Newsletter 07 - March

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08:00 - 09:15 07:45 - 09:05 Parenting With EAL Treasure Hunt Love & Logic 6 12:30 - 16:00 week Course with Jennifer Heathcote Grade 6 Football Match Osborne 13:15 - 17:30 14:00 - 15:30 International QUESSU14 Boy Football v QA Al Conference for the protection of Khor Endangered Marine Species

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PYPGrade 5 Exhibition 12:30 - 16:00 Grade 6 Football Match

08:00 - 08:30 EC1Celebration of Learning

Thursday 4 Apr End of Term 2

Saturday 6 Apr

Friday 5 Apr

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08:00 - 09:00 KGCelebration of Learning 08:30 - 13:15 Grade 5 - Fun Day 11:00 - 12: 20 EAL Treasure Hunt

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Dear Parents, I am very excited to share the news that the final approval for work to begin on the swimming pool has been received, and that ground was broken this week. Work will now begin at a pace, and it is projected that it will take 5 months to complete the pool, ready for an opening in August. We plan to install a time lapse camera on site, so that we can watch the progress of the construction as it happens.

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Ramadan Hours Please note that the hours of operation for the school will change during the Holy Month of Ramadan. Although the start date of Ramadan is contingent on the sighting of the moon, ISL Qatar Ramadan hours will begin on Sunday 5 May, irrespective of the time of the sighting. The opening hours will be as follows: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 08:00 - 13:00 Tuesday: 08:00 - 12:00 noon The schedule will be as follows:

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These hours will not apply to the Grade 12 students who are sitting IB Diploma exams. They will follow the schedule provided by the IB. 10th Anniversary Celebration Dinner and Gala We are very pleased to announce the exciting 10th Anniversary Celebration Dinner and Gala at the Grand Hyatt on 25 April. All parents and staff of the school are invited to attend. The evening will contain performances and representations of student work from all parts of the school as well as a sumptuous dinner and soft drinks. Tickets can be purchased from Rowena in the school reception and are 150 QAReach. Draft Academic Calendar 2019 ? 2020 You will find the draft calendar for the next academic year here. While we hope that this draft calendar may help you plan ahead for holidays next year, please note that this has not yet been approved by the Ministry of Education and so may well be subject to change.

Rou l a Ism ai l , Head of Pr i m ar y Happy Teacher's Day In some parts of the world, there is a special day that is assigned to celebrate teachers: 10th September in China, 9th March in Lebanon, the last Friday in October in Australia, 5th October in Qatar following the date of World teacher?s Day. In some schools, teachers may get a day off, get invited to a school dinner, or receive awards. Walking around the school last Thursday during the Math Day, I decided to focus on observing the teachers and teaching assistants in their classes. While students played Math games with their parents and taught their parents something new about Math, I noticed how the teachers were only a step away ready to support, smiling at the students and at the same time giving them space to take ownership of the day, and the tasks. I also noticed something else and this is not the first time: every teacher and every teaching assistant was there to support any student who was alone and did not have a family member present. They stepped in and supported that student. Yes, it was Math Day, and we were celebrating the beauty of math, but it was also empathy day, it was also child?s day, it was also parent?s day and it was also teacher?s day. Teachers and teaching assistants in our school do teach, Math, Languages, Science, Social Studies, Art, P.E., and P.A., but the role of every teacher in our school is much more than that. Teachers at ISL Qatar are special people. As caring role models, their role is all-encompassing and their impact is great. For your children they are the most important connection with school.

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In this newsletter, I would like to take advantage of the idea of a ?teacher?s day?to say thank you, to each and every teacher for making every child in our school a priority and for choosing such an honorable profession. Happy teacher?s day every day!

Pr i m ar y New s Math Afternoon

On Thursday, 14th March, parents of students in Grades EC2 - 5 joined their children to participate in a range of mathematical learning engagements. These included counting out items to match numerals in EC2, programming a Cubetto robot to travel to a certain place on a map in Grade 2, investigating perimeter and selecting and using appropriate units of measurement and tools to solve a problem in Grade 3 and creating nets for 3D shapes in Grade 5. All of the activities were directly related to grade level learning expectations and enabled parents to gain an insight into the many ways that children deepen their understanding in mathematics. The students greatly enjoyed sharing their knowledge with their family and parents were also highly engaged.

How we express ourselves in Grade 3 Ms. Tops?class joined Ms.O'Neill?s Grade 9 Art class and created observational drawings based on the cross section of a green pepper. The students were engaged throughout and thoroughly enjoyed being part of the 'secondary school' environment. After the class, they were able to pick their own media, resulting in an eclectic an truly personal response to the workshop.

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Ms. O'Neill presented a 'name art' workshop to Grade 3, with a focus on the artist Lynne Neuman. Students learnt about pattern, alignment of letters, font and the contrast of hot and cold colours together. Each workshop attendee then created their own 'name art' based on a version of their name, which they then refined with pattern. These patterns were also applied to the paper mache pots they made. After an inspiring visit to Grade 9 Art class to learn how to annotate sketchbooks, Ms. Alison?s class were able to share their sketchbook annotations and get valuable advice and feedback when they revisited.

Grade 4 Celebration of Learning

On February 27th, Grade 4 had their Celebration of Learning in conjunction with their unit of inquiry about body systems. Groups of students from each class presented their knowledge that they researched over the course of the unit using displays as well as models created in the classroom. Each student within the group was responsible for specializing in a certain aspect of the system that their group chose to research. Emphasis was placed on the understanding and explanation of the function of the system and roles of the part/ organ within that system. The event was well attended and the students did a really good job on both their models as well as their explanations on the knowledge that they gained.

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How We Organize Ourselves

Grade 4 has started a new unit, 'How We Organize Ourselves'. We will be looking at the organization of businesses to learn about how the world of business functions. We started to look at money and what we can do with it. To that end, we played an online Monopoly game to get us started with buying and selling properties, making change and charging for products and services. Another way that we can have fun while learning.

Math Inquiry Afternoon

On Thursday March 14, they invited parents for our Math Inquiry afternoon. We provided tools and student and parent groups went outside to solve some measurement challenges. Students and parents had some time in our recreation area and worked together to solve the math mysteries. Thank you to all the parents that took time from busy schedules to do some Math with their children.

Trip to Grand Hyatt Hotel

On Monday March 18th, Grade 4 went on field trip to the Grand Hyatt Hotel. This is linked to our current unit on how businesses organize themselves. We were able to meet and greet upper management and had fun with the question and answer section during our meeting. We also had the opportunity to take a behind the scenes look at many sections that are essential in the smooth running of this world class hotel. A huge thanks to the Grand Hyatt for the collaboration and the informative tour. We enjoyed the surprise in the garden and the pizza making lesson as well! A special thanks to Lex in Grade 4B and his parents for facilitating our outing.

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Physical Education in Early Years Early childhood physical education experiences are critical to the development of the skills, attitudes and confidence required to become an active participant in sport and recreation in later life.` Active movement helps your child to: -

Develop intellectually, emotionally, socially and spiritually as well as physically. Build the foundations for learning, moving and communicating. Be healthy and happy, confident and feel loved.

Primary Sports Day has been a long standing tradition at ISL Qatar. This year the EC-KG classes trialled a different approach which reflected last month?s participation in ?Global School Play Day?. The children engaged in what we know as ?free flow?activities incorporating fundamental skills such as: -

Michele Doughty Early Years P.ETeacher

Locomotor skills: walking, running, dodging, jumping, hopping and skipping; Stability skills: landing, balance, rotation; and Manipulative skills: throwing and catching.

During this event, children were able to ?self direct?as they moved around the activities that took their interest. Parents were able to follow and even participate in some of the activities with their child. Additionally, it was wonderful to see younger children working with older children and supporting each other. A huge thank you must go to the Grade 9 and 10 students who set up and modeled the activities during the Sports Day.

Above is a reflection from EC2 on how the event went.

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Engaging Students in a New Unit of Inquiry As we sat down to plan Grade 3?s new unit of inquiry, we considered how we could engage the students and ignite genuine interest in what was to be a 6 week Where We Are in Place and Time unit on migration. As we embark on a area of learning, it is important to find out what the students already know about the topic, what misconceptions they may have and where their interests may lie. In previous years, we had asked the children what they knew about migration and they had brainstormed their ideas, creating a collage of words and phrases on paper. This year, we decided to try something new. Rather than asking the students directly, we set up around the classroom a variety of ?curiosity stations?related to migration. All the children knew, was that they were going on a learning journey where they could explore the different stations in small groups, and talk about what they saw, what they thought and what they wondered.

