Dear Parent

TIS (Primary School Campus)

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Jacob Lumumba as our inaugural PYP Coordinator for the Primary School. We will let Jacob introduce himself.

My name is Jacob Lumumba, I am the IB Primary Years Programme Coordinator at RBK International Academy, Mumbai.  I am also a member of the International Baccalaureate Educators Network IBEN, where I am a Consultant, Workshop Leader, and School Visit Team Member.

 I work closely with the IB Office for Asia Pacific specifically for training staff, authorizing PYP Schools and evaluating existing programmes. I have been an educator for the last 27 years with a major focus on prep and primary education.

Jacob will be accompanied by his wife, Veronica, who is a PYP teacher, and their son Samuel, who will commence DP at TIS.

Admissions are open. Please visit: https://tis.openapply.com

Screenings and interviews for admission to Primary School in September have commenced

The first stage of the Primary School will open in September for Preschool classes (Kinder 1,2 and 3) as well as Grades 1-3. Stage 2 will open in September 2020 when Grades 4-6 will be opened.

For more information email: [email protected]

ESS, Biology and Geography Field Trip to UK – 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Internal assessment, also known as Individual Investigation, is an IBDP requirement. It is worth 20% of the IBDP final assessment. Students are required to carry out an individual scientific investigation on a topic that is commensurate with the level of the course of study.

For the past three years (since 2016) many students who study ESS, Biology and Geography have been embarking on an educational field trip, dubbed SLAPTON IA TRIP to Slapton in UK to carry out their Individual Investigations. The Slapton Field Studies Council is a well-known research institution in the UK with top notch facilitators and facilities.

The experience has been revealing. Students are taken through skills in data collection and analysis by expertise from the Centre. Within a week each student is expected to complete their individual investigations (IA). This field trip will not only see the students completing their Individual Investigations but it will also give them the  opportunity to interact with other IB students from the world over at the centre. The University tour at the Exeter University in 2017 where students had the opportunity to interact with faculty members of the university was another eye opener for our students.

We are pleased to inform you that this year’s educational field trip is slated on the 17 October to 25 October. It is open to IB DP ESS, Biology, and Geography students (2020 year group)

Below are key areas of the syllabus that will be covered.

ESS                                                                                   Biology

Topic 2: The ecosystems and Ecology                       • Topic 4: Ecology

Topic 3: Biodiversity and Conservation                   • Option C: Ecology and conservation

Topic 8: Human systems and Resources                 • Individual Investigation

Geography

  • Internal Assessment – Parts A, B, C, D, E, F, G
  • Urban Environments – Plymouth Deprivation
  • Leisure, Sport and Tourism – Torquay

 

The total cost of the trip is Two Thousand Six Hundred Dollars (USD 2, 600) excluding a non- refundable commitment fee of 100 USD. The total cost covers air fare, accommodation, food, visa fee, and travel insurance.

The commitment fee should be paid in cash in USD on or before 10 June, 2019 to the school’s accountant. The total cost for the trip should be paid on or before 31 July, 2019.

Payment should be made in US dollars to:

Tema Main, Barclays Bank (GH) Ltd Dollar account
Account Number 1350990

This should be referenced as UK field Trip- Name of your ward.

The pay slip should be submitted to the finance office at Tema International School. Prompt payment will allow us to complete the travel arrangements for the group well in advance.

For further inquiries, please contact the school administrator Mr. Eddy Torkornoo on 0303308737, Mr. Dzongor on +233246704152 or Mr. Odame on +233264607552.

The IB Learner Profile Attributes

Around TIS campus you will see a set of words describing character attributes, on the walls, hanging on trees, in form of sculptures, in different languages or as an art piece at the MPH. These words represent what is called the IB learner profile attributes. This profile embodies the IB student and educators, so as we are all IB leaners. It is a common set of values, developed across all three IB programmes (PYP, MYP, DP) that transcend international boundaries and help develop internationally- minded people. IB learners strive to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective.

At TIS we are encouraged to recognize and represent these attributes with everyone in our community. An easy example would be praising a child for being caring when looking after a new student, or for an introverted student for being a risk-taker when presenting at Monday assembly. It is the responsibility of all members of the TIS community to model these attributes.

