Middle Schoolers Making the Rules!

Our school does not just impart bookish knowledge. It also helps our students learn life skills that will guide them through life. Our incredible teachers are constantly spearheading ingenious ideas and activities that not only engage the students, but at the same time help them understand and be a part of the bigger picture, while honing leadership skills and purpose. To this effect, the Middle School organizes an exciting activity! Every second week during the school year, the Middle School organizes an assembly for its  students. During this time the students work in multiple smaller advisory groups. They are then … Continue reading Middle Schoolers Making the Rules!

Middle School honors student achievements on World Maths Day

The Middle School assembly this week recognized student achievements on World Maths Day. In total, 43 Middle School  students completed the challenge and played 50 games. Here are the top scoring boy and girl per grade: Top 6th graders: Hyojin 1653 and Wenji 1410 Top 7th graders: Matthieu 2262 and Grace G. 1514 Top 8th graders: Young Ju 1882 and Marina  1617 Some staggering statistics from World Maths Day: Total Live Maths questions: 103,013 Total Users: 5,031,039 Total Maths questions answered: 282,295,184 In total 171 different countries took part, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe! Congratulations to all students who participated. Continue reading Middle School honors student achievements on World Maths Day

“The Tutorial Project” encourages student interaction and peer-to-peer learning

One of the most successful pedagogical decisions this year has been to upgrade our grade 7 media course with the “Tutorial Project”. Our goal was to encourage student interaction and peer-to-peer learning within the classroom. In general we always do our best to make sure that there exists a classroom atmosphere where all sources and forms of knowledge are welcome. What pointed us in the direction of tutorials is the growing presence of video tutorials in online space, and the fact that, in our view, Google searching has practically become a key competence. So we asked students to create video … Continue reading “The Tutorial Project” encourages student interaction and peer-to-peer learning

Winners of Grade 7 animation movie showcase announced!

We are thrilled to announce that Grade 7 Sam C. and Carson M.’s animation movie “Square Eye’s Dream” has won the Middle School Animation movie showcase. The jury’s spokesman Mr. Tom Ryan has announced the vote during lunch recess in the Performing Arts Center to an audience of 80 students, teachers and one parent. Coming in closely to take the second place is the touching and truly inspiring story by Valerie F. entitled “The Miracle“. A total of 9 animation movies were produced in the autumn semester of the Media7 course. The course included a special event titled “Story Bang”, where … Continue reading Winners of Grade 7 animation movie showcase announced!

8th grade students explore strengths of St. John’s

Eight grade students were asked to make a presentation about what they perceive as the strengths of St. John’s. They used the animoto website and came up with some great slideshows, please see some examples below: http://animoto.com/play/7pldO9112st9cWUfz510FA about teamwork, http://animoto.com/play/IADmCie12Q9Ujc1lyFFzOg shows how St. John’s values friendship and http://animoto.com/play/7C165TySpOR9lvoQz20e8w is about being international. It seems the students enjoyed the project and learned some new skills in the process. Well done, 8th graders! Continue reading 8th grade students explore strengths of St. John’s

Eight graders experience mindfulness

The Big Ideas Week in 8th grade ended with a special day centered around self-discovery and well-being. Students attended different workshops based on well-being and Kara Smith was our guest speaker for the day. Kara is a teacher of mindfulness, she works at the American School of the Hague and did different mindful activities with the students. What is mindfulness? Probably the most common definition of mindfulness is that “mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” (Jon Kabat-Zinn) What are the benefits of mindfulness? —  Less stress and anxiety —  Greater focus … Continue reading Eight graders experience mindfulness

Big Ideas week in Middle School

From January 14-18, Middle School students  will experience a new Big Ideas week. Grade 8 students will take a Journey of Discovery and will be offered various workshops led by experts. Some of the topics our students will have the opportunity to learn about: Creative Writing on Heroes and Villains, Books and films, Discovery Science, Zen cooking, Magical Maths and many more. On Wednesday, we will go and visit the exhibitions and workshops of the Science Museum in Brussels. Friday will be a “Well-Being Day” with different activities. Grade 7 will be looking at food. Students will be offered four … Continue reading Big Ideas week in Middle School

6th grade science: Physical Properties of Matter

After conducting guided investigations of sound and electrical conductivity, Sixth Graders have designed and carried out their own tests of heat conductivity in metals.  Each group designed an apparatus to test a single variable and limit sources of error as much as possible.  In addition to increased accuracy in developing and recording data, safety considerations were carefully evaluated by each group.  Data analysis was facilitated by graphing techniques learned in Mathematics classes this month.  The Sixth Graders’ success in these investigations reflects an increasingly sophisticated approach to their learning in the methods of science. Purposeful exploration, creative and logical problem … Continue reading 6th grade science: Physical Properties of Matter