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4 September 2013 - Volume XXXVI - No 1 2013/14

Published by ISS as a Community Newsletter

Rafael and Rieke proudly collect their IB Diploma before heading off to university in the UK

The Informer

From the Director: Just like that, here we all are again! Summer seemed to rush by and watching our students settle purposefully back into classrooms is a reminder of the important role that a good school routine plays in a child’s life. We have welcomed our new families and our new employees and things are back in action. Between our dedicated employees and our wonderfully positive Parent Association, it is good to see the school back in action with kids in classrooms after a summer that was filled with the sounds of workers’ tools rather than children’s voices.

This is myyyy school!

Later in this issue you will see the fine results from our International Baccalaureate and IGCSE examinations. A record number of ISS candidates—53 in total-earned their IB diplomas when the results were made public in July. We are proud of their efforts and proud of all our graduating seniors whether they earned IB diplomas or IB certificates. ISS is committed to the idea that the IB diploma is the best pre-university preparation available and whether a student earns the requisite points to receive the coveted IB diploma or not, they will find their university experience to be enhanced by the hard work and engagement in their studies they encountered during their final years at ISS. IB Coordinator Lynn Park’s message will also highlight the strong IGCSE results that students earned as well. Fully 50% of our students earned either an “A” or an “A*” on their IGCSE exams. Results like those only happen through hard work by both students and teachers. Congratulations all! Another annual event that happens each September is that the ISS Board of Trustees makes its decision on the official tuition rate for the following school year. The 2013-2014 tuition rate has been set at NOK 205,000. This is fully 15% higher than last year’s tuition, which is a significant increase. The main reason for the increase is less an increase in expenses, but rather a decrease in the number of company/ military sponsored children in the school. In other words, the costs have gone down from our 20132014 last draft budget in the spring, but the revenue has also gone down creating a negative impact with a resulting higher tuition rate. Because we have approximately sixty fewer company/military students than last year, there was a corresponding increase in the fees. In June, the private rates were set by the Board of Trustees at NOK 128,000 for Grades 10-12 and NOK 68,000 for Kindergarten-Grade 9.

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ISS has been growing in numbers over the past years and we will continue to study this drop in the student numbers to consider whether we have experienced a

short-term reduction in student numbers or whether it will be sustained over a longer period. Whether it is a short-term or longer-term situation, the Board’s allegiance the commitment to providing the resources for an excellent quality educational experience for our students is as strong as ever. Following this article, you can see an overview of the school’s finances for the 2013-2014 school year. ISS, a non-profit foundation, operates within an approved annual budget for each school year. Our school budgeting year goes from July 1 to June 30 and our fiscal year runs from January 1 through December 31. The school’s accounts are annually audited by Ernst & Young, Norway. As is typical for most feecharging schools, the major income is from tuition payments and the major expenditures are for employee compensations.

Can’t you see it’s a castle?

The pie charts attached will indicate how the school’s approved budget allocates funds on both expenditures and income. The total budget on the expenditure side is NOK 129 million, with the lion’s share of it, as in nearly all schools, going toward compensations, which is nearly NOK 103 million. The approved budget includes a positive result predicted at NOK 2,3 million, which is designated toward “paying back” our reserves from what was used in the most recent construction. Normally that positive result would have been set at NOK 4 million, but because of the reduction in students, the Board has decided to lower the target of its annual re-payment to reserves to avoid a higher tuition rate. Every school that is prudently managed has a reserve fund and the Board has chosen to slow down the process this year of “repaying itself” from the funds that were drawn down to pay for the construction project. Because of the combination of the school’s reserve funds plus the contributions from Stavanger, Sandnes, Sola and Randaberg Kommune, and Rogaland Fylkeskommune, it was not necessary to take out a bank loan to pay for the construction. So the school is fortunate not to have to pay loan interest. The financial charts in this Informer will also be placed on Edline should you wish to refer to them at a later date. Our Financial Manager, Linn Åsheim, and I are also always happy to explain any questions that may come up. In this issue of the Informer, I would also like to share with you some information about the men and women who make up our ISS Board of Trustees. Our current Board includes the following individuals who offer their time in this important governance role:

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Mr. Simon Farrant, is a British citizen who works for Schlumberger. Mr. David Forbes, is a British citizen who works for ConocoPhillips. Mr. Garry Hargreaves, a British citizen, is the NATO representative.

Most reality TV shows aren’t reality, so don’t pattern your life after the characters on these shows. Manners are not old school or old fashioned. They are a necessity. Learn to listen to understand, not just to respond.

Mr. Jean Paul Koninx, the Parent Elect Trustee is a Dutch citizen and works for Norske Shell.

Reread as many Dr. Seuss books as possible. They are chock full of life lessons.

Ms. Åshild Hanne Larsen, the Board Chair is a Norwegian citizen who works at Statoil.

Listen to your parents. Most of the time, they really do know what they are talking about.

Mr. Keith Lewis is a British citizen who works for Norske Shell and is the Board Treasurer.

If you have to ask if an article of clothing is too short, too high, too low, too tight, or too anything, then you probably shouldn’t wear it.

Ms. Kristin Kragseth, works for ExxonMobil, serves as the Board Vice-Chair/Secretary and is a Norwegian citizen. Mr. Hans Christian Næss, is a Norwegian citizen and is the Employee Elect Trustee And finally myself, Dr. Linda Duevel, who sits on the Board in my role as ISS Director and I am an American citizen. I thank the members of the Board of Trustees for their willingness to devote their time and talents to the governance of the school. The ISS students are the beneficiaries of the hard work of the Board. I would also like to thank Tor Minsaas, the father of two ISS graduates and a current high school student, who served as the Board Chair for a number of years and Gro Kielland, also the mother of an ISS graduate, who also served as a Board member. Both Mr. Minsaas and Ms. Kielland resigned from the Board during the summer and I would like to thank them for their long service to the school. The Board currently has a process underway to consider new candidates for membership. While it may seem a reverse of the expected, I wanted to start off this school year’s first Informer with an ending. The following lines are from the graduation remarks of a high school principal shared at a graduation ceremony in the spring. But as I was reading them, I found them to be as apt at the beginning of a new school year as they would be at the end. And so, with thanks to Principal Dwight Carter, I share with you his words of wisdom—they work as well for adults as they do for students! “Be the first to apologize. 4 ·THE INFORMER

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Every aspect of your life doesn’t have to be shared on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Vine, Flicker, SnapChat, or any other form of social media. Please Pause Before You Post. Technology can’t replace our need for real face to face interaction, so show interest in others by asking questions about their lives. You are a role model and a hero to somebody. Instead of making excuses; make choices. Choose to be a life-long learner by reading on a regular basis. Extend to others the same grace you want extended to you. Failure and mistakes are life lessons. Learn from them and move on. Ride a bike. Take walks. Doodle. Be the type of person who others are sad to see go.

From the Deputy Director Dear Parents & Students, Welcome to the academic year 2013– 2014. As the school approaches the end of the first month it is great to see the energy and enthusiasm that both students and staff bring into to the buildings at the beginning of each school year. Whether they are catching up with `old´ friends or welcoming new one the energy generated in the building is exciting to watch. In August of last year I was able to share with you that we were embarking on the a journey of reaccreditation with both the Council of International Schools (CIS) and New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). For those of you who may be new to the concept of accreditation or just need a reminder I thought it would be pertinent to provide a short overview. The accreditation process has long been recognized in international school circles as a highly effective means of initiating and maintaining school improvement and demonstrating adherence to a set of publicly stated standards. There are a number of benefits associated with the award of accreditation to a school, but the main aim of this evaluation program is to provide an opportunity to improve the quality of the education offered at the school through a rigorous process of self-examination followed by an objective external appraisal by a team of peers, focusing on student learning and well-being. Over the past twelve months or so as part of the process, ISS has conducted a community wide survey and constructed teams including staff, students, parents and board members to review all aspects of our operation under the sections outlined in the diagram below.

Once you figure out your “why” … your “what” and “how” will be easy! Finally, enjoy all the experiences life has to offer! Make it a great life…. or not. The choice is yours.” . . . and with those excellent words of wisdom, I urge you all to “make it a great school year!”

At the end of the process the CIS and NEASC boards will review carefully the Visiting Team Report and consider the recommendation of the Visiting Team relative to re- accreditation of the ISS. As you can see a great deal of work has already been completed within this process and I would like to thank all those who have been involved for their endeavours. Self-reflection is always the best starting point for learning and growing whether as an individual or in an organisation such as a school. The process for us is an empowering one as it truly helps us to recognise all the great thing we do, but also provides us with the opportunity to grow and develop. As my eighty year old granny (who wasn´t a management guru) used to say ´Good, better, best, let it never rest, until your good is better and your better best´.

With kind regards, Gareth Jones Deputy Director

Dr. Linda Duevel, Director

In January 2014 we plan to send our full report to both CIS and NEASC. The re-accreditation process will culminate with a week-long re-accreditation team visit during the first week of April. The Team Visit will be conducted by a team of trained and suitably qualified administrators and teachers, drawn from other CIS/ NEASC member schools. The primary function of the Visiting Team is to assist the school by providing an objective assessment of the conclusions of the selfstudy and by articulating specific recommendations for school improvement. Team members visit classrooms and other work places and campus facilities, examine documentation compiled by the school, and speak with students, parents, members of the administration, faculty and support staff, and the Governing Body. They examine all aspects of the school in the light of the self-study findings, the school’s own Guiding Statements and unique demography, and the Standards for Accreditation focusing on student learning and well-being.

Can I take this opportunity to wish you all a fantastic academic year at ISS.

(By Principal Dwight Carter, Gahanna Lincoln High School)


As we start this academic year our task now is to complete this committee work which recognises our achievements but also highlights areas in which we could improve upon and incorporate these findings into the school’s strategic and operational planning process.

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Our School Finances COMPENSATION (salaries, employer's NI, retirement & insurance) 81 %

International School of Stavanger is a non-profit entity, which operates within an approved annual budget for the school year. Our school budgeting year goes from July 1 to June 30 and our fiscal year runs Jan 1- Dec 31.


OPERATING (school buses, building maintenance, utilities) 10 %

EDUCATIONAL OPER. (athletics, software, library, textbooks, dept. funds) 5%

Private K-12 13 %

CAPITAL (IT hardware, Phys. Plant modifications, furniture/fixtures) 4%


Budget expenditures 2013-14

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Pre.School 1%

Fees (Application/Registration) 1%

Other (Interest, facilities) Grants (Kommune, State, US <1 % Govt) 5%

Budget income 2013-14

Company K. - 12 80 %

The school accounts are annually audited by Ernst & Young, Norway. Approximately 94% of ISS revenue comes from tuition, 5% from grants, and 1% through fees. The remaining comes from bank interest and other miscellaneous income.

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News from the Exams Coordinator

News from the Exams Coordinator

May 2013IB results May 2013 International SchoolIBofresults Stavanger:

2013 IGCSE results 2013 International IGCSE School results of Stavanger:

65 graduating students took International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations, taking full for ThisThis year,year, 65 graduating students took International the full IB Diploma, and does not selectthe students Diploma Programme of 6 subjects (3 Higher and 3 Standard), the Extended Essay, Theory of Baccalaureate (IB) examinations, taking the full the programme. Despite the policy of open access, Knowledge, and CAS to obtain the Diploma, studentswith must Diploma Programme of 6(Creativity, subjects (3 Action, Higher Service). and 3 In ISSorder averages compare very favourably the world Standard), Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge, averages in most subject Both ofthethese students gain atthe least 24 points and fulfil a range of other conditions defined by IB. Thisareas. year, 81.5% and students CAS (Creativity, their teachers are to who be congratulated achievedAction, the full Service). Diploma. The highest scoreand achieved by our students took all the on this achievement. Diploma examinations was 42 points out of a maximum of 45 possible points, with a mean total score In order to obtain the Diploma, students must of 32 points for those who achieved the Diploma. IB examinations are scored on a scale from 1 gain(lowest) at least to247 (highest), points andandfulfil a range who of other AttheISS, the IB Diploma become normal our students achieved Diploma in May had ahas mean score ofthe 5.11 conditions defined by IB. This year, 81.5% of these programme for almost all of our graduating seniors, in each of their subjects. These are excellent results! Any candidate who does not achieve the full students achieved the full Diploma. The highest score and we are proud of our open access policy. Even if Diploma receives results indicating their performance in eachthe subject. achieved by our students whodocumentation took all the Diploma students do not achieve full Diploma, just missing examinations points out of some a maximum of 45in a the the experience May 2013was has42 again produced fine results, yearpoint whenrequirements, the overwhelming majority ofof ourfollowing possible points, with a mean total score of 32 points the programme is very valuable. For some students, graduating seniors participated in the full Diploma Programme. ISS has a policy of encouraging all for those who achieved the Diploma. it is particularly important to achieve the results to students to consider stretching themselves by working towards the full IB Diploma, and does not earn studiekompetanse which allows them to access select students for the programme. Despite the policy of open access, ISS averages compare very IB examinations are scored on a scale from 1 (lowest) Norwegian universities and funding from Statens averages most subject Bothfor theuniversity students and their teachersinare to 7favourably (highest), with and the ourworld students who in achieved the areas. Lånekasse study anywhere thetoworld. be congratulated achievement. At in ISS, the IB Diploma has become the normal programme for Diploma in May hadona this mean score of 5.11 each almost all of our graduating seniors, and we are our number open access policy. choose Even iftostudents of their subjects. These are excellent results! AnyproudAof small of students re-take do subjects not achieve the full Diploma, just missing the point requirements, the experience of following candidate who does not achieve the full Diploma to improve their scores, and I am happy tothe report that programme very valuable. For some students, particularly important achieve the results to did receives results is documentation indicating theirit isgraduates who re-tooktoexaminations this May performance in each subject. which allows them to accessincrease theiruniversities grades, allowing them from to move on to earn ‘studiekompetanse’ Norwegian and funding next phase of their education. have updated Statens Lånekassen for university study anywhere in the the world. A small number of studentsI choose to Mayre-take 2013 subjects has again produced some fineand results, the to statistics for graduates 2012 in the to reflect this. I to improve their scores, I am happy report that whochart re-took in aexaminations year when the majority of ourallowing congratulate ouron IBtostudents theirofresults. thisoverwhelming May did increase their grades, them to all move the nextonphase their graduating seniors participated in the full Diploma education. I have updated the statistics for 2012 in the chart to reflect this. I congratulate all our IB Programme. The chart below shows a summary of the IB results students on their results. from ISS over the last five years compared with world ISS The has chart a policy encouraging allofstudents to from averages. belowofshows a summary the IB results ISS over the last five years compared with consider worldstretching averages. themselves by working towards Year

Number of graduating seniors

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After re-takes

World averages (Mean Diploma score)


* students who took examinations in six subjects + ToK + EE + CAS

This year 55 students from ISS took one or more examinations is a personal one, made by the student year 55 Certificate students from took one orand more International of InternationalThisGeneral of ISS Education parent, dependingGeneral on the Certificate student’s educational Education (IGCSE) examinations, including some students who chose to re-take (IGCSE) examinations, including some students background and future plans. who chose to re-take examinations where theyachieved had examinations where they had not the grade that they wished last year. IGCSE are not achievedgraded the grade that This year a total of 52grades of ourby10th grade students from A*they to Gwished (withlast A* year. - C normally accepted as ‘pass’ British universities). chose to take IGCSE examinations, and for A U grade (unclassified) is given if for some reason students do not produce sufficientthose work IGCSE are graded from A* to G (with A* - C that do so, the final grades are extremely important of an adequate standard to be awarded a grade on a particular examination. ISS does not normally accepted as ‘pass’ grades by British (especially if they go on to apply to British universities who ismay take to enter for IGCSE universities).select A U those grade students (unclassified) given if the for IGCSE. throughThe thedecision UCAS system). examinations is a personal one, made by the student and parent, depending on the student’s some reason students do not produce sufficient work of an adequate standard background to be awarded a grade a The the of 10th are students indicated educational and futureonplans. Thisresults year afortotal 52 grade of ourstudents 10th grade particular examination. in those the chart below, and show a comparison with chose to take IGCSE examinations, and for that do so, the final grades are extremely results over the last five years. important (especially if they go on to apply to British universities through the UCAS system). ISS does not select those students th who may take grade results for theto10enter the IGCSE.TheThe decision forstudents IGCSEare indicated in the chart below, and show a comparison with results over the last five years.

Grade A* A B C D E F G U A* - C

Total students entered

IGCSE 2010 14.5% 31.7% 24.7% 15.1% 9.7% 2.2% 1.6% 0.5% 0.0% 86.0% 38

IGCSE 2009 13.3% 33.3% 23.3% 14.3% 10.0% 4.8% 0.0% 0.5% 0.5% 84.3% 40

Lynn Park, Exam Co-ordinator

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IGCSE 2011 14.3% 26.0% 32.2% 18.5% 5.1% 2.4% 1.5% 0.0% 0.0% 91.0% 53

Many congratulations all theCo-ordinator IGCSE students at ISS! Lynn Park,toExam 13th August 2013

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IGCSE 2012 13.5% 27.0% 27.0% 16.9% 10.8% 3.4% 0.7% 0.0% 0.7% 84.4% 26

achieving A* by -C These are another of IGCSE withpercentage our 10th grade These are another strong set ofstrong IGCSEsetresults, with results, The total of A students and A* grades achieved our 10th grade students A* - C in 84.5% of ISS 10th graders with this year an outstanding in 84.5% ofachieving the examinations. This compares favourably the was typical statistics of50.0% GCSE the examinations. - as you can seetotal frompercentage the chart, the number A*-C ‘pass’ rates in the UK of approximately 70%. The of Ahighest and A* grades th in recent years! achieved by ISS 10 graders this year was an outstanding 50.0% - as you can see from the This compares favourably with the typical statistics of theinhighest in recent years! GCSE A*-C chart, ‘pass’ rates the UKnumber of approximately 70%. Many congratulations to all the IGCSE students at ISS!

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IGCSE 2013 21.0% 29.0% 22.7% 11.8% 8.9% 4.3% 0.3% 0.0% 2.0% 84.5% 55

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The Counselor’s Corner

The Counselor’s Corner Greetings ISS High School Families! Although it is hard to believe that school has now been in session for a full month, the High School Office has been forging ahead at top speed to ensure that all of our students are engaged in their academics, finding balance in their day-to-day activities, and researching their postsecondary options. By now, we hope all our students have adjusted to new routines, challenging schedules, and exciting extracurricular activities. On August 23rd, the Class of 2014 met for their first senior seminar to reflect, discuss, and plan for this next exhilarating chapter of their lives. We reviewed university and ISS application deadlines, checked in on the status of extended essays and personal statements, and heard some enlightening reflections from last year’s graduates. We were delighted to hear how well our graduates were doing with their transitions from high school to academia. Their key messages to success at ISS included balance, time and stress management, and relying on support systems throughout the year. These tips served them well, as our graduates have matriculated at a number of reputable colleges and universities:

Ireland Dublin Institute of Technology United K ingdom University of Brighton University of Edinburgh Cardiff University University of Central Lancashire University of Glasgow Heriot-Watt University Imperial College London University of Lancaster University of Nottingham London Metropolitan University University College London Manchester Metropolitan University University of Manchester 10 ·THE INFORMER

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Seniors, take particular notice of university application due dates and standardized entrance exam registration deadlines. This year, we have a brand new tool called Naviance Family Connections that will soon become your one stop resource for career and university planning. We have no doubt that Naviance will serve you well as you continue to navigate the university application process. The secret to success in high school is simple: prudent academic planning, self-advocacy, and extracurricular involvement. The stress and pressure that coincides with college preparedness can also lead to some beautiful character building. Don´t be afraid to ask questions, rely on your support systems, and be there for one another.

Class of 2013 College Matriculation

Canada University of Lethbridge University of British Columbia United States of A merica University of California at Berkeley Florida Institute of Technology Liberty University New York University Northeastern University Pennsylvania State University University of San Francisco Texas A&M University University of Washington

For all of our students and families, please be sure to work together to organize your school activities, athletic commitments, CAS activities and schoolsponsored trips while staying abreast of your studies.

University of Newcastle University of Portsmouth School of Oriental and African Studies, London Staffordshire University University of Sussex University of the Arts London University of South Wales

High school only comes once, and to thrive within the supportive walls of ISS is a gift. Make this year your own. The Counseling Calendar of Events for the fall semester includes the following to date:

Netherlands The University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam University of Amsterdam


The following tests will be administered at ISS. There are a limited number of tests for each exam and they are available on a first come/first served basis.

Norway The Norwegian University of Science and Technology University of Bergen University of Stavanger Rønningen Folkehøyskole Voss Folkehøyskole Møre Folkehøyskole Norges Handelhøyskole Johannes Skole

The dates for the tests are as follows: PSAT/ NMSQT Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 7:45 am

Australia Applications in progress due to later deadlines Spain University of Madrid

Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Qualifying Test administration for 10th and 11th graders: This test is useful both as practice for the SAT and as a predictor of SAT scores. For 11th graders, the PSAT/ NMSQT also serves as a basis for awarding some merit scholarships. Taking the test will gain students access to a college and career search tool to aid them in their postsecondary plans.

To register for this exam: • sign up on the clipboard outside of the Counseling Office • transfer 120 NOK to the ISS account number 3201 09 31567, and • mark “PSAT Test Fee, STUDENT NAME,” by September 13, 2013. The SAT I, SAT II, and ACT tests are standardized tests utilized by U.S. universities as part of the admissions process. As each university has its own requirements as to which test(s) they will accept be sure to check their websites to determine which tests to take. Many universities will accept either the SAT I or ACT. In this case, it is the student’s best interest to take both as colleges will consider the highest scores. SAT I & II TEST Dates/Saturdays November 2, 2013 December 7, 2013 May 3, 2014

Registration deadline October 3rd, 2013. November 8, 2013. April 4, 2014.

12th graders - If you plan to enter a U.S. university in the fall 2014 and the SAT is a requirement then you must take it this first semester. If you took it last spring and would like to try to improve your score, you can take it this fall as well. 11th graders - You should take this exam on May 3, 2014 if you have plans to study in North America. This exam measures verbal, mathematical reasoning ability and writing skills. For any of the dates, register at www.collegeboard. com SAT II - Scholastic Aptitude Subject Test: Check the specific requirements of the universities to which you are applying to see if they require the SAT Subject tests. During one test date students may take up to three one hour subject tests that measure both knowledge and the ability to apply that knowledge in specific subject areas. They are administered on the same dates as the SAT I; however, the foreign language with listening exam is only offered in November (check for availability). You cannot take both the SAT I and SAT II on the same testing date. Check for specific test subjects and to register for the tests. THE INFORMER 4 S eptember 2013 · 11

The Counselor’s Corner

The Counselor’s Corner ACT - American College Test with Writing Dates/Saturdays Registration deadline September 21, 2013 August 23, 2013. April 12, 2014 March 7, 2014.

college or university in the United States, please submit a copy of your application to the Counseling Office by October 1st. If the Early application deadline is before October 15, please see your counselor to discuss when to turn in your materials.

The ACT test assesses students’ abilities in four academic areas - English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning. Writing is offered as an option that we strongly recommend you register for; this is the Writing Plus option. The ACT is commonly required by public colleges and some private colleges in the US Midwest, West and South. Check for specific requirements on individual college websites.

All other university applications are due by November 15th to guarantee timely submission prior to the Christmas break. Students are encouraged to complete and turn in their materials before the due date so that they can be processed sooner.

12th graders - If you plan to enter a U.S. university in the fall 2014 and the ACT is a requirement then you must take it this first semester. If you took it last spring and would like to try to improve your score, you can take it this fall as well.

Remember that any IB course or level change needs to be discussed with parents, the counselor and teachers and the proper form needs to be submitted to the Counseling Office by Monday, September 16th.

11th graders – You may wish to take this test in April. You may register at TO ALL OUR CURRENT 12TH GRADE STUDENTS AND PARENTS

Senior Seminar started on Friday, August 23rd and will be held during the last block on Friday 2. Students have already begun to set up individual appointments with the counselors to discuss their plans for next year. Please see Ms Brown or Ms.Jetabut to set up an appointment if you have not yet done so…time is of the essence! If you are applying through the UCAS system for Oxford, Cambridge, or a law, dental, medical, or veterinary science program your UCAS application must be completed by September 13, 2013. A special session of Senior Seminar will be held on September 3rd for these students to register on UCAS. Other students applying to the UK are welcome to participate but there will be other registration sessions available during Senior Seminar. If you are applying through the UCAS system for Oxford, Cambridge, a dental, medical, or veterinary science program, or a law course remember to sign up to take any necessary entrance exams (UKCAT, LNAT, BMAT etc.). These are not offered at ISS so check the university requirements and register with the examining body. If you are applying Early Decision or Early Action to a 12 ·THE INFORMER

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”If not now, when? If not me, who? If not, why not?”


Any student who is considering applying to a North American college or university is strongly encouraged to sign up for and take the PSAT exam in October and at least one session of the ACT Plus Writing or the SAT I during second semester this year. TO ALL OUR CURRENT 9TH AND 10TH GRADE STUDENTS AND PARENTS

All course change requests for electives for the first semester are completed. Remember that now is the time to practice and perfect your academic skills while developing new interests through electives and extracurricular activities. Do not be afraid to try something new! You may surprise yourself… To all students – have a fantastic start to the fall semester! We cannot wait to get to know each and every one of you. We look forward to an exciting journey with you this year as we learn, grow, and flourish…together.

Ms Brown

Ms Jetabut

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Conducting my life!

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High School NEWS

High School NEWS results. May 2013 has again produced some fine results, in a year when the overwhelming majority of our graduating seniors participated in the full Diploma Programme. ISS is a non-selective school and has a policy of encouraging all students to consider stretching themselves by working towards the full IB Diploma, and does not select students for the programme. IGCSE results were also made available to students on 16 August. I would like to sincerely congratulate these students on their impressive results. As you may recall, ISS was well represented at Unge Forskere (National Young Researchers Competition) final last school year. Maria Zakharova won 1st prize which consisted of NOK 10,000, plus a trip to the European Union’s Young Scientists in Prague, plus a trip to the Stockholm Nobel Institute International Youth Science Seminar, plus a trip to Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world’s largest international pre-college science competition in Los Angeles!

‘What a wonderful world!’

Stefano Croatto won 2nd prize of NOK 7,000 and also went to Intel ISEF in Los Angeles.

Rachel Eden won 2nd prize of NOK 7,000 and attended the 24th International Wildlife Research Week in Switzerland. Marcus Lima won 2nd prize of NOK 7,000 and went to China to attend the Adolescents Science & Technology Innovation Contest. Lisa Koninx won 3rd prize of NOK 5,000 and went to the innovation contest in China Ina B. Arneson won 3rd prize of NOK 5,000 and also went to the innovation contest in China. Please read the reports from Lisa Koninx (who presented her project at a science fair in China) and Rachel Eden (who did research in Switzerland) at Please note that the High School Open House takes place on Thursday 12 September and will start off in the Lovelace Theatre at 18:30. I, and all the High School Faculty, look forward to working with you in partnership in the betterment of your child’s education. Regards,

Dr. Liam Browne High School Principal

Welcome to the 2013-2014 High School Year. Already there have been numerous events and activities that have taken place in the High School.

With the beginning of the school year, I would like to reflect on the IB and IGCSE results.

During our Senior Seminar on Friday 3 23 August, 5 returning graduates shared their experiences of the IB diploma and college admissions process with our current Grade 12 students. It was a highly informative and insightful session.

This year, 65 graduating students took International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations, taking the full Diploma Programme of 6 subjects (3 Higher and 3 Standard), the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge, and CAS (Creativity, Action, Service).

Friday 23 August also kicked off our Student Council’s Back to School Event. I would like to thank the Student Council Executive Committee who organized and ran an enjoyable evening for all the students.

In order to obtain the Diploma, students must gain at least 24 points and fulfil a range of other conditions defined by IB. This year, 81.5% of these students achieved the full Diploma. The highest score achieved by our students who took all the Diploma examinations was 42 points out of a maximum of 45 possible points, with a mean total score of 32 points for those who achieved the Diploma. IB examinations are scored on a scale from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest), and our students who achieved the Diploma in May had a mean score of 5.11 in each of their subjects. These are excellent results!

On Saturday 24 August, the weather could not have been better for the International Awards trip. The International Awards involves in-school preparation work on navigation, health and safety, campcraft skills, environmental ethics, provision of maps, risk assessments compasses and pre planned checkpoints, and of course team work. 14 ·THE INFORMER

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Back-to-school BBQ in splendid weather ....

Ms Park’s article contains more information on IB

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Middle School News and Events

Middle School News and Events

Middle Schoolers are a playful sort Welcome to the Middle School!


I would like to welcome back to all returning Middle School families and extend a warm welcome to all Middle School families who are new to Norway and/ or ISS. I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable summer holiday - it’s hard to believe that we have been back for nearly four weeks already. I suspect that your children are glad to be back too (although I’m not sure they will admit that, of course).

In homeroom, the main focus has been on the ’settling in’ process. Some students have been issued with an agenda (for organizational purposes) and they all have an individual locker (for book, binders etc.). All students should now have a lock (with combination) on their locker. Students should keep their locker locked at all times during the day. We will also have ’surprise’ locker check days....just to make sure that no undesirable items are lost in the back somewhere!

The school year has begun! From this end, I believe your son or daughter has had a smooth start to the year. All students are now busy with their new schedules for the school year and getting to know all their new teachers. I mentioned at our first assembly of the school year, that ISS is a community and the MS is only a small piece of that whole community, so it is important that our students understand that the hallways, corridors are busy and we need to be respectful of others. As always we continue with our theme of ‘Respect’ in the Middle School this year – respect for each other, ourselves and respect for our facilities.

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Our homeroom theme this month is, not surprisingly, entitled ‘Organization and Time Management’ and students will be involved in discussions and activities related to this theme. In addition, we will also focus on note-taking skills and study skills.

6th and 7th Grade iPads All 6th grade students will shortly have their own iPad. They will keep this device in school for the time being. This will also help students with their organization. 7th Grade students already received them and 6th grade received them on Tuesday 3rd September. THE INFORMER 4 S eptember 2013 · 17

Middle School News and Events

Middle School News and Events

Middle School Activities

Congratulations to the following students:

Middle School Work Space

Middle School students are encouraged to participate in some of the activities on offer within the middle school but I would also encourage caution. It is very tempting for a Middle School student to want to get involved in every activity that is on offer!

President: Jack Burgess Vice President: Auriol Morgan Secretary: Tara Smith Treasurer: Atashi Chaterjee Creative Director: Maya Ostrowska Service Learning Coordinator: Carissa Kumar

Open to any Middle School student who would like to get their homework completed before going home!

Middle School Houses

Here are some examples of activities for Quarter1:

In addition to the four executive committee members, there will be twelve homeroom representatives. 6th grade students are encouraged to participate in Student Council as a homeroom representative.

MS Student Council – 2013/2014

MS Lego Mindstorms/Robotics

Middle school students in grades 7 and 8 were encouraged to campaign for a position on the executive committee of the Middle School Student Council (StuCo).

Takes place on Wednesdays after school from 3:305:30 in room 108.

The middle school has four houses this year and each house is made up of an equal number of students from grades 6, 7 and 8 which encourages cross- grade level communication and interaction. During each quarter, students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, community and service projects in order to gain house points. Students will vote for their new house names next week.

Sports Teams

MS BBQ – Friday 23rd August

Boys’ Football/Soccer Training takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 15:30 until 17:00. Open to all boys in grades 6, 7 and 8.

This was the first Middle School event of the year!

Please work together with the Middle School teachers in helping your son/daughter to understand the importance of making wise choices!

There are four positions: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. For the first time this year we have added two NEW positions: Service Learning Coordinator and Creative Director. Student Council is responsible for organizing many of the Middle School events throughout the year as well as showing leadership and helping all students to think of others. Students who wanted to be part of the executive committee have already campaigned and their campaign culminated in some wonderful individual speeches on August 30th. All Middle School students listened very respectfully to all the speeches and then cast their vote.

Girls’ Volleyball Training takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 15:30 until 17:00. Open to all girls in grades 6, 7 and 8.

Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00. Contact Mr. Randall or Mr. Armstrong for more information.

Thanks to our Middle School Liaisons, and their team of helpers for the superb organization of this event. The Middle School students had a fantastic time – and the weather was glorious and sunny !! The MS is a busy place and we have many activities and events planned for the year. I will keep you informed!

Please check the Edline or contact our Athletic Director, Mr. Jett Russell for all details of games, locations and times.

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Thursday, 5th September at 18:30. I hope to see you at our Open House tomorrow night - Thursday 5th September starting at 18:30 in the theatre. You will all have the chance to meet the teachers and hear some of the exciting things going on in all subjects. If you are not able to attend, please contact the Middle School Office and we can send you an information pack. 6th and 7th grade parents will also be able to attend sessions on the upcoming outdoor education weeks. Of course, you will be receiving more information as the departure date approaches.

Middle School Newsletters I send out weekly Middle School updates by email (every Friday) to all Middle School families. You should have received three of them by now. Please let me know if you have not received them and I can update my email mailing list. Once again, welcome to a new school year! Hopefully, you will find this advance information helpful when planning your busy family lives! Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions/suggestions or concerns. Carol Wallace Middle School Principal

Happily anticipating the new school year

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Middle School Open House

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Something bit me, I think ......

The PE curriculum will streeeeetch you..!

Primary School News Welcome to a wonderful new school year. In the last article in The Informer, I shared that there would be a change in leadership with a principal for Early Childhood (pre-school, Kindergarten and Grade One) and on for the Primary School, Grades 2-5. All seems to be going well with the transition, and we welcome Ms Jill Raven as the Early Childhood Principal. I send a special welcome to the children joining ISS this school year. You have had to learn new routines and get to know new classmates and teachers. This can be overwhelming at times, so if you have questions or need some assistance, feel free to ask any teacher, principal or office staff. We welcome new ISS faculty. Teaching in Grade 2 are Ms Lindsay Miller and Mr. Trent Williams. In Grade 3, we welcome Mr. Ted Varga. We also welcome a third Grade 5 Band and Music teacher, Ms Sanna Tranberg, Dr. Jack Raven as our counselor, Ms Andrea Strutin teaching in learning support and our new librarian, Ms Emily Douglas. After orientation to ISS from 1 August, the teachers are now feeling like a part of the team and we appreciate all the energy and enthusiasm they bring to the rest of the staff. Professional development among our teachers and staff is very important so we keep up with the best methods for student learning. New teachers bring ideas 20 ·THE INFORMER

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to our school, and teachers are continually attending courses. Some of these courses are taken during the summer, so teachers are going to school when students have holiday. Dr. Linda Duevel and I teach graduate courses to keep our feet securely planted in our greatest passion—teaching and learning. Teachers also keep a focus on learning by attending a variety of courses and workshops to continually develop professionally and share what they learn with teachers at ISS. For example, this summer Ms Jeanne Bouvier, Mr Erik Hove and Ms Kari Hvidevold attended courses with Teachers College of Columbia University so we can better implement readers and writers workshops, an initiative at ISS and many international schools. It is a challenging course, and difficult to gain enrollment, so we were very pleased to have them attend. The teachers come back with ideas to initiate after learning from renowned experts in their field, such as Lucy Calkins and Patricia MacLachlan. It was a great tribute to ISS when, among the ca. 1300 teachers and 500 other visitors at the course, Ms Hvidevold was chosen to share her story she had developed following the same writing process that we teach our students as an example of exceptional practice. The story involves a child who is confident on the outside and insecure on the inside. We look forward to a time the story may be published. Well done, Ms Hvidevold!

Primary School News You have had a chance to meet teachers at Meet the Teacher Day and at Open House on 27 August. There are many events coming up to get a view of how your child is doing in school. “Share in Our Learning” is a chance for you to attend the first 45 minutes of the school day, 8:309:15, so you can get a feel for your child´s work day. Each grade level has a separate day, and you are very welcome to attend. During the school year, there are also assemblies in the theatre where children show us what they have been learning, and the first is with our Grade 2 classes on 24 October. Student-teacher-parent conferences are coming up on 8 November and 21 February. Share in Our Learning has been a part of our way to connect home and school for many years. It is similar to your children coming to your workplace. The tempo changes and there are a few more interests in the room. However, being in the same place where your children work and watching them can give you an understanding of how you can support that learning when you come home. You will see how children attend to their work and how your child manages resources. Habits that enhance learning can be reinforced when you know what your children are expected to do and can do at school. Here are dates to mark on your calendar.

Grade Level Grade 3 Grade 5 Grade 4 Grade 2

Date and Time____________ 10 September, 08:30 – 09:15 11 September, 08:30 – 09:15 13 September, 08:30 – 09:15 17 September, 08:30 – 09:15

The International Schools’ Assessment (ISA) will be administered to students in Grades 3, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10 on 24 and 25 September. Students do not need to study specifically for these tests. It is more important that the students come to school rested as on any school day. These tests are used to help assess student needs. The tests also help ISS review its curricular offerings to ensure the curriculum meets international standards. Children are getting involved in many activities in school, after school and on weekends. I am pleased to see so many children signing up for drama, dance on Friday afternoons, cross-country running, volleyball, soccer on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings and many of the other activities offered by the school, parents or in the greater community. It is wonderful to see you at these and other events, and if not before, I look forward to seeing you at the Great Big Back to School Social on 13 September. Have a wonderful school year!

Len Duevel, PhD Primary School Principal

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´Bop to Pop´

´Bop to Pop´ Dance Class is back!

Dance Class   Grades  1  to  5   Classes start Friday 13th September 2013! • No cost! Lessons are free! Dance Class is shortly going to begin again in the Primary School and is offered from Grade 1 through Grade 5.

Taught  by  enthusiastic  Middle  &  High  School   students.  

The classes are led by a group of highly committed, highly motivated students both from Middle and High School, overseen by an ISS teacher. The High School students carry out the classes for their CAS programme (Community, Action, Service), an important part of the IB, which aims to provide students with opportunities for personal growth, self-reflection, intellectual, physical and creative challenges, as well as an awareness of themselves as responsible members of their communities.

Supervised by  primary  school  teachers.   No  cost  to  parents!   Classes  start  Friday  13th  September  2013.  

The students leading the dance classes aim to energize the children, foster the children’s love for both music and dance whilst also helping to develop their co-ordination, which plays an important role in many other areas of their lives. All classes take place on Fridays from 3.15 - 4.15pm and it is highly likely, based on last year’s numbers that there will be a class for each grade level.

Mrs. Vicki Jones (Grade 1 teacher): 4 S eptember 2013

Any  questions?  Please  e-­‐mail  Mrs.  Vicki  Jones:  

If you have any questions regarding the classes, please e-mail:


Letter with  details  and  permission  slip  will  be   sent  home  next  week.

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The joys of Summer are not yet over!

‘I’ll get there first!!!’

It has been a successful first few weeks for our Early Childhood (Preschool- Grade One) students.

Here are the “Share in our Learning” dates to mark on your calendar.

All of our young learners are transitioning into the ISS school environment. Routines are being established and classroom communities are developing.

Grade Level Kindergarten Grade One Preschool 3 &4

The children are exploring a variety of spaces, activities as well as getting to know each other. Children in Preschool and Kindergarten have already been out on a fieldtrip to the beach! Thank you to all of you that attended our “Open House” session(s). It was wonderful to meet you all. You have all had an opportunity to meet teachers at the “Meet the Teacher Day” and I encourage you to attend our “Share in Our Learning” sessions where you are invited to attend the first 45 minutes of the school day 8:30-9:15. This will allow you to get glimpse into your child’s day at school. Each grade level has a separate day for you to attend. 24 ·THE INFORMER

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Date and Time 12 September 8:30-9:15 16 September 8:30-9:15 18 September 8:30-9:15

It is my pleasure to be joining the ISS community in the new role as Early Childhood Principal. I originally come from Vancouver Island Canada. My husband, Dr. Jack Raven, (new Early Childhood & Primary school Counselor), and I have been living and working in international schools for the past 18 years. We began in the field of international education as classroom teachers in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Over 10 years, we studied and grew professionally leaving the school in administrative roles. From Jeddah, we moved to Beijing, China where we continued to work in administrative roles, study and professionally grow for another 8 years.

I have chosen early childhood education as the focus of the next steps in my career because I believe it is a vital time in a child’s intellectual, emotional and social development.

Please feel free to stop by my office anytime you have a concern, question or just want to say Hello. If I do not meet you before, I look forward to meeting you at the “Great Big Back-to-School Social” 13 September.

Early childhood (3 years to 7 years) is a crucial period. It is during these years that children gain a sense of self and learn to associate this identity with the people around them. This is a foundational stage that equips young learners with the experiences, skills and aptitudes needed to reach their fullest potential as learners. This is the time for the lasting development of “learning to learn” for each child.

Have a magnificent school year!

I believe that purposeful early childhood education is critical for a life of success in the 21st century. I have chosen this as my career because I am passionate about our youngest learners and passionate about making a difference in the lives of children. These young people are capable learners and represent our future. They deserve our best.

Warm Smiles,

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Click on Library Catalog Select the appropriate grade Click on the Catalog tab Start Searching!

Helpful Hints:

To search for materials in all grade levels select International School of Stavanger in the Location drop down menu.

To search for movies select Video from the Material Type drop down menu.

We hope to see you soon!

Emily Douglas ISS Librarian

to search for library materials from home

From the ISS website go to Community and select Library

If you have any questions or concerns about this study, please contact Ms. Bryn Martinez, M.A., the person responsible for this study at (401) 3168480 or, or her major professor, Dr. Lisa Weyandt, Ph.D., at (401) 874-2087 or If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, you may contact the Vice President for Research and the Director of Compliance, 70 Lower College Road, Suite 2, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI at (401) 874-4328.

Participants will be entered into a raffle for an or iTunes gift certificate valued at $25.

How do my child and I participate?  Please go to: [Insert link for SurveyMonkey here] and review and electronically sign the consent form before you begin the survey.

How long will it take?  The online survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Your participation is voluntary and you may quit at any time.

Who’s involved?  Responding to a series of questions about your international relocation experiences and life satisfaction  The purpose is to identify what contributes to life satisfaction of students attending international schools.

Who’s eligible?  Both parents and students (grades 6 through 12 only) will need to be able to read and write in English.

We are recruiting families for an online study to examine international school students’ life satisfaction. [Insert link for SurveyMonkey here]

We Need Your Input!

The school libraries are open to the entire ISS community!

Life Satisfaction of Students Attending International Schools Study

Library News! All School News

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International Friendship Group


International Friendship Group

Ms Christine Kemp


Ms Christine Kemp

Charities supported

Dear ISS Community, Please take a look at the notice listing the charities which IFG and SWEC supported during the last school year. Both groups were very busy and the charities chosen reflect the wide interests of High School and Primary School students. On behalf of both groups I would like to thank everyone who supported the projects last year – sponsors for the Walk for Wildlife, audiences at the UN concert, HS, MS and PS Musicals, PS Music Concerts and the PS Spring Fling, plus those who donated (and / or bought!) baked goods at these events. Thank you to the PA for inviting IFG and SWEC to help with the two successful Fun Runs. Thank you to the Friday Dance Groups for their donation after the end-of-year recital. Thank you to everyone who took part in the Love-in-a Box collection and who bought Christmas Cards and raffle tickets.

by the International Friendship Group (IFG) and Show We Care (SWEC) 2012 - 2013

SWEC / IFG events planned for September and October

Smile Train UNICEF Nordoff Robbins – music therapy Elizabeth Svendsen Trust for Children and Donkeys – riding therapy Send My Friend to School Water Aid APOPO – hero rats Right to Play Touching Lives – Action Medical Research for Children Livsglede for Eldre Min Dag i Dag Marine Conservation Society Bumblebee Conservation Trust Butterfly Conservation

Friday, 20th September: ENO Tree Planting Day. SWEC students will plant trees in the school grounds during 4th and 5th grade lunch recess.

Together you helped to raise kr 105 421 for us to give away to deserving causes. In addition to all of the above, the groups planted another six trees in the school grounds. This has been a bi-annual event for many years and is part of a global effort to ‘green’ our planet. Each Spring and Autumn equinox communities around the globe plant trees at approximately 12 noon local time. This is an exciting concept for all ages – 24 hours of tree planting in countries all around the world. The collections of stamps for TUBFRIM and used spectacles for Vision Aid Overseas were ongoing again last year. Please, send us these items whenever possible. IFG is open to students in 9th – 12th grades.

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Sunday, 22nd September: Sponsored Walk for the Marine Conservation Society’s work with our marine habitats. Flyers will be sent out with more details. Tuesday, 24th September until Friday 4th October: SWEC’s Sale to raise money for animal conservation. More information will be given later.

Orangutan Conservation Trees for Life Tree Aid Rainforest Concern Zoological Society of London – EDGE of Existence Programme International Otter Survival Fund Wolf Conservation Dyrebeskyttelsen Sør Rogaland (local animal welfare organization) WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals) Hillside Animal Sanctuary Scottish Wildcat Conservation

Monday 21st October until Friday 1st November: The annual Christmas Child Love-in-a-Box collection. More details will be given later. Friday, 25th October: The annual United Nations Day Concert, 18:00 in the theatre. Let us know if you would like to perform! The income from the concert will be given to SOS Barnebyer (Children’s Villages) For more information about any of the above AND to sign up for the UN Concert please contact

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Parent Association News News from the Health, Security, Safety and Environment (HSSE) Committee


Ms Sølve Ims Ottesen




For this school year, the HSSE (Health, Safety, Security and Environment) has three priority areas:


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Bus safety Lock down procedures Risk assessment


We have had a safety walk with Bedriftshelsetjenesten and I am glad to inform that the overall impression was good.


SAT., NOV. 9, 2013 13.00-16.00 ISS CAMPUS

Our aim is as always – a safe and healthy working place for both students and staff - zero incidents, zero injuries and zero harm to the environment. To reach this we need involvement from everybody and I invite you to send me a message if you see something that could be a risk. In that way we can take action before something happens. Thank you for your cooperation – together we will reach our goal!


Solve Ims Ottesen HSSE Coordinator

CELEBRATE & SHARE YOUR NATION! RAISE FUNDS FOR YOUR ISS! The PA International Festival is a day for ISS families to share a taste of their home nations while sampling the flavors and traditions of other nations represented at ISS. The day’s highlights are the international food court, the international activity court, artisan booths, and class raffle baskets, all of which are exciting fundraisers for our school. 30 ·THE INFORMER

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Parent Association News

Parent Association News

ISS Fun Runs

Fresh Air & Exercise? Friendly competition!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

New & old friends… Students, Parents &/or Staff*

Schedule of events:

ISS Relay Teams… 5 x 5km

400m (track: ≤10 yrs.)


50 NOK

3:10pm 1 mile (ISS property)

100 NOK

3:30pm 5km (to Stokka Lake)

100 NOK

Saturday, September 21, 2013 Choose your team-mates, or let us put you on a team with other ISS runners.

All races will start on the ISS track. Each competitor will receive a Participant Ribbon. Treats & refreshments will be available in the finish area. Pre-registration and number pickup in the ISS lobby, Wed., Thurs., Fri., October 16, 17, 18, from 3:00 – 3:30pm Sponsored by the Parent Association



The races start & finish in downtown Randaberg, 11am. Entry fees:

Partnering with SWEC & IFG:


125 NOK/team,

(25 NOK/person)

Parents & *Staff:

400 NOK/team,

(80 NOK/person)

Registration deadline: Sept. 12, 2013

Training HeroRats to detect landmines.


Contact PA Athletic Liaisons:

PA Athletic Liaisons: Kathleen Henderson:

Kathleen Henderson:

Delisa Anthony:

Delisa Anthony:


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*HSSE Coordinator:

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Looking for a way to get involved and meet some new people this fall?

Join the North Sea Baptist Women's Ministry for fun and exciting events! Welcome Back Fellowship Bring your friends! Everyone is welcome! September 2nd at 7:00 @ NSBC Come and hear about the exciting events we have planned for the year!

Weekly Bible Studies After the Boxes are Unpacked Starting Oct 3 Psalms: An Authentic Worship for Today’s Women Freedom for Mothers Check out our website ( for information on our events or email

Exciting Monthly and Weekly Events Welcome Back Fellowship

Preikestolen Hike Game and Gab Night Human Trafficking Awareness Event Annual Christmas Auction

Bible studies


Do you want to improve your English? Would you like to meet other ISS parents? • Daytime English classes for ISS parents in small friendly groups, at different ability levels. • New and returning students very welcome. • Private lessons also available, including preparation for Cambridge exams. • Qualified and experienced (native speaker) English language (TESOL)teacher.

For more information contact: Jean Peacock e-mail:

Craft & Coffee

Tel: 51 91 99 12

Weekly Prayer

The following items are coming up


Welcome to the newly opened Fretex store in Madla ! We are your new neighbor just around the corner from ISS. Fretex is the Salvation Army charity shop in Norway.

We have a treasure chest of lightly used clothes , fur niture , knickknacks , toys , a great selection of English books , and antiques .

We also welcome and are gr ateful for any donations of items you no longer need! For more information please see our Facebook page: Fretex-butikken på Madla Phone: 51 89 53 73 Address: Revheimsveien 74, 4043 Hafrsfjord



1978 Nidelv fiberglass weekender boat -

24ft ideal family boat sleeps 4 easily with inboard Yanmar diesel, new starter engine, refurbished gearbox and hood, NOK 75 000 obo

Torill Jensen Shop Manager 952 12 347 e-mail:

83 Mercedes Benz 280 CE, 2 known owners,

’We give people faith in a future’

some rust / restoration project but fully operational & mechanically sound, only 200K km. NOK 40 000 obo

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95 Volvo 850 GLT station wagon, 20 valve 5cyl 170hp runs like a charm, small body repairs needed, 275k km. NOK 25 000 obo

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Please contact Sveinung Medaas at Spanish, English and Norwegian Tuition & Conversation for all levels Preparation for local and international exams. Group or individual lessons at your place or my Language Studio. Teresita Ma. Ortigoza Nunez Teacher and Translator Tel.: 47-970 78 335 34 ·THE INFORMER

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Calendar of Events School year 2011-2012 High School event

Chef: Jean-Pierre Duc

Lunch Menu

In addition to the daily HOT MEAL and the soup of the day, the cafeteria also offers a vegetarian option for lunch

NB! The symbols V and GF means vegetarian and gluten free, respectively.

September M 30.09 Hot dogs and tomato beans hot pot October T 01.10 W 02.10 T 03.10 F 04.10

Pasta w/ bacon, blue cheese & spinach Hungarian Goulash w/mashed potatoes. Chicken legs Cacciatore w/rice Baked salmon w/broccoli and fuzzilli 07.10 - 11.10 - Autumn Break

M 14.10 No school T 15.10 No school W 16.10 TexMex rice and BBQ burger T 17.10 Komler(= Norwegian dumplings) with hot dogs, salted lamb and rutabaga stew F 18.10 Salmon with Salsa Verde and tagliatelle M 21.10 chicken. T 22.10 W 23.10 T 24.10 F 25.10

Treskeveien 3 NO-4043 STAVANGER Norway

November F 01.11 Salmon pie w/spinach M 04.11 Fried rice Cantonese w/chicken & prawns T 05.11 Pasta Bolognese W 06.11 Pork and tomato Fajitas w/rice T 07.11 Norwegian Lamb stew w/creamy sauce F08.11 Shell fish stew & pasta M 18.11 T 19.11 W 20.11 T 21.11

Pizza & salad Pasta w/Chorizo & tomato sauce Moussaka w/green salad Chicken Fricasseé w/root veggies & rice

Our Values Learning, Well-being, Community.

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Director: Dr. Linda Duevel Deputy Director: Mr. Gareth Jones High School Principal: Dr. Liam Browne Middle School Pricipal: Ms. Carol Wallace Primary School Principal: Dr. Len Duevel Early Childhood Principal: Ms. Jill Raven Business Manager: Ms. Brynhild Åsheim

The ISS Mission Statement ISS provides an internationally-accredited, engaging and challenging English-language education in a supportive, multi-cultural environment where students have the opportunity to fulfill their potential.

M 28.10 Hot dog, mashed potatoes, gravy & onions T 29.10 Pasta w/bacon, blue cheese & spinach W 30.10 Roasted chicken legs with parsnips & broccoli T 31.10 Meatballs w/kale stew & boiled potatoes


High School Office: +47 51 55 43 43 Middle School Office: +47 51 55 43 11 Primary School Office: +47 51 55 43 23

The ISS Vision Statement Inspire a community of responsible, globallyengaged, empowered learners.

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Tel: +47 51 55 43 00 Fax: +47 51 55 43 01 E-mail:

IB Coordinator: Ms. Lynn Park High School Counselors: Ms. Monchaya (June) Jetabut and Ms. Cheryl Brown Middle School Counselor: Mr. Matt Armstrong Primary School Counselor: Dr. Jack Raven School Nurse: Ms. Heather Melhus

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The International School of Stavanger (ISS), founded in 1966, is an independent, non-profit Norwegian foundation accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Council of International Schools. The school enrolls students from ages 3 through 18. ISS offers an international university preparatory curriculum that combines the best features of many national educational systems. Both the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme and the International General Certificate of Secondary Education external examinations are available to students. In 2013, the school has an enrollment of nearly 800 students who represent over 50 nationalities, including students from six of the earth’s seven continents.

September 5 6 10 11 11 12 13 13 13 14-15 16-20 16 17 18 18 20 21 22 24-25 25-26 30/9-4/10

Middle School event

Primary School event

All School event

2013-2014 School Year Middle School Open House, 18:30 Work Environment Day - No school for students Share in Our Learning - Grade 3, 08:30 Share in Our Learning - Grade 5, 08:30 Grade 3 field trip to IVAR recycling plant Share in Our Learning - Grade Kindergarten, 08:30 Share in Our Learning - Grade 4, 08:30 Bop to Pop dance classes start after school Great Big BAck-to-School Social Volleyball Vest Cup tournament, Int. School of Aberdeen visits All School Environment Week Share in Our Learning - Grade 1, 08:30 Share in Our Learning - Grade 2, 08:30 Share in Our Learning - Grades Pre-School 3 & 4, 08:30 Grade 3 field trip to IVAR recycling plant International Award Trip Interntiaonal Beach Clean-Up, 10:00 SWEC Walk for Wildlife, 13:00 International Schools Assessment (Grades 3 - 8, 10) Author Andy Briggs visits the school High School Tripm Week

(History WW1: Ypres, Art: Rome, Drama & Theater: London, Spanish: Barcelona, Geography: Iceland, Science & Environment: Svalbard, Universities in Scotland, School for Life: Thailand)

30/9-4/10 7th Grade Leirskole - Hardangertun 30/9-4/10 6th Grade Leirskole - Fevik October 6-13 14-15 16 21 21-25 21-31 22 24 25 25 30 31/10-1/11 31/10-2/11

October Break Inservice days for staff - no school for students Guest speaker on brain research and learning - for students & parents Swimming for Grade 5 starts, 12:45-14:10 Whole School Spirit Week School photographs Extended Essay Exhibition Walk Grade 2 Assembly, 10:30 UN parade for Early Childhood, 09:00 UN Concert, 19:00 Middle School Recognition Ceremony for Q1, 10:30 High School Parent/Teacher Conferences High School Play

November 4-5 6-9 6-9 8 9 9-18 15 15 15-16 18-21 22

Middle School Parents/Teacher Conference, 08:00-15:45 IMUN Conference, Lisbon NECIS football/volleyball tournament - Amsterdam Early Childhood/Primary School Parent Teacher Meetings International Festival Middle School Spanish Exchange to Barcelona Grade 3 Assembly, 10:30 Middle School Activity Night NECIS cross-country running, Antwerp Grade 4 Outdoor Education Week Early Childhood/Primary School Winter concert, 18:30 THE INFORMER 4 S eptember 2013 · 37

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