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Physical activity for life

News Type:  Academic Date:  Wednesday, March 23, 2022 Tags:  Physical activity for life

Throughout history, different cultures have implemented different ways of sharing the knowledge and feelings of individuals, one of these has been the game. The game is the system through which people can express all kinds of emotions, sensations, stimuli and experiences when interacting.

At KSI we develop interesting activities that provide our students with conflict resolution strategies, interpersonal relationships, values ​​and forms of expression. What better way to develop skills in a society increasingly immersed in technology than in motor games, where students can express themselves safely, calmly, socialize, share experiences, set challenges, gain confidence and motivate themselves to improve.

Regardless of age, the Physical Education classes at KSI seek to foster in our students an international mentality by carrying out directed research, where they recognize the characteristics of the different sports that are developed worldwide, starting from the base of recognizing their abilities, acquiring habits healthy and stimulate physical improvement and health.

In physical education, cohesion is sought in the different stages of development that make up each of the courses, starting with the recognition of the body, development and improvement of its basic skills, recreational activities, pre-sports games and in higher grades with work of physical and technical improvement of sports such as ultimate, volleyball, soccer, basketball, athletics and baseball.

At the same time, we take advantage of the fact that there are currently world-class sports figures from our country and that students see as examples to follow and we broaden the vision of our students so that they can set goals at a sports level and have a life option for themselves. the future. In recent years, KSI has had youth athletes projected to high performance, which has served as a motivating vehicle for the community, for this reason the importance of well-planned activities in preschool and primary school that awaken that sports preference and systematic work in high school to potentiate possible talents for Colombian sports.

     

According to the Ministry of Health, creating and maintaining healthy habits in the school community is one of the main challenges for education, since there is currently great concern in Colombia about the marked reduction in the practice of physical activity due to the occupation of green spaces due to urbanization, motor transport, increased work and study at home, and sedentary activities related to the use of technology (TV, computers and video games).

For this reason, we must generate more and more spaces for recreation and play during the school day as recreational sports activities in classes and break times, reinforcing these dynamics at home with free or directed sports activities that strengthen the awareness of students and thus, prevent health risks such as obesity, heart disease, hypertension, depression and anxiety among others. We are creating awareness in our students about the importance of sport and physical activity for their lives.

Credits by: Fabian Prieto
Knightsbridge School International
Department of Physical Education and Sports

Awarded ISO 9001: 2015 Certification, Quality Management System

News Type:  Academic Date:  Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Awarded ISO 9001: 2015 Certification, Quality Management System

KSI Bogotá are proud to have once again received the certificate from ICONTEC, which certifies the design and provision of the basic and high school education service under the highest quality standards of the ISO 9001: 2015 standards until 2024. Thank you and congratulations to the entire educational community at KSI Bogotá for their commitment and support in this process.

Social Project Christmas Appeal

News Type:  Academic Date:  Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Social Project Christmas Appeal

KSI Bogotá is committed to supporting its school community. The School's social project, led by CAS students, was started to support students in need of financial assistance with their studies. Over Christmas the KSI Bogotá community came together to raise money to support Year 3 student, Juan Sebastian Sanchez, by giving him the greatest gift, education. A painted christmas tree was set up at school and the community was asked to purchase handmade christmas balls to decorate the tree.

Through the generosity of the local community, KSI Bogotá raised nearly 5,000,000 COP towards this project.  We are very proud of our students for leading this project, taking an active interest to help others and making a positive difference in the world around them.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Program English Language and Literature Round Table

News Type:  Academic Date:  Wednesday, October 27, 2021

KSI Bogota hosts International Baccalaureate Diploma Program English Language and Literature Round Table

On Wednesday, October 27 KSI Bogota was honoured to have hosted the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program English Language and Literature Round Table. The event took place virtually with 23 teachers and department heads from various AACBI Schools present.

The morning comprised of a series of roundtable discussions with attendees divided into smaller groups to discuss key topics; 

  • Creating an overall plan for the course
  • Choosing literary and non-literary works
  • Using the Learner Portfolio
  • Using the Areas of Exploration/Key Concepts
  • Teaching + marking all course assessments
  • Supervising an English EE
  • Grade moderation
  • Preparing students for the High-Level Essay,
  • Preparing students for papers

The session was designed to encourage open discussions around various learning topics, leading to many powerful themes and new discussion points raised. All attendees left with some valuable knowledge and tools that they can apply to their classes.  

