Brice Bono

Brookes Moscow will be opening it’s doors soon and in our third Interview we ask Mr. Brice Bono, the Deputy Head, questions regarding the educational emphasis for the students

1) As the opening day fast approaches may we ask about the educational emphasis that will affect the lives of the children attending. Which educational syllabus will you be using and could you clarify why this has been chosen and the benefits for the children when they move on to their next educational establishment?

We will be implementing the International Baccalaureate (IB) educational programmes. In September 2018, we will start with the Primary Years Programme (PYP), for children aged 3-11, and the Middle Years Programme (MYP), for children aged 11-16. The IB Diploma Programme, for students aged 16-18, will be offered from September 2020.

Our vision at Brookes is a world of self-confident lifelong learners connected and inspired to help others. IB educational programmes, as a matter of fact, are designed to make students better learners and better people. What this means in practice is that, in addition to broad and balanced curricula, the approaches to teaching and learning used in classrooms aim at helping students become inquirers, caring, principled, open-minded and courageous, among other attributes. Not surprisingly, the Brookes Education group, part of which Brookes Moscow is, chose to implement IB programmes in all its schools.

The IB has been around for 50 years now. Its popularity continues to grow. IB programmes are offered in many schools worldwide. At the end of their studies, students receive the IB diploma, which is a qualification highly regarded by universities worldwide.

2) All lessons will be conducted in English, is this correct? Whilst excellent for the International pupils, will they receive any immersion into Russian language/culture? And for the Russian kids, this must be an incredible advantage to their future life?

Yes, English is the language of instruction at Brookes Moscow. Besides the fact that it will be the language of instruction at the university level for most of our graduates, English is also the first language for business in the world.

Russian language will be a mandatory subject for all students from kindergarten to Year 11. In Years 12-13, Russian language and literature will be one of the language options in the IB Diploma Programme. It is important for us to promote the language of our host country. Not only Russian students will continue to develop their mother tongue, but international students will also be able to learn the language and gain a better appreciation of the Russian culture.

I should probably mention that from September 2018 we will be offering as well Mandarin and German. The list of languages offered will continue to grow in the years to come as our student population increases. Besides providing an opportunity to develop insights into the features, processes of language and the concept of culture, the study of languages also enables students to realize that there are diverse ways of living, viewing and behaving in the world.

3) We hear a lot about British English and the other ‘Englishes’? Where are your teaching staff coming from and what will they be teaching?

Our teachers will be from the UK, Canada, South Africa, Malaysia, Ireland, New Zealand, just to name a few. They will all be qualified educators with experience teaching children for whom English is not the first language. While their accents will enhance the cultural diversity in our school, all of them will teach a standard English that our students can use in their tertiary education and in life anywhere in the world. Now, if you ask me what we prefer to use at Brookes Moscow for formal correspondence and various paperwork, for example, the answer would be British English.

4) What other achievements will you be striving for with your pupils? What additional curriculum will be available to them?

In terms of curriculum, the focus will be on the IB programme. We will however be open to assist parents who would like their children to study selected courses from the Russian state curriculum.

There will be an emphasis on sports, community service and the arts from kindergarten to Year 13.

5) What sports are you offering and what competitive opportunities will be available?

A non-exhaustive list of sports offered in our school includes swimming, water polo, football, volleyball, basketball, tennis, table tennis, judo, karate, wrestling, dancing and gymnastics. We are exploring partnerships with external entities to also offer golf, for example.

I can tell you that there will be opportunities for our students to take part in competitions in Moscow, Russia and abroad.