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Communication - Evaluations
Meetings between parents and teachers are held at the end of each term to discuss all aspects of the student’s education. Parents receive a detailed report at the end of each term and are invited to meet with the main teachers of their children upon receipt of this report.
Students have their own Communication Book that serves as a daily link between the school and parents.
A Virtual Media Centre (VMC, in the ENT) - a "virtual library" - is a tool to help pupils research securely and safely, to explore certain themes more profoundly, and to share work with their parents. An individual access code is given to each student and family early in the year. Documents and information are available to all members of the groups or classes concerning activities and excursions. An introduction to the use of ENT is offered each term to parents.
In addition, parents are welcome to come to school when they like to look at their child’s books and the creative work they have done. An Open Day in the Spring (see calendar) and various events throughout the year will also provide opportunities to see the achievements of the pupils.
Children will undergo an assessment in their First Language and Mathematics during the third week of September (or upon arrival for children who join the school during the school year). All teachers perform ongoing assessments of the children that reflects their level and progress, both academic and personal.
An assessment booklet, designed especially by the school, has been in place since September 2013. This booklet measures and records evolution and progress of specific objectives for each subject taught at BIS. Since 2014/2015, a large section of the report has been dedicated to cross curriculum skills, and in 2016 a brand new 2nd Language assessment segment was added.
In general, very little homework is given in the evening for children under 8 years (Yellow Group). Considering that the children work in small classes, their attention is sought and expected permanently throughout the day, in two languages (sometimes three). This requires considerable effort and concentration. Like adults, to avoid saturation and promote memorization, students need to relax with their families after school.
Children under 8 years old are encouraged to borrow reading books in addition to the ones provided by their language teacher. This reading - that can be shared with their parents - will strengthen their comprehension skills and help develop a love for books.
However, parents wishing more homework to be given to their child may meet with the Head of Primary to organise a different scheme.
For students over 8 years, assignments are given regularly in preparation for a successful integration in College / Middle School.