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Bulletin 10 London Friday, 10th November 2017 Monday

Tuesday

Anti-bullying Week 8.45-10.00 - PTA meeting

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Wednesday

17.00-18.00 - Afternoon Tea Concert

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12.00-16.30 - G10 (all) visit to Tate Britain

PYP MYP Book Fair

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G10 Visual Arts Studio Day

21 PYP MYP Book Fair

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Leadership Welcome

Primary News

Middle School News

Diploma College News

Mother Tongue

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9.00-13.15 - G6-9 &10F 8.40-9.15 - Primary EAL Students Tour of Assembly: Grade 1W 15 London 16 17 9.30-15.00 - Grade 4 visit 16.30-18.00 - MT Film to Hampton Court Palace Club 10.15-11.15 - EC Visit to St Mary’s Convent and Care Home 22 8.35-10.15 - Dyslexia Parent Workshop

Grade 10 Visual Arts Studio 18.30-21.00 - G8-10 Day India and Travel Eyes Trips Information Evening 8.30-14.00 - G6 visit to William Morris House 8.40-14.00 - KG visit to The Geffrye

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23 8.40-9.15 - Primary Assembly: KG

8.35-16.00 - G10 visit to Emmanuel Centre- ‘ Maths in Action’

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9.10-15.20 - G1W visit to Kidzania

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8.45-11.30- G2 visit to Hen Corne2 10.00-13.00 - Grade 9 Performing Arts visit to Hendrix House

18.00-20.30 - DP College Open Evening (G9 & G10 parents welcome)

Welcome back! Congratulations to all students who have taken part in ISSA tournaments over the last two weeks. Both the boys and the girls football teams, who represented ISL in Madrid and Aberdeen, impressed the coaches from other schools with their resilience and strength. You can read more about the tournaments in this bulletin. As I write, the ISSA Volleyball tournaments are taking place in Lisbon (girls) and Cobham (boys). The teams have had a very good first day, both winning two out of their three matches. Look out for more news about this in the next Bulletin, but if you can’t wait that long, look out for our social media channels. #GoFoxes We welcomed back Lance King to ISL this week. Lance, and his colleague Wayne, worked with Diploma and Middle school students giving workshops on resilience, failing well, study skills, managing anxiety and effective preparation for examinations. You can read more about this in the Diploma news. Next week we mark Anti-bullying week with a range of activities, and this theme will be the focus of tutor lessons. Mr Hull and his team are working hard to ensure that the tutor programme addresses a range of social and emotional needs as part of our support programme for students. The first Afternoon Tea Concert of the year will be held next Tuesday. Information regarding this has been sent out. This concert provides an opportunity for students who are learning instruments to showcase their skills. I hope to see you there. Sarah Pearson Principal

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Important School Announcements

SEN Parent Workshop on Dyslexia We are offering a SEN workshop on Dyslexia on Thursday 23rd November 2017 from 8.35 to 9.35 am. The aim is to provide parents with practical strategies and information on Dyslexia (Specific Learning Difficulty, SpLD ) which will help students to fulfil their aims, ambitions and aspirations. Please contact the workshop leaders to confirm attendance, if you have any questions or queries with regards to Learning Support or you would like to collaborate, consult and give your views on SEN or SEN Policy at International School of London. Mrs Claudine Hakim - Head of Student Support Ms Sarah Maltby - PYP Learning Support Teacher Mrs Patience Adjei - MYP & DP Learning Support Coordinator and SENCO ISSA Football Our varsity boys and girls football teams had the opportunity to represent ISL at the ISSA tournaments in Madrid and Aberdeen respectively. We were all very exited and motivated for this tournament. We have been training very hard for the last 2 months and the time and place to put everything together had finally arrived. The boys tournament had a special guest for the inauguration, professional footballer Fernando Torres “el nino”, which was an amazing surprise for us. Our boys could not have shown more resilience after having two defeats of the first day, playing every match with a positive attitude, concentration and they gave their everything on the field. The result of such effort was 3 victories with 8 goals in our favour against strong teams such as the London German school and BLIS from Turkey. We can be certain that our female footballers applied the ‘3 S Rule’: they were Serious, Supportive and Strong (mentally and physically). This was helping us hugely in defence since it was extremely hard for the other teams to score goals when playing against us. It was not an easy task to score goals in attack but our girls were highly complemented by the other coaches. Our last important update about our football girls is that all the members of the team who represented ISL in Aberdeen have established a goal for themselves: ‘‘we are going to practice weekly all academic year; together we have decided to join the Wednesday sessions and we are committed with progressing into another level with this team”. Borja A. Llorente, Tim Pascoe, Marta Perez, Nuno Machado, Football Coaches

