Bulletin 9 London Friday, 3rd November 2017 Monday
8.30-16.30 - Grade 11 6 8.45-15.30 - Grade 9 7 ISSA Girls Volleyball 8 ‘Confidence in Exams’ ATL Workshop ‘Courage, depart to Lisbon Workshop with Lance King Resilience and Failing Well’ 11.15-12.55 - G11-12 Senior 8.40-13.00 -Grade 6 visit Maths Challenge to British Museum 8.35-12.55 - Grade 8 ATL Workshop ‘Learning about Learning’
8.45-10.00 - PTA meeting
13 17.00-18.00 - Afternoon 14 Tea Concert
12.00-16.30 - Grade 10 (all) visit to Tate Britain
ISSA Boys Volleyball in Cobham
Friday 9 8.40-9.15 - Primary Assembly: Grade 3E
18.00-19.30 - Grades 6-10 MYP Maths Information Evening
9.35-15.30 - Grade 7 visit to Museum of Childhood
15 9.00-13.15 - G6-9 &10F 16 8.40-9.15 - Primary 17 EAL Students Tour of Assembly: Grade 1W London 9.30-15.00 - Grade 4 visit 16.30-18.00 - MT Film to Hampton Court Palace Club
Leadership Welcome School Announcements
Middle School News
Diploma College News
Welcome back! Welcome back to the second half of Term 1! Staff were off to a busy start with a packed professional development day on Monday. The morning session saw the re-launch of the professional learning groups with all teaching staff joining groups exploring the topics of personalised learning, inquiry-based learning, intercultural understanding, community engagement, creative arts, technology for teaching, and student welfare. The afternoon session was presented by Holly Pellatt from our sister school in Surrey with a focus on personalised learning. All staff training days focus on developing aspects of our strategic plan. We have two teams away at ISSA football tournaments this week. The girls are competing in Aberdeen whilst the boys are playing in Madrid. We will give you an update on how they got on in next week’s newsletter. Hot on the heels of these tournaments will be volleyball taking place from 8 – 11 November. This time the girls will be based in Lisbon whilst the boys will be playing closer to home in Cobham. The best of luck to all our teams. This Thursday our newly elected student government took part in a training day. Students from all parts of the school were at this event and we are very excited to see how they contribute to student leadership across the school in the next few months. This Tuesday the PTA hosted Trunk or Treat for our students. Students and adults were dressed in a variety of spooky costumes and the children really enjoyed collecting their treats from the barely recognisable PTA parents. Thank you to all who were involved in this event. Among other events next week, we look forward to welcoming Lance King and Wayne Prince back to ISL London. They will be running a range of workshops with MYP and College students on themes based around Approaches to Learning. Lance has been visiting the school for a number of years conducting very interactive workshops for the students. Have an enjoyable weekend. Sarah Pearson Principal
Diploma College Open Evening 23rd November 6-8pm
Important School Announcements
SEN Parent Workshop on Dyslexia We are offering a SEN workshop on Dyslexia on Thursday 23rd November 2017 from 8.35 to 9.35 am. The aim is to provide parents with practical strategies and information on Dyslexia (Specific Learning Difficulty, SpLD ) which will help students to fulfil their aims, ambitions and aspirations. Please contact the workshop leaders to confirm attendance, if you have any questions or queries with regards to Learning Support or you would like to collaborate, consult and give your views on SEN or SEN Policy at International School of London. Mrs Claudine Hakim - Head of Student Support Ms Sarah Maltby - PYP Learning Support Teacher Mrs Patience Adjei - MYP & DP Learning Support Coordinator and SENCO Trunk or Treat 2017 The PTA brought Halloween to ISL as they parked their cars in the school playground for students to go ‘Trunk-or-Treating’. EC to G10 students had fun dressing up and collecting sweets from all the decorated car trunks. There was an amazing array of costumes from students, teachers and parents! Special thanks to event organisers April Simpson and Sanja Dragasevic and to Marie Archambault-Thibeault for the amazing photos! Happy Halloween to all!
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! Front Office Email Address Working Apologies for the technical difficulties we have been experiencing with the Front Office email address. We would like to reassure you that it is now up and running again, so please send any of your queries to this email address: ISLLondonFrontOffice@isllondon.org Thank you for your patience and cooperation. ISL Front Office
Approaches to Learning Workshops for G8, 9 and 11 Mr Lance King and Mr Wayne Prince, from The Art of Learning, will run sessions for Grade 8-9 and Grade 11 students. Mr King and Mr Prince will challenge our Grade 9 to ‘fail better’ and to measure achievement, not in terms of ability, but in terms of effort. The workshop leaders will use juggling as an exercise to get the students to change their mind sets to ‘I haven’t yet’ rather than ‘I can’t’. Mr Prince will teach our Grade 8 students to think and learn skills for success at school. Mr King and Mr Prince will work with Grade 11 on building their skills of resilience and reflection to help them develop greater confidence in high-stakes testing situations such as examinations. G8
Afternoon Tea Concert 14th November Please note that the Autumn Tea Concert is coming up on Tuesday 14th November at 4.45pm and you are all invited to attend and watch your child perform. There will be performances by students who learn with their instrumental teachers. There will be individual performances as well as group performances. Please come along! Refreshments will be provided.
