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About ISK The International School of Kenya (ISK) is a private, non-profit PreKGrade 12 school created in 1976 through a joint partnership between the governments of the United States and Canada. Nestled on 40 acres of a former coffee plantation, ISK serves the educational needs of both expatriate and Kenyan students who seek a challenging international curriculum which leads to the rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma program. ISK’s internationally focused curriculum has helped Kenya become a magnet for foreign business investment and a desired posting for those working for the continuing development of East Africa. Expatriate families consider Kenya a quality career opportunity, in part due to the quality education they find at ISK. Likewise, Kenyan families who want an international, culturally diverse education for their children see ISK as the school of choice. ISK has over 980 students from more than 65 countries. Graduates earn an ISK North American accredited diploma and approximately 70 percent of ISK graduates earn the IB Diploma, enabling them to study at some of the most respected and competitive colleges and universities in the world. ISK students form a supportive, spirited and diverse community, which enables new students to adapt easily to campus life. Interacting in such a welcoming cross-cultural milieu, ISK students celebrate the unique and wonderful differences and similarities of people from around the world. The value of respect for each other and for Kenya is evident at ISK, as is a commitment to giving back to the community. Our scholarship program for Kenyan students, together with a broad and dedicated service-learning program which serves our local and national community, have shaped our school values since 1967 and continue today. In keeping with ISK’s strategic mission and vision, we are dedicated to empowering each student to create solutions for tomorrow’s challenges. Therefore, we have embarked on a multi-million dollar facility and program expansion project to provide students and faculty with the programs, tools and facilities necessary for success. Once completed, ISK will be able to accommodate 1,200 students with expanded programs and facilities.

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ES Report

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Advancement News

Sustaining a Safe and Dynamic Learning Community

The ES started new after school activities with many new options for students to be a part of and explore...

Bullying Prevention Month & Student Climate Committee.

Thank you very much to our parents for joining us at school for two days of conferencing.

The most inspiring launch ever of the Inspiration Initiative took place on November 2, 2018.

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“In a positive, stable school environment, where students’ commonalities are strengthened and their individuality is supported, students feel safe to take educational risks as they explore and construct their learning” Middle School Building: Construction Planning Moves Forward

ISK is moving forward with its plans to begin construction of a new middle school and high school science labs.

The School Board’s Facilities Committee is overseeing this process and groundbreaking is planned for June 2019. Recently, both the middle school and high school have been working on student displacement plans for the two-year construction period. These take into account the setup of temporary high school science labs along with affected middle school classrooms and offices. One displacement goal has been to try and


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keep that feeling of unity in the middle school for students and staff. At the same, maintaining a secure environment is a priority for all by making sure the construction zone is closed off from the school setting. Sustaining a Safe and Dynamic Learning Community

As ISK involves itself in the recruitment of new teachers for the 2019-20 school year, it is important to reflect on how we work to ensure ISK a is safe and dynamic learning community. Over the past few years accrediting and recruiting agencies, child protection groups, the U.S. Dept. of State’s Office of Overseas Schools, and school administrators/ counselors have been

focusing on improving practices in the area of child protection. There has been a threepronged approach to their work on ensuring safe learning communities at international schools with a focus on three areas; school recruitment, school policies and practices, and school evaluation. The main thrust with regard to school recruitment has been in strengthening screening processes used in hiring. In the past two years ISK has implemented these recommendations in its hiring practices as well as with adults that work or volunteer on our campus. In the area of school policies and practices there has been a bank of

resources developed that schools use to enhance their own policies and responses that apply within their context. These policies and practices mirror much of the child protection work that ISK spearheaded through the founding of Kenya’s Child Protection Advocacy Network (CPAN) several years ago. We are continuing to implement and promote best practices in the area of child protection leading CPAN in Kenya. ISK understands that ensuring a safe learning community is not something that you check off of a list, but rather something that you continually work at improving and monitoring.

Finally, the third prong were recommendations to school accreditation and inspection agencies on what protocols should exist around the world that would ensure child protection and well-being. In short, schools have a duty to protect children and prevent them from harm, and act with a sense of urgency if a child is at risk of harm. ISK is accredited through the Council of International Schools (CIS) and Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA). We are currently undertaking the self-study process for our re-accreditation visit in May 2019 with both these organizations. One aspect of this process is

to review and ensure our procedures in the area of child protection continue to be in line with best practices. In a positive, stable school environment, where students’ commonalities are strengthened and their individuality is supported, students feel safe to take educational risks as they explore and construct their learning. Director of Teaching and Learning Search – Thank You

Thank you to all the parents, students, faculty, staff and board members that participated in various aspects of the Director of Teaching and Learning (DTL) search. Your feedback was valuable in the decision-making

process. The new interim DTL, Greg James, will visit ISK during a transition visit in the second semester before officially joining ISK in July 2019. Greg will continue the following year within the Teaching and Learning Center in a learning leadership role supporting the implementation of our learning pathways. Starting the 2020-21 school year, we are excited that Elizabeth Imende Cooney will join ISK as the Director of Teaching and Learning. Elizabeth Cooney and Greg James share similar beliefs and perspectives, including what ISK is doing really well and what opportunities might lie ahead. We are fortunate

to have such passionate, collaborative, and highly sought-after educational leaders joining us to guide ISK’s educational program into the next decade. Approved 2019-20 ISK School Calendar

The Board of Directors approved the 2019-20 ISK School Calendar at the October 30th Board meeting. Next year’s school start date is August 14, 2019 with the end of the school year scheduled for June 11th for students. A copy of the 2019-20 ISK School Calendar is available on the school website. Sincerely, David G. Henry Director

