Bulletin 15 London Friday, 15th December 2017 Monday Winter holiday!
Dec 18 Winter holiday!
Middle School News
Diploma College News
Wednesday 19 Winter holiday!
Winter 23 holiday!
A Time for Thanks ISL London has been getting into the holiday spirit this week and we are all looking forward to a wellearned break. The PTA treated all staff to festive goodies at the start of the week by hosting the annual Sweet Shoppe. Many thanks to them once again for giving so generously of their time. The staff feel very valued. If you attended The Festival of Lights this week I am sure you will join me in congratulating the students and the teachers on the fantastic performances. Both nights showcased the talents of the students and the hard work that has been going on in classes. Our special thanks go to Ms Desta Halle and Ms AnneChristine Wold for all the effort they put into the evenings. The Winter Fair was also a success and raised over ÂŁ1000 for our charity Migrants Organise. Our thanks go to the Arts, Design and Mother Tongue departments who, along with their students, produced goods to sell at the Winter Fair.
This week I had the pleasure of going to the Acton Homeless Concern Centre with Ms Rego and Kun and Sofia. We dropped off all the clothes that have been generously donated by the school community. The centre was a hive of activity as the staff were preparing lunch. We are hoping to carry out further voluntary work with the Centre in the New Year. Once again, thank you for all your generous donations and to Ms Rego for heading this up. Finally I would like to wish the whole community a restful and enjoyable holiday. Thank you to all for all the work you do in support of ISL London. I look forward to wishing you a Happy 2018. See you all back at school on 8th January.
Sarah Pearson Principal
Festival of Lights We have celebrated the second year of the ISL Festival of Lights and Winter Fair. It has been very busy preparing for this exciting event throughout the MYP and PYP lessons, but the two evenings were delightful. There was so much to see: the ISL corridors displayed beautiful installations on the topic of Abstract Lights created by the grade 10 Visual Arts; the PYP presented their amazing concert coordinated by Ms Wold; the jazz band and choir also participated for the first time in the MYP show; the grade 6-9 students devised their own pieces coordinated by Ms Desta for the MYP show and the Visual Arts, MT, Design Departments; and the PYP students created really beautiful arts & crafts pieces to be sold at the Winter Fair. The students, cooking club , PTA and parents all helped a great deal cooking delicious food for the bake sales. This would not have been possible without the support of the facility, office, IT, media teams, and the teachers who volunteered to help on both days! We are looking forward to seeing the amazing video created by Naia and Rachele! On behalf of the Service Learning and CAS programme I would like
to express my heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in the preparation of this two day event which shows excellent collaboration and creative skills throughout the ISL Community! We have raised nearly ÂŁ1600 which will be donated to the school charity Migrants organise. A symbolic presentation of this contribution will be given during the last term assembly to a volunteer of migrants organise. Cristina Pawel Head of Arts
Important School Announcements 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. Eliott, Grade 10
Sweet Shoppe Thanks to the PTA for an amazing sweet treat to our staff! Come and join us Monday 8th January, 8:30 am to 10 am for the PTA Welcome Back Coffee morning! Also a great opportunity to meet the new families joining ISL! - PTA PE As you may have heard, the Middle School Students have an additional opportunity to be active during their Monday morning and lunch breaks since we have launched the “Intramural” programme in the Hall! Every few weeks students will sign up to play a different sport or game. The first sport we started with was Table-Tennis in which 12 students from G6 to 9 came to challenge each other. The winner of this first tournament is Benjamin in G9 showing an outstanding level of skill. He got the chance to play a final game with one of our School Staff member: Lydia who was a former National Champion from Ghana and he won the game 3 sets to 1! Well done to him and to all for participating!! It was great to see everyone engaged! Please have in mind that the next sport to start on Monday 15th of January will be Bench-ball. So make up your team of 8 players from any grades and remember to sign-up at the PE office before January Thursday 11th. The PE Team wish you a happy holidays and to come back with plenty of fresh and positive energy! Anne-Lys Batteux, Head of PE
