Bulletin 12 London Friday, 24th November 2017 Monday
G6-11 and 10F World AIDS day
27 8.30-18.00 - MYP & 28 PYP Three Way Conference Day - no Classes or Clubs to 8.30-14.00 - G7 visit to PYP & MYP Frogmore Mill
4 EC2 - Grade 3 NHS 5 Vaccinations 9.15-13.45 - Grade 4 visit to Houses of Parliament 17.00-19.00 - Omsia Arabia - Arabic Evening 8.45-10.00 - PTA Meeting in Dining Hall Grade 12 Mock Exams
29 G9 Performing Arts visit 30 8.40-9.15 - Primary 1 to ISTA Festival Assembly: Prophet’s Marymount Birthday Assembly (Muslim celebration)
10.15-11.15 - EC Visit to St Mary’s Convent and Care Home 6 14.00-15.15 - PTA Jingle 7 8.40-9.15 - Primary Bell Run Assembly: Hanukkah assembly (Jewish 18.00-19.30 - DP celebration) Workshop for Parents‘Where in the World to Study’
Leadership Welcome School Announcements
Middle School News
Diploma College News
School Trips We have had a really busy week of outings and trips with students from many year groups out on excursions. We are really fortunate to have London on our doorstep and we frequently make use of this resource and the varied learning enrichment opportunities it provides. This week our trips included Grade 10 students attending a Maths In Action presentation, Grade 9 Performing Arts students visiting Hendrix House in Mayfair, Grade 6 visit William Morris House, EC having a trip to the Polka Theatre, a Grade 2 trip to Hen Corner in Brentford, and a Kindergarten trip to the Geffrye Museum. Last night we held our annual College Open Evening. This is an opportunity for prospective students to visit the College to find out about the courses we offer and to get a feel for the unique environment of our 15 Gunnersbury Avenue campus. Existing ISL families and new families came along to the event and experienced a TOK lessons, as well as attending workshops on university guidance, the student welfare programme and opportunities within CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service). Mr Morris and Mr Spinks will shortly be meeting with our current Grade 10 students to offer them initial advice on Diploma courses and to answer any queries they may have. This is the start of the Grade 10 into 11 induction programme which will culminate in the students visiting the college in June for some Taster Days. If your children are in younger years but you would like to know more about the Diploma Programme, please do get in touch. Next week we have the Three Way Conferences for PYP and MYP students. These take place on Tuesday 28th November and consequently there will be no lessons for PYP and MYP students on that day. The College will run as normal. Some teachers in the MYP have a very busy schedule and so we have provided some opportunities for further interviews for parents of MYP students on Wednesday afternoon. An email has been circulated about this. We are going to revise the term three parent conference schedule so that there is more time for interviews. You will receive details of this in the next few weeks as we will be sending a calendar update to all parents. The weather looks set to be crisp and cold this weekend so I hope you have the opportunity to wrap up warmly and get out and enjoy the outdoors. Sarah Pearson Principal
Important School Announcements
Music Concert Invitation I would like to extend to you a musical invitation from Joseph Marshal who teaches piano, clarinet, flute and saxophone here at ISL for the last decade or so. I have seen his band performing for a number of occasions and can seriously reccomend their show! After a very successful gig last month at the Bull’s Head, Momentum will be back performing there on Tuesday 28th November from 8pm. Featuring Yosi (as Joseph prefers to be called) on saxes, clarinet and flute, with Johnny P on bass, Caroline is back on keys, Lonette on vocals, Paul Viski on guitar, and Lyn the Skin on drums. They will be showcasing new tunes for our upcoming recording of the 3rd album as well as playing from golden oldies from our other 2 albums, Acton to New York and Singularity. You can listen to Momentum on Spotify, itunes and Bandcamp. To be found on Momentum Acton to New York or Momentum Singularity. Tickets here The Bull’s Head is an iconic pub on the river in Barnes at 373, Lonsdale Road, Barnes, SW13 9PY. Closest train station is Barnes Bridge or buses from Hammersmith. Hope to see you there for a musical eveneing!
Adriana Gastaldi Head of Design
Free English Language Classes For parents with little or no English • Learn to speak basic everyday English • Talk about life in the UK and British culture Every Monday from 2:30-3:30 pm starting on 4th December. For more information please contact Mrs Milena via email.
Speak English! Free! Fun! Join in!
