PYP Exhibition 2018

KIS Exhibition

This year we are going to celebrate our Exhibition on May 10-11, 2018. Here are some useful blog posts from our Library Blog:


PYP Exhibition


Research and Style Manual

We recommend using the EasyBib Bibliography Creator to create their bibliography.

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Q& A 3-way Conferences

Question and Answer

Number one factor:

3-way conferences involve all stakeholders: the student, the teacher, and the parent. Our conferences are conducted to give the teacher and your child an opportunity to discuss their learning with you. Teachers and students reflect upon student work samples from the student’s portfolio and we set goals for the future.

What does this mean?

Three Way Conferences a.k.a. Goal Settings


Where will you go?

Depending on your child you could visit the following learning environment:

  • The homeroom classroom
  • Any specialist Learning Area

What happens during the conference?

Students and teachers will discuss and reflect on samples of work that they have chosen to share. These samples have been selected with guidance and support from the teacher and could be from the student’s portfolio. Some classrooms will also be set up with interactive learning activities so that your child can show you how they learn. As the majority of the talking is done by students, they do an incredible job reflecting on and verbalizing their reflections about their learning and themselves as learners. This way, parents get many valuable insights about their child’s learning.

What is a student portfolio?

A student portfolio is a record of a student’s progress in learning that demonstrates success, growth, higher order thinking, creativity, assessment strategies, and reflections. It is the celebration of an active mind at work.

What does a student portfolio look like?

This year we are starting to embrace the technology potential. So, a student portfolio may be a hard copy book, or folder containing student work. Depending on the grade level, students may also have an electronic portfolio. As this is a year of exploration and discovery our portfolios might look and feel very different from last year.


What do I do during the conference?

Please remember the main thing is to always be positive and encouraging.

These questions may be helpful when your child is showing you his/her portfolio.

  1. What are your goals this year?
  2. What have you learned this term?
  3. What would you like to learn that you do not already know?
  4. Are you proud of your portfolio?
  5. Which piece of work are you most proud of?
  6. Which area is difficult for you? Why?
  7. What makes you happiest at school?
  8. Which occurrences frustrate you at school?
  9. What would you like to accomplish by the end of this year?
  10. What are three things you hope to change in the future?
  11. How can I help you achieve your goals?

I’m a new parent, is there any new parent advice?

Your child will be ready to help you through this process together with the teacher. They are reflective and enthusiastic.


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Welcome back to School

 Welcome back to another sensational term!

And a massive welcome to all new students and their families as well! It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces flood into school this morning. Even though with all this cool weather upon us everyone looked relaxed and happy to be back and ready to take on the challenges of another term. I do hope that everyone had an awesome time over the holidays; relaxing, charging their batteries and spending precious time with family, and friends.

This term will be another big one with highlights including 3-way conferences, residential trips, and the CIS/PYP evaluation visit at the end of February.

We will be hosting our regular Parent Forums and Workshops so that all new and returning families will have all necessary information for a successful goal setting conferences and how to participate with the evaluation visit. Stay tuned for those SEA messages later on.


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KIS Hour of Code 2017

Thank you all for another great showcase of creativity and commitment. I have been so impressed with all our students showing their growth mindset and being risk-takers by trying to code our robots and creating swirly art.

How can we support our students to continue to code?

Learning trough Playing

Many parents and teachers wonder, “When will I have time to teach them how to code?” Or maybe the more precise question is, “I don’t know how to code, so how can I expect them to create a project out of code?” The answer to these questions is simple: If students are choosing to create something out of code, then we need to  provide them with the resources and send them on their way.  It is important to provide our students with time to play, experiment, and create something out of passion and interest. I personally love coding, but do I think that it is for everyone, no I don’t. My take on this is that coding by itself is a way too narrow skill set for what it has been branded for. The real skill set is computational thinking and logic.  As educators and parents we should be looking beyond coding and facilitate a more comprehensive solution.

That said, I do suggest using resources like and and playing with all the possibilities they offer.  As for younger primary students I do recommend something a bit more hands on, something that can be manipulated and experienced beyond the screen.  Lego serious play offers a comprehensive modular STEAM environment that never ends. With Lego Mindstorm students that build, code, and see their own robot designs come to life and perform tasks that they want.

Be sure to visit our Hour of Code website for more ideas and pictures

See this wonderful post for more coding resources.

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