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Diploma College News 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 make small modifications to 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 begins Wednesday 10th January. Students should also check their timetables after the holidays via ISL eportal for break-times; the rota of Wednesday classes is available to students in ManageBac.

Higher Education update No need I am sure to remind some grade 12 students that their deadline for submission of the UCAS university application was this week, and that they should now look out for email notifications about their application as it is checked by Mr Morris and Ms Williams. Only when checked and completed is the application sent to universities – which must happen by the end of January 15th. 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 Event Room updates. RSVP Date / time Thursday 18.1.18 14.00 - 15.00 BPP University UK D18 Library 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:



Tuesday 20/3/18

Parent’s Guide to the Extended Essay

Thursday 7/6/18

Higher Ed guidance for parents 2: Supporting students who apply to university in the UK

Paul Morris Diploma College Deputy Principal

ISL Alumni Programme and Mentorship Scheme After what was hopefully a restful break, the Grade 11 and 12 students generally seem refreshed and pleased to be back on campus. The grade 12s, having endured the pressures of the mock exams, have their reports released today (Friday 12th); the general consensus amongst IB teachers seems to be that students have performed well and, as a cohort, slightly better than expected. I would therefore like to congratulate the students for their efforts and achievements.

to provide support, praise and understanding when necessary, but also to communicate the message to all students that academic grades can never be an accurate measure of any individual’s value, and that a mere number can never accurately describe an individual’s abilities or attributes. It is relatively easy for someone who is not experiencing these same pressures to make these comments but the persistent rise of exam stress and related consequences suggests this message needs to be considered carefully by students, teachers and parents.

There is a fairly well established, though not universally accepted, hypothesis that regular exposure to a given stimulus causes the subject to become de-sensitised. Whilst the pressure of the mock exams may have resulted in de-sensitisation from exam stress for some students it is important to acknowledge that, for some, persistent pressure can have a negative and cumulative effect. It therefore seems incredibly important

On another note, and adding to the welcoming atmosphere in the IB Campus, a television is due to be installed into the common room; the intention is to broadcast news and current affairs throughout the day to help students keep up to date with current affairs.

Alumni News Congratulations to Roy Rebisz (ISL class of 2013) who has graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University’s Business School! Caption: Roy (right) with his sister Suzy and graduating classmate Deniz at the college in 2015!


Dan Spinks Head of Student Welfare

Congratulations also to Isobel Bender, who joined ISL during grade 11 but then had to relocate back to the United States and return to a US High School. As a consequence of her time in the UK, her experience and the university advice she was given at ISL, Isobel chose to apply to Oxford University in addition to Harvard University – and she has just contacted us to tell us she now holds offers of place from both!




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