THE PRIMARY YEARS AT SEKOLAH BUIN BATU
Welcome to the Sekolah Buin Batu Primary Years Program (PYP)
Children love to learn, and here at Sekolah Buin Batu, we believe that learning is a partnership with each student, family and school. We know that learning is continuous through life, and
we learn best in a happy, supportive and encouraging environment. Our school’s family friendly environment is ideal for your child’s growth and development. We are looking forward to a very happy association with you and your child. Many of you have been at Sekolah Buin Batu in our
Early Childhood classes, and if this is you, then we know there is already a lot your child will know about the Primary years at SBB. If you are brand new to the school, then welcome! It is
our great pleasure to have you join us, and entrust the care of your children to our very capable staff. We look forward to many years of growing and learning together! We believe in the old saying that ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. You, your family and the whole community.
Here in the Primary School we understand that students are inquisitive and curious. This is a great quality to have. Asking and finding out answers is much better than just being told an answer or having to memorise and learn by rote. After all, most people can now access Google to find out all they want to know. It is much better if we can teach students how to ask the right questions, look for answers that are true and accurate, present and communicate these questions and answers to their friends; build positive, respectful relationships with others and be able to know when, where and the best way to take action to improve their world. After all, these young people are tomorrow’s leaders! At Sekolah Buin Batu, students are encouraged to ask
questions about their world and are led on journeys of discovery about their world. Field trips, guest speakers, videos and the library are all great resources to have on hand. Here on Townsite, we are very lucky to have the whole of the mine to explore, and over the years your child will meet and get to know some very interesting people and see some wonderful places.
This approach to learning is known as ‘inquiry-based’ learning.
Our school secretary/receptionist is situated in the office of the main Ketimus Raya school building. She can assist you with many of your general questions relating to:-
First aid arrangements
Books and stationery
THE SCHOOL DAY
SBB follows the Northern Hemisphere school year which is from July through to June. Students are placed in a class based on their age.
The school year is divided into 4 terms of 10 weeks duration.
The School Day for students (Monday to Thursday) commences at 08:00am, however students are allowed to arrive at 7.40am, but no earlier. Staff may be here, however they are preparing for the day’s lessons. Hence there is no supervision before this time. On Fridays
the school day finishes at 11.45am.
We offer After School Activities (ASA) each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon between 3.30 and 4.30pm. If your child is ill, or unable to attend please let us know by contacting the front office, or your home room teacher.
07:40 Students arrive
08:00 Lessons commence
10:30 Lessons Resume
13:10 Lessons Resume
15:00 Home time
CHILD SAFEGUARDING POLICY
Child abuse and neglect are of growing concern in schools throughout the world. Child abuse and neglect are violations of a child’s human rights and are obstacles to a child’s education as well as to their physical, emotional, and social development.
SBB has an institutional responsibility to ensure that all children in our care are afforded a safe and secure environment in which to grow and develop, no matter what cultural back ground they come from. As educators, we have the opportunity to observe and interact with children over time on a daily basis, and are in a unique position to identify children who need help and protection. As such, we have a professional and ethical obligation to identify children who are in need of protection and to take steps to ensure that the childand family avail themselves of the services needed to remedy any situation that constitutes child abuse or neglect.
All faculty and staff at SBB are obligated/mandated to report incidences of child abuse or neglect whenever the staff member has reasonable cause to believe that a child hassuffered or is at risk of suffering abuse or neglect. Reporting and follow up of all suspected incidences of child abuse or neglect will proceed in accordance with administrative regulations linked to this policy. Furthermore, cases of suspected child abuse or neglect may be reported to the appropriate employer, to the respective consulate in Indonesia, to the appropriate child protection agency in the home country, and/ or to local authorities. SBB endorses the Convention on the Rights of the Child, of which our host country, Indonesia, is a signatory and seeks to be a safe haven for students who may be experiencing abuse or neglect in any
aspect of their lives.