CLUBS PROGRAMME 2017-18 TERM 2 TUESDAY
ARTS & CRAFT (SWI) MAX 10
DRAMA (ANE) MAX 15
HIP HOP (EXT) 2-3PM £40 MIN 8 MAX 20
SPORTS PROGRAMME (MRO+BAL) MAX 20
MINI TENNIS (IMU+AAL) MAX 20
CREATIVITY IN ACTION (ILA) MAX 10
INDOOR FOOTBALL (IMU) MAX 15
FOOTBALL (EXT) 2-3:45PM
FUN GAMES FOR EAL STUDENTS (ILA) MAX 15
BOXFIT (EXT) - £50 MIN 6 MAX 20
BASKETBALL (IMU+SMA) MAX 20
PILATES (EXT) - £50 MIN 6 MAX 12
FOOTBALL (EXT) 2-3:45PM
BOXFIT (EXT) - £50 MIN 6 MAX 15
VOLLEYBALL (EXT) 3:30-5PM
FILM MAKING (AAL) MAX 12
STEM DESTINATION IMAGINATION (SVH) MAX 20
G11-12 + MYP ISSA PLAYERS
FOOTBALL (EXT) 3:454:30PM MIN 8
CHESS (EXT) - £90
G11-12 + MYP ISSA PLAYERS
VOLLEYBALL (EXT) 5-6PM MIN 8
UKULELE & GUITAR BEGINNERS (DPE) MAX 8
JOURNALISM (HJO) MAX 10
VOLLEYBALL (EXT) 2-3:30PM
BUILD A ROBOT (DSY) MAX 10
GREEN TEAM (LHA)
JAZZ BAND (JMA)
G11-12 + MYP ISSA PLAYERS
VOLLEYBALL (EXT) 3:30-4:15PM
MATHS CLUB (RAN) MAX 10
BASKETBALL 3:30-5PM (ABA+BAL)
TENNIS (EXT) 3:45-4:30PM - £80
GRAPHIC DESIGN & VIDEO EDITING SKILLS (EXT) 2-3PM
ROCK BAND (PCR) MAX 10
ISSA BASKETBALL* 5-6PM (CGA+ABA) *starts 8th Jan and ends 5th March
TENNIS (EXT) 4:45-5:30PM - £80 MIN 5
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT (CPA) 2-3PM
YOGA (EXT) 4:30-5:30PM
BADMINTON/TABLE TENNIS 3:30-5PM (KHA+BAL)
BASKETBALL (CGA+ABA) 3:30-5PM *starts 11th Jan and ends 1st March
HIP HOP (EXT) - £40 MIN 10
BADMINTON 5-6PM (KHA+BAL)
ISSA BASKETBALL* (CGA+ABA) 5-6PM
BOXING 4:30-5:30PM £50 MIN 7
GLOBAL ISSUES DEBATE (PMO+AWI) 4:30-5:30PM
SHUTTLE DP TO BRENTFORD *starts 8th Jan and ends 5th March
Understanding SHUTTLE DP TO BRENTFORD
SHUTTLE DP TO BRENTFORD
(and to field if space)
Identity SHUTTLE DP TO BRENTFORD *starts 11th Jan and ends 1st March
Clubs in Term 2 We have had a fantastic start to the clubs programme this year. Thank you for your involvement in this process and for following the guidelines we have set out regarding attendance at clubs and pick up expectations. We would like to inform you that the Clubs registers for Term 2 will be open from Monday 8th January from 9pm to Sunday 14th January at 23:59. All clubs will start on w/c 15th January. ISSA Basketball starts on 8th January. Players, please confirm with firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to play on the 8th (please note you will still need to sign up online for Term 2). Here is a reminder of the How-tosign-up video sent in T1 and of the Clubs Booklet. Please use mychq.net/isllondon to log in to the clubs platform. We are looking forward to another great term of clubs!
SHUTTLE DP TO BRENTFORD
Naia Borio ECA Coordinator
Festival of Lights Congratulations to all the PYP students and Ms Wold on a wonderful concert on Wednesday evening! It was great to see all the children on stage enjoying themselves. Thank you also to all of the PYP staff, and the IT and Facilities teams who helped behind the scenes. Moving on The end of term is an exciting time but it can also be a little sad as we say goodbye to some of our friends. There are a few students who have finished their journey at ISL this week. Most are moving back to their home country but a couple are moving to a new country or school. We wish the following students and their families all the best for the future: • • •
Ahmed & Abdulkrem (KG & G5S) Anita & Matheus (G1 & G5S) Mwendwa & Mutuma (G2R & G3M)
• • •
Happy Holidays! They say ‘time flies when you’re having fun’ and Term 1 has certainly flown by! Congratulations on a great start to the year. Everyone has worked really hard and made progress towards their goals. I know both the students and teachers are really looking forward to the winter holidays! Thank you to the Primary teaching team and support staff for their enthusiasm, dedication and hard work. Thank you also to all the Primary parents for your support and partnership in your child’s learning. On behalf of the Primary team, I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy festive season and all the very best for 2018! We look forward to seeing you back at school on Monday 8th January. Michelle Newman, Head of Primary
Julie (G1) Adriana (G1) Isabel (G5V)
Thank you for the contributions you have made to the ISL community, we will miss you! Please keep in touch, we’d love to hear about your new adventures!
