Bulletin 13 London Friday, 1st December 2017 Monday
Grade 12 Mock Exams
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
10.00-11.30 - G7 visit to St Mary’s Convent & Nursing Home 11 17.00-19.45 - MYP 12 Grade 12 Mock Exams 13 PTA Sweet Shoppe Festival of Lights and Winter last day Fair 17.00-19.45 - PYP Festival of Lights and Winter Fair
14.00-15.15 - PTA Jingle 7 Bell Run 18.00-19.30 - DP Workshop for Parents‘Where in the World to Study’
16.30-18.00 - MT Film 14 Club
Last day of clubs
8.40-9.15 - Primary Assembly: Hanukkah assembly (Jewish celebration)
8.40-9.15 - Primary Assembly: Christmas Assembly (Christian Celebration)
10.15-11.15 - EC visit to St Mary’s Convent & Nursing Home Last day of Term 1
Leadership Welcome School Announcements
Middle School News
Multilingualism at ISL Yesterday a group of teachers spent time offsite reviewing our language programme and looking at ways to develop it further so that we continue to be pioneers in this area. The ISL Group has always been a leader in the field of language education, and we run a mother tongue programme that is second to none. Part of the review involves exploring how our mother tongue and language programmes better integrate with the rest of the curriculum, so that we can offer a truly groundbreaking programme in terms of multi-cultural education.
Diploma College News
Multilingualism is a relatively new area of study and the findings will pose a challenge for schools. Language profiles are becoming more complex as the world globalises, as is the understanding of those complexities. It is now too simplistic to talk of one dominant language. In many cases students will use more than one language to conceptualise, with the various languages interacting in a supportive manner. Many schools are investigating the power of ‘translanguaging’ to utilise all the linguistic resources our multilingual students possess. Adapting to these trends is difficult, but no school is better placed than ISL to do so. Click on this link to read a blog posting in the NALDIC EAL Journal, about ISL Surrey’s Research Institute, where students themselves pioneered research in this area. We are looking to launch a Research Institute in ISL London this year. Middle school students will have the opportunity to conduct a research project at a post-graduate level, working with a university. To our knowledge ISL is the only school group in the world to be running projects of this kind. Richard Parker Principal, UK Schools
MYP certificates were presented to G11 students this week
Important School Announcements Library Events Update Book Fair Our first (and ever-popular) Book Fair of this academic year took place last week, starting on Monday 20th November. It was a roaring success, popular among students, teachers and parents.
Jingle Bell Run & Walk 2017
The Book Fair is a fantastic opportunity for all to view new releases, as well as popular classics, from Scholastic UK. It encourages our pupils to read and discuss new and old books between one another. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Mrs Adrienne Ford, for her amazing coordination of this year’s Fair. Marshmallow Guessing Competition We are pleased to announce that we have 2 lucky winners from our recent ‘Guess how many marshmallows in a jar’ competition: Noah from Grade 3M and Heloisa from Grade 8A, who will share the winning price of £25. Many thanks! Farideh Urrestarazu Librarian
Run, Walk, Jingle, Jangle, or Prance in your holiday finest! This year’s run raises money for Migrants Organise Time: 2:00-3:30pm Where: Gunnersbury Park Choose from a 3k or 1k loop throuh the park Run with your class, your friends, your parents (as indicated on the permission slip emailed out on November 24th) Will your holiday-themed costume be the best? After the run, gather for holiday treats and warm drinks in the hall at ISL.
Primary News Celebrating Learning Thank you to all the parents who participated in the Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences earlier this week. It was wonderful that so many of you attended. In preparation for the conferences, the students spent time reflecting on the goals they set earlier this term and the progress they have made towards reaching them. This helped them to have clear ideas about the next learning goals they wish to achieve. We are very proud of the students and are looking forward to helping them achieve their new learning goals next term. End of Term Events As the terms draws to a close we have a number of fun, festive themed events coming up! Jingle Bell Run, Thursday 7th December, 2:00-3:30pm: All Grade 1 to Grade 5 students will be participating in this year’s Jingle Bell Run in Gunnersbury Park to help raise money for our nominated school charity, Migrants Organise. Students will either walk with their class and teacher, run with their parent or run in a group with staff and other students (G3-5 only). Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately on the day, with warm, comfortable clothing and trainers. Festival of Lights and Winter Fair, Wednesday 13th December, 5:00-7:45PM: All our PYP students will be performing at the Festival of Lights. The concert is from 6-7pm with the Winter Fair open before and after the concert. We hope lots of parents are able to join us for this special event. Michelle Newman Head of Primary Connecting Learning to Real Life at Grade 3E’s Maths Market! In Math, we are currently practicing mental addition and subtraction strategies, using smaller and bigger numbers. To connect this Math learning to real-life situations, we put together a Maths Market event in our classroom. Students brought in an item in large quantities to sell to classmates, like stickers, pencils, cookies, muffins, drawings, origami, landscape photos of favourite places etc. We asked for these items to be quite simple and easy to make at home. Also, most of the items were related to students’ hobbies and interests. Then, students priced their items and made a big poster for their stall. On Thursday morning, we gave students £60 in fake money to spend at the Market. The aim was to manage their money wisely and record their calculations in their notebooks. We all had a blast at the Market and practiced useful entrepreneurial and Math skills. Elisabeth Neiada Grade 3E Class Teacher
Middle School News
MYP Assembly One of the defining features of the International School of London is the concern our community shows for others, with our MYP Assembly this week providing a very good example of this. Clare and Jurre (G10) delivered a thought provoking presentation for World AIDS Day, highlighting the devastating impact of AIDS has on lives, as well as the nature of HIV. Isak and Ina (G9) then movingly introduced Mr Ian Breen of Acton Homeless Concern, who told us about the plight of our local homeless; he offered many examples of what homelessness means, such as how many of his clients - in need of basic shelter - had spent hours travelling around London throughout the night on buses. As Isak and Ina also explained to the Assembly, ISL is supporting Acton Homeless Concern through our Mother Tongue initiative to collect clothes (second-hand coats - in excellent condition - and new underwear). If you would like to contribute to this, donated clothing should reach your child’s Mother Tongue teacher by next Friday, 8th December. Recitals of moving poems from Grade 9 then followed as the next Assembly item, further adding to the sense of this being a moving and inspiring occasion.
We concluded though on the happy note of presenting MYP certificates to last year’s Grade 10, congratulating them on all their achievements. In a similar vein, we also celebrated the numerous sports achievements of current MYP students. Overall, there was a powerful message in this Assembly, namely that in our school there is a natural, indeed seamless, alignment between individual achievement and helping others who, for whatever reason, face challenges in their lives, our Service Learning programme reflecting this idea in action on a daily basis. Education empowers us to make the world of tomorrow a better place, and here at ISL, we are, I believe, actively contributing to that process, helping young men and women develop their talents whilst encouraging concern for others. John F Kennedy once challenged young Americans to “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”; in the years ahead, it will be good to see our ISL students and graduates apply this type of approach, doing what they can, when they can, to make the world of tomorrow a better place. Max Hull Head of Pastoral
English Language Acquisition In today’s world, reading is basic to everyday life. As children we learn to read, and as adults, we read to learn. We read to learn about the news, to learn about rules, and to learn about how to do things. We also use reading to learn English. If you want to learn English more quickly, lots of reading is important. The more you read, the more input your brain gets about how the language works. When you read in English, you can improve your vocabulary, your grammar, and your writing skills at the same time. Reading for pleasure is important for your language skills as well as your inquiring mind. This link will take you to the website where you can find suitable books. You can also participate in the ‘Reading for Pleasure’ competition! Happy reading! Hyun Jung Owen Head of Language Acquisition
Creative Workshop with Cathy Cross Yesterday, we were lucky to have designer Cathy Cross in for workshops in preparation for the Festival of Light. Cathy has created original sets, spaces, costumes, dens and artistic worlds for huge music festivals like Glastonbury, festive markets, and theatres around the world. She builds immersive educational spaces and teaches people how to recycle everyday objects and materials into something magical! She is also a staff member of the International School Theatre Association, so we collaborated on a festival at The American School of Warsaw last year. Hopefully she will be back soon to share her wonderful skills with us! Desta Hailé Drama and Performing Arts
Diploma College News
Date / time 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.
