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Katara Exhibition Of Secondary Art Steve Skidmore visiting author (tbv)

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Primary Art Exhibition 08:20 - 10:45 Museum Visit (EC2B)

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Dear Parents, Earlier in the school year, I wrote to you about the dilemma that schools face regarding the issue of grading. As a school, we are seeking to provide meaningful and effective feedback that will inform student learning, and keep parents up-to-date about the learning progress of their children. As mentioned previously, the traditional method of doing this has been to use achievement grades and the school report, which usually includes both letter grades and teacher comments. This is despite the evidence of educational research that shows such feedback inhibits learning rather than promotes it. I would like to also share with you the work of Carol Dweck, a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, who has carried out a great deal of research into the area of human motivation. Her research into why people succeed (or do not) has a great deal of relevance for schools and for education. Her theory of fixed and growth mindsets, and the difference that the adoption of one mindset over another can make in outcomes is incredibly compelling. The importance of a growth mindset Dweck?s research has demonstrated the power of believing that intelligence is something that can be developed, as opposed to something that is fixed i.e. the difference in believing that you are ?good?at something, or in believing that you can work to become good at it. Those with a fixed mindset believe that success is about being more gifted than others, that failure measures you, and that effort is for those who cannot make it on talent. Meanwhile, those who believe in the power of a growth mindset believe that failure is an opportunity, and that effort is the key to success. The implications of these two sets of beliefs for education is obvious. It is also very clear that our school Mission Statement, with its stated commitment to fostering a passion for learning and of developing resilience, is based upon our belief in a growth mindset. It is a statement of our recognition that all of our children are capable of achieving mastery with the right support, and with a determination to succeed. Dweck states a growth mindset creates a powerful passion for learning: ?Why waste time proving over and over how great you are when you could be getting better? Why hide deficiencies instead of overcoming them? Why look for friendsor partnerswho will just shore up your self-esteem instead of oneswho will also challenge you to grow?And why seek out the tried and true, instead of experiencesthat will stretch you?The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even when it?snot going well, isthe hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives.?(Dweck, 2016) In other words, when children realise the value of challenging themselves, they want to put in the effort to learn and grow. However, that does not mean that dealing with failure is easy, and Dweck is clear that ?in the growth mindset, failure can be a painful experience. But it doesn?t define you. It?s a problem to be faced, dealt with, and learned from.?(Dweck, 2016) Clearly, this is an important message and we hope that each of our students will understand the importance of adopting a growth mindset as they face the inevitable hurdles that school (and life) will bring, and I would ask you all to challenge statements from our children that appear to be driven by a fixed mindset. Indeed, none of us should allow our children to claim ?I am just no good at? (insert subject here)?.

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A summary of the attributes of the two mindsets:

References: Carol Dweck: A Summary of The Two Mindsets. FarnamStreet, 12 Sept. 2018, fs.blog/2015/03/carol-dweck-mindset/. Dweck, Carol S. Mindset: the New Psychology of Success. Random House. 2016. Survey from School Evaluation Department - Ministry of Education It is of significant importance in the data collected from surveys, in the issuance of various educational reports that support decision makers in Qatar to make important decisions to enhance quality in the educational processes. The survey specifically is interested in the perceptions and opinions of students, teachers, and parents/ guardians of all public and private schools and kindergartens in Qatar. The surveys can be accessed directly through this link.

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10th Year Anniversary - Gala Dinner The International School of London (ISL) Qatar celebrates 10 years of excellence this year and to mark this occasion held a Gala Dinner last Thursday, April 25th. The evening gala highlighted achievements and students?work. Highlights included musical performances, visual art pieces, documentaries and alumni interviews during the incredible evening. We thank the community for being a part of the school's journey! Below are a few highlights from the grand night -

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Rou l a Ism ai l , Head of Pr i m ar y Students as Teachers and Teachers as Students During playground duty last week, I was supervising in the Grade 2 playground. Most students were playing in groups either football, or chasings, some were in the sandpit and others were chatting. There were two students doing something completely different. Juan and Mazen were sitting playing guitar together. Despite all the loud sounds around them, they were in deep concentration.

