Secondary: 21/09/2018

Choose Respect

We begin this week with a spotlight on our theme for next week: Anti-bullying. As a school, we have chosen our theme for Anti-Bullying Week 2018 as: ‘Choose Respect’

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The aims of our week are to help students and our community to understand:

  • The definition
  • That bullying is a behaviour choice
  • That we can respectfully disagree with each other i.e. we don’t have to be best friends or always agree with each other but we do have to respect each other
  • That we all need to choose to respect each other both face to face and online

During the week, our students will be engaging with this theme in a variety of ways:

  • A kick-start to the week in Homeroom time today, linking our current theme of empathy to anti-bullying week. Students will prepare to present as a homeroom during next week’s assembly
  • A link into our theme of ‘choose respect’ during subject lessons and clubs
  • A display in our library space and recommendations on books to read around this theme, both fiction and non-fiction
  • Student work created by our ISC Student Creative Team
  • Our Grade 11 and 12 students will work collaboratively to produce a workshop for Grade 7 on Cyber-bullying: Stop, speak, support.

We encourage all children who feel they might be being bullied to tell a teacher so that together we can ensure ISC is a Bully Free Zone.

Please support us at home – we encourage you to speak openly with your child about bullying. Share your experiences with them and discuss how families are there to support. You might also want to watch the Anti-Bullying Alliance accompanying film which can be found at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wdYttIm5S8 This is a short clip of what is meant by respect and is a wonderful starting point.

What can I do if my child is being bullied?

Young people feel they often have to deal with bullying alone, and your child may worry that telling you will make you angry or upset. It’s important that you have the tools you need to keep your child safe, happy and free from bullying.

Your child will be concerned about your reaction, so try to stay calm and make sure you thank them for telling you. It is really important that you listen to what your child is telling you and observe their behaviour. Your child wants to know that you believe what they are saying and will support them through this tough time. If they are confiding in you it means that they are asking for help and support. It is important to talk to your child about how you can take action together to stop the bullying: ask them what they would like you to do.

Please contact us at school and speak with us about the situation. We are here to support in looking after your child and making sure that they are safe. Please contact your child’s Homeroom tutor or Ms Lockett (klockett@iscomo.com) and myself (npearce@iscomo.com)

For further advice, please visit https://www.antibullyingpro.com/parentsguardians

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ManageBac: Workshop on Tuesday, 25 September

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As you will have seen from your e-mail inbox this week, we have published our series of parent workshops for this year. Our first workshop to launch our series for this year is on ManageBac.

ManageBac is one of our essential tools to support learning and as such, we are hosting a workshop to help our new families to become familiar with our on-line platform, and as a refresher for any parents who may feel they need more support in using ManageBac. Our resident expert on ManageBac is Ms Ricco, and as our Secondary ICT Integrator, she will be leading our workshop on Tuesday, 25 September, starting at 08.45 in the Atrium – please bring a device that may connect to the internet to try your family account live.

Here is a message from Ms Riccò:

Here at ISC we have an incredible teaching and learning platform called ManageBac. Learners are able to find units, tasks, homework, results, feedback and upcoming assessments for each subject on ManageBac.  Parents are able to monitor their child’s progress, results and reports through ManageBac.

If you wish to find out more about the software and how to use it, please feel free to join us at our Parent ManageBac Workshop on Tuesday 25 September. I look forward to seeing you there. – Jessica Ricco.

Bonding Trips

Last Friday, our students and staff enjoyed a great bonding day off-site, building skills such as teamwork, communication and respect.

Our Grade 7-9 students visited the Jungle Raider Park at Albavilla, with  Grades 10 and 11 visiting Parco Avventura Resinelli at Piani Resinelli. Our Grade 12 successfully escaped from the CluesHunt escape room in Milan!

Clubs & Sport

Our first full week of clubs is now drawing to a close and a great time has been had by our students. We have been learning about Judo, unlocking our inner passions with Genius Hour, designing our first outfit in Fashion Club and scoring in Volleyball, finding out more about our new Model United Nations club and using our empathy skills when discussing current global issues, such as the hurricane in North Carolina. For other students, it was a quiet time to work independently, to reflect on their study skills  or to read and enjoy our new library space. This is only a snapshot of clubs and enrichment time from this week with so many exciting opportunities taking place through each and every week. Look out for featured clubs appearing in upcoming newsletters!

The photographs below show a range of our Thursday Clubs with Newspaper Club and library time:

Lateness and Uniform

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In our Grades 7-9, we have a uniform code to help add to our students’ sense of belonging to the our school community and to encourage our students to develop a sense of pride in our school.

Over the next few weeks, we will be working with our Grade 7-9 students, reminding them of the correct clothing to wear in school, on both uniform days and our Friday free-dress days. We are grateful for the parent for following our school policies.

If our students are not wearing the correct uniform, they will be given a verbal reminder, followed by a written reminder. Continued disregard for our uniform policy will involve family meetings in school.

For our some of our families, we do appreciate that uniform orders may not yet have arrived. In this case, please make your child’s Homeroom tutor aware as we will take this into account.

In addition, our PE code of conduct has specific references to help to keep your child safe, in all grades within the Secondary School. Please ensure that your child in brings their correct PE Kit to lessons in order to fully participate.With regard to jewellery, our PE code of conduct states that no jewellery may be worn for PE or sport.  As such, students are required to remove jewellery before a lesson commences. This is for the safety of your child and those around them. For students who wear knotted bracelets and necklaces that would need scissors to remove, a letter will be sent home to kindly ask to remove the piece of jewellery as these too put safety at risk when playing sport.

As a reminder, our Grade 7-9 uniform is:

  • Navy ISC polo shirt or white ISC t-shirt
  • Navy trousers, dark blue jeans, appropriate length shorts during autumn and spring or ISC official school uniform skirt. Shorts and skirts should not be too short. (No shorter than 12 cms from the  centre of the knee)
  • Grey ISC cardigan or pullover
  • Sensible shoes and trainers allowed. No open toe shoes or heels for safety reasons.
  • ISC Sport kit to be worn for all PSE lessons and only worn during the lesson or on special sports events.Students are expected to change your clothing after PE.

Planning afternoon: Friday, 5 October

A collaborative culture is at the core of an IB World School. It’s not just about students working together, fostering a community of experience and learning, but also includes teachers and staff. Our staff meet together on a weekly basis to plan collaboratively within subject teams, homeroom teams and as a wider team of staff. In support of this , and to enable us to engage in deeper conversations over an extended time, we hold a series of five planning afternoons throughout the School year: 5 October, 23 November, 25 January, 15 March and 17 May. On each of these dates, our students will end School at 13:00 with our staff remaining for an extended collaborative planning afternoon.