Celebrating Indonesia’s Independence Day
August 17 is a special day for Indonesia. Every year, we celebrate Indonesia’s Independence Day. The world’s most populous nation, Indonesia gained its independence from Dutch colonial rule on August 17, 1945.
This year, our students were very excited in participating in the country’s Independence Day celebration. They asked what games they were going to play. Yes! Apart from flag raising, we usually commemorate our national day by playing traditional games such as tug of war, sack race, and cracker-eating contest.
The commemoration of Indonesia’s Independence Day at our school was very memorable this year as our students sang national songs and did a traditional costume parade showcasing the culture of various provinces such as Maluku, Papua, Sumatra and Sulawesi.
In celebrating Indonesia’s Independence Day, our students are reminded of the history of our country, including our national heroes who fought for freedom. Here are some pictures of Indonesia’s Independence Day celebration in our school.
Flag raising led by our school principal
Traditional costume parade by our students
Cracker-eating contest, one of the traditional games, played by our students
By: Nancy Benedicta, Grade 3 Team Teacher and Eka Fridayanti, Grade 3 Co-Teacher
BINUS SCHOOL Simprug
We all know that eating right can help us maintain a healthy body .Students created a “Healthy Eating Plate “which was well labeled and with a brief write up .The main message of the Healthy Eating Plate is to focus on how our food, drink, and activity choices affect our health. Healthy Eating Plate guidelines can lead to a lower risk of diseases. This was related to our unit Body system.
This gave the students an opportunity to develop their active learning process through inquiry and investigating skills as they asked descriptive questions to collect information connecting different food to different body system.
It promoted positive attitude toward learning how to keep our body systems healthy. They took responsibility for their own and family health and physical wellbeing.
While working on this students came up with debate on “Is healthy eating the same as going on a diet?” and many more how and why statements came up related to our body system and how different food effects different body system
My Healthy Plate serves as a motivational rather than prescriptive tool!
Ms. Reena Dhar
Homeroom Teacher Grade 3
GMIS – BALI
To fulfill the IB aim of developing internationally minded students and encouraging them to be more active, compassionate and lifelong learners, it is crucial to set placed and integrate the learner profiles attribute in their daily activities right from the beginning of the school year.
My second graders were learning about ‘Role Models’. As they gained the understanding on the definition of ‘Role Model’, most of them turned to their closest ties, mother or father as their role model. When they explored further to the inquiries, they came up with both the positive traits and negative traits of several public figures they had previously known. They drew up their own conclusion of which traits to be and which are not to be followed. To expand their experience on what other people thought, Grade 2 students had an interview with the fifth graders to find out who their role models are. Through their activity reflections, I could see that interaction with the older grades was very exciting!
As part of their formative assessment, I designed a writing assignment where they could put themselves into one of the most powerful position in the world, a President! They had to come up with ‘President’s working programs’ and had to explain which learner profiles they had to perform to make the program worked.
The snapshots below are some of their ideas. Very interesting indeed!
Ms. Yuliana Ratna Dilyanti
Homeroom Teacher Grade 2
GMIS – BALI
STUCO stands for Students’ Council in Sekolah Ciputra. This is a group of students who’s willing to organize children’s action within the school. Their motto is “from students, by students and for students.” In this organisation, students learn how to organise school events by collecting students’ ideas, planning and facilitating the events, and dedicating the events to all students in the school. There are some teacher advisers who guide them in organising these events. By being the STUCO officers, students are learning and applying their leadership skills in organization, communication and teamwork to make the events successful.
As a student organisation, STUCO has an official structure. There’s a President who leads along with a Vice President. accompanied by more than 20 students as STUCO members or officers. They are a group of PYP 4, 5 and 6 students who organize activities and initiatives for their fellow students. Student Council is run by students for students to students. It is also responsible for providing a variety of services to students. Students can get involved in its management through committees, councils and general meetings, or become one of its elected officers.
The Vision of STUCO
Student Council has an open-door admission policy and is committed to the cultural growth of each student regardless of race, color, gender, disability, religion, national origin and age. It strives to promote development and learning through a wide variety of educational programs.