Kim McDonald PYPCoordinator

One station was a collection of artefacts related to travelling for work - passports, visa stamps, ID cards, a letter from a family member with good luck wishes for the new job; another station had a collection of mud-stained clothes - a cap, a shoe, a child?s shirt, a teddy bear, a pair of earrings and a black and white family photograph. One station had a collection of picture books about migration, while another station had photographs and vocabulary with which the children could try and make meaning and connections. Ant one table, the children were invited to write their wonderings about what they had seen at the different stations. At each station was an adult scribe - someone who was there to record the conversations of each group as they rotated around the classroom. The scribe had a very important role in documenting the children?s wonderings, statements, assumptions and choice of vocabulary, as these written records of conversations would be collected at the end of the session, ready for the Grade 3 teachers to read and analyse: Are there any misconceptions about what migration is? What vocabulary do the students use? What questions do they ask? What connections are they making? The Grade 3 teachers followed up with a whole-class discussion using a visible thinking routine called Connect, Extend, Challenge, to help the children share and synthesise their thoughts. In our reflections after the session, the Grade 3 team all agreed that this had been a fascinating and powerful way to jump-start the unit and provoke the children?s interest. It ignited curiosity, encouraged the students to make connections, engage in conversation and - above all think.

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Ni ck Bot t i n g, Head of Secon dar y The World Scholar?s Cup ? Doha Round This year?s WSC regional round took place at both ISL Qatar and GEMSWellington. The theme, ?A world on the margins?, involved the study of a number of intriguing areas including: Unsolved Mysteries, On the Edge of Society and Voices from the Margins. Some of the associated questions provided further food for thought: -

Who decides who belongs to a certain group? Is it always better to be included than excluded? Can people ever be separate but equal? Are there any valid arguments against inclusiveness as a social goal?

It was great to see a large influx of newcomers joining our WSC team. A special mention goes to the junior team of Rosie Elliot, Aisha Anwer and Zaara Mirza for securing an invitation to the Global Round at the first attempt and, of course, to Sebastian Santoni for once again proving to be the best Scholar in Qatar.

MYP New s Careers-Related Experience Week (CREW) For three days from Monday, 22 April through to Wednesday, 24 April, 2019, ISL Qatar will be looking to offer its G10 students a short-term placement with employers so as to provide them with insights into the industry and workplace in which they are located. This is an opportunity for our students to learn about the world of work and to see it in action. Q: What is Careers-Related Experience? A: A placement on an employer?s premises, in which a student carries out a particular task or duty, more or less as would an employee, but with the emphasis on the learning aspects of the experience. Q: How long will the placement last?

Helen Jeffery, MYP Coordinator

A: Three days. Q: How can I learn more about this exciting initiative? A: The Career- Related Experience Week or CREW (Ms. Thomas, Mr. Minhas, Ms. Owens, Mr. Thomas, Mr. Botting and Ms. Jeffery) welcome Grade 10 students and parents ?on board?on Monday, 1April to an important presentation beginning at 5.30 pm to 6.15 pm. Parents of G10 students are politely asked to support this initiative by contacting reputable employers directly to see if they can arrange a three-day CREW experience for their son/daughter in April.

If you know of any company or institution that might be keen to offer our students this kind of opportunity, please contact Ms. Thomas (nthomas@islqatar.org) and she will contact the employer directly.

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Design Projects in Grades 9 and 10 During the first half of the academic year, students in Mr. Minhas?G9 Design class were called upon to design and prototype a new superhero mascot design for the "Save the Children Charity" (STC). The projects?global context focused on "designing for a purpose" and students were asked to consider less fortunate children around the world and to offer them an iconic symbol of hope. Students were challenged to design a new mascot for the charity which it could use as an icon of hope for all suffering children around the world. Students also explored how their product could be sold in stores and the funds and profits used for less fortunate children. In order to complete this, students learnt about 3D printing and 3D model-making. They used high level, sophisticated CAD software to prototype and then print their designs, using the new 3D printers the school obtained this year. They then used the lids of different bottle tops to create a base for their superhero mascots. In doing so, they supported one of the three R's of sustainability and eco-friendliness. Their learning achievements and outcomes are soon to be displayed around the school but here is a preview!

