Welcome to 2019 and a very Happy New Year. It was lovely to greet all our students returning to school this week. We are excited to welcome so many new students and to see ISS's student population grow. For those of you new to ISS, a very big welcome to the ISS family and I look forward to meeting all of you over the coming weeks. We kicked of the week with a Parent Welcome meeting to share some of the changes we have recently implemented at Preston campus and to up date parents about the Law in Singapore and how to access our Teaching and Learning and Communication platform - ManageBac.
This month we are focusing on the IB Learner Profile 'Communicators' and this supports our initiative to not permit students to use their cell phones from 8am - 3pm in school; unless a teacher gives them permission. The buzz during lunchtime is wonderful to hear as conversations and friendships have already started to grow. We request that you support this initiative and avoid sending messages or trying to contact your child/ward during the school day.
Our grade 12 students begin their IB Preparation exams on Monday - these will run for 10 days at school. Our Grade 10 students will begin their IB MYP Preparation exams from Thursday - these run for three days at school. All students have been provided with their timetables and revision schedules. Students are only expected to attend school for their examinations. Normal lessons will not be in progress for Grade 10 and Grade 12 students during this time. We wish them all the best in the examinations.
Keep the date free for PYP/MYP Information Coffee morning on ISA Assessment Grades 3 - 9. This will happen at our Paterson campus in Changi Hall on 28 January 8.00 am - 9.00am. (Note this is for Grade 9 parents.)
Have a great weekend!
Time has flown by and we have once again nearly reached the end of the 1st Semester of this academic year. The semester has been packed with many learning opportunities and just plain fun too. Students have excelled in so many different ways.
As this will be the final blog before the December break I would like to wish all of you very happy holidays and a very Merry Christmas to those of the community who will be celebrating Christmas. I hope you all have had a great 2018 and that 2019 will be even more exciting and enjoyable.
Our International Day was once again a wonderful celebration which included our whole community. The theme “Uniting together to take action towards the Sustainable Development Goals” was evident in the corridor displays, the cultural workshops, the dances and finally the amazing array of food.
Festival of Lights
Our annual Festival of Lights concert will be on Wednesday 12th December and we are excited to hear the sounds of our musician filling the halls of Preston campus once again. We look forward to welcoming you all at this super event.
Semester One Reports
Reports Issued Friday 14th December. The reports will be posted on ManageBac.
Please log into ManageBac to read and download your child's report card. To see the reports:
Our students have completed their examination week and they all did a fantastic job, everyone turned up on time and completed their examinations according to the IB regulations. These examinations help prepare our students for their finals in the coming years. We know that ‘Practice Makes Perfect’ and hence we support our students by providing them with opportunities to have examinations under the full IB regulations. When they eventually take their finals, they are well prepared and understand the processes involved.
We ended our week with a Grade 9 field trip to Marina Barrage and NeWater - this trip provides the students with further learning opportunities to support their unit on ‘Urban Environments’. Our Grade 11 Art students visited La Salle to hear more about the degree courses they offer and to see La Salle students in action.
ISS High School Diploma
We are pleased to announce our ISS High School Diploma programme that is an alternative to the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP), the ISS High School Diploma (HSD) programme will be offered for Grade 9 (G9) to Grade 12 (G12) students. