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11
March
2020

GRASPS Assessments are underway!ย 

At the end of each unit of work, the MYP students are assessed using a model known as GRASPS. This form of assessment is based on the most current educational research. It brings together all their learning from the work they have done during their current MYP unit and the tasks can take a wide variety of forms which aim to ensure that students can solve real-life problems. 

The term GRASPS comes from the acronym described below: 

โ€ข ๐™‚๐™Š๐˜ผ๐™‡ - ๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฎ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ?
โ€ข ๐™๐™Š๐™‡๐™€ - ๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต'๐˜ด ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฌ? 
โ€ข ๐˜ผ๐™๐˜ฟ๐™„๐™€๐™‰๐˜พ๐™€ - ๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ตโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ?
โ€ข ๐™Ž๐™„๐™๐™๐˜ผ๐™๐™„๐™Š๐™‰ - ๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ต, ๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ?  
โ€ข ๐™‹๐™€๐™๐™๐™Š๐™๐™ˆ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜พ๐™€ - ๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ต? ๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ? 
โ€ข ๐™Ž๐™๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ๐˜ผ๐™๐˜ฟ๐™Ž - ๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ? ๐˜–๐˜ฏ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ข ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ?

Grasp assessments are linked to the skills that are key elements of the MYP programme and aim to ensure that students are well prepared for Diploma Studies. 

Assessments can take a range of forms such as formal tests, research projects, presentations, artwork, podcasts, radio programmes or films. Over the year, the various GRASPS develop and assess a wide range of skills, which are linked to learning styles of each individual student and the Approaches to Learning (ATLs) that are an integral part of the MYP programme. 

Below is an example of an assessment using the GRASPS approach, from the Individuals and Societies course for MYP 3.

https://www.la-garenne.ch/PDF/example-of-an-assessment.pdf

GRASPS Assessments are underway!ย 

Categories: Academic

10
March
2020

International Women's Day

Sunday March 8th was International Women's Day.  The theme for this year is #EachforEqual and the idea that 'an equal world is an enabled world' - a world which works for everyone.  

At La Garenne we decided to mark International Womenโ€™s day by focusing on celebrating the achievements of women who inspire us and on Monday 9th March a small group of MYP2, 3 and 4 students delivered an assembly that introduced the whole Senior School to women from Science, Sport, Politics, Medicine and The Arts.  

Each of the student and staff speakers (thank you to Greg, Eurgain and Denise for their contributions too) chose a woman from their home country to celebrate and we heard about women from Switzerland, Nigeria, Russia, Iran, China, Japan, England, Wales and the USA.

We were privileged to receive special messages for the La Garenne community from explorer, celebrity expedition leader and internationally renowned survival consultant, Megan Hine (@Megan_Hine) and the incredible Dr Camilla Pang (@millie_moonface) a scientist and author who describes her autism as a 'super-power' and whose book, 'Explaining Humans: What Science Can Teach Us About Life, Love and Relationships' is out in hardback on March 12th.  

The real โ€˜take-awayโ€™ message of the assembly and International Womenโ€™s Day for us is that everyone (girls and boys, women and men) should, โ€˜โ€˜Be confident with what you love to do, what you want to achieve and what you want to be part of. You are a human, a curious hardworking one who has every right to make their mark.โ€™ (Dr Camilla Pang, March 7th, 2020.)   

At the end of the assembly, we all made a commitment to work towards an equal and enabled world, making the official International Womenโ€™s Day โ€˜equalsโ€™ sign with our arms, or by holding up one of the IWD 2020 selfie cards.  

We are proud to say that La Garenne believes in equality.  The students of La Garenne inspire us every day. The boys and girls of La Garenne are the ones who are going to change the world!  #EachforEqual 

International Women's Day

Categories: Academic

09
March
2020

Year 1 and 2 finally launched their rockets

After being very patient Year 1 and 2 finally launched their rockets this week as part of their IPC topic, From A to B. Thanks to Paul and the Rocket Man they also enjoyed astronaut ice cream after the launch! They enjoyed making their wheeled vehicles in Technology. Well done Year 1 & 2.

Year 1 and 2 finally launched their rockets

Categories: Academic

09
March
2020

First Aid during their wellness classes

This week our MYP3 students had the opportunity to learn First Aid during their wellness classes. 
The school nurse, Caitlin, came to talk to the students and to show them how to put an individual in the recovery position safely if they had a casualty who is unresponsive and breathing normally. 

They were also shown how to administer CPR if the need ever arises.
All the students enjoyed this lively and interactive session.

 

First Aid during their wellness classes

Categories: Academic

27
February
2020

Year 5

On the evening of the 24th February 2020, the Year 5 class (alongside Jenny and Kirsty) were lucky enough to visit the observatory at Aiglon, and on such a beautifully clear night for stargazing as well! They were welcomed by the teachers and students from the Astronomy Club and had the opportunity to learn about and look through three different telescopes. The children were extremely excited to have seen a planet  - Venus, the brightest star - Sirius, as well as some different stars and constellations, including Betelgeuse and Orion's Belt. 
 
After some initial stargazing, the class was taken into the observatory and given a detailed introduction about how it worked and had a look at some pictures taken on their impressive telescope. Everyone loved watching the roof open and waiting for the telescope to take a real life picture of the night sky. Thankyou Aiglon for having us to visit - everyone learned so much and had a lot of fun!

 

 

 

Year 5

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