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Science and Engineering Fair
Science and Engineering Fair
8th Grade Science and Engineering Fair
Anonymous
Apr-17-2019
RVIS middle school students participated in the first science and engineering fair on April 9-10. Leading up to the fair, students spent several months investigating with experiments or designing solutions to real-world problems. At the fair, students… Read More
Science and Engineering Fair
8th Grade Science and Engineering Fair
Anonymous
Apr-17-2019


RVIS middle school students participated in the first science and engineering fair on April 9-10. Leading up to the fair, students spent several months investigating with experiments or designing solutions to real-world problems. At the fair, students displayed and discussed their work with judges, parents, and other students. We had 18 judges scoring and each project was scored twice. The winners of the science category and engineering category were announced at the Secondary Assembly on Sunday, April 14. These projects will be entered into an international science fair where they will compete against other students in the region.




 
Field Trip
Field Trip
G1 and G4 Field Trip: Oceanography Lecture
John Tarpey
Apr-17-2019
On Monday, April 15, grade 1 and 4 students visited were invited by the Ritz Carlton to attend a very unique land and sea presentation by Jean Michele Cousteau, Official Ambassador for the Environment and son of Jacques Cousteau. In the presentation by… Read More
Field Trip
G1 and G4 Field Trip: Oceanography Lecture
John Tarpey
Apr-17-2019

On Monday, April 15, grade 1 and 4 students visited were invited by the Ritz Carlton to attend a very unique land and sea presentation by Jean Michele Cousteau, Official Ambassador for the Environment and son of Jacques Cousteau. In the presentation by Dr. Cousteau, students learned all about the work his foundation is doing to protect our Earth. Students enjoyed a light lunch and a “goodie bag” following the presentation courtesy of the Ritz Carlton, Manama.





The following videos explain more about the great work Dr. Cousteau and the Ritz Carlton are doing:


http://www.facebook.com/ritzcarltonbahrain


https://www.instagram.com/ritzcarltonbahrain


 
School Performance
School Performance
Arabic Under the Stars
Anonymous
Apr-10-2019
Riffa Views International School has always been a school that embraces the Bahraini culture while providing an international school experience. The Arabic team, lead by Fuad Al Anzarouti is dedicated to creating a rich Arabic program that is… Read More
Arabic Under the Stars
Arabic Under the Stars
Anonymous
Apr-10-2019

Riffa Views International School has always been a school that embraces the Bahraini culture while providing an international school experience. The Arabic team, lead by Fuad Al Anzarouti is dedicated to creating a rich Arabic program that is academically rigorous for both our native and non-native speakers and celebrates the different aspects of the culture. On Wednesday April 27th RVIS hosted its first Arabic Under the Stars, which showcased Arabic songs, poetry, and stories through the voices and writings of the students.



The event started with the beautiful voice of Khulood Saleh, an RVIS Arabic teacher, accompanied by Mr. Ali Aldairy on the Oud. As the audience settled into their seats and throughout the night, student at RVIS celebrated the Arabic language through recitations of the Quran, poetry, and a few musical numbers. Students also honored important characters in the Arab world through interactive games with the audience, demonstrating a command for the Arabic language and a stage presence that kept the audience engaged throughout the show.





RVIS’s non-native students also demonstrated their skills for the language through songs, role play, and showed pride in what they have accomplished through the Arabic program.



Mr. Al Anzarouti showed his appreciation by stating, “The harder you work for something, the greater you feel when you achieve it. The students last night were my heroes, they believed in their abilities and I encouraged them. Their confidence and fluent Arabic, clearly showed their keenness to improve and excel. The non-native speakers students performed with passion and showed their Arabic skills really well. Well done to all of you and enjoy your deserved Spring Break. Remember always the school mission: Ignite the Passions, Personalize the Journey, and Impact through Action.”


