The Richness of Life at SOIS

Kindergarten Students Perform at Winter Concert

I am always astounded at the varied and rich learning experiences at SOIS that occur on a weekly basis. Last week was especially abundant as we look forward to the winter break. The PYP students on Friday were wonderful in their performance at the winter concert under the guidance of our ES music teacher Sarah Bonner. The standing-room only crowd had their hearts warmed with Christmas cheer that only children can produce. There was singing, dancing, playing of instruments – a true demonstration of learning music.

Above are lights designed by grade 5 students using Japanese washi paper. They were so good I wanted to buy a couple of them for my home! It is interesting to see the different designs from the students. Our school is full of art works from the students.

We had a special night on Wednesday with the annual students versus teachers basketball game. The boys’ varsity team was too much for the “fossils” again this year, defeating us 47-41 in a close game. It is good practice for the team and a good workout for us.

Visiting artist Allison Samuels gave a talk to our diploma program visual arts students on Friday. She described her experience as a working artist in New York City. The students had questions about attending art school, starting her own business, and how to follow one’s passion. As with all young people who enjoy the visual arts, finding a balance between making a living and making art is always difficult. Allison is a fabric artist and next week will be giving some embroidery workshops.

In the photo above, SIS principal, Mayumi Ito putts through an obstacle course in our annual Two Schools Golf Cup. We are always finding ways for our two schools to work together. Each day last week, a different hole was set up in the faculty lounge and an OIS staff member was paired with an SIS staff member. It was funny to hear cheers throughout the day coming from the usually quiet break area. The event was small, but important in encouraging communication between the two schools. I have found in my career that doing fun activities together, allows for more collaboration throughout the year.

And finally, I wanted to share this photo of the faculty at the All School Production auditions. They evaluated the singing and dancing talent of our students. The cast for this year’s musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is set and rehearsals started last week. Students, parents, and teachers from grades 3-12 are involved. Much goes into the production including the designing and building of sets and props, perfecting the songs and dances, making costumes, managing the stage, live music, sound quality, lights, etc. It brings us all together and it should be an entertaining performance in February.

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