Monday, 27 April 2015

Congratulations P8

On Thursday 16th April, the P8 students hosted the 2014-2015 PYP Exhibition.  Marked by a ceremony for parents and the Stonehill community, the P8 students went about introducing the personally significant issues they had been inquiring into throughout the duration of their exhibition unit.

Each student proudly and confidently spoke to their issues, demonstrating their depth of knowledge, and evidence of learning.  As part of their learning journey, students also took meaningful and sustainable action to make a difference in this their local community.

The exhibition is the culminating event of the PYP, and an opportunity for students to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, attitudes and attributes of the IB Learner Profile which have been developing throughout their time in the PYP.  Each and every P8 student is to be congratulated for their dedication, effort and personal success demonstrated during this important unit of inquiry.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

PYP Exhibition Day

We were very proud of our fantastic P8 Students this afternoon. They were wonderful communicators who spoke knowledgeably and articulately about their Exhibition projects. The students have produced work that they can be proud of! We would like thank all of the parents (and grandparents) who came along to support the event.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Exhibition Ceremony


P8 students are in the final stages of the exhibition process.  Each group has researched, collected primary and secondary data, consolidated their understandings, and are now taking action.

The success criteria for the action element of the exhibition has been shared and discussed with students, who are enthusiastic about making a difference to their local community, and sharing their knowledge.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Preparing for the PYP Exhibition Presentations

As part of the Exhibition Process we will be preparing a TEDx style presentation. The presentation will be no longer than five minutes long and will be used to explain to our school community why we have ideas that are worth spreading.

Our presentations will include the following:

An introduction
Our inspiration
Our research
The action we took
Our reflection on the process

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Exhibition Logo

Transdisciplinary Theme: Sharing the planet
Central Idea: Being knowledgeable and open-minded enables us to understand others.

Logo Guidelines:
  • Logos should address the transdisciplinary theme and the central idea of this year’s exhibition
  • Logo size should be a square about 5 inches (12.5cm) each side
  • Logos can be made by hand, on a computer/iPad, or a combination of both

Timeline and Deadlines:
  • Final individual logos should be turned in by Friday, March 13, 2015 before 1pm.
  • At 1pm each group will choose one final product they would like to have entered into the finals.
  • The 10 group products will be displayed and judged.
  • The winning logo will be announced at 3pm on Friday, March 13, 2015.

Judging Criteria:
  • Finished product
  • Color
  • Size
  • Representation of the transdisciplinary theme and central idea.
Elements of a good a logo (from: :
  1. Symbols –instantly makes people think of traits that you want associated with your company.
  2. Colors – each color in the spectrum has a psychological effect that you can use to your advantage.
  3. Fonts – the style of the lettering conveys a certain feel as well. Using the wrong font can definitely send the wrong message!
  4. Shapes – basic shapes like the circle, square and triangle appeal to the logical side of our brains and bring additional symbolism.
  5. Clarity and boldness – You want something that looks great whether you make a lapel pin, a bumper sticker or a billboard out of it.  Don’t pussyfoot around it – declare who you are and what you’re about proudly!
  6. Creativity, artistry, inspiration – It takes a careful balance of all of the elements, plus a bit of inspiration to make a great logo.
  7. Magic –the final, indefinable element that can make the simple into something legendary.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015


P8 students are well underway with the research element of the exhibition.  Each group has negotiated and established the important information needed to address the first line of inquiry, and through use of a range of sources, are going about their research.

This process will require students to work as a group to collate, contextualize and share their understanding.  They will employ their collaboration, referencing and research skills throughout.

The success criteria for the research element of the exhibition has been shared and discussed with students, who, armed with a personal checklist and mentor/expert support, are using these guidelines to proceed and achieve their best.