Monday, October 10, 2016

Student Leadership!

Through the PYP at Seisen we aim to "develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect"(IB Mission Statement, 2007).  The development of personal attitudes of commitment, confidence, empathy, respect, enthusiasm etc. are corner stones of the PYP curriculum framework.  

The action component inherent in the PYP can involve service to follow students, and to the larger community both in and outside the school. Through such service students are able to grow both personally and socially, developing skill such as cooperation, problem solving, conflict resolution and creative and critical think. Moreover, these actions are also ways in which students exhibit their commitment to the attributes of our learner profile and to the attributes that we seek to engender within our PYP classrooms.

At Seisen we seek to offer our learners the opportunity and the power to act, to decide on their actions and to reflect on these actions in order to make a difference in the world.

We had many wonderful applications from our grade six students for the positions of House Captains this year. Students created video, written and/or oral texts outlining why they would like to challenge themselves with the role. The grade 6 Homeroom Teachers, Mr Hughes, our PYP coordinator, our Elementary Counsellor, Ms. Carnright and Ms. Sandra our Elementary Principal spent many coffee- fuelled hours viewing and discussing applications. With so many great applications decisions were very difficult to make and closely tied.

We are now very pleased to share with you our Elementary House Leaders for the 2016/17 school year. These students reflect and strive to develop many of the attributes described above. We are very happy they have taken on the role of Elementary House Captains and we look forward to their student leadership throughout the year.

Asama House Captains: Yui, Maya & Yume
Ontake House Captains: Sonal, Imani & Anna
Chokai House Captains: Zarah, Ayaka & Pearl
Iwaki House Captains: Tanaya, Jiyu & Lisa
There will be lots more leadership opportunities for all our wonderful grade 6s throughout the year - our first Elementary House Event will be held in the afternoon of October 19th and the K-12 House Picnic is on October 20th.

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