Luna is originally from Wales, UK. She holds a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership, a PGCE in Modern Languages and a Bachelor's Degree in French Studies and Italian Studies from University of Birmingham.
Luna has lived in various countries and has been teaching for many years. Prior to teaching, she was also a linguist in business. She has taught all age ranges in schools. Luna joined OWIS as the Senior Coordinator for the Early Childhood team and now leads the OWIS Secondary team and all whole school programmes.
Luna is driven by the desire to provide an inclusive and stimulating learning experience for all pupils. She values inquiry-led, creative, interactive and trans-disciplinary education; ensuring that curriculum is engaging and thought-provoking, and that students are supported and challenged in order to realise their potential. She believes that children learn best when provided with opportunities to discover the world around them and formulate their own lines of inquiry.
Luna is a massive cheese lover. She likes all cheeses, but most of all boursin, halloumi, cheddar, brie, feta and chevre. "Just cheese please", as she says. She also enjoys reading, running, dancing and painting.
We live in challenging times. Climate change is negatively affecting agriculture and food production. Communities are increasingly concerned about how they can conserve natural resources while sustaining growing populations. People are realising that this planet only has finite resources and at the speed that they are being used they will be gone before we know it.
Fluctuations in the economy, inequitable distribution of resources and an unpredictable job market are making it nearly impossible for disadvantaged people to climb out of poverty. With the recent pandemic the world as we knew it has changed enormously. This pandemic has had global impact, and has shown that protecting the planet is crucial. Now more than ever, students need more than textbook knowledge to conquer today's complex problems. They need to be strong leaders with a range of skills in all areas, who are adaptable and driven to make a change. At OWIS, that's where creativity, activity, and service (CAS) comes in.
Students need a way to bridge the classroom and the community. Otherwise, they spend time studying theories they cannot apply and then engage in real-world practices that do not correlate with the fundamentals taught at school. They can lose interest in their education quickly and become distracted in the classroom. Education needs to be relevant to the modern world and cover subjects that relate to how we live today.
CAS (creativity, activity and service) makes up a large part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). Using CAS, we at OWIS aim to help our students mature into well-rounded and balanced young adults. We teach them more than just academic skills and ensure that they are able to integrate into a range of situations.
The CAS programme begins at the start of the IB DP course in Grade 11 and continues for a total of 18 months. CAS is all about our students obtaining new skills, interests and talents or further developing their existing skills, interests and talents. Students are able to take ownership of their development and learn to work with each other to improve other peoples’ lives.
Seminars help prepare students for CAS, and there will also be opportunities for parents to learn about the programme along with the training sessions for teachers. We encourage parents to get involved with the programme and to support their children, whether that be by dropping them to events, providing them with ideas and support or attending the events that they organise.
At its heart, CAS takes students on a personal journey toward being the best they can be. It makes them caring and empathetic individuals with a passion for helping others. They learn to appreciate their own fortune and that they can make a difference to others’ lives through small yet meaningful acts of kindness.
Although the IB DP course is academic in nature, it also provides opportunities for students to serve as leaders in their schools and communities as well as to explore their creative and active nature. It gives students a holistic education and provides them with the opportunity to learn through a range of different techniques. In fact, CAS underpins the entire IB DP course by giving opportunities to be an active and physical learner. It also ensures that all students are given equal opportunities, as those who may find classroom-based learning more difficult may excel in other areas.
CAS is composed of three distinct elements, and these are explained below:
At OWIS, we are particularly excited about the service component, which provides an opportunity for students to contribute to an ever-changing world in a meaningful and helpful way. Students can raise awareness about issues, fundraise for charities or work alongside communities to support the needs identified when planning the service project on a local, national or even international scale. From our school's perspective, it opens our students’ eyes to the hardship that others may face and shows them how they can work as a team to make a difference in peoples’ lives who are less fortunate than themselves.
At OWIS, CAS is the backbone of our IB Diploma Programme. It supports the academic aspect of their study and gives our students key skills that they will take with them throughout their lives. We believe that, as a key part of our rigorous framework, CAS sets students on track to become the best global citizens and leaders they can be. To learn more about how CAS empowers our students, contact us to book a tour. We look forward to meeting with you.