Thank you to the English Department at KSI Bogota and all those involved for making this event such a success. We look forward to hosting the next round table on 4 November.

The return to school and the importance of socio-emotional learning

News Type:  Academic Date:  Tuesday, June 29, 2021

The return to school and the importance of socio-emotional learning

After six weeks of vacation, children always find it a challenge to return to the classroom and get back into the school routine. Vacations give students a chance to unwind, relax and refuel before the start of the new year, however the thought of the return to school presents some children with apprehension, particularly if it’s joining a new school or moving to a new country.

Considering a child’s socio-emotional needs is so important today and that’s why teachers at KSI Bogota actively encourage open conversations about emotional development, supporting students to recognise what they are feeling and how they can articulate it and express their feelings better.

The pandemic has prevented children being able to socialise with peers as freely as they used to, so we want to support children develop relationship skills and see them form positive interactions.

Supporting good communication is key and teachers are encouraged to lead by example. By sharing their feelings and asking students how they are feeling prompts honest discussions in circle time and during role play scenarios. Praising good communication, maintaining eye contact and listening as the students voice their concerns, encourage children to open up.

KSI Bogota recognises there is a positive correlation between a child’s socio-emotional wellbeing and their academic achievement. For this reason, they remain so committed to this philosophy and have established a reputation for educating happy, well-rounded global citizens. Its recent reaccreditation by Great Place to Study confirms this and it looks forward to welcoming students back on 18 August 2021.

How to stimulate the brain for better learning?

News Type:  Academic Date:  Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Neuroscience has advanced in understanding how the brain works, allowing educators and parents to focus our energy and ensure better student learning.

Aligned with this avant-garde approach, Knightsbridge Schools International, KSI Bogota develops different lines of action that allow us to enrich each training space, we have a school neuropsychologist to strengthen the teaching methodologies of the teachers, to accompany to students and families in their individual process, taking into account advances that integrate knowledge in education and advances in the brain-learning relationship.

We use a combination of training programs and student-centered methodologies that stimulate their brain by generating connections and associations between linguistic, constructive, motor, sensory, and affective areas, required in dynamic and effective learning processes.

We have the recognized international baccalaureate program, our LIFE program for affectivity and well-being, and the computational thinking program. We are a completely bilingual school and we develop mindfulness in our activities, which allows us to offer our students a wide variety and an adequate balance in their training process.

These lines of action described are developed under the premise that to strengthen learning it is essential that the process be fun, allowing the student to understand and relate learning to their reality, their questions and their curiosity. When the student manages to solve a problem on his own initiative, a feeling of happiness and the consequent secretion of dopamine are generated, due to the success achieved.
Learning is an emotional process and for this reason the reward generated by achievement is fundamental. When the student understands and can properly apply what they have learned, it activates the nucleus accumbens in the brain, which allows generating a sense of achievement and strengthening learning.

Likewise, permanently stimulating the creativity and curiosity of students facilitates the development of essential executive functions such as planning, making decisions, detecting errors, as well as the possibility of creating new ideas and changing habits.

For the development of skills, knowledge and habits it is important to ensure that the learning process comes through different sensory channels and that it involves the arts, sports and games. Contributions to cognitive development from the arts promote, among others, sequencing processes, expressive and emotional language, and cooperative work. From exercise and mindfulness, social skills, initiative, self-knowledge and self-management are promoted. Games and the neurotransmitters involved in them promote social and communication skills.

Neurological studies have shown the benefits of bilingualism for cognitive development by facilitating mental flexibility, memory enhancement, improved abstract thinking, increased concentration, ease of problem solving, and greater social understanding.

At KSI, the groups are small, which allows each student to inquire, propose topics of interest, participate actively and take ownership of their learning process. We provide our students with spaces for their academic, socio-emotional, sports, artistic and technological development. We are certified as a Great Place to Study school, that is, our students are happy, which guarantees an effective learning process.

