From the Principal’s Desk – 24 August, 2017
Last night our Senior Primary students held their annual science evening. The variety of exhibits from PYP3-6 were amazing and the level of explanation and understanding from each of the students I spoke to showed their enthusiasm and understanding of very complex scientific concepts. What was also very evident, was the level of student engagement and enjoyment for the work they were exhibiting.
I was incredibly proud of the students and their experiments/explorations and of course of the staff who have continued to inspire the students on their educational journey.
David Cronenberg (a well-known scientist) once said that “The way a child discovers the world constantly replicates the way science began. You start to notice what’s around you, and you get very curious about how things work. How things interrelate. It’s as simple as seeing a bug that intrigues you. You want to know where it goes at night; who its friends are; what it eats”. This innate curiosity in children is something that needs to be fostered and encouraged to ensure that children remain lifelong learners well into their adult lives. This is something that I truly believe is been nurtured and grown at HBIS. Under the umbrella of the unique IB curriculum that we base our education upon there is no reason that this should not continue well into a child’s secondary education years.
It would also be prudent to point out that it was impressive to see students start applying the rules for how to put presentations together and learning how to communicate their investigations and findings to a greater audience with confidence. The various level of degrees of posters and explanations were impressive especially when you see what they do in PYP3 and then end up doing in PYP6. The end result was something which students could eventually send off to the famous national ESKOM Science Expo competition – something the High School students participate in every year.
I want to thank the parents who came out last night in support of their children and the wonderful atmosphere that was dedicated to student exploration – well done to everyone involved!
Have a great weekend!