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Board News ISK held its Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, October 30th. Many thanks to those who attended the meeting! Four high school students - Siana, Alissa, Connor and Waiyaki presented on their experience attending the Round Square International Conference held in Appley, Canada. The theme of the conference was “Bring Your Difference” and the students reported having a new sense and perspective on diversity. Notable speakers from the event consisted of Wade Davis (named Explorer of the Millennium), Candy Palmater (Canadian comedian), Honorable Adrienne Clarkson (journalist and stateswoman) and Ian Keteku (poet). We thank all of the students who attended the conference for representing ISK and bringing back their experiences to school. Jodi Lake, Director of Teaching and Learning, presented the Fall 2018 MAP scores. As you may know, students from Grades 3-9 participate in this testing and this is the second full year of MAP testing at ISK. As noted last year, ISK’s results continue to be well above the average test scores in reading, math and language arts. The results of these tests have been reviewed by the administration and teachers with a focus on how this information can improve learning opportunities at ISK. Well done to all students taking this exam! The Board also approved the 2019-20 ISK Calendar. For those of you planning ahead, the first day of school for students will be August 14, 2019 with the last day of school being June 11, 2020. Lastly, the Board approved the 2017-18 audit prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers and as recommended by the Finance Committee. ISK received an unqualified audit yet again this year. The next Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 27 in the Commons MPR at 4:00 p.m. Best wishes, Ann Marie Awori, Board Secretary

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Dear ES Community, As we close out the month of October, we reflect on the many exciting things happening at ISK in the elementary school. We started new after school activities with many new options for students to be a part of and explore, had some grade levels take learning outside of the school walls on field trips, and invited parents in for learning celebrations. Thank you so much for the amazing turn out with our parent teacher conferences. We received so many positive comments with regards to the rich conversations that were taking place about student learning. As we continue on with the school year, communication around learning must remain at the forefront for us as we continue to learn about each child and how to best meet their needs. We have included an article written by our counseling team that highlights the work they covered from the October parent tea around supporting our students. I was able to attend as a parent and educator, and I left with very tangible resources that will help me at home. I would like to continue with the math work that we started and hold another set of math parent teas. Be looking for those soon. Sincerely, Matthew Woodward Elementary School Principal


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DATES TO REMEMBER Thursday November 15 ES Parent Tea 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. CMPR 1&2 Friday November 16 ISK Holiday No School Friday November 30 Holiday Bazaar The whole day Field next to health office

parent presentation On Monday, October 22nd, the elementary school counselors facilitated their first parenting workshop called “Helping your child be successful in school�. Several areas were highlighted for how parents can best support their children outside of school, which then helps them be successful in school. 1. Teach your child that failure is a stepping stone to success. Help your child understand that mistakes help the brain grow, are healthy, and are necessary parts of learning in life. Model by talking about your own mistakes and help the perfectionist child by reading books about mistakes and being growth minded. 2. Make learning an activity that your child loves. Encourage reading, model reading, talk to and listen to your child, garden, cook, and raise pets together. Model that learning can be fun by starting a new hobby-learn a new instrument or language. 3. Allow your child to follow his/her passion. Take notice of the interests and talents of your child and help them grow these talents by attending

clubs or summer programs and encourage them to continue to explore these areas. 4. Involve games in learning as much as possible. Use board games, card games, geocaching, and other fun activities to learn about things such as finance, universities, problem solving, mapping, and social skills. 5. Make academic subjects feel relevant to your child. Point out which subject you are using at home whether it be cooking, mapping, paying bills, planning a trip, or camping. When your child sees how important science, math, reading, and writing become on a daily basis, he/she may become more motivated to learn. 6. Establish routines. Help your child know what is expected from where to put backpacks to the order of how to get ready in the morning. Create spaces in your home to be organized with homework, clothes, and nighttime schedules. This will bring calm to your home and create fewer struggles or battles with your child. 7. Motivate your child by consequence rather than punishment. Motivation by consequence allows a child to have better self control and builds self-esteem. If the dirty clothes do not make it into the hamper, the clothes do not get washed. If your child does

not eat during dinner time, he/she will be hungry. When your children make a poor choice, help them to understand how to make it right. 8. Allow your child space to build empathy by playing with other children. Children with better empathy tend to relate and do better in the world. Help build your child’s empathy by offering unstructured play, setting up playdates, allow your child to play with children of different ages, and reading books and pointing out how the characters felt throughout the book. 9. Enforce healthy habits. Internet: limit screen time to less than 2 hours a day and consider no screen time during school days. Sleep: Children in elementary school need between 9 and 12 hours of sleep each night. Eating: Pack healthy snacks and lunches that will sustain energy throughout the day. Processed and packaged foods tend to give energy that fades and creates a slump in the day. Mindfulness: Allow your child to take a break, breathe, and clear his/her mind. There are many short videos for mindfulness on Youtube. Here are the Resources from this workshop. Happy Parenting! :) Shelly Maldonado & Heather Cronk The Link



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Exciting News from the Elementary Music and Art Department This year we are thrilled to have our very first Creative Arts Week which is coming December 10-14. We are excited to have your children share their learning and growth with you. The difference? You will get to participate in this learning and celebration as a partner with your child. We would like to invite you into the Arts classrooms to participate in the process of creating Art and Music with your child. Your children will have Art and Music on the same day making it convenient for you to join your child in their music and art classes.This will be taking the place of the December concert and art show. This year ISK has adopted the new National Core Arts Standards. You can learn more about our new standards here. These standards revolve around “Creating”, “Performing/Producing”, “Responding” and “Connecting”. Therefore, during our December Creative Arts Week our focus will be on the process of CREATING. In May, we invite you to the music concert and art show in which the focus will be on PERFORMING/PRESENTING. A detailed schedule for our December Arts Week will be coming out soon! We are looking forward to having you experience the Arts at ISK and the opportunity to create with your child.

