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Tuesday 3rd

Monday 2nd EC-G5 1st Day of Swimming


8:45-15:00 Grade 2 visit to Chelsea Physic

14:10-15:20 Grade 2 visit to Gunnersbury Park



18:00-19:00 G9-10 Parent Information Evening - ‘Maths in the DP’

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London Friday, 29nd September 2017

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Wednesday 4th

Thursday 5th

Friday 6th

G6-7 1st Day of Swimming

9:00-10:00 MYP ManageBac Information Session 1 for Parents

HPV Girls Vaccinations

8:45-11:00 PTA Meeting in Cafe 13:15-19:00 Grades 6-12 Street Soccer Tournament


18:00-19:00 MYP ManageBac Information Session 2 for Parents 15:30-18:00 G7-12 Boys & Girls Football v Southbank

Tuesday 10th

Monday 9th

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8:40-9:15 Primary Assembly: G5S 11:00-17:00 G11 Art visit to Regents Park Frieze Art Fair 15:30-18:00 G6-12 Boys & Girls Volleyball v Southbank

16:30-18:00 G11-12 Japanese visit to Barbican

Wednesday 11th

Thursday 12th

Friday 13th

14:00-16:15 G6-12 Boys & Girls Volleyball v DWIGHT

8:30-12:00 PYP & MYP Open Morning for Existing Parents

8:40-9:15 Primary Assembly: G4B

18:00-20:00 DP College Information Evening

15:30-18:00 G7-12 Boys & Girls Football v German School

Leadership Welcome

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9:00-15:00 Grade 3 visit to Globe Theatre & Tate Modern

Strategic planning I would like to use this bulletin to bring you up to speed with some of our strategic objectives for this academic year. The senior leadership team met in June and reviewed progress with implementing the strategic plan. At the same time we identified focus areas for this year. In terms of the teaching and learning aspect of the strategy, some of our main objectives are outlined below.

Diploma College News Mother Tongue Attachments

• A focus on challenge through enquiry at all levels of the school. The intention of this is to ensure we continue to personalise learning so that each student is successful. • Further improve our world-leading multi-lingual education with a focus on the development of an integrated language programme. We have a Language Review group who have already started this task and we will update you on their progress as the year progresses. • To promote and develop a culture of creativity conducive to student inquiry, open to student voice and enriched by the diverse perspectives of our international community. The aim of this objective is to explore ways in which we can draw on the experiences of all our learners and bring a truly inter-cultural dimension to our teaching and learning.

I will discuss other key strategic objectives in other bulletins and periodically report back on initiatives we have introduced as well as providing examples of how we are putting these objectives into action. I had the privilege today to attend a talk at the College given by Marie-Christine Nibagwire, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide. Marie-Christine gave a compelling talk about her experiences and about the charity, Saferefugerwanda, which she has set up to support other survivors. The students will write more about this talk in next week’s bulletin. I look forward to seeing many of you at the International Food Fair tomorrow. Sarah Pearson Principal





Important School Announcements

The first big event of the school year is coming up soon!

Transitions Workshops ISL London organises regular transition workshops for parents. Participants get to meet other parents, share experiences of life on the move, learn what to expect at different stages of transition and strategies to help them adjust. Tips for: • How ISL can support your family during the transition time The first workshop will take place on Monday 16th October from 8:30am to 10:00am and is titled ‘The Way Forward. Entering Transition.’ Looking forward to seeing you then! Elizabeth Rawson-Jones, School Councellor

Music Masterclass on Tuesday 17th October at 16:00 to 17:00 in the School Hall We are pleased to announce the special guest we have appearing at the first in a series of music masterclasses happening at ISL London this year. Musician Joe Glossop will be joining us for a masterclass on Tuesday 17th October in the school hall from 16:00 to 17:00 Joe Glossop is a pianist and has a wealth of experience playing and recording for many different well known artists and has toured the world with British music icon Sir Tom Jones. All music students and their families are welcome to join us, regardless of the instrument you play. Look forward to seeing you there.