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The G10 students have really gone ?the extra mile?when it comes to sustainable living and design. Their recent project in Design entitled, "Upcycling for Ikea Project" explored the re-using of waste materials that we throw away on a daily basis. This includes such items as magazines, bottles, cans and lids. When asked to produce a household item that could be sold in a store such as IKEA, Mr. Minhas stipulated that students could only use waste materials or materials that would normally be thrown away. The students?response to his challenge was phenomenal and they produced a range of household items from chairs, tables, lamps to dumb-bells and clocks. The main objective of the project was to get students to reflect upon their attitudes towards the casual disposal of waste and its negative impact upon the environment. In addition, this unit of inquiry raised awareness about upcycling and how we can all use those often ?throw-away?items to make quality products that could reach store shelves and market stalls. Promoting Re-using and Up-Cycling are key aspects of sustainability and eco-friendliness.

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The students?work will soon be displayed around the school as we celebrate their new learning and endeavour to raise further awareness of the environment. The challenge that we can set for ourselves is how by thinking ?outside of the box?, we can protect the environment for future generations.

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ECISCurricular Design and Leadership This weekend, twelve ISL Qatar teachers (both primary and secondary) participated in a 2-day workshop on ?Curricular Design and Leadership?. The ECISfacilitator and co-presenter, Lynette Whyte and Leigh Miller, along with 31participants, explored the statement that at the centre of teacher leadership is a commitment and desire to improve student learning ? and that at the top of the list of school-related factors is a guaranteed and viable curriculum. Over the two-days, our teacher leaders and visiting leaders from schools both in Qatar and beyond (UK, Luxembourg and Kuwait) looked at their roles in supporting the curricular vision of their schools and explored essential curricular questions through structured protocols and rich discussions Five of the ISL Qatar teachers - Gaida Erlano, Shirley Glover, Helen Jeffery, Kim McDonald and Louise Mills ? have now completed four such ECIS courses; and have earned the ECIS Middle Leader Certificate. We extend our congratulations both to them and to all those who attended this weekend?s course!

Arabic Rogue Readers In order to encourage our students to read any Arabic books, the secondary Arabic department organized two different events, G6 & G7 presented for the parents and other grades the books they have read, through these events our students were able to answer the questions asked by teachers, parents, and other students by formal Arabic language. As well, they successfully presented the values that they deduced from the books to the audio.

Cultural Exchange Activity In cooperation with Qatar youth hostels, a group of 5 Spanish students joined 5 Qatari students from a Ministry of Education school in a visit to the Msheireb Museums where they learned about Qatar?s history. They then exchanged their own cultures through presentations they prepared about their home countries. In the end, they had lunch together made of a mix of Spanish and Qatari dishes.

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Mot her Ton gu e

A new addition to the Mother Tongue department ! We delightfully announce that last month our department has expanded by two languages: Russian and Turkish! Teachers and students are doing great and more learners are welcome . Please contact Mrs Odile Hajjar : oyouneshajjar@islqatar.org for more details or for any query. Thank you for being part of this joyous moment with us!

Col l ege Cou n sel l i n g University Spring Visits Spring visits have begun! Admission representatives visited ISL Qatar the last weeks from the following universities. If you would like their contact details please let us know.

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Ramon Llull University (Spain) The University of Nottingham (UK) Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada) IEUniversity (Spain) University of Guelph (Canada) University of Exeter (UK) Loyola University Marymount (US) Loyola University Chicago (US)· École hôtelière de Lausanne (Switzerland)

For Grade 11 Application Portfolios Grade 11Students should start to consider what they will need to include in their Application Portfolios things to include: -

Personal Statements (what makes the student unique) CV (detailing activities, clubs, internships etc.) References (from teachers, work supervisors) Any required exams (SAT, ACT, IELTS, TSA, LNAT, BMAT, UCAT (previously known as the UKCAT etc.) Start applications (UCAS, Common Application etc.) Complete all required assignments (universities sometimes request a marked assignment)

