It has been a busy couple of months for MYP4 and MYP5 during their mentor lessons. As part of their careers and university guidance programme pupils have had different ISG parents talking about their career paths and life journeys. Pupils have learnt about the Canterbury earthquake disaster in New Zealand in 2010 and 2016 from the perspective of the New Zealand Red Cross as well as the perspective of a mother (Jolie Wills) of pupils at ISG.
Staff and pupils alike were fascinated by Wayne Johnson inspirational talk about growing up in a township in Cape Town during the time of apartheid. Wayne told us how he received a scholarship from the Nelson Mandela Foundation and even met the great man himself. Wayne's story showed all of MYP4 and MYP5 how important it is to be a life long learner as well as a risk taker.
This week pupils learnt about the work of a virologist as Dr Coretta van Leer visited. Did you know that in The Netherlands there are only 20 people who are a virologist. With a very interactive presentation (see video and photos) pupils realised the huge risks that health workers were exposed to working with victims of ebola.
Pupils have also been very fortunate in being part of the local university's outreach programme where current students go into schools and talk about what it is like to be a student and give workshops based on their own courses. MYP4 and MYP5 had workshops from 2 students - Hanne Nijtmans and Daniëlle Feiken from the American Studies department of the Rijks University Groningen who talked about social media/pop culture and Gaming Studies. It was great to see that you can get a degree in such a wide range of subjects and disciplines and wonderful to see that you can turn your hobby into something educational.
There is plenty more to come. MYP4 and MYP5 have more parents coming in to talk and if after reading this you feel that you would like to be part of our exciting careers programme please get in touch with us via the Front Office at the Esserberg.