Bulletin 14 London Friday, 8th December 2017 Monday PTA Sweet Shoppe
11 17.00-19.45 - MYP 12 Grade 12 Mock Exams 13 Festival of Lights and Winter last day Fair 17.00-19.45 - PYP Festival of Lights and Winter Fair
Dec 18 Winter holiday!
Middle School News
Diploma College News
16.30-18.00 - MT Film 14 Club
Christmas Jumper Day 15
Winter 16 holiday!
8.40-9.15 - Primary Assembly: Christmas Assembly (Christian Celebration) 10.15-11.15 - EC visit to St Maryâ€™s Convent & Nursing Home
Last day of Term 1 19 Winter holiday!
Winter 23 holiday!
Leadership Welcome The Caring and Principled ISL Community The Jingle Bell Run, held yesterday, was a wonderful chance for the whole school community to get together to celebrate the winter season. Meeting in Gunnersbury Park, the event involved students from Grades 1 to 11, school staff, and parents. With lots of crazy costumes, the community chose to run a 3km course or walk a 1km course with their classmates. This was followed by hot chocolate and cookies back at school. Our thanks go to all who participated or helped, but special thanks to our PTA who organised the event and who give so generously of their time. Money donated for participation in the event will be presented to our charity organisation Migrants Organise. Next week we look forward to our annual concerts, the Festival of Lights. The MYP concert takes place on Tuesday evening with the PYP event on Wednesday. We look forward to seeing you at the event. We will also be running the Winter Fair before and after the concerts. Snacks and other goodies will be on sale and funds raised from this will also be donated to Migrants Organise. We have had an amazing response to our appeal for clothes to donate to the Homeless Shelter in Acton. Ms Rego has been overwhelmed with donations and can hardly get into her classroom! We will visit the shelter next week to hand over the clothes. Thank you to all who have donated such high quality clothing. As you can see, this week has been one where our community has shown a true generosity of spirit; a timely opportunity to demonstrate that we are a caring and united community. With one week to go to the end of term, we are expecting some festive weather so please make sure your children come to school warmly dressed. Please be aware that all sections of the school will finish at 3.30pm on Friday and that there will be no after school clubs. Sarah Pearson Principal
Important School Announcements PTA Sweet Shoppe This year’s ISL Sweet Shoppe will take place on Monday, 11th of December from 8:30 to 15:30. This is an annual event in which parents send in lovely snacks to thank the teachers and staff for all their hard work this term. All teachers/ staff members receive a festive box which they fill up with as many treats as they would like. Please send in some holiday goodies on the morning of the 11th or give them to your children to bring to school. Everything can be dropped off at the school kitchen or café. Thank you! Janina Melzer-Worell, PTA G10 Student Appeal Hello my name is Eliott and I am in Grade 10 at ISL. For my Personal Project, my goal is to raise awareness for teens with mental illnesses such as depression. I will run a 10k in February for a charity called Young Minds who helps teenagers overcome these mental battles. I have set us a GoFundMe page and it would mean a lot me and to many children around the world. You can click on the link here to donate. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Brentford FC Experience Our Varsity Football team had the privilege to attend one of Bretford FC’s professional football training sessions last week. Our players had a private tour of the facilities where we were delighted to hear how the club has been developing over the years. After the tour, students were able to watch a Brentford FC training session, which was very intense and tactical in preparation for a game against Fulham FC. This trip was very inspirational for our students, who realized they are able to perform all the exercises the professionals do, but also that a lot of practice is needed. We were very lucky to finish our visit with a personal interview session where students had the opportunity to ask any question to a professional player, Andreas Bjelland, in order to help them with their personal project. The students were keen to know about the day-today life of a professional football player. “I am very grateful for the experience that Brentford FC offered to us. I had the chance to interview Andreas Bjelland and I realized how many hours they need to work and practice to play in that level.” Pablo G10 “It was a wonderful experience to see professional football players in real life. With my personal interview I found out how important is the food & diet for the high performance.” Bandar G10 Thank you very much to Brentford FC for the opportunity.
Eliott, Grade 10
Borja Angulo Llorente & Karam Mouawad
Christmas Jumper Day! Friday 15th December come wearing your craziest or prettiest Christmas jumper and bring £1 to donate to our chosen charity of the year Migrants Organise.
