Would you catch a bus to BIS?

Nov 7, 2014   //   by jhaynes   //   Articles, Blog  //  No Comments

We have been working on connecting with the wider Brisbane community as we know that many of our subscribers are from across Brisbane. We are also aware that the location of BIS can sometimes be prohibitive. Whilst it’s lovely being situated in a semi rural area, it is also difficult for non western suburbs people to get here. We have heard many people say that if only they didn’t have to do the trek through the city during peak hour then BIS would be their school of choice.

We have listened and are investigating a solution: A BIS bus.

The bus would be subsidised by the school but it would cost approximately $4/day for a child to travel a return journey to BIS. We are looking at a route that would take in a few pick-up points from the Southside to BIS.

Possible pick up points would be: Yeronga (for Graceville and Annerley), Hill End (for West End), Paddington and Indooroopilly. To make this idea become a reality we need to gather levels of interest so please follow this link to lodge your intention. https://doodle.com/m7scfcmhbvbvspbs

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“Education of Light” and the book “The Arrival of Palloncino”

Nov 4, 2014   //   by jhaynes   //   Events  //  No Comments

“Education of Light” and the book “The Arrival of Palloncino”

BIS is hosting Elena and Lorenzo practioners of Education of Light, an innovative approach that brings clarity in many situations: when parents get tired or angry at their kid’s behavioral patterns, when they do not know what to say in specific circumstances, when they are confused by their reaction to their children’s behaviour. This approach is about getting in touch with yourself because happy parents means happy children.

The “Meetings of Light for parents” is a series of sessions where we teach the tools to deal with the relationship between yourselves and your children. Education of Light shed a new understanding of life and its purpose, bringing more wellness, love and flow in the whole family.

 When: November 11th 2014 at 1,30 pm

RSVP to office@bis.org.au

About the speakers:

Dr. Elena Puntaroli (psychologist) and Lorenzo Sbrinci (pranic healer) are inspirational speakers, educators and authors of “The spiral of emotions” and “The Age of Light” (Anima Edizioni), “Inspiration, the enlightened way to make your desires fly” (Aldenia Edizioni), the novel “Longing, discovering desires” (Enjoy Edizioni) and the children’s book “The arrival of Palloncino” Mikazuki Publishing (L.A.). Elena and Lorenzo did their research all over the world and received leading-edge training, meeting some of the most extraordinary personalities of our times, such as Esther and Jerry Hicks, in Alaska.

Elena and Lorenzo have designed the “Teachings of Light”, a bright vision based on the infinite possibilities of being. This include a series of colorful and original insights and processes to discover who we really are and how to live our potential and beauty to the fullest. Elena and Lorenzo hold sessions, play-shops and events in Italy and Australia. www.cascatediluce.com   (mobile: 0061 0403046649)

Unpacking the BIS Philosophy and Curriculum

Sep 26, 2014   //   by bisadmin   //   Events  //  No Comments

Gain a solid understanding of the BIS curriculum in both theory and practice. The lecture thoroughly investigates the Integral Philosophy that sits at the core of the Values and Curriculum design of the school. We will also be looking at the specific teaching and learning processes that we utilise at the school. All our teaching staff are trained in these theories and maintain fortnightly training sessions to keep it active in our classrooms. Come along and be impressed by the truly innovate and exciting BIS curriculum.

Presenter is Jen Haynes – BIS Principal

When: November 25 @ 1pm – 2.30pm and  6pm-7:30pm

Where: Brisbane Independent School – 2447 Moggil Rd Pullenvale

RSVP: office@bis.org.au


You Did What? – Understanding children’s ideas of right and wrong through the prism of Staged Moral Development

Sep 26, 2014   //   by bisadmin   //   Events  //  No Comments

Understanding children’s ideas of right and wrong through the prism of Staged Moral Development. This is Jen’s talk on Kohlberg that covers a core principle to our school design and behaviour management by looking at the process that we each go through in doing the “right” or ‘wrong” thing.  Is lying ever the right thing to do? Is “good” a notion that children understand? It is an interesting talk that may challenge how you understand the way people interact and especially help you understand why kids do the things they do.

Presenter is Jen Haynes – BIS Principal

When: November 18 @   1:30pm – 3pm and    6:00pm – 7:30pm.

