Academics

Eco - Fashion Show

News Type:  Academics Date:  Tuesday, April 30, 2019

On Monday, April 29th, Knightsbridge Schools International Panama held it's very first Eco-Fashion Show.  Students, staff and parents were challenged with creating clothing from materials that would typically go into the recycling bin.  The goal of the show was to highlight how creativity can inspire people to reuse materials that we usually consider trash.  The message is a strong one, and we hope that many students walked away thinking creatively of ways they can use our recyclable materials, not to mention the excellent fun that everyone had in creating their outfits and then modeling them on the stage.  Everyone involved had a great time, and while there were three winners identified in each category, everyone that participated is a winner!  Those who participated demonstrated risk-taking, caring, and being a communicator.  I was so proud of everyone that participated!  I want to send a great big thank you to the Parent Ambassador Committee, the team that put forth the idea and facilitated most of the planning and logistics, and of course, thank you to our supportive and wonderful PTA parents that help make everything happen at KSI Panama. Due to the effort, time, kindness and dedication of these incredible parents, we can offer beautiful experiences like the Eco-Fashion Show!

    

KSIP Community Service Activities

News Type:  Academics Date:  Saturday, April 20, 2019

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world."

This IBO motto, that introduces the Learner Profiles and outlines the qualities of not only IBO students but every student or rather every human being, has been the very core of values fostered at KSIP.

Formal education does not and should not only focus on developing our academic intelligence but strive to form a balanced, caring, empathic individuals, ready to take their place as pillars of the society and world as a whole. 

Although one of the most obvious purposes of the community service is meeting the required number of hours stipulated by the Meduca, KSIP would like our students to take away a much more valuable lesson - we are a part of a global family and we should treat one another with respect, care and empathy.

For this purpose, our students have taken part in a range of service activities in our immediate as well as the wider community.

Some of the recent activities we have taken up are visits to the nursing home Fundacion Nueva Vida in Panama Pacifico, where we play games, sing, and, generally, spend some quality time with the senior citizens from our community. 

The satisfaction has been mutual: the residents are glad to see that, contrary to the stereotype, young people are not selfish and only absorbed in their own needs, but are capable of sharing some human warmth and showing they do care. These visits have been slowly becoming our regular Saturday practice and we look forward to the upcoming ones, especially since even our middle school students have started joining us.

Recently, a group of students, led by a former graduate, Gabriel Ayala, organized the collection of donations and delivered them during their visit to the Children's Hospital.

Our students have also decided to self-organize, under the leadership of our very own Andrea Taboada, and join the initiative "Operation Smile" which organizes community service activities of various kinds.

In her article "Empathy: How it can re-establish the connection between people", Kristen Leer breaks down what empathy and being empathic mean:

"The following bullet points show why as humans it is unquestionably important to develop empathy as a natural skill.

Empathy will help us to understand the needs and situations of the people around us.

One will be more likely to treat those the way one wants to be treated.

More open to connections and relationships with the people around us, and more beneficial to learning and new experiences.

Communication and listening skills will become stronger, learning to closely read what a person is really saying, instead of making assumptions.

Empathy humanizes the ‘other’, instead of creating distance with something that is beneath us."

Empathy goes hand in hand with emotional intelligence, which, according to some experts, should be focused on at school, because what we need even more than experts are human beings and KSI does its best to balance the qualities of the two.

 

 

KSI STEAM Fair

News Type:  Academics Date:  Friday, April 5, 2019

KSI STEAM Fair

STEAM is an integrated approach to learning Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. 

On Friday, April 5th, the KSI community witnessed a display of creativity, hard work, and innovation by our high school students, who presented excellent research and innovation projects during our first annual STEAM Fair.  In a close contest and after being evaluated by external and internal judges, three middle school and four high school teams were selected as first, second and third place winners of the fair in their respective category, after presenting their projects.

Thanks to the support of the entire KSI community and the different participating sponsors, this event was a total success that reflected the exceptional talent of our students to investigate, create and expose their research results entertainingly and professionally. 

