Secondary: 09/11/2018

Model United Nations Conference

On Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14, a group of High School students from Grade 12 and Grade 11 will be representing our school for the very first time in a Model UN conference at ISMonza.

Model United Nations (MUN) is a simulation of the United Nations working sessions in which students act as ambassadors. Each participant represents a different Country and is required to respect faithfully the assigned country’s values and interests. The aim is to negotiate and obtain the approval of documents (resolutions) that favor the assigned Country, taking into account public interest. It’s a cooperative competition in which participants interact on matters of international politics, which introduces students to the world of diplomacy, negotiation, and decision making.

For the two days, our students, better known as “delegates”, will debate current issues on the conference agenda. They will work with their resolutions, plot strategy, negotiate with supporters and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the UN’s rules of procedure.

For our students, it will give them the opportunity to:

  • Learn about topics of global interest.
  • Strengthen English skills with specific terms and public speaking techniques useful in different contexts.
  • Improve leadership and team working abilities while learning negotiation techniques and strategies.

After the conference, we look forward to welcoming new members to our MUN Club.

UNICEF World Children’s Day

As a school we will be joining UNICEF in celebrating World Children’s Day on Tuesday, November 20. UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfil their potential, from early childhood through adolescence. They aim to build a world where every child is in school, safe from harm and can fulfil their potential, and we know you do too.

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The theme for this year is “The world is going blue!”. We ask that our students come to school to celebrate World Children’s Day by wearing blue clothing or accessories. Students will also be focusing on the important themes of UNICEF in Homeroom time leading up to this special event.

Drama at ISC

As always, there are so many exciting learning opportunities taking place within Drama in our Secondary school, led by our fantastic Drama teacher Ms. Niki. And now, it is all happening in our NEW Drama Studio.

Middle Years Drama Workshop: The ‘fight workshop’

dramaAs you will remember from our previous newsletter, our Grade 7-9 students had the opportunity to work with a professional actor in school recently, looking at the techniques used in stage fighting. The students used our learner profile attributes of caring and being a risk –taker to develop effective techniques to convey message and purpose to their audience, in a safe and controlled way.

High School Drama Night

We invite you to join us for our inaugural event in our new space, with our High School Drama night on Thursday, November 22.

Grades 10 and 11 will be performing their versions of ‘Antigone’ by Sophocles, with original music composed for the occasion, and ‘The Crucible’ by Arthur Miller. These are major plays in the history of dramatic art, the first a study of private conscience versus state oppression, the second a parable of community interest versus private morality. Both plays resonate in our time, in particular when performed by young actors. Let us count on your support at the inaugurating event of our new drama studio.

SAVE THE DATE! Registration details will be shared soon.

Our Parent Back to Learning Day: Wednesday, November 28

Research shows that one of the best tools for student success depends on family involvement in their education, with parents working in partnership with school to support their child’s learning at school and at home.

To support our families in understanding more about how learning happens at ISC, we are delighted to invite parents to join us in our annual Parent Back to Learning Day, gaining first-hand experience of learning in action. This event will take place on Wednesday, November 28 between 09:00 and 12:00.

What is this? This is your chance to become a student in one of your child’s lesson on this morning: seeing, hearing and feeling learning in action.

How do I sign up to participate in this event?

  1. Click on the link here
  2. Go to the tab for your child’s Homeroom Teacher in the google sheet
  3. Write your name into one time slot on the timetable.

Please sign up for one slot only to allow as many parents as possible to participate in the event.

Please note, this is a normal teaching day and we kindly ask that parents enter into the spirit of the event. This is not a time to ask teachers questions about your child but to experience a lesson in the MYP and DP environment.

Introduction to High School event: Thursday, November 29 at 18:00

As you will be aware from our Key dates, we are delighted to offer to our families an event focusing on an Introduction to High School, here at ISC.  The event will take place at 18:00 on Thursday, November 29 and is open to any families interested in finding out more about our High School Programme in Grade 10 through Grade 13, and it will be of special interest to our Grade 9 families.

We aim to offer the best possible educational pathway for our students that will open doors and create opportunities for them in the future, in our ever-changing global society. This evening is the beginning of our journey into High School and we aim to give families an overview of High School here at ISC, both as a continuum from MYP3 and in the transition into the IB Diploma Programme.

We look forward to you joining us on this exciting journey into High School.

Centenary of the end of the First World War

warNovember 2018 marks the centenary of the end of the First World War, a war that cost millions of lives and altered forever the social and political landscape of the world.

Here at ISC we will conduct our own act of remembrance through poetry and, in conjunction with our English and History departments, we are encouraging students to join us in the library during enrichment time on Monday, November 12, to read and recite poetry of different nations written during or about the First World War. On Friday, November 9 our History Department will be focusing on the First World War and its aftermath by considering how we should best commemorate those who have suffered as a result of war. Our students will look at different war memorials across the world and from this, they will create or draw their own memorial.

Through this we hope to encourage inquiry and reflection into the global impact the First World War had on people, communities and nations.

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