Here at OSC, we are passionate about helping IB schools and education worldwide. We also love supporting the local community here in Oxfordshire.
Over the past few months we have been busy partaking in charity and community projects in the local area, as well as going further afield, attending educational conferences and visiting IB schools around the world.
Volunteering at Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve
In October, the OSC team put on our best wellies and waterproof jackets and spent the day at Aston Rowant, one of Oxfordshire’s most enjoyed Nature Reserves. Carrying out conservation work such as coppicing and clearing of shrubbery and small trees, the team were thrilled to be able to be able to spend the day assisting with vital work which would benefit the local Oxfordshire community.
OSC at Run or Dye, Oxford
On a chilly autumn morning, members of the OSC office congregated in the grounds of the stunning Cornbury Park estate in Oxfordshire to participate in Run or Dye; the most colourful 5k race in the country. The team made a fantastic effort, getting suitably covered in multi-coloured dye in the process. A fantastic day out for all; look out for us again next year!
OSC’s School Visit Programme
Every year, OSC’s experienced IB Consultants visit IB schools around the world as part of our School Visit Programme; one of our key social enterprise activities. Offering free study skills and pedagogical sessions for IB students, the programme is enjoyed by students and teachers the world over.
In the past few months we have been thrilled to be able to visit schools in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates to name a few. Over the next few months, watch out for us in Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Singapore, Hong Kong, Brazil and many more!
OSC at the 2014 IBAEM Conference, Rome
In early October, OSC were pleased to be a part of the 2014 IBAEM Regional Conference; a prestigious event in the IB calendar which, this year, was attended by 1300 delegates from 70 countries in the beautiful city of Rome. The theme ‘Ways of Knowing’ communicated to all participants that as part of the IB community our shared knowledge is invaluable.
OSC attended as exhibitors and presenters and we’d like to say thank you to those who stopped by our stand and attended our presentations. OSC’s exhibition stand attracted a vast number of IB educators who found out more about OSC and the support we offer to IB schools and students.
OSC also held two presentations, one by our Schools Relationship Coordinator, Emily Price, and another by our IB Consultant, Rosanna Montalbano. Thank you to all of those who attended the sessions, and for those who didn’t, here is an overview of their sessions.
33 points to Oxford PhD: exploring the longitudinal value of the IB Diploma Programme
Emily shared her personal IB journey from achieving 33 points to starting her PhD at Oxford University this year, whilst also working for OSC. This IB journey was explored to reinforce the wider holistic value of the IB programme as well as reinsure your students about the value of the skills they acquire throughout the Diploma process; skills that are of great advantage when students reach University. Emily particularly welcomed all of the excellent feedback and interaction within the audience and would welcome any other questions.
For the good of our students: enhancing collaboration between teachers and college counsellors
Rosanna Montalbano, an IB teacher, educator and counsellor with nearly 16 years’ of experience, presented an informative and useful insight into the importance of teachers and college counsellors working together as a team to provide students with the best advice. The advantages of this relationship being that teachers understand their students’ abilities, talents and academic propensities. For example, a chemistry or biology teacher will know early on if a student has ability in these areas, or if applying to med school would be a bridge too far. The session was very active with attendees sharing their best practices, personal experiences and school situations – a session that was enjoyed by all.
We look forward to connecting with many more IB educators and members of the community at the upcoming IB Asia Pacific and IB Americas Regional Conferences in 2015.