Performing Arts Week Day 3

In follow up to yesterday’s boat painting, a few of the team members discuss what happens when you don’t work together…

Performing Arts Week Day 2

Each day, each student is responsible for accomplishing a task. Each piece to be assembled later as a team. Here, one of our 5th graders exemplifies this process…

Performing Arts Week Day One

This week is Performing Arts Week in the ELC and Elementary School. Each day the children have a task to accomplish to pull together, as a team, the performance that is scheduled for the end of the week. From costume development, to script writing, the teams each have their objectives in view and their work cut out for them.
Day 1 of PYP Performing Arts Week was a Day of becoming an expert, as the mixed grades, Elementary School teams explore such questions as :
What skills does it require to be a narrator?
What does the Maori Culture teach us about dance and movement?
Where is the Matterhorn and what is the folklore associated with it?
What are the colours of Tanzania and Mt Kilimanjaro?
The students know that in order to proceed to their tasks, they first need to research what it is they are expected to do in order to complete their task effectively.
This week requires an enormous amount of planning and collaboration. The children have been learning these concepts throughout the year, but this is the first project where these skills are truly put to the test and utilised across the grades. Even so early on in the project, I have had several students drop by my office to tell me what a unique and wonderful experience this is. 
Stay tuned for more updates during the week!

Can you guess what these are? Come Friday and you will find out!

ISBerne CAS project in Morocco

The IB Diploma Programme includes the development of a personal commitment to life-long global citizenship. At ISBerne, all students, IB and non-IB, are required to complete the Service element of CAS (Creativity, Action, and Service) in order to receive a diploma. Rather than looking at global service as an abstract academic discussion, the CAS Programme at ISBerne provides actual field experience in working with local projects in remote locations. In my long experience with NGOs, I’ve found that there are 2 kinds of people working there: those who sit in offices and discuss socio-economic problems in the theoretical…and those who go out and work in the field with the heat and bugs. :) 

-Richard Lakin

In this segment, students recount the experience of working at a school in Morocco.


How Switzerland Resisted Fascism

ISBerne sends a proud congratulations to alumnus Atholl W. Macpherson on the publication of his essay, The Deterrence of Fascism in Switzerland. Atholl, who now attends King’s College, London, is a graduate of the International School of Berne where, during the academic year 2012/13, he wrote his IB Extended Essay on the subject of the failure of fascism in Switzerland. His essay has just been published in the spring edition of the academic publication, The Concord Review.

You may read his article here:

ISBerne One Billion Rising 2014

Valentine’s Day 2014, the students at ISBerne participated in the global awareness effort of One Billion Rising.

Credit to ISBerne Students:
Fliming: Ossian Perret
Editing: Anis Riache

Re-defining the School Science Project

Boylan Slat serves as a wonderful example of what a thinking young man is capable of. What started out as an open-choice school assignment is now in mid-stages of feasibility studies. ISBerne commends this brilliant young man and will be watching his progress.

According to TEDxTalks video;

18-year-old Boyan Slat combines environmentalism, entrepreneurism and technology to tackle global issues of sustainability. After diving in Greece, and coming across more plastic bags than fish, he wondered; “why can’t we clean this up?”

While still being in secondary school, he decided to dedicate half a year of research to understand plastic pollution and the problems associated with cleaning it up. This ultimately led to his passive clean-up concept, which he presented at TEDxDelft 2012. Working to prove the feasibility of his concept, Boyan Slat currently gives lead to a team of approximately 50 people, and temporarily quit his Aerospace Engineering study to completely focus his efforts on The Ocean Cleanup.

The progress of The Ocean Cleanup can be followed through,, as well as



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