As I kept looking, I realised that they were not only playing together but they were learning from each other. Mazen was showing Juan how to play a chord and Juan was in full focus. We often talk about how we are all lifelong learners and that is very true, however, in our school we are ALL also lifelong teachers. The power of a child teaching another child cannot be underestimated and the beauty of a child teaching an adult is truly wonderful to watch. I remember when Interactive smart boards, were introduced into my classroom years ago. By the end of the first week, my Grade 4 students were running the show, and teaching me how to calibrate, hold the pen, create a number line, and where to find that digital clock! They guided me and supported me! In our classrooms, we provide opportunities for students to work alone, but also, in pairs, trios, and larger groups. This is because we value that power of students learning from each other and teaching each other. When a child teaches another, they have to synthesise their thoughts and ideas in order to deliver them to another successfully. They are teaching and they are learning at exactly the same time.

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Learning About Myths This week, Grade 4 started to learn about myths and how this type of writing is used to explain natural phenomena. Mr. Bryan is ISL's Leader of English Learning for our Secondary School. He was keen to help us with a provocation to introduce this genre. Thank you Mr. Bryan for such an exciting presentation. Thank you Mr. McDonald for providing the pyrotechnics, they certainly added to the provocation. Our students absolutely loved hearing about what people believed caused tremors and volcanic eruptions in the olden times.

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Transition from Grade 5 to Grade 6 At ISL Qatar the transition programme for Grade 5 students moving to Grade 6 is going from strength to strength. Through the theme of Who We Are, the central idea ?Preparing for change can enable us to embrace new situations with confidence? guides the Grade 5 students to explore the changes that lie ahead, how the MYP works and how reflecting on experiences helps them prepare for change. Kim McDonald PYPCoordinator

Collaborating with the MYP teachers, the Grade 5 teachers planned an engaging start to the unit including a meeting with Mr Botting and Ms Jeffery, a session with Ms Jen, the Secondary school councillor, who shared skills to cope with change, and a team building trip to the Museum of Islamic Art park with G6 students and teachers.

Over the next few weeks, the Grade 5s will explore life in Secondary school through attending MYP lessons, interviewing members of the Secondary school, (including students) and find out about MYP expectations available in the MYP guide, the school and IB website. Information gathered will be presented as an iMovie which will explain an aspect of the MYP. This unit of inquiry is an authentic and necessary bridge between the PYPand MYPat ISL Qatar; it highlights the collaboration that is possible between the Primary and Secondary teachers, and also the support that is in place for our oldest Primary students, who are soon to begin a new adventure in the Secondary school.

Stepping Across: Starting the Transition Journey from PYPto MYP When students make the progression from one IB programme to the next, the change can, for some, be both profound and potentially overwhelming. Over the next few weeks, the programme coordinators, G5 homeroom teachers, the leaders of student development and other adults are hard at work to ensure that the change is as smooth as possible.

Helen Jeffery, MYPCoordinator

On Tuesday, 16 April, the G5 year group met together in the Auditorium for the launch of their PYP/MYP Transition Unit. Mr. Botting, Head of Secondary, and Ms. Jeffery, MYPCoordinator, lead the 65-minute session. Through a series of ?hands-on?activities, students collaborated to arrange themselves in passport groupings and then they were each asked to select an image from the front which captured how they felt about journeying across to the secondary school and entering the second of the school?s three IB programmes, the Middle Years Programme (MYP).

From a Word to a Sentence: Following on from a time of sharing, students - in groups of four - were asked to encapsulate in a single word the most important and common ingredient for what makes an effective learner. From their shared single words, students created a sentence that included all the group members?key words. Some of their sentences have been listed below: -

A good learner is interested, creative and engaged. Listening, taking risks and cooperating with others makes a good learner. The ingredients for making a good learner are confidence, excitement and kindness. An effective learner needs to be confident, to concentrate and to listen.

Further sessions are scheduled in the weeks to come when Ms. Jeffery will introduce G5 students to MYPAssessment and how this component of the programme is designed to help and support their learning.