LEARNING ABOUT LEARNING Thinking and learning skills for success at school
07/11 all day
COURAGE, RESILIENCE AND FAILING WELL Developing the affective skills of resilience, selfmotivation, emotional management and perseverance to enable students to manage time, pressure and stress, study effectively and create the mind-set necessary for high achievement in external examinations.
6/11 all day
EXAM CONFIDENCE Practical study and self-motivation skills for high achievement in all tests and exams
Performing Arts Team
Isabelle Verheyden, Approaches to Learning Leader
Welcome Back! Welcome back for Term 1B! I hope everyone had an enjoyable break. I would like to take this opportunity to extend a very warm welcome to Daniil (Grade 2R) and Victoria (Grade 5V) and their family who started at ISL on Tuesday. Originally from Russia, the family have just moved to London from Amsterdam. We hope you enjoyed your first week in London and at ISL!
We enjoyed a spooky start to term with some Halloween fun – dress-up day and ‘Trunk or Treat’! A big thank you from everyone in the PYP to all the parent volunteers for their time and effort, especially your costumes and amazing, creative and spookily decorated cars and bikes, we had a great day! Michelle Newman, Head of Primary
Grade 5V 5V has had a great start to the year! We’ve recently finished our first Unit of Inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme where we are in time and place, and enjoyed using drama as a way to better understand the challenges, risks and opportunities that arise with human migration. We enjoyed the visit from Luke Lennon-Ford, Team GB Olympic athlete, who talked to us about his experiences in sport too. We came back from holidays to Trunk or Treat, which was definitely a lot of fun for us all. Sandra Van Hoekelen Grade 5V Homeroom Teacher
Middle School News
New MYP Student Council representatives elected One aspect of ISL which always stands out is the strength of our community. No sooner had we returned from half-term, than we had the Halloween event in which the PTA kindly provided ‘Trunk or Treat’ sweets to students, many of whom had gone to some length to dress up for the occasion. The recent international Food Fair similarly stands out as another memorable and enjoyable community occasion. The experience of being at school is such an important one for young people in learning about what it means to be part of a community, and this applies both in and outside of the classroom. A person will be part of many different communities in their life journey, and the positive community aspects that are developed at school such as
inclusion, consideration and mutual respect help young people see how they can build successful communities in the future. The distinguished American educator Erin Grunwell has described the classroom as a place with the potential to change the world, noting ‘I realized if you can change a classroom, you can change a community, and if you change enough communities, you can change the world’. The educational experience of being part of the ISL community helps our students see how communities can be built that help make the world a better place, helping us too to apply Gandhi’s advice that ‘The golden way is to be friends with the world and to regard the whole human family as one’. Max Hull Head of Pastoral
Inquiry: Individuals and Societies (Humanities) Students in the middle school and diploma college have been very busy researching into many different topics. Using their inquiry skills, they have been producing some exciting displays for their classroom environment. Here are just a few examples of what the students have got up to in the first half term. Grade 6 students have been focusing on inquiry questions to do with Ancient Egypt, while Grade 8s have been researching into civil rights and population issues. Grade 9s produced some excellent
displays on the causes of volcanoes, and the short and longterm consequences of World War I. Inquiry-based learning does not stop at the end of middle school but continues into the diploma. The Grade 11 History students have been inquiring into the causes and consequences of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. These units are designed not just to get the students to understand individuals and societies but to also engage them with the world around them, as citizens of the world.
Focus on Mathematics On 2nd and 9th November the department of Mathematics organised two meetings with parents. The meeting on November 2nd was designed for G8, G9 and G10 parents and the focus is on the Diploma Program (DP) and mathematics. More specifically the purpose of the meeting was twofold: - to provide detailed information about the different mathematics courses ISL London is currently offering, so that parents can discuss at home which is the best option for their daughters/sons, possibly after getting in touch with the admission offices of universities of interest to check what are their entry requirements - to explain what concrete actions the department of Mathematics recommends to take in co-operation with parents in order to make sure our students are well prepared to tackle the challenges that the very demanding DP courses pose This meeting is intended to constitute the beginning of a continuous discussion between parents and the department of Mathematics where the situation of each student is constantly monitored to see whether they are on track or whether actions need to be taken, and to agree on those actions. The second meeting (9th November) is designed for G6, G7, G8, G9 and G10 parents and the focus is on the Middle Years Program (MYP) and mathematics. The purpose of the meeting in this case is to - Briefly introduce the MYP programme for Mathematics, its philosophy and the four assessment criteria, with examples of activities. The parents who attended the Open Day on Thursday 12 October have witnessed some of them and they have, hopefully, enjoyed the discussion that took place in the Grade 6A class leading to a mathematical proof as well as the mathematical battle that followed, where each student built an army made of numbers and operations and used it against those of other students. - Explain the mission, vision and strategy of the department of Mathematics, which has been designed in line with ISL London’s Guiding Statements. - Discuss ways in which parents can get more actively
involved and help make a difference. The rationale behind the last point is that parents have a lot of knowledge, skills, interests that are directly or indirectly related to mathematics and so it makes sense that, if possible, they share them with students, either by coming to school to give a presentation, or by running a club, helping organize a trip, manage a project or in any other suitable way. The meeting will also be the occasion to discuss the feasibility to set-up a committee to look at strategies to further improve the teaching and learning of mathematics at ISL London. Possible areas of interest for the committee are: - Use of games in the teaching of mathematics - The teaching of mathematics around the world: best practices - Pedagogy - Design and coordination of (inter-curricular) projects - Provision of personalised learning - Mastery and resilience (Personal Mathematical Project, 30 weeks’ challenge) - Embedding mathematics in the real world in the curriculum - … plus any relevant idea or area. I hope you can attend the meeting, but in case you cannot, or would like to get in touch my email address is ldantonio@ isllondon.org . Everybody has something unique to offer, you can make a difference, do get involved.