YOUR CHILD’S TEACHERS’
In the Primary years, we follow the practice of having two co-teachers for every class. This is usually an expatriate teacher and an Indonesian teacher. Both are very skilled at teaching your child all they will need to know to be successful in their next stage of schooling. Both have individual strengths and we have found that this model works extremely well.
If you have any concerns about your child’s health andprogress, please feel free to contact your child’s homeroom teacher. For more important matters, please make an appointment with them. After school is always best as the teachers are not also thinking about the next lesson to teach.
English is the language of instruction. Don’t worry if your child comes to SBB without English skills. We have found that all students tend to be very good at picking up English, whilst also being supported along the way in Bahasa Indonesia. Remember it is important that students learn and keep their mother tongue, but also receive support in English at home. If this is a concern, please do not hesitate to contact your home room teacher for more help and
LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Several methods are used at Sekolah Buin Batu School to assist children in their language development. The children learn by hearing. They are encouraged to take risks and attempt to speak in a new language. Your child has already begun to learn to speak and listen. As they get older and move up the year levels they will develop this skill to learn to read by reading, and write by writing. There are big books to read with the teacher and small books to read by themselves. Children quickly adapt to taking responsibility for their own reading and writing. Your part in language development is to speak in both English and Indonesian, and perhaps read to your child each night. Later on, they will bring home their own book to read to you.
BAHASA ENGLISH and BAHASA
Your child has successfully learnt to communicate through oral language. The skills, taught by you and our Early Childhood teachers will probably remain your child’s most used method of
communication throughout life. However, there is more than one language to communicate in while at Sekolah Buin Batu and that is through the use of English and Bahasa. English is our
language of instruction, but don’t worry, our classes are structured so that there is one teacher who can speak English and one fluent in Bahasa Indonesia.
LEARNING SUPPORT (STUDENT SUPPORT TEAM)
Often parents wonder whether their child is making good progress. In just the same way that we all are different, we all learn in different ways and at different rates. To cope with this range of abilities in every class, teachers will use a strategy called ‘differentiation’ to meet the needs of each student more carefully. This may be by dividing students into smaller groups within the class, or teaching the same topic in different ways. Of course, sometimes students need extra support to help with their learning,. Sometimes they may need reading glasses, or help with hearing. Sometimes they just have trouble understanding. To help with these and other
needs, the school also has a Student Support Team of a dedicated psychologist and therapist. They may be asked by the teacher to observe and make special plans for some children, to meet and discuss learning needs or even meet with parents. Remember the job of our
Student Support Team is just that—to support our students with learning. If you have a concern and would like to have your child referred to a SST member, please
contact the school or your home room teacher.
MATHEMATICS AND ENGLISH
A little earlier, you read that we also have ‘stand alone’ subjects. Mathematics is a good example. To allow students to develop across the Primary and Secondary years of school, we have carefully aligned ourMathematics and English programmes to the
PYP Maths and English Scope and Sequences. One of the benefits of the system is the
way it closely aligns with the Indonesian National Curriculum. This means that all areas of Mathematics and English expected to be covered in International Schools will also be covered here at SBB. In addition, it also helps make the transition from Primary to
Secondary that much easier.
Sometimes during the day, students have an accident or become ill. If this happens to your child, be reassured that they will be well looked after. The school has a number of well-trained First Aiders who can deal with minor injuries, cuts and scrapes. We also have a complete first aid kit and a first aid room. If something more serious happens, we will contact the International SOS Clinic and arrange for transportation of your child to the clinic. We follow up all accidents
and keep a record of treatment in our front office. Our front office and our home room teachers will always make every effort to contact you if your child is ill, has an accident or needs to go either home or to the clinic. If your child has an allergy (including asthma) please let us know so we can be prepared. If students are on medication (including vitamins) it is the responsibility of the parent to administer the medication. Medicine/vitamins is NOT to be kept by the
IB-PYP (Primary Years Program)
Sekolah Buin Batu has been implementing the Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students aged 3-12 since 2008. Through the programme we help students develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes they need to excel – not only in their studies, but also in their personal growth. The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them.