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Supporting the Grade 5 Transition When I left Primary School, I started at a Secondary School that was 10 kilometers further away. In the Netherlands this meant I went from a short bicycle ride to the end of the street, to cycling 20-25 minutes each day, through wind and rain, with my big backpack tightly strapped to the rack on the back. My Primary school was one of 10 feeder schools and I have a clear recollection of how alien the environment at my new Secondary School felt on the first day. Marieke Scholten Contrast that experience with ISL Qatar where the distance between Primary and Secondary is Leader of Student Development G5 & G6 basically non-existent. Nevertheless, it is necessary for a school to have a comprehensive transition programme and we believe we offer just that at ISL Qatar. Although the students do not transition school buildings, and the PYPdoes prepare the students for the MYPthrough its concept-driven, transdisciplinary approach, the transition to Secondary school has proven to be challenging for some. In my role as Leader of Student Development for both Grade 5 and Grade 6, I get the opportunity to support the Primary and Secondary teachers, students and their parents to carefully align between the programmes helping students flourish personally and academically as they enter the world of early adolescence. On our return from the February break the Grade 5 students started a new unit entirely dedicated to this transition. The Secondary teachers and students play a big role in this unit and prepare and take part in several activities. The unit began with a welcome from the Secondary Principal Mr. Botting and the MYPcoordinator Ms. Helen Jeffery. The students brainstormed ideas about what makes an effective learner and came up with some fascinating and promising statements. Moreover, on Wednesday the 17th of April the Grade 5 and Grade 6 students traveled to MIA park for fun and engaging Team Building Activities. They had the opportunity to mingle and ask the grade 6 students questions about anything related to life in secondary school. The next day, Jennifer Heathcote Osborne, the Secondary Psychological Social Emotional Counsellor, presented Grade 5 with 'Preparing for Change' workshop. Jennifer raised awareness of potential triggers for transition anxieties as well as suggested self-care strategies for coping with change. Furthermore, to give the students a real taste of the MYP, the Grade 5 students attend a series of MYPlessons with MYPteachers. Mr. Simons class was invited into the science lab with Mr.McDonald, while 5B was introduced to the world of MYPDesign with Mr. Moneeb. In addition, Ms. Wells?s class joined Mr. Mistry and Ms. Gellatly in the world of literature whereas Ms. Wallace?s class investigated patterns in Mathematics with myself. Currently the G6 students are busy planning and putting together a G6 Subject Fair. On the morning of the 29th of April, the G6 students will present 22 different subjects (including all the languages) to the G5 students on the upper atrium.

We are excited to welcome the new G6 students in the Secondary School in August. An MYP Mathematics lesson for the grade 5?s

?The Human Knot?Team building activity in the MIA park

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Introducing Meatless Monday My name is Pepijn Scholten and I am a grade 5 student. For my PYP Exhibition I focused on vegetarianism and how this has a positive impact on our environment. Did you know that 15% of all greenhouse gas emissions are caused by the consumption of meat. This is more than the emissions that all the vehicles on this planet are responsible for. In addition, raising animals for food is the primary cause for global climate change, loss of biodiversity, pollution and water shortages. Pepijn Scholten Grade 5 Therefore, I decided to take action. My goal is to raise awareness about the consequences that eating meat has on our planet and also to implement a Meatless Monday at ISL Qatar. With this in mind, I am very excited to share with you, that starting on the 22nd April, the canteen at ISL Qatar will be providing a ?meat free?menu every Monday. This means that every Monday, for the foreseeable future, the canteen will not be serving any foods which contain meat. If you do not purchase from the canteen, but would still like to support the ?Meatless Monday?campaign, please feel free to provide packed lunches which contain no meat products. I am grateful for the support I have received from the canteen personnel and the ISL Qatar administration. By supporting this initiative, ISL Qatar have demonstrated their commitment to the environment and to the impact we have on the world, as well as keeping the students and staff of ISL Qatar healthy and knowledgeable.

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Mr Said had the Grade 3 students enthusiastically engaged in sphero robotics as they navigated their spheres from continent to continent.

Earthquakes Info Session On Thursday April 25, our Grade 4 students were treated to a presentation that focused on natural events. Some members of the Japanese Embassy came to ISL to talk to our classes about the effect of earthquakes on Japanese culture. They also talked to us about the steps involved in safeguarding against the negative effects of an earthquake. Our deepest thanks go to the Japanese Consulate for sharing this very important part of Japanese culture with us. Our students' knowledge of earthquakes increased considerably due this presentation.

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Ni ck Bot t i n g, Head of Secon dar y 5th ISL Qatar Model United Nations Our mission statement proclaims that: ?we are committed to developing a passion for life and learning that leads to the betterment of the world in which we live.?In the midst of content-heavy courses in the High School, it is often challenging to see how such commitment might manifest itself. However, the 5th ISL Qatar Model United Nations provided ample evidence that both passion and positive intention are very much apparent in the lives and minds of our high school students.