Jingle Bell Run After a rainy morning the sun started to shine when the Jingle Bell Run started. Kids and some parents ran a 1K or a 3K at Gunnersbury Park, and all did an amazing job! Afterwards we had some hot chocolate milk at school. Thanks so much to Judith and Hilary for organising this run, and also thanks to all volunteers today. With this run ISL raised money for Migrants Organise. Sanna van Klooster, PTA
Primary News Festival of Lights All of the PYP students have been busy rehearsing and cannot wait to show off their music and performance skills at the Festival of Lights next Wednesday evening. All students will need to travel home at the end of the school day and return with their parents in the evening. The Winter Fair is open for parents and students to enjoy from 5pm. Students need to be dropped off at the designated classrooms at 5:30pm; the concert starts at 6pm. We look forward to seeing you there! Term 2 Assembly Schedule Thank you to all the parents who have joined us for the very informative and entertaining class assemblies this term! Looking ahead to next term, some dates for your diary! Please find the Term 2 PYP Assembly schedule attached below. Swimming All PYP students will have their final swimming lessons for the term next week, so donâ€™t forget your swimming bag on Monday! Swimming will start again in the second week of the new term, on Monday 15th January. Have a lovely weekend! Michelle Newman Head of Primary PYP ASSEMBLY Most Friday mornings we hold a PYP Assembly in the school hall, starting at 8:40am and finishing by 9:15am. They are usually around 30 minutes in length. Parents are very welcome to join us for assembly. Throughout the year, different classes take turns leading the assembly and sharing some of their learning. Below is a schedule of assemblies for Term 2, please add the date of your childâ€™s class assembly to your diary. Assemblies not lead by a class are run by the Head of Primary or the PYP Coordinator. These assemblies usually link to an element of the PYP or mark various cultural celebrations from around the world, recognising the diverse backgrounds of our students. Parents are also welcome to attend these assemblies. We hope to see you there at some point during the term!
Term 2A Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5
Date 19 January 26th January 2nd February 9th February
Term 2B Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6
Date 23 February 2nd March 9th March 16th March 23rd March 30th March
Class leading assembly Grade 2R Parkash Utsav Dasveh Patshah (A Sikh Celebration) Grade 4T NO ASSEMBLY - Primary Science Fair HALF TERM BREAK Class leading assembly Grade 5S Holi (Hindu Celebration) Grade 3E Grade 5V Grade 4B Grade 2L
Middle School News
Festive Fun As we approach the end of term, and indeed the end of the year, we can look back on a very rewarding term at ISL. The Jingle Bell Run provided an excellent way of signalling that we are indeed well and truly in the run up to the winter holidays, and it was really good to see the enthusiasm of participants. The Jingle Bell Run is a great way of bringing the community together, and the PTA richly deserve our thanks for all they did to make it such an inspiring occasion. There are many great memories of the afternoon; ISL students running and walking in a yuletide Gunnersbury Park, the enthusiastic consumption of warm chocolate drinks and numerous biscuits on our return to school; above all it is the spirit of the occasion that stands out. The Jingle Bell Run brings together the ISL family and reminds us of the transformational nature of international education through which friendships are formed and memories are made.
Marymount School last weekend, and had the opportunity to visit Greenwich observatory as part of their investigation for the script for the devised performance. By all accounts, they had a great time, and this experience has given them more confidence to participate at the upcoming ISTA Festival at ISL next March. Our students are currently very busy getting ready for the Winter Fair, and their performance during the Festival of Lights, to be held on Tuesday 12 for MYP and Wednesday 13 for PYP respectively. On an organisational note, please could we ask that food for the MYP and PYP Winter Fair Bake Sales is brought in to School as close as possible to 5pm, as we only have a limited amount of refrigerated storage space in the kitchen . All the proceeds from the Winter Fair and the Bake Sales will be donated to the school charity Migrants Organise, and any suitable food leftover will be donated to Acton Homeless Centre. We very much hope to see you at the Winter Fair and Festival of Lights, undoubtedly one of the highlights of the ISL year!