The Mission of STUCO
To provide students an opportunity to promote positive school initiatives in order to strengthen their leadership skills by initiating, promoting and supporting school events.
The Purposes of STUCO
- Develop within individuals a sense of responsibility in order to model appropriate behaviors reflecting the PYP profile and attitudes.
- Represent students’ feelings, opinions and interests
- Give students a share in decision making
- Help develop potential leaders by giving them leadership opportunities
- Encourage students to promote and develop school activities
“LEARNING IS MORE WHEN ONE DOES MORE, SEIZES THE DAY AND MAKES A DIFFERENCE”
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way (John C. Maxwell). Do our students understand the definition of Leadership? For them, it’s hard to define what is the meaning of leadership. When we come to it, maybe leadership is part of everyone. It can be our brother or sister, our friend, our parents, or even our teacher. And yes, even a student can be a leader! They will never know they are capable of leading until someone puts them in a leadership position, teaches them how to get things done, and brings a team along with them.
These are some reasons why leadership is important for our students:
- Focus. Our students have lots of chances to do many things in their lives. They may do homeworks spend time with friends, have hobbies, or just hang around. Leadership skills will allow them to focus on what’s important. By joining STUCO they will manage their time as there will be lots of things to be done. They will know what needs to happen to make everything done.
- Courage/Risk taking. As a student the scariest thing is starting something new. Leadership skills will give students a dose of courage. They have to make decisions as they were elected as the ones who have to decide. In STUCO students will teach each other how to make decisions through team exercises. Be courageous. Start a movement.
- Planning. Joining STUCO means students are prepared for planning and facilitating events throughout the entire academic year. They will learn how to plan the program, delegate tasks, and bring everyone together for a successful event.
- Action. Taking action is the mark of a leader. Students who know what they are looking for, know what needs to be done and simply get on with doing it are the real leaders. They will inspire other students to find out their potential and it’s the way students help each other.
- Teamwork. As an organisation, STUCO has the answer on how to teach students how to work as a team. They will try to figure out a problem. Good teamwork comes from having amazing leadership skills, especially when it comes from students.
To make sure that the school accommodates this important learning experience, to prepare the future leaders among our students we have established the STUCO Elections Commission to prepare for the elections. This forum comprises class representatives who organize the process. STUCO Elections ran smoothly this year. The process started in August 7th 2017. They’ve worked cooperatively and enthusiastically to select, to organize the election and to present the elected President and Vice President to the school community. There were five pairs of candidates who ran for President and Vice President this school year. After the first round of interviews, three pairs of candidates went to the final round. They are:
- Azzizul Hakim & Shun Sato
- Venezia Ferrari Hartono & Regina Felicia Hadiputri
- Angelo Humphrey Lienardi & Aditya Raju Rajan
On August 23rd 2017, after the second round of interviews, a few days of campaigning and a final vote, STUCO Commissioners proudly announced that Azzizul Hakim & Shun Sato are the elected STUCO President and Vice President this academic year. Congratulations Azzizul and Shun Sato ! We’re looking forward to the leadership’s action you will bring to enrich our learning environment this school year.
By Carolina Seran, Mas Roro Anggraeni, Budi Wantoro, Catherina Laura
In Sekolah Victory Plus (SVP), we are not only teaching the students the knowledge, but we also facilitating them to put their knowledge, understanding and skills into action. Sharing the Planet is not only a sentence,a title, or a phrase. The students understand that sharing the planet also means helping other people who are in need.In this Unit of Inquiry, the students realised that there are still many children that need our support. Therefore, they were motivated to help them by running a fund raising activity, where the income was donated to orphanage and school for scavenger family. They were not only donating food, toys, clothes, drawers and other things from the money they received from the funding but they also played games together, reading stories and taught English lesson to the kids on those places. In addition, our school nurse was also involved there to do a healthy life workshop and to teach them ways to keep their body clean and healthy. All of the learning process from the beginning until taking these great actions were celebrated into a mini PYP Exhibition where we invited other students, teachers and parents to visit. It was amazing to see the students ability in explaining their learning journey as well as having a lot of positive comments from all the visitors during the exhibition visit.