Over 200 students attended this year?s conference. Secretary General Labiba Rahman and Deputy Secretary General Ziyad Anwer lead their 11-strong Executive Team with great aplomb resulting in a seamlessly organised event that gave delegates every opportunity to deepen their understanding of diplomacy, international relations and the United Nations and engage in passionate but orderly and respectful debate. The various committees researched, formulated opinions, debated and sought to ratify resolutions on the following issues: -

The Lake Chad Basin Crisis Ukraine Autonomous weapons in war Firearms as a means of self-defence Youth unemployment Universal access to electricity Limiting the effects of microplastics on the environment Diminishing biodiversity Eradication of statelessness Prisoner treatment and rights

MYP New s Career-Related Experience Week ISL Qatar?s inaugural 3-day Career-Related Experience Week started Monday, 22 April when students attended a workplace in the main of their choosing and observed operations and engaged in tasks under supervision. Essentially, this work place learning programme developed by a team of enthusiastic CREW-mates is intended to give our students a ?taste?of the world of work! Helen Jeffery, MYPCoordinator Grade 10 students were required to complete a journal whilst on placement and upon their return to school, debriefs were held enabling students to discuss their placements both with one another and with their Homeroom advisors and mentors. Students also prepared letters of thanks for each of their employers.

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Mubarak Al Naimi and Mr. Bryan Youssef Barakat and Mr. Botting The Student Interview Once students had completed the process of preparing and uploading their cover letters and resumes, they were formally interviewed by a staff member and recommended for a suitable career placement. Placements offered this year included: -

Evolution Sports (Qatar) Bedaya Center Bayt.com LLC Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel and Villas The Ritz Carlton Hotel Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Gulf Bridge International Qatar Phiit Training Studio Ertibat International Red Rock International Ooredoo Qatar Qatar Prime Dental Center Hamad Medical Corporation @ Rumailah Hospital Maya Paris - Design Concepts International School of London, Qatar

And a word from the participating students: Evolution Sports ? Assistant Coach I am very excited about the new Grade 10 Career-Related Experience Week. I will be working at Evolution Sports as an Assistant Coach. I love both working with children and playing sports. I also love being out-doors so this is the perfect experience for me! Caithlyn Nijman 10A Ritz Carlton Sharq Village and Spa ? Recreation department I will be gaining experience at the Recreation department within Sharq Village and Spa and am very excited about this experience! I am sure that it will be most rewarding. Lara Aibef 10A Ritz Carlton Sharq Village and Spar - Food safety and Hygiene I'm also off to the Ritz Carlton Sharq Village and Spar, but to learn about food safety and hygiene. I am also nervous about this - nervous about being professional and not knowing a hundred-percent about what I will be expected to do. Isabella Boekhorst 10A Bayt.com ? Assistant Market Researcher I am volunteering as an Assistant Market Researcher at Bayt.com. I am very excited about working with highly experienced employees, as well as learning about the overall experience of what working in a company feels like. Putu Narayanan 10A

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Ramailah Hospital of Hamad Medical Corporation - Vounteer I will be volunteering at the Rumailah Hospital of HMC in the Opthalmology, Plastic Surgery, and Dermatology departments. I am looking forward to this experience as I dream of working in the medical field in the future, and this opportunity will give me an idea of the field I would be going to practice. I feel that I would really enjoy this experience even if it is out of my comfort zone as I am shy and sometimes reluctant to communicate with strangers, but having this experience will put me out there to the working world. Hannah Eliza Mathew 10A Ramailah Hospital of Hamad Medical Corporation - Volunteer The entire processing before our placement was nerve-racking. We had to provide documents and information that I have never thought about. The interview was one of the interesting components; I met one of my teachers who I regularly share a conversation with in the corridor but who, on the day of the interview, treated me as a stranger. However, it has all been worth it because I am about to enter ? for a few days, at least - a workplace that I am interesting in joining. Along with others, I went to the pre-screening for Rumailah Hospital and saw the inner workings of a laboratory as well as visiting the departments to which we will be assigned. Raseel Al Thawadi 10A Bedaya Center ? Entrepreneur Intern I will be working in Bedaya center in Katara Village as an Entrepreneur intern. I am feeling both nervous and excited to have this experience. I think this learning journey will really benefit me in terms of finding my path and seeing what is like to go to work. Noora Al Ghoul 10A