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Book a Meeting The college counselors are requesting G11students to book a meeting to discuss their future pathways. Please inform students to use the below link to book a meeting: Nickeisha Thomas: nickeishathomas.youcanbook.me Richard Thompson: https:/ /rthompson.youcanbook.me Letter of Recommendation Request (Bragsheet) Grade 11students have been given a questionnaire bragsheet from the College Counselling Department. The information gathered from this questionnaire will guide referees/teachers in order to complete a succinct and appropriate letter of recommendation for university applications. The questionnaire will include a focus on the student?s abilities and skills. Parental support with the questionnaire completion I greatly appreciated. Students must submit the completed question in the College Counselling Google classroom. See here the questionnaire. SAT Preparation Tool The SAT is a globally recognized reading, writing and mathematics assessment test used as part of admissions to US colleges, and it is typically taken in grade 11and again in grade 12. We strongly encourage any grade 12 students preparing to take the May SAT at the International School of London Qatar to utilize Khan Academy, College Board's official SAT Practice Tool. Khan Academy is a well known, free, online platform which offers an abundance of learning tutorials. Khan Academy has partnered with College Board to offer personalized SAT preparation. Students can sign up to build a practice program based on their schedules. Parents can sign up too. It?s never too early to start preparing for the SAT. Find out more here. Summer Programmes for Secondary Students G9-11at Universities Participation in activities outside of the classroom can reveal a student?s passion and values and give more details about the student, in ways grades and test scores cannot. Most college applications will ask students about their extracurricular activities so it is important that students start to build a CV (or rĂŠsumĂŠ) to showcase their interests and achievements. Many summer learning opportunities are brought to our attention throughout the course of the year. We do not endorse specific opportunities, but list them only as a resource. Please see click here for a selection of opportunities in Asia, Europe and North America.

Gl obal Ci t i zen shi p an d Com m u n i t y Act i on A Session with Luke Macdonald On Wednesday 6 March, the GCCA department invited Luke MacDonald, the creator of the World Litter Run. Mr MacDonald met with students from Grade 5 to Grade 10 and talked about his experiences. Mr MacDonald?s idea is to make this world a better place by picking up litter while he is out jogging or walking. His and others efforts to tidy up the globe can be followed on the app Litterati. Luke MacDonald was invited as part of ISL Qatar?s speakers series where students can get inspired by different motivational speakers. Hopefully this will lead to a number of exciting Service as Action and CASprojects in the future.

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Ex t ra-Cu r r i cu l ar Act iv i t i es (ECA) Extra Curricular Activities in Term 2 The ECAs this year have seen an increased number of students participating in different activities after their normal school day. Students at ISL Qatar has a number of activities to choose between in different fields. Sports, drama, art and creativity - all are on offer for students to participate in.

End Dates Most staff led ECAs will continue after the upcoming Spring holiday until the week before Ramadan. The only exceptions are our outdoor sports activities, they will all finish in the week before the spring holiday. During and after Ramadan we are not organising any ECAs. The external activities will finish at different dates depending on how many sessions each organisation is offering in their programme. There might be a few external organisations who will continue to run their activities during Ramadan. At this point, the only one confirmed is Evolution?s football Kg-Gr 2 on Sundays. End dates: Sunday 31March - Fashion Design Sunday 31March - Thursday 4 April - All staff led football activities Thursday 4 April - Hip Hop Already finished: Sailing, Video Game Design, Junior Coding. For a complete list of end dates, please visit ISL Qatar?s website.

Parents Language Exchange

The ISL Qatar Ladies Language Exchange has met two times and the conversations have already started to flow across the tables. This is a free learning opportunity. The first hour is used for English conversation in a pre-selected topic led by advanced English speakers and the second hour will be devoted to the second language. The plan is to get members of the community to present topics of interest to our members in a variety of languages at the beginning of each month at ISL Qatar. Please contact Amanda Tinnin +974 50570790, for more information.

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Community Basketball An open basketball evening will be held weekly on Thursdays from 7:00-8:30 pm. Parents, students and the larger community are welcome to come and enjoy an evening of basketball with the ISLQ coaches. If you have any questions or want to know more, feel free to contact Michael DeMaranville - mdemaranville@islqatar.org

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