On Friday evening I was a proud High School Principal as we bid farewell to our Class of 2019 at their graduation ceremony. It was a wonderful event and would not have been possible without Ms. Pat, who spent many hours helping to coordinate the event along with Ms Mala. It was also a sad time as not only was it my last Graduation Ceremony at ISS, but we also we said goodbye to the students who will venture to new pastures and new challenges, whether at University, a gap year or into business. We wish them all the very best and look forward to hearing their news as they take their place in the world.
We ended our exam week on Friday, and our students were exemplary in their conduct and approaches towards the whole examination process. We look forward to some excellent results from our Grade 12 and Grade 10 students in July and August respectfully. Our Grade 9 and Grade 11 students will receive their results in the coming week from their internal examinations.
Pre-IBDP and Pre-HSD at ISS
Our grade 10 students will be back into school on Monday to begin their week of introductory units in the IBDP and HSD subjects they have selected for grade 11. The purpose is that over the week students will be provided with:
- a detailed, subject-specific overview of the courses that they will take in Grade 11 & 12, including learning expectations in terms of prior knowledge, learning skills, subject-specific content, homework and independent study.
- an introduction to subject-specific command terms and terminology through relevant examples.
- a detailed list of tasks (which may include reading subject-related articles, books, accessing websites, watching TED talks etc.) that will provide them with a ‘grounding’ in that particular course.
We are confident that this provides our students with a foundation that will support their transition into our DP and HSD programmes, ensuring they are informed and familiar with the subjects they have chosen to pursue. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Bleyberg, our IB coordinator, email@example.com or Ms Edwards, our HSD coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday 3 June is the ISS Sports Day. All the school will head to the Physical Education and Teachers College 2 Malan Road; Singapore 109433. Students will be dismissed from the venue. A note from the school detailing the event was sent to all parents and guardians via ManageBac.
On Tuesday 4 June our Grade 9 students will participate in our 2nd ISS MUN Conference. The objective of the MUN conference is a simulation of the United Nations. The purpose of MUN is to provide a venue in which students of diverse backgrounds can hone the skills of research, public speaking and negotiation while cultivating the virtues of active global citizenship and principal-centred leadership. We look forward to another excellent conference.
A reminder that the last day of school is June 7th and all students are expected to attend. Dismissal from school will be 12 noon.
Next week all students in the High School will be involved in examinations. Our Grade 9 and 11 students begin a week of internal assessments and our Grade 10 and 12 students will finish their external examinations on Friday 24th May.
This week we have celebrated the results of the ISA, an external assessment tool that we use once a year to measure our students’ achievement compared to similar schools around the world. It is important for us, as a school, to know that our programmes are meeting the needs of our students and world standards. Students in grade 9, who sat the assessment in February, will receive their individual results via ManageBac in the coming week. Please be reminded that this is just one assessment tool that we use and depends on how the student feels on that particular day. It is not the only indicator of success at ISS.
Next week is Vesak Day (Monday 20 May) This public holiday, in Singapore, marks the birth of Gautama Buddha. He was the father of Buddhism, who is responsible for Buddhism's core teachings. We will have no school for students that day, although some of our Grade 12 students will be coming into school to sit their external IB DP examinations.
Throughout this year our teachers have been meeting regularly as a part of a Professional Learning Community to review and discuss latest research around teaching and learning. Teachers shared their findings on feedback and using an improved model for feedback form students on ATL’s. We also heard about the use of examination and daily planners for our Grade 9 students and how these support their time management and organisational skills. Our teachers this year attended IB Workshops, Job-A-Like’s (with teachers that teach the same subject in other schools) the EARCOS teacher conference, Leadership conferences, Language workshops and a range of TeachMeets and Leadership workshops. Many of our teachers are workshop leaders for the IB and spend time supporting the development of curriculum and resources.
A reminder no school on Monday 20 May.
