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Newsletter 11 Thursday 05 July 2018

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Head of School, David Monk There is an old sayingCup that states that ?the end is never as satisfying as the journey?. I am not too sure that many World Scholar's staff or students would agree with that statement as we approach the end of the school year. As satisfying as the journey may have been, it has been an incredibly busy, non- stop year, and I think everyone involved in the ride deserves a thoroughly good rest! As I reflect on some of the work that has gone on this year I am staggered by how much has been achieved by the ISL Qatar staff ? alongside of course maintaining an absolutely outstanding educational programme. As not all of the work that goes on in the school is immediately visible I thought this final Newsletter of the school year would be a good time to share with you an outline of some of the ongoing initiatives of the School during the 2017- 2018 academic year: Primary School: -

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Whole school consistency: Student samples of writing have been reviewed by teachers across all Primary Grade levels to create exemplars to inform instruction as well as introducing the 6+1 write traits and words their way spelling program. The New Zealand Maths Programme has been adopted within the Primary School for the Number strand, and teachers have been trained in this programme. Maths assessments across KG - Gr5 have given us important comparative data about the progress of our students and the effectiveness of our programme. Student initiated actions: Examples of student action to make a positive impact on their environment or peers, have been presented and celebrated at each Primary Assembly. Students developed clean up initiatives, playground activities, art competitions, and money funding to help a member of the school community. Transdisciplinary learning by flattening the walls of the school: There has been successful use of the local environment to support learning, including units on migration (interviewing members of staff), ISL Qatar families extended an invitation to all students to use their resources to extend their learning, such as, Baladna Farm and Al Mana Farm. Grade 1 visited a variety of landforms, including rock carvings. Grade 4 visited Weil Cornell University in order to learn more about human body systems. Despite travel blockade Grade 4 students were able to go on a 2 day camping trip in Doha. Technology integration: Using technology to support learning, in a unit about communication KG Students skyped with children from another international school in Tanzania. Teacher collaborated with an International school in Switzerland to develop a Unit of Inquiry. Learning from the local community: A use of local experts to talk with students PYP exhibition. Guest speakers invited to school to present about a variety of topics. Student involvement in local events: the school choirs participated in many events, including a Choral Festival, A Primary Choral Competition and collaborations at the QNCC with The Doha Singers. Student and parent voice and choice: Successful 3 Way Conferences twice a year, and in Student Led Conferences students took part in a panel where they presented their perspective and took ownership of the conference. Parent feedback from 3 Way Conferences and SLC. Parents as partners: 3 open mornings have been held providing information about the role of Inquiry, Maths and Language within the ISL Qatar programmes. Information sessions for parents have also been held for NZ maths programme, and providing information about the PYP Parent info sessions. New Parent Session for EC1. Parenting: the Love and Logic way and the Celebrations of Learning where students shared creatively what they had learned with their parents.

