Bulletin 6 London Friday, 6th October 2017
Monday Service Learning Awareness Week >
Tuesday 9 ISSA Golf
ISSA Golf 14:10-15:20 - G2 visit to Gunnersbury Park
10 14:00-16:15 - G6-12 11 PYP & MYP Open Day Boys & Girls Volleyball v AM: 08:35-11:55 PM: DWIGHT 13:50-15:10 18:00-20:00 - DP College Information Evening
12 8:40-9:15 - Primary Assembly: G4B
15:30-18:00 - G7-12 Boys & Girls Football v German School
9:00-15:00 - Grade 3 visit to Globe Theatre & Tate Modern
18:00-19:00 - G9-10 Parent Information Evening - ‘Maths in the DP’ 16 16:00-17:00 - Music 17 9:00-12:00 - PYP 18 MYP Parent Assessment 8:30-10:00 - Parent Transition Workshop ‘ The Master Class in Hall with Athletics Event - Team GB Workshop Way Forward’ Joe Glossop AM: 9:00-10;30 PM: 18:00-19:30
19 8:40-9:15 - Primary Assembly: G3M
9:00-13:30 - Grade 1W visit to Science Museum 15:30-18:00 - G8-12 Boys Football v DWIGHT 18:00-19:30 - PYP Parent Workshop - Assessment School Announcements
Sports Success It was a true pleasure to be at the International Food Fair last Saturday. The attendance was amazing and there was such a rich variety of food. Events like these showcase our international community and Middle School News provide an opportunity to celebrate culture and diversity. Coming together in celebrations like this helps us not only realise our differences but also what we have in common. Thank you to all parents who Diploma College News prepared such delicious dishes, the staff who helped out, including our catering and facilities staff, and Mother Tongue to the PTA for organising the event. This week we celebrated sporting success. As we all know, it’s the taking part that matters, but sometimes Attachments winning is also enjoyable! Congratulations to our footballers for the friendly game against Southbank this week and for winning the Street Soccer Tournament at the German School on Wednesday! We hope the same luck is on our side of the court for our Volleyball boys and girls friendly match tonight. We also have students competing in the ISSA Golf tournament next week. This is the first time ISL London has competed in this and we hope our team enjoys the tournament. More news on this next week! Lastly, on the sporting theme, we are very privileged to welcome Team GB 400m Sprinter Luke Lennon-Ford to the school on Tuesday 17th October. See more about this on the PYP page Service is an integral part of our curriculum, and encourages students to make a positive difference in a whole range of areas, such as support for refugees, community projects and environmental initiatives. Next week will be our first ever Service Learning Week. It will involve a range of service-related activities such as workshops, activities and talks, which will run throughout the week. More information about this is in this bulletin. Primary News
ISL London would like to welcome you to come into school, to experience what life is like from a student’s perspective. During our Whole School Open Day on Thursday 12th October, we will have 2 sessions during which you are welcome to join us in the classroom. The first will be a morning session between 08:35 - 11:55 and the second, an afternoon session from 13:50 – 15:10. Feel free to come along and join a maths class, an art lesson, or study in the library. You are welcome to simply drop in or stay for the whole session.
We have had two visitors from the Council of International Schools at ISL this week. Their visit is part of our reaccreditation process with the organisation which takes place on a five year cycle. The visit was extremely useful for the school and will help guide our direction for the self-study process which will take place over the next 18 months. I am looking forward to seeing all of you on either the DP College Information Evening or in the PYP & MYP Open Day on Thursday. Sarah Pearson Principal
Important School Announcements
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.
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 Co-ordinator 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!
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 Thank you for the positive feedback and interest in our Music Masterclass on Tuesday 17th October after school in the hall. The masterclass will consist of a performance from Joe Glossop followed by a Q&A section where the students can ask questions about his musical journey. He has some interesting stories about how he started playing music and how he joined the band for one of the UK’s biggest stars Sir Tom Jones. We have also created a special lesson for our ISL London music students so they will be able to play-along with Joe (bring your camera phones)! Our aim is to expose our music students to as much music performance this year as possible, to help them engage with their own musical studies. Would be great to see you there.
