Dear ISB Parents, Students and Colleagues,
It has only been a few weeks since I last contacted you about the current situation at school in regard to the measures to prevent spread of Covid-19. - read more
Since then, our world, our families, our school, our lives and society have been exposed to unprecedented change and uncertainty. The global pandemic has forced us to end full-time classes and start working differently in many ways. At least for now. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support, cooperation and patience and to inform you about the current situation and the outlook for the coming weeks.
- As of Monday, April 20, the premises of the kindergarten and Year 1 have been reopened as a result of an amendment to the Brno City Council decision. At the same time, on-line education for these students has been canceled and many (hygiene) measures have been introduced. These will be adjusted as we become familiar with the needs of the situation.
- The tentative date announced by the government as a plan for reopening of Primary classes (Year 2 to Year 6 for us) is May 25th. The Ministry of Education should issue guidelines on how teaching should or could work and we will comply with them according to our actual situation.
- There are several scenarios being discussed for the reopening of secondary and high school; we will inform you about the situation.
- The visit of the IB Accreditation Team for Primary (PYP program), which was originally planned for April, is postponed to October 2020. We think that as a school we are well prepared for this visit.
Our Diploma Programme students have now just about completed their studies. Although IB Diploma exams have been canceled this year, IB diplomas will still be issued based on coursework marks, predicted grades and subject grades.
Teaching at each level has its specific challenges and each age group is able to work independently in different ways. Our students have different needs when their learning is not under the direct supervision of teachers. Of course, we have had to fine-tune the program (and will continue to do so) to be as effective and motivating as possible.
Overall, I am extremely proud of how our school, our students, their parents and our teachers have dealt with the situation. I think it is clear that the responsible attitude of our students and teachers is absolutely exemplary and in line with the organization of online teaching in this crisis time of the best international schools in the world. The speed with which our teachers have adapted to such a fundamental and sudden change is admirable and I greatly appreciate their work.
Our students' families are also doing a great job. Parents, siblings, grandmothers and grandfathers are all involved in some form of online learning. We appreciate it very much. Thank you all for your time and energy spent teaching and learning at home, for supporting your children, our students. Without you and your support, this would not have been possible. We believe that in spite of all the disadvantages this time brings, the experience of online learning will be one of the more positive aspects.
THANK YOU for supporting us in this difficult time. Thank you for being positive, patient and loyal to the school. Thank you for alerting us to errors we cannot avoid and giving us feedback. For us all, it really means a lot. We think that it shows how stable the school is and that we are courageous. We look forward to returning to coming together again and further cooperation with you and your children.
It was our biggest quiz yet with over 150 participants. We would like to thank everyone who made this evening such a fun opportunity, including all of our wonderful sponsors, Mr. Tynan and his team. The funds raised will help our students continue the monthly soup kitchen supporting those in need.
IB students have to complete a 'CAS' project as part of their diploma. The project must be at least a week long, be collaborative and have at least one strand of CAS, Creativity, Activity and Service.This year our students completed 3 different group projects: building a barefoot path for a Special Needs Camp in Jizbice, creating a Yearbook for ISB, and a Polar Expedition to the North Pole!!!
In global perspectives, we talk about circular economies in addition to traditions. So after our pumpkin carving, we cleaned, prepared, and cooked the edible rests. We froze the soup and thawed it in time for our monthly soup kitchen.Over 40 jars were shared with the community, which would have otherwise been thrown out, thanks to this circular perspective.
The International School of Brno invites you to Kindergarten Open Day!Our teachers are looking forward to meeting you and showing you how we teach and learn at the only internationally accredited school in South Moravia. Come and experience our friendly and inspiring school!