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. This week 7th December 5.30 – 7.30pm Mr Morris will offer a workshop for parents “Where in the World to Study?”. This workshop for grades 10 and 11 parents will offer guidance on the different requirements of university systems worldwide and the way ISL works to prepare students for them. If you would like to attend please RSVP Linda Osman in the college office at firstname.lastname@example.org Date
Thursday 7/12/17 ISL London IB Diploma College 5.30 - 7.30PM
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
BPP University UK
Timetable changes at the college for term 2 (from January) Parents will already be aware that in order to improve the provision for learning at the college, and in response to feedback from parents and students, we will modify the timetable from January. The main changes will be the introduction of additional scheduled break-times on some mornings of the week, and the introduction of a 4-week rota of additional teaching periods from 13.50 – 14.50 each Wednesday afternoon. The rota has been published to students and parents and this begins Wednesday 10th January. Students should also check their timetables after the holidays via ISL eportal for break-times.
Grade 12 mock exams I hardly need to remind grade 12 that next week they begin their final ‘mock’ examinations – that is, practice exams – before they take the IB finals in May. The mock examinations are also used to inform semester grades and provide further evidence for the predicted grades used for applications to university in some countries. Most examinations take place in room S15 at 139, Gunnersbury Avenue – schedule on Managebac. Good luck! TOK Essay of the week Grade 12 are reaching the end of that grand inquiry into the nature of knowing called ‘TOK’ and will be starting work on the examined essays in the new year. To help keep TOK on their minds we have posted the IB prescribed essay titles around the college and students are adding their questions (blue) and ideas (orange) about the titles on Post-It notes. Why not discuss the essay at home? What better subject for dinner-time! Each week I will post one of the essay questions, and here is this week’s: Paul Morris Diploma College Deputy Principal
Student Government Announcement Under the leadership of Barbara and Sham (G11), the structure of the Student Government is now complete; Oscar (G6) is now the SG Secretary and Jules (G12) is the SG Treasurer. Committee heads have also been chosen for a range of responsibilities including; Environmental, Sports, Facilities, Events and DP College, meaning work can begin on short and long term projects. A number of short term projects have already been identified including improvements to some playground equipment, improvements to bathroom facilities, improved vending machines and the purchase of table tennis tables for the main site. Whilst this seems like an impressive start I am very much looking forward to the long-term projects that are also under consideration. Particularly impressive throughout this process has been the manner in which the DP students demonstrated leadership of their fellow students and the respect demonstrated towards younger students; this inclusive approach helped to ensure committee heads from across the age ranges, including Grade 3, and has helped to demonstrate the very best qualities of ISL students. On another important topic; Grade 12 students are due to take their mock exams in a few weeks and Grade 11 will have their exams a few weeks after the winter break. Based on the work ethic demonstrated by a number of students, the usual messages to ‘study hard’ seem to some extent redundant (for most students) as they seem to need little encouragement in this respect. Nevertheless, I would like to suggest a few pieces of advice regarding health, sleep, organisation and perspective; this website has a number of suggestions that students and parents would benefit from reading. Daniel Spinks Head of Student Welfare
Mother Tongue As part of our unit “Systems need to be in place to maintain organisation in communities”, and because the holiday season is nearly upon us, we are happy to share a favourite Hungarian Christmas recipe of mákos guba. The Master chef Emma, G1 MT Hungarian, has created a wonderful dish cooking with milk, butter, sugar, honey, lemon zest, poppy seeds, vanilla and kifli (crescent-shaped pastries). Renata Velencei, Hungarian Teacher
As a part of our unit “We make choices that affect our health and well-being”, the Grade 1 and 2 German and Swahili students gathered together on Halloween to try some traditional Swahili dishes. During this unit we discussed different aspects of a healthy diet, talked about why we need different types of food every day and we made some changes in our eating habits. The students prepared the ingredients and followed the recipe to make delicious chapatis with carrots, as we decided they are healthier than the sugary ones. The result was excellent and we all enjoyed eating them together. Biljana Todorova German MT Teacher Alma Bubegwa, Swahili MT Teacher
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Published on Dec 1, 2017