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8:45-10:30 PYP Parent Workshop ‘Introduction to the PYP’ in S15

Monday 18th Grades 4-12 depart Normal classes for G3

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Friday 15th

18:30-20:00 Mother Tongue (MT) Parent Information and Social Evening

Tuesday 19th

Wednesday 20th

Normal classes for G3

Grade 3 departs

Thursday 21st

Friday 22nd Grades 3-12 return

Residential Trips Week

Please check individual trip leaflets for departure times

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Leadership Welcome

Great to see you! It was fantastic to see so many of you at the Welcome Evening last night. I think this was the biggest crowd we have had in some time. I hope that everyone was able to get the information they needed and Primary News had the opportunity to meet tutors and other key staff. We have discussed ways to ease queues at the Middle School News sign-in desk and hopefully this will mean that you gain quicker access to the building for future events. I would like to thank all the staff who contributed to the evening from teachers, to our office, kitchen Diploma College News and facilities staff. This week we celebrated Eid al-Adha. Thank you to all the parents and staff who brought in food; it Attachments PTA Meeting minutes was really delicious. This is the first of our celebrations organised by the Mother Tongue department throughout the year. Special thanks to Mona Nassar for leading this event and for making it such fun. Sign up for the clubs programme started this week. This is the first time we will use our new sign-up platform and we have already received really positive comments about it. If you have any further questions about clubs then please do contact Naia Borio or Marta Perez. ISSA practices for Football and Volleyball were very well attended this week but students can still sign up for these sessions if they would like to. The training sessions will culminate in the ISSA tournaments later this term and this could be a great chance for students to represent the school. Next week we have a PYP information session and a Mother Tongue Information Evening. I hope to see you there! School Announcements

Sarah Pearson Principal

Who to contact:

Leena Salmela

Divya Patel

Johanna Ambaye

The Front Office Team For general inquiries please email



Julia Bradbury

Linda Osman

Diploma College Front Office


Tim Pascoe SLT member in charge of the calendar. Please contact Mr Pascoe via the PTA.


Important School Announcements Appointment of the new Head of Marketing for the UK Schools After completing an MA in Intellectual History and post graduate studies in Journalism, Rebecca spent a few years working as an English-speaking news journalist and editor in Sweden, first for Public Service radio and subsequently for a pan-European news network. After a few years freelancing for European radio stations and developing an online magazine for Stockholm’s expat community, she moved back to the UK and took up the reins as Communications Manager at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in London. PTA Facebook All new and returning families: if you have not already done so, please consider joining the ISL PTA Facebook group. It’s an easy way to be quickly connected with our community and to keep up with the events, activities, and news happening with the PTA. The purpose of the group is to exchange information and events related to our community; ask questions about life in London or for recommendations; and to buy/sell items. This is a parent-run group and is not endorsed by or affiliated with the ISL London School administration. For privacy reasons, this is a closed group for which you must be a current parent to join. To search for the group, go to the Facebook search bar and type in ISL London PTA. To join, please request to be added as a member. You will be asked to verify your child’s name and current grade. Please be aware of the guidelines on its purpose and how the page works; you can find that in the description section of the group, located to the right of news feed. We hope it’s helpful to you. See you on Facebook! Reminder about the Residential trips departure times on 18th September. Grade 4: Please be in school at normal time. Grade 5: Please be in school at normal time. Grades 6-8: Meet at the playground at 12:00 pm. Grade 9: Meet at the playground at 8:00am. Grade 10: Meet at the playground at 10:00am Grade 11: Meet at the Diploma College at 8:00am. Grade 12 Biology: Meet at the Diploma College at 6:30am. Grade 12 TOK: Meet at the Diploma College at 9:00am each morning. Grade 3: Please be in school at normal time. Please note, this trip departs on Wednesday 20th September. Normal classes on Monday and Tuesday.

2016-17 SPORTS DAY

ISL PTA Culture Club! All parents are welcome to join other ISL parents at various arts and cultural outings in London. Our first event is touring the “Matisse in the Studio” exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts (between Green Park and Piccadilly Circus tube stops). Tuesday, 26 September We will assemble in the Royal Academy of Arts courtyard at 10:00 a.m. Purchase a timed ticket entry in advance for 10:15 a.m. 11:45 a.m. lunch at BRASSERIE ZÉDEL If you do not have a Facebook account, please instead email Alison Lohr at with RSVPs or questions.