We had a wonderful afternoon of awareness through the Arts by our MYP students on Thursday. This year the MYP Arts Showcase focused on ‘Our Future’ and through Music, Visual Art, Drama and Design our students collaborated and created a wonderful afternoon of thoughtful and compelling performances that combined together, brought the reality of ‘Our Future’ to the forefront of all that we do. Congratulations to all of the students involved, we enjoyed the fashion show and seeing the dresses that had been designed and made from recycled material. Thank you Ms Missen, Ms Larue, Ms Vlad and Mr Hoddinott once again for supporting our students.
Our Grade 10 students have now gone on Examination Leave and we see them back into school next week for the start of their MYP examinations. If you have any questions about the examination weeks, please contact Chris Hayward our MYP coordinator. We wish them all the very best.
Our Grade 11 begin their internal examinations on Thursday 16th May and our Grade 9 students will begin their internal examinations on Tuesday 21st May. All exams for the High School will end on May 24th. Examinations are one of many methods that are used to gather data and provide students with information to help them assess their own performance, and gain a better understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. They also provide critical data for our teachers to use to enhance their teaching and learning practice to better meet all our students needs.
We are in full swing with the preparations for our upcoming Graduation ceremony on Friday 24 May 2019. This year we will be at Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), Performing Arts Theatre (Block D), 463 Clementi Road, Singapore 599494 and the event will begin at 7:00pm (Doors open @ 6.30pm). All of our graduates have invitation cards to bring along four guests (more can be requested). Please add this date to your diary as it is a wonderful event of celebration.
We would also like to remind parents/guardians to share their intentions of whether they plan to continue at ISS next year. Class sizes and resourcing are important considerations for a successful start for next academic year.
This week our Grade 12 students began their IB DP Examinations, we wish them all the very best for the next three weeks of finals. Invitations for our 2019 Graduation Ceremony have been sent to families and the community and we are in our final preparations for a wonderful celebration.
We celebrate the IB Learner Profile ‘Reflective’ this month. ‘We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.’ (IBO, 2006) Students will have time throughout the day to reflect on their learning and how to develop individual skills.
We look forward to welcoming parents to the Paterson campus for our Parent Focus group feedback session. This will be on Wednesday 8th May at 8am in the Changi Hall in the Elementary School, everyone is welcome to attend. An invitation has been sent from the Head of School’s office, please do contact the school if you need another copy.
This past week our Grade 9 students have been busy identifying a ‘Community Cause’ that they would like to focus on this semester. We hope the students will identify a passion they are interested to complete as their Service As Action in the MYP and possibly continue into Grade 11 and Grade 12 as their CAS project. They will complete a series of sessions through the Pastoral Care curriculum to support the chosen cause and develop personal skills from time management, organisational and working on building their personal strengths. We look forward to seeing their Service As Action projects and over the coming weeks.
We welcome the whole community to our MYP Arts Showcase on Thursday 9th May 4pm at the Preston campus. It will be a wonderful celebration presented by our MYP students.
We had a wonderful buzz at our campus on Tuesday when we welcomed the Grade 8 students for a taster day. They participated in a range of lessons throughout the day and had many opportunities to mingle with the High Schoolers and ask questions. Our Student Council spent time sharing with them some of the exciting events that happen at the High School and how they can get involved. The day ended with a treasure hunt where they walked from Block 1 to Block 5 locating different people that all help support the learning at the High School. We look forward to having them all join us in August and continuing their educational journey at ISS.
This week we ended our GYSD activities with some of the Grade 10 students actively creating Sustainable Development Goal posters that can be used by the whole school community. Over the course of the weeks we had 119 students engaged in community projects from Beach Clean up to Give a Teacher a Flower. Many of our teachers mentored the Student Leaders and ISS really did make a difference.