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Extensive use of Google Classroom: This has promoted the use of formative feedback from peers and created a dynamic source of evidence from which teachers have been able to promote greater self- directedness providing students with a means of taking charge of their own learning. The use of open- book testing: Is supported by educational research and in many subjects has resulted in: more freedom and flexibility in constructing exam questions an emphasis higher on order skills, de- emphasising ?cramming? or rote memorization in- depth solutions longer and more involved questions requiring greater integration of ideas. Students in Grade 8 (MYP3): Have had the opportunity to collaborate and pursue service learning within the framework of the MYP community project. Three students were recognized at the end- of- year ?Celebration of Learning?for having generated new insights and demonstrated responsible action as a result of collaborative learning. School- generated resources created by the MYP Coordinator were used by teachers to facilitate student learning through the practical exploration of an inquiry, based on an identified community need. Revisions to the options model: In both G9 and G10 changes have been implemented providing 2- year courses in Visual Art, Drama, Music or Design & Computer Science. Students can now also choose to follow 2 science subjects or Extended Global Perspectives (Humanities) or a 3rd language in preparation for G10, as a more coherent preparation for G11. Mindfulness practices: Slowly increasing appreciation and understanding of how brain education and mindful practice can support self- regulation and well- being has led to an increasing inclusion of in- class strategies being used. For example, mindfulness sessions were delivered in G6- G9 Homerooms and an exam mindfulness practice session was provided for G10. In addition, daily mindfulness sessions were provided during Innovation Week. Experiential learning: There have been a number of field trips, for example, the G11 Drama, Design and DP trips to London and G8/9 Football Trip to Liverpool and G8 Science Trip to Sri Lanka. Such trips continue to be successful on many levels, including team building, cultural exchange, and collaboration. Academic follow- up: Extensive follow- up meetings with students and parents have taken place throughout the year. Review of the IB Diploma programme: A review of the timetable has allowed us to increase the number of hours of study for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level subjects in the next academic year and consider providing DP students with a more flexible day. Successful application to become a SAT testing centre: Our students will no longer have to travel to other schools in order to sit the US College entry SAT exams. Successful MYP Evaluation: Five years after receiving its Middle Years Programme (MYP) initial authorization to offer the MYP (April, 2013), the school embarked on a journey that has taken just over 9 months of research, reflection and reporting on every facet of its 11- 16 years?programme to complete its first IB Evaluation. The evaluation ? a form of quality assurance - involved everyone at ISL Qatar responsible for the implementation and leadership of the programme; and ranged from an in- depth parent survey, student interviews and transcripts, a self- study carried out by every subject group and the three- day visit itself. Extra- curricular activities: Model United Nations (MUN) and the World Scholar?s Cup (WSC) have again proved to be popular with our students. Each year our MUN students have played a bigger role in the community and reached more exalted heights. This year was no exception! Similarly our students have achieved remarkable success in the WSC, a record number of students being invited to take part in the Tournament of Champions that will take place at Yale University in October. University placement: our highly energetic university guidance counsellors have been burning the midnight oil to ensure that each one of our G12 students have received exciting offers from universities and colleges around the world. Brown University and UC Berkeley have now been added to our impressive list of placements at top academic institutions.

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Mid- year induction process: This has been reviewed and revised for staff and students to ensure that the same level of support is provided as for students arriving at the start of the school year. Admissions process: This has reviewed and revised, and now ensures that we receive the information required to support student entry into the school. We have also improved the process of providing information to parents at the application stage to ensure that there is alignment of the parents?educational goals for their children and the school programmes and Mission Statement. We have also included students to lead the Admissions Tours. Parent bulletin and Newsletter: A new format for has been adopted providing a weekly Embracing creativity : The introduction of the Arts Festival was a big success, and during which every class had their artwork displayed. The ISL Qatar community were able to see the exhibit displayed in the atrium. The talent show was very popular amongst the students and well attended by parents. There were 21 events including concerts, workshops and art displays. Introduction of Communication protocol: Anew communication protocol was sent out to all parents through the school newsletter, to give guidance to parents about who they should contact for different issues. Review of language programme: This has led to the introduction of another language block into the Secondary School programme, thus allowing students to study their Mother Tongue, English, and another language acquisition such as French, Spanish or Arabic (as the host country language). The decision has also been made to teach the languages in phases, bringing together grade level groupings to allow us to do this. Review of the timetable: Following a review of the schedule and of our subject offerings, we have been able to rationalise the schedule for the students. This review has also allowed us to consider the length of the school day and to ensure that it is in line with other comparable international schools. As a result of this, we will be starting the school day 20 minutes

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New communication channels: The introduction of Parent Advisory Groups in both Primary and Secondary School have provided a forum for discussion of future ISL Qatar development. There have also been a group of parents working on looking at redrafting the school Mission Statement. Improved attendance procedures: We have introduced a system of daily attendance follow up, providing more robust procedures for knowing which students are on campus, signed out etc.

I hope that this will give you some idea of why the school year has been such a busy one! Despite the excitement that is always generated by thoughts of the summer holiday, the end of the year is also a time when we will unavoidably have to say goodbye to many good friends. As well as wishing the graduating Grade 12 students the very best of luck in the next stage of their life, we will also have to say farewell to the students and staff who will be moving on to new schools and exciting new destinations. For those leaving us I would share the words of an old Irish blessing: May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, may your God hold you in the hollow of his hand. I hope that you all have a thoroughly relaxing vacation and that the journey of this year has indeed been a satisfying one!

