'We are good friends' is equally a promise and a belief of the BEPS community. If anyone were to ask to see 'socialising in progress' at BEPS, I would point towards the playground. On the playground, children get to choose when, with whom, for how long they want to interact.
We have recently introduced a new concept to our Early Years children: "Loose parts play". Our teachers have been encouraging the children to use their imagination, playing with resources including cardboard boxes, wooden planks, branches, tires, pipes, and plastic guttering but also smaller items like buttons, shells, leaves, pebbles, coloured pompoms, and so on.
One of our special BEPS traditions is enjoying Halloween. We love seeing the excitement grow and the children's and their parent's creativity. This year it had to be different, but the tradition was kept alive.
We consistently reflected on the implications distance learning held for our community. We have considered both the immediate issues and the longer-term outlook to ensure the security and continued success of BEPS.
After more than 2 years of hard work, we are happy to announce that BEPS International School is now an IB World School. This MYP authorisation process looked closely at the way the school operates, from the underlying philosophy and how, through policies and practices, these align with those of the International Baccalaureate Organisation.
Just before Spring break, the students in French Acquisition from BEPS Secondary School were asked to write a letter to the elderly who are confined in a care home. The project was integrated into the unit 'What is human solidarity and service to the community?'
We know that it is crucial to have a balance between learning and free time, and that screen free time is also a must. Therefore, we quickly adapted the number of online learning activities the children were offered each day, and teachers designed activities to support this move. In addition to this, we decided to introduce 'Screen Free Wednesdays'.
As BEPS PTA was not able to organise the annual Easter Egg Hunt this year, they donated the money that they would have used to buy the eggs to help hospitals and their staff during the Coronavirus crisis.
In usual times, the BEPS PTA would be organising their annual Easter Egg Hunt for the children today 1st April. However, it seemed a great shame for such an important BEPS event to go unmarked, and so we thought that in true BEPS spirit, the event should go on.
Following the latest announcement from the Belgian Government, BEPS will extend the school closure up to, and including Friday 3rd April 2020.