Secondary School: 04/10/2019

Drama Workshops

We were delighted to host Philip Kingscott in school on Monday and Tuesday. Philip is an actor who trained at the Edinburgh school of Acting and he can be found working in Theatre, TV and Film, when he is not running student workshops. Our Middle School students had great fun learning improvisation for ‘Devised drama, ‘Stage fighting – making action safe’, whilst our High School students investigated language, space, audience and action in Elizabethan performing conditions.

Space Week: 7th – 11th October

The final countdown has begun to Space Week! We are excited to announce that students will be involved in a range of activities both within Science and in the community. Highlights of the week include:

  • High School Workshop in School: a guest speaker will join us to speak with high school students about her work with satellites from 09:30-11:30 on Monday 14th
  • Middle School students will visit the planetarium in Lecco on Friday 11th
  • Special activities arranged in the library
  • Links within lessons to Space. For example, in Biology students will be linking their studies on nutrition to the dietary requirements of astronauts, comparing menus and nutritional value of food provided on the original moon landings to what an astronaut would eat in 2019. They will then create their own nutritionally balanced menu for an astronaut.

As part of our Science Week, we invite all students to celebrate the start of Space Week with us by coming dressed in a Space theme, or as a Scientist on 7th October.  The theme of the week is The Moon: Gateway to the Stars. Learner Profile Day raised the bar with some amazingly creative costumes in both students and staff!

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Back to Learning Day on Wednesday, October 9th

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, 9th October between 08:45 and 11:10.

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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 to sign up and book your lesson
  2. Go to the tab for your child’s homeroom
  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.

NISSA Sporting Events

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The International School of Como has recently joined the Northern International Schools Sports Association. This organization’s main purpose is to hold sports tournaments for MYP & High School students of International Schools in Italy & Switzerland throughout the academic year. Our aim is to take part in as a good range of  tournaments in our first year and and we look forward to our school community cheering us on and supporting us at our events. We believe that once our students get a taste for competing with other schools, and the camaraderie that this instills, they will be very willing to sacrifice a Saturday morning every now and then!

The students participating in our lunchtime & after school sports clubs will have the first opportunity to represent our school and our first events are approaching quickly on October 19th with tennis and on November 9th-10th with soccer. Families will receive the tournament authorization form next week.

In addition, we are proud to be hosting two events on the NISSA calendar: cross country running on the 22nd of October and a Soccer Tournament on the 16th May. Go ISC!

If you have any questions or feedback, please contact Mr De Giorgio (rdegiorgio@iscomo.com) or Ms Magri (smagri@iscomo.com) in the PE department.

Open Day: Saturday 9th November

A polite reminder that Saturday 9th November is a school day from 08:30–13:45.  Your children will follow their normal lessons and visitors will have the opportunity to see the MYP and DP in ACTION!

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University Fairs

It is never too early to start having conversations at home about University and possible career pathways. If you are visiting a new city, it is always a great opportunity to visit a new University campus to get a feel for the type of location and style of University that your child may be interested in. It doesn’t need to be a full campus tour, just a short walk around looking at the buildings and thinking about the location as a possible choice for the future. For our High School students, we have suggested questions that they may wish to consider to make the visit more meaningful.

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University Fairs are also another great opportunity for our students to find out about study, both here in Italy and abroad. We are now in the season for university fairs and we have several that are taking place in our area:

Tuesday, 8th October: The embassy of Canada is hosting a fair looking at study in Canada from 10:30–17:30 in Milan (Palazzo Stelline – Corso Magenta, 61).
More details at https://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/italy-italie/study-etudie/study_fair-2019-foire_etudier.aspx?lang=eng

Saturday, 19th October: A number of Italian Universities will be present at the Fiera Young fair, held in Erba from 08:30–16:00. More details at: https://www.young.co.it/programma/

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We are also planning a trip to a University Fair as a school in the very near future, plus hosting several Universities on site – look out in our future newsletter for further details.

Reports and 3-way Conferences

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An important value to us is our partnership with families, maintaining effective communication between school and families to support the learning of our students. Within this, one essential form of communication takes place in the form of our school reports, issued four times a year to our families through ManageBac.

Our first report of the new academic year will be published to families on 23rd October at 17:00. This will give families a snap-shot of learning from the first half-term of the new school year and it will be closely followed by face-to-face discussions in our three-way learning conferences between students-teachers-parents.

The three-way conferences are an excellent opportunity for families to gain clear teacher feedback on how your child has made progress in their learning. Students are a critical part of this conversation and we encourage them to be present to share in the conversation, identifying strengths and targets for development in their learning.

We will be sending out e-mails to families over the forthcoming weeks with instructions on how to book individual appointments with teachers using google sheets.

Planning Afternoons

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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: 18th October, 29th November, 24th January, 6th March and 24th April. On each of these dates, our students will end School at 13:00 with our staff remaining for an extended collaborative planning afternoon.

Seasonal Changes

We are now approaching the time of year when the cooler weather is moving in and more rain will appear in the forecast. We advise out students to come to school with layers to accommodate the cooler weather outside, and the warm classrooms inside. We would like to remind our students to follow our ISC dress code.
Thank you for your support in advance.

 

Finally, Ms Karen and myself wish you a wonderful weekend. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance.

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