Where: Brisbane Independent School – 2447 Moggil Rd Pullenvale

RSVP: office@bis.org.au

Advocating for your Child in Prep

Sep 26, 2014   //   by bisadmin   //   Events  //  No Comments

Not sure about what you can expect from your school? Not sure how to raise concerns successfully with the teacher? Be prepared to do a bit of delving through your own memories of schooling to help you understand what expectations you have before you even set foot in the Prep classroom. This workshop is designed to give you some skills to actively use when confronted by your first experience of school as a parent. Applicable for any school setting.

Jen Haynes – BIS Principal  –

When: November 4 @ 1pm – 2.30pm and  6pm-7:30pm

Where: Brisbane Independent School – 2447 Moggil Rd Pullenvale

RSVP: office@bis.org.au

Self Directed Learning – What does this really mean in a primary school setting?

Sep 26, 2014   //   by bisadmin   //   Events  //  No Comments

Explore the nature of Self Directed Learning through the prism of developmental theory and your own experience. This lecture and little bit of self exploration looks at how developmental theory and social and emotional learning interlock in the process of developing self direction in the unfolding human being that is your child. Jen Haynes – BIS Principal is the presenter



When : October 14 @ 1:30pm – 3pm and 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Where : Brisbane Independent School – 2447 Moggil Rd Pullenvale

RSVP: office@bis.org.au

Commonwealth Bank Teaching Award

Sep 8, 2014   //   by jhaynes   //   Blog  //  No Comments

BIStopia has been awarded a Commonwealth Bank Financial Literacy award of $10,000. These awards celebrate the achievement of BIStopia as a learning experience by providing funds to be spent as the school sees fit to enhance the program.

Principal Jen Haynes was proud to accept the award on behalf of current and past staff members who have helped shape BIStopia into the amazing, immersive experience it is. She said, “We will be using this money to expand the existing program so that we can invite students from other schools to visit and enhance their financial literacy skills.” The school is also documenting the program so that other educators can run similar programs in their school. Part of the $10 000 will be spent on a range of resources to enhance the financial literacy program, including international currency collections and toys for the younger years that focus on the role of community in managing an economy.

Term 2 is all about BIStopia: a deep and intense exploration of how economies and communities work. The students investigate the role of the individual, the community and wider systems like the financial system. Students play with rates of exchange and taxation as well as the postal system, health system and parliamentary system. BIStopia culminates with the BISmark floated as a currency while political parties vie for votes. It is a busy time, with normal study paused for a week as students set up businesses. In addition the younger students (Big Cats) create a hospital and the middle group (Penguins) set up a post office. The older students (Dolphins) have their hands full running a bank and forming government.

The learning that students engage in over the term is rich with depth and full of real experiences that enable them to find purpose in learning about history, science, English and math.

Keep your eye out for BIStopia in 2015 during term 2, we love having visitors come to visit.

Pet Day

Jul 28, 2014   //   by jhaynes   //   Blog, Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Term 1 is a focus upon the self, how we understand ourselves and connect to others. Pet Day and Toy day are key parts of this as they allow the children to express themselves but also connect with their classmates. The development of the individual and supporting them in developing the ways that they can share themselves safely with others is a core part of our tripartite curriculum.

This year, with your increased numbers we had to change the format a bit and have our presentation in class rather than as a whole school. Students without pets bought in soft toys or photos and everyone got to have a hold or a cuddle of each other’s pets. Oli’s snake was one of the highlights, Mesmo’s cuddles were a little too scary for Jen the Principal who spent the day with the snake’s cage behind her desk. “I am quite scared of snakes but I had to stroke Mesmo because she just means so much to Oli, but I am really glad she has gone home.”

Focus days are an important part of life at BIS and we love having special days like Toy Day, Bike Day and Pyjama Day. Bike day is such an important event that the State Government has given us $1200 to spend on signage and transport training materials. By listening to the kid’s passions and interests we try and balance the practical need to get through a range of Federal Curriculum outcomes with those of the student’s and the BIS community.