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Bullying Prevention Month & Student Climate Committee October was Bullying Prevention Month. In the Middle School, we talked about the difference between bystanders (people who are present, but do not take part) and upstanders (people who stand up for something/someone), and encouraged that we all need to take action to stand up when we see something not right, stop spreading hurtful words or gossip, be kind, and ensure that ISK is a safe place where everyone has a


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sense of belonging. In addition to an interactive activity to get kids thinking, we also watched this inspiring video, which was student produced at a high school in the US. Out of this work, as well as resulting from an earlier assembly when we showed this video about othering, belonging and inclusion, we created a Student Climate Committee through student initiative. The Student Climate Committee developed the purpose for our group: to raise awareness, increase inclusion and a sense of belonging in our community. Some ideas of actions the group wants to take: • Raise awareness about topics of importance in our community • Kindness campaign • Supporting our diverse student population

Parent Teas We have had several opportunities over the last couple months to share about our program with parents. We’ve had great attendance at these teas, and love to partner with parents in the education of your children. Please let us know if there is something else that would be helpful! Assessment, Grading & MS Schedule Parent Tea • Thursday, August 30th: see the presentation here (there are some great videos in embedded to help understand how we communicated to students about the different proficiency levels). • We have a few changes in each of these areas for the 201819 school year, and the objective for the tea was to support parents with understanding the shifts and changes. Some of the biggest shifts and messages are in the area of intrinsic motivation and student ownership of learning. A goal was

to understand how a standards-based reporting system separates academic achievement and habits of learning. • We also had a follow up tea for parents who had further questions, where we read several articles and also looked at what other international middle schools are doing. Ways to Support Your Middle Schooler Parent Tea • Tuesday, September 18th: presentation • We talked about how to support your child in establishing good work habits at home, and overall strategies about how to best support your middle schooler without helicoptering. This included technology, homework, and routines. Helping Students Navigate Their Digital World Parent Tea • Tuesday, October 9th: presentation • This tea focused a discussion on how best to support your children with tech use at home. We focused on how to help children develop good habits regarding the use of devices as well as managing social media. We also shared our findings from a survey of MS students on their tech use.

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Celebrating Kenya: Moi Day & Mashujaa Day At an assembly in early October, the 6th grade Kenyan Studies class and 6th grade Drumming class co-presented about Moi Day and Mashujaa Day. We were entertained with fabulous drumming and educated about the meaning behind these Kenyan holidays. We are so lucky to live in a place that offers rich cultural experiences for our students.

Parent Student Teacher Conferences Who Owns the Learning? Your child does! The first Middle School Student, Teacher and Parent Conferences were on October 25th and 26th. Students shared about the successes, growth, goals and next steps of their learning journey. To foster the sense of ownership of learning and to help develop responsibility for choices, it is important that the student is with us at the table. Our goal is for students to have a chance to share and reflect in front of parents/guardians and the teacher, with an opportunity for parents to ask questions and for the teacher to comment, clarify and share.


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Our first student social of the year was a huge success. We had around 200 students attend, and many were dressed in fun costumes. There was four square, corn hole, ping pong, dancing, a movie and a photo booth. The evening was all about smiles and fun with friends. A big thank you to Melissa Dimitracopoulos and Courtney Pierce for planning this event with the student committee! We are looking forward to the next social on Friday, December 7th! Alexa Schmid MS Principal The Link



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Student-Teacher Conferences Thank you very much to our parents for joining us at school for two days of conferencing. These were very well attended by parents and students, with students taking a more active role in conferences this year. Using a student-led framework, grade 11 and 12 conferences in particular encouraged student reflection and planning, student agency and ownership of learning, and an overall positive tone leading to open exchange and clarity around constructive next steps with learning. The faculty appreciate your support and partnership. Beyond The Classroom We had two student groups recently attend exciting trips overseas, one to London for a Theatre learning experience and one to Canada to attend a RoundSquare conference. Our ISSEA Volleyball and Track & Field/ Cross Country teams also recently travelled to Ethiopia and Mozambique - all our student teams performed well with our Boys Cross Country team becoming champions for 2018. Our Artsco students hosted an evening of classical music as a benefit for the Ghetto Classics Orchestra, and our NHS students held their annual induction for new members. Our MUN International trip and musical production of Beauty and the Beast are


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right around the corner. This month the ASB is also leading out Movember, raising awareness around men’s health issues and cancer in collaboration with the Faraja club; there will be various student-led activities this month to raise awareness and a culminating assembly this month focused on the theme of service. Report Narratives for Semester One In order to help students continue to improve and prepare for final assessments/tasks, teachers will be writing individual narrative comments a few weeks after conferences and a few weeks prior to finals. The narrative comments will be available as follows: • Grades 9, 10 and 11 will be available in PowerSchool from Saturday 01st December. • Grade 12 will be available in PowerSchool from Saturday 08th December. You will receive more information from the HS office about narratives. Semester One Final Assessments Here is some early information about our December final assessments schedule (December 13-19th) to assist with your planning. More specific details will follow during November. • Grade 9, 10 and 11 Students sit 90 minute or 2-hour Final Assessments