What is your favourite attribute? Which one is your strength or weakness?

 #REFLECTIVE – An architect who builds a house and does not reflect on the changes he could have made is a mason. I believe the power of reflection is the key to success. Mistakes are proof that you are learning. Through reflection, we build up our pathway to excellence. Excellva Addow Grade 12

 #CARING – The IB learner profile attribute, caring, has been employed through my IB journey. Not only have I been able to care for others but I have also been able to care for myself as well. It has gotten to a point where I have started to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent rather caring for myself is an act of survival and through caring for myself, I have been able to go through the IB program so far successfully. Also by the act of caring, I have been able to create long-term friendships with so many in TIS for which I would be grateful. In all, by caring about people, life and things have made me more mature and I inherited this all through my IB journey. Fauziah Ibrahim Grade 12

#COMMUNICATOR – It is one of the most important life skills.

To communicate well is to understand and be understood. It is the only way one can effectively work with others in any given institution –home, workplace, church, school or a social gathering.

Having good verbal and written communication skills enable you to deliver and understand information quickly and accurately. You may be highly qualified and skilled, but if you do not possess good communication skills, all your ability becomes irrelevant. Mrs. Agbeli (Chemistry Teacher)

 #INQUIRER – The IB learner profile attribute I like the most is INQUIRER. Why?

Here is my reasoning. Being an inquirer makes me curious about almost everything. I like to inquire about things that make me curious.

The benefits of being an INQUIRER is that it makes me knowledgeable, makes me think, makes me reflect on the knowledge acquired, helps me to be a balanced person, keeps me well informed, helps a great deal while communicating and finally makes me a resourceful person.

Being an INQUIRER helps to achieve almost all the IB learner profile attributes. Jennifer  Noronha, Grade 11

#BALANCED – My favourite IB Learner Profile attribute is “Balanced”. This is because TIS, as an institution, doesn’t limit us only to academics. Participating in Sports events, Science Fair, etc. allows for a broader experience as a student in an IB World School. Kenechukwu Ogbogu, Grade 9

#REFLECTIVE – The IB Learner Profile attribute “Reflective”, allows students and teachers alike, a moment off, to think through our actions. We have the opportunity to reel back and walk ourselves through things we have been engaged in. From this, we are able to identify our strengths and build upon them as well as our shortcomings and improve them. Ganette Apeadu-Baah

#RISK-TAKER – As a risk-taker you are focused on all the attributes of the IB Leaner profile meaning as a risk-taker you are connected to a lot of topics that you can only find in music and violin playing. If you are a risk-taker there is a tendency to leave music and do a profession that is attractive.  Mr. Amoa (Music teacher)

#REFLECTIVE – My favourite IB Learner profile attribute is Reflective. I like this attribute a lot because it helps me as a student to go back and reflect on so many things. I also think that we need this attribute a lot because we need to reflect on things and find where to make it better. Cynthia Nutsuakor, Grade 9

#PRINCIPLED – This IB learner profile attribute has been my guide since I joined TIS. I have learnt that being principled is acting with morality, being able to determine right from wrong and having integrity in every aspect of life. Being yourself and following good morals especially when no one is watching you. Seyram Essey, Grade 9

#COMMUNICATORS – There are quite a number of IB Learner profiles attributes that I really like but I must say that my favourite is “COMMUNICATOR”. I definitely talk a lot so I feel like this is one that was made for me. Communication is key in the society we live in today and is needed in practically every aspect of our lives. Although I love talking, I know I’m not the best communicator so I’m still working on that but hopefully by the end of the academic year I will have improved towards becoming a great communicator. Marie-Marcella, Grade 9

#PRINCIPLED – My favourite IB Learner Profile attribute is Principled. This to me means having a certain mindset, values and beliefs that guide your everyday life. A principled person is not swayed by every ideology but is someone of integrity and would stand by what is right no matter what. Naa Adjeley, Grade 9

#BALANCED – My favourite IB learner profile attribute is “Balanced” because I give thoughtful consideration to my learning and experiences. And I am able to process and understand my strengths and weaknesses to support my learning and my own personal development. Rudolph Dogbegah, Grade 9

Enjoy the rest of your day