INFO EVE Monday, October 13 18:30-20:00Campus des Nations, Salle Plato Parent workshops highlighting aspects of the IBPYP Curriculum

Reviewing and Revising the Curriculum : 

Reviewing and Revising the Curriculum Promoting Environmental Sustainability One teacher from each school across the Foundation to look at environmental curriculum studies and sustainability issues *Caroline Farrell Terrawatt Project – Year 6 – Energy Use Promoting research skills and independent inquiry through our library program

Head Libarian Media Specialist : 

Head Libarian Media Specialist Yvonne Baumann - Years 4 -6 Kate Concannon – Year 3 New location on Level One One library period per week Library Assistant – mornings only

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Change is the only constant…

Improving Sports and Arts Provision : 

Improving Sports and Arts Provision PE Teacher Advisor – Jeroen Moerland Role of PE Advisor Purchase of recreational equipment Review use of playground spaces Use of outside facilities for PE swimming, skiing, athletics Competitive sports programme

Improving Sports and Arts Provision : 

Improving Sports and Arts Provision Extra Curricular Activities Coordinator – Andres Carnevali Camp during 27-31 October Range of Activities Quality of Coaching Staff Facilities

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For further information : Meet me at the Welcome Desk after your meeting today with the homeroom teacher or andres.carnevali@ecolint.ch tel. 022 770 4711 (direct) Thank you

Improving Sports and Arts Provision : 

Improving Sports and Arts Provision Performing Arts Teacher – Francesca Buttle Dedicated Performing Arts space Choir on Mondays at lunch Band programme for Years 5 and 6 Performing Arts ECA on Monday Instrumental ECA lessons – Florence Ursenbacher (Music School Coordinator)

PERFORMING ARTS in the PYP Years 3-6 : 

PERFORMING ARTS in the PYP Years 3-6 An integrated approach incorporating Music & Drama

PERFORMING ARTS in the PYP Programme: Years 3-6 : 

PERFORMING ARTS in the PYP Programme: Years 3-6 YEAR 3 1 X 80 minute PA lesson per week Special Focus on ‘Here to There’ unit of inquiry YEAR 4 1 X 80 minute PA lesson per week Special Focus on ‘Creativity’ unit of inquiry YEAR 5 1 X 40 minute PA lesson per week Special Focus on ‘Our Local History’ unit of inquiry 1 x 40 minute Band Programme per week (Tuesday afternoon) YEAR 6 1 X 40 minute PA lesson per week Special Focus on PYP Exhibition 1 x 40 minute Band Programme per week (Thursday afternoon) Students will….. Explore and Create, Listen, Perform, Reflect and Appraise

Improving Sports and Arts Provision : 

Improving Sports and Arts Provision Visual Arts Teacher – Debbie Bernard Years 4 to 6 – one double period per week www.flickr.com/photos/isg-online Campus Wide Arts Week – 3 to 7 November Visiting Artist - Oliver West

Making More Effective Use of ICT : 

Making More Effective Use of ICT ICT Teacher – Kathy Epps Use of online news (blog) as a way to communicate information regularly with parents To support staff development in the use of ICT across the curriculum to support teaching and learning To explore use and purchase of interactive whiteboards.

Making More Effective Use of ICT : 

Making More Effective Use of ICT LCD projectors/beamers and computers in every class Visit/explore other international schools’ provision Investigate/review how ICT is currently used and create a 5 year plan that includes staff training, curriculum development and resource allocation

Communication : 

Communication Monthly School Newsletters with Calendar of Events Half Term Campus Newsletters Priority Emails *verify/initial list Parent Teacher Conferences Online News http://geographyjim.org/news/ Ecolint Website www.ecolint.ch

www.ecolint.ch : 

www.ecolint.ch

www.ecolint.ch : 

www.ecolint.ch

Car pick up procedures : 

Car pick up procedures Use the door on Level 2 for safety

PTA : 

PTA PURPOSE Provide social support to parents. Bring the school community together. Raise money which is channeled back into the classroom.

PTA : 

PTA PREVIOUS EVENTS Trunk or Treat – Halloween celebration Festival of Lights – Celebration of various nations’ and cultures’ winter holidays. Kermesse – End of year carnival. Social activities for parents including weekly conversational French classes, trip to Chateau d’oex for the hot air balloon festival, snowshoeing.

PTA : 

PTA OUR PLEA – WE NEED YOUR HELP! Complete the PTA request for information form and turn in to reception. Volunteer to help with the events [the ideas, the planning and the events themselves] Consider volunteering to be Class Parent Rep. Attend the PTA AGM BBQ Thursday 25 September @ 17:00

Campus Developement Group - CDG : 

Campus Developement Group - CDG Chair – Carolyn Peterken Purpose/role of CDG Membership CDG Meetings Coffee Mornings

Our Presentations… : 

Our Presentations… 18:30-19:30 Years 3-4 in teacher’s classrooms Year 5 begins in Salle Plato- Level 3; then individual classes Year 6 begins in gym; then classrooms EAL in Room 209 Learning Center in Room 208 19:30 ECA’s/FLIP @ Welcome Desk 19:45-20:00 Lights Out

Thank you for being here!Classroom Presentations 18:30 - 19:30Lights out at 19:45  : 

Thank you for being here!Classroom Presentations 18:30 - 19:30Lights out at 19:45 

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