Diploma College Open Evening 23rd November 6-8pm

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Diploma College Open Evening 23rd November The open evening is an opportunity for all new parents wishing to find out more about our unique educational offering at the ISL IB Diploma College. Parents in grades 9 and 10 may find the event particularly interesting and relevant, but we also welcome parents wishing to join the ISL community. Please join us for this term’s Open Evening on 23 November between 6pm and 8.30pm at our Diploma College, centrally located in leafy Ealing, West London. Come and see our purpose-built premises, meet the teachers and our current students and get all your questions answered about student life at the college, academic requirements and the IB diploma in general. The evening will be hosted by Principal Sarah Pearson and IB Diploma Coordinator Paul Morris, light refreshments will be served and parents and prospective students will get the opportunity to experience a taste of what life at the college would be like. Register your interest by calling +44 (0) 20 8992 5823 or by emailing mail@isllondon.org, adding DP Open Evening in the subject line. We look forward to seeing you here! The Book Fair is Coming Soon! ISL’s ever-popular Book Fair will be held November 20-24, in room S15 (multi-purpose space). Scholastic books for all ages will be on sale 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with prices as low as £2.99! Stock up for the holidays and help our school to earn Scholastic credits toward more books in the classrooms and library. All students in EC – G9 will have a chance to visit the Book Fair with their class during the week. As no reservations will be taken, children must pay for books on the day. Only cash and cheque payments will be accepted. Parents are welcome to shop for books at any time. We need your help to make the Book Fair a success! Several parents will be needed each day to help facilitate orders and sales. Click here to volunteer to work a shift. We appreciate your support! If you have any questions, please e-mail adriennemford@hotmail.com. Adrienne Ford, PTA

Afternoon Tea Concert 14th November Please note that the Autumn Tea Concert is coming up on Tuesday 14th November at 4.45pm and you are all invited to attend and watch your child perform. There will be performances by students who learn with their instrumental teachers. There will be individual performances as well as group performances. Please come along! Refreshments will be provided. Performing Arts Team

Library News - Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers A big thank you to all the parents, teachers and students who collected Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers for the school. We received a record number this year and they have contributed to new equipment for the PE, EC and Catering departments. Farideh Urrestarazu, Librarian

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Primary News

Welcome to ISL One of the lovely things about being part of an international school community is the opportunity to meet lots of new people from all over the world. This week we have welcomed another new student to the PYP! Welcome to the family of Mika in EC2. Mika and his family come from Indonesia and started at ISL on Monday. Thank you! Congratulations and thank you to all the students who collected sponsorship money for the recent fitness circuit led by Luke Lennon-Ford. Over £2000 was raised, some of the money will be go to support Team GB athletes and Paralympians, but more than half of the money will be returned to the school for the PE department to buy some more equipment to encourage our students to continue to lead healthy, balanced lifestyles. Prizes will be arriving soon!

Free Flu Vaccination for EC-G3 Students Earlier this week EC2 to Grade 3 parents should have received an information letter and a consent form about flu vaccinations. This is a free, optional service being provided by the NHS. The quick and simple nasal spray flu vaccination will be administered by Hounslow School nurses on Tuesday 5th December. If you would like your child to receive the vaccination, please complete the consent form and return it to the school office by Friday 24th November. Please ensure you complete all details in full on the consent form, if all necessary information is not provided the nurses will not be able to administer the vaccination on the day. Michelle Newman Head of Primary

Grade 4T Inquire Into Government Systems Around The World Grade 4T have been making initial inquiries into our Central Idea, “Government systems and decisions can promote or deny equal opportunities and social justice”. As part of our ‘tuning in’ we looked at many laws that exist in various countries around the world. Students considered whether the laws were fair or unfair and gave reasons to support their opinion. We also started to look at examples of different government systems and enjoyed a drama session with Ms Foster. The children imagined they were a member of the council in ancient Greece and explored what democracy meant in Athens through various role play scenarios. Finally, Ms Milena visited our classroom to tell us more about Switzerland and its system of direct democracy. We are looking forward to welcoming more guest speakers in the coming weeks to help us discover how different countries have different systems of government. Kath Tregenna Grade 4T Homeroom Teacher