JOIN US Join us for the PYP & MYP Open Day Thursday 12th October from 8:30 - 12:00 pm and 13:50 – 15:10
We encourage parents to join your children at the masterclass although this is not mandatory. Would be great to see you there. 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. 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 email@example.com. Deadline to order and pay for tickets is on 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. www.anamericaninparisthemusical.co.uk
Home School Partnership We all know the importance and benefits of leading a balanced, healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise is good not only for our physical but also our mental health. The PYP team is committed to encouraging the students to lead healthy lifestyles through our classroom learning and Units of Inquiry, the PE and swimming programme and by providing opportunities for students to participate in activities that promote health and wellbeing. We’re very excited to be welcoming Team GB 400m Sprinter Luke Lennon-Ford to the school on Tuesday 17th October. Luke is one of Britain’s most exciting talents on the track and is trained by Olympic Champion Linford Christie. At the age of 23 Luke has already claimed Silver at the World Indoors, Silver at the European Indoors and Silver at the European Championships. Luke will be leading a sponsored fitness circuit with all the PYP students, as well as a talk and question and answer session. The aim of the event is to inspire the pupils to take up sport generally, but just as importantly to encourage them to discover and then pursue their passion in life. Some of the money raised from the event will be used to buy sports equipment for the school and some will be used to support Team GB athletes and Paralympic athletes to train and compete for their country and inspire the next generation. During the circuit the students will do 4 different exercises. They need to see how many repetitions they can complete of each exercise in 1 minute. This may sound easy but a minute is quite a long time! The exercises were demonstrated for the students yesterday and they have already been inspired to try their best; Grade 1 have been practising the exercises in the playground at break time and Grade 2 have added them to their morning exercise routine! Michelle Newman, Head of Primary
Join us for the PYP & MYP Open Morning on Thursday 12th October from 8:30 -12:00 and 13:50-15:10.
Grade 2 learn how to keep healthy As part of our inquiry into the central idea ‘We make choices that affect our health and well-being’, we explored different human organs. The children had an opportunity to look at examples of some real organs and carried out research about how to keep the organs healthy. We also looked at the benefits of a variety of plants during our trip to Chelsea Physics Garden. Sylwia Linkiewicz, Grade 2L Homeroom Teacher
Middle School News
Service Learning Week We are looking forward to our upcoming first ever Service learning Week, which runs from Monday 9 to Friday 13 October. Service is an integral part of the MYP/ IB curriculum, and encourages students to make a positive difference in a whole range of areas, such as support for refugees, community projects and environmental initiatives. We have an exciting range of Service-related activities such as workshops, activities and talks; a particular highlight is a talk from Marie-Christine Nibagwire, founder of Saferefugerwanda. As can be read in this edition of the Bulletin, Marie-Christine recently spoke to our Grade 11 IB historians about how she survived the Rwanda genocide and set up Saferefugerwanda to help refugees. We were keen for more students to hear Marie-Christine’s powerful and moving story, and were delighted when she agreed to join our full Service Learning Week programme, which already features Migrants Organise, Reunite and Traveleyes. We hope that next week proves an inspiring one for our students, and will encourage them to support causes they believe in, or as Mahatma Gandhi might have put it, to ‘be part of the change that they wish to see in the world’.