By : Irma Mustafa
Homeroom Teacher of Gr.5
Sekolah Victory Plus
Our Amazing Start in Year 5
By Olga & Raihan / 5A
We all love the new school year! All the Year 5 students had fun in the first day of school, even the 2nd, 3rd and so on. We all love the new school year because we get to learn more about what we never learned about before. We also get to have new friends. Other than that, we also have new teachers that some of us never even knew. Year 5 is very different than year 4, so all of us had to change our behaviour to become better.
In the first week, we were introduced to the first unit under the theme ‘How We Express Ourselves’. We learned mostly about the understanding of our central idea. Our Central Idea is ‘Traditional Stories Teach Generations About Shared Values, Cultural Expectations and Beliefs’. In the process of understanding the Central Idea, first we wrote our ideas of what it means on a Post-It Note, after we wrote on the Post-it-Note and discussed its meaning, we drew those ideas on a small paper. Then, in a group, we shared our understanding, drew it on an A4 paper in a group, and after that, one person from each group helped to make an even bigger picture with the Central Idea on it.
After we made the poster we made a list of traditional stories from around the world. The next day each of us chose one traditional story and rewrote it in the language book. After we were sure we understood our story, we then retold our story in Bahasa Indonesia, and some of us even added movements to it. We also watched a video about traditional stories and then we studied elements about the story.
After we learned about the Central Idea, we learned about the Key Concepts. We first found out what Key Concept is connected to each Line of inquiry. Then each group got a concept, it’s either form, perspective and reflective. Then we shared ideas with our group about why those Key Concepts are connected to the Central Idea, then we wrote it down on A4 paper. When we finished doing that, we wrote our own questions. Then each group presents their opinions on the Key Concepts.
We mostly enjoyed all the activities and because of that we become curious and knowledgeable students.
All of that is what we did for the couple first days of school. And we all are very excited for the rest of year 5!
A Small Act Can Make A Big Impact
Action plays an important role as part of the 5 Essential Elements of the PYP learning process. As a result, Year 6 at Global Jaya School also incorporates action as an important part of its Exhibition. Here is the learning journey taken by the students that enables them to donate to certain charities. Students’ active participation can be clearly seen throughout the process.
- Our Invention & innovation unit, under the transdisciplinary theme “Where We are in Place and Time”, was the focus of our Exhibition. Students explored various means to create a solution to particular issues they identified that were occuring in people’s daily lives.
- The solution, which took the form of products and/or services, were presented in front of a panel to ensure the feasibility and appropriateness of the solution.
- During our entrepreneurship unit, under the transdiciplinary theme of How We Organize Ourselves, students’ products / services underwent a process where students made adjustments to their solution based on the feedback that they got from fellow students and members of the school community during a ‘Test The Plan’ activity. After that, the products were produced and then sold along with the services at our Entrepreneurship Fair.
- Based on discussion among students, it was agreed that the money collected from the Entrepreneurship Fair, (after deducting the total costs of production and marketing) would be donated to charities located around the neighborhood of the school.
- After the Entrepreneurship Fair, students decided which specific charity they would like to donate to. In their various classes, each exhibition group suggested a possible charity, which varied from Non-Government Organizations, orphanages, schools for the needy, etc. Then each class chose one charity that they wanted to bring to the meeting of the three classes. In the meeting, Year 6 students chose two places as the place they would like to donate the money to. They were Yayasan Sayap Ibu, located in Graha Raya Bintaro, and Griya Yatim Dhuafa, located in Bintaro sector IX.
- The money gathered from the Entrepreneurship Fair totaled an amazing Rp. 21.115.800
Students’ comments on the process:
- Rafa: I’m amazed at the benefits that we got from the process. Not only in terms of academics, but we also got the opportunity to actually help other people who really need help.
- Vely: I really wish that our donation eased some of their problems. I also wish to have the same chance again in the future.
- David: I’m glad that we got the chance to help people. This process really made me learn a lot.