Through the Primary Years Programme the International Baccalaureate (IB) actualizes its mission to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end, the IB works with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
We follow an ‘Inquiry based curriculum’. This is supported by the International Baccalaureate Organisation, and all primary teachers receive extra training and professional development to assist them in this style of teaching and learning. In addition, we follow the Indonesian National Curriculum. You can think of this as a blend — a little like building a house. The International Baccalaureate is the frame and foundation of the house, but the
Indonesian curriculum is the bricks and mortar.
SPK’s schools are accredited by both the Indonesian government, as well as an International body (in our case we are also accredited with both the International
Baccalaureate). Because numeracy and literacy are core components of our program, we follow the PYPprogram in these two areas from Grade 1 through to Grade 9. This
approach provides a seamless transition to learning across the school, and fits very well with the Indonesian curriculum.
The following pages will look at the Primary Curriculum in a little more detail.
A transdisciplinary theme, is a unit of work that integrates authentically a number of subject disciplines. Authentic in this context means naturally fitting. We do not integrate every subject into every unit. Maths for instance is often taught as a ‘stand alone’ subject because many mathematical concepts are unable to be authentically integrated.
In the PYP, there are 6 transdisciplinary themes studied throughout the course of the school year. Each grade studies the same theme, but with different ideas that build upon previous learning. The 6 themes are:
Who we are
Where we are in place and time
How we express ourselves
How the world works
How we organize ourselves
Sharing the planet
As future citizens and leaders of the world, we also try to incorporate both local and global issues into the curriculum. Students’ skills, knowledge and attitudes are developed within
THE PYP EXHIBITION
In the final year of the PYP (Year 5), all IB PYP students around the world must carry out an extended, in-depth, collaborative project known as PYP Exhibition.
The PYP exhibition is the culminating event of a primary students’ education.
The Exhibition asks students to conduct an in-depth inquiry into real life issues or problems.
Using this approach, PYP students synthesize all of the essential elements of
the PYP in ways that can be shared with the whole school community and allows students
a significant opportunity to demonstrate the attributes of the IB learner profiles gained over the years through their engagement with the PYP.
HEALTHY EATING POLICY
Lunches are not provided here at SBB. Eating healthy food and having regular exercise helps us to have healthy bodies and also assists with learning. Here at Sekolah Buin Batu we have a ‘Healthy Eating Policy’. This means we allow students to only bring fruit and healthy snacks to eat at both Recess and Lunch times.
Cakes, sugary drinks, candy or lollies, etc are not allowed. Please support the school with this initiative by not packing any ‘junk food’ into your child’s lunch boxes.
Our School Uniform is the same across the school. Students wear Batik most days, whilst on sports day they are to wear their sports day uniform.
We have the rule ‘No hat —No play’ to help protect our students from the sun.
All students are to wear the appropriate footwear covered black shoes suitable for walking and playing. No flip flops are allowed. The school uniform (except shoes) is available from our campus secretary. For the Batik uniform, fabric is available for purchase, and our Campus Receptionist can advise you of a number of tailors that can make this size.
Black long pants/shorts to the knee (for boys)
Black long skirts/shorts to the knee (for girls)
PSPE Uniforms must be worn during PSPE lessons. Wear hats when playing or doing activities outside. Wear covered shoes with white or black short (ankle) socks which must be visible. Only watches and studs are allowed to be visible. Long hair needs to be tied away from faces.
Video and social media is increasingly becoming a cen- tral part of our everyday landscape of communication, and it is becoming more visible as people share it on digital platforms. People make and share videos to tell stories about their personal lives, remixing home videos with popular music and images. Sekolah Buin Batu reflects this increasing use of digital technologies in society and it is an integral component of our learning and teaching programs.