Grade 4 visit the Houses of Parliament Grade 4 had a fantastic trip to Parliament last week, where they had a tour through Westminster Palace, and both the Houses of Lords and Commons. It was a fantastic trip and consolidated all their learning from this Unit of Inquiry. We looked at some videos of the debates in the House of Commons and decided to have some debates of our own in class. We debated topics such as, should the monarchy be abolished and should junk food be banned for children. We may have some future politicians in our class!
Le Petit Sapin - by PYP French Acquisition 2017 Le Petit Sapin is a Christmas play which was performed by the PYP French Acquisition students. “I am very proud of them for their performance and for learning the lines in French!” said French Acquisition teacher Isabelle Verheyden. Huge thanks to Daniyal in the Makerspace for editing the video. Click on the picture to watch it.
The children are now working in groups to create their own countries, they are deciding on the laws and rights, what kind of governmental system their country uses and how it works. This last week of term will be very busy for them as they organise their learning and present it to the other children. Caroline Bedwell Grade 4B Homeroom Teacher
Middle School News
Friendship The boxer Muhammed Ali once expressed the view that “Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” Ali’s comment challenges us to think about the meaning and importance of friendship, and how school contributes to that process. The International School of London constantly strives to be a welcoming and happy community where lasting friendships are made, and form what I have heard from students this term, we are very much a school where students acquire an appreciation of the meaning of friendship beyond their years. As many of our students are from so many different countries, friendships inevitably assume particular significance as they establish themselves in the United Kingdom, and build up a new set of friendships. In some cases such friendships form quickly, in other cases it can be a slower process, but in both cases friendship - at whatever point it materialises - is something that is genuinely appreciated. One need only to have been at the Winter Fair and Festival of Lights this week to see how the ISL experience helps provides important opportunities for our students to
take part in activities which encourage the growth of friendship. As we now head off for our winter holidays, it is worth pausing to reflect on how the friendships that have been developed at ISL this term cross continents and cultures, a truly meaningful gift which does not come wrapped, and is good all year round! Max Hull, Head of Pastoral
Who killed Mr ‘P’? G8 science students begin their forensics investigation to solve a dastardly crime. “Paul” (identified by a mysterious letter) has been found dead in the science room and it is now up to grade 7 to investigate. Blood traces, poison, fingerprints, blood types, DNA? How can science identify means, motive and suspects from analysis of the crime scene? How reliable is forensic evidence? Grade 8 are on the case.
Happy holidays from the Science department!
David Slaney, Science Teacher
G7 makes their own paper! Have you ever made your own paper? Grade 7 students have! On Monday 27th November, we visited Frogmore paper mill; the world oldest mechanised paper mill; as part our unit on materials in science. Students enjoyed the historic tour and watched paper being made by the 1902 paper machine. They explored different types of papers under the microscope and each made their own piece of paper out of recycled paper. Students also discovered what paper making involved and appreciated the importance of paper recycling. Since the beginning of the year, G7 Students have been working on improving the use of paper at ISL as part of their curriculum linked service learning project. They have undertaken many initiatives to improve the use of paper at ISL such as ‘Minus one or maybe more’ initiative and gradually installing paper re-use boxes in classrooms. Dr Radia Chibani MYP Science coordinator
Diploma College News Date / time
Thursday 18.1.18 14.00 - 15.00
BPP University UK
Higher Education update We frequently host presentations by various universities from different parts of 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. RSVP email@example.com
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. 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.
