Awareness campaign from the Gender Equality club
October was ‘Domestic Violence Awareness Month’ (DVAM). International Men’s day is on November 19 and November 25 is the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. As a link between these important events, and to tie in with the Secondary school’s theme of “NOvember – NO to racism and sexism!” – The Gender Equality students conducted research into a very serious topic – Femicide – and ran their first awareness campaign.
IS Como’s host country is Italy, so the students focused most of their research and findings here. Did you know, for example, that a woman is killed every three days in Italy by someone she knows? (CENSIS data). However, being internationally-minded, they also gathered evidence from around the world. Sadly, it wasn’t hard to find.
The resulting display was shown in the atrium from the 4th to 8th November, with news articles from around the world, videos of personal stories and statistics, as well as handouts that included quotes, images, links to the IB Learner Profile and a call to action.
To close the awareness campaign, on Friday 8th November, IS Como Secondary school students and Grade 6 were invited to show their solidarity with victims of gender-based violence, including their children and families, by wearing black (or wearing a black armband).
We hope you will continue to follow us through ‘NOvember’, as the Gender Equality club highlights important issues around men’s wellbeing, including their mental and physical health.
Ms. Ackers and Ms. Gray
Model United Nations
On 28 and 29 November, a group of High School students from Grades 10-12 will be representing our school in a Model UN Conference at ISMonza. After a fantastic conference last year, our lunchtime club is growing in popularity and is becoming a key interest point for our visiting Universities.
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.
Our next Parent workshop will be held at 08:50 on Tuesday, 26 November. It will be led by Mrs. Turner, our Personal Project Coordinator, who will lead families through the MYP Personal Project that all of our Grade 11 students are working on, in preparation for their final presentations in early February. We look forward to seeing you there!
Planning afternoon: Friday 29 November
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, with our next afternoon taking place on 29 November. On each of these dates, our students will end school at 13:00 with our staff remaining for an extended collaborative planning afternoon.
In November 2020, we will have an Evaluation Visit from the IB for the PYP and MYP. We are busily gathering evidence to show we are meeting each of the requirements set by the IB. Last year, a group of parents volunteered to meet with the IB on their visit and to help Ms. Lockett and Ms. Whittle to find evidence for the requirements from the parent perspective. If you would be interested in being part of this parent group, please email Ms. Jane Whittle (email@example.com). We will have out first meeting in January and will conclude the evidence finding by May 1. Thank you for your support of this highly important process.
We are delighted to have hosted a number of Universities over the last few weeks, supporting our High School students in preparing for the next stage in their learning journey, in addition to our visit to the University Fair in Monza. Visiting universities to campus have included:
- Lancaster University, UK
- University of Nottingham, UK
- Hult Business School, Italy
- Glion and Les Roches, Swtizerland
- Paris College of Art
- Bishop’s University, Canada
Our University representatives have all commented on how much they have enjoyed our students and how they have been impressed with the quality of the questions they have asked, their approach to learning. A great overall impression has been made and we thank our students for this.
We look forward to our next set of visits in late spring.
Have a relaxing weekend!