for many of their courses. During finals, the high school is in session from 8:20 a.m. until 1:05 p.m. Please refer to the attached schedule for exact timings for course finals (schedule also available on Moodle). Teachers will communicate directly with grade 9-11 students in regards to the nature and format of the exam. An email has been sent to all grade 9-11 students with details about exams. • Grade 12 Students sit 90 minute or 2-hour Final Assessments for all courses except second year IB courses. All Grade 12 students will be required to do at least three major tasks (e.g. TOK presentation, IB internal assessment or IOC) during the December final assessment session. The Seniors have Mock exams in March and a number of important IB deadlines during this time. An email and form with exact details has been shared with all Grade 12 students, which allows students to list the major assessments/ tasks to be completed; please review the letter/form with your child when it is sent home. • Transportation/Buses and leaving campus for grades 9-11: Students should arrive to school using their normal means of transport. School buses will run as normal in the mornings. Please be aware that the morning exam session finishes at 10.35am. If you do not have an exam

from 11:00 a.m. - 1:05 p.m. and would like to leave campus after the morning exam finishes, we require parental permission. Parents should email the HS office in advance if they allow you to leave early. Buses will run at 1:20 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (not at 5:00 p.m.) and students who are signed up to ride the bus are welcome to use the bus. If students have an exam that finishes after the last bus leaves at 3.30pm then you will need to arrange your own transport home. • Special Notes and Transportation/ Buses and leaving campus for grades 9-11: All grade 12 students must report to school by 8:20 a.m. on Dec 13th, 14th and 17th, and must remain on campus until school finishes at 1:05 p.m. Grade 12 students may report to school on the 18th and 19th depending upon their final assessment schedule and tasks (as per the form that you signed as student and parent). During finals, all grade

12 students must sign in (in the high school office) when they arrive on campus. Transportation to and from school for grade 12 students during finals week is the responsibility of parents. Parents should arrange collection by 1:20 p.m. or be aware that buses will depart campus at that time for an early bus run home on Dec 13th, 14th, and 15th. The school will release grade 12 students from school on Dec 18th and 19th immediately after they have finished their assessment task for the day, regardless of the time; they need to sign out and obtain a gate pass if they leave campus before 1:05 p.m. Any parent who does not want the school to release their child from campus before 1:05 p.m. on the 18th or 19th should have contacted the high school office before finals begin. As there will be no special early bus run for high school students on Dec 18th and 19th, seniors on campus on

the 18th or 19th must be collected by a parent at a time determined by the student’s schedule or ride the 3:20 p.m. bus home. Other Key Dates for your Diaries: The ISK Jazz Cafe November 13 from 6:00-7:45 p.m. Beauty and the Beast Musical From November 29 - Dec. 1 Semester 1 Final Assessments From Dec. 13 - 19 Next HS Parents & Principal Tea November 9 at 8:30 a.m. Robert Blanchard, Ed.D. High School Principal Jarrod Dale High School Assistant Principal

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In the ISK Work Experience program, Grade 10 students explore and develop their passions and gain meaningful exposure to the workplace. In an effort to provide education and experiential learning beyond the four walls of the classroom and aligned with our Mission, Vision, and Educational Aims, this program focuses on developing lifelong skills by helping students: • Develop a sense of responsibility and ownership of learning • Discuss real-world problems in real-life settings • Develop a professional network • Experience practical hands-on knowledge transferable to the classroom and beyond


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This school year, we are planning for the majority of our 10th Grade students to be in the workplace during the week of March 18th-22nd, 2019. Leading up to this week the students are involved in a range of activities in our Advisory Program to help them think further about possible careers, developing a personal profile including a resume, personal statement and future course choices based on possible future pathways. We are always looking for community partners who could help with the program, and you are our best resource!

about a sector (we are short in these areas - Medicine, Creative Arts and Engineering) where you work. (timings : Thursdays 9:30 a.m.10:30a.m.); 2.

Host one or several students during the work placement week of March 18th-22nd, 2019

If you think you or anyone within the Nairobi and Kenya community can support the program, please contact Séverine Fumoux ( or Jarrod Dale (

Below are the two ways you could support the program:

We look forward to hearing from you.


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Be a guest speaker for our Thursday Work Panels: share your professional experiences and words of wisdom

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Jodi Lake Director of Teaching and Learning

The Role of Assessment in the Learning Journey

Assessment - a word that strikes fear in many a heart. When most of us hear the ‘a’ word, we might think “test” or “grade” or “high stakes”. Instead we prefer to think of assessment as a tool for learning. At ISK, we have a clear definition of what we mean by assessment: Assessment is the continuous process of gathering, analysing and interpreting evidence so students and teachers can make informed decisions that enhance student learning.


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The key word here is ‘continuous’. Assessment is not something that happens only on one or two days, rather teachers are always assessing student understanding and growth as well as determining the next steps for each student. This can sometimes be confusing if one is not accustomed to this type of learning. Parents and students often only care about the ‘grade on the test’ when, in reality if we think of learning as a journey and assessments help us know how we are progressing on this journey. This is what we mean by assessment FOR learning.

Below are a few frequently asked questions about assessments at ISK: from Cambridge Assessment International Education

‘Are assessment and testing the same thing?’ There are lots of different ways to assess a learner. This includes formal testing. However, a teacher will use a variety of formal and informal assessment activities throughout the learning process. Any activity which checks how well a student is learning is assessing that student’s learning. Information from these assessment activities is used to adapt teaching and learning approaches, which leads to improvements in learner outcomes.

‘Examinations are the only type of assessment that matter’ Learners need to take formal exams to get qualifications to progress through their education. Assessment for learning gives teachers more information throughout the year. One of the results of regular assessment and feedback is that it helps students to do better in summative assessment. The two are linked and both inform future learning.

