Secondary School: 19/12/2018

Christmas Newsletter

It is incredible how fast the school weeks seem to be passing by. As we look back over the last term, it has been filled with many amazing events in our School community, fantastic learning experiences for our students and the first term of our new Diploma Programme.
It is only right, at this special time of the year, that we pause for a moment and ask ourselves as to what we are thankful for. To me, the answer is pretty simple! We can be thankful for each other, our friends, our children, and our families. For our students, a huge thanks goes to our dedicated team of Secondary Staff. They work passionately and tirelessly with our students, motivating them to succeed and challenge themselves each and every day
I wish you all a relaxing holiday, filled with many joyful memories shared with family and friends. May this Holiday season bring happiness and joy to your lives; and may all your travels be safe.

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ISC Guidelines and Policies

We would like to kindly remind you that all ISC Policies can be downloaded from the MYP and DP Parents Page of ManageBac. There is also a copy of our Welcome Booklet and parent booklet in this handy place.
As a reminder, we are a nut-free school as a number of our students are highly allergic to nuts. Please ensure that your children bring nut-free snacks to school. Examples of nut free snacks can be found here https://www.holleygrainger.com/nut-free-snacks/

Upcoming workshops

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We are all life-long learners and we appreciate how important it is to our families to have to learn about the curriculum that we offer in our Secondary School, so that you may support your child in their learning. We are excited to be continuing with our regular Tuesday morning workshops for families with students in the MYP and DP programmes, from 8:50 to 10am.
The workshops for the New Year include:

  • 29 January: “The Personal Project” with Mrs Turner (Personal Project Coordinator). Aimed at Grade 10 & 11 (MYP4-5) parents but all parents are welcome;
  • 5 February: “Continuum Meeting – The IB Self Study ” for all PYP, MYP & DP parents;
  • 19 March: “Italian exams in the Middle School” aimed at Grade 7 – 9 parents interested in Italian exams;
  • 16 April: “Approaches to Learning in the MYP & DP” with Ms Lockett (MYP Coordinator) and Mrs Pearce (DP Coordinator);
  • 7 May: Digital Technology and our Bring Your Own Device Policy in Secondary with Ms Ricco (Secondary Technology Integrator).We look forward to seeing you there!

Student Teachers

As you will have read in my previous newsletter, we will be joined by two student teachers from the USA in January. Natalie and Charity have written a short introduction here to our school community:

NATALIE.jpgNatalie Engel, joining us in Science
Hello students, families, and friends my name is Natalie Engel and I am from Maple Grove Minnesota, United States. I attend Bemidji State University and I am studying to become a Science Teacher. I enjoy playing soccer for my university and coaching kids within my community. I am very fortunate and excited to be student teaching at ISC and having the awesome opportunity to learn from and work with teachers and students! I am passionately determined to spark excitement and self-sufficiency within the area of science for my future students. I will strive to develop close knit relationships with all my students so I can help them develop academically and most importantly as people. I am looking forward to teaching at ISC because I feel strongly aligned to ISC’s mission to develop students into confident and independent learners and global citizens. Specifically, I look forward to developing and nurturing relationships with students with compassion and respect.

CHARITYCharity Ridlon, joining us in Maths
Hi! I am Charity Ridlon and I’m from northern Minnesota in the United States of America. I am very excited to come student teach at ISC. I am very passionate about traveling, learning, math and much more. I cannot wait to build relationships with the people at ISC and learn more about the Italian culture. I’m excited to share my love of math with all of you!