Secondary School: 17/01/2020

UK University applications

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This week has marked another new milestone for our school, in which our very first University applications have been made to UK Universities. Over one third of our very first graduating class has applied to the UK to read a range of subjects from English Literature, to politics, economics, sociology and computer Science.

The application process is a very rigorous process compared to some other countries and takes considerable time from our students and staff, in addition to their regular studies and commitments. Students apply to a choice of 5 Universities and are required to present themselves in their best possible light with a personal statement. This is the most challenging part of the application process and includes why they wish to study the course chosen and why they would make a great student for the University. Students aim for a personal statement that will set them apart from the rest of the application, using only 4000 characters. As a school, we support applications with predicted grades and detailed references. Many thanks go to our DP teaching team in working alongside me in supporting our students through this process.

We wish our applicants the very best of luck over the next few month as they await feedback from their applications.

Grade 8 and 10:  International Schools Assessments (ISA)

From the 10 through 14 February, our Grade 8 and 10 students will participate in an assessment of their Maths, Science and English Writing and Reading Comprehension skills through the International Schools Assessments. This is an opportunity for them to sit in test conditions and to answer a set of questions or to respond to a stimuli for ISAwriting.

What is the purpose of the ISA?

  • To gain a snapshot of where each child in the class is within the different subject areas
  • To gain an understanding of where the whole class level is compared to all schools taking the test
  • To help teachers to analyse the current programme and make any adaptations – ISA will produce a document explaining which questions were answered well and which not. Our teachers use this information to reflect to inform teaching and learning

The ISA tests are set over a period of three days and will take place in the morning. Our assessments will begin at 08:45 and, once started, cannot be interrupted by late students.

The results of the ISA usually arrive in early May and will be uploaded to your child’s ManageBac Portfolio.  We kindly ask that you keep in mind that not all children will perform well under test conditions.  The ISA test is a very small snapshot of where your child is as a learner and is one part of a wider assessment process which includes a whole range of formative and summative assessments.

Our next Parent Workshop: Tuesday, 21 January at 08:45

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, 21 January at 08:45.

For our International students, Ms. Lockett will also be hosting a workshop on the exams sat by our MYP students in the international section, and in Grades 10 and 11.

Wear Red Day on Friday, 24 January for Chinese New Year

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On Friday 24 January we have Free Dress Day and we invite everyone to dress in red for Chinese New Year.

Planning afternoon: Friday, 24 January

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 24 January. On each of these dates, our students will end School at 13:00 with our staff remaining for an extended collaborative planning afternoon.

News from our Robotics teams!

ISC is excited to announce that they will be entering two teams (JavaBots and InfinityBots) into the First Lego League competition this year. This year’s theme is ‘City Shaper’ focusing on design and architecture. Learners have to design their own robots and program it to complete as many missions as possible within two and a half minutes. Furthermore they need to find a problem with a building or public space within the community, solve the problem, and present it to a panel of judges. We would like to share with you the progress made by each team so far.

InfinityBots

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Research Project: We have identified a problem within a public space. In cities today, such as Milan, there is excessive heat. Secondly, we have noticed the amount of pollution with the cities produced by car exhausts and manufacturing plants. Finally we have identified the lack of green spaces in urban areas around the globe.  Our solution is to create a innovate design to make these public spaces, roads and pedestrians more sustainable. Our solution proposes the addition of green spaces over walkways and roads, through a modular system of nets that will make it possible for plants to grow and create shaded areas, while at the same time filtering the carbon dioxide, in one environmentally sustainable effort to improve city living conditions.

Robot Game: After competing at the FLL Turkey Open last year, team InfinityBots have approach the game differently. They focused on creating a more modular and secure robot, with easily removable attachments. They have fully completed the Crane Mission and are now focusing on completing and perfecting the other missions.

JavaBots

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Research Project: We have chosen a public space in our community, Lake Como. The problem is that Lake Como is really dirty, so we want to find a way to clean the lake. After completing primary research for a month, we concluded that microplastics are a huge problem, so we will focus on removing these plastics from the water. We have decided that for our final ideas we will create a box that is placed in the water. It will suck in the water, separate the microplastics through a filtering system and then release the clean water back into the lake.

Robot Game: JavaBots have built a modular robot with two colour sensors for accuracy. They have currently completed three missions on the board: The Cane, The Swing and the Traffic Jam.

We would like to invite our community to follow us on Instagram (InfinityBots and JavaBots) to be part of our journey.

IB Visit and the Self Study

As you may be aware, in November 2020 ISC will have their Evaluation Visit from the IB.  This visit will be checking we are meeting all the standards and practices within a PYP and MYP school and to ensure we have moved forward since our last visit.  In order to get to know the school before they arrive, we must collect evidence that we are meeting each of the standards and every member of the school community has the opportunity to be part of this data collection. On February 4th after the Coffee Morning we would be very grateful for parents to join Ms. Lockett (MYP Coordinator) and Ms. Whittle (PYP Coordinator) to find final pieces of evidence for the Self Study.  We would like to offer you lunch so we may work all day to find all the evidence possible from the parents point of view.  It will be a long day but if you are interested in helping the school to show the IB our areas of strength and areas to improve we would be very grateful for your support.  Please contact Ms. Lockett via email – klockett@iscomo.com

Reports: published Wednesday, 12 February

It is scary how quickly time flies as we approach the end of January and the midway point of the year. Staff are working hard in writing reports for our students and our Mid-Year reports will be published to families in February through ManageBac.

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These reports will help you and your children fully understand the progress achieved so far during the school year. Our reports have been written using IB’s evaluation criteria and the “achievements”, as well as the “efforts”, of our students are assessed in the form of according to the evaluation indicators of the MYP and the grading system of DP.  These grades range from 1 to 7.  Included is also the Homeroom Tutor comment relative to the Learner Profile and the attitudes that are encouraged, describing the personal development of your child, the level of independence reached, their interaction with others, and their approach to school and their studies.

Further details will be provided with the reports to help you to understand the grading rubrics used.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

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After the publication of our reports on 12 February, you may wish to follow up with individual subject staff regarding questions from the reports and to ask further questions about the learning of your child. These meetings are optional meetings for families in MYP – staff will indicate in their report comments to you if they wish to meet you for a face to face meeting. For our DP families, we look forward to seeing all parents in attendance at these essential meetings.

Our teaching staff will be available through appointment on Tuesday, 25 February (Grades 7-9), Thursday, 27 February (Grades 10-11) and Tuesday, 10 March (Grades 12-13).