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Bulletin 8 London Friday, 20th October 2017 Monday Half Term

Tuesday 23 Half Term

Wednesday 24 Half Term

Thursday 25 Half Term


Professional Development Day (no classes)

Friday 26 Half Term


30 10.00-11.45 - PTA Trunk 31 ISSA Boys Football 1 8045-10.15 - PYP 2 & Treat depart to Madrid Parent Workshop ‘ Reading’ ISSA Girls Football depart to Aberdeen 18.00-19.30 - G8-10 Parent Information Evening 17.00-19.30 - Grade 11 Parent Teacher Meeting

School Announcements Primary News Middle School News Diploma College News Mother Tongue Attachments

Sat 27




8.40-9.15 - Primary Assembly: ‘Attitudes’ 9.35-15.30 - Grade 7 visit to Museum of Childhood

Leadership Welcome

Strategy One of our intentions this year is to give you regular feedback on how we are progressing with our strategic plan and what we are doing to put this into action. This Wednesday’s meeting focussed on using some of our strategic aims as a driver for personal professional development. All of the teaching faculty met to reflect on progress in certain strategic areas and to give some thought in how their own professional development would lead to whole school improvement. The strategic aims we looked at in this session were: Participants in the workshop gave their opinion on our progress to date with these aims and • Developing personalised learning then prioritised the areas that they would like to • Inquiry- based learning be involved in developing this year. We are going • Deepening intercultural understanding to use the feedback from the session to refocus • Developing community engagement our professional learning groups to meet the • Creative arts beyond the classroom needs of individuals which will contribute to the • Use of technology in the classroom development of the school in an effective and • Student welfare and the pastoral programme collaborative way. We will develop these ideas • Student governance and launch our professional learning groups during the staff training day on 30 October. This week it was great to see all the PYP students in action when they participated in training activities led by Team GB athletes. The students really enjoyed the session and it was a real treat for them to have superstars visit. The students are looking forward to the Trunk and Treat Halloween activity put on by the PTA on the first day back after the break. May I take this opportunity to wish you all an enjoyable half term holiday. See you all back at school on 31st Tuesday October. Sarah Pearson Principal

Trunk or Treat The spookiest day of the year is rapidly approaching! Come dressed in your favourite costumes on Tuesday 31st October and get ready to go Trunk or Treating. Please be mindful that overly scary or gory costumes may be too scary for the young students. Parents are reminded to make sure students bring their own goody bag to collect their sweets. Sweets for the whole school sponsored by the #PTA, remember the fun?



April Simpson PTA



Important School Announcements 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, adding DP Open Evening in the subject line. We look forward to seeing you here! Diploma College Open Evening 23rd November 6-8pm

JOIN US Stay in touch please G7A organised a party to say farwell to their friend Kazuki who is moving back to Japan this half term.

We will be running a parent evening on the 7th November from 6 7pm. It will be run by Wayne Prince from ‘The Art of Learning’ who specialise in 21st century learning skills.

To him and to all the others who are leaving we wish them all the best in their future adventures! We will miss you.

They will be working with our Grade 8 and 9 students on resilience and learning to learn.

Please stay in touch. You know where we are!

This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to learn from a worldrenowned professional how they can support and enhance their son’s or daughter’s learning.

Your ISL Friends

With it being on a Tuesday in the second week back from mid-term break, we thought putting it in the bulletin now and the first week back will put it in the forefront of parents’ minds.

