BIS Blog

Day 1:

We woke up at 3.30am to the airport and off to Denpasar, Bali at 6.30am. After touchdown, we went on a boat ride to Lombok for about 2 hours. Some of us decided to stay on top of the boat and got horribly burnt by the sun.

Fei Fung, grade 8 student

Day 2:

Today we were separated into diving groups, advanced and open water. For many of us it was the first time diving, we spent few hours learning skills in the pool. For the rest who have been here, they were the "expertish" so they went to the ocean today. We got up in the morning and had breakfast together, in the afternoon we went out and roamed around the island and saw baby sea turtles at the turtle conservation.

Fei Fung, grade 8 student

Day 3:

Not only was the last time the open water group had pool sessions but also the first time the advanced group went on a night dive. While the advanced groups were doing night dives many of us went around the island riding bikes. The advanced divers saw 5 sharks and glowing planktons. The stars were beautiful. It was a really squishy and exciting adventure.

Day 4:

The open water divers did their very first dive in the vast ocean. It was extra-ordinary, they went to Halik; one of the most beautiful dive site in Gili Trawangan. They saw various species of marine life, including 8 turtles and colourful coral reefs. Meanwhile, the advanced divers had graduated from Open Water to Advanced and are currently making their certifications. The first dive we went on this surprisingly sunny day,-since the weather forecast did, indeed, indicate that it was meant to rain today- was a trip to Shark Point, where we used Nitrox as our supply of air instead of the usual Oxygen. The next dive was located in Halik; the same dive spot where the Open Water divers had gone, but at a different time. There, we saw two black tip reef sharks, three massive bumphead parrotfish, one camouflaged scorpion fish, one octopus, and two sea turtles -one of which Yi Jen nearly kicked with her enormous fins while descending. 

For dinner, the group went out as a whole and walked/cycled to a restaurant called 'The Broken Compass'. There, we ate a hearty meal and jumped in the pool to have a joyous time. After dinner, we watched a heated game of ping pong featuring Mr. Russell and Ica versus Ariel and Victor (one of the Dive Instructors from Manta Dive). After that, we headed to our cabins and said goodnight to everyone. 

Yanda and Sasha, grade 8 students

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This tour offered a chance to see the 3 most important cities of the Yangtze Delta: Shanghai, Hangzhou and Suzhou. Connected by bullet train, enjoyed ancient and modern Shanghai, cruised on the romantic and heavenly West Lake, and strolled through ancient Chinese culture in Suzhou gardens and Wuzhen Watertown.

Program:

Shanghai - explored Shanghai (Nanjing rd and people's park, shanghai museum, yuyuan garden, bund, Shanghai Tower, Cruising on the river, Urban planning Center, Former Concession – Xin Tian Di, acrobatic show, Silk Road restaurant and performance.

Suzhou - visited the Golden Cock Lake, Museum, Silk Factory, Zen Garden, Hanshan Temple, Tiger Hill and enjoyed the Suzhou Opera. 

Wuzhen - Its 1,300-year history, with its ancient lanes, centuries-old stone houses and arched bridges, make it one of China’s top ancient water towns south of the Yangtze River.

Hanzhou - The city is a noted ancient capital of China and is famed for West Lake and Grand Canal. A new city was built based on the site of the prefecture government of Hangzhou during the Sui and Tang (618-907) dynasties. The 2016 G20 Hangzhou summit was held on 4–5 September 2016 in the city of Hangzhou. Alibaba Group is a Chinese e-commerce company that provides Founded in Hangzhou. 

Visited West Lake, Longjing Tea Village, Alibaba campus, enjoyed the Dynasty Song Show. Traveled by High Speed Train (350KM / per hour) back to Shanghai.

 

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We really enjoyed listening to Grade 1 and Grade 2 singing during our most recent assembly, including songs that reminded us about the importance of ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’.   We also had the chance to say ‘well done’ and thank you to our IISSAC Swim Team who were runners up at the tournament in Bali.  Congratulations to our Early Childhood and Elementary swimmers!

Ms. Mary

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The high level of commitment of our swimmers; the teamwork of the parents; and the support of various professional swim coaches all contributed to an excellent preparation of this year’s IISSAC swim team.

 

A group of more than 30 students left for Bali to compete against 5 other small international schools. The swimmers had fantastic results and collected many precious points for the team. 

 

Many individual and various IISSAC records were broken by our BIS swimmers. Of the 19 new IISSAC records, 10 were BIS records, namely 5 in Ciara Healy’s name, 4 in Carlston Sung’s name and 1 new record was achieved by the 14 and over boys 200 m medley relay team. 

 

Of all 70 events (recorded since 2010), BIS currently holds 30 records, which includes 6 old records in Ciara’s name (2010-16), 5 in Carlston’s name (2012-16); 2 by Gilbert Sung (2012-14); 2 by Alexandra Dunbar (2010-11); 1 by Russell Tjakralaksana (2016) and 4 medley and freestyle relay records by the 10-13 and 14 and over girls squads (2014-15). This means that of all current 70 IISSAC records, Bandung Independent School holds nearly 50%!

 

Some of our swimmers joined for the first time, for example our three EC3 swimmers, and the competition was tough, but we managed to finish second with our boys and girls team, right after our host Bali Island School and ahead of Bandung Alliance Intercultural School. A well-deserved second place! Go Dragons!

 

A big thanks goes to all the swimmers, the coaches, FoBIS, the parents and Pak Deni for their fantastic effort and support.

 

Mrs Moya Healy and Mrs Nicolette Brata-Coolen – IISSAC Swim Team Managers

 

 

 

PYP Dunia is the network of PYP schools in Indonesia and as such provides many opportunities for collaboration and sharing between member schools. Twice a year the network holds their PYP Coordinator meeting. Thank you very much to Ms. Drezgic who organised for the first day of their most recent meeting to take place at BIS and who led some very valuable professional dialogue about aspects of the PYP such as collaboration and the Exhibition.  We welcomed more than 20 educators from PYP schools across Indonesia and EC2-3, Grade 2 and Grade 5 students also shared their learning with the visitors, who left very impressed by what is happening in our PYP programme. The focus on the second day was on Special Educational Needs so Mrs. Brata as well as Ms. Drezgic joined the Friday sessions at Penabur School.

Ms. Mary

 

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