‘Should work always be given a grade or mark?’ In some circumstances, a grade will be given as part of teacher feedback. However, research suggests that learners will often just read the grade and ignore the comments. Where teachers want to give a grade, they often find it more effective for students to read feedback and comments first, and then edit their work before they see a grade.

Want to know more? Watch this video from renowned assessment expert Dylan Wiliam

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Pierina Redler Service Learning Director

Three weeks ago, ten ISK students were given the opportunity to attend the 2018 Round Square International Conference (RSIC) in Oakville, Canada at Appleby College. Created by the students of the host school, the theme ‘Bring Your Difference’ was a true multicultural celebration of uniqueness and diversity. With so many opportunities to meet new people, experience new things, and hear from so many different speakers, it was truly a great conference. Everything from the sheer diversity of my peers to the diversity of all our activities and speakers gave me this perspective and appreciation for diversity. The Round Square organization is an international network of 180 schools in 50 countries that provides opportunities for students to get out of their comfort


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zones. Round Square provides opportunities such as service projects, conferences and exchanges that build character, tolerance and understanding of other cultures. A key feature of Round Square conferences is that they challenge students to reach beyond their comfort zone. During the conference, in a new environment, surrounded by different people, they are offered the opportunity to re-invent themselves and discover their capacity to be leaders and changemakers: Student delegates were fully immersed in Canadian culture and life, joining homestay families, enjoying tasty local foods and learning about Canada’s history and journey as a country. I got the chance to meet new people and experience the

There is more in you than you think. - Kurt Hahn

different ways people view the world. The conference consisted of keynote speakers and student led workshops surrounding the six Round Square pillars known as the IDEALS - internationalism, democracy, environmentalism, adventure, leadership and service. Exploring the themes of ethnic, cultural, gender and religious diversity, delegates were offered the opportunity to reflect on what diversity means to them and how acceptance can be woven into their future. Keynote speakers and discussion panels embodied these principles with the aim of inspiring delegates’ curiosity and challenging their perceptions. Wade Davis, a passionate defender of all life’s diversity was our first keynote speaker and is perhaps the most influential western advocate for the

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world’s indigenous cultures. A National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, he has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.” Trained in anthropology and botany at Harvard, he travels the globe to live alongside indigenous people, and documents their cultural practices in books, photographs, and film. Other speakers included the Former Governor General of Canada, Adrienne Clarkson and Candy Palmater, a comedian and broadcaster who spoke about diversity, inclusivity and self acceptance. The students were then split into different Baraza groups, groups which we would remain in throughout the duration of the conference. Baraza is a Kiswahili word and means, “the coming

together of different people’’ and it was with these people that we would spend the most time with and inevitably grow closest to. These groups were comprised of around fifteen students with two or three leaders from Appleby. Each group had a different animal name, mine being the Cardinals. Every evening we would have a debrief where we would discuss, debate and reflect on the day’s activities, performances, workshops and guest speakers. The service days offered delegates the opportunity to give back to the local community and the environment. Service days proved to be a rewarding mix of hard work and good fun, and for many a humbling experience. I went to a wildlife rehabilitation camp and helped clear space for a new enclosure. The

camp rescues animals who are hurt or orphaned by humans or other animals and treats them so that they can be released back into the wild. Service day was a great opportunity to bond with each other and learn from one another while helping out the local community. The best thing about the conference was that it was designed for us to learn from each other by working together and solving problems hands-on as a team. “We may all have come from different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” Martin Luther King Jr. Oliver Grade 11

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You see economic statistics all over the news— but what do they actually mean? The high school Financial Management Club is aimed at seeing the function of economics in the “real world.” On September 29th the Financial Management Club took its first factory tour of the school year to Consol Glass Industries, the makers of bottles for companies such as Coca-Cola and Tusker. Members of the club took part in the required safety training and induction. After viewing a video covering safety around machinery, heavy vehicles, and more, they took the required safety test; a short evaluation needed to be passed in order to enter the main factory. Luckily no one was required to stay behind due to a failed test grade! After a distribution of hard hats, earplugs, and safety vests, we were ready to begin the tour. The actual tour around the Consol Glass factory was very interesting. We were brought around to the raw material storage, then the sand cleaner. The sand cleaner is very important, as it helps to ensure the quality of the glass. They also have a recycled glass program and they need a machine

with which to clean the recycled glass they use. All that glass is then melted down and put back into the glass machines. Once we saw that, we moved into the factory building and saw the way the glass bottles actually get produced in the machinery. The furnaces reached temperatures of over 1500C! The assembly line was the most interesting part of the tour. It was mesmerising to watch all the bottles being produced. They came out of the molds red hot, and then faded into being clear glass. Consol Glass uses locally sourced materials.

The sand comes from the Kenyan Coast, the soda ash from Magadi, and the limestone is extracted from mines in Kajiado in addition to recycling glass, this allows the company to minimize the costs of production by reducing costs of transportation and the price of raw materials. Consol Glass has also tried to reduce costs by creating thinner bottles but equally as resilient to breakage as older thicker bottles. Lastly, we discussed with Consol Glass the implications of the new 8% fuel tax implemented by the

Kenyan government and how this will play out for the company. As a consequence of the fuel tax, a ripple of increased costs will essentially raise the cost of production of the glass bottles. Raw material costs rise as transport costs increase, and the furnace runs on a combination of diesel, natural gas, and electricity which will all be affected by the new tax. Consol Glass says that these costs will ultimately be passed on to their customers which means consumers will be paying higher prices for Coca Cola and Tusker in the future.