 
Week of Action
Week of Action
Embracing Diversity to make us Stronger
Abdulla Alsaleh
Mar-20-2019
In RVIS, there are many different people of many different backgrounds who are here for many different reasons. The school’s diversity is one of its greatest assets. On the 18th of March during Secondary School’s Week of Compassionate Action (WOCA),… Read More
Week of Compassionate Action
Embracing Diversity to make us Stronger
Abdulla Alsaleh
Mar-20-2019

In RVIS, there are many different people of many different backgrounds who are here for many different reasons. The school’s diversity is one of its greatest assets. On the 18th of March during Secondary School’s Week of Compassionate Action (WOCA), multiple students who signed up for the “Appreciation Through Constructive Journalism” Class went to interview staff, janitors, and even students. Two of the interviewers, 9th Grade students named Abdulla and Rashid, went to interview a Healthy Calorie staff member, Rubel, and a student in Grade 11, Carla.



Rubel, nicknamed “Moni” as a child, is in charge of wrapping the Express Menu items for Healthy Calorie. Although he was somewhat nervous when we first started interviewing him, he eventually became more and more comfortable with our questions. We learned that he is from Dhaka, Bangladesh, and enjoys playing cricket in his spare time. His job at RVIS is his first job experience, and he says that it brings him happiness. He also enjoys Bahrain’s climate and comfortability. He is the oldest of five children, and was previously studying in college in Bangladesh. He was planning to graduate and get a government job, but family circumstances caused him to leave Bangladesh and find a job in Bahrain.



Carla is a Grade 11 student at RVIS. We learned that she is no stranger to moving to new places, since she is originally from Spain, and before moving to Bahrain, she lived in Barcelona, Madrid, then back to Barcelona, then Mexico, and finally in a village south of Catalonia. According to Carla, Bahrain is “not bad”, and she enjoys the climate, although the sandstorms are somewhat irritating. She is an only child, and she moved to Bahrain because her father acquired a job here; she also sees Bahrain as an opportunity for her to improve her English speaking skills.



These two people have many differences, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it only highlights our school’s diversity. Everyone in RVIS has differences, but everyone also has commonalities. Both of these are important in identifying who we are, and they’re important to the school’s sense of community. RVIS brings people from all around the globe together to one place and here, we share something that not many other schools have. Diversity in our school is the core of the school’s energy and personality, and our gates are open to anyone and everyone.


 
Exploration
Exploration
PreK Exploration Playdate
Anonymous
Feb-27-2019
The Pre-K classes welcomed their parents into the classrooms last Thursday, February 14 for the first in a series of parent exploration through the eyes of the child. Parents came with story books, blankets, snacks and the desire to enhance reading with… Read More
Exploration
PreK Exploration Playdate
Anonymous
Feb-27-2019

The Pre-K classes welcomed their parents into the classrooms last Thursday, February 14 for the first in a series of parent exploration through the eyes of the child. Parents came with story books, blankets, snacks and the desire to enhance reading with their children. The Pre-K teachers shared the importance of ways in which young children explore and develop pre-reading skills. The teachers also shared simple reading tips and ideas to help parents build upon what they already do at home during story time with their children.

Both children and parents were very excited to spend this time together and now look forward to the next in our series of Exploration Playdate.
 
Professional Development
Professional Development
Bangladesh School Professional Development Led by RVIS
Dr. Jennifer LeBlanc
Feb-27-2019
On Saturday, Feb. 16, several secondary teachers from RVIS led professional development workshops for teachers from the Bangladesh School of Bahrain. RVIS teachers partnered with Teachers Across Borders, a non-profit organization, which provides free… Read More
Professional Development
Bangladesh School Professional Development Led by RVIS
Dr. Jennifer LeBlanc
Feb-27-2019

On Saturday, Feb. 16, several secondary teachers from RVIS led professional development workshops for teachers from the Bangladesh School of Bahrain. RVIS teachers partnered with Teachers Across Borders, a non-profit organization, which provides free professional development for teachers that might not otherwise have access to training. Teachers presented on the topic of questioning and how to better engage our students through questions. The workshops were a huge success and participants left feeling energized with lots of new ideas to try in their classrooms. Secondary teachers will return to the Bangladesh School in April to hold another workshop and an elementary workshop has been scheduled for March. This is an exciting collaboration for all teachers involved!
 
