Philosophy of Education - IBIS Bonn

Philosophy of Education


All we do at IBIS is underpinned by the following learning focused mantras:

→ It is positive to share our teaching and learning with colleagues, peers and parents both on and offline.
→ Our students can easily talk about what they are learning and why.
→ Natural light and order, beauty, creativity and discipline are in our learning spaces.
→ It is safe to be a learner, not a performer.
→ Challenge is normal and interesting. We are resilient.
→ Learners talk and think together as researchers. We question and we pose problems.
→ In our school there exists lots of questioning and independent learning.
→ Our assessment focusses on improvement.
→ Our projects reflect that we strive for accuracy.
→ Teachers here notice, diagnose and nudge. As researchers we look for answers together.
→ Here, teachers value thinking, not only being right. We are persistent.
→ Our teachers reveal themselves as learners, as well as our pupils.

Acknowledgements: Guy Claxton, Kath Murdoch, theory of Reggio Emilia

“Educated side by side, untroubled from infancy by divisive prejudices, acquainted with all that is great and good in the different cultures, it will be borne in upon them as they mature that they belong together. Without ceasing to look to their own lands with love and pride, they will become in mind citizens of the world, schooled and ready to complete and consolidate the work of generations before them, bringing into being a thriving global community.”

The above statement, adapted from a quote by Jean Monnet, beautifully encapsulates our view of international education.

We believe it is important to instil an understanding and respect for national and cultural differences whilst retaining pride in one’s mother country. The school actively encourages acceptance of different cultures, creeds and customs and promotes an ideal of international citizenship. Within the school we welcome parents and families who share with us some of their home countries’ traditions and we also encourage many cross-cultural links with our local community.

Each child is considered as an individual with individual needs and individual potential. Teachers endeavour to fulfil these needs and potential by encouraging a positive self-image in each pupil. We also provide a supportive and secure atmosphere where care of the individual is uppermost. Many past parents remark upon this as being one of the many strengths of IBIS. The support and involvement of parents is seen as an important part of the learning process. We believe that the education of your child must be a partnership if it is to be successful. This partnership grows if there is regular communication, contact and discussion between home and school in both directions.

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I.B.I.S. Independent Bonn International School

  • Tulpenbaumweg 42
  • D-53177 Bonn
  • Telephone: +49 (0) 228 323166
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References from past families

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