New partnership with Houslow’s Schools Sports Games! We are happy to announce that our Primary and Middle Schools students will have more opportunities to be challenged due to a new partnership with the Hounslow’s Schools Sports Games. This will bring great additional occasions for our students to excel in a sport at a competitive level or, at least, to have the experience within our local community of Hounslow. Please know that some of these events are also a pathway to the Middlesex Schools Games and then eventually to the National Schools ones! Such activities include: Badminton, Football, Volleyball, Cross-country, indoor Athletics, Boccia. We have launched this new programme last week with two events. Due to recents invitation, we could only select a small group of students to participate but for sure much more will be involved in the future! On 16th November, the Varsity Boys Badminton Team travelled to the Hounslow Dome for the Hownslow’s Schools Badminton Chanpionships. The team consisted of Rohit (G8), Ukyo (G9), Jurre and Ivan (G10). They represented ISL with great sportsmanship, team spirit and determination. “The team, as a whole, won 1 match and lost 2 leaving them determined to improve and work harder for next time” said Ms Hagarty. On 21st November a small group of G7-8 runners has been selected -from the running club or based on their performance in a cardiovascular endurance test in PHE- to participate to the Hounslow Middle Schools Cross Country Championships. Jami, Kate and Sophie (G7), Mio and Alvaro (G8) had to run 3.2 kilometers against hundred other athletes in the beautiful National Trust Osterley park. Two of them made it in the first twenties and are eager to come back next year to be in the first six. Well done ISL athletes and GO FOXES!!! Ms. Delelis Head of Physical and Health Education
Jingle Bell Run & Walk 2017 Thursday, December 7th at 2 pm in Gunnersbury Park This year’s event will take place during school with G1-10 students (parents and friends) encouraged to participate! Come join us in festive holiday attire to jingle around the park on a 1K or 3K loop, then head back to ISL to warm up with treats. More information, including permission slip and volunteer sign-up will be emailed out next week. Donations will be collected for this year’s charity: Migrants Organise
“It was a great experience to further develop our skills in badminton.” – Jurre “We all thoroughly enjoyed it and cannot wait to do it again!” – Ivan “It was a great experience for my first time doing this competition. I enjoyed being challenged to compete against many others schools” Alvaro “I was proud to be selected to represent my school for this crosscountry, it was challenging to run with so many competitors but I made it!” Jamie “It was definitely a push for me and I am motivated to come back next year to be in the top 6!” Kate “I am tired but I am proud to have raced for 3.2km. It was my first experience in a competitive atmosphere and I enjoyed it” Mio
PYP Conferences Reminder Earlier this week you should have received an email with information about Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences which are scheduled for Tuesday 28th November. This is a great opportunity to meet with your child and their teacher to discuss the progress they have made since goal-setting meetings. There are no classes or clubs on Tuesday 28th November, you should bring your children to school with you at your allocated meeting time. Remember to sign up for your appointments soon, the online booking system will close at 9am on Monday 27th November. Please contact the school office if you need any assistance. We look forward to seeing you next week! Michelle Newman, Head of Primary Grade 2 learn more about being responsible consumers Have you ever thought about how far your dinner has travelled to get to your plate? The Grade 2 students have been learning about ‘Food Miles’ and how the distance our food travels makes a difference to the environment. Through our research, some of the students have become curious about growing their own fruits and vegetables. So, last week we were visited by an Education Officer from The Chelsea Physic Garden to help us plant tomato, wheat, potato and even cocoa seeds. The students are now eagerly waiting for their seeds to germinate! In Art Inquiry, we have explored London’s first grocery store with no waste, Bulk Market. The students emailed the store with their questions and comments. We later made our own tote bags out of old t-shirts, so we can now use our own reusable bags instead of plastic bags. This week we will continue to look at how we can make better choices as consumers by looking at the process of chocolate making and fair trade. Maybe we’ll even get to taste some! Ronika Raju Grade 2R Homeroom Teacher
Middle School News
Team Reduce This week has seen an excellent new green initiative from Team Reduce, part of Grade 7 Tree Savers, who have organised the inspiring ‘Minus one and maybe more?’ initiative. Making the week of 20-24 November a focus week, they have encouraged the whole school community to reduce by 1 the font size of printed documents, or ‘maybe more’ than 1 font size, if the print size required for the document allows. It has been really heartening to see the way in which our students have responded to this important initiative, and the connections they make between individuals making small changes to their everyday behaviour, and the wider goal of limiting mankind’s harmful impact on the environment. As is
clear, through developing this inspiring project, Radia Chibani has encouraged students to exercise personal responsibility for the greater environmental good. Another key way in which ISL students this week have been showing responsibility and leadership this week has been through participating in the recently elected Student Council. It has now appointed all its officers for the year, and is working on practical ideas that can be made into reality in a short space of time. One of ISL’s great strengths is that it encourages our students to think how they can make a positive difference, and happily this week has again shown that there is no shortage of ISL students ready to play their part in doing so. Max Hull Head of Pastoral
Individuals and Societies Grade 6: Visit to the British Museum As a part of our unit about Ancient Civilisations, we recently visited the British Museum. First, in the Egyptian section, we spent some time over the parallel texts of the Rosetta Stone and reflected on their significance for the decipherment of hieroglyphs. In the Assyrian section, we had a chance to sketch various carved relief panels from the palace of King Sennacherib (704-681 BC) at Nineveh (in modern northern Iraq) with a variety of scenes like battles and transport of huge sculptures of human-headed winged bulls. These sculptures of winged bulls (so called lamassu), weighing up to 30 tons, guarded the main entrances to the palace. We also had a chance to see them and some of us drew them quite successfully. Upstairs, in the room 56, dedicated to Ancient Mesopotamia, we saw the Code of Hammurabi and found out how Sumerian pictograms developed into cuneiform. Dana Peerless Individuals & Societies
EAL On Thursday 16th November EAL students from Grades 6-7-8-9 and 10F went on a London tour. We walked around the middle of the city. The experience on the tube was so interesting. We took the tube at Gunnersbury and we arrived at Westminster station. The first monument was the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. We were so lucky to see when the guards of Queen were changing. We saw different monuments, for example Westminster Abbey, Parliament Square… Some of us explained a part of the history of each monument. Then in the Kingsway hotel in Covent Garden, we had a delicious, fantastic traditional English afternoon tea. Everyone could choose the type of tea and we ate sandwiches, biscuits, scones, cakes that were delicious. We learnt what English have as an afternoon tea. After that we went to Covent Garden market. That was beautiful and full of Christmas decoration. There was a big tree, it was all decorated with Christmas balls and lights and we listened to a group of musician very friendly. And then we returned to school with the underground. In this trip we took many photos and we want to share with you some of them. The students said about the day that: It was interesting to see how English people live and what famous building they have. It was awesome because we saw so many things what we can see in TV show or internet we saw these in real life. It was so interesting because we saw many parts of London that we haven’t seen. - Marta and Filippo G7
Diploma College News
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Tuesday 28.1.18 14.00 – 15.00 Higher Education update We frequently host presentations by various universities from different parts of Thursday 18.1.18 14.00 – 15.00 the world. Parents are warmly welcome to join the students for these valuable sessions. Watch this space – and also ManageBac Higher Education Groups – for latest updates.
