Secondary School: 15/02/2019

ISA Assessments: February 18 – 20 

As you will remember from our last newsletter, our Grade 8 and 10 students are sitting ISA assessments during next week.

The assessments are composed of 4 parts:  one covering the area of mathematics, two based on literacy:  reading and writing, and the fourth: an online test in Science.  The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), which administers the program, provides the exams, marks each individual paper, and subsequently shares the results with us.

Our students have already sat practice assessments, which have provided them with the opportunity to become familiar with the conditions and the procedures of taking formal test, and in the style of questions that will be asked.  If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to browse the ISA website:

Our assessment schedule for Grade 8 and 10 is as follows:

Monday, February 18
09.00 – 09.50:  Mathematical Literacy Part One
10.20 – 10.55:  Mathematical Literacy Part Two
11.25 – 12.05: Writing Task A

Tuesday, February 19 
09.00 – 09.55:  Reading Task
10.30 – 11.10:  Writing Task B

Wednesday, February 20 
09.00 – 10.00:  (Grade 8 only) Science Literacy on-line
11.35 – 12.35: (Grade 10 only) Science Literacy on-line

Students must ensure that they bring the following equipment to the assessments:

  • Maths: Pencil, Eraser, Calculator, a ruler, spare paper
  • Reading: Pencil, Eraser
  • Writing: Black pen
  • Science: Fully charged laptop, pencil


Our next Parent Workshop

Our Italian team will be hosting a workshop regarding the Italian examinations that our subjects will be sitting in the summer. The aim of the workshop is to help families to become more familiar with the structure of the examinations, and changes to the Terza Media that have taken place in recent years.  The workshop will take place on Tuesday, March 19 at 08.45.workshop

For students, additional clubs will take place to support them in preparation for the examinations. From March 25, clubs will start for Esame di idoneità on a Monday in extended club time (13.30 – 14.10), and for Terza media examination support taking place on a Thursday in extended club time.

The MYP Personal Project Exhibition

ISC MYP 5 (Grade 11) students were proud to share their Personal Projects with the school community last Thursday. As teachers, we all agree that one of the most satisfying aspects of the day is seeing, often a completely different side of students, who, left free to deepen, extend or reflect on their personal passions, are able to share their enthusiasm for their projects with a range of audiences, and also explain their challenges and their learning on the way.

For me, as Personal Project Coordinator, I was particularly proud to see the self-confidence of the students when talking to visitors, even the normally quiet, shy students were eloquent when talking about their project! I was also delighted to hear their seamless switching between English and Italian (and occasionally Finnish) and even Spanish to the Spanish teachers! Our students showed many aspects of the Learner Profile throughout the day, but to my mind, top of the list was being communicators, closely followed by being inquirers!

I’m looking forward to next year’s Personal Project Exhibition, and hope to see you there!

Helen Turner
Personal Project Coordinator


Team InfinityBots, who participated in the Genova Regional First Lego League competition, have made it through to the national level. They will participate on March 8 and 9 in Rovereto, Trento, against the best teams in Italy.  They were also nominated for the most innovative research project and therefore have been given the opportunity to create a video for the ‘Oltre la Robotica’ competition. We would like to extend our congratulations to the team for all their hard work and preparation. Please watch the video below to find out more about their involvement in the competition.

We invite you to follow their journey through the teams social media accounts on Instagram and Twitter.

Book Week

On Thursday, March 7 we celebrate World Book Day. To coincide with this we are hosting our school Book Week from Monday, March 4 to Friday, March 8.

Throughout the week we will be running a series of events all dedicated to the theme of World Book Day, “Share a Story”.


Our English and EAL classes will engage in story writing and to encourage the theme of sharing will swap their started stories to other students for them to finish off. A selection of the best stories will be displayed in the library.

In Art we will be taking a classic story and creating a comic strip from it, sharing the story through art.

Drama club will ask students to use a variety of props to tell a story and this will be extended to our Italian, Spanish and German classes but telling a story in that language.

In the library we will be displaying posters sharing ideas of great books for all to read – Mystery, Horror, Adventure, Poems, Girlpower, Dystopia and those who read reluctantly. We will also have copies of book extracts to share, enjoy and capture imagination. Throughout each day students are encouraged to come and use the library for reading and while there, they can take part in our Guess the Teacher competition and add a tag or leaf to our reading tree sharing with us their favourite books.

There are many more ideas to come but our theme of “Share a Story” is designed to encourage the enjoyment of reading and to share that enjoyment throughout the whole school body. Obviously this initiative is not just for book week but for always, so from now until the end of book week we are looking to put together a huge story board of pictures showcasing our students reading in school, at home and during ski week. Wherever you are share your pictures with the school of reading moments and lets show that “Reading is Power”.

Mr. David Pearce

Students of the month

Student of the month

In our recent assembly, we celebrated our students of the month for December and January. Our focus for December was on the IB Learner Profile, and on Approaches to Learning in Janurary. We would like to congratulate:

  • DP: Matilda
  • Grade 11: Chiara & Henrik
  • Grade 10: Leonard & Leonardo
  • Grade 9: Anna & Igor
  • Grade 8: Matteo, Marlit & Emily
  • Grade 7: Filippo & Angelica

Our February student of the month will be awarded for outstanding contribution to our clubs. 

Life after ISC: Preparing for University

Queen Mary’s University, London visit to ISC

We are delighted to host Ms. Drew Beresford in school on Tuesday, February 19 at 13.30. She will meet with our High School students to talk more about life at University in the UK, how the application process works and details about Queen Mary’s.universityQueen Mary’s is ranked as one of the top 50 Universities in the world for English, Drama and Law, and they are a Russell group University. This means that they are part of a prestigious group of 24 leading UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.

Parents are also welcome to our event: please contact me at so we can reserve a place for you.

Reminder from our last newsletter: British Council University Fair – Milan February 16

For our students thinking of studying in the United Kingdom at University, don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to meet representatives from UK institutions of Higher Education at the British Council Study UK Fair, Milan. In addition to meeting exhibitors, families will also have the opportunity to attend interesting seminars and presentations delivered by university representatives and our own education specialists.

The fair is free and runs on Saturday, February 16 from 10.00 until 17.00 at Palazzo delle Stelline, Corso Magenta 61, Milano. For further information and to pre-book ahead for fast-track entry, visit