Founder of Saferefugerwanda, Marie-Christine Nibagwire, visits ISL Marie-Christine Nibagwire, pictured here with Cristina Pawel and Max Hull, recently spoke to our Grade 11 historians, and also attended our International Food Fair. The colourful bags and cloths sold by Diploma College students on behalf of Saferefugerwanda at our International Food Fair raised enough money to buy a sewing machine, which will create a livelihood for a Rwandan refugee family in Kenya. Marie-Christine’s talk the previous day to Grade 11 historians was deeply moving and inspiring. She provided an invaluable historical perspective on modern Rwandan history, and gave a deeply moving first-hand account of how she and her daughter had escaped from the carnage that was Rwanda in 1994. She described her experiences of being a refugee in Kenya, how the International Red Cross had helped her, and how she was eventually made her home in the United Kingdom, and set up Safrefugerwanda which helps refugees. She spoke about the challenges that face refugees settling in western countries, and how refugees’ transitions into their new countries can sometimes be difficult. Marie-Christine was also able to give us some interesting ‘everyday’ knowledge, such as that common vegatables in Rwanda are similar to those in the United Kingdom, and an authentic Rwandan meal can readily be made from produce available at Shepherds Bush market. I would like to thank Marie-Christine for coming to ISL, and to express our sincere gratitude to Cathy Boyle who introduced us.
Football Students Bring Trophy Back Home! This Wednesday, a mixture of girls and boys from Grades 7-12 participated in a 3-a-side Football Tournament at the German School. After seven wins and one draw, the ISL London Foxes have managed to secure the first place out of 34 teams! “The highlight of the day for me was to see our students work together with great determination and perseverance to draw in the semi-finals against the Home team, after losing 3-0 in the first half” said Football Coach Mr Borja. This was an amazing achievement from our young footballers and a great time was had by all! Go Foxes!!
Max Hull Head of Pastoral
Join us for the PYP & MYP Open Morning Thursday 12th October from 8:30 -12:00 and 13:50-15:10. Crafts and Technology for lunch Making, playing, creating, painting, engineering, doodling, forming, building, crafting, developing, mastering, carving, realising. A chance to occupy yourself until losing track of time and becoming mindful and living only for the present moment. Sounds relaxing doesn’t it? And there are places and materials waiting for you to have this enjoyable experience! In addition to all the clubs we already run, the Design room and the Makerspace are now open during lunch times and we would like to invite students and staff to use our facilities to exercise their craftsmanship whilst relaxing their brains. There is no need to sign up in advance, please see our timetable below and plan your week! Some students have been enjoying it already. Come and join us on the search of a more balanced life and well-being! The Design Team
Makerspace and Design Room MONDAY
11:55 - 12:40 (PYP LUNCH)
13:05 - 13:40 (MYP LUNCH)
DESIGN ROOMS B3 & B4
DESIGN ROOMS B3 & B4
Lunchtime Opening Schedule
Diploma College News
Date / time
Wednesday 8.11.17 13.00 – 14.00
University of New South Wales, Australia
Higher Education update Grade 12 early applicants for the October 15th UCAS Friday 17.11.17 13.00 – 14.00 Waseda University, Tsukuba University Japan D18 Library deadline have now drafted their Personal Statements and are meeting their guidance advisor (Mr Morris or University of Leeds, UK – applying to comMs Williams). A summary of key dates for applications Thursday 23.11.17 14.00 – 15.00 D18 Library petitive universities workshop is given on the IBDP Timeline 2017-18. We frequently host presentations by various Thursday 18.1.18 14.00 – 15.00 BPP University UK D18 Library 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. 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. Student Council Student representatives for the student council have now been elected. We will have our first meeting next week and will then join with representatives from the MYP and PYP in the coming weeks. It is anticipted the Student Council will have an important and meaningful impact on the whole school community. Congratulations to all those chosen to represent the student body - I look forward to the changes and improvements that will no doubt follow. Inner Chimp Parents who attended the introductory evening a few weeks ago will already be aware that a key theme I intend to focus on throughout the academic year is stress; why it is caused, how to identify it and how to address it. Most DP students will by now have been introduced to the concept of the (and their own) ‘inner-chimp’. This idea comes from Psychologist Dr Steve Peters, who, using the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Evolutionary Psychology, provided a simplified model to understand how and why our irrational thoughts are produced by the more primitive parts of our brain. Identifying these thoughts as irrational is the first step in learning how to manage our inner-chimps and in reducing levels of stress. Obviously irrational thoughts are just one of many potential causes of stress but it is hoped that using the suggested techniques will support students to manage the many challenges they face more effectively. It would therefore be useful for you to discuss these ideas with your son/daughter and, if you have the time, to watch one or both of the following YouTube clips: - The Chimp Paradox: Mind Management Tool For Happiness And Success By Steve Peters - Optimising the Performance of the Human Mind: Steve Peters at TEDxYouth@Manchester 2012 In the weeks to come students will explore resilience and coping with failure, and what it means to be a ‘3rd Culture Kid’. I would also like to encourage parents to explore these topics which have relevance to children and adults alike; the latter topic is particularly relevant to the ISL community.
