We aim for our students to flourish through:
∙ being confident in expressing…
– BSM Vision and Mission
Year 4 Assembly
First, we must thank our Year 4 students for their insightful assembly this morning. Together, they demonstrated their learning on the concept of equality – a concept that they defined as a state of fairness, where all people have equal rights, status and opportunities. From this, they went on to show that historically, people from different ethnicities, genders, religions and social classes have experienced inequality and discrimination. By taking us on this journey, Year 4 showed us that unfortunately, equality was not, and still is not afforded to everyone. In fact, to get it, a lot of people had to stand up and fight for their right to equal treatment.
To begin, Year 4 considered racial inequality. Their portrayal of the Atlantic Slave Trade, which detailed the transportation of slaves from Africa to different parts of the world, and the subsequent slave auctions which lead to life on the plantations, gave real context to the concept of equality. Year 4 developed this by showing the racial discrimination and the oppression faced by black people long after the abolition of the slave trade.
Next, our Year 4 students helped us to understand that the course of history changed because people stood up to change it. People fought for their right to equality and their right to be recognised as individuals. Year 4 called these people “upstanders.” Upstanders are people we can admire, look up to and aspire to be. When an upstander sees inequality or injustice, they speak up and they stand up, even when everyone else is quiet and even when everyone else is sitting down. In this way, to be an upstander is to be a hero: it is to stand up for what is right, no matter the consequences. In many ways, it is another word for being socially responsible.
To illustrate this, Year 4 introduced us to some influential upstanders from the Civil Rights Movement. People such as Muhammad Ali and Rosa Parks made a choice to stand up. They decided that inequality was not acceptable and their actions and words affected change in the United States. It is powerful to see that in this way, individual people can affect real change. Year 4 showed us that this is how movements begin and how the course of history can be changed for the better.
At BSM, we encourage all of our students to recognise the importance of being an upstander in society. As global citizens of the future, they have a responsibility to make a difference in the world by speaking out against injustice and can thereby create positive change.
KS2 Christmas Show
As we mentioned at the start of the year at the Key Stage Curriculum Evening this year’s KS2 production is going to be very unlike how it has been done in the past years, in which Year 6 took centre stage and Years 3-5 played a supporting role as the chorus in the musical numbers. In order to make it a richer, more meaningful experience for everyone involved, we decided to open the production to all students across the key stage, and encourage their participation not only as actors/performers but also behind the scenes as part of the production/technical support team. The stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘The BFG’ by David Wood has been selected, as it contains elements of puppetry and shadow play, and requires strong collaboration and teamwork that we believe will make it a very memorable experience for cast, crew and audience alike.
We look forward to inviting you to the performance on 10 December at 6pm in the Bayanihan.
Last weekend Mrs Power and Ms Bradshaw very fortunate to attend the FOBISIA Leadership conference in Macau. There were various presenters there from across the world. One was particularly familiar to BSM, Julie Stern, who shared her work on concept based learning and referenced our developmental work in this area. Her engaging session prompted many other leaders in the region to think about curriculum delivery in their schools, a journey that Julie prompted at BSM post her visit last year.