With over 55 different nationalities represented at ISL London, what better way to celebrate our cultures than by sharing and eating delicious food from all around the world and sampling the drinks specially made by the ISL staff!

TOMORROW!! 13:00-16:00

As always, for any event to be a success we’re asking for your participation. How? All you need to do is bring a dish from your home country or culture and share it with everyone! You are also welcome to decorate your table with flags or beautiful adornments. The school will be open before the festival starts for you to set up and we ask that you help clean up at the end. If you plan to participate in this year’s Food Festival please contact your Language Group Representative. If you do not have a Language Rep then contact Sanna on sannavanklooster@gmail. com or Michelle on Let them know which country you will represent and, keeping in mind that space is tight, how many tables you might need.

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James Ryan Instrumental Music coordinator

PTA Culture Club Night Out (musical theatre) 19:30 on Friday 17th November 2017 Dominion Theatre/Tottenham Court Road tube An American In Paris is one of George and Ira Gershwin’s most beloved musicals and has been hailed as a flawless marriage of music, dance and romance. Couples and children over the age of 10 are welcome to join. The performance runs 2 hours and 30 minutes, with a 15-minute interval. Clubs We have had a fantastic start to the clubs programme. Thank you for your involvement in this process and for abiding by the guidelines we have set out regarding attendance at clubs. We would like to inform you that the clubs registers have now been finalised for this term and we will not be accepting new enrolment except under exceptional circumstances. We hope all students enjoy their selected clubs! Naia Borio ECA Coordinator


Marta Perez Sports Director


Tickets are £30 each (special group rate applies) and must be paid in advance in cash or bank transfer to Alison Lohr no later than by 9 October at noon. To order tickets or for questions, please email Alison at Deadline to order and pay for tickets is Monday 9th October 12:00 noon. Seats are limited! This is first-come, first-served. Once our block of tickets is sold out, I will inquire about adding more tickets but I cannot guarantee they will be available or seated near the rest of the group.



Primary News

Home School Partnership Thank you to all the parents who joined us for the PYP Parent Teacher Goal Setting Meetings yesterday. We appreciate your enthusiasm and value working in partnership with you to support your child’s learning. We hope you found it an informative and enjoyable experience! We hope to see you all again later next month for the school Open Morning, where you can come and see (and maybe even join in with!) the fantastic learning taking place in our classrooms. Home Learning This week we have started weekly home learning for G2-5 students. We recognise that home learning is a valuable part of schooling. It should enhance learning done in school and allow for extra practice and consolidation of new skills and concepts. Spelling and maths tasks are individualised to suit the needs of the learner, therefore students should be able to complete tasks with a reasonable level of independence as the work will be familiar to

them. Inside their home learning books you will find their weekly contract. It is set out to allow the students to plan which days they will do each task to fit in with their after school activities, encouraging them to develop their timemanagement and organisational skills. Home learning will be sent home on a Wednesday and must be returned the following Monday. We use an online program called ‘Mathletics’ as part of Maths home learning. Your child will receive their own log-in details. We encourage you to explore the program with your child. If you have any questions regarding your child’s home learning, please do not hesitate to contact their homeroom teacher. Have a nice weekend and we hope to see many of you at the PTA Welcome Food Festival tomorrow! Michelle Newman Head of Primary

Building friendships in Kindergarten! What would you do if you were standing on a narrow bridge opposite to your friend? Who would cross the bridge first and how? As part of our current Unit of Inquiry ‘Friendships help us to shape our identity’ Kindergarten students answered the above questions, having their best friend in mind. Then, they drew a picture of him/her explaining why they are best friends.


