Secondary School: 22/03/2019

Residential Trips

We are quickly approaching the departure of our overnight trips and excitment is building in MYP.  Ms. Elvia has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to get our trips ready by contacting police headquarters, offices and families to name just a few areas that she has worked on. I’m sure that you join with us in giving her our sincere thanks for all of her hard work.

Our trips will be departing on Tuesday morning and returning back on Friday, 29 March.

Valle d'Aosta

Grade 7 depart to Valle d’Aosta by coach, They will be accompanied by Ms Blakeway, Ms Mani, Mr Clifford and Ms Middleton.

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Grade 8 and 9 depart to Trento and Austria by coach. They will be accompanied by Ms Lockett, Ms Gray, Ms Riccò, Ms Giulia, Mr. Duvia, Mr Ferrari and Mr Ruben.

 

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Our Grade 10 and 11 students will fly to Valencia and are accompanied by Ms Alba, Ms Evans, Mr Crewdson and Mrs Ackers.

We wish all of our students a wonderful and safe trip. For students not joining our trips, please remember that there are no arrangements for classes in MYP during this time.

Our DP students will be following a special programme here in school, focusing on the IB Diploma core elements of Extended Essay, TOK and CAS. They will also be supported in preparations for University, such as well-being, finance and university applications.

Reports                                                           

Our next interim report will be published to families through ManageBac on Friday, 29 March. 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 the last report. This will be in the form of achievement levels, using IB grading systems, Atl skills (MYP only) and effort grades.

Our final set of three-way conferences will take place on 1 and 2 April and will be by invitation only. Following the publication of the reports, if you have concerns about your child and are not scheduled for a parent meeting, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Lockett for MYP and Mrs Pearce for DP for an appointment.

Students of the month

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In our recent assembly, we celebrated our students of the month for February. Our focus for the awards was on contribution to our clubs. Congratulations to our students below:

  • Nazarii  Sokolenko G7
  • Valeria  Giannini G8LG
  • Orlando Leone G8JC
  • Mark Sorokin G9
  • Edoardo Pani G10
  • Lorenzo Lanzillotta G11

Our future student of the month awards will be presented for:

March   Service as Action /CAS
April       IB Learner Profile
May       Approaches to Learning
June      Contribution to Clubs

Middle School Drama Night

We were delighted to celebrate our strong Drama programme in Middle School with our annual Drama Night last Wednesday. Thank you to all staff, students and parents who helped this event to succeed and to Ms Niki for leading in such a wonderful event. Here is Ms Niki to tell use more:

On Wednesday 13th March we had our first Middle School Drama Night in the new Drama studio. It was lovely to see the classes so excited about sharing their drama work with an audience. The event began at 5.15 with the ‘Peter Pan Variations’ by Grade seven. The work explored the students’ developing skills in dramatic story telling, through their various interpretations. As we were preparing it in class, learners realised that there is a darker underside to this tale, which they were able to connect to current issues of cyber-bullying and pranking.

Grade 8 took over with ‘Two Treasure Islands’, which was devised from a small section of text, a unit on improvisation technique and a good deal of ‘OOH ARRR’ pirate action, while reflecting on the gender stereotypes within the original work. Who can forget Marlitt ripping off her apron and crying ‘Girls need adventures too!’ The skills learned in the November fight workshop were also on display to good effect.

Speaking of which, the calm and sophistication of the PTA aperitif (a huge thank you!) was rudely interrupted by hordes of sword wielding Scottish warriors – well, a couple of courageous Russians who were willing to give it their best shot. The rest of the company was supposed to circle the guests and surprise them from the back door – but found it locked. (I bet the real Macbeth never had such trouble.)

Undeterred, our worthy warriors fought on to show the work done so far on two texts, Macbeth and The Tempest, which they will now re work creatively and take to the Shakespeare Festival in Milan on May 30th. They all worked hard and showed the team spirit I hope to be able to develop in my drama students. I look forward to seeing them confront the next challenge.