Community Service
Community Service
Week of Compassionate Action
Callie Bushmiller
Feb-27-2019
The RVIS Week of Compassionate Action is coming soon! We will celebrate the week March 17-21. During this week, the Secondary School will run an alternative schedule. This will allow students to be involved in experiences locally and globally related to… Read More
Week of Compassionate Action
Week of Compassionate Action
Callie Bushmiller
Feb-27-2019

The RVIS Week of Compassionate Action is coming soon! We will celebrate the week March 17-21. During this week, the Secondary School will run an alternative schedule. This will allow students to be involved in experiences locally and globally related to the theme Ignite to Impact.

We invite you, parents and community members, to participate in the week and help with projects that give our students a chance to explore topics related to the RVIS Mission: Ignite Passions.Personalize the Journey.Impact through Action while using the frameworks of Compassion and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. You will find updates throughout the week posted on social media using #RVISWOCA and #IgnitetoImpact.

We appreciate your support and encouragement during the week as students explore global issues and develop lasting solutions. Thank you for supporting our students on this journey!

 
Art
Art
Elementary Art: Making Event!
Nicole Cerro - Elementary Art Teacher
Feb-27-2019
Over the past two days, the elementary art room has been buzzing with activity! All grade levels are beginning their clay units and 4th grade has kicked it off with a bang. Parents, teachers, students, and administrators worked together for two 1.5 hour… Read More
Art Class, Bahrain, International School
Elementary Art: Making Event!
Nicole Cerro - Elementary Art Teacher
Feb-27-2019

Over the past two days, the elementary art room has been buzzing with activity! All grade levels are beginning their clay units and 4th grade has kicked it off with a bang. Parents, teachers, students, and administrators worked together for two 1.5 hour sessions in the art room. Their goal: to build and design a luminary lamp out of clay. Students spent their time leading up to this event planning, sketching designs, and cutting out paper templates. During the first ‘making’ session, flat slabs of clay were created, shapes were cut out, and the pieces were assembled to make 3D lamps. Students learned to use a slab roller for the first time; a tool used to roll out clay with an even-thickness quickly. The second session focused on design, decorating, and finishing touches. In one week, when the lamps are fully dry, they will be kiln. Afterwards, students have plans to paint or glaze their lamps. Once the lamps are complete, Mrs. O’Meara and Mr. Tarpey will take charge in leading students, parents, administrators, and volunteers to properly wire the electrical part of the lamps. Keep a look out for more updates and information!

 
Community Dialogue
Community Dialogue
World Cafe: Inviting our Community into our Dialogue about Continuous Improvement
Tara Waudby - Superintendent
Feb-20-2019
At Riffa Views International School, we were thrilled to welcome our community to our first World Cafe, a community dialogue in which participants are invited into a conversation. As we embark upon our strategic goal to lead the future of learning, we… Read More
World Cafe
World Cafe: Inviting our Community into our Dialogue about Continuous Improvement
Tara Waudby - Superintendent
Feb-20-2019


At Riffa Views International School, we were thrilled to welcome our community to our first World Cafe, a community dialogue in which participants are invited into a conversation. As we embark upon our strategic goal to lead the future of learning, we invited our community into the dialogue for feedback, collaboration, and opportunities to co-create.