ISSA Boys Football Team Wins 6-0 Our Boys Varsity Football team played a friendly match against the Dwight School yesterday. Players knew of the importance of this fixture and they were willing to put into practice all the elements trained over the last two months. It was our last test before heading to the ISSA Football tournament in Madrid. The match started very even with scoring chances for both sides but after a couple of good team play combinations, we went to the half time with a score of 2-0 for ISL. During the second half, our students kept their focus on the match and scored other 4 goals, which gave us a final score of 6-0, with a special goal from a strategic corner. We would like to congratulate the team for their amazing result and thank all other students who came to support their peers under the rain and enjoy a wonderful sporty afternoon around a football! #GoFoxes Borja Angulo Llorente, Football Coach





Primary News

Fun and Fitness with Luke Lennon-Ford The PYP students and staff had a fun, active afternoon on Tuesday doing the fitness circuit with Team GB 400m sprinter Luke LennonFord. The music was loud for some extra motivation and everyone was trying their best and encouraging each other – it was a fantastic atmosphere! Luke then held an assembly with the students telling them all about how he became an athlete, his training, how he keeps healthy, and what inspires him to do his best. He encouraged the students to get involved in sports as it is a great way to make friends and lead a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Luke demonstrated some of his warm-up drills, which some of the students tried, and answered the thoughtful questions the students had prepared for him. Thank you to everyone who has already returned sponsorship forms and money, a reminder that all of these need to be returned by Wednesday 1st November in order for eligible students to receive their prizes. Hello and Goodbye! Over the last few weeks we have welcomed a number of new families to the PYP – Malsa (G2R); Jouri, Raed (KG) and Rayan (G4B); Paddy (G3M); Jordan (G4T) and Brooke (G5V); Fabio

(G4T); Nanaka (G4B) and Federica (G5V). We hope you enjoyed your first few weeks at ISL! The end of half term sees us saying goodbye to Hitomi in Grade 1 – we wish her and her family all the best for their return to Japan. Happy Half Term Break! Thank you to all the Primary staff, students and parents for a great start to the academic year. It has been a busy and productive half term and I think everyone is ready for a well-earned rest! In the first week after the break, on Thursday 2nd November, at 8:45am, we are hosting our next PYP Parent Workshop. In this session we will be focusing on reading. We will explore how children’s reading skills develop and provide practical ideas for how parents can support their children at home. We hope to see you there! Wishing you all a lovely half term break and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 31st October for dress-up day and ‘trunk and treat’! Michelle Newman, Head of Primary

Being Kind and Helpful in EC2 As a part of our Unit of Inquiry; ‘To know ourselves and others we need to explore our personal characteristics and abilities’, EC2 explored the ways they feel and how it impacts their friendships. They showed sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and formed positive relationships with adults and each other. In order to achieve that the children created a role play ‘helping centre’ where they discovered ways to be kind and give a helping hand when needed. Agne Nekraseviciene EC2 Homeroom Teacher





Middle School News

New MYP Student Council representatives elected We come to the close of a busy half term, in which so much has been achieved by our students. Whether in academics, sports, activities, residential trips, service learning week or the international food fair, our students have been energetic, engaged and involved which, as always, has been a pleasure to see. In terms of participation in school life, student governance is another important aspect of ISL, and I am pleased to say that the MYP Tutor Groups have recently elected their new representatives. In this way, the student voice from each of our Tutor Groups will be heard, and able to contribute to school life. Our 2017-18 Student Council representatives will be as follows; Eliott (10A); Mariem (10B); Shoko (10F); Ria (9A); Matthew (9B); Saevar (8A); Sacha (8B); Jamie (7A); Cecilia G7-8 Visual Arts Drawing Workshop The grades 7 and 8 Visual Arts students have participated in a drawing workshop.

(7B); Oscar (6A); and Abdelmouhaimene (6B). We are keen to develop a culture of student governance, in which student-led initiatives are realised, and the student voice is heard in how we develop school facilities. Our new student representatives, by virtue of their election, have assumed leadership responsibilities on behalf of their Tutor Groups; we look forward to supporting them in developing their leadership skills, so that they can make a positive difference to the ISL school community. Finally, I would like to wish everyone an enjoyable and happy half term. Max Hull Head of Pastoral

Presentation on Assessment and Home Learning on ManageBac MYP parents had the chance to participate in a workshop with the focus on the assessment in the MYP on Thursday this week. You can access the presentation for this workshop at the following link. A number of parents have been asking about Home Learning and Managebac. Heads of Department have reached an agreement to unify the way home learning is set. From now all teachers will add information on home learning under ‘Task” in green . We will continue developing in this area while keeping you up-to-date.