Working with Sensors: the Rise of Machines On 23 March, one of ISL Qatar?s G10 students ? Tanya Dwivedi ? attended one of two workshops offered by Carnegie Melon University in Qatar as part of their Ibtikar programme. Ibtikar offers students such as Tanya, the opportunity to explore ways in which the field of information systems can be used to solve practical problems. Tanya chose to participate in the workshop led by Daniel Phelps, the Programme Director and Associate Teaching Professor. Here is the article that she has prepared to share her experience -

As a part of this year?s Ibtikar programme hosted by Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, I chose to attend the workshop entitled, ?Working with Sensors: Rise of the Machines?. The one-day workshop developed my skills and understanding of the computer science involved in the Information Systems industry. Throughout the sessions, I worked around the basics of coding, and ? to my surprise - quickly developed the knowledge required to produce my name through Morse code with LED lights. I was also introduced to the subjects of ?Information Systems?and ?Internet of Things?; and to career possibilities that prior to the workshop were entirely unfamiliar to me. This opportunity has certainly opened my eyes to the many and various careers within the field of technology. In addition, to capturing my interest in a career that has the potential to meet human needs, to add value to business, and to bring to the world exciting innovations; I met like-minded students from other schools in Doha. Tanya Dwivedi

'Spark Collective?? An Exhibition of Secondary Student Art Work The world of Art encompasses every aspect of our busy lives today; the clothes we select to wear at the start of the work day; the music we choose to listen to as we drive to work; and the books we select from the shelf to help us unwind in the evening. All would be non-existent if it were not for the creative capacity of humans. In all our busy worlds, the art gallery ? for me - represents one of ISL Qatar?s most important pillars, that of creativity. In Building 5 at the Katara Arts Centre, Chief Curator ? Robyn O?Neill ? and Art Handlers ? Jonn Nicholson and Anny Ku ? have launched into the Qatar Art World, the work of young gallery artists from our IB MYPYears 6 through to 10 and from DPYears 11and 12. The art gallery opened its doors to visitors on the 22nd of May for all to admire a collection of student printing, painting, textures, card constructions and collages. Visitors to Katara can continue to enjoy viewing the very best work produced by ISL Qatar students from the start of the academic year from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, daily, until the 1st of May.

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Our thanks are extended to Ms. O?Neill, Ms. Ku and Mr. Nicolson who, together, installed the exhibition, handled the students?art work and displayed each one of the pieces to its best advantage and in the optimal conditions.

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Grade 8 and 11students at Qatar University for the ?International Conference for the Protection of Endangered Marine Species? On the 1st of April 2019, seventeen students from Grades 8 and 11 participated in the ?International Conference for The Protection of Endangered Marine Species?organized by Qatar University. They were accompanied by Ms Kritsineli, Ms Bradley and Ms Owens. Scientists from different backgrounds gave lectures on a multitude of aspects of protecting endangered marine species. Our students attended lectures on the local dugong population, the physiology of whale sharks, the nesting ecology of hawksbill turtles and the still existing but slowly vanishing coral reefs of the Gulf. Our students were also given the opportunity to ask some questions, which the lecturers gladly replied. We discussed the impact overfishing has on biodiversity, the procedure of selective coral breeding and the effect of Al Shamal winds to the sustainability of marine wealth around Qatar. This valuable opportunity helped our students gain a better appreciation of the marine environment, flora and fauna that surround Qatar and thus an understanding of the significance of their conservation. It also highlighted the significance of human impact on marine ecosystems.