The World Cafe began with a seemingly simple question: What are your hopes and dreams for your child in five, ten and fifteen years? Thus began a reflective conversation focused on our sole purpose for being: our students. Martin Seligman, the father of Positive Psychology which is a movement focused on human flourishing, poses two similar questions: firstly, he asks what we most want for our children; secondly, he asks what schools most often teach. At RVIS, our hopes and dreams for our children do not differ from the research of Seligman. Overwhelmingly, at RVIS, we wish for our children to be positive, passionate leaders. We wish for them to develop the confidence and independence to thrive. We wish for them pursue their dreams. To inquire. To create. And ultimately, we wish for them to be happy.


A World Cafe invites a broad range of participant ideas, and it was our goal to gather insights and feedback from our community. We invited participants to discuss two questions: 1) How RVIS currently meet your hopes and dreams for your children? and more importantly, 2) What do you wish RVIS would add to support your hopes and dreams for your children?


How does RVIS currently support your hopes and dreams for your child?


We shared a brief overview of the programmatic changes we are making, which include the addition of an EAL program, a secondary music program, a secondary ICT program, and expansion of our IB and foreign language offerings. We also shared our revised mission, which is the collective effort of a two-year strategic improvement process, and we are excited to showcase a streamlined mission focused on our core purpose: personalization. At RVIS, we ignite passions, personalize the journey, and impact through action.


In response to the first question, parents shared their perception of how RVIS supports their children, which includes:


Personalized learning;


Supportive teachers who build confidence in students;


Supporting students’ innovation and creative thinking skills;


Collaborative partnership between home and school;


Placing student voice at the forefront of our decisions;


Safe environment;


Happy children.



What do you wish RVIS would add to support your hopes and dreams for your child?


The Information Age in which we live has dramatically shifted societal change cycles from 100 years to five years. Thus, as educators, it is essential that we prepare students for a future yet to be created and this requires key skills such as creativity, agility, curiosity, problem-solving and compassion. When Seligman poses his second question: what do schools most often teach, the response is typically disciplinary such as math, science, reading and the like. Of course, these are essential skills required for creativity and innovation, yet they are not enough. Hence, we were excited to present our Ignite Day Concept.


Next year, RVIS will shift to a weekly Ignite Day in which we provide opportunities to integrate and specialize learning. Ignite Day will encompass everything from intramural athletics and activities, to House Competitions in all disciplines to internships to specialized learning seminars. It will allow for an increased focus on student health and wellness, whilst allowing students to pursue their passions and interests. It will allow us not only to lead the future of learning, but to co-create a future for our students so that they are prepared for their future. It will ignite passions, personalize the journey and impact through action.


Next year, RVIS will shift to a weekly Ignite Day in which we provide opportunities to integrate and specialize learning. Ignite Day will encompass everything from intramural athletics and activities, to House Competitions in all disciplines to internships to specialized learning seminars. It will allow for an increased focus on student health and wellness, whilst allowing students to pursue their passions and interests. It will allow us not only to lead the future of learning, but to co-create a future for our students so that they are prepared for their future. It will ignite passions, personalize the journey and impact through action.


We believe that our Ignite Day will meet the hopes and dreams of our parents in response to what they hope we will add to further support our students, which includes:


Increased athletic options;


Improved science programming in the elementary school;


More fine arts offerings in the secondary school;


Increased student involvement and feedback;


Branding the school based on our unique identity;


Increased rigor;


Building a stronger program of responsibility and self-discipline for students;


Providing more choices based on student interests.



The first RVIS World Cafe exceeded our expectations. We are grateful to our passionate, collaborative and engaged community for sharing their insights, hopes and questions. At RVIS, we are committed to continuous improvement, and we will continue our dialogue with our students as we embark upon an exciting and innovative learning journey.


GANTT: Outcomes & Visualizing our Intentions


In the feedback we captured, parents asked for a timeline of our change process and a more prominent display of the changes. The below GANTT chart showcases the improvement process around a timeline of actions.


