News from the Executive Principal’s Desk

A staff meeting was held last night where we were discussing TOK- the Theory of Knowledge. This is a unique component of the IB Diploma course that focuses on how we think, how we learn and how we know. The course is trans-disciplinary. It requires students to use knowledge from a combination of different curriculum areas to construct new understandings. An interesting comment was made in the lesson that the doors between any two classrooms, for example, a maths and a humanities classroom, are essentially artificial. Knowledge is knowledge. It tends to be compartmentalised by schools and curricula but a good learner will apply the lessons from all the different curriculum areas and get a clearer picture of the world. I was struck by just how lucky the students are to have a course that encourages this type of higher level thinking and to have a group of teachers who are so obviously committed to providing the best learning opportunities for the students. The conversation from the staff about student learning was animated and passionate.

On a more sporting theme, all the best to our students who are participating in the Ciputra Cup this weekend. We look forward to seeing you in action. Give it your all in terms of commitment whilst upholding the highest standards of sportsmanship.

Remember everyone that exams loom in the next few weeks. Make sure you get the balance right between exercise, study and rest.

Have a great week!

Martin Blackburn