Louise Harrison, Head of I&S
Luigi D’Antonio, Head of Mathematics Four bags contain a large number of 1s, 3s, 5s and 7s. Pick any ten numbers from the bags so that their total is 37.
1 1 1 11 1 1 1 11 11 1
77 7 77 7 7 77 7 7
3 3 3 33 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 55 5
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
Tuesday 21.11.17 Time TBC
Whittier College, Portland State University, Franklin and Marshall USA
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
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:
Approaches to Learning Workshop for Grade 11 Mr Lance King and Mr Wayne Prince, from The Art of Learning, will run sessions for Grade 8-9 and Grade 11 students. Mr King and Mr Prince will challenge our students to ‘fail better’ and to measure achievement, not in terms of ability, but in terms of effort. The workshop leaders often use juggling as an exercise to get the students to change their mind sets to ‘I haven’t yet’ rather than ‘I can’t’. Mr King and Mr Prince will work with Grade 11 on building their skills of resilience and reflection to help them develop greater confidence in high-stakes testing situations such as examinations. Isabelle Verheyden, Approaches to Learning Leader
LEARNING ABOUT LEARNING Thinking and learning skills for success at school
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
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. Paul Morris, Diploma College Deputy Principal
Sleep Well Many students and staff seem to have benefitted from a well deserved half term break.
Despite this there have been a few concerns expressed regarding students seeming tired during lessons and some students working until quite late into the night. It is, of course, vital that students have enough sleep every night, preferably at least 8 hours and the same amount of sleep every night. There have been a number of articles on this issue in UK newspapers recently; the following Guardian article is a good example and the research earned the psychologist/author the 2017 Nobel prize for medicine: ‘Western society is chronically sleep deprived’: the importance of the body’s clock’ If students are finding it difficult to keep up with the work and are losing sleep as a result, it is important they discuss this with their teachers and/or their tutor to ensure appropriate remedial action is taken.
Providing another important opportunity for students to express their thought and opinions, the Student Council met for the first time on Thursday 2nd November. At the time of writing (01/11/17) the outcome of the meeting is not known but a number of exciting projects have already been discussed and it is hoped students and their representatives will have a meaningful influence on the organisation and functioning of the school over the coming academic year. Dan Spinks, Head of Student Wellfare
Mother Tongue International Mindedness at Work in ISL London Again At ISL London we can safely say that our students and staff are truly international. Last week we talked of our 30 international mother tongue teachers, who teach 25 mother tongues to our international students, but we also have an amazing international team of other subject teachers. Our teachers, like most of our students, readily speak and write more than one language, in fact some are totally fluent in 3 or 4 languages. This week we show how our Arabic group collaborated with the Portuguese group, using both languages and English, culminating in true International Mindedness. You will see their impressive interactions below. As we said last week, but it is definitely worth repeating, real international-mindedness requires not only mixing with, and being among other cultures and languages, but also an understanding that we all have a unique identity. For most of us they are formed by our 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. Arabic & Portuguese International Mindedness Arabic G9&10 MT students, whilst working on their ‘Identity unit’, were listening to a film clip of the Arabic poem ‘The Nationality’ by a young Palestinian refugee, Farah Chamma, who now lives in Brazil. In it she describes her growing sense of identity, which she feels Brazil allows her the freedom to express. Since the Portuguese MT students were working on their unit ‘Poetry expresses the inexpressible’ they saw a perfect opportunity for collaboration, and to find out from each other across the cultures, just what Identity means to each of them. The arrival of the new iPads inspired them to make their own video clips. First they created (sensitive!) questions for each other in English, which they answered in class, in 5 mixed Arabic-Portuguese speaking groups. On their videos they captured fascinating and very personal responses, which are now being edited with the expert help of Daniyal in the Makerspace, using iMovie. Each group will create a clip of 5 minutes of truly insightful reflections of our students’ experiences of what identity, or rather identities, mean to them. We will gain a fabulous 25 minute video of our ISL students, interviewing each other about their feeling of and about Identity: a great example of International Mindedness at ISL London. Antonia Cooper Head of Mother Tongue
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Published on Nov 2, 2017