As well as the Jingle Bell Run, much else has been happening, or is due to happen. For example, Grade 9 Performing Arts students participated in the International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA) Festival at
Max Hull Head of Pastoral
Grade 9 Consumerism Unit and Service Learning The whole of Grade 9 has got together during their Individuals and Societies classes to investigate the impact of consumerism and how they can take action to raise awareness of specific issues that they found the most important to them. They were very motivated to do something from the Service Learning week. They have been working very hard in producing PowerPoints, and posters that they will present to other grades. Three students have already gone to visit Grade 2. They showed the Grade 2’s the impact that plastic bottles have on the environment and how we can reuse the bottles. They taught the younger students how to make self-watering plant pots from some bottles. They will be completing them next week. The grade 2’s and grade 9’s have had lots of fun while raising awareness. Louise Harrison and Katie Hagarty Grade 9 Individuals and Socieities
ISTA Festival Last week, The Grade 9 Performing Arts students took part in an International School Theatre Association festival at Marymount International School. The theme was Time, Space & Place and the Out & About visit was to Greenwich’s planetarium. With other students from the International School of Warsaw, Marymount International Schools of Rome and London, and Korea International School, Jeju, our students devised an original performance that they shared on Sunday to family and friends. Social events included a disco organised by Marymount students and a trip to Hampton Court for iceskating. March 8-11, 2018 we are hosting a middle school ISTA festival, and we look forward to a lot of the ISL community getting involved!
Grade 7 Trip to St Mary’s Convent and Nursing Home On Monday, December 4th, the Grade 7 singers headed to St Mary’s to perform for the residents. They took chocolates and cards and their sweet voices! They sang Jingle Bells, which they have translated into several languages and ‘Lean on Me’ by Bill Withers, and presented a poem. We hope to make more musical visits to St Mary’s before the school year is out. Grade 10 Filmmaking Workshop At the beginning of November Grade 10 took part in an ‘Introduction to the Film Making Process’ workshop with Italian videographer Rachele Mancuso. Later in the month, students had the chance to use their newly acquired skills on a full 2-day Adobe Premier Pro video editing workshop, exploring their current unit ‘Abstract Light’. Cristina Pawel Head of Arts
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.
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. 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
Grade 11 began their university orientation this week with a programme of workshops on Wednesday morning led by Mr Morris, Ms Williams and Ms Lewis. In addition to the many public resources available to help students with their research, ISL offers students access to subscriptions for two other useful resources: Higher Ideas is useful for Of course we do not only rely on the UK only but works online tools: all grade 11 students well for students who are will soon be assigned to a university still quite unsure about Bridge-U is a quite sophisticated advisor - Mr Morris for the UK and what they might study tool that allows students to build Canada, Ms Williams for the UK in the future. The ‘Ideas a profile based on their personal and EU, and Ms Lewis for the USA Generator’ and ‘Careers’ information, work experience – with whom they will meet every options can help them find and CAS activities, along with semester as we progress through out about possibilities for predicted grades. It then proposes the programme. the future based on their possible courses drawn from a interests, and the subjects database that currently covers the they have chosen for UK, USA, Canada, Hong Kong, the From this year, we will also be their IB. An access code Netherlands and (soon) Australia. assigning Grade 11 students with is required for the full- Grade 11 students have started an alumni mentor. Please see next feature version, which can using Bridge-U to build their week’s bulletin for more details. be found on Managebac. profiles this week. 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. Date
Parent’s Guide to the Extended Essay
Higher Ed guidance for parents 2: Supporting students who apply to university in the UK
This week Mr Morris offered a workshop for parents “Where in the World to Study?”. It was great to see such a strong turnout from a group of enthusiastic parents with lots of questions! If you would like to receive the presentation for this workshop or attend any of these events please email Ms Osman email@example.com
Mother Tongue Sinterklaas On Thursday 7 December, the Dutch speaking students from EC right up to G11 celebrated the Dutch tradition of ‘Sinterklaas’. The children of EC-G5 were already in a Sinterklaas mood since last week, when they baked ‘pepernoten’ at school during the MT lessons. They had also placed their shoes under the window with drawings for the Sint and his helpers. We all sang traditional Sinterklaas songs in the hope that they heard us and felt they had received a warm welcome. In the afternoon we celebrated Sinterklaas’ birthday. The younger children received a poem and a present left behind by Sinterklaas and his helpers, de Pieten. The older students had written personal poems and had made ‘surprises’ for each other, poking fun at each other’s personal quirks. A little present was hidden in every surprise. The celebration took place in the loft which was very nicely decorated with paper-chains and flags. We all had lunch together, enjoyed eating some pepernoten, sang familiar ‘Sinterklaas’ songs, listened to each other’s poems and had a lot of fun opening our surprises. Marianne Van Loo, Dutch MT Teacher
Omsia Arabia - Arabic Evening We would like to thank you all for your support before, during and after the Arabic event on Tuesday. Students were eager to show their cultures and identity. Parents showed their generosity, hospitality and kindness through the food provided by them. The evening was wonderful and extremely successful.
A huge thank to everyone who helped with the event. Mona Nassar, Arabic MT Teacher
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Published on Dec 8, 2017