By visiting the Consol Glass, our eyes, as economic students, were opened to the reality of how manufacturers actually employ and practice theories we learn about in class. We witnessed supply and demand in action, and we will be able to use the experience we gained in writing our economic exams and hopefully becoming entrepreneurs of the future. Emily L. / Paul L. Riyan M. / Joseph B.

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WE Can Make a Change ISK’s Students for the Environment (SFE) is excited to announce that we have donated $1,300 to WE Walk for Water. In order to reach our goal, the students in SFE worked hard in creating


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achieve a successful result. WE Walk for Water aims to empower women by removing a key roadblock to their From classy candlelight dinners success. Everyday to countless booths girls must walk at picnics, we hours to collect clean water. have put in the fundraising work to various fundraising events to promote environmental understanding.

“More than 260 million people, mostly young girls, have the daily task of collecting water from distant sources, time that could be spent in school or earning a livelihood” ( Take for example Tencia, who used to spend half a day waiting in line and collecting water from a river. Then WE Walk for Water helped bring a borehole to her village. Now, she has time to earn a living wage for herself and her children and build up her bread making business. The Students for the Environment are assured that our contribution will go to good use.

Millions of people around the world lack access to clean water and climate change isn’t helping. Through WE Walk for Water, $25 gives someone clean water for life… Our donation will provide 52 people with clean water for life! WE Walk for Water also allows us to decide where to send the money so as a club we voted. Greatest need won, and the Students for the Environment are sure that our efforts will be used to the greatest benefit. Camila M. Grade11

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Will Moore Athletics Director

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ISSEA Track & Field On the track, the ISK girls team earned 4th place out of 8. The boys team earned 5th out of 8. Despite the high elevation, numerous athletes brought home medals, competed well and represented ISK fittingly. Additionally, the ISK Cross Country Team went to St. Andrews Turi and Rosslyn for their annual meets. These competitions, along with the ISK track meet prepared athletes for success at ISSEA. Coach Maxson


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ISSEA T&F The The ISK ISK Track Track & & Field Field team team traveled traveled to to Addis Addis Ababa, Ababa,

Ethiopia Ethiopia for for ISSEA ISSEA this this year year to to compete compete for for ISSEA ISSEA glory glory in in both both cross cross country country and and track track & & field. field. The The boys boys Cross Cross Country Country Team Team took first overall and brought home the the championship championship plaque. plaque. The Link


“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.” - Christopher McDougall

MS Track & Field

MS Track & Field has had a great season of growth and success in many events and areas. Risk-taking was a big focus at the beginning as we encouraged all students to embrace the program and try their best in both cross country, sprints and field events. Almost 40 Middle Schoolers have taken that challenge and really pushed themselves to try new events like the javelin and test their endurance with early morning runs in Sigiria Forest. ISK Boys won the Rosslyn XC event


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open with a first and third place finish and over 20 athletes competing. The spirit carried over to St. Andrew’s Turi, where over 20 athletes made the long bus trip upcountry to run 5kms in the highlands to claim an impressive 5th place finish overall. MS Track & Field showed up strong to represent ISK at Peponi Relays held at Kasarani stadium where the competition was fast and fierce. We welcome everyone to attend our culmination performance this Saturday, November 3rd at the U14 ISK meet.

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ISSEA Vball - Mozambique ISK Boys 4th Place


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ISSEA Vball - Mozambique ISK Girls 2nd Place

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SWIMMING ISK Outstanding at the ROSSLYN SWIMMING MEET. Rosslyn invitational swimming meet took place on Saturday 27th September 2018. A total of eight schools participated, kudos to all ISK swimmers, they made us proud. ISK Lions swim team attended the meet well prepared and physically trained for this swim meet having started with mixed Medley relay 10/11 and 12/13 clinching both Bronze and gold at the first two events, the results were as follows after the end of the long Saturday.

ISK came 3rd overall!! With a total of 20 Silver medals and 33 Gold medals!


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Junior Varsity Boys Football - U17 Hillcrest Tournament We lost our first match to Braeburn 1-0, drew our second and third matches to Hillcrest A and Brookhouse respectively. We got our first win in our fourth match against Greenstead, courtesy of Avi. Our two last matches ended in scoreless draws against Nairobi Academy and Brookhouse, and those two results were enough to give us a safe passage into the quarter-finals.

We faced Rusinga in the quarter-finals and won 1-0, again courtesy of Avi. In the semi-finals, we were up against Brookhouse and we won 2-0 with goals from Avi and Yash. We started the final against Turi very well and took an early lead but in the last minutes of the match they were awarded a penalty and managed to equalize. 1-1 was the full-time result

and so we went to penalties where our goalkeeper, Alex Rex, managed to save two of their spot-kicks but we eventually lost 4-3. I’m so proud of the boys for the great team effort in all the matches that we have played. Coach Anthony Kimani

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Lynn Wells Director of Advancement

From the Advancement Office

BE AN INSPIRATION SUPPORT EDUCATION IN KENYA The most inspiring launch ever of the Inspiration Initiative took place on November 2 at the “Evening of Classical Music” concert in the ISK auditorium. The concert featured many of ISK’s talented musicians and several members of the Ghetto Classics Orchestra. The hall was filled with the music of Chopin, Beethoven, Gardel, Holst, Busakid, Mascagni, Vivaldi and more. All proceeds from the evening were committed to the Ghetto Classics Orchestra as part of this year’s Inspiration Initiative in collaboration with ARTSCO, one of ISK’s student-led service learning groups. The students of ARTSCO were instrumental in establishing the relationship between the Ghetto


