Welcome to Secondary
We are delighted to be starting our new Secondary program at MABIS. We are very excited about all the new resources and possibilities for learning that are in place, and the students are surely enjoying it too!
We kicked off the semester with a field trip for the students get to know their teachers, while at the same time exploring the city and helping to supplement the library. The destination was Kinokuniya Book Store at Siam Paragon. Students had to make use of different city train lines to get there and back. They bought their own tickets and had to make decisions about which directions to go, based on available route maps and information. Apart from buying some new books for Humanities, each student got to buy one book of their choosing to contribute. It was an interesting and fun way to start off the academic year.
In ICT, we have brand new state of the art computers, as well as graphics tablets, iPad’s, and robots. Our students will learn about coding, engineering design, audio and video editing, graphics manipulation, and so much more. Our goal is to equip our students with a solid foundation in computing allowing them the ability to solve any challenge in a variety of creative ways.
In the Innovation Lab, we have made significant steps in creating an outstanding course. We have a fully equipped tool shop with brand new tools to help turn our students into builders! Our tools include a 3D printer, electric planer, jigsaw, sander, and fine cutter. We are also equipped with full-sized engineering drawing boards to teach our students the ins and outs of design and materials before they begin the build process. On order, we have a laser cutter so that
our students can learn about materials and precision engineering.
In Math, we have begun Algebra and Geometry. They are huge subjects requiring step-by-step processes which incorporate the Montessori way of teaching Math.
We have a fully equipped Science lab ready to allow our students to immerse themselves in the curiosity that is science. This semester, we focus on water resources and water quality measurement culminating in a field trip to put into practice what we have learnt. Students will make connections with pollution and realize the importance of safe drinking water.
For their Humanities course, we are starting off with Ancient Civilizations, with a focus on the concept of scientific innovation and the overall water theme. This topic also ties in nicely with our English lessons where we are exploring myths and legends. Students will practice their creative writing skills this term with a Fantasy Writing Project and get to apply their existing historical knowledge to their own new inquiries.
Our students have the exciting opportunity to do Culinary Arts and we are looking forward to using our brand-new kitchen. They have started with some necessary theory about kitchen safety and exploring the garden with plans for development, and will soon get down to business in the kitchen (actual business – this is where their Microeconomy studies will come in and be put into practice). Combining both subjects, students will have the opportunity to learn and explore, Business Studies, Consumer Studies, Tourism, Agriculture, and the fundamentals of Culinary Arts.
Secondary student performance work has been on learning modern band arrangements of the songs “Uptown Funk” and “Closer” on guitar, drums, keyboards, and Bass. For their Musical project, students have been using GarageBand to arrange various Musical loops into an original song that will be published onto SoundCloud. In Visual Arts, students are exploring how to create value in an artwork using pencil and watercolors.
Thai and Chinese studies remain an important part of the course, with daily one-on-one language lessons. Language teachers are currently working on solidifying their language skills, working towards future projects. We are very pleased to be opening such an engaging environment on the Secondary floor and look forward to bringing the joy of learning to our students.