Whole School: 05/04/2019

Dear Parents,

In the blink of an eye, we are reaching the last Term of the school year. This year we will have a long Spring Break as some national holidays fall during the same period, and as a result the April school session is reduced to just over two weeks.

When we are back, the month of May will be dedicated to expressive arts and there will be several initiatives in this regard. Secondary school students will immerse themselves in a challenging period and begin exam preparation. Grade 6 kids have already started the journey to their exhibition that will culminate in the last week of May.

I look forward to seeing you at the next coffee morning scheduled on April 9th.

Best regards and have good weekend,
E. Ferloni

The educational value of sport

At ISC we cultivate a deep appreciation of Sports and our upcoming Sport Days scheduled for April 10, 11 and 12, for the Early Years, Secondary and Primary sections respectively, are their celebration. Mark these dates and come out to cheer on your children.
I would like to highlight some educational aspects of sport, which in my opinion is more fundamental than ever for healthy and balanced growth.

A fundamental element of sport is the mindset of commitment. Today there is a tendency to want to completely erase the word “effort” from our life. Everything should be “easy and immediate”.
Sport can represent a valid alternative to the mindset of “I want everything and immediately, without working for it”. In sport, commitment is essential. We experience the spirit of sacrifice that can also be transmitted in everyday life.

A second educational aspect is the culture of meeting others. Today, unfortunately, the opportunities for collective games in the courtyard or outdoors seem to have disappeared. Free time is used in an increasingly solitary and individualistic way. For many kids, the best friend is the computer and as such, one does not learn to interact appropriately and face the opponent.
In a world often dominated by virtual encounters, sport can help build a better culture of respect and friendship.

Sport can have the educational function of accustoming children to respect precise rules and behaviors. In some situations in today’s world, the freedom to do everything without thinking too much about others seems to triumph.
With its rules, Sport can be a great training opportunity for young people. It can help them build a healthy state of coexistence and respect for others, under the banner of that healthy culture of “limits” that should be the basis of every civilization.

Unfortunately, in today’s world, sport can also not be an entirely healthy or free of stress. When the imperative is no longer to participate, but to win at any cost, competition and pressure are unleashed. The world of football offers us many examples. Learning to lose and get up, to arrive last with joy, knowing that you have played the game fairly and respectfully with your opponent, to still be proud and satisfied, are great lessons in life. (Taken from Polisportiva Aurora Fontanella)

The importance of sport and a healthy lifestyle is a very important concept in IB programs, to the point that it constitutes one of the themes of the Units of Inquiry in the PYP.

No stress, just preparation

Our Italian teachers held a parent presentation regarding the Italian examinations; from the aptitude exams given at the end of each of the Middle School year through to the rigorous, “esame finale di terza media” at the end of Year 3 (Grade 9). The Power Point presentation can be found on Managebac. Grade 11 (MYP 5) students will soon be taking the e-assessments, tests given and corrected directly by the IB.

The preparation process has begun for both students and teachers. Why do we sit end of year exams, both externally and internally?
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 included 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 is just one of the many.

Our students are well prepared by our caring teachers, who support them emotionally but also insist on commitment and rigor throughout the preparation.
I 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 openly face these possible moments of anxiety during the process of preparation, you will be prepared in the end. I 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.