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Middle School News

Anti-Bullying Week and World AIDS Day In our pastoral programme, we are always striving to make students more aware, and in the period from mid to November to early December we have two key focus areas coming up. The first of these is the UK Anti-Bullying Week which takes place from 13 to17 November, and is designed to promote differences and equality in schools, applying the principle ‘All Different, All Equal’. In our PSHE programme we not only aim to raise awareness of Anti-bullying week, but also ensure our students recognise bullying wherever they see it. In this respect, the internet is a particular and growing concern, and it is important that young people are vigilant in looking out for cyber-bullying, and more generally, feel empowered to stand up to bullying in whatever form it appears. Another area where we also seek to encourage awareness is World AIDS Day on Friday 1 December, for which we will have a Charlie Chaplin Silent Movie Joseph accompanied Charlie Chaplin’s 1936 black and white silent comedy, Modern Times on Friday 3rd November to a packed hall. How did he do it? He chose certain segments from the film totalling 25 minutes which were the most prominent in the film. The first segment was a talking section to explain how lunch was served to the workers at the factory without them having to spend much time away from work. After this explanation, Joseph accompanies the film with some fastmoving themes, as Charlie Chaplin is a guinea pig to the fast food service which goes horribly wrong. This is hilarious! This leads on to the factory conveyor belt and Chaplin wreaking havoc on the factory. Joseph plays frenetically, accompanying the moving picture, which is on the whole original. There are hints of Johann Strauss when Chaplin does some balletic dancing on the factory floor.

special Assembly, and red ribbons will be available for £1 from the Front Office, with proceeds going to the NAT (National AIDS Trust). In the UK alone some 100,000 people live with HIV, and globally the UN estimates that over 36 million people have

HIV, of whom nearly 2 million are 15 or younger. In encouraging students to be aware of the plight of those with AIDS and HIV throughout the world, we encourage compassion amongst our students, and this I think is the common theme in this article, namely the need to stand by, and show compassion for, others who need our help. Max Hull, Head of Pastoral

relationship with Paulette Godard as the van they have been arrested in, crashes and they both escape. Joseph plays some frantic music to represent the crash, and also the pathos of the effect of the accident. No one really seems hurt, so the music has to reflect the comedy of the situation. When Chaplin and Goddard dream about living together, Joseph switches to strings, and they are having lunch together, and a cow walks across, and plays some humorous licks when Chaplin starts milking the cow. There are more scenes but not enough room to report on them, especially his nocturnal adventures with Goddard at a department store, skating blind-folded close to a precipice. The performance was well-received and the students seemed to really enjoy the show, as they were. laughing a lot. Cristina Pawel, Head of Arts

Finally, Chaplin ends up in mental hospital, and we cut to his The Anne Frank experience here and now English A Grade 8 students have spent some weeks learning about the Holocaust and studying Anne Frank’s Diary. For many this was an eye opener to another time and place. We discovered that there is a lot to learn from this teenager who lived 70 years ago in Holland and whose experience was very different from ours here at ISL London.

“I have learnt that you should not be mean to the people you live with because you don’t know how long you are going to live with them.” “I found it interesting that in a time of war and struggle, Anne always found a way to cope.”

Some comments from the students:

“Something we can learn from Anne’s diary is how to find peace in all things evil, through hope.”

“I never really knew what the Holocaust was before this unit.”

“We can learn how to be positive in difficult situations.”

“I found it interesting how Anne’s dreams of becoming a writer came true even though she passed away before that.”

“It was impressive how the people in hiding understood so much about the world although they were stuck inside.”

“Hearing about the Holocaust does not strike you in the same way as reading about those people in the secret annex. It becomes real and leaves you with a sense of being grounded.”

Lena Isherwood Head of Language & Literature

“Anne is a very self-centred person who rarely expresses caring thoughts in her writing. However, she showed caring in her life” “Something interesting about Anne Frank is that even though her life was not calm, her writing was.” “We can learn that we are lucky and should not take things for granted.” “I admire the way Anne was very hopeful and self reflective.” “Reading the book taught me not to jump to conclusions too early as they might turn out to be wrong.”

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Diploma College News

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.