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Col l ege Cou n sel l i n g Grade 11 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 a timely questionnaire return will be appreciated. The questionnaire is now due must be submitted immediately. Resume Presentation - Bayt Our Grade 11students received a presentation from the Enterprise Relationship Manager of Bayt, Mrs. Nikolina Ferencek Grba. Nikolina had a wonderful time speaking with the students about the outlines and structures of resumes, in addition to helping to break some myths and misconceptions on resume styles. Particularly of note is that she commented positively about our students engagement and inquisitive questions during, and after the presentation. FAMEConference - Texas A&M University in Qatar Four students from Grade 11, Charlotte, Michele, Carl, and Abubaker, attended the FAMEconference during the weekend of March 22nd and 23rd. This was a conference organized by Texas A&M Qatar. The conference gave them an opportunity to explore university life and gain knowledge on the process required for university. Since these students are all aspiring engineers, the conference was particularly insightful since they participated in various activities which helped prepare them for the work required as engineers. The students were put into groups with other schools from all over the country. They spent two days working with different students, mirroring the working environment engineers are often put in. The students were able to develop their communication skills through this. Moreover, students were able to talk with university attendees and state-of-the-art engineering professors from Texas A&M. This further helped the students develop a proper understanding of the courses, the difficulties, the university campus, etc. The main activity leading up from the 2 days of the conference was to build a bridge. The students were put into seperate teams where they had to use communication and team work skills to create their team name, flag, complete a scavenger hunt around the campus, and the eventual bridge. The team that won was lead by Michele and the runners up was lead by Abubaker. ?I thought it was a good opportunity in discovering the different design choices that had to be made such as the cost of materials which makes the final solution.?- Michele Carl was quoted saying ?I would consider TEXAS A&M as a university.? ?Being the runners up, I personally thought my group deserved the win. Nonetheless it was a fun experience meeting new people and getting insights on the university life?- Abubaker

SAT Invigilation Sign Up The college office is looking for volunteers to act as examination invigilators in our school for the May 4th Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). We welcome experienced invigilators, but training will be provided for first timers. Applicants should have a calm, authoritative manner with a ?natural presence?. The job requires applying detailed written instructions, while maintaining accuracy and attention to detail, concentrating and working quickly under pressure, maintaining confidentiality, and standing and walking around for extended periods of time. Invigilators will be paid for their time. If you would like more information on the SAT?s structure, you may click this link here. To sign up please click this link and provide the necessary information. If you have any further queries, you may e-mail nthomas@islqatar.org or rthompson@islqatar.org. Spotlights - PolyU PolyU is a university located in Hong Kong. Its?curriculum is primarily composed of programs that have practical and direct applications into the workforce. It is an ideal school for any student interested in working in China. 98% of students are employed after working. Hong Kong is an affordable city. They have fields in Business, Engineering, English, Hotel and Tourism Management, Health and Social Sciences, Design, and many more programs. Lastly, they offer full scholarships for 10-15% of their students. A NEW GRANT/AWARD FOR2018-19! - click here for more info ECISis excited to unveil a new grant programme in the 2018-19 academic year: a scholarship for first-year university students! We will award one ÂŁ10,000 scholarship per year, payable directly from ECISto the university at the beginning of the first term of enrolment (September). If it proves popular, we may consider offering more than one per year. Application details can be found by clicking on the Apply Now button. Submissions are now open, and will close on 30th June 2019. The award winner will be announced by the end of July 2019. To be eligible, students must be graduating from an ECISmember school, and must have maintained enrolment in that member school for the full year.

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ISL Qatar HL DPBiology students selected for the 2nd High School Medical Conference ? Weill Cornell Medical College Qatar 13th April 2019

The 2nd High School Medical conference organized by Weill Cornell Medical College, Qatar aims to enhance college readiness skills by ?offering students the opportunity to explore topics of science interest through understanding research, poster presentation and oral presentation and creating a platform for innovative public speaking and critical thinking. As well as raise awareness about careers in medicine and strengthen current interest in science/medical fields.?Two G11 teams of HL Biology students were at Weill Cornell Medical College on 13th April, Saturday 2018 for the first stage of this conference presenting a poster on research they conducted related to chosen themes. Team one ? Naila A, Muhammad Ziyad A, George K and Labiba R presented a poster focusing on the theme ?Making Cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable?. Team two ? Julia A, Maria Eduarda de B, Zaina M and Enisha S presented a poster focusing in the theme ?Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all, al all ages?The students had an opportunity to develop collaborative and communication skills used by research scientists under the mentorship of staff from the Weill Cornell Medical College and demonstrated these skills to the judges at the poster presentation. We want to congratulate both the teams as they have been selected by the judges to present at the Medical Conference held in the month of November 2019.

En gl i sh as an Addi t i on al Lan gu age (EAL) The EAL Treasure Hunt At ISL Qatar we see the value in fostering student growth by allowing students to build on their strengths. All Secondary EAL students completed a multiple intelligences test which showed what their most prominent strengths are. We analysed the gathered information, and discovered the most common strengths amongst our EAL students - Body Movement, Nature and Social. Syafiq Zairin Zarif (Grade 9A), Abdulla Al Naemi (Grade 10C) and Rouda Muhammad Ali (Grade 10C) took on the challenge of creating an activity for all Secondary EAL students in which they would utilise the students?most common strengths. In this Service as Learning project, students used what they had studied in class in order to share their knowledge with others. The session started off with an interactive, online, vocabulary-building game of Quizlet live.