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 PostIt notes. Why not discuss the essay at home? What better subject for dinnertime! Each week I will post one of the essay questions, and here is this week’s: Someone’s feeling festive at the college! Christmas is a tradition as well as a religious festival that is important in our host country, the UK, and this year student council consulted with the college students and they decided to ask for a Christmas tree – even those who don’t actually separate Christmas! Ms Osman has been getting into the spirit of things too…
Parent’s Guide to the Extended Essay
Higher Ed guidance for parents 2: Supporting students who apply to university in the UK
Paul Morris Diploma College Deputy Principal
From the Head of Student Welfare At the end of our first term ‘time’ seems like an appropriate focus for my final bulletin of 2017. I have spent some ‘time’ over the past few months encouraging students to consider how many people spend much of their time lost in a memory of the past or imagination of the future. These idle pursuits can be a pleasurable way to spend a few minutes, to reminisce about fun times had or to ruminate about exciting possibilities ahead. Unfortunately however, for many people these often irrational cognitive meanders tend to dwell on negative behaviours, perceived misdemeanors, missed opportunities and anxiety laden futures; both real and imagined (often the latter). This type of thinking can be difficult to resist (although it is possible to manage) and can increase levels of stress and anxiety, reduce well-being and limit the effectiveness of our pre-frontal cortex (our thinking brain). My suggestion for the upcoming holidays therefore is to try not to get lost in times and places that do not exist, to favour rational over irrational thinking, to be as generous to yourself as you are to others and, importantly, to be present for as long as possible in the only time that actually exists, the present. My second suggestion is to try your best to ensure those ‘presents’ are as enjoyable and stress-free as possible and to appreciate your time with friends and family. Have an enjoyable break and best wishes for the new year. “Although we try to control it in a million different ways, the only things you can ever really do to time are enjoy it, or waste it. That’s it.” - A.J. Compton, The Counting-Downers Dan Spinks “The only time that exists in life is now.” - Ken Poirot Head of Student Welfare
ISL Alumni Programme and Mentorship Scheme It’s been an exciting year launching the official ISL Alumni Programme. Although the school has always maintained close ties with our former students, the introduction of this programme has put us back in touch with many alumni who are doing incredible things out in the real world. We have spent the year planning a range of fun events for our alumni to reconnect them with ISL, ranging from football tournaments (in which our alumni were beaten by our student football team), reunion events, and our upcoming Alumni Art Exhibition, which is being planned for summer 2018 and promises to showcase some of the artistic talent of our alumni. However, our main efforts have been focused on the launch of the ISL Alumni Mentorship Scheme, which aims to connect our former students with our current DP College students as they make the crucial transition from the IB into higher education and the beginning of their careers. Students who opt into the mentorship scheme will be paired with an alumni who has experience in the area of study they wish to go into, or with an alumni who has studying in a part of the world the student is wishing to apply to, thus receiving mentorship on the higher education application process. Student mentors and alumni mentees will be paired for a duration of three months, after which an evaluation process will determine the continuation of the scheme. Our students have already begun telling us what areas they would like to be mentored in, in an exercise that has encouraged them to start thinking about their futures and the help they could get through ISL. We are also extremely grateful to our alumni who have volunteered their services to be a mentor and share what they have learned since leaving ISL. Their experiences range across a variety of sectors and industries (Medicine, Law, Journalism, Creative Arts, Business and Marketing, Psychology and many more), enabling our students to gain first-hand insights into the different career options that could be available to them. The ISL Alumni Mentorship Scheme will aim to pair DP College students with young professionals, rather than those who have been firmly established in their careers for a number of years. This is because we recognise that the job market is ever-changing and believe that students will benefit more from an account that shows them how to break into industries as they exist today – and learn this from those who have done it not too long ago. We also believe that a peer-to-peer mentorship scheme will allow our students to feel less intimidated and understand that confusion and apprehension are part of the process. We are certain that the relationship between DP College students and ISL alumni from the last 10 years will be enriching for all involved and look forward to seeing our students make their first contacts in the industry through the ISL network. If you have any questions about the ISL Alumni Mentorship scheme, please feel free to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Priyanka Mogul, Alumni Coordinator
Mother Tongue Santa Lucia & Advent December is the essence of one of the oldest Danish traditions: Hygge! While popular literature tries to define the concept of hygge, Danes at ISL agree: There is just more of it in December. On December 13, Danish students from EC to G10 gathered in the loft for a wonderful celebration of Advent, Santa Lucia, and the Christmas season. The parents and teacher had prepared delicious Danish Christmas foods such as ‘pebernødder’, ‘brunkager’, and ‘æbleskiver’. The tastes brought back many memories of past celebrations. Just as H. C. Andersen did, the students created seasonal decorations and origami, and the loft was filled with Danish Christmas songs. To all students and parents at ISL: “Glædelig jul & godt nytår” (Merry Christmas & Happy New Year). Tulle Mouridsen, Danish MT Teacher
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Published on Dec 15, 2017