Bulletin 7 London Friday, 13th October 2017 Monday
8:30-10:00 - Parent 16 13:00-15:30 - PYP 17 Transition Workshop ‘ The Athletics Event - Team GB Way Forward’ 16:00-17:00 - Music Master Class in Hall with Joe Glossop
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School Announcements Primary News Middle School News Diploma College News Mother Tongue Attachments
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Thursday 18 MYP Parent Assessment Workshop AM: 9:00-10;30 PM: 18:00-19:30
Friday 19 8:40-9:15 - Primary Assembly: G3M
9:00-13:30 - Grade 1W visit to Science Museum 15:30-18:00 - ISSA Football selected Boys (v DWIGHT) and Girls (v Southbank)
After school (time TBC) - ISSA Volleyball selected Boys and Girls friendly match
18:00-19:30 - PYP Parent Workshop - Assessment 25 Half Term
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Commitment I would like to begin this edition by thanking all involved for an amazing Service Learning Week which ended with a series of external speakers giving students ideas of how they can take service learning forward. To see more information about this, please look at the MYP page. I would also like to congratulate our golfers who took part in the ISSA competition this week, with Rose (G10F) taking first place out of 28 players! This is also a good moment to highlight the work of the PE team who have taken a proactive role in organising friendly games against other international schools giving students valuable experiences.
We are also continuing to make progress with strategy and I would like to focus one area: our commitment to developing interculturalism. We are building a definition of inclusion that responds to the different cultural experiences our students have. That might mean that when we explore a concept like ‘democracy’ we allow students to reflect on their different experiences from the different regions they might have lived in. Students bring diverse learning experiences into our school, which are valued and they are encouraged to share them within the class. During the recent CIS preliminary visit, they once again commented on our extraordinary Mother Tongue Programme, which will always be the bedrock of the intercultural approach we have in school. We are privileged to allow our students to be able to use their full repertoire of languages to develop themselves on an academic, linguistic and social level. Next week, there is a transition workshop for parents on Monday and a music masterclass on Tuesday. Details of those events are available on the next page. Finally, I would like to invite all the Grade 9 and 10 parents and students to save the date in their calendars for the Diploma College Open Evening on 23rd November. I look forward to seeing you there! Richard Parker UK Principal
Please know that if MYP students wish to collect/save some pictures of their Residential Trip to share with their families, they can go on the All share drive: U:\02_MYP\!!0 Residential Trips Pictures - Sept. 2017. This folder will be accessible for a full week from October 16th - 20th.
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. 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
ISL London Student Wins ISSA Golf Tournament A big congratulations to the young golfers Garett (G8) and Rose (G10F) for bringing the first place trophy back to ISL.
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!
“On our very first entry to the ISSA Golf tournament, we are extremely proud of our students for their achievement and for ‘embracing’ the two-day ISSA challenge” said PE teacher Mrs Delelis. Twenty eight golfers came from seven different International Schools (Egham, Southbank, Marymount, London, Aberdeen, Barcelona and Madrid) to take part in the competition. A massive well done to Rose, who not only brought back the Top Female Golfer trophy but also took first place in the overall ranking! “I was happy to meet so many people from different countries sharing the same interest and I am proud to bring back a trophy to the school in my first year at ISL. It was also a good experience for me to improve my English around golf conversations,” said Rose from G10F. “It was a long and difficult 18 course, which required endurance and lots of concentration over a 4-5 hours straight competition. We played competitively but helped each other on the way. So it was long and tiring but it helped us to improve and it made me willing to play more and more,” said Garrett from G8. Both Rose and Gareth are great inspiration for all golf lovers.
JOIN US Music Masterclass on Tuesday 17th October at 16:00 to 17:00 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. We encourage parents to join your children at the masterclass although this is not mandatory. Would be great to see you there.
Go Foxes!! Anne-Lys Delelis, PE Teacher
Calling All Music Performers to The Open Mic Show An open mic (derived from the expression ‘open microphone’) is a live music show where members of the ISL community are given the opportunity to perform. Students, teachers, parents, members of staff and the alumni in our community ... Do you play a musical instrument, love to sing, can rap or DJ? We would like to hear from you: email@example.com James Ryan, Instrumental Music coordinator
Athletics Event We’re EXCITED to be welcoming Team GB Athlete Luke Lennon-Ford to school on Tuesday 17th October! Luke Lennon-Ford will be leading some energetic fitness circuits with the children and hosting an assembly with a Q&A session to help inspire the children into more sport and exercise. Students need to remember to wear their PE kit to school on Tuesday and practice the exercises that were demonstrated in last week’s assembly. We’re all really excited and looking forward to the event!
