Bulletin 11 London Friday, 17th November 2017 Monday
PYP MYP Book Fair
20 PYP MYP Book Fair
G10 Visual Arts Studio Day
Wednesday 21 PYP MYP Book Fair
Thursday 22 8.35-10.15 - Dyslexia Parent Workshop
11.30-14.30 - Grades 7-8 visit to Hounslow School Games
23 8.40-9.15 - Primary Assembly: KG
29 G9 Performing Arts visit 30 8.40-9.15 - Primary 1 to ISTA Festival Assembly: Prophet’s Marymount Birthday Assembly (Muslim celebration)
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
8.35-16.00 - G10 visit to Emmanuel Centre- ‘ Maths in Action’
9.10-15.20 - G1W visit to Kidzania
9.30-12.00 - EC visit to Polka Theatre 8.45-11.30- G2 visit to Hen Corner 10.00-13.00 - Grade 9 Performing Arts visit to Hendrix House 18.00-20.30 - DP College Open Evening (G9 & G10 parents welcome)
G6-11 and 10F World AIDS day
27 8.30-18.00 - MYP & 28 PYP Three Way Conference Day - no Classes or Clubs to 8.30-14.00 - G7 visit to PYP & MYP Frogmore Mill
10.15-11.15 - EC Visit to St Mary’s Convent and Care Home
12.00-12.55 - MYP Certificates Awards assembly in Hall
Leadership Welcome School Announcements
Middle School News
Diploma College News
Attachments PTA Minutes
Diploma College Open Evening is coming up! Next week we will be holding our second College Open Evening. This event is aimed at Grade 10 students who are looking to start their post-16 education in the next academic year. Information has been circulated to relevant families. I strongly urge you to attend the evening to find out what makes the ISL London Diploma College such a great place to study. Congratulation to our volleyball teams who represented the school in an excellent fashion at the ISSA events last week. The girls came third and the boys came sixth. Both teams conducted themselves in a sporting manner both on and off the court. Our thanks to all the students and their coaches and accompanying staff for their hard work and commitment. This week we have marked anti-bullying week with discussions across primary and secondary in tutor time. Mr Hull and I have also discussed a focus week to look at issues around safe use of the internet and social media. During this week, provisionally planned for term 2, we will also focus on cyberbullying and hold some sessions for parents as well. We will send more information in due course. Next week we have a number of events planned.
The Book Fair will be held on Monday with lots of opportunities to browse new titles and buy books. Information is in this bulletin. There is also an information evening on Thursday for students attending the Traveleyes or India trips. Please book the date of Tuesday 28 November in your diaries for the PYP and MYP three way conferences. Details will be sent next week. Have a lovely weekend. Sarah Pearson Principal
Important School Announcements
SEN Parent Workshop on Dyslexia next week 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 Afternoon Tea Concert 2017 The Autumn Tea Concert set a very high bar. Students from both primary and secondary performed in front of their parents and peers. Great fun as had by all as they performed to a good standard. Amongst the great performances were Karolina and Matthew violin/accordion sister/brother duo who played the theme music from Amelie; Saho’s brilliant performance of Baumkuchen on piano; Charlie’s Whiplash drum accompaniment and Oscar’s bass accompaniment to Mr Cosby, playing Under Pressure and Maya’s vocal no., ‘Take me to Church’. The new ISL Jazz group performed towards of the show – an exhilarating compilation of C’jam Blues, Watermelon Man and finishing off with the ever-popular “Oye Como Va“ with great audience participation. The concert finished with a surprising opera duo from Puccini sung by covering drum teacher, Florin and his partner Andrada to a stunned audience. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the show! The message is clear: Music is very much thriving at ISL and let’s develop it even more, and have more students signing up for instrumental music lessons as well as Jazz Group. See more...
Diploma College Open Evening 23rd November 6-8pm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, adding DP Open Evening in the subject line. We look forward to seeing you here! The PTA Book Fair is Coming Soon! ISL’s ever-popular Book Fair will be held November 2024, 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 email@example.com.
Jingle Bell Run & Walk 2017 Thursday, December 7th at 2 pm in Gunnersbury Park This year’s event will take place during school with G1-10 students (parents and friends) encouraged to participate! Come join us in festive holiday attire to jingle around the park on a 1K or 3K loop, then head back to ISL to warm up with treats. More information, including permission slip and volunteer sign-up will be emailed out next week. Donations will be collected for this year’s charity: Migrants Organise
Speak English! Free! Fun! Join in! English Language Classes for Parents • For parents with little or no English • Learn to speak basic everyday English • Talk about life in the UK and British culture Every Monday from 2:30-3:30 pm starting on 4th December. For more information please contact Mrs Milena via email.
PYP Conferences As we approach the final weeks of the first term, PYP parents will have another opportunity to meet with the teachers to discuss their child’s progress since the goal-setting meetings which were held in September. PYP Conferences will be held on Tuesday 28th November from 8:30 – 18:00. There are no classes for PYP students on this day, but you should bring your child to school with you at your allocated meeting time. Please check your inbox next week for more detailed information about the conferences and instructions for how to sign-up for your appointments. The PYP Conferences play an important role in helping you to understand your child’s progress, by actively involving parents, students and teachers in reflecting on student achievement, discussing samples of work, and setting future learning goals.
