A New Vision for Bandung Independent School – August 2016

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I hope that you have all had a successful start to the new school year!  One thing that we want to focus on this year at Bandung Independent School is our new Guiding Statements, approved by the School Board in May 2016 after a lengthy process of review involving all community members, including a Vision Mission Values review committee made up of teachers, administrators and parents.  Throughout the process we were mindful of IB Programme Standard A: ‘The school’s published statements of mission and philosophy align with those of the IB.’

Yesterday, on 19 August we all enjoyed the first assembly of the year.  After welcoming new students and staff we focused on our new Vision – ‘At BIS, it is our vision to nurture individual potential and be an internationally-minded school of excellence.’  In mixed level groups, students decided how we meet our vision through the PYP attitudes.  Each group was given one attitude and prepared a short skit to demonstrate how we work towards our vision through their particular attitude.  What does it mean to nurture individual potential?  How can we be internationally minded?  What exactly is a school of excellence?  Next week’s assembly will focus on our new school values.  

It is very important to us that students as well as staff and parents understand the new Guiding Statements and can connect them to their own role in our school.  We will be thinking of ways of creating a sense of ownership of and commitment to our new Vision, Mission and Values.  We would be interested in hearing ways in which other schools have ensured that community members understand their vision, mission and values.

Mary Collins, Elementary Principal and Deputy Head, Bandung Independent School


3 thoughts on “A New Vision for Bandung Independent School – August 2016

    Pak Liam said:
    August 30, 2016 at 12:52 am

    I’d be interested to know more about your new Guiding statements, and how they help articulate and guide your school community members forward in what you are doing. We recently reviewed out Mission and Vision, but did not go further than that!


    marycollins21 said:
    August 31, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Our Guiding Statements were reviewed by the Board not long before the long holiday and we’ve just started back to school, and therefore so far we haven’t really used them to help guide the direction of the school. However, we’re about to start our self-study process for CIS accreditation, as well as our PYP self-study for the next evaluation visit, so I should be able to answer your question over the coming months!
    Thanks Liam! 🙂


    marycollins21 said:
    August 31, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Sorry, I should have said ‘Our Guiding Statements were approved by the Board…’!


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