Clubs All Term 1 clubs will begin on the week commencing Monday 25th September. Signing up for clubs is easy, you just have to follow this LINK, log in using the credentials that were sent to you on Friday 1st September and follow the on-screen instructions. The platform is very user friendly and you will find all information for Term 1 clubs there. Here is a video tutorial on how to sign up and here is the Co-curricular Activities Handbook, which includes the 2017-18 Club calendar, the Term 1 timetable and instructions on how to pay for your clubs (if you selected any paid club). If you can’t see a particular club is because it is already full. Diploma students must sign up for clubs themselves and their parents will have a ‘view only’ mode on the online platform. Students have received their log in details via their school email addresses. The sign up for clubs will be open until 17th September 2017. Pre season preparation for the ISSA Football and Volleyball tournaments have already started and we are currently planning a Volleyball match to help prepare our students! This match will take place next Friday from 17:30-18:30 and parents are very welcome to come cheer them on.

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Primary News

Welcome to the PYP I’d like to extend a very warm welcome to all new and returning families to the 2017-2018 academic year. It has been very nice to meet many of the new families over the last two weeks and see all our returning families and hear about their summer! We look forward to working with you and sharing and celebrating your children’s achievements as the year progresses. Thank you to all the families who came to the Welcome Evening yesterday. The teachers were happy to meet you all and we hope you found the sessions useful. We have enjoyed a very smooth start to the new school year in Primary. All the students have settled quickly into their new classes and have been enjoying getting to know their classmates and new teachers. They are quickly adapting to class and lunchtime routines and consolidating old friendships and making new ones. Most of our classes have been working on a short Unit of Inquiry as part of our transition program.



The central idea for the unit is: Exploring similarities and differences helps people understand each other. The students have shown curiosity and open-mindedness when learning about one another. They have also been starting to develop their cooperation and communication skills and learning how to work in teams and groups, two key skills to start developing for success in the PYP! The Grade 5 students have started their first Unit of Inquiry: Human migration is a response to challenges, risks and opportunities. Learning about everyone’s personal migration story and the journey that has brought them to London is a great way for Grade 5 to start getting to know and understand each other. Have a great weekend! Michelle Newman Head of Primary



Middle School News

Off to a good start! The new year at ISL London has started brilliantly. Staff have been meeting to discuss the strategic foci of ‘challenge for all’, building a culture of creativity through intercultural and interdisciplinary opportunities and looking at ways for strengthening student welfare. We welcomed new students to an orientation with their families on Tuesday 29th August so that they could get a sense of the place and meet their tutors. We have a wonderful group of new students across all year levels of the MYP this year and are excited to welcome them into the ISL London family. With all students starting shortly after it was fantastic to see the smiling faces of our returning students and see how much they had grown over the summer break. Tutor groups have been abuzz with friends reuniting, everyone catching up on each other’s summer adventures and

new friendships forming. Classes began on day one to enable teachers and students to begin establishing relationships and there is great learning taking place that will continue to develop and flourish across the year. The Grade 10 students met with Isabelle Verheyden to begin planning their Personal Projects. The initial ideas coming from the students are innovative and inspiring. Seeing so many parents in on Thursday night, it was lovely to see connections being built between tutors and parents; important partnerships for supporting students. There has been such an energetic feeling around the place and we are ready and looking forward to an incredible year ahead.

Beginning the Personal Project Journey Through an instructional and lively workshop, Grade 10 have begun their Personal Project Journey. In order to clarify their thinking about the product or outcome they will work towards, they used the workshop to reflect on the importance of the choice of a global context. To offer expertise and guidance, three grade 11 students were invited to share their experience from last year. The Grade 10 students will soon be designated a supervisor that they will meet on a regular basis.

their personal interests and talents, resulting in a product or outcome.

What is the Personal Project? It is a project to develop student’s personal interests. It is to show the skills they have developed in the MYP, through their different subjects and the Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills that underpin all learning. This project should be based on



Flora Mather MYP Coordinator

What are Global Contexts? These are a key feature of the conceptual approach to the MYP. These six contexts are consistent across all the subject areas and become the way in which content and skills are framed, providing particular emphasis for knowledge and understanding. Depending on the global context, the student’s learning will follow a different trajectory and produce different products or outcomes.