Grade 2 in Zumba Classes The grade 2 students had to an opportunity to practice their dance moves at a Zumba Class at school last week. We have been learning about making healthy choices this term and have tried Yoga, Meditation and a completed a range of fitness routines. Ronika Raju and Sylwia Linkiewicz Grade 2 Homeroom Teachers
Change of Season In the past two weeks the weather has been very changeable with the need for the children to bring extra sweaters and coats to school. Could parents please ensure all clothing is clearly labelled with your child’s name, this makes it much easier for us to locate and return lost items. Please also ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather; be sure to send a waterproof jacket for your child in case of rain - unless it is raining very heavily, we do try to take the children outside for at least a short period of time to run around and get some fresh air. Thanks in advance for your cooperation. Michelle Newman, Head of Primary Communication is the cornerstone of every civilisation The ability to express ourselves in meaningful ways and share stories with each other allows us to set or differences aside and bring us closer together. Grade 3 have been exploring and inquiring on how different forms of communication are useful for varied audiences. Whether it be through sign language, brale, art or the written and spoken word. Matthew Rogers Grade 3R Homeroom Teacher
Middle School News
Service Learning Week Our Service Learning Week (9-13 October) has been a highly rewarding experience for our school community, with many highlights. These included MYP Tutor Groups visiting PYP classes where they collaboratively focused on a variety of Service topics, ranging from how well we use/conserve natural resources, to rights and responsibilities, to supporting others. The Service Learning Week has also helped introduce a number of exciting initiatives such as the ‘Green Team’, the Reading Scheme, the Paper Recycling Scheme, and the Eel Conservation/monitoring scheme in Brentford. Inspiring talks have been a major feature such as those on Migrants Organise, Reunite, Traveleyes, and the India Trip. MarieChristine’s Nibagwire’s talk for Service Learning Week about Rwanda and its culture was particularly memorable, and was accompanied by some dishes of Rwandan food that, very kindly, she had specially prepared for the occasion. MarieService Learning Week Our first service learning week was a great success. It started on Monday with the Grade 6-10 and 10F students having their induction about the aims and objectives of the Service Learning programme and preparation for their interaction with the PYP students on a broad range of topics related to environment, friendship, water, children rights and responsibilities. On Wednesday the Grade 6-10F students delivered their workshop to the Primary students playing games, debating the topics, and developing more connections with future projects. It was a great experience for everyone involved, and also their organization and communication skills built on their selfconfidence. This interaction was followed by a group feedback and students joining in new initiatives at the school and in the local community such as recycling, expanding the links with Gunnersbury Park and Thames projects, green initiatives and the preparation for our first ISL Paralympics games.
Christine offered some advice to the students in what she said, encouraging them to make the most of their time at school and being aware of how much parents support us in growing up. She movingly told us how, having escaped the Rwandan genocide, she became a refugee, and resolved to do all she could to overcome the difficulties she encountered and build a new life, which she achieved in the United Kingdom where she has founded the organisation Saferefugerwanda. She said that she wanted to be ‘the best refugee I could’, and to seek to excel in what she was doing. This, I think, is valuable advice worth reflecting on – in whatever we do, at whatever stage of life and in whatever circumstances, applying the principle of seeking to do our very best is an important one. To conclude, I would like to thank everyone involved for making our Service Learning Week such a positive and enriching experience , and particularly to Cristina Pawel for all her hard work in setting up the week’s programme. Max Hull, Head of Pastoral
Save the dates SL trips: Travel Eyes - Tuscany (G8-11) Dates: 19th to 26th May 2018 A great opportunity for students to volunteer to be a guide for visually impaired people (more details next week). Due to the popularity of this destination flights need to be booked by 23/10/17.
India Trip (G9-11) Dates: 23rd March to 3rd April 2018 We are happy to announce our tenth trip to India! A letter will be sent to the parents will all the details next week.