Primary School News Head of Primary, Rola Ismail What?s summer got to do with learning? I recently asked students and teachers at the Primary School Assembly: What are you going to do during your summer holidays? Many were eager to tell me all about what they will do: travelling, seeing family and friends, having fun, going to the beach, museums, relaxing, watching movies to mention a few of their answers. My second question was: Do we learn during our summer holidays? Again lots of hands went up and some very enlightening students and teachers told me that they were going to learn about new places, visit historical places, explore the sea and sea animals, use all kinds of transportation and that they would be in fact learning something. And that is exactly the kind of learning that we value highly here at our school. You may have noticed the large number of school trips that your children attended this year and yes they were lots of fun, but behind every one of those trips there were specific learning goals that the teachers had explicitly planned for. As PYP teachers we believe in the importance of connecting school to life and life to school. That is the very essence of our transdisciplinary program of inquiry. To put it in a nutshell: connecting learning to life and making learning as authentic as possible. We do this by integrating subjects and making conceptual links between all subjects because in the real world that is how it is done. We use all our skills together and in a complex way to catch a train, read a map, observe an artwork, choose from a menu, try to communicate with someone who does not speak our language, bake a cake, try a new dish, and the list goes on. So while we are all on summer holidays we are presented with many learning opportunities and many situations where we will use what we have learned in school. We will put into practice all the transdisciplinary skills and knowledge we have learned and we will live those PYP Profile attributes as we close our eyes and jump on that fast roller coaster for the first time! If you see your child being an inquirer, a balanced risk- taker, a caring communicator, an open- minded thinker, principled, reflective, or committed, drop us an email and tell us all about it. Please encourage your children to come back to school ready to share all the new learnings that they have made during the holidays in words and pictures. From the Primary School we wish you a fun, enjoyable, safe, summer- learning break! We especially wish our Grade 5 students a wonderful break and congratulate them on their fine achievements as they move into the Secondary School next year! We shall miss you!

Class Assembly Grade 3C created and performed their class assembly. The students decided to reflect on their favourite Grade 3 learning experiences with the help of a 'Time Traveler!'.

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By Jennifer Wong- Powell What counts as quality education?

The 21st century way to quality education involves opportunities for our students to develop their communication skills, work collaboratively, think critically, develop their creativity, become global citizens and promote character education for being. New parents, along with our early childhood teachers had the opportunity to experience what quality education is. After completing the challenge of building the tallest tower using big blocks capable of balancing a large wooden block, our reflections captured the authentic learning opportunity to include: -

The use of our communication skills as we articulated our ideas and listened carefully to one another. Our work together which emphasized interdependency as well as interpersonal and team- related skills. Critical thinking as we questioned, filtered and analyzed different ideas to manage the information presented to us. Our creativity as we developed something new while utilizing our prior knowledge about balance, weight and the way things work together. The sense of citizenship as we demonstrated our appreciation for the engagement and diverse values which contributed to the solution of a complex challenge. An emphasis on character education where we displayed qualities of being caring and contributing participants.

Our conclusion: Play is quality education. When we delve into the complexities of play, we come to understand that children in play are engaged in higher levels of thinking. Not only are they constructing their understanding about the world, but they are applying and adapting what is learnt. Students are developing their flexibility as well as thinking critically and creativity as they are exposed to the perspectives of others and learn to negotiate in different situations. Play is the way our children learn.

Primary Assembly To finish off the year, the primary students had their last assembly which takes places every Tuesday throughout the year. This special assembly was held for the children to say good- bye to their favorite teachers before leaving for the summer. The students gave lovely performances and also recalled their favorite moments from the whole year. Christopher Charleson, ISL Qatar's previous Head of School, made a special appearance and joined the enlightened crowd.

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EC2 Art Gallery The EC2 art gallery took place on 26th June in the atrium. Parents explored different pieces of art made by the children and were left in awe. The children gave a walk through the gallery and talked art and imagination with their parents. ISL Qatar students never fail to surprise with their creativity and their growing minds.