The students moved on to an interactive, outdoor activity using challenging vocabulary from Sciences, and Individuals and Societies from grades 6 to 10. During the EAL Treasure Hunt, students from different grade levels had to search for words spread out all over the green area in front of the school, and then collaborate in order to match key vocabulary with definitions. This activity allowed the students to practice and further develop their academic vocabulary in a fun and interactive manner, which resulted in the growth of their collaboration and transfer skills.

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A great deal of effort and time went into designing the game, scheduling classes, creating the rules, setting up the space, and even doing a practice run with a group of Primary students. Rouda, Syafiq and Abdulla gained valuable experience in organising an event, and further developed their self-management, communication and thinking skills.

We hope that the EAL Treasure Hunt will encourage and inspire students to share their ideas and create their own Service as Learning, or Service as Action projects. Keep a lookout for the first edition of the ?EAL Magazine? where students will share their experiences about learning English as an Additional Language, teach others how to use language learning resources, offer advice to students, parents and teachers on the language learning process, and much much more.

Nu rse's Of f i ce Healthy, nutritiously planned snacks are important during school hours for all children. The correct snack will help prevent major hunger pangs and give your child an energy boost to keep him studying and playing. Please provide a healthy snack with enough food to last the day. Or, ensure your child has enough money to buy a snack. Snack items NOT to send to school: -

Nuts, Peanuts Peanut Butter, Nutella Soda Crisps/Chips Candy/Sweeties Fast Food Items - e.g. McDonalds meals Flavoured milk Sugar cookies Chocolate bars Large chunks of food that could be a choking hazard

Please see healthy snack ideas here !

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W or k i n g Col l abor at i v el y f or Lear n i n g Access From Silos to Systems: Working Collaboratively for Learning Access Hong Kong Academy: April 7-9, 2019 Colin and Jenny Powell At ISL Qatar, we position students at the heart of who we are and what we do. Recently, the focus of the first ever conference partnership between Next Frontier Inclusion (NFI) and WIDA International School Consortium enabled us to further unpack our stance. Particularly, the question under investigation was: What might we achieve and how might we impact learning if we developed systems to bring our work together positioning students at the centre of that collaboration?

The three day conference hosted by Hong Kong Academy sought to use participation to craft a deeper understanding of the following organizing statements: -

We begin from a position of assets & strengths Inclusion is a mindset, not a place Collaboration ISprofessional learning

Looking specifically at the departments of Learning Support (LS) and English as an Additional Language (EAL), we unpacked how historically the separation of such student support services has produced silos in schools. A silo, in the agricultural context, is a structure used to hold bulk material. Referencing data, silos are the storage of mass information without direct connection to any other data. In the educational context, a silo is expertise whose work is isolated from that of others. What we learned was that better access to learning comes through deliberate connection making between silos. As we unlearn the separation of expertise in schools, the development of systems of collaboration allow for increased access to learning. This has been the direction in which ISL Qatar has been moving towards. At the conference, we were challenged to consider and shift our own learning paradigms. In doing so, we developed teacher-student models where adults work in tandem to realize that neural and linguistic diversity is the new norm and that we should consider them together as we collaborate to support every child to experience success. Gaining a deeper understanding of what collaboration should look like, this has enabled us to begin envisioning a more significant way of working together. Taken from the conference, learning teams should cycle through co-planning, co-teaching, co-assessing and co-reflecting. By establishing this routine, this will serve to provide a platform for moving away from silos to learning systems that build coherence across schools.

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Gl obal Ci t i zen shi p an d Com m u n i t y Act i on (GCCA) Donation to Qatar Charity

ISL Qatar is annually donating funds to Qatar Charity. The money is collected from a number of diverse activities. From students taking action in different fundraising happenings to bigger events like the Winter Carnival and the International Family Food Fair. Earlier this month Mr Yaser Shareef Al-Saleh from Qatar Charity visited the school and received a cheque of 30,000 riyals.