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Classics Orchestra and the Inspiration Initiative. The Ghetto Classics Orchestra is the flagship program of the Art of Music Foundation, committed to the children living in Korogocho, one of Kenya’s largest slums. In the words of the the Arts of Music Foundation: “We use music education to provide the youth with opportunities to better themselves and their community. We do this by instilling tin them the life skills that come with the discipline of studying art and music. Our program also provides them with income generating opportunities.” In addition to generating support for the Ghetto Classics Orchestra, this year’s Inspiration Initiative continues to support education in Kenya through the ISK Scholarship Program and the Community Outreach Grants

available to all ISK student service learning groups. Your support is greatly appreciated. Donations to this year’s Inspiration Initiative can be made via MPesaPaybill 879400, Acct. ISKAF; by cash at the ISK Cashier’s Office; or online by credit/debit card and PayPal by logging in to join-us/support-for-education/make-adonation. ISK faculty & staff can also request a salary deduction through the business office. More details are available on the flyer sent home with the youngest in each family. Lynn Wells Director of Advancement


ISK Scholarship Program Ensuring that qualified Kenyan students have an opportunity to pursue their education at ISK, regardless of their financial situation, is a hallmark of our scholarship program. Your support ensures that this program is sustainable for years to come and guarantees a “Stepping Stone to the World” for qualified, deserving students like Amani.

Community Outreach Service Learning is embedded in the culture of ISK. Our studentled service groups work with schools, environmental groups and a host of other service projects throughout Kenya. Your support of our Community Outreach initiatives provides ISK student groups with access to funding grants to help further their service to the local community.

Ghetto Classics Orchestra ARTSCO, ISK’s student-led service learning group, is committed to bringing the joy and beauty of classical music to the children living in Korogocho. To quote the orchestra’s leaders, “Ghetto Classics is the flagship programme of the Art of Music Foundation. It is a community programme that involves over 300 children in Korogocho, one of Kenya’s biggest slums, that is home to about 300,000 urban poor and over 600 more children in 10 satellite areas around Nairobi.” “We use music education to provide the youth with opportunities to better themselves and their community. We do this by instilling in them the life skills that come with the discipline of studying art music. Our programme also provides them with income generating opportunities.”

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Jamhuri Day at Village

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Pamela Pappas Communications Manager

Join us for a fabulous time at Village Market on Jamhuri Day! “Diamonds are Forever” exclusively for the International School of Kenya Community at Joo & Co. Enjoy your 10% discount while sipping Champagne and enjoying delicious Canapés. Looking to keep your whole family busy on Jamhuri Day?Check out the poster on the ISK Community Only Bowling event at Village Market! Don’t forget to keep all of your Village Market receipts for the Inspired Shopping Campaign!


AND SO IS AN EDUCATION Join the International School of Kenya and Joo & CO for a Benefit Showroom Sale on December 12th 2018. On this day only, the ISK community will enjoy 10% off on all jewellery in the store! Furthermore, Joo & Co will donate an additional 10% of sales to ISK’s Scholarship Program through the Inspiration Initiative! Champagne and Canapés* will be served! Spoil yourself or that special someone this holiday season!

Regards, Pamela Pappas Communications Manager

When: December 12th 10:00a.m. -6:00 p.m.

*Champagne and Canapés will be served from 10:00a.m.- 1:00 p.m. only


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Where: Joo& Co-New Wing of Village Market.

Market Dec. 12, 2018

cial Village Market Offers exclusively for the ISK community!

ISK Community Fun at the Village Market Bowling Alley!


ISK ONLY Bowling Event


Village Market Bowling Alley


December 12 between 10am- 1pm


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You must show your ISK ID or wear an ISK T-shirt to enter the Bowling Alley!

Don’t forget to keep all of your Village Market receipts for the Inspired Shopping Campaign!

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PTO NEWS PTO General Meeting The first PTO General Meeting of the school year was held on Thursday, October 11th from 8:30-9:30 a.m. The meeting was opened by the PTO Chair, Lucille Niessen, followed by a budget presentation by the Treasurer, Mariann Szalkai. One highlight of the meeting was an overview of the Service Learning Program by Pierina Redler, our Service Learning

and Activities Coordinator. The presentation included service learning opportunities and ways parents can become an active part of that experience. We also had an informative presentation by Pamela Pappas, ISK’s Communications Manager, on the ‘Inspired Shopping’ program now underway at Village Market and why it’s so important, as this program benefits the school’s annual fundraising campaign, the Inspiration Initiative.

Our New Family Welcome Coordinator, Lisa Amenya, spoke of upcoming social events for parents such as a cooking class and lunch at 45 Degrees. Also a ‘Save the Date’ was announced for the PTO Gala on Saturday, April 13, 2019. The next PTO General meeting will be held on Thursday, November 15th from 8:30-9:30 am in the Commons MPR. We look forward to seeing many parents there.

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COLOUR... and rain! When did you last feel colourful? Do you colour inside or outside the lines? What makes you change your colour? Rain was part of the WonderWalk October 23rd - refreshing all the different shades of green, darkening the browns, softening all sounds and clearing the few colourful blossoms around. Great WonderWalkers translated it all in to a thoughtful, explorative and creative experience. Thank you to those colourful individuals who made it - to others, next time don’t let the rain scare you away.

Wondering about WonderWalk? WonderWalk invites you to explore the steps that define your journey.

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Remember, rain creates even brighter colours both in the forest and in your life!

It is fun, it is wondrous and it helps you pause to explore the steps that define your journey!

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Through facilitated reflections and a revival of the lost art of lively conversation, we shower you or your group generously with thoughts, visualizations, words and fresh air whilst we leisurely walk and wonder.