‘My best friend is Al Zahraa because she plays with me.’ Valentino ‘My best friend is Valentino because we read books together.’ Salma ‘My best friend is Alberte because she shares her shopkins with me.’ Malia


Kindergarten students understood that everybody needs friends, but having friends is also about how to be a good friend. This is why they chose to inquire into ’what makes a good friend’. The students created their own ‘’I can be a good friend’’ book. They were reflective and were recording, everyday, something nice they did for a friend. The students have also been starting to develop the social skills of cooperating with others and resolving conflict, which are important in building and keeping friendships. Thalia Koutsika, Kindergarten Teacher Ionela Pascariu, Kindergarten Teaching Assistant







Middle School News

International Food Fair, Saturday 30 September 13:00-16:00 The novelist and playwright William Somerset Maughan once claimed that “To eat well in England you should have breakfast three times a day.” Whilst many of us would not necessarily wish to have three rounds of breakfast a day, Somerset Maughan’s observation about the importance of eating well in England serves as a timely reminder that there is an excellent opportunity to do so this Saturday, at our International Food Fair.

The International Food Fair is always a big day for the ISL community, and the tasty, varied and exciting range of foods on offer gives all of us the opportunity to enjoy a gastro-tour of the world without having to leave Gunnersbury Avenue. Food is well known for bringing people together, and for enhancing international and cultural understanding - our International Food Fair is truly a community celebration. We very much hope you can join us, and look forward to welcoming ISL families to this special and enjoyable event. Bon appetit! Max Hull Head of Pastoral

Twisted Tales Grade 6 English Language and Literature students are currently exploring the way that fairy tales reflect the values of the times in which they are written. Looking at the Grimms versions of stories like Rapunzel and Cinderella, the students are exploring the way genre conventions and characters give us insight into attitudes towards gender and morality. They are inquiring into the extent to which fairy tales influence our view of the world. From here they will look at how retellings of fairy tales by writers such as Roald Dahl and James Finn Garner have used humour to challenge the traditional views behind damsels in distress rescued by brave princes, wicked step mothers and villainous wolves. Students will have the opportunity to see the way that films like Hoodwinked and picture book, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, have subverted conventions to challenge the ideas of morality and villainy. Students will have the opportunity to create their own subverted fairy tale through reshaping characters, setting and narrative. Taking a classic fairy tale of their choosing, they will be able to rewrite it into a contemporary context for comic effect. Their culminating debate will be whether or not fairy tales still have relevance in 2017.

Managebac Information Sessions for new and existing parents These sessions are designed to help parents with accessing current unit, home learning and report information using the Managebac system. Parents are invited in for a coffee morning, 9:00 - 10:00am on Thursday 5th October. For parents unable to make it during the day, we will run the session again in the evening from 6:00 - 7:00pm.

Personal Project Presentation this week If you were unable to come to yesterday’s presentation on Personal Project or if you would simple like a copy of the presentation, please click on this image.

Flora Mather MYP Coordinator





Diploma College News

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. ISL frequently hosts representatives from universities worldwide so that students can begin to build an understanding of where and how they would like to study after they complete the IB Diploma. This week we welcomed University of Toronto and Hult International Business School (London). On Tuesday Nathalie from U. Toronto explained the application process for Canadian universities, and highlighted some of the advantages enjoyed by IB Diploma graduates. Did you know for example that Higher Level subjects can gain IB students transfer credit, meaning they are exempted from a range of Freshman year courses? Or that they will be automatically considered for merit-based scholarships with a grade 5 or above? On Thursday, Marie and Denis from Hult International Business School described the good fit between ISL IB Diploma graduates and the Hult programmes, with their very diverse international student body. They then ran a business simulation activity involving marshmallows and spaghetti! Well done to the winning team of Mateo M, Filippo, Federico, Mateo B and Francesco, and a consolation prize to Sophia, Debora, Ana and Olga!