Isabelle Verheyden Personal Project Coordinator



Diploma College News Welcome (back) We are delighted to see familiar faces back again, and to welcome so many new faces to the college this year. Now, down to work! New security arrangements at the college We have upgraded security at the college during the summer. The pedestrian gate is now secured using an electronic lock which can be opened using an ISL ID card – all students have been issued with an ID card. This card also opens the college front door, and is used to register presence of students on site. Students must remember to always “BLIP IN” (using the boxes in the lobby) with their ID cards when arriving and “BLIP OUT” Introducing Mr Dan Spinks, Head of Student Welfare, Grade 12 tutor and teacher of IBDP Psychology Beginning a new role in a new environment inevitably provides a variety of challenges and opportunities; the former due to the significant amount of information to absorb and comprehend, including names, faces and procedures and due to my responsibilities as the new Head of Student Welfare; the latter as it provides the opportunity to observe a school’s culture and environment from a fresh, relatively objective perspective. Arriving directly from ISL Surrey, I had heard of the ISL London campus, including the fact it is well established, well populated and successful, but my first few weeks have provided the opportunity to get to experience the College and students first hand. I’m very pleased to report that my first impressions are overwhelmingly positive and that my Higher Education update Grade 12 early applicants for the October 15th UCAS deadline have now drafted their Personal Statements and are meeting their guidance advisor (Mr Morris or Ms Williams). A summary of key dates for applications is given on the IBDP Timeline 2017-18. We will publish a calendar of visits by universities to the Diploma College as they are confirmed. Currently we are arranging visits from University of Toronto, Hult International Business School, Waseda University and Tsukuba University – dates and times to be confirmed. Visits will generally take place Thursdays 12.30 – 15.00 Fridays 12.15 – 12.55 Parents are warmly welcome to join the students for these valuable sessions. Grade 10 Foundation This September we have welcomed our third intake of 10F to the Diploma College. The students have been resourceful in managing timetables, shuttle buses and London Transport, working in a language and a city that is unfamiliar to them. They are integrating well and have already involved themselves in sports activities in the school. It was a pleasure to meet their parents at the Welcome evening, and we look forward to a happy and successful year working together.

Reminder: authorised absences This is just to remind students and parents that for an anticipated (known) absence – including early departure – from college, students must obtain signed permission from their tutor and either Head of Student Welfare (Mr Spinks) or the Deputy Principal (Mr Morris). This is done using the absence authorisation form they can obtain from Ms Osman. Paul Morris Diploma College Deputy Principal

warm welcome has helped to ensure a smooth transition. I have been particularly impressed with the mature, polite and friendly manner of the students and I have enjoyed getting to know both them and the staff over these first few weeks. Although my role as Head of Student Welfare is new I have a variety of pastoral experiences and training, including being a Children and Families Social Worker, a tutor, a Head of Year and a teacher for 12 years. Combined with my continued study of Adolescent Mental Health and Welfare at the Tavistock and Portman Clinic, these experiences may explain some of my key objectives this year: to work to ensure students are understood, supported, nurtured and successful. Through collaboration with staff, parents and students I feel confident we will address the challenges of the year ahead successfully, that students’ stresses and anxieties will be managed effectively; a focus on understanding and managing stress is therefore the initial focus for PSHE and this should help to provide a firm foundation for an enjoyable and successful year. Return of the Awards Board! For a long time the Rosalba Tracey academic awards were displayed in the hall at number 139. On moving to the college, we ran out of space on the original board. It turns out that these days it is very hard to find professional gilt (gold-leaf) signwriters, but finally we have updated the awards with a new board at the college! Belated congratulations to the awards winners of the last three years.

Alumni news Great to see Akari, ISL class of 2016 on her recent visit to London. Akari has just completed her first year of studies at Keio University in Japan but was happy to see London again. We are also proud to announce that ISL school alumni, Dominic Lee-Campbell, has released his second fidgeting product - the Fidget Flipper! If you would like to support his Kickstarter campaign please click on the link here. Anyone who makes a pledge towards the final target of £1,000 by 18 September 2017 will receive a pack of three Fidget Flippers.

Anne Williams, Foundation Programme Coordinator


when they leave – this is obligatory for reason of attendance and evacuation procedures.




Mother Tongue Eid el-Adha - Arabic MT This week the ISL London Arabic community celebrated Eid EL Adha, as always accompanied by wonderful food prepared by the parents. Hour (G5) welcomed the parents and students with a presentation on why Eid is so important to the Arabic community. To start the celebrations Ali (G5) read a section about Eid from the Holy Book and Fares (G5) and Bana (G3) presented some further information and explanations. The food was utterly delicious, ranging from wonderful salads, fruit salads, Algerian couscous and stews, falafel, broad beans, humus and breads to amazing sweets such as Lebanese pastries, dates and cakes and a very special Eid Mubarak cake. Arabic coffee, traditional tea, and juices were also enjoyed by all. Nour (KG) was especially happy to be celebrating her birthday at the same time. Miss Mona had prepared a quiz on Eid El Adha, which the students very much enjoyed. All in all, a wonderful way to start the first term of this academic year. Mona Nassar Arabic Mother Tongue teacher Antonia Cooper Head of Mother Tongue

German MT At the end of the last academic year, the German (G5) students took part in a writing competition in Germany, organised by one the biggest publishers in the country. The task was challenging: write a story that encourages and empowers. The students wrote beautiful stories and they all received a certificate for taking part. But one story was excellent and really stood out: the story of our student Elektra (G6). She won first prize and I would like to use this opportunity to congratulate her on this big achievement and to wish her a lot of success in the future. Biljana Todorova German Teacher

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