In these workshops, professional artist Jacques Viljoen taught students the basics of drawing from life. The focus was on teaching students to draw what they see, rather than what they know, while training their sense of value (light and dark) at the same time.

Marta Perez Athletics Director and MYP Coordinator

Crafts & Technology for Lunch A couple of weeks ago we posted in this very Bulletin that we would be opening the Makerspace and Design Rooms during lunchtime for anyone who would like to come and create something.

The class structure was based on the fundamentals of the sight-size technique, an ancient way of drawing and painting that dates back to Velazquez, which is been restored in recent years by the top contemporary ateliers in London and Florence.

It fills us with joy to say that we have been very busy with many visitors - students and staff. There were many beautiful objects created and here are two examples - one from a staff member and another from a student.

In the class, students learnt how the basics of sightsize - how to measure ones subject from afar, and then use that as a guide to draw accurately - but most importantly, the class trained the student’s eye, allowing them to understand what they are observing, and how they observe it.

Design Team

Jacques Viljoen is a painter from South Africa, who studied at ateliers and art schools in London, Florence and Cape Town. He has exhibited at a number of exhibitions, including The Royal Society of Portrait Painters this year. 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

D18 Library

Friday 17.11.17 13.00 – 14.00

Waseda University, Tsukuba University Japan

D18 Library

Tuesday 21.11.17 Time TBC

Whittier College USA

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

D18 Library

Grade 11 interim report issue Parents should have received an email link to view Grade 11 interim reports via ManageBac. The interim report is a ‘check-in’ to give feedback on how your son/daughter has made a start in their Diploma Programme. You will see a rating on one of four ‘approaches to learning’: • Demonstrates perseverance and rigour • Demonstrates independence in learning and self-organisation • Demonstrates appropriate commitment and motivation • Meets class deadlines Students are then evaluated according to the frequency with which they demonstrate these approaches to learning as follow: C = the student consistently demonstrates the descriptor I = the student inconsistently demonstrates the descriptor R = the student rarely demonstrates the descriptor N = the student never demonstrates the descriptor There is also a summary comment by the tutor, and the Deputy Principal. A full academic report with semester and examination grades is issued at the end of each semester – for grade 11, this will be in late January. ‘Emotional Bucket’ The first half term seems to have flown by at incredible speed but much has been achieved and experienced. The Grade 11s certainly seem to have made themselves at home I the college and the Grade 12s generally seem increasingly focused on their exams, EE and IAs.

Grade 11s recently attended an important assembly where they were able to hear of the harrowing and life-changing experiences from a survivor of the Rwandan genocide in 1994; they were also presented with information from the exciting CAS trip to India that occurred last academic year. Plans are now well underway to organise a mentorship programme which will aim to match current ISL student with Alumni in the professions and/or University courses in which they are interested. In the coming months students will have the opportunity to gain useful insights into their chosen future career paths and we believe this experience will prove invaluable. My final message is, in my opinion, extremely important. In my presentation on the ‘inner chimp’ to Grade 11 and 12 students I also introduced the concept of the ‘emotional bucket’. This model explains how stress can act cumulatively so each stressful experience can add to the ‘bucket’ and could possibly lead to emotional reactions to seemingly small experiences. Arguably the best way to avoid this is to understand and address stress as it occurs and ensure you have an effective and on-going ‘safety valve’. Although keeping up with studies is important it is also extremely important that students have a genuine break from their studies, engage in activities they enjoy, re-charge their batteries and hopefully enjoy themselves. Enjoy your week away from college and we look forward to seeing you after the half break. Dan Spinks, Head of Student Wellfare


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


Thursday 7/12/17

Higher Ed guidance for parents 1: Where in the world to study?