“A beautiful concept created and led by exceptional women, imparts an opportunity to connect with others in a safe space with moments of inner reflection in a magical and easily accessible location at Karura Forest.” - Jennifer Quarles Gray

Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways. Oscar Wilde

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PTO Duka Team visits Thunder Foundation in Kawangware On October 3rd, the PTO Duka team had the pleasure of meeting with Paola Bonalumi of Thunder Foundation. She started as a volunteer coordinator and fundraiser in 2014, and is now the sponsor of three of the foundation children and one of the two trustees in Kenya. She is known as Mama Paola to the boys, a supporter, a guide, and an adult who cares.


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Thunder Foundation was founded in 2013 by Mr. Raad Swaiss, a British-Jordanian PE teacher at Braeburn High School. It is a small but passionate charity with a simple mission: to support children who are most in need and give them the start in life they deserve. The Foundation currently sponsors the following programs: schooling for 26 children at the Great

Vision Primary School in Kikuyu, Nairobi, where they receive an education and are placed on a feeding program; schooling for 17 special needs children enabling them to attend a school designed to support them; a football academy providing coaching lessons, meals and mentoring for 130 children and young adults from the Kawangware slum; and houses, clothes, feeds

and tutors 16 homeless teenage boys who have spent the majority of their lives on the streets and who desire a better future with hard work and determination. Mama Paola accompanied the Duka Team to meet the 16 teenage street boys currently housed in a 2-room apartment in the Kawangware slum. There is a livein chaperone who supervises and mentors

Thunder Foundation was founded in 2013 by Mr. Raad Swaiss, a British-Jordanian PE teacher at Braeburn High School.

Celebrating end of exams! the boys, as well as tutors who come in the mornings and afternoons to teach lessons. When the Duka team visited the home, the boys were preparing for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams which are required for entry into secondary school. At least half of the boys in the home have aspirations to attend secondary school which

is why these exams are so important. The boys along with thousands of other primary school children recently sat the exams on October 31st. The results come out in December and in order to get into secondary school they must score at least 400 out of 500 points. Those who don’t make it into secondary school will attend vocational training schools to learn a trade such as mechanic, electrician or barber.

One of the boys would like to become a chef and another dreams of becoming a DJ. One boy named Steve who stood out loves to dance but his dream is to attend secondary school and university. The 16 boys have started their own project making key chains as a means to build entrepreneurship and business skills as well as a way to support their needs. Thunder

Foundation has recently joined the PTO Duka as a non-profit vendor, selling key chains, baskets and macramĂŠ plant holders. It was truly an honour to meet with Mama Paola and the beneficiaries of Thunder Foundation. The Duka Team wishes them well in their future endeavours, and especially to the boys much success in their KCPE exams.

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FRI Nov 23rd 6.00pm - 9.00pm (Visitors18+only)

SAT Nov 24th 10.00am - 4.00pm

MON Nov 26th 9.00am - 3.00pm


brought to you by the International School of Kenya

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by over 80 established and upcoming artists *Visitors must present photo ID *Payments - Cash or Cheque only

PTO DATES TO REMEMBER November 9 PTO Family Movie Night - Coco 5:00 - 8:00pm

November 13 PTO Executive Committee Meeting 8:30 - 9:30am

November 15 PTO General Meeting 8:30 - 10:30am

November 16 ISK Holiday No school

November 23-26 FOTA Art Show Organized by FOTA

November 30 PTO Holiday Bazaar 8:30am - 2:30pm

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An ISK student-led


service design club / studio.

Based in the High School Design and Fabrication Lab the Design Studio aims to foster real world skills through real client work. Design studio’s student designers, makers and thinkers take on clients and projects that aim to serve ISK and the wider community by providing quality products and services at competitive rates. All club members are volunteers and any money raised goes towards replacing materials as well as raising funds for design projects that benefit the wider ISK community.

• Computer Aided Manufacturing (Laser cutting, CNC Milling) • Graphic Design • Video & Animation • Web & App Design • 3D Printing • Basic Woodworking and Metalworking Design Studio is unique in that it is entirely student-run, yet runs very similarly to a real design business. The students run meetings, they get to network, meet with clients and professionals, all the while working with mentors. As a student-led program focused on educating its members, Design Studio presents the opportunity for students to work on real world design projects, expand their technical and creative skills, while learning workplace project management skills.

GET INVOLVED Have a project?

If you need design work and are excited to work with a group of talented student designers, you have come to the right place. Get in touch with us through our website, see our portfolio of past projects and send us an email or fill out the online work request form to see how we can fulfill your design and manufacturing needs. Talk to us!

Do you have ideas of great and impactful projects that you think we should carry out? Are you or someone you know involved in the Design field? Or do you have any questions on design and innovation? We would love to hear from you! Feel free to contact us through our website

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Laser Engraving

Engraving on a variety of materials (Eg: glass, leather, ceramics, wood, plastic, stone, card, selected metals metals)

CNC Milling

2 axis machining of wood and aluminum

3D Printing

Rapid Prototyping using PLA filament

personal laptop or ipad:

Web and App Design

Website Design, Android or Iphone App Development

For only 500ksh we can

Graphic Design

Logo design, poster design, stickers, business cards, CAD modeling, etc...

name and email address

Videography, Animation & Editing

Motion graphics, animation shorts, promotional videos, Drone Footage, 360 Camera footage, etc...

Engrave your name,

contact details or any other message onto your

permanently engrave your onto your personal laptop and/or ipad.

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Accredited fully by the Middle States Association of Schools in the United States and the Council of International Schools in Europe.


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The Link – October 2018