On Thursday we were privileged to have Marie –Christine, a survivor form the Rwanda genocide talking to the Grade 9-11 students about her experiences and she gave the students the opportunity to enjoy delicious Rwandan food. We also had a feedback assembly from the students who went to India last April. The Service Learning week came to a close with the presentation of the school charity Migrants Organise, followed by the Reunite charity, and the Travel Eyes agency which organises trips abroad with visually impaired people, and will give our students the opportunity to to have a unique experience in Tuscany, acting as their guides. The final assembly ended with a celebration performance from the Grade 7 Performing Arts students who have been busy preparing for their first appearance in public! I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the preparation and delivery of this week, a special thanks to the facility team, Johanna and Leena,and the teachers who volunteered to run workshops during this busy week. Cristina Pawel Service Learning Leader
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
Wednesday 8.11.17 13.00 – 14.00
University of New South Wales, Australia
Friday 17.11.17 13.00 – 14.00
Waseda University, Tsukuba University Japan
Thursday 23.11.17 14.00 – 15.00
University of Leeds, UK – applying to competitive universities workshop
Thursday 18.1.18 14.00 – 15.00
BPP University UK
Diploma College Information Evening We were delighted to welcome so many grade 11 parents to our college information evening this week. Unfortunately, we were so busy leading the workshops that we all forgot to take any photographs! Parents heard from Mr Morris about how the IB Diploma works, what makes an IB education so special and uniquely fitted for a globalizing world, and how universities regard the IBDP around the world. Then they participated in a range of workshops: ‘What is TOK?’ with Mr Morris, ‘How to support your Third Culture Kid’ with Mr Spinks, ‘Where in the world to study?’ with Ms Williams, and “CAS: Learning from experience” with Ms Patterson. Thanks to the parents who participated with such enthusiasm at the end of a long day. 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
‘Am I rootless, or am I free? ‘Third culture kids’ Life at the IB College seems to have settled into an established, and very busy, routine. The students continue to impress me with the positive and friendly demeanour they consistently demonstrate in classes and in their spare time. Students have now elected representatives to the Student Council; after having an initial preliminary meeting at the College the whole Student Council will meet soon and I’m hoping and expecting IB representatives (and the Student Council generally) to have significant influence over the operation and functioning of ISL London. Continuing with the positive theme, a number of Grade 11 parents attended an information evening at the college on Wednesday 11th. Lots of useful information was shared (both ways) regarding the IB, TOK, CAS, languages and the pastoral programme; I had the opportunity to engage in a number of useful and informative discussions regarding our ‘inner chimp’, social media use and what it means to be a ‘3rd Culture Kid’. All of these topics will be explored during the tutor programme and it is hoped students and parents will do their own research. The following searches may be of particular interest:
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. 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. Some universities in the UK, such as Oxford, Cambridge or Imperial College London, require students to attend an interview as part of their application process. Oxford University has published examples of the questions students are asked in their interviews for various subjects. You can view the questions here: http://bit.ly/143MnX3 Even if our students are not applying to Oxford, you might find the questions interesting and thought-provoking, and might help students to think differently about their subjects. Perhaps an interesting conversation over dinner at home!? Here are a couple of examples: English Literature Interviewer: Lucinda Rumsey, Mansfield College JK Rowling has just published a book for adults after the hugely successful Harry Potter series. In what ways do you think that writing for children is different to writing for adults? Philosophy Interviewer: Ian Phillips, St Anne’s College What exactly do you think is involved in blaming someone? Psychology Interviewer: Kate Watkins, St Anne’s College A large study appears to show that older siblings consistently score higher than younger siblings on IQ tests. Why would this be? Paul Morris, Diploma College Deputy Principal
Congratulations to the Elected Student Council G11: Sham, Raad and Barbara G12: Jules, Adelaide and Rabah Diploma College Open Evening 23rd November 6-8pm
‘3rd Culture Kids – BBC’ ‘Am I rootless, or am I free? ‘Third culture kids’ like me make it up as we go along’ – The Guardian. I would also encourage parents to speak to their children about their experiences of living in a foreign culture, their links to their home culture (if they have one) and how they identify themselves.
Dan Spinks, Head of Student Wellfare
Mother Tongue Turkish G10 In the current ‘Identity and Culture’ unit, Turkish G10 student James explored this topic taking his very own route. He prepared and presented an aspect of Turkish history in class, focusing on the 94th Anniversary of the Turkish Republic on 29th October. The presentation included a newly recognised Turkish parliament proclamation, the establishment of the Republic of Turkey, and the role of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who led the Turkish National War of Liberation, and who was unanimously elected as its first president. James explained Ataturk’s reforms which were a series of political, legal, religious, cultural, social, and economic policy changes that were designed to convert Turkey into a secular, modern nation-state. We also discussed other reforms in the class, and what would need to change Turkish society both politically and culturally in order for it to modernise. James’ search also provided quotes about Ataturk from other nations’ leaders. He enjoyed presenting and celebrating Turkish Republic Day and to be proud of Turkish culture and history. Bilgen Tuncay Turkish Teacher
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Published on Oct 13, 2017