These meetings are an enjoyable experience and I know the children (and teachers!) are looking forward to sharing and celebrating the progress they have made so far this year. PYP Continues to Grow Welcome to Nia (Grade 4T) and her family, who joined ISL on Monday. Nia is originally from St Kitts and Nevis and has just moved to London from Dubai. We hope you enjoyed your first week at our school! Michelle Newman, Head of Primary Comic Sale for Migrants Organise We have written and illustrated our own comic which will be on sale on Thursday 23rd November, at morning break for G3-5 students. The comic costs £0.20 and all money raised will go to Migrants Organise. Noah and Eesa, Grade 5S
Monster Sandwiches with EC Our Unit of Inquiry is called ‘We learn through play’. EC1 students have been learning the letters ‘M’ and ‘S’ through different fun activities. They have made masks, cooked madeleines, made vanilla milkshakes and monster sandwiches, decorated the letter M with macaroni and traced the letters using marshmallows and smarties. As incredible as it may seem, they resisted temptation and managed it without eating them! Also they have made mummy sausages, art and crafts like dot painting snakes, spiders, and spaghetti and straw painting. They have enjoyed different activities with sand like scooping sand into socks. Now they are just talking about letters all day! Maria Lopez, Higher Level Learning Facilitator
Middle School News
Anti-Bullying Week We have had a very positive anti-Bullying week, in which our pastoral focus has been on ways to further develop an inclusive, caring and supportive environment for all. What has been particularly pleasing to see has been the personal connection that students have made with the week’s activities. An inspiring example of this has been the response of our Grade 6 and 7 English Phase 5 and 6 group, who are currently reading the book ‘Face’ by British-Jamaican author Benjamin Zephaniah. The story concerns a teenage boy who suffers facial injuries in a joyriding accident, and how he subsequently adjusts to his new circumstances, including stares, taunts and bullying. When Andreas Nicolaou suggested making a connection between ‘Face’ and the motto of this year’s Anti-Bullying Week ‘All different all equal’, the students enthusiastically rose to the occasion. On their own initiative, they developed group presentations linking ‘Face’ with Anti-Bullying Week through the themes of ‘Respect’, ‘Beauty is on the Inside’ and ‘Treat Minus One and Maybe More? Team Reduce from Grade 7 Tree Savers would like to launch a focus week called ‘Minus one and maybe more?’ week as part of their community engagement and service learning focus in science this term. We want to encourage the whole school starting from Monday next week to think before they print any document and try to reduce the font size by 1 (or more if they feel generous to the environment!). The (1.45 mins) video here will explain the idea and will show how much
people as you want to be treated’, and these presentations will soon be performed at MYP and PYP Assemblies. The many positive messages which have come out of our Anti-Bullying initiatives apply perennially in school life, and our students deserve praise for the way in which they so constructively engaged with this week’s pastoral activities. Max Hull, Head of Pastoral
paper can be saved by taking this simple step and the impact it may have on the environment. The hope is that from next week we will think more about how as individuals can help save forests. After watching this short video in tutor time, tutors can ask students to brainstorm ideas and create mind maps about other ways that could be used to reduce paper usage. The activity shouldn’t take more than 15 mins. Dr Radia Chibani, Science Teacher
ISSA Boys Volleyball Our boys put their team work skills into practice while representing the school at the ISSA Volleyball tournament in Cobham. They had an amazing experience and represented ISL London very professionally demonstrating teamwork, school spirit and determination both on and off the court. After many tough matches and very close games, the boys team finished in 6th place. Thank you to the French Lycee London for organising this year’s tournament and to ACS Cobham for hosting.
Marta Perez Piotr Graban Katie Hagarty Naia Borio,
ISSA Girls Volleyball - 3rd Place Trophy!!! While taking part in is what matters, sometimes winning is also very enjoyable! That is what our Girls Volleyball Team did last week in their ISSA tournament which took place in Lisbon. The girls brought the 3rd place trophy back home demonstrating an outstanding performance and team spirit on the court throughout the three intense days of the competition. Thank you to all the host families from St. Dominic’s International School for organising this year’s tournament.
Failing Well ATL Workshop - Student Reflection In general I thought this workshop was very interesting and taught me some very important points on how to study and fail well. This workshop taught me that learning is about achieving but also about learning from our mistakes along the way. -Lina, Grade 9 See more...