We invite you to learn more about how we make the learning process fun in our conference on experiences of cognitive development from play and the arts, at Expo Educar Colegios, on June 12 at 10:45 in the morning. Find us at www.colegios.forumlatam.co Yellow Pavilion from June 8 to 12.

Translated from the article in El Tiempo

 

Great Place to Study Reaccreditation

News Type:  Academic Date:  Tuesday, June 1, 2021 Tags:  Great Place to Study

KSI Bogotá awarded certification in happiness by Great Place to Study second year running 

Exceeding last year's results and obtaining a score of 4.23 out of 5, KSI Bogota has once again received the Great Place to Study certification, making them only one of four schools in Colombia to receive such an award. 

The Great Place to Study survey is completed by all members of the community, covering a diverse range of questions about campus life, culture, happiness, extra-curricular activities, institute infrastructure and learning experiences. The results are then averaged and an overall rating is given. 

The feedback from the survey will be reviewed and the School will continue to make enhancements and address any comments raised. 

Congratulations to the KSI Bogotá community for a great achievement!

 

Supporting your child with their transition to school from kindergarten

News Type:  Academic Date:  Wednesday, April 7, 2021 Tags:  reception preschool

One of the most significant steps for your child in the early years is starting school. The transition from kindergarten to preschool is a big change for them, particularly the longer days and structured routines that take place in reception. For transition to be successful, preparation and planning should begin early and parents should develop positive relationships with schools to facilitate the process.

Encourage independence

You can help children in preparing for school by encouraging independence, teach them how to remove their shoes and hang up their coats, feed themselves independently and tidy up after themselves. Ensure children are fully toilet trained and can wash their hands properly afterwards.

Communication

Talk to your child honestly about starting school and share your own/ siblings experiences with them, offering opportunities to share their feelings. Remember don’t overdo it as you want to get them comfortable about starting school but not feel anxious.

Role-playing

Encourage children to think about what the first day of school will be like, get them to role-play a typical day for example putting uniform on, saying goodbye, going to class, lining up for class, eating lunch and playing in the playground.

Actively seek out peers at the same school

It is very likely that other children at your child’s kindergarten will be going to the same school, actively introduce your child to these children and encourage them to build friendships. Having that familiar face at school might help your child feel more comfortable at their new school.

Manage the process of leaving nursery

It is hard to leave one chapter behind and say goodbye. Help your child manage their last day at nursery by building a scrapbook with photos of all their friends, key workers to remind them of their time at nursery.

World renowned mentors join students for Global Mentoring Webinar

News Type:  Academic Date:  Wednesday, April 7, 2021 Tags:  KSI Global Mentoring Programme

KSI Global Mentoring Programme attracts world renowned speakers

Back by popular demand, KSI is delighted to have launched the Global Mentoring Programme Webinars for 2021!

The 2021 series have attracted a line-up of five highly respected speakers from a diverse range of backgrounds including; fashion entrepreneur, TV presenter, architect, sustainable energy & shipping technology expert, writer & investor. These leading, high profile presenters share their journeys with students and answer their questions. 

The GMP webinar series are unique to KSI, giving students the opportunity to connect with leading professionals from around the world. These speakers serve as role models, helping students to select their future career paths. The KSI community have access to the webinars anytime if they wish to revisit the content. 

(Top left-right) Magoo Giles, Christina Seilern
(Bottom left-right) Dimitri Goulandris, Touker Suleyman

KSI Bogota receives A+ in ICFES

News Type:  Academic Date:  Thursday, March 4, 2021 Tags:  ICFES Results

KSI Bogota receives A+ the highest ICFES category

We are delighted with our students' performance as KSI Bogota, for the ninth year running we have scored the highest grade awarded by ICFES. This was a result of our students' performance in the Pruebas Saber ICFES [ICFES Knowledge Exams] which classify KSI Bogota amongst the prestigious group of schools, with the highest category granted by ICFES: A+. 

Our focus on academics and looking at the social and emotional wellbeing of a child have led to our students surpassing the worldwide average and earning a 29.4 IB Score. 

We are very proud of our students' achievements and continue to support them on their learning journey.

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