 
Sports
Sports
Sports Day
Ken Davis
Feb-13-2019
What a Sports Day yesterday! Students engaged in activities that promoted fitness, team building and friendly competition. The day started with our Early Childhood students immersed in sack races, obstacle courses, relay races, and the always popular… Read More
Sports Day
Sports Day
Ken Davis
Feb-13-2019



What a Sports Day yesterday! Students engaged in activities that promoted fitness, team building and friendly competition. The day started with our Early Childhood students immersed in sack races, obstacle courses, relay races, and the always popular water games. Parents were there enjoying the laughter and cheering on their young ones. Thanks for coming out!


Elementary and Secondary students began their Sport Day a little later and enjoyed time on the soccer field as well as in the gym. Some of the highlights were tug-a-war, dodgeball, ring toss, and the 40 meter dash. If you didn’t catch the instagram posts, please check them out @rvis.bh. Special thank you to our P.E. team for organizing the day’s events and the faculty and staff for keeping everything running smoothly!

 
Field Trip
Field Trip
Aljasra Handicraft Center Field Trip
Heather Meinen - SS Art Teacher
Feb-13-2019
Last Tuesday, a group of 9th and 10th grade students visited Aljasra Handicraft Center to learn about Islamic and Bahraini art. Students took a tour of the center and had the opportunity to speak to local artisans about the history of their craft. The… Read More
Field Trip
Aljasra Handicraft Center Field Trip
Heather Meinen - SS Art Teacher
Feb-13-2019



Last Tuesday, a group of 9th and 10th grade students visited Aljasra Handicraft Center to learn about Islamic and Bahraini art. Students took a tour of the center and had the opportunity to speak to local artisans about the history of their craft. The boat builders gave the students insight as to the different types of boats they create and each of their purposes. The gypsum artisan demonstrated how to use geometry to create complex Islamic patterns that could be engraved into blocks of gypsum. The metal workers showed the steps of transferring designs onto a metal plate prior to starting the meticulous engraving process. Lastly, the ceramists taught students how to use manual potter’s wheels to create clay vessels. After students worked with each artisan, they took a short walk to Al Jasra House where they learned about the site and its history.

 
Innovation
Innovation
LEVEL 5 Update
Luke Meinen - LEVEL 5 Manager
Feb-13-2019
The LEVEL 5 project has been moving forward to lay the groundwork for a successful opening in the coming months. We have been busy engaging a multitude of community programs, industry experts, sponsors, business incubators, potential speakers, and… Read More
LEVEL 5 Bahrain
LEVEL 5 Update
Luke Meinen - LEVEL 5 Manager
Feb-13-2019



The LEVEL 5 project has been moving forward to lay the groundwork for a successful opening in the coming months. We have been busy engaging a multitude of community programs, industry experts, sponsors, business incubators, potential speakers, and government agencies to develop partnerships in the community and the region in the anticipation of our launch.


From the beginning, the design of the LEVEL 5 space has been a community endeavour; ideas from students, parents, and teachers have been incorporated to truly reflect the culture of Bahrain and RVIS. After working through an extensive value engineering process, we are excited to announce that progress towards the build of this shared vision is nearly complete. Final bids for construction are now underway for both custom furniture and the buildout of the space. We are very close to “breaking ground” on LEVEL 5 Bahrain!

 
Health Guide
Health Guide
It's Flu Season!
Sam Browne - School Nurse
Dec-12-2018
As some of you are already aware, flu season has arrived in Bahrain! Recent media reports pertaining to Swine Flu/H1N1 cases can be unsettling so here are some basic facts regarding the flu.The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza… Read More
Flu Guide
It's Flu Season!
Sam Browne - School Nurse
Dec-12-2018


As some of you are already aware, flu season has arrived in Bahrain! Recent media reports pertaining to Swine Flu/H1N1 cases can be unsettling so here are some basic facts regarding the flu.


The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness but at times, can lead to complications. One of the recommended ways to protect yourself against many (but not all) of the flu viruses, is by getting a flu vaccine each year (cdc.gov). The other preventative measure we can take is to practice effective basic hygiene which in turn stops the spread of germs.


