Middle Years Programme
The aims of the Middle Years Programme and the mission of the Bavarian International School are in alignment: to inspire young minds and challenge young individuals to achieve their intellectual and personal potential within a caring international environment. To achieve this aim, we offer our students a broad and balanced curriculum with a strong academic foundation that promotes intercultural awareness and supports and nurtures the physical, social and emotional development of adolescent children.
Students in Grades 6-10 take the following subjects:
- Physical and health education
- Language and literature (English, German)
- Individuals and societies (humanities)
- Arts including visual art, drama and music (In Grades 6 - 8 students take all subject specialties, in Grades 9 and 10, students choose to focus on one or two of the subject specialities)
- Language acquisition (Spanish, French, German, English, Chinese, Mother Tongue)
- An interdisciplinary study
- In Grade 10 all students complete the personal project, an individual study of their choice
All students study Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) through Wellbeing classes.
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
The EAL programme is designed to meet the academic English language needs of students who enter the school with a limited understanding of the English language. The aim of the programme is to help students acquire the academic English language skills necessary to become successful in mainstream subjects. Through an interview, either in-person or video, English language skills assessment and past academic reports, the English/EAL department will identify the level of English language support a student requires.
Students who require significant language support in Grades 6 - 8 will be placed in the Newcomer Centre, where they will receive academic content-based English instruction in English, humanities, and sciences. Intermediate English language learners in Grades 6 - 10 will be placed in English language acquisition as their English course. Units of study and assessment in English language acquisition will be designed according to the MYP language acquisition curriculum framework and criteria. Students will develop academic language skills such as text comprehension and literature appreciation, grammar and usage, sentence and paragraph composition, vocabulary development, oral fluency and focused listening as they explore a variety of concepts. EAL students entering BIS at Grade 11 will be placed in English language acquisition for study in the IB Diploma or the High School Diploma programme.
Service as Action
All students must participate in service to gain an understanding of what it means to be a responsible citizen and to acquire first hand experiences in participating in activities that benefit others in the BIS community and beyond. Students are required to keep an electronic journal documenting their service, and periodically they will have an opportunity to reflect on their contributions. While BIS does provide some time, opportunities and resources for service, students are expected to take initiative and seek out service opportunities on their own as well.
Mentor Group and Pastoral Care
Each student is placed in a mentor group under the care of a mentor. The mentor’s responsibility is to foster a relationship with their students so that each and every student feels a sense of belonging in the Secondary School. The mentors endeavour to develop an understanding of each child’s welfare and monitor/support not only academic progress, but also their overall social and emotional wellbeing.
The mentor group meets daily for morning registration at 9am. During registration, the mentor will also share daily messages and announcements, as well as monitor attendance, punctuality and adherence to the school’s dress code. If they have any concerns , they will contact home or inform the grade level pastoral leader as appropriate.
The mentor is also responsible for monitoring the degree to which their mentees are meeting the International Baccalaureate Service as Action (SA) requirements, and meets regularly with the service (assistant) coordinator to discuss overall progress of their mentor group.
In addition to morning registration, the mentor group meet once per 2-week cycle for a mentor period.
Depending on the grade level and the time of the year, this time is used as follows:
- Teaching the pastoral curriculum, which includes the affectives skills as set out by the IB Approaches To Learning (ATLs); mindfulness, perseverance, emotional management, self motivation and resilience.
- Monitoring SA on Managebac
- Reviewing reports and setting targets with each student after reporting periods
- Addressing any matters arising that pertain to the whole group
- Helping to meet deadlines e.g. Personal Project, EE, library returns etc
- Supervising students while they study/complete homework.
Learning Support at BIS
The Learning Support teachers at BIS are dedicated to creating a welcoming learning environment that promotes academic success and addresses obstacles to learning. The Learning Support teachers work together with teachers, the pastoral team, families and external professionals in the BIS community to foster the healthy development of all BIS students.
The Learning Support teachers in the Secondary School provide learning support for students with mild learning differences to meet the students’ individual needs in accessing the curriculum. They provide support to both formally identified students and those struggling students who have been informally identified by a teacher. A variety of service delivery models may be used, including monitoring, in-class support and individual or small group instruction in a separate setting. Services may include re-teaching, remedial and compensatory instruction, skill development and content support. The Learning Support teachers collaborate with classroom teachers to make appropriate accommodations and modifications as detailed in the students’ Individualised Education Plans.
Our Learning Support philosophy and services ensure that obstacles to learning are minimised for students with mild learning differences.
Outward Bound and other non-classroom events
Students in Grade 6 complete a transition and orientation programme at the beginning of the year that includes a 2.5 day residential camp at Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Students in Grades 7 and 8 will have an opportunity to go on an Outward Bound residential course during the year. The focus of the trip is team building and problem solving through physical and intellectual challenge. The aims of this programme are two-fold; one, to live, learn and travel cooperatively; and two, to extend and apply school curriculum in a realistic and often more interesting environment. Students in Grade 9 complete ‘The Bike Trip’ at the end of the year where they cycle from Passau to Vienna along the Danube. Grade 10 students undertake work experience for three weeks at the end of the school year.
Click on the images below for links to the MYP Handbook and MYP Rules for IB World Schools.