Tuesday 20/3/18

Parent’s Guide to the Extended Essay

Thursday 7/6/18

Higher Ed guidance for parents 2: Supporting students who apply to university in the UK

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. Focus on… Grade 12 Theory of Knowledge presentations Grade 12 should now be developing their TOK presentations ready to present from Wednesday 1st November and for the two Wednesdays after. The presentation is the coursework component of the TOK course and contributes to the final grade awarded by the IBO. In their presentations, students identify real-life situations which they think pose knowledge questions – in other words, they show how they can use the critical thinking tools of TOK to understand the world around them. Students who participated in the ‘TOK in London’ days earlier in the year perhaps found ideas for their real-life situations in the events and exhibits we visited, while others may take something that happened to them, or something they read, or something they saw. Why not ask your son / daughter to discuss their presentation at home? Here are a few examples of real-life situations and knowledge questions from previous years: Paul Morris, Diploma College Deputy Principal -How is my perception of myself affected by social context? -“I can’t help the way I feel” (John Isaacs, 2003) – The Wellcome Collection London - Million-Dollar Masterpiece or Child’s Art Project? - How difficult is to play violin? Which of these artworks was sold for $5.16 million If personal knowledge derives at auction? -source accessed on 18.10.17 from shared knowledge, how can we teach ourselves anything?

G11,12 Japanese trip to the Barbican ‘Macbeth’ G11, 12 Japanese students visited the Barbican theatre to see Macbeth, a revival by the Japanese director, Yukio Ninagawa. The play Macbeth was set in 16th century samurai era and produced by Japanese actors, in Japanese. In the play, cherry blossom repeatedly appears as one of the most significant leitmotifs and it made each scene mournful, but achingly beautiful. One of the two story tellers, the old ladies, who situate and perform their grief at both sides of the stage, sat right next to us, which made the play even more emotional. Students kept saying how beautiful, scary and moving it was. We really experienced the theme, the impermanence of the play, here portrayed by the symbol of falling cherry blossom, as this forms the basic theme in Japanese literature. Tamako Matsukuma Japanese Teacher




Mother Tongue International Mindedness at Work in ISL London At ISL London we can safely say that our students and staff are truly international. Our 30 international mother tongue teachers teach 25 mother tongues to our international students, from Early Childhood (EC) right through to the Diploma studies. It’s amazing that all our students readily speak and write more than one language, in fact some of them are totally fluent in 3 or 4 languages. This was once again illustrated when several G9 and 10 Mother Tongue classes presented the final product of their Identity & Culture unit to each other: the Swedish group presented to the Dutch group in Dutch and vice versa, and the Arabic group presented to the Portuguese group and vice versa in English. You will see their impressive interactions below. True internal-mindedness requires not only just mixing with, and being among, other cultures and languages, but an understanding - first of all - that each individual has a unique identity, many formed by their international experiences: indeed a lot of our students have moved around the globe, others may additionally live in binational families. Once students really understand their own identity and personal values, they can begin to understand others from other cultures. From this comes respect for others’ values and languages and the realisation that others’ points of view may also have value and are to be respected. Antonia Cooper Head of Mother Tongue Dutch Teacher

Identity from a Swedish and Dutch perspective This week the Swedish and Dutch mother tongue groups met up and presented the work they had done in their Identity & Culture units. It involved some engaging photo-packed PowerPoints, describing their personal journeys from Holland to England via Turkey, and from Holland to England via Australia and Ireland. It was fascinating to hear their comments on how they felt about the different cultures, their schools and how they spent their free time in those countries. Other students talked about themselves (‘Inside and Outside’), i.e. how they perceive themselves compared to how others perceive them, exposing both strengths and weaknesses in their personalities. Very brave! Great discussions followed about identity related issues. A true international event, particularly as the Swedish students, being multilingual, presented their Swedish work in Dutch. Some English clarifications were also in order, for those with a different mix of languages! Lena Isherwood, Swedish Teacher

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