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
Friday 17.11.17 13.00 – 14.00
Waseda University, Tsukuba University Japan
Tuesday 21.11.17 - 8.30-9.30
Whittier College, Portland State University, Franklin and Marshall USA
Thursday 23.11.17 14.00 – 15.00
University of Leeds, UK – applying to competitive universities workshop
Tuesday 28.1.18 14.00 – 15.00
Groningen University Netherlands
Thursday 18.1.18 14.00 – 15.00
BPP University UK
University of St Andrews This week we were visited by University of St Andrews. At 600 years old St. Andrews is one of Europe’s oldest institutions of higher learning, yet still maintains a very contemporary profile and ranks as the number one university in Scotland in most university league tables. In Scotland degrees are 4 years, with a first year in which two additional subjects are studied alongside the ‘major’ subject (a little like the US Liberal Arts system). St. Andrews is also famous as the home of golf, and more recently, where Prince William met a young Kate Middleton as part of their History of Art degrees! 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. Third Culture Kids and Fixed/Growth Mind-set Diploma students have been focusing on a number of important topics during their tutor periods, in particular Third Culture Kids and Fixed/Growth Mind-set. The former topic explored students’ experiences of growing up in a culture that is different to their parents, or in some cases growing up in a number of different cultures. There are many benefits associated with these experiences and opportunities including a greater likelihood of being open-minded, reflective and informed. However, for some individuals, these experiences can be negative and include a feeling of loneliness, isolation, alienation and unhappiness. It therefore seems very important to attempt to understand students (and their families’) experiences, particularly during transitions, and to be sensitive to others’ experiences. It is surprising how often I have heard children and adults state they have never discussed this experience or even thought to consider the full impact of these significant changes. If this topic is of interest, you may want to read the this article (click or tap the picture).
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
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
Waseda and Tsukuba universities Ms Matsukuma also hosted a visit by Waseda and Tsukuba universities. These Japanese universities offer a wide range of world-ranking programmes and have been the destination of choice for a significant number of ISL alumni over the years.
Paul Morris, Diploma College Deputy Principal
The concept of Growth and Fixed mind-sets is understood as increasingly important in more and more schools throughout the world. The benefits of developing a growth mind-set are well documented and, in many ways, obvious. However, there are a number of arguments that may at first appear counter-intuitive like, for example, the suggestion you should not tell your child s/he is intelligent. This well-meaning and commonly practiced parental approach is understandably believed to be a method for increasing a child’s confidence; however, research suggests it may have the opposite effect as the child increasingly identifies their value as inherently linked to their achievements. Psychologists such as Carol Dweck suggests that praising the child’s effort is far more effective and promotes greater willingness to take academic and intellectual risks, greater confidence in handling mistakes and greater inclination towards genuine curiosity. The following YouTube clip from Dweck is worth 10 minutes of your time and may challenge, or even change, your thinking: Carol Dweck, “Developing a Growth Mindset” Dan Spinks, Head of Student Wellfare
Mother Tongue Celebration of St Martin Our childhood memories are mostly connected with celebrations in our home countries. The children in Germany and Austria love to celebrate St. Martins day, when they make lanterns and sing St. Martins songs. All the German MT students gathered together to celebrate this day last Thursday which was organised by the German PYP students. They worked very hard on the preparations for this day: Grade 1-2 made the lanterns and learned the St. Martins songs, Grade 3-5 prepared a very informative poster about St. Martin and the tradition to sing songs and eat ‘Martinsgans mit Sauerkraut’ (goose with sauerkraut) and ‘Weckmänner’ (bread roll men) on this day. They presented the poster in front of the whole group, followed by a quiz with some very difficult questions. We finished the celebration by singing some St. Martins songs and sharing our memories about this day. Biljana Todorova, German Teacher
Culture Day in Japan 3rd November is Culture Day in Japan. Throughout the country we annually celebrate peace, freedom and promote Japanese culture on this national holiday, through creative work such as poems, short stories and crafts. Festivities typically include art exhibitions, parades, and award ceremonies for distinguished artists and scholars. Almost all schools and universities in Japan have cultural festivals around this time of the year. As you can see from the lovely photographs, ISL’s Japanese students also participated in various cultural activities: • KG-G2 students visited Gunnersbury Park and created posters and crafts using leaves • G3-5 presented their work using PowerPoint about famous people in class • G6-8 students enjoyed their imagination by creating new names for their Japanese classroom • G9, 10 displayed their poems on a wall of the Japanese class Tamako Matsukuma, Japanese Teacher
French MT & French LA Collaboration On Tuesday, 14th November, as part of the South Ken Kids Festival, French Mother Tongue and Language Acquisition classes had a visit from the French youth literature author, Eric Chevreau. Two years ago Eric received the 8th Youth Literature Prize ‘Raconte moi l’histoire’ at the Mundial Centre Peace in Verdun, France, for his book ‘Bonhomme de 14’, depicting an exchange of letters between a father and his son during the first world war. Eric reflected on his experience as a writer and explained the process of book creation: right from the actual conception of the story to the final product. Grades 3 to 5 students heard about the creation of the “Globe Report’air whereas Grades KG to G2 listened to the new story from “Les Histoires de la Récré” whilst they created their own monster, like in the book. This was the beginning of a sound collaboration between French MT and French LA as we have many French speakers in LA this year. Finally, the French MT Grades 6-8 class was introduced to the job of translator and they had many interesting questions to ask. It was an exciting morning! Emmanuelle Chevreau and Isabelle Verheyden, French Teachers Follow us:
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Published on Nov 17, 2017