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Celebration of Learning 2018 Grade 5 This year's Grade 5 Celebration of Learning was a memorable occasion. We gathered to celebrate the achievements of our Grade 5 students and award them a certificate for completing the Primary Years Programme and the PYP Exhibition. Representing Grade 5, Rosie Elliott and Natalie Salha opened the event with their insightful and moving welcome. Anushka Chadda, Aisha Anwer and Reem Muhana gave engaging speeches about their Primary school experience and how they had grown and developed. The Grade 5 teachers, as well as Mr Monk, Ms Jeffery and Ms Roula, delivered heartfelt words of encouragement and inspiration. Thanks go to our wonderful Grade 4 MCs, Miguel Braga and Manha Ali, who helped the whole event run smoothly. Despite the absence of music and performances this year, it was still a very emotional experience. To end with a quote from one parent that really sums up the day, "I am amazed beyond words! Thank you for a beautiful and emotional graduation."

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Celebration of Learning 2018 Grade 10

Throughout their final year of the MYP, the Grade 10 students have faced many challenges, seized many opportunities, made many friends, learned at first- hand about different cultures and nationalities, joined after school activities, contributed to local communities, cheered many class- mates to victory, written countless essays, completed many lab reports, solved many maths problems and spent many hours pouring over their personal projects. Their MYP journey is finally at an end and they are, no doubt, looking forward to embrace the next stage of the literal and figurative journey with all those lessons learned from the experiences upon which their teachers have required them to reflect! Congratulations, Grade 10! The Celebration of Learning ceremony ? or final programme send- off - was held at the end of May for the students in Grade 10. Highlights included ?Banter with Mr. Botting?when all the students? Personal Project lines of inquiry were brought into his conversation or ?banter?with Harry Pell; and student representatives from each year group shared with the G10 students, products that reflected the skills and knowledge that they had learned in the MYP.

Student Learner Awards While many students from the Grade 10 year received special recognition for their success in specific areas of the MYP, the student learner awards, bestowed annually, are presented to one student from each of the five MYP years. This Award recognizes those students who have demonstrated to a high level: independence, confidence, persistence, and curiosity ? all skills that will equip ISL Qatar students to become self- directed learners. Recipients of the Learner Award for the 2017 to 2018 school year are Pau Rossell (Grade 6); Yara Abbas (Grade 7); Paulina Elias Vivas (Grade 8); Catharina Nijman (Grade 9) and Hala Al Faleh (Grade 10).

Fond Farewell We extend a fond farewell to all those MYP students who will be leaving ISL Qatar at the end of the school year either to return to their home countries or to different counties. We will miss them and wish them all the very best at their new schools! We look forward to hearing all their news as they take their place in the world!

Happy Holidays! Finally, I would like to wish all students, parents and teachers a well- earned holiday. I hope you have the opportunity to relax and spend time with family and friends during the long vacation. All MYP teachers look forward to seeing new and returning students back at school in September, 2018 - Helen Jeffery, MYP Coordinator

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Secondary School News Graduation 2018

On Thursday 5th July, we celebrated our sixth annual Grade 12 Graduation. This ceremony proved to be an emotional, vibrant and unforgettable event as our 55 graduates, resplendent in their gowns, hats and sashes, were recognised for their achievements and contributions to the school. The Class of 2018 are truly internationally- minded, with 26 different nationalities from across the globe. Between them they have spent over 300 years at the school. They have a compelling sense of humour, are lifelong inquirers and have remarkable creativity and a vibrant passion for life. Having contributed so much, they will be greatly missed. We presented Amatallah Aqlan and Jan Sedlacek with their Valedictorian awards in recognition of attaining the highest academic standards, making outstanding contributions to the school and for being exemplary representatives of the Class of 2018. Their speeches were particularly moving as was the performance by Lexi Amores- Hudson of Wonder by Emeli Sande and Mrs. Burkett?s memories of her ?G12 Lovelies?. Noorin Iqbal received the CAS award and Lalitphat Punchuang the G12 Learner Award. Marzia Foglietti was chosen as the student who best epitomises the values of ISL Qatar and, in doing so, became the first recipient of the Nadim Makarem award. We wish the Graduates all the best for their future endeavors.