Admissions tests – Cambridge, Oxford Universities and medical schools ISL is an accredited centre for admissions tests required for the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and medical schools throughout the country. ISL students will be taking these tests on Thursday 2nd November from 9.00am in the morning and students are advised to arrive 30 minutes early in order to complete the pre-testing arrangements. Diploma College Information Evening All Grade 11 parents are cordially invited to join us at the IB Diploma College next week for an information evening. During the evening we will try to answer questions such as “The IB: Why you made the right choice”, “What is TOK?”, “How can I help my son/daughter with CAS?”, “What help is available in applying to University?”, “What is the best way to support my son/daughter through the next 2 years?” and anything else you have in mind. The evening will include participatory workshops so be prepared to learn! RSVP to Linda Osman firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘DP Information Evening’ in the subject line. Paul Morris, Diploma College Deputy Principal
Bank of England Grade 12 Economics students visited the Bank of England on Friday, September 29th. During their visit they were given a lecture titled Keeping on an Even Keel, which highlighted the important role the Bank plays in the UK economy. The topics covered included the production and circulation of money, inflation, the importance of economic confidence, links the Bank has to financial markets, and the role of the Governor and Board. The Bank of England was making headline news on the day students visited, brining them much closer to the role of the Bank in the economy. The press revealed the Governor’s concerns around consumer indebtedness and inflation, both areas that the Bank plays a role in managing. There was a hint of a rate rise given on the day of our visit. Students just finished a unit on monetary policy and were able to make links between theory and reality. In addition, the Head of the IMF, Christine Legarde was visiting the Bank on the day of our visit. Unfortunately our students could not attend her presentation titled Central Banking and Fintech – A Brave New World? However, the topics in her presentation have been discussed in economics over the last year. Her presentation focused on the role virtual currency and artificial intelligence will play in the future of banking. Students finished their visit with a tour of the Bank of England Museum which is filled with stories from the past, including a Bank of England in Literature exhibition, which enabled students to make cross curricular connections. The visit was a fantastic way to end the week. It was apparent students took a lot away from their visit based on the classroom discussion that resulted this week. Jeff Mayo, Economics
Dan Spinks, Head of Student Wellfare
Mother Tongue Danish When we set out to uncover our identities, we asked the questions: “Am I a patchwork of the different cultures that I have experienced? Is my identity shaped by my genes or the environments I have lived in?” Grade 9 and 10 has explored culture and identity during their first unit of enquiry by investigating how behaviour and identity is shaped by the two sides of a never-ending debate on nature vs. nurture. Students have created different projects: One takes us on a creative journey of what makes up ‘me’. The other examines how we can use case studies to inform politicians on policies to influence or secure the identity of future citizens. The students express that the individual projects have been both challenging and insightful: “I feel more aware of how stereotypes and norms in my family and society influence me and others”. Another student adds: “The project reminded me of things that I had forgotten about myself, and it was interesting to reflect on how my past have affected me”. Tulle Mouridsen Danish Teacher
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