Ms. Niki

Our Journey to the discovery of Hermann Hesse

Hermann Hesse is a very famous German Poet Writer and Painter. Our DP1 German Class had the Opportunity to visit the house where he lived for more than 20 Years. Here you are told our adventure between the Museum, the Cemetery and its Philosophy. When we arrived in Lugano, a kind guide, Lucia Umiker took us to Montagnola, where we began our Journey. When Hermann Hesse arrived at Casa Camuzzi, he didn’t have enough money to afford to live there. He made a Deal with the Host: that he would teach his two Daughters German and in return he could live there for nothing.Montagnola was for a long Time the Home of Hermann Hesse. At that time, he was writing many of his most important works such as Siddharta, the Steppenwolf, and Narcissus and Goldmund.In 1911, the writer made a trip to East Asia. This Journey greatly influenced his later works, such as his famous novel ‘ Siddhartha’’.After his return to Europe in 1914, Hesse moved to Switzerland. By the start of WW1 he volunteered for the German military. Hesse’s first marriage ended in divorce and he left his family hoping for a fresh start.He disapproved  how the Nazis took control of Germany. Throughout the second World War, he supported German refugees, including Thomas Mann and his friend Bertolt Brecht. During the War he wrote his last great work, ‘’ The Glass Pearl Game’’for  which he won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946.[1]

Astrid Schreiber and Matilde Ragozzino

[1] Plasse, Wiebke. “Hermann Hesse – Leben & Werk.” Geo, 25 Feb. 2013, http://www.geo.de/geolino/mensch/2943-rtkl-weltveraenderer-hermann-hesse

International Pi Day

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We spent Thursday celebrating International pi day in the following ways:

• A treasure hunt finding the area and circumference of a circle in terms of pi
• Class quiz about pi including pi being described through drama and rap
• A freehand circle drawing competition
• Digits of pi recital competition
• The creation of a paper chain with many digits of pi
• Writing poems about pi and in the form of pi

It was fantastic to see the creativity and enthusiasm of the ISC community! Well done to everybody who was involved and special mention to Daria Mikhailova (winner of the freehand circle drawing competition) and Eva Koneeva (winner of the digits of pi recital competition)!

Friday’s for Future

Ms Gray writes about how Secondary students supported climate change here in school:

During break time on Friday 15th March, we felt it was important to acknowledge the amazing efforts of 16-year old climate activist Greta Thunberg by screening her recent speeches to the WEF (Davos) and the UN (Poland). Student volunteers handed out news articles from ‘The Day UK’ and ‘New Scientist’ to learners interested in finding out more. Afterwards many students and staff were inspired to discuss ways of ‘doing their part’ both at school and at home.

External Examinations in MYP

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MYP 5 e-assessments

Our Grade 11 students have been hard at work this week completing Mock examinations for their upcoming MYP e-Assessments.

From May 13 to May 24, Grade 11 students will be taking a series of tests online, in English, Maths, Science and History/Geography. The tests are administered and marked centrally by the IB. Although these e-assessments in MYP5 are not mandatory, but we wanted our students to take a high-level external exam in preparation for the final exam of the Diploma Program (DP). Sitting an externally marked examination means working hard in preparation, managing anxieties and emotions, measuring oneself with the time available and giving the best of oneself.

Lessons for our Grade 11 students in the upcoming weeks will be focussed on preparation for the examinations, in subject knowledge, skills and understanding, alongside effective revision skills and stress management.

Italian Examinations

Our Italian teachers will be starting optional lessons during club time in preparation for the Italian exams: Grade 7 and 8 exam preparation (idoneità della scuola media) clubs will take place on a Monday lunchtime from 13.30 – 14.10, with Grade 9 exam preparation (esame di terza media) taking place on a Thursday from 13.30 – 14.10.

Why do we sit end of year exams?

Knowing how to take an exam is not an innate ability, but one that you learn, testing yourself along the way. It involves a series of skills to be put into place that require a certain level of maturity and awareness.  These include knowing how to establish intermediate targets prior to the big goal, being able to manage anxiety and emotions, the ability to better communicate your ideas, knowing how to interact with professors, responding to their questions and expressing points of view.

Once again, the school provides fertile ground for this life experience, and these examinations are just one of many.

Our students are well prepared by our caring teachers, who support them emotionally but also insist on commitment and rigour throughout the preparation.

We recommend that students start preparing their interdisciplinary thesis and thoroughly follow the requests of teachers. Any possible moments of discouragement or fear, must be addressed by speaking openly and by asking for advice. If you face these possible moments of anxiety during the process of preparation openly, you will be prepared in the end.

We encourage the parents to support their children in these last months of school, pushing them but also reassuring them. Show them your confidence; your calm attitude will bolster their self-esteem. Keep in mind that high expectations create anxiety, while demonstrations of affectionate support communicate trust and safety. Should it be necessary, please monitor that their commitment is serious and steady and encourage them so that they can give their best.