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Important Links Photo Galleries Parents, friends and family are invited to see and download the latest photos of our Celebration of Learning and Graduation of Class of 2018. Grade 5 Celebration of Learning Grade 10 Celebration of Learning Grade 12 - Class 2018 Graduation (Photos will only be available on Monday, 9th July '18. Please check this link on Monday)

Student Support Services EAL Stop the Summer Slide! Helping your child continue the English- learning journey over summer

Summer Homework for Health and Well Being As the school year comes to an end, one challenge that all students face is the potential for their learning to ?slip?away. This process is often called the ?summer slide,?and it is a factor for all students. English language learners, however, may face an even bigger challenge when they come back to school in the fall. After spending the whole summer speaking with family and friends in their mother tongue only, students may find they have forgotten some of their vocabulary and their language skills, making the start of the school year and reintegration into an English- medium school difficult. Luckily, it is easy to prevent summer slide and to keep your child learning over the summer by implementing some basic home learning habits. Click here to read what routines you can develop with your child this summer to keep their English language skills strong!

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Close, prolonged contact of children to each other in the school setting exposes them to many different germs, potentially raising the risk of becoming sick more times during the school year. Childhood illnesses, colds and viruses are a normal part of life but it is possible to minimize the amount, duration and severity of symptoms and possible to eliminate some potentially severe illnesses by the very simple procedure of handwashing. Handwashing must be performed properly to be effective. Small studies have shown that up to 95% of the general population do not perform the correct technique. Practice proper hand washing technique over the summer holidays for your child to be ready for the next school year and in time to celebrate Global Hand Washing Day on October 15th 2018. For Hand Washing Practices, Click Here For Effective Procedure to Wash Hands, Click here By Ailsa Barnsdale Green: agreen@islqatar.org

General Message: Please remember to collect any medicines and/or devices from the medical room before school finishes for the summer. Any medicines left will be destroyed. You can contact us at: nurse@islqatar.org. As I am leaving Qatar this summer, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents and students for their support and help during my time here as School Nurse and wish everyone best wishes for the future. - Sioux Whenray- Hughes

ISL Qatar Libraries

If your child has an overdue book please return it this week. If the book is damaged or lost, there are two options for its replacement: 1.

Bring to the library, a new copy of the item lost. The new copy should be an exact replacement of the lost or damaged book. A hardback copy is always preferred, but if the original was paperback, a replacement paperback is acceptable. 2. Pay the replacement fee. The standard fee across the school for lost or damaged library or literacy book is QAR 200. This covers the cost of sourcing the books in either UK or US, the freight charge, and the processing and cataloguing costs. The fee will be paid at the upstairs library where you will be given a receipt.

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Global Citizenship and Community Action Flea Market

The Solar Panel Project Team held a flea market in the atrium during the school's break. Generous donations were made by parents and staff such as clothings, shoes, cookware, household items, electronics for the flea market. All proceedings will go towards making the school run on solar energy. Installing solar will enable the school to run on clean energy while at the same time combating greenhouse gas emissions and global warming. In addition, it will promote renewable energy use in the surrounding area.

Donation To Qatar Charity Through the school year, students at ISL Qatar have had the chance to engage in different community events. Diverse projects that can be either student initiated or major occasions organised by the school. Funds have been raised during the Winter Carnival as well as the International Family Food Fair, two key community events. Together with student activities such as bake sales, flea markets and making and selling slime the school has now been able to donate money to Qatar Charity. In the last week of June, Mr Yaser from Qatar Charity received a cheque of 20000QR from the students in ISL Qatar.

In a short ceremony Nathalie, Julia and Noor from Grade 5 gave a speech and handed over the cheque to Mr Yaser. The donated money goes to the support of 13 orphans in different parts of the Middle East/NA region. Mr Yaser spoke about the importance of the work ISL Qatar students have been involved in during the school year and thanked the school for their continuous support. Taking Action is an essential learning part for all IB programmes, primary (PYP), secondary (MYP) as well as for the Diploma students. When we take action, we make connections to new knowledge and even the smallest actions can make a difference. Action may have a wide social impact, or be as simple as a meaningful choice. Mr Nidsjo, the Global Citizenship and Community Action Coordinator at ISL Qatar, says he is proud of how students in different ages initiates project themselves. The engagement students?show locally as well as for global issues is a joy to watch and be a part of.