On May 9th at 4pm we will have our annual MYP Showcase in the Drama black box (block 5) on the Preston campus - this year the chosen theme is ‘Our Future?'. The showcase is an interactive experience that explores the ideas of consumerism, consumption, human ingenuity and scientific advancements, and will leave audiences thinking "what will our future look like?" The Showcase involves G9 and G10 MYP students who study Drama, Visual Art, Music and Design. Please add this date in your diaries and we look forward to welcoming you to the high school for an afternoon of entertainment.
We said goodbye to our Class of 2019 today as they go on ‘Study Leave’ to prepare for their final IB DP Examinations. As we all arrived at school this morning, the students had decorated many classrooms and the hallways to show their ‘Teacher Appreciation’. We had a lovely ‘Leavers Assembly’, recognising their achievements outside of the classroom through CAS and Sports. The day ended for them all with a celebratory ‘High Tea’ and a few wise words from Dr. Alvarez. Good Luck to them all in their upcoming examinations.
We had a group of students and teachers go to Far East Coast to complete a ‘Beach Clean-Up’ on Wednesday for GYSD. Also on Thursday teachers were presented with a flower and chocolate as a demonstration of appreciation for all that they do. A wonderful end to the week for us all and a testament to the teachers who continue to support our learners in a caring and nurturing environment.
The examination timetables for Grade 9 and Grade 11 students has been sent to all students for their finals that begin on May 16 and May 21 respectfully. If you have any questions about the examinations, please contact the IB coordinators.
Conversations with Counsellors
We would like to invite you to our last "Conversations with Counsellors" session on Tuesday the 30th of April from 8:30-10:30 am at Changi Hall, Paterson Campus.
This time around, we would like to hear from you!
Please come and share your concerns and successes in raising your kids/teenagers in today's challenging world.
Light snacks and coffee/tea will be served.
Looking forward to seeing you all on the 30th, before we all start preparing for the final exams for the 2018-2019 Academic Year.
Enjoy the Good Friday Public Holiday (no school).
We have had a very busy week as our Global Youth Service Week kicked off on Tuesday with the 7th Annual Depot Clean-Up, followed by an early morning Support Breakfast. We also welcomed back out Grade 10 students who had spent 3-days out on our school-based project on work and industry. They had opportunities to be exposed to various industries, which include engineering, F&B, logistics, media, healthcare and hospitality and returned into school with many stories to tell. Many mentioned how 'hard it was to work all day!' and were thankful to return to school.
Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is an annual celebration of young volunteers around the world. It is designed to encourage youth to participate in community service and service-learning and to honour those who have contributed to their communities through voluntary commitment. (https://leadasap.ysa.org/gysd/). At ISS we have been actively involved in various community projects and this year were recognised by the local Singapore Police Force for our support and collaboration with the local Clementi Division. We are very proud of our High School students and their commitment to the local community.
Our Assembly this week celebrated the IB Learner Profile Thinker, "We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions." (IBO, 2016). Congratulations to the following students for being recognised as thinkers.
Khin Ko Ko
Family Fun Festival
What a wonderful success was the Family Fun Festival. Our Student Council and other High School students participated and volunteered their time to help or run stalls raising funds for a range charities. We all enjoyed the silent auction, the diversity of foods on offer, the wonderful music and a chance to socialise with the ISS community.
Council of International Schools (CIS) survey
Each year ISS seeks feedback about our school from parents, guardians, staff members and students using a survey created by our accreditation agencies. Each question relates to an accreditation standard. Over the last few years we have invested considerable time and resources in strengthening our communications about the school through social media and other channels. As a result, we have added some questions at the end of the survey that will help us gauge our reach in that area. The findings from the survey are used to inform our strategic planning process. Student and Faculty findings will be explored during focus group meetings to be held over the coming weeks along with a Parent Focus group in May.
Welcome back to our final quarter of our school year, and I hope you all had a lovely break. Our students were busy over the Spring break; preparing for the upcoming examinations; Global Youth Service Day and World Of Work Project amongst others things.