The BIS community welcomes the Goey family into the fold

Jul 28, 2014   //   by jhaynes   //   Blog, Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Up until early this year the Goey family (Grace, Ronan and parents Kelly and Paul) lived in a wonderful community in Toowong, where the children freely played in the street with neighbouring children. Kelly and Paul felt incredibly lucky to have found a street with like-minded folk with young kids of their own. Like many BIS parents, the Goeys have juggled family aspirations with significant career demands (Paul lends his construction expertise on a fly-in fly-out basis out in the Pilbara in Western Australia and Kelly runs a busy Spring Hill cafe with her sister). The Goeys had an open mind when planning for Grace and Ronan’s education and visited BIS several years ago, ultimately opting to enrol in the local state school.




Says Kelly, “The year was incredibly tough for all of us—I watched my little girl’s confidence in her own brain and ability erode, and in hindsight, my own confidence as a parent was diminished also. We visited speech therapists, podiatrists and occupational therapists, with recommendations of more specialists, and endured telephone calls throughout the year from the guidance counsellor asking what we were doing about Grace. I dreaded drop off and pick up and steadily avoided eye contact with her teacher for fear of yet more negative feedback… and then I finally remembered what was important to me and my family.”
Kelly’s story is similar to many BIS families.
Principal Jen Haynes says, “Sadly, the Goeys’ story is quite common. The State School system has made a lot of progress in recent years and it certainly works for a lot of kids but we do get a good deal of interest from families looking for a framework that allows children to be individuals, that doesn’t try to put them in lock-step formation, and that is more attentive to the unique quirks and learning pathways that all children have.”
For Kelly, the first day at BIS was like coming home. She says, “I felt so relaxed and excited for the kids, saw the spark of recognition amongst the parents. We want them to flourish in their wonderful discovery of self, that we want them to be supported to embrace all that they are… including the tricky stuff!  It was in such contrast to the first day at Prep last year, as we put Grace into her too-big uniform and chunky no-climbing-in-these shoes, dutifully restrained her hair and joined the group of parents entering the classroom all looking as scared as if it was our first day of school all over again.”
Kelly has watched Grace slowly settling into herself at BIS and letting go of the stress. She is grateful that Roman has the benefit of knowing no different, having started Prep at BIS. And Kelly herself is slowly settling back into herself and letting go of the stress. “We made the decision over Christmas to move closer to the school and so, left our beloved community and rented out our house in Toowong. I really didn’t know how all of that was going to feel… but as with a decision that is right the whole move to BIS has just kept feeling more right as the weeks roll on. Last Friday morning, over breakfast Grace was busying herself with something, when we got to the car she showed me the “Best Teacher In The World” badge she made for Tim.”
Kelly advises parents sending their kids to Prep at other schools to trust themselves and to ask questions and be proactive. “If you can develop a relationship with your child’s teacher that will allow some space for your child, then do it.  If you can’t, seek an alternative. You will never regret putting your child first.”


Jul 28, 2014   //   by jhaynes   //   Blog, Uncategorized  //  No Comments

After twenty years of being a teensy weensy school 2014 has swollen to a marvellous 59 students. To support this increase (we are aiming for 75 by 2017) we have increased our staffing so that we have a teacher aide in each classroom. This means that our teaching and learning has even more depth for our students as there are some great opportunities for the multi-age groups to both be supported and extended as needed. As part of this we would like to welcome some staff:

Richelle Robertson – Richelle comes to us with many years of teaching experience in varied settings around Qld within the state system. She has jumped into the BIS system with enthusiasm after volunteering last year for a day per week. Richelle is working with the Penguins.

Caroline Gray – Caroline has come all the way form England to work at BIS. She found us last year and saw in BIS her dream school. After an enormous amount of passion and trust she moved herself and her daughter to Brisbane in a two week period to start working here on the first day of school. She is the teacher aide for the Penguins.

Andrew Rowlands – Andrew has had a varied career in the service industries but realised, on becoming a Dad that working with kids was his calling and has started studying education. He has his own small children but seems to have limitless patience as he is always so calm with the BIG cats (and with Tim) who he works with.

Kay Ward – With years of teaching under her belt, we are very lucky to have Kay join our community as a teacher aide. Her experience gives her the perfect insights to be working with the Dolphin crew alongside Linda (who started teaching last year).

Kirsten Hartel – a new graduate with lots of enthusiasm Kirsten is teaching Spanish on Mondays and sharing with Linda teaching the Dolphins on Thursday and Friday. Kirsten has her German upbringing and her love of Spanish to keep our linguistically interested kids on their toes.

Welcome to you all!

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