Antibiotics are medications that fight infections caused by bacteria, not a virus. Taking antibiotics when you have a virus may do more harm than good and can increase your risk of getting an infection later that may resist antibiotic treatment.


H1N1 is part of the seasonal flu virus and is incorporated into the current flu vaccine. The flu vaccine is available in Bahrain. You should consider obtaining the vaccine if you fall into one of the ‘high risk’ groups (children under 5 years, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems etc.).


Please refer to the following guide for more information/advice:
Flu Guide for Parents


Prevention is better than cure…


Without a doubt, the most effective way to prevent the spread of any infectious disease is to practice good, basic hygiene. Always remember to:

Wash your hands with soap and water on a regular basis but especially before eating and after using the bathroom (use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available).
Effective hand washing requires 15 – 20 seconds of ‘scrubbing’ your hands.


Encourage those around you to cover their coughs and sneezes, either with a tissue or their elbow. Soiled tissues need to be disposed of immediately and hands cleaned.


Eat a diet rich in fresh vegetables and fruits, get a good night’s sleep and a daily dose of exercise!


Drink plenty! The temperature in Bahrain may have dropped but it’s still essential that we stay well hydrated throughout the day.


If you are unwell, stay at home, rest and recover. Children should not attend school if they are coughing uncontrollably, have an acute runny nose, high fever (or require medicine to keep their temperature normal), are vomiting or have diarrhea.


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Collaboration
Collaboration
Inter-School Collaboration
Luke Meinen - LEVEL 5 Manager
Dec-04-2018
As school was wrapping up for the week last Thursday, a group of dedicated educators gathered to begin the process of building a partnership between schools. Teachers and school leaders from The Bahrain School and RVIS gathered to discuss how to kick off… Read More
Inter-School Collaboration
Inter-School Collaboration
Luke Meinen - LEVEL 5 Manager
Dec-04-2018

As school was wrapping up for the week last Thursday, a group of dedicated educators gathered to begin the process of building a partnership between schools. Teachers and school leaders from The Bahrain School and RVIS gathered to discuss how to kick off collaborative student, teacher, leader, and community relationships. Wheels were put in motion for some easy ways the schools can start to share practice and build a true partnership. We quickly realized that providing educators with chances to meet socially and professionally could be the catalyst for forming partnerships that will spread into classrooms


Inter School Collaboration

The educators decided on a few quick wins like creating cross-school WhatsApp groups, planning social events, setting dates for a Teachmeet, and identifying ways to collaborate during new teacher training. Great ideas were put forward, relationships were formed, and all left with an understanding that action will happen. We hope that this will be the first of many collaborative meetings between schools in Bahrain.


 
Coding
Coding
Hour of Code
Huda Atif - Technology Integration Facilitator
Dec-04-2018
The Hour of Code is here at RVIS!! The Hour of Code is an annual global event/initiative that takes place every year during Computer Science Education Week, the first week in December. This year, it runs from December 3rd- December 9th. More than 100… Read More
Coding
Hour of Code
Huda Atif - Technology Integration Facilitator
Dec-04-2018

The Hour of Code is here at RVIS!! The Hour of Code is an annual global event/initiative that takes place every year during Computer Science Education Week, the first week in December. This year, it runs from December 3rd- December 9th.  More than 100 million students from around the world participate and engage in at least one hour of coding and computer science activities. The idea behind this movement is to generate love and excitement for computer programming with an emphasis on creativity. Our students at RVIS also did multiple activities in their classroom with their teachers. In kindergarten students used Box Island to learn the basics of algorithms, sequences, loops and conditionals! While lower elementary students worked on activities like Stars Wars and Building the Galaxy, Upper elementary had fun coding in Minecraft and a brand new activity this year called Create your own Dance Party. Our Learning Commons has also been buzzing with excitement as various coding stations are set up for them during recess . Some paper based games called unplugged are also used to help students learn to program and code even without computers!