Secondary School: 18/10/2019

Science Week

As a Science week drew to a close, the rocket in reception has blasted off full of memories and photographs of the week. Highlights have included visiting speakers in High School talking with students about satellites, a trip for Middle School to the planetarium in Lecco with a follow-up workshop back here in school.

Even our Grade 13 Chemistry students have been involved in deducing pathways to create essential chemicals required on the International Space Station using their knowledge and understanding of organic reaction. Here are the launch pads they created:

University Preparation

We have launched our focus on University preparation this year with a wonderful visit from the University of Lancaster Management School. Mr James Leyshon gave our students an in-depth look at both the programmes offered by Lancaster and applications to UK Universities in general. Students asked thoughtful questions and benefited from advice on selecting appropriate Universities. Indeed, Mr James has sent his thanks to our students for such a lovely visit and to say how much he enjoyed meeting with them. This was followed by a visit from the University of Nottingham on Thursday during club time, with Mr James Stephenson.

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On Friday afternoon, our Grade 10 and 11 students took advantage of an invitation from our sister school in Monza to join them in their annual University Fair. Over 50 institutions were represented in the fair, ranging from countries such as England, Spain, Italy and beyond. Our students took the opportunity to speak with representatives about the courses on offer to them at the end of High School and the entry criteria that they will aspire to reaching. The event also featured a presentation on the application process used by differing country universities.

Our DP students and Grade 11 students will continue these conversations on an individual basis here in school and we look forward to welcoming a range of Universities through this year here in Como. We will also hold workshops on applying to specific countries for University, looking at country differences and how our students may maximise their opportunities within these differences.

UN Day

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We are excited to be celebrating UN Day as a school on Wednesday 24 October. Our MUN club students will be leading us in a School-wide celebration about UN Day and their work in preparation for the Model United Nations Conference in November. We look forward to our students coming to school on this day dressed in the colours that represent their nationalities, or wearing the national dress of their home country. National sport shirts may be worn.

Greetings from the Model United Nations Club

I am thrilled to announce that ISC’s MUN Club will be attending the MUN Conference at IS Monza during the 28th and 29th November 2019.
Once again, our delegates are busy preparing their speeches and resolutions. It is an exciting time as we go into our second year – a warm welcome goes to both our new and returning delegates!

Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to make some important announcements.
A big thank you goes to Anaïs Wyder-Pivaral who did a great job at starting and developing the first MUN Club at the ISComo. As she has now progressed into DP2, she will no longer be Secretary General but will remain an important member of the MUN Club and will provide important guidance and support to the rest of the delegates as the Club develops further.
I am very happy too that Shefani Livera will also continue being a member of the MUN Club and she will be attending the Conference as an Observer and will be conducting interviews and writing articles based on the day.

Secondly, congratulations to Lorenzo Lanzillotta on becoming elected as the new Secretary General and to Barbara Borney on becoming elected Vice Secretary General. Both roles are crucial in creating a successful team and I have every confidence that they will do a fantastic job!
A special mention also goes to Leonardo Kloos who has taken the important role of Communications & Marketing Officer. His role will be to help promote the MUN Club both inside and outside the school.

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This year, our MUN Team will represent China, Belgium and Nigeria as follows.

Representing China are:

  • Michelangelo Veda – delegate attending the Education Committee
  • Anna Spreafico – delegate attending the Human Rights Committee
  • Barbara Borney – delegate attending the Economic Committee
  • Edoardo Pani – delegate attending the Disarmament & Security Committee
  • Sofia Carotenuto – attending the Environment Committee

Representing Belgium are:

  • Cristian Iturralde – delegate attending the Education Committee
  • Virginia Beretta – delegate attending the Human Rights Committee
  • Leonard Alsleben – delegate attending the Economic Committee
  • Marta Fiore – delegate attending the Disarmament & Security Committee
  • Leonardo Kloos – delegate attending the Environment Committee

Representing Nigeria are:

  • Sophia Spreafico – delegate attending the Education Committee
  • Ginevra Torrisi – delegate attending the Human Rights Committee
  • Mariana Dufeu Castillo – delegate attending the Economic Committee
  • Lorenzo Lanzillotta – delegate attending the Environment Committee

Participating in the MUN Club provides our students with so many excellent opportunities, including: public speaking, conducting formal debate, writing resolutions and working together to brainstorm how we can all contribute to making our world a safer and fairer place. Good luck to all our delegates!

Ms Adele Evans

Seasonal Changes

cambio stagioneWe 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. For our Grade 7-9 students, please support us in sending your child to school with an ISC sweater and a warm jacket for outside. For our High School students, they should ensure that sweaters and jackets follow our High School dress code. Thank you for your support in advance

Reports and Three-way conferences

As a reminder from our previous newsletter, our first report of the academic year will be published to families through ManageBac on Wednesday 23 October. This report will feature a snapshot of learning from your child and each subject area will share with you the academic progress that you child has made and their effort since term began.
As this is a snapshot of learning, the report is designed to begin the conversations with staff about the learning of your child and as such, we encourage families to join us for our three-way conferences. As we frow as a school, we have divided our conferences into specific grades and they will be taking place on:

  • Monday 11 November: Grade 12-13 DP students
  • Tuesday 12 November: Grade 10-11 students
  • Tuesday 19 and Thursday 21 November: Grade 7, 8 and 9 students

Three way conferences

In Secondary, the role of the student is essential in these conversations so we ask that our students also join us in the conferences to share in the conversations, gaining valuable feedback from staff on the learning journey. Please note, child care is unavailable for this evening so we ask that parents supervise their children at all times whilst on site.

Our school office will be sending out e-mails to families  with instructions on booking appointments through google sheets. For any families who are unsure on accessing ManageBac to view the reports, please contact Ms Elvia in our office at epiras@iscomo.com

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Please take time to discover more about our MYP curriculum corner and DP curriculum corner this week.

Ms Lockett and I wish you a wonderful weekend!

Nicole Pearce