Groningen University Netherlands
BPP University UK
University of Leeds This week we heard from University of Leeds about how to tailor your UCAS application for the most competitive entry courses at competitive universities such as those in the UK’s Russell Group. On Friday, we were then joined by HEC Montreal (the business school of Montreal University) who described their business courses in French, English and Spanish – a very cost-effective option for French nationals, who pay local Quebec fees only under a bilateral agreement with the French government.
Information evenings for Grade 11 parents Please make a note in your diaries of these evening workshops for Grade 11 parents on university applications, and on Extended Essay:
Grade 10 transition to the college Following hot on the heels of the College Open Evening on November 28th and 29th we begin our Grade 10 orientation programme with student interviews. The interview is really an opportunity for us to get to know Grade 10 students, and offer advice on guidance on how to prepare well for the next step in education. Even if you think you may be leaving the school, you should come to the interview since we also offer advice on your further education.
Cutting through the jargon Parents might be interested with this blog from the IB which provides a handy glossary of IB terms!
Higher Ed guidance for parents 1: Where in the world to study?
Parent’s Guide to the Extended Essay
Higher Ed guidance for parents 2: Supporting students who apply to university in the UK
We will ask you what your hopes and aspirations are for the future (university and beyond), and start discussion about the best subjects to choose. We will then meet with you again when you have firmed up your decisions in the Spring. The schedule for interviews can be found on ManageBac and with grade 10 tutors. Diploma College Open Evening this week was very well attended with 50 parents from the ISL community and from our locality attending to hear about what makes an IB education at ISL so special. Parents heard from Ms Pearson about how the ISL core values of Diversity, Passion, Identity and Understanding inform the educational experiences we offer. Mr Morris introduced the IB Diploma programme and discussed how the skills identified as essential for ‘21st Century education’ are built into the DNA of the IB programmes. Afterwards, parents tried out some learning experiences with workshops on Theory of Knowledge and CAS, and had a chance to find out about our university guidance and tutor programmes from college staff. Paul Morris, Diploma College Deputy Principal
Mother Tongue Turkish G10 and Greek G2 students worked together to present their stories about the greatest heroes in their mythologies. James from G10 provided a presentation related to his current unit, Culture & Communication. He picked an epic from Turkish mythology; The Ergenekon legend tells of a great crisis of the ancient Turks, how they were destroyed by other tribes and trapped for four centuries. They were finally released when a blacksmith created a passage by melting rock, allowing the grey wolf Asena to lead them out which was believed to be the story behind the foundation of the Gok Turk Khaganate (Gokturk Empire). Gok Turks were ancient Turks who were established by the Ashina clan (name was given after the grey wolf Asena) in medieval Inner Asia. The story has different versions but James selected the most popular one to share with G2 student Alexandra. The G2 Greek student worked on the myth of Heracles related to the current unit ‘We make choices that affect our health and wellbeing’. The student was fascinated by the myth of Heracles and she wanted to know everything about him. She was really surprised when she found out that his favourite food was….beans!!!! Heracles, the divine hero in Greek mythology, son of Zeus and Alcmene, was the greatest of the Greek heroes, known for his extraordinary strength and courage. The student narrated Heracles’ early life and his first labour in the myth ‘The Labours of Heracles’, the slaughter of the Nemean Lion. She was really excited to accompany it with her own amphora -a type of container with specific shape, famous in Greek pottery, featuring Heracles and the Lion. She completed her story with the food pyramid of the ancient Greeks. It was really nice to see the two students from different ages enjoying the ancient stories of their cultures! Bilgen Tuncay, Turkish Teacher Rafailia Loukidou, Greek Teacher
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Published on Nov 24, 2017