ISLMUN Club leadership contributions and recognition of excellence across international and national MUN Conferences The term starting from January 2019 the delegates attended various conferences and have been recognised and awarded for the excellent contributions the students provided in the conferences organised by other local schools. THIMUN conference: ISL MUN club has 5 students who were leading the debates as Student Officers at this international MUN conference. The G11students are Muhammad Ziyad A, Charlotte (Thu) L, Labiba R, Enisha S and G10 student Marco Z. AIMSMUN Conference: This was the first conference that ISL, Qatar has run a collaboration with three local schools ? Aspire Academy, Middle East International School and Stafford Sri Lankan School to organise the first AIMSMUN Conference. Labiba R (G11 ? Deputy Secretary General), Enisha S (G11 - President) and Charlotte L (G11 ? Head of training) were students from our school collaborating with student leaders from other schools to plan and organise the conference. 6 students were leading debates as student officers at this conference: Sarah D (G11), Thomas F (G11), Marco Z (G10), Raseel AlT(G10), Tanya D (G10) and Jana G (G10). The following students were awarded best delegate awards at this conference: Petra F(G10). DESMUN Conference: ISL MUN club has 3 students who were leading the debates as Student Officers at this MUN conference. The G10 students are Marco Z, Sebastian S and G11 student Enisha S. The following G10 student was given honorable mention at the conference: Petra F (G10) AKISMUN Conference: ISL MUN club has 2 students who were leading the debates as Student Officers at this MUN conference. The G10 students are Sebastian S and Raseel Al T. The following G10 students were awarded best delegate awards at this conference: Petra F (G10) and Eliz D (G10). Sanad K (G10) was given an honorable mention for his active contribution in the debates. This year our school participated in 4 committees at AKISMUN and in three committees our student were recognised for their excellent contributions to the discussions and solutions. Congratulations to the team of student leaders who mentor and develop the skills of the delegates in the MUN club.

ISL Qatar Teams at the Quarter Finals of National Tournament organised by Qatar Debates Qatar Debates is the most prestigious high school Debate competition in Qatar. It consists of two league rounds, and the top 12 teams of this qualify for the final knockout rounds. This year, we had both a boys' and girls' team qualify for these knockout rounds which was on Saturday 20th April 2019 which consisted of Putu Narayanan, Thomas Freundt, and Muhammad Ziyad Anwer, and Charlotte Le, Tanya Dwivedi and Labiba Rahman respectively.

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Both teams engaged in fierce and competitive debates, and both teams managed to progress to the quarter finals. Special thanks to ISL debaters who participated in the league rounds, including Youssef Barakat, Raed Asad, Sebastian Santoni, Ioanna Irimia, Enisha Sharma, and Raseel Al Thawadi Congratulations to Ziyad, who ranked as third placed individual debater in the entire competition. He will be awarded on the Closing ceremony on 24th April 2019.

ISL Qatar Market Day

Action is in the heart of all IB Programmes. On Wednesday 24 April ISL Qatar organised our first Market Day, a chance to take action and fundraise for different charities.The sale was completely student initiated and student led. Grade 5 students have just finished their exhibition, a brilliant exposure of different global issues. For the action part some groups decided to sell baked goods, slime, bracelets etc. Secondary students are required to be part of different ?Service as Action?events and projects. The students participating in the Market Day were selling items ranging from squishy toys to hot food. Students together, raised 5500 riyals for different charities. QAWS (Qatar Animal Welfare Society), Second Chance animal shelter, cancer research, Qatar Charity, reduce single-use plastic and WWF. It was a great first trial of a market day and this set-up will most certainly continue next year at different times.

Blood Drive Campaign

ISL Qatar?s Student Council took the initiative to invite the blood bus from Hamad Hospital to our school. Over 50 people donated blood over the day. Hopefully this initiative can become an recurrent event in the future.

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Ex t ra-Cu r r i cu l ar Act iv i t i es (ECA) All internal staff led ECAs will finish this week, 28th April - 2nd May. During and after the Holy Month of Ramadan, ISL Qatar is not organising any ECAs. Football with EVO Kg-Gr2, Gymnastics Kg-Gr 7 and Kickboxing Kg and up will continue with the respective organisations running their own activities.

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Community basketball night continues. Every week, Thursday night from 7pm - 8:30pm in the ISL Qatar gym. Come join us for an enjoyable evening of hoops. All are welcome!

Un i f or m Pop Up There will be a pop up sale for PEUniforms. Date: Monday, 29th April Time: 11.30 am - 2.30 pm Location: Atrium For more information, click here.

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