Date / time

Event

Room

Friday 17.11.17 13.00 – 14.00

Waseda University, Tsukuba University Japan

D18 Library

Tuesday 21.11.17 - 8.30-9.30

Whittier College, Portland State University, Franklin and Marshall USA

D1

Thursday 23.11.17 14.00 – 15.00

University of Leeds, UK – applying to competitive universities workshop

D18 Library

Tuesday 28.1.18 14.00 – 15.00

Groningen University Netherlands

D18 Library

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:

The Art of Learning at the College This week we welcomed Lance King, founder of TAO Learning and Wayne Prince who worked with grade 11 students at the college. Lance is well known in the world of international education and collaborated with the IB in writing the Approaches to Learning framework that all IB schools use to ensure that students develop ‘twenty-first century’ learning skills. Lance and Wayne worked with Grade 11 on ‘developing exam confidence,’ with helpful guidance on study skills, managing anxiety and effective preparation. Grade 10 transition to the college Following hot on the heels of the College Open Evening of November 23rd (see advertisements elsewhere in the bulletin, on social media and by invitation) 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. 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. Student Council The Student Council structure is now virtually complete; although committee leaders are yet to be decided, I’m very pleased to report that two Grade 11 IB Diploma students, Barbara and Sham, were chosen by their fellow class representatives as the President and Vice-President respectively. I’m very confident they will prove to be effective leaders and will promote their fellow students’ opinions assertively and diligently. A number of ideas to improve both campuses have already been discussed and, due in part to Barbara’s suggestion, the IB Campus will have its own committee which will allow all IB students to influence their learning environment. Similar to students, the teachers have also joined professional learning, each with a focus on a different pedagogical issue. My group, unsurprisingly, has student welfare as its focus and includes a wide range of issues including the importance of having sufficient sleep each evening (as discussed in last week’s bulletin), healthy living, Attachment Theory and students’ access to healthy food. This last issue seems particularly relevant to the IB College where students have limited access to fresh food, or the facilities to prepare their own food. A consequence of this seems to be a significant amount of fast food brought into the college which, whilst understandable to some extent, has a number of negative

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Event

Thursday 7/12/17

Higher Ed guidance for parents 1: Where in the world to study?

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

PSAT, SAT and ACT tests Most universities and colleges in the USA require standardised test scores to support any application, alongside IB grades and the ISL high school transcript. From this year, ISL IB Diploma College is a provider of College Board tests – that is, PSAT (for G10 and 11) and SAT (in G11 and 12). We have also partnered with a well-regarded provider of test preparation and tuition to offer ISL London families discounted rates and tuition held at the college. If you are in G10 and 11 and think you may be interested in applying to US universities in the future, please contact Mr Morris for more information. University of New South Wales This week we welcomed University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia). Australia has some very high-profile universities including UNSW which feature high in the world rankings for a number of subject areas. Australian universities also typically have significant populations of international students. Interested students should note that there is a universities fair for Australia and New Zealand on Saturday 18th November at the Australian High Commission in London – sign up here: www.studyoptionsopendays.com/opendays/nov2017/london Paul Morris, Diploma College Deputy Principal

health and environmental consequences. This particular issue will be discussed with staff and the student council in the hope of finding a positive alternative and this is obviously an issue parents could contribute towards with suggestions or the provision of a healthier, more environmentally friendly alternative. Dan Spinks, Head of Student Wellfare

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Mother Tongue English The students in English Mother Tongue have been learning about the meaning behind the fabulous fireworks and the bonfires that occur in England at the beginning of November. After reading the story about Guy Fawkes and the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605, students showed their understanding of the events through arranging them into chronological order. The students were very curious about why a person like Guy Fawkes would be celebrated but came to the realisation that the King wanted to celebrate the fact that the Gunpowder Plot was indeed a failure. Students also demonstrated their understanding and creativity by making an acrostic poem about the event. In addition, some students created posters which included some interesting facts about Guy Fawkes and the failed Gunpowder Plot. Georgina Leahy English Teacher

The First Thanksgiving-English Mother Tongue, Grades 6-8 With Thanksgiving right around the corner, Grade 6-8 English Mother Tongue students learned about the history of the very first Thanksgiving in order to be well informed and inspired to then create an original skit. First, we read original excerpts from William Bradford’s ‘Of Plymouth Plantation’. This proved to be quite a fun challenge for students as it required them to read and interpret ’Old English’. Students were particularly interested in learning about the reason why the pilgrims originally ventured to North America, about the positive relationship between Squanto and the pilgrims and about the unexpected food eaten during the 3-day long feast. Once well-informed, students geared up to prepare original skits reenacting the first Thanksgiving. With the help of William Bradford’s diary, students wrote their own scripts, designed costumes and props and performed amongst their peers. It was a blast! Perhaps on this year’s Thanksgiving, these students can teach a bit about what they’ve learned to family and friends around the dinner table! Alyson Lewis English Language and Humanities teacher

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