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World Scholar's Cup 2018 World Scholar?s Cup Global Round, Kuala Lumpur 17th - 24th June 2018 Students from Grade 9 and 10 spent the last week taking part in the World Scholar?s Cup global round in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This year?s theme of ?an entangled world? reflects the ever- growing recognition that ideas, academic subjects, experiences, and people are intimately linked. It has encouraged us to think more creatively in terms what connections we are making between different things (or things that we previously thought were different). Our ten students were among 1,700 scholars in the senior section of the largest global round ever held. In addition to successfully completing a range of academic challenges, students were also able to get to know other young people from around the world and engage in a range of new experiences. Students and coaches alike found the trip enriching and rewarding. ?This year?s Global Round in Kuala Lumpur was an incredible academic experience to take part in. We were highly enthusiastic arriving into KL, not just for having an enjoyable time, but to participate in the 4 academic events of the World Scholar?s Cup: Scholar?s Challenge, Debate, Collaborative Writing and Bowl. Because of this Global Round, I feel more confident, debating feels less daunting, writing has been improved, and friendships have never been stronger :)? Putu, Grade 9 ?It was an excellent experience.? Ziyad, Grade 10 ?My team and I thoroughly enjoyed the World Scholar?s Cup global round in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We were thinkers as we participated in the academic activities and balanced our trip with the other entertaining activities like the Scavenge and the Ball. We were open- minded to the scholars that we met and competed with during the events and reflective on the experience as we returned back. Overall, it was a once- in- a- lifetime experience!? Hannah, Grade 9

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Visual and Performance Arts Rock School Many congratulations to all of the students who recently passed their Rockschool examinations. We had students entering from Debut level to Grade 8 (Professional level exams). The students produced excellent results. All 34 students passed of which 12 were distinction and rest passed with merit. RSL - Rockschool Ltd.?provides innovative, contemporary qualifications for music and the arts. Names of Students Who Passed Norah Nehme

Kate Glover

Amelie Costandi

Noor Salman

Lexi Amores Hudson

Muendo Makau

Sophie Nidsjo

Gonzalo Pascua

Marta Garcia

Ilias Chiotellis

James Glover

Harry Pell

Oswaldo Plazola

Harry Pell

Athanasios Kotrotsos

Jad El- Hajj

Cem Ozgur Gundogdu

Lucy Coleman

Augustin Costandi

Niccolo Pecchioli

Helena Cook

Marcela Garcia

Moritz Cornielje

Odysseas Grigoropoylos

Rowan Mistry

Moza Al Naemi

Michael Botting

Lara Jondi

Alexandra Ioana Irimia

Alexios Anogiatis

Ezgi Dora

Lucy Coleman

School Orchestra The ISL Qatar Music Department is starting up a school Orchestra (Wednesday afternoons 2.30 - 3.30pm) and a Jazz Band (Sunday from 2.30 - 3.30pm) in September. We would love to include any parents who are available to support these ensembles and play an orchestral or jazz instrument. Please contact cdaniels@islqatar.org if you would be able to support these in any way. If you are unable to attend rehearsals we may ask you to join just before concerts (depending on your skills!)

Lessons for Parents If you would like to learn an instrument next academic year please reserve a place with Rowena on rgeraldizo@islqatar.org.

Woodwind Lessons for Younger Students We will be offering a combined course for individual lessons in recorder / Fife flute / Flute to aid our younger students to build their skills towards playing woodwind instruments. If your child has expressed an interest in learning the flute please contact us for further details.

Instrumental Lessons If you are learning singing, piano, violin, cello, flute, Music Production, clarinet, saxophone, guitar or drums and want to continue please let Rowena know to reserve your place for September. If you would like to begin lessons in any of the above, or Ukelele or Woodwind please also register with Rowena. rgeraldizo@islqatar.org