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Friday 29.9.17

Excursion to Fulbright USA College Fair


Wednesday 8.11.17 13.00 – 14.00

University of New South Wales, Australia

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Friday 17.11.17 13.00 – 14.00

Waseda University, Tsukuba University Japan

D18 Library

Thursday 23.11.17 14.00 – 15.00

University of Leeds, UK – applying to competitive universities workshop

D18 Library

Thursday 18.1.18 14.00 – 15.00

BPP University UK

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Parents are warmly welcome to join the students for these valuable sessions. We will publish a calendar of visits by universities to the Diploma College as they are confirmed. 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 Grades 10 and 11) and SAT (in Grades 11 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 Grades 10 and 11 and think you may be interested in applying to US universities in the future, please contact Mr Morris for more information. Grade 12 TOK in London – part 2: Language , emotion, perception at Tate Modern On Monday 18th Sept’ Grade 12 Students visited Tate Modern to explore the languages of Modern Art. They studied the Dutch De Stijl movement by drawing a Mondrian, they read about those artists’ desire to go ‘beyond appearances’. Looking at Cubism, students saw how Picasso re-constructed the normal view of the world in baffling and challenging images. The world of dreams and the sub-conscious was encountered in the Surrealistic work of Dali and Ernst. Students were asked to write down what emotions were evoked when sitting very close to Rothko’s huge abstract paintings. Later, students were introduced to the Futurists’ art and ideas, a short excerpt from the controversial manifesto was read to students as they drew a sculpture representing movement. The visit was completed by drawing Duchamp’s urinal, perhaps just as challenging now as it was when it was created in 1917. This piece aroused strong feelings from students, challenging their own perceptions of art. Tim Danby, Visual Arts Teacher

Grade 11 – Lake District With varying levels of energy, sleep and aching muscles the DP students all returned safely from their residential trips. I joined Ms Williams, Mr Mayo, Ms Patterson and the Grade 11 students on their visit to the Lake District, my first visit to one of the most beautiful areas in the UK. Similarly impressive were the local, communal efforts to address the significant flood damage experienced in 2015; a range of volunteers and services have applied huge efforts to reinforce flood defences and this seems to have brought the local community together. On a similar note, the challenges and exertions experienced by the Grade 11 students seems to have brought them together and helped to identify a range of positive behaviours. My first evening on the trip was spent with a group of 10 students on a brisk hike, an over-night camp on one of the hills overlooking Ullswater Lake, followed by another hike to Aira Force Waterfall the following day. Despite the physical challenges, the cold and limited sleep, the students demonstrated their mutual support, a great deal of stoicism, a generally up-beat mood and independence when erecting their tents, cooking their own food and collecting water from the nearby stream. Although I regrettably missed this golden opportunity, I was also impressed with the students who braved the cold temperature to go for a swim in Ullswater Lake. It would be inaccurate to state that I am counting the days until next year’s trip but I fully intend to be there and hope the course organiser, Ms Patterson, will remind me to pack my swimming trunks. Dan Spinks, Head of Student Wellfare



G12 Biology and ESS Field Trip Last week grade 12 Biology and ESS students travelled for a week in rural Gloucestershire to carry out their field studies. This involved devising, designing and data collection for a study on environmental impact of human activity in different ecosystems. Students return with their internal assessment coursework now ready for write-up, and hopefully a little countryside air. El Kahina Meziane, Science Teacher



Mother Tongue Dutch and Greek KG - G2 During the unit ‘Identity and Culture’ the students discovered lots about themselves, their family and their culture. They have worked on a personal timeline with snapshots of their lives. They really enjoyed being creative and time passed by very quickly each lesson. To learn more about their classmates, the possible similarities and differences between them, we ended this unit with a collaborative presentation between the Dutch and Greek MT classes. The students introduced themselves and spoke about the highlights of their lives and, as they said: “It was fun to see each other as babies!” Een leuke start van het schooljaar! G3-5 ‘Who is she? Where did he live? What are her hobbies? Who are his family members?’ To get to know each other better, and to find out what our own identity is, G3-5 did presentations with a personal, newly created ‘this is me’ bag. The students brought items from home to put in the bag and they all had fun chatting about themselves. G6-8 Grade 6-8 talked about what identity is. What makes us unique? Fingerprints are an example of being unique. Nothing better than to check what our fingerprints look like. And so they did! Marianne van Loo Teacher of Dutch EC-G8

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