Our orientation for the second semester was held for more than thirty new students.
Primary Years Programme (PYP)
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme is a transdisciplinary, inquiry-based framework for learners aged 3-11.
The Primary Years Programme at Stonehill, one of the best international schools in Bangalore, is designed to encourage natural curiosity and a fearless sense of inquiry in children. Our child-centred learning philosophy allows each child to develop at their own pace and learn through the process of inquiry.
Reflective practices are taught from a young age, along with using the learners’ voice, giving them choice and expecting them to own their learning decisions based on their needs and interests, and critical analysis of the data collected.
The freedom to question is the freedom to learn. Karen Crooke, Primary Principal
Passion and action are expectations of learning - the connections to self, family, community and the real world are indicators of significant, relevant, engaging and challenging opportunities that intrinsically motivate.
Embedded outcomes in the key learning areas ensure growth and development in skills, knowledge and understanding against international norms. Collaborative teams of professional staff collect, monitor and manage data/learning at the individual, grade and systems-wide levels.
Parents are seen as partners so feedback is regular and timely. This feedback is individualised and includes the learners self-evaluation with specific goal setting as its outcome.
Intercultural awareness and global citizenship are highlighted in a Primary-based year-long unit of inquiry along with a significant focus on our host culture and connections to Bangalore and India throughout the programme of inquiry.
Personal and Social Education in the PYP
All members of the PYP team work together to create an environment that is supportive of learning in all realms. Being responsible, respectful, caring and honest ensures we build harmony and commitment to each other. We create solid relationships based on trust and a willingness to support each other as we all grow and learn.
Child protection is the responsibility of all members of our team. A designated child protection officer takes on the systems-wide management. Notification of concerns is mandatory and acted upon in a timely manner.
Primary School Counsellor
A transdisciplinary programme ensures much of our work is done within the context of units of inquiry and led by the grade team along with the Primary School counsellor. Several stand-alone units target specific areas, notably sexuality education which supports the child protection elements of life and learning. Many of these stand alone units are co-taught giving learners an opportunity to relate to a number of adults who they see as a support network. This support network plays an important role as they grapple with a growing maturity and added responsibilities.
The school counsellor has additional roles including transitioning learners in and out of the school, counselling individuals and groups through ‘big problems’ and building specific skills that ensure the supportive nature of the community is enhanced and maintained.