We Made it Happen!

by Donald MacPherson on April 26, 2013

What a week! I find myself writing and/or saying that a lot this year. The Exhibition turned out to be an amazing school event. Parents, teachers and students from our school community showed up to the library and LLAC to support, challenge and question our fantastic Grade 6 students. There was as great deal of pride as our students demonstrated through a variety of ways their understanding of the transdisciplinary theme, “Where We Are in Place and Time” and their central ideas, almost all of which allowed them to inquire into historical issues, current events and/or social issues that had personal resonance with them. Feedback has been quite positive and the Grade 6 Team feel we’ve progressed as a PYP school since that first Exhibition four years ago. We’ve been building on the successes of past Grade 6 Teams and we anticipate to keep doing so to make this the best possible experience for our students as possible.

Please find below some videos of the Opening Ceremony speeches and video presented on Wednesday evening. You can also find a collection of about 200 photos that were taken through the entire process, beginning in January.

Please note as well that students will be receiving their blue wrist-band USBs that contain videos, photos, group summaries and more. They will be issued today and Monday.

Please note that there will be extra Performing Arts classes this week. Students will be with Mr. Shaw on Monday, April 29 so they will need their instruments for then.

Students worked on their Math problems of the week and you can find the pathways to their solutions here.

Looking forward:

Wednesday May 1: Labor Day Holiday. No school.

Friday, May 3: Grade 5/6 Assembly (Sports Day Awards will NOT be issued at this assembly. Watch this space for that date).

Thursday, May 9: 6C Spotlight (see message from Marshall Shaw below)

Exhibition video

Opening Ceremony Speeches


Exhibition Group Articles

Exhibition Photos

Champs of the Week

Esme Kalbag: Esme’s efforts and presentation both during the Exhibition process and at the Exhibition itself were simply phenomenal. She had a clear and deep understanding of her lines of inquiry and could present these understandings very well. Next up: I’m going to ask her to write an IBlish dictionary for parents 🙂

Megan Ng: Megan showed passion towards her investigations as she explored how revolutions impact peoples lives and how they connect with others. Whenever I spoke with Megan about her inquiries, she responded with enthusiasm.

Jackie Chan: Not only was Jackie our logo design contest winner, he demonstrated amazing communication skills in sharing his inquiries these past few weeks. From artwork, written reflections and speaking, Jackie impressed many with the depth of his understandings about disease pandemics and the changes they brought about.

Message from Marshall Shaw

Grade 6 Spotlight Performances are approaching quite fast.  They will be held during the Festival of the Arts Week from Monday, May 6th, to Friday, May 10th.  Please check Mr. Shaw’s blog for further details for each of his classes.

Thank you,


Did you see any of the following happen at the PYP Exhibition? We are transformational and changing the way you and I learned in the (not too distant or very distant) past! Check out these great videos. 

Interested in seeing my YouTube playlist of educational videos? Check it out below.

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