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Homework: Tweet About NIST

May 31, 2012 1 comment

There is a special book being created to celebrate NIST’s 20th anniversary. Each of you has to write something short and sweet about your school.

Log on to our Twitter account and write a Tweet that says how you feel about NIST. Remember it will be published so focus on positives and try to say something that is really you and your thoughts. We don’t just want a load of identical quotes.



Stefan’s Skate Clinic

May 1, 2012 Leave a comment


On Friday April 27 I had a skate clinic for the year 4, 5 and sixes.

Here is the video…

A Parent’s Guide to the PYP Year 6 Exhibition

March 2, 2012 Leave a comment

On March 1, 2012 students, parents, teachers from NIST met for a workshop to initiate the Year 6 PYP Exhibition. This interactive evening enabled all participants to find out more about the Exhibition and to have a ‘taste’ of the kinds of activities and issues students will inquire into during the Exhibition unit.

Below you will find further information about the Exhibition. We hope that you find this useful.

Kind regards

The Year 6 Team

What is the Exhibition?

“The PYP Exhibition represents a significant event in the life of a PYP school and student, synthesizing the essential elements of the PYP and sharing them with the whole school community. As a culminating experience it is an opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the International Baccalaureate (IB) learner profile that have been developing throughout their engagement with the PYP.

Students are required to engage in a collaborative, transdisciplinary inquiry process that involves them in identifying, investigating and offering solutions to real-life issues or problems. The central idea selected must be of sufficient scope and significance to warrant a detailed investigation by all students.”

Source: ‘PYP Exhibition Guidelines’, IBO July 2009


The PYP Exhibition has a number of key purposes:

  • for students to engage in an in-depth, collaborative inquiry
  • to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate independence and responsibility for their own learning
  • to provide students with an opportunity to explore multiple perspectives
  • for students to synthesize and apply their learning of previous years and to reflect upon their journey through the PYP
  • to provide an authentic process for assessing student understanding
  • to demonstrate how students can take action as a result of their learning
  • to unite the students, teachers, parents and other members of the school community in a collaborative experience that incorporates the essential elements of the PYP
  • to celebrate the transition of learners from primary to middle/secondary education

What is the Exhibition about?

This year the unit is under the Transdisciplinary Theme: Where we are in place and time

Subject Area: Social Studies

Strand: Continuity and change through time

The study of the relationships between people and events through time; its influences on the present and its implications for the future.

The students will be guided by the central idea: Ideas and actions can cause a shift in thinking and change the course of history

Big Idea: Revolution



The Process (in brief)


  • select an issue that is meaningful to them as well as connected to their immediate life experiences.
  • engage in team building activities and develop essential agreements on how to work together.
  • form questions that help them gain a deeper understanding of the issue and view it from multiple perspectives.
  • research the issue, using primary and secondary sources.
  • consider the probable and preferable future of their issue
  • consider ways of taking action.
  • choose a means of formally sharing their learning with the wider community.
  • formally reflect on the entire process.

The students will be using this tool to help them look at our big idea ‘Revolution’. Students and parents experimented with this tool at the Exhibition Initiation Evening.



This year the students will be Tweeting about their inquiries – this could include anything from their learning, their questions, their thoughts, their plans……almost anything.

If you wish to follow the goings on in the NIST Year 6 Exhibition, you can search for the hashtag #nistexhibition on Twitter.











At the Exhibition Initiation Evening we tweeted about issues being discussed on tables. Here is the Wordle that is made from these tweets. Wordles show the most common words in the bigger font sizes.

Exhibition Wordle


What does the Exhibition unit look like?

  • The written part will consist of the students’ research as well as individual Exhibition Journals (these may be on the blogs). The Exhibition Journal is the on-going record of the thinking and work each student does leading up to the actual Exhibition. The journal reflects the process and progress that is being made as a team, as well as an individual.
  • The expressive part of the Exhibition could include drama, dance, music, art, video, demonstrations, oral and IT presentations, etc as the students share their new understandings with the NIST community.
  • All assessment of the Exhibition will be done within the school. The class teacher will be involved in the monitoring of progress throughout the Exhibition process and the students will be involved in self-assessment.
  • Evaluation and reflections will be carried out through the use of observations and rubrics.



We would like to invite all parents to our class Checkpoints. These are weekly classroom visits where parents will be invited in to see what the students have been doing in their inquiries.

Parents will be able to find out individual classroom times via Email and Blogs.

If you are able, please come and support the child’s learning. If you can’t make it in, make a time each week to talk to your child about their Exhibition progress.

Your role as a parent: 

  • Play a supporting role – the key word is support, be an encourager
  • Recognising the exhibition as a whole process and not as a product
  • If possible, attending the class Checkpoint sessions
  • Respecting your child’s process – it is their work and it should be done by them
  • Asking questions about what your child is doing and what they think about what they’re learning
  • Listen to what your child tells you about his/her progress
  • Providing practical assistance when possible – connecting them with people who are knowledgeable about their issue, helping them get to visits/interviews, etc
  • Attending the celebration on May 9th, 2012 and celebrating the completion of the incredible independent inquiry that your child has been involved in.
  • Not critically comparing your child’s Exhibition to that of another – All the Exhibition Journeys will be completely different
  • Not pressuring your child – just let it happen! The teachers will be guiding the students and making sure that everyone achieves.

Important Dates

  • Friday May 4 – Final Day for putting presentations together etc.
  • Tuesday May 8 – Year 7s visit and reflections, any last minute alterations
  • Wednesday May 9 (morning) – Parent Welcome Ceremony in the NIST Theatre and Staging for Parents, Year 5 visits
  • Thursday May 10 – Staging for all classes and the school community

More detail will become available in due course via email and the blogs.

Videos from the Exhibition Initiation Evening

At our Exhibition Initiation evening, we watched several videos – here they are:

How can you help your child with the Exhibition?

Spark – what was the SPARK that brought about the Nude Food Campaign?

Energy – how the teachers modelled ENERGY through the Nude Food Campaign?

Shift – what were some of the shifts in thinking that cam about because of the Nude Food Campaign?

6SS Pool Party

September 19, 2011 2 comments

This video is evidence of our pool party.

Selling Cloth Bags

June 9, 2010 3 comments

On the past friday at school Nikki and I sold 15 cloth bags. Also at soi 47 in that neighborhood we sold 5 cloth bags. Then we went to soi 31 and sold about 10 cloth bags. We have made lots of profit and hope more of you guys buy our cloth bags to save bangkok to make it a better place.


May 12, 2010 7 comments

Hi everyone, on Thursday I am going to harvest this lot of hydroponics vegetables. This crop is not big because of the heat so all the vegetables will be given to people instead of selling. Please come and help me afterschool, it won’t take long you guys can just bring a bag or container to take some of vegetables home and eat them in return. Also on Friday please come and help me clean the hydroponics kit afterschool.

Mistake In School Calendar!!

February 9, 2010 11 comments

Today's the 9th of February day F but it says day G

I’ve just noticed that the school calendar has a mistake on it. The NIST staff forgot to take out three way conferences so the day on the school calendar is one day ahead of the real day. It will be really good that if the group that did the school’s schedule for their school inquiry can contact the people who does it and tell them about the mistakes.

In the calendar for January there is no holiday for three-way conferences

There's no three-way conferences on the labels