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Sports News and Extra Curricular Activities Liverpool Football Trip 2018 A group of Grade 9 and 10 students took part in a football trip to Liverpool. The trip was designed to give the students an experience of life as a football scholar. The students trained each day looking to develop their technique and game sense. The team played two local sides, losing our first game, but after some extra coaching, winning our second game. The students were introduced to new training sessions and began to look deeper into the role of sport science in improving performance. Students used technology which was able to show their performance data from training sessions and games. They also visited Liverpool Hope Universities?sport science department and discovered the numerous careers which now exist in the sports industry. The highlight of the trip was a visit to Liverpool Football Club?s Academy. Here the students witnessed first- hand the group?s training and perhaps saw some of the stars of the future. They were lucky to be able to have a photo opportunity with Trent Alexander- Arnold?s Champions League medal. They then followed this up with a stadium tour of Anfield. It wasn?t just football as the students got to explore Liverpool?s cultural heritage the cities two Cathedrals, The Albert Dock and of course the numerous Beatles Landmarks Strawberry Fields, Penny Lane, John Lennon?s and Paul McCartney?s childhood homes! The students acquitted themselves fantastically and drew may compliments from Liverpool Football College and hotel staff. For Pictures From Liverpool, please click here.

College Counselling Testing Center The International School of London Qatar is now a registered test centre for both the SAT and Cambridge Exams (Thinking Skills Assessment Test; BioMedical Admissions Test; Cambridge Personal Styles Questionnaire); and students will be able to register for the SAT's for this Fall in the next coming weeks. Please contact the Guidance Counselors Nickeisha Thomas or Richard Thompson in the college office to receive updates.

Summer Learning Opportunities This is a reminder to all parents to encourage their students to visit universities, participate summer programs, or internships/volunteering opportunities over the summer break. Participation in summer programs/internships are very important as they help a student to further narrow their academic interests and helps provide them with information on what they have an affinity towards studying. Visiting universities is also crucial. Finding a university is not about attending the place that will provide the best education, but also the place your student will call home for three to four years.

Universities Visit This summer your ISL Guidance Counselors will be visiting the following Universities: UK - Durham University, University of Liverpool, University of Manchester, University Birmingham, University of Warwick, University of Bristol, University of Bath, University of Sheffield, University of Nottingham, Loughborough University, University of Leicester, University of Sussex, University of Brighton, University of Oxford, Imperial College London, University of Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin University, University College London, London School of Economics & Political Science

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Netherlands - University College Utrecht, Utrecht University, University of Groningen, Delft University of Technology, University of Amsterdam, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Leiden University. While there the counselors will be posting videos and photos regularly in the student?s College Counselling Google Classroom. If you or your student would like us to inquire about specific things while at these universities, please respond in google classroom or e- mail your query directly to the counselors at (nthomas@islqatar.org or rthompson@islqatar.org). i.e.: What are the residence halls like at UCL and how much does it cost for housing?

Grade 11 Grade 11 students 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.

Grade 10: Induction Week Review Week I Started with a bang as students presented themselves as college admissions representatives during an college counselling exercise. They broke into groups researching respective colleges and then presented to their peers. Students also signed up for the University and Careers Guidance platform BridgeU. This tool enables students, parents and teachers to collaborate and store all of their research on universities and courses in one place. All parents have been added on to this platform and have access to their students accounts so please make sure to check in with your student to aid them in exploring this tool. The week also included a trip to Education City where the students visited Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar, Weill Cornell University Qatar, Texas A&M University Qatar, Carnegie Mellon University Qatar, and Northwestern University Qatar. Highlights of the day included, campus tours, university presentations, student speakers, and an interactive 3D immersive simulation. The students were very glad they had the experience as it brought further clarity to their potential future academic prospects. Week II The students played a game of college counseling taboo to get their minds thinking and engaged around topics they will be covering in CUE throughout their Diploma Years. Topics include discussions on standardized exams, personal statements, careers, networking, volunteering, internships, and the importance of CAS and Extended Essay. Grade 10's also received some words of wisdom from their G12 senior counterparts Rhea Arora, Jan Sedlรก?ek, and Mohammed Talballa on how they should prepare and what their college process was like this year. This was followed up by a talk with the Deputy Head of International Office Student Recruitment at the University of Aberdeen, Mr. Dominic Milne. If you would like to view some photos from the days of the event, please take a look at this Google drive folder here.

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We are currently looking for candidates to fill the following vacancies: Teacher of EC Performing Arts (Part Time) Only applicants with a graduate calibre, and Nurse in the field will be considered. Fluency in English is essential, Arabic is an advantage. Please apply through our website & provide references, contact details here

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