As a self initiated CAS project, Emilia and Schezin (two of our Grade 11 students) travelled to Batam, Indonesia during the March break and worked in a local primary school to run a sports tournament to help bring a 'smile' to their faces. The primary students all had great fun and the trip a great success.
Welcome to ISS for all our new students. Great to see so many new faces joining the High School. We hope you will have a wonderful learning experience and make many lasting friendships.
Model United Nations
We had a number of delegates from ISS at the OFSMUN XI event at the end of last term. Dr Ford and Ms Bromberg expressed how well the delegates spoke within their groups and were truly outstanding role models. Congratulations to all of the students that took part in such a meaningful event.
Grade 12 Lunch
Every year, our Grade 12 students take our teachers ‘out for lunch’ as a token of their appreciation. This year we once again saw the students and teachers sharing great food, and teachers sharing stories about their experiences at University and working life. This is a wonderful annual event that helps support our students transition into ‘University Life and beyond’.
Family Fun Event
As this blog ‘goes to press’ the PTA Family Fun Festival is in full swing. So much work has gone on in the background and we cannot thank the PTA enough for all their hard work. We know it will be a great success.
Welcome to the last blog for this term which has certainly been a busy and productive one for our students and teachers.
It is also International Women’s Day - so let’s celebrate all the amazing women that we know! https://www.internationalwomensday.com/
Last week we were entertained by wonderful music from the IB DP students at the Esplanade Library, congratulations to all of the students who played and sung beautifully.
We have had a busy two weeks of Language Acquisition examinations for all of our students in all four components; listening, speaking, writing and reading, Well done to the students who conducted themselves so well throughout the weeks.
Our Grade 12 students continue to receive offers from Universities from across the globe. These offers are from the UK: Edinburgh, Warwick, King’s College, Brunel, Manchester, Durham, Cardiff, Birmingham, Swansea, Reading, Newcastle, Portsmouth, Chester, Roehampton, Huddersfield, Plymouth, Southampton, Sheffield, University of the Arts, London. In Holland: University of Amsterdam, Groningen, Erasmus and in the USA Drexel and Hult. In Japan: Okayama and from China/HK: Shanghai Jiao Tong University, HKU, HKUST. In Australia: University of New South Wales. We expect more offers to arrive over the coming weeks. This is extremely inspiring and a fantastic achievement for our students.
We return after our Spring break on Monday 1st April and look forward to the PTA Family Fun Evening on Friday 5th April at our Paterson campus from 4pm.
Our Grade 9 Design students are busy creating recycled outfits using a range of recycled material. All will be displayed at our upcoming MYP Arts Show on 2nd May.
Our Grade 10 and Grade 12 students have been busy this week completing their final oral examinations for the IB DP Language B and IB MYP Language Acquisition classes. The students conducted themselves well; arriving on time and giving their best. We also completed our three-way conferences where many parents/guardians and students took advantage to meet the teachers and find out how well they are progressing in the subject and the focus for the rest of the semester.
Mid-Semester Report Cards
This year we have changed our Mid-Semester report cards for our examination classes: Grade 10 and Grade 12. These students will now receive a comment that indicates a key focus to develop in preparation for the final examinations in May for each of their subjects. This additional feedback for our students in each subject will help support them as they prepare their revision schedules in the coming weeks for their examinations.
PTA Family Fun Fair
Our Family Fun Fair will be on Friday, 5 April, 4-8pm at Paterson Campus. The PTA will have carnival games, a wide variety of food and drinks, entertainment, vendors and a SILENT AUCTION.
For the SILENT AUCTION the PTA are asking for donations that can be used to auction; meal vouchers, spa vouchers, paintings, vases, jewellery, hairdresser vouchers…..anything that can be auctioned for charity. Please dig deep and bring/send any items to school as soon as possible.
Please bring in the items by 15 March and email the PTA where to pick them up. (email@example.com)