Sekolah Buin Batu models respect for copyright laws and the fair use of copyrighted materials owned by others, including user generated content. As a part of our Plagiarism Policy, teachers train students to acknowledge their sources – it’s also good practice for teachers and staff members to do the same. Staff, including teachers should not use any form of social media to contact or inform parents about official school business or events. All official communication to
parents must be through official school email, letters or SIMS and must be approved by the designated line manager beforehand. Whats App maybe used for informal school communication.
It is best practice to be mindful of the following: Students should keep their photos private. Once they are published online, anyone who has access to them can reuse them. Nothing lends credibility to an imposter profile more than a photo. Staff must not ‘friend’ students on Facebook or other forms of social media.
Parents are also encouraged to come and help in their child’s classroom. Please talk to your teacher about how you may be able to assist—it may be with reading or art lessons or even covering books at home. Parents being involved is rewarding for all concerned.
Other Forms Of Communication include:
Three-Way Conferences This activity is aimed at giving an opportunity for students to share their learning journey independently to their parents. Each student takes responsibility in leading the conference by sharing the process of their learning to their parents.
SBB Monthly SBB Monthly is our ’in-house’ newsletter and is emailed to all staff as well as parents to highlight, update and share information of what has happened within a month at school.
Report cards This is a written report of student’s achievement in a semester and distributed twice in every end of term 2 (semester 1) and end of term 4 (semester 2).
Digital Portfolios The school uses an app called ‘SeeSaw’ to record and share actual students work with the family. This allows people not living in Townsite to see how their family member is growing and learning.
Schooling is a shared endeavor, and so to be successful, good communication is vital. There are a number of ways we foster good communication between the home and the school. The first and most successful way is to keep in touch with your child’s teacher. Your child’s teacher is always happy to meet with you to discuss any concerns or issues that you may have. However they are also busy with other parents’ children to teach too. Before and after school are often busy times so please make an appointment beforehand.
There will be New Parents Morning Tea early into the
school year, as well a Parent Teacher Information session. The school also has PALS (Parents As Learners) to help parents understand what our school is teaching, child development and other interesting topics twice a year.
Sekolah Buin Batu has a well resourced library, and students are allowed to borrow and take home books for their own pleasure. Books should be cared for and taken home in a library bag to protect the books from accidental damage. Loss or damaged books may result in a fine to replace the cost of the book. Your child’s teacher will let you know which day is their library day.
Each class has HSPE Lessons. Students are to wear their sports uniform on these days. Your child’s teacher will let you know which day is their sports day.
All students are to attend Religion Classes. Currentlywe have teachers to take:
Catholic, Christian, Hindu and Islam.
At Ketimus, Assemblies are held every Wednesday at 08:00am. These are led by each class, and the students will share about what they have been learning in class. All parents are encouraged to attend. Birthdays If parents wish to provide a birthday cake which can be
shared with the whole class, this is OK. Remember to be aware that some children may also have allergies to certain foods, so please check with your child’s teacher if there is anyone in the class that needs to be specially catered for.
THE SCHOOL RULES
We have 4 school rules across the whole school, not
just here in Ketimus. The rules are known as the 4B’s.
In addition to these school rules, the teacher and students in each class will negotiate an essential agreement to ensure that the teaching and learning can be shared in an environment that caters for all the participants in their own particular setting (home classroom, specialist lessons, shared areas such as the corridors, ovals, playgrounds, musholla).
HINTS TO HELP YOU DEVELOP YOUR CHILD’S READING:
1. Make a special time.
2. Find a quiet spot away from distractions.
3. Always give your child plenty of time to work out words.
4. Be aware that pictures play an important part in learning to read. They give useful clues to the written word.
5. Be encouraging.
6. Use finger pointing to connect the written and spoken words.
7. Avoid stress.
8. If you have any concerns always talk or write to your teacher.