Among the plans for the coming years, we want to incorporate the primary school in the event and participate in the national science fair."

The KSI Panama Recycling Club

News Type:  Academics Date:  Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The KSI Panama Recycling Club started in September 2018. Teachers and students have been working together to improve the recycling habits of the KSI community. This year KSI Panama started with recycling white paper, because the school uses a lot of white paper that usually ends up in the trash. In one month the KSI community was able to collect and recycle 37 pounds of white paper. The students are continually looking for new ways to motivate the KSI community to take care of our planet and recycle. The Recycling club has plans to expand the project to recycle plastics along with white paper. 

KSI Art week

News Type:  Academics Date:  Wednesday, March 13, 2019

KSI Art Week
To highlight the incredible talent of our student body, KSI Panama is celebrating Art Week from Monday, March 18 through Friday, March 22. Doors will be open for all of our community to come and see the artwork displayed all around the school's hallways. Starting on March 18, 2019, we will have daily activities involving students, teachers, parents and the broader arts community. 
On Monday, March 18 don't miss our senior student's show to be held at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, opening reception at 5 pm. This art show features our student's talents in drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and music of students in the International Baccalaureate Programme and selected artwork from Middle School and High School. 
On Tuesday, KSI Panama is honored to have Olga Sinclair visit, and on Wednesday, our very own artistic parents Lizzy Saldarriaga and Luis Mongui will be coming to school to do art workshops with students. 
On Thursday, we will be honored to receive artist.
Finally, on Friday, March 22, our Primary School will be working simultaneously on five different large pieces of canvas that when put together will be seen as one.

Equipo de Liderazgo Ejecutivo del Consejo Estudiantil (STUCO) 2018-19

News Type:  Academics Date:  Sunday, September 9, 2018

¡Conozca al Equipo de Liderazgo Ejecutivo del Consejo Estudiantil KSI Panamá 2018-19 (STUCO)! Este es un equipo de jóvenes trabajadoras que se han unido para hacer de su escuela un lugar mejor y más emocionante para estar. ¡Felicitaciones a cada uno de estos estudiantes que se arriesgaron a postularse para STUCO!

 

KSI Flower Power

News Type:  Academics Date:  Thursday, November 22, 2018

KSIP strives to foster and inspire the creativity of our students and what better way than learning a new skill via a CAS experience. After some of them successfully learned their first salsa moves, grade 11 students Ema Humajova, Briana Morales, Gabriel Ledezma, and Christian Thorne have decided to learn how to design flower arrangments.

Special commendation goes to Briana who refused to let the fever stop her and made sure to Skype in and participate in this creative adventure from home. Technology integration at its best.

We also had a special guest from grade 10, Gabriela Parras, who showed initiative and decided to join us, thus preparing for the future IB projects.

We had a lot of fun and learned the basics which will come in handy in our future designs. Next on the menu are flower crowns, corsages, and boutonnieres.

Stay tuned as we are just warming up.

 

Mes de la Patria

News Type:  Academics Date:  Monday, November 12, 2018

Mes de la Patria is a wonderful, colorful, and very important part of Panamanian history, culture and pride! At KSI Panama we enjoy the activities and the presentations throughout the course of the month.

KSI students and parents gathered today to celebrate our 5th annual celebration of the traditional "Siembra de Banderas" at KSI PANAMA.

Emulating once again the "Operation Sovereignty" of 1958, those present participated in this pleasant symbolic activity of placing flags in the gardens in front of the school.

Thank you for celebrating with us our host country !

 

United Nations Day

News Type:  Academics Date:  Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Students at Knightsbridge Schools International Panama celebrate United Nations Day, a day to celebrate everything that the UN represents and has achieved since its establishment in 1945. Students dressed up for the occasion, selecting a country they wished to represent. The United Nations promote values of Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity and Gender, which are shared by KSI. KSI Panama's student body is made up of 18 nationalities. United Nations Day is a day to celebrate diversity and and international mindedness. 

   

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