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1 2 t h J u n e 2 014 2013-2014

Issue 9

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TISA Goals 2013-14 Implementation

TISA Mission Statement The TISA Mission is to prepare students to become life-long learners and positive contributors to their local and global communities. TISA will prepare its students for the next stage of their education through a high quality, well-balanced educational programme. TISA will deliver its programme according to the universally recognised educational principles, practices and beliefs of the International Baccalaureate. Contents Director BTK PYP Evaluation Report Primary Production P3-P4 Dance Extravaganza Bake Sale & Primary Visual Arts Counselor TISAFest PE PTA Brownies & Graduation Speech Graduation Speech

The Track and Field Season. See page 11

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Day of National Salvation Holiday

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P1 & P2 End of Year Party

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P7 Open House

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P4 End of Year Party

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P5 End of Year Party

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P8 End of Year Party

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P6 End of Year Party

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P7 End of Year Party

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M5 End of Year Celebration

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P4 End of Year Party

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P8 and Secondary Sports Day

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Term 3 ends at 3pm

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At the start of this school year we set ourselves a number of objectives designed to drive forward school improvement. I am extremely pleased to report that we have been very successful indeed in achieving our aims. 1. Prepare and submit the CIS First Report in March 2014 The report was submitted ahead of schedule. 61% (34) of the recommendations had been completed and 37% (21) were in progress; only 1 was planned for the future, and this was dependent on additional staffing being found, which is now in place for August. We received very encouraging feedback from CIS: CIS was impressed by the school's positive approach to the recommendations contained in the April 2012 Visiting Team Report. In your Introduction to the First Report on Progress and Planning, you note the “…very close alignment between CIS’s recommendations and the plans already in place in the TISA Strategic Plan for 20122015…” and this report confirms the conscientious, purposeful efforts you have made to actualize these plans. 2. Implement the TISA Strategic Plan for 2013-14 The TISA Strategic Plan 2012-15 outlines proposals for the enhancement of various aspects of school life, including facilities, curriculum, technology, intercultural awareness, community service and action. For this year there were 34 elements. 73% have been

completed or are in progress; 9 have been postponed, and of these 5 relate to delays we have encountered in the delivery of TISA 5 or in the development of a new Arts Centre. We can feel very satisfied that we are proceeding so well. 3. Implement the Technology and Learning Plan for 2013-14 Our 3-year Technology Plan aims to improve the technology provision across the school; at its heart is our Apple 1:1 programme. During this second year of the implementation plan, 85% of the 41 points were completed or are in progress, 4 were postponed and only 2 were abandoned, as priorities changed. We have continued to develop access to, and competence in, IT at all levels. I am very happy that we are succeeding in bringing TISA IT well and truly into the twenty-first century. 4. Implement Phase 2 of the PowerSchool rollout plan PowerSchool is now being used routinely to record demographics and attendance, for reporting and scheduling. This new and exciting initiative has been very well planned and implemented, and all elements of the rollout plan have been achieved. We will further develop the use of PowerSchool next year. 5. Carry out a security upgrade, including the provision of all necessary infrastructure, technology and procedures


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Director

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TISA Goals 2013-14 Implementation‌continued Security huts were extended and the turnstiles were installed at the start of the year, but we have had very frustrating delays throughout this project we are still waiting for card-readers to be installed at the access points to allow adults to open the side gates. We hope that full implementation of turnstile access will take place in August. 6.Develop a regular and systematic curriculum review cycle for Primary and Secondary We have developed a curriculum review cycle to be adopted next year, which will provide an ongoing structure for curriculum development in accordance with CIS’s recommendation. This framework for the review of our programmes will ensure that curriculum revision and development is aligned across the school and that it takes place according to an established process and schedule. 7. Investigate the viability of using online surveys as a feedback tool for parents and students We have created a number of online surveys to be used to collect feedback. This year we have already piloted surveys for new and leaving families in order to assess in particular the ease of transition to and from TISA. The feedback received has been overwhelmingly positive. We have also developed a survey for all TISA families to be conducted towards the end of the next school year to evaluate how well we are doing in delivering our mission. We will prepare similar surveys to collect feedback from our older students next year. 8.Develop a process for measuring the success of the implementation of the TISA Mission Statement Last year we carried out a thorough revision of the TISA

Mission Statement. This year a group consisting of parents, teachers and students worked with me to devise a process for gathering quantitative and qualitative data in order to evaluate the degree of success with which we are implementing the school’s Mission. We will initiate this process in 2014-15 and we should be able to publish the results to the TISA community in June 2015. 9.Implement the recommendations from the 2012-13 Professional Development (PD) Review There were a number of recommendations made at the time of the Professional Development Review which we conducted last year, aiming to ensure that appropriate training opportunities are provided for teachers and support staff. This year more than 50 of our teachers have attended IB workshops abroad, completed online courses and attended other conferences. We also ran a three-day training course for P3 to P8 teacher assistants with a specialist from the UK, and we have offered training of various types (for example, first aid, time management, customer relations, safety awareness) to many of our support staff. 10. Develop a short- and longterm building development plan In the May edition of the TISA Times I shared with you the plans which are now in place to provide teaching accommodation and associated facilities to meet the needs of the projected increase in the student population as well as to upgrade the campus provision for the next few years. With the opening of TISA 5 in August, plans finalised for the

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Director & BTK

TISA Goals 2013-14 Implementation…continued installation of 8 prefabricated classrooms over the summer holidays, initial designs developed for a new Arts Centre and various other projects aimed at campus enhancement over the coming years we now have a much more robust idea of what building developments to expect until 2018. We continue to make excellent progress. Many thanks to all those who have been involved in moving

TISA forwards so purposefully this year. We send to those families who are leaving TISA our very best wishes for their future endeavours elsewhere in the world. I look forward to seeing the remainder of the school community - and indeed to welcoming its many new members - on the first day of the 2014-15 school year on Monday 18 August. John Gillespie Director

BTK News BTK celebrated a great year with its annual summer outdoor-fun party. Thanks to our homeroom mums, Einat and Nazila, the children could enjoy paddling pools and soap bubbles and had lots of fun in the water. We were lucky with the weather – the first day in a couple of days with sunshine and no wind! Inside, a lovely surprise was waiting for the children and their parents: a live performance of “Goldilocks and the three bears”. Four brave children from our BTK afternoon club were performing the story, narrated by our Ms Farida; all in front of the beautiful

backdrops Ms Angela and Ms Katja had painted. Thanks to all our parents, the children were then able to enjoy a hearty shared lunch with their mums and dads in our BTK classroom – what a wonderful memory! I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to our big BTK family: children, parents, nannies, drivers thank you for making this year a great one! Livia McTaggart BTK Manager

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PYP Evaluation Report

Primary School PYP Evaluation Report Arrives All International Baccalaureate (IB) schools operate within a stringent framework set up by the IB in their Standards and Practices. IB schools are regularly evaluated against these criteria to ensure a high level of rigor as well as consistency of implementation among schools around the world. In April, the Primary School (P1P8) was inspected to measure how well it is implementing the Primary Years Programme (PYP). In short, the Primary School did exceedingly well, receiving 22 commendations. This confirms that the TISA Primary School has a very strong programme in comparison with other PYP schools and shows outstanding development in all seven standards examined. Below is a brief summary of the findings followed by a more detailed list of recommendations and commendations. The results were also explained in a parent meeting on Wednesday, June 18th, from 8.45 to 10.00 a.m. Following the meeting, the full report will be available to the community at the Primary reception desk. Because the target audience for the actual report is administrators and teachers, it is not published and released to the larger community. Therefore, the report may be read in the Parent Room, but we ask that you do not copy or take it off site. The evaluation report examined the School’s philosophy, leadership and structure, resources and support, collaboration, the written curriculum, teaching and learning, and assessment. Below is a brief overview of the findings for each standard: • Standard A: Philosophy: The school’s educational beliefs and values reflect the IB’s philosophy.

• Standard B1: Leadership and structure: The school’s leadership and administrative structures ensure the implementation of the IB programme. • Standard B2: Resources and support: The school’s resources and support structure ensure the implementation of the IB programme. • Standard C1: Collaboration: Collaborative planning and reflection supports the implementation of the IB programme. • Standard C2: The written curriculum: The school’s written curriculum reflects IB philosophy. • Standard C3: Teaching and learning: Teaching and learning reflects the IB philosophy. • Standard C4: Assessment: Assessment at the school reflects the IB philosophy. In total, the Primary School received twenty-two commendations and only ten recommendations, which is an outstanding result. Commendations (verbatim from report) Section A: Philosophy • The school for its commitment to managing growth in a responsible way while maintaining low class sizes • The school for ensuring that its environment is a safe and secure one and that all members of the community are encouraged to express themselves to promote continual improvement • The school for the extensive provisions it has made to promote language acquisition and support for mother tongues

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PYP Evaluation Report

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Primary School PYP Evaluation Report Arrives…continued Section B1: Leadership and Structure • The school for the open relationship between the leadership team and the governing body for sustainable growth • The school for appointing a full time PYP Coordinator to meet the needs of the growing school community Section B2: Resources and Support • The school’s board for its financial support for the ongoing implementation and development of the programme • The school administration for developing a strategic recruitment plan to ensure positive dynamics and interaction between staff members to develop the PYP programme • The school for finding ways to train staff using both the PYP workshops and expertise within the school • The school for allocating funding to facilities that enhance the implementation of the programme above what is required Section C1: Collaboration • The infrastructure for collaborative planning is in place and used by everyone to plan and revise units of inquiry • The school for providing easy access for staff to PYP planners Standard C2: The Written Curriculum • The school for providing easy access for parents to the written curriculum and the Programme of Inquiry • The school for ensuring PYP unit planners include opportunities for student action • The school for establishing a system of review of the POI and a curriculum review cycle

Standard C3: Teaching and Learning • The school for developing the EAL programme to address the needs of the student community • The school for its emphasis on effectively integrating the use of technology into the classroom to assist teaching and learning • The school for making optimal use of a wide range of resources outdoor and indoor including IT in teaching and learning situations • The school for building a stimulating learning environment based on understanding and respect throughout the school community • The school for ensuring that students are aware of their development according to the learner profile attributes Standard C4: Assessment • The school for its wellestablished methods of documenting and providing evidence of student learning over time across the curriculum • The school for establishing ISA testing as one way to collect data about students in order to analyse the results to inform teaching and learning • The school for the variety of reflected work in the portfolio that showed consistent entry through the year Recommendations from report)

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Section A: Philosophy • The school develops and implements strategies to further participate in networking with the local and global IB community

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Primary School PYP Evaluation Report Arrives…continued Section B1: Leadership and Structure • The school refines the assessment policy to include the purpose of the ISA testing and ensures articulation between the three IB programmes Section C1: Collaboration • The school explore additional options to enhance the collaborative planning between homeroom teachers and single subject teachers • The school further develops a systematic approach to integrate the subject specific scope and sequence expectations with the POI Standard C2: The Written Curriculum • The school facilitates a curriculum review cycle involving all teachers to ensure a coherent, horizontally and vertically articulated POI • The school develops one scope and sequence document for each subject are with indicated the development of conceptual understandings, knowledge and skills Standard C3: Teaching and Learning • The school facilitates ways to enhance all teachers’ knowledge and skills in approaching teaching and learning through inquiry • The school develops an academic honesty policy and communicates this to the whole school community

The school explores ways to further support students in self initiated action, beyond fundraising activities

Standard C4: Assessment • The school reviews the current exhibition system to allow students more freedom and choices in demonstrating their learning in the Primary Years Programme The above recommendations will form the basis of our strategic goals as we develop our next five-year action plan. We believe that these recommendations will continue to move the school forward. Additionally, the number of commendations given by the visiting team recognized the considerable progress that has been made to further strengthen the academic program at TISA since the last visit. Thank you to the teachers, parents, students and Board members whose contributions make TISA such a strong learning community of which we can all be proud. David Harrold, Principal Kate Benson, PYP Coordinator

2013-14 Yearbook now on Sale! Price 30 AZN

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Primary Production

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‘Cats, Dogs, Mice and Kitties’ Production Over 70 students from P3-P8 worked together to present the Primary Musical Drama, "Cats, Dogs, Mice & Kitties!" 40 of the students were in Lower Primary, P3-P5. "It's great to see the young children so actively involved in music and drama," said Jim Hammer, "They are building skills for future productions." Jim Hammer P5 Teacher

P3 and P4 Dance Extravaganza! The IBPYP Performing Arts teach a balance dance, music and drama, and so, the P3 and P4 year groups hosted a big dance event at TISA. This was a chance for all parents and children to get together and swing a limb, and in the process learn folk dances from all around the world. The children had been working on theses in their Dance Unit of Inquiry. Favorites were the 'Troika' and 'Sasha' from Russia, the 'Viking' dance (the Hurry Scurry) from Sweden, and Bingo from the UK.

dance events in 2014/15 and welcoming students and their parents to share in the diversity of our teaching program. Here is wishing you a great Summer from the Performing Arts Team

This was a big action* where children decided it would be nice to share their knowledge with their parents!

* Big actions: "the occasional grandiose acts that can make a substantial impact. By their nature they are exceptional, and challenging. These tend to be group actions, often initiated by a sub-group of students." Davidson, S. (2012), Actions speak louder than words, Taking the PYP Forward, John Catt, Woodbridge, P. 105

A good time was had by all, and we look forward to hosting more

Alexander Gardner-McTaggart Primary Arts Coordinator

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Bake Sale & Primary Visual Arts

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Bake Sale Reflection On Wednesday 21st May 2014 Akanksha Joshi, Sejal Harke and I (Akshay), all from P8, arranged, prepared and hosted a Bake Sale to raise funds for Orphanage 3 to help the children and staff purchase garden equipment. It was fun organizing the Bake Sale. We made posters and went to Primary classes to inform and advertise our Bake Sale. While the Bake Sale was happening it was hard to quickly hand things to children because the queue was enormous.

The next time we would do a Bake Sale we would have more ingredients to make more things to sell; we would have more in our group so that there would be more things to sell and even more people would come. The total money earned by us was 214.60 AZN. After the Bake Sale was over we went to Orphanage 3 to give the total money. Overall we think it was amazing doing this Bake Sale and helping Orphanage 3. Akshay Joshi P8 Student Akanksha, Sejal and Akshay hand out the money to the director of Orphanage 3.

Primary Visual Arts The Primary School Visual Arts Department is exhibiting a selection of work at the ART exhibition which was organized by State ART Academy. The work from three grade levels used recycled materials to create works of art. P3 created monsters out of tissue boxes, colorful butterflies out of paper tubes, a penguin family out of plastic bottles and a 2D Mondrian painting. P6 students used the 2D Mondrian work to inform their 3D interpretation of Mondrian. They recycled an old canvas and card to create this artwork. The work is displayed in the State Art Academy along with other student work from Baku and Azerbaijan. Nicola Beale Primary Visual Arts Teacher


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Counselor

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2014-15 Secondary Counseling Office Dates September 13-14 SAT Prep Course M5-DP2 20-21 SAT Prep Course M5-DP2 30

SRT University Fair M4-DP2

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ISA Exam M1-M3

October 1 ISA Exam M1-M3 10-12 Azerbaijan International Education College and University Fair at the Baku Expo Center

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Various UK Universities Visiting M4-DP2

November 1 USA Early Decision Deadline for many Universities and Colleges 3-4

Various UK Universities Visiting M4-DP2

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SAT Exam (Only one with Listening Options)

January 10 SSAT Exam

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SAT Exam

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UCAS Application Deadline for Oxford, Cambridge and for any UK University for medical and veterinary studies beginning in 2015

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ACT Exam

TBD

CIS University Fair

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Career Fair M4-DP1

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PSAT Exam M5-DP1

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SSAT Exam

May 2

SAT Exam

18-19 A2 International Education Fair in Baku location TBD

June 6

SAT Exam

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World of Work Week M5

ACT Exam

29-31 USA Early Decision Deadline for many Universities and Colleges

Student Ambassadors. See page 10

Cheryl Travers Counselor

Activities for the Summer • • •

The 2014 Kempinski Summer Camp is taking place from June 19 – August 29. Summer Camp Stations for 3 groups 4-6 years 7-9 & 10-12 Will Include: the pool and water slides, crafts, carnival, frisbee, basketball, volleyball, badminton games, exercise, competitions and more. Registration starts from May 25th

Fun, education, skills development Runs 5 days a week (Monday to Friday). Lunch and refreshment included • Runs from June 16th (11 weeks) • Kids drop off 9 AM • Kids Pick up 1 PM • Kids are divided in age/gender groups and have 1-2 team leader (supervisor) • Each group has it color “Camp” T-Shirt for recognition •

Each group starts at 1st game station and rotates every 30-45 min to another. • On Friday groups will have a final competition and a closing party. Activities Include • Arts and Crafts • Bowling • Football/volleyball/rollerblades station • Aqua park slides • Aqua park pools • Exercise and fun station • Hide and seek expedition • Dancing class • Foosball and game station • Quiz station •

Sign up available at the Kempinski in Badamdar. Cheryl Travers Counselor

Career Fair Committee. See page 10


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A Look Into the Future An all-day event at TISA, the Career Fair on April 30th, provided the M4-DP1 students the opportunity to learn about various careers and to help them make decisions about their postsecondary education and career paths. Career Day allowed students who are aspiring writers, doctors, engineers, interior designers, educators, and accountants to hear from experts in what may one day be their future career. Dereck Hogan of the US Foreign Service serving in Baku as the Deputy Chief of Mission for the US Embassy was the featured opening speaker for the Career Fair. Speakers taking time from their busy schedules to talk with TISA students were twelve professionals from a variety of career paths were: Alex McTaggart, Drama Teacher and Professional Actor; David Scarr, Engineer; Mike Ormsby, Author; Angela Nicoara, Publisher; Helena Rosandic, Advertizing; Adrian Ellis,

Jamila Javanshir Hassanova on the job requirements in Marketing.

Hospitality; Ellen Childs, Education/Teaching; Jamila Javanshir Hassanova, Marketing; Chuck Sheridan, Accounting; Dr Kostas. Kyriazis, Cardiologist; Hagen Maroney and Dip Elise Tokumaru de Silva, US Embassy Personnel. Student Ambassadors filling a leadership role and supporting the speakers were: Sona Allahversiyeva, Alaskar Alizada, Kril Volodko, Davis Burnett, Zach Peters, Jan Haverkamp, William Hereward, Caitlin Kurz, Edgar Acosta, Toby Norton and Nadine Garibli.

Aspiring doctors with Dr Kostas. Kyriazis

Special thanks to the Career Fair Committee who worked on the event for several months prior to the Fair: Brenda Burnett, Mirjana Madigan, Crystal Jensen Kimberly Spurling, and Cheryl Kurz. Cheryl Travers Counselor

Helena Rosandic speaking about Advertizing

Students Learning about a Career in Accounting with Chuck Sheridan


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TISAFest & PE

TISAFest TISAFest, held on Friday June 6, was a huge success. Organised by M4 students, the festival was an end of year celebration of the arts, featuring bands, singers, artwork, dancing, games and more. Almost 150 secondary students attended the five hour festival, which raised 500 Manat for "the Library Makeover Project". The only question everyone is asking now is, when can we do it again?! Emma Burns Secondary Music Teacher

From Athletics The Track and Field season came to an end on the 16th of May. Unfortunately it did not end in the way we had planned. The event was cancelled due to citywide construction of the athletic venues. Though this is not the way we wanted it to culminate, we took quick action and scheduled an intersquad meet here on the TISA field. The athletes were able to showcase not just their talent but also their new uniforms supplied by the Titans Booster club. The Titan athletes performed well and even broke a few school records in the process. Emilia Cessetti from P8 achieved a long jump of 4 meters, which put her in the record

books for an 11 year old. Daniel Hatfield and Hunter Slade both broke the school record for the 1500m but Daniel will be recorded with the new school record of 5:07. Ironically the same phenomenon occurred with the intermediate girls’ shot put as both Anita Jha and Matilda Moss both out-distanced the school record with Anita making her mark with an 8.22m throw. Congratulations to all the athletes for a job well done all season. Thank you goes out to all those who helped through the event together at the last moment. Coaches Roelf Haverkamp, Sean Barry, Ruslan Gafurov, Daphney

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PE & PTA

From Athletics…continued Long, Simon Norton. The PE assistants Rauf and Rashad Mirzoyev as well as the parent volunteers: Crystal Jensen, Victoria Polk, Marie Ingram, Sandra Slade, Lucy Norton, Alison Baldwin, Suzanne Gill, and Brenda Burnett. Without their help the event would not have gone on. Have a great summer and look for next year’s training days on the Titans sports website come August. GoooooTitans!! Eric Buczkowski Athletics Coordinator

From the PTA TISA 2013-2014 - what an eventful year! We've mingled, we've been serious, and we've looked to improve. None of this could be done without the many parents volunteering time and talent throughout the TISA community. THANK YOU!! We ended our year with the "Hawaiian Luau" themed Summer BBQ. The weather was wonderful, and the people were fantastic! This year with your support, PTA has been able to… Give the DP2 class Hoodies, ELC Costumes for

Novruz, Fruit for Sports Days, Toys for BTK, TISA Titans Banner for TISA 5, Leavers’ Bags for any students leaving TISA, in which classmates can sign, and we were able to do an update to the DP Lounge in the Secondary School. The Community and Service funds have gone to help thirteen centers: Autism Center, Reliable Future Abused Children Center, UAFA Disabled Children Center, Mobile Dental Clinic, Hope Haven, Down Syndrome, Umid

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PTA & Brownies

From the PTA…continued Yeri Street Children Center, SOS Children’s Orphanage, Homeless Shelter, Hands and Paws (AARC and BARS), Ishiqli Ev Street Children’s Village, Enviornmental Club, Refugee Center. The Booster Club through its own fundraising was able to purchase track uniforms - 40 sets for girls and 40 sets for boys. The TISA Track and Field team looks great! We wish those moving on the best of luck! And we look forward to seeing those returning after the summer break! Enjoy your holiday!!! PTA

Brownie Sleepover May 2014 On Friday 16th May 2014, excited 1st Baku Brownies met at the ELC for the annual Brownie sleepover. The evening began at 5pm when Brownies arrived and set out their beds (some more elaborate than others!). We then had a short briefing detailing plans and expectations for the evening, before playing outside and then dinner. Dinner consisted of preordered take away pizza, with chopped up vegetables provided by the leaders. For dessert each Brownie decorated their own cookie. After dinner the Guides joined us and lead some fun games and activities. We also had a campfire outside. Guides taught us some songs and we ate marshmallows toasted by the leaders! Later on we played many more fun games and activities, including making friendship bracelets, making a mini play in teams using random props provided by the leaders,

rainbow loom and other craft. Feedback from the Brownies has been extremely positive: “It was awesome because we got to do lots of fun activities. My best bit was making a show from the bags of bits.” – Bethan “My best part was when we got to partner up with the Guides and sing songs.” – Freya M “It was really good because we got to make bracelets, bookmarks and eat toasted marshmallows around the campfire.” – Rhianna “I loved the rainbow loom bracelets and enjoyed singing campfire songs with the guides and eating marshmallows! My favourite part was the sleepover with friends.” – Abigail By the end of the evening we were all very tired and after a bit of chitchat went to sleep. In the morning we woke up early

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Brownies & Graduation Speech

Brownie Sleepover May 2014…continued and enjoyed a healthy breakfast of pancakes, muffins & fresh fruit. We then packed our things away and were collected by our parents at 9am. What a fun way to earn Brownie badge! Brownie meetings take place on a Wednesday after school. We now have two Brownie units, 1st Baku Brownies and 2nd Baku Brownies. If your daughter is interested in becoming a Brownie, please contact one of leaders, or email: karen.mean@btinternet.com

Graduation Speech for Class 2014 Mountains, roads, rivers. If I think back to my own school days and the end of term speeches, the memories that come back to me are of betting on how long the speeches would go on. We tried to keep ourselves awake by counting the clichés – the mountains to climb, the stony roads ahead, the rivers to struggle across. And so, as I began to think of what to say today, a certain dread came over me. Can I write a cliché-free speech? Is that even possible? And then I decided rather than worrying about the clichés, to talk a little about the clichés. Rather than avoiding them, analyse them. I am, after all, an English teacher. Mountains, roads, rivers. Why, I wondered, does the English language define success in terms of overcoming metaphorical obstacles? Why is success about mountain climbing, stumbling

along rocky roads, struggling across rivers? This seems to me a rather strange way to define success. Why not go round the mountain, walk on the grass, find a bridge. English, of course, also uses sporting metaphors to define success – most famously in terms of goals. As far as I’m concerned, and I’m sure followers of English football will agree with me here, the only people in need of goals are Manchester United. I think we need to throw away these metaphors and try to find another way to define success. For you today, success is sitting where you are sitting. For the musicians performing today, success will be the applause of the audience. For me, success will be a smoothly running ceremony. My point is this.

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Graduation Speech

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Graduation Speech for Class 2014…continued Success for each of us is measured differently. Success in examination results means improving against your own standard, not measuring yourself against statistics. Success for each of you will mean something different. You won’t find it at whatdoessuccessmeanforme.com, nor howdoIbecomesuccessful.com. And since success means something different for each of us, only we as individuals can define it. Only you can foster your individual success. And success shouldn’t necessarily be measured by long-term aims. Mapping out a course for your future, aims to be achieved, is to artificially limit yourself. Life is not Art. You can’t plan it from an end point. Life is lived day by day, life changes day by day. Every day new opportunities present themselves, new encounters bring new relationships, new experiences change us. If I think about all the coincidences and seemingly trivial details that have resulted in me standing here, I, well, I could bore you for some time. Let one example suffice. I was working at a school in the South of France. Six months later, the school went bankrupt – not my fault. The International School of Monaco happened to be looking for a head of English. The head of the Board of Governors at Monaco happened to be the uncle of a girl I taught in Brazil years before. Miss. Favret happened to work at that school. And the moment we met…she didn’t like me at all…but we’ll

pass over that little one. Now I happen to be here, in Baku, and happen to be Principal.

Heat Awareness

It is the little details that shape our lives – the pebbles, as it were, not the mountains. Success is grasping these little details and watching your life take whatever shape it will. So, having dispensed with mountains, roads and rivers, being an English teacher, I need a new metaphor for success. And here it is. The concept of Twigonometry – the geometry of trees. Success is being like a tree. A tree grasps every little opportunity – a shower of rain, a beam of sunshine, to grow upwards and outwards. Daily it flourishes and explores its environment, adding beauty and value to the world around it. Be like a tree. A tree grows in unpredictable ways. No straight lines. New shoots spring up unexpectedly, at random angles. These shoots grow, develop, and lead to other shoots. New trees appear. New life appears. So, when life seems hard, don’t bark about it. When you’re stuck in a rut, turn over a new leaf. Find a new root through life. Branch out. Twigonometry – the geometry of trees. TISA Class of 2014, I wish you good firtune, and treemendous success, however you choose to define it. Gareth Hubbuck Acting Secondary Principal

• Take scheduled breaks in cool places. •

Encourage others to take breaks. •

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