The ISBerne Photography Club

In this interview, we learn about the new ISBerne Photography Club.  Club members have already produced a number of impressive photos for their biweekly photo competitions.  In each competition, members submit photos in a certain theme such as portraits, shadows, or light trails.  The winners are picked by the group and showcased in a new display space in the staircase in Building C.

The club is also working on a project to submit student photography for the school’s website and, next week, the group will be heading into the old town.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of studying photography in a spectacular location like Berne, a UNESCO World Heritage City.  The club meets biweekly on Mondays during lunch in room C18.  Membership is open.


Thanksgiving at the ISBerne Early Learning Center

Last Thursday, we spent the morning in the ISBerne Early Learning Center (ELC) and watched our students prepare for Friday’s Thanksgiving celebration.  We asked Miss Allison to talk about what a special place the ELC is for play and learning.  The centre is located in the charming old Gümligen Post Office, a traditional chalet at the edge of campus, and includes a garden and outdoor play space.  Miss Cook shared how she and her colleagues, Miss Desta, Miss Janny, and Miss Trish, create a warm, inviting and loving environment for our youngsters.  The ELC is an important introduction for students to the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme.

Do you know someone with young children who may want to know more about the Early Learning Center?  We encourage you to connect them to us! Send us a quick email at office@isberne.ch or recommend a visit.  We cannot wait to showcase the magical moments happening in our school each and every day.


The ISBerne Art Program

 

Swiss artist, Paul Klee, was quoted as saying, “”Kunst gibt nicht das Sichtbare wieder, sondern macht sichtbar” or in English, “Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.” 

In this post, we interview ISBerne Secondary School Art Teacher, Mr Tom Sunthornwat, and watch his students work in the newly outfitted Art studio.  11th and 12th Grade students at ISBerne have the opportunity to choose IB Art, requiring them to spend 2 years preparing for a solo art show for the examination.

 


Today there was music

Mr David Ritsema comments on the passion, commitment, and goals behind teaching and making music at ISBerne.  Talented students are supported by Mr Ritsema, Mr Christian Stübi and Ms I-Mei Lu.  In today’s post, the music speaks for itself.


Moments ago/ Monday morning assembly, ISBerne

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It’s all about strong relationships surrounding students: A typical day at the ISBerne Elementary School

In this short interview, our Principal, Mr Scott Jackson, shares what a “typical day” is like for the young students at the ISBerne Elementary School.  He continues by discussing the quality relationships between the teachers and parents and how they are critical to each student’s success.  It all starts with a special group of diverse teachers, carefully selected and committed to creating a rich learning environment.  From morning fitness to mathematical enquiry, and from foreign and native language classes to chances to work with innovative technology tools, the ISBerne elementary students have focused and fun daily routines.  And at the end of the day, for Mr Jackson, it all comes down to a focused commitment to building strong ties between the school and the home.


Physical education that enhances learning skills

In this clip, ISBerne elementary school physical education teacher Lena Lundberg talks about the Perceptual Motor Programme, where students learn to develop skills such as Language, Reading, Writing, Math, Memory, Problem Solving, and PE skills…as well as gain confidence. They do this for 20 minutes each morning through different activities focusing on five spheres for formal learning; Balance, Locomotion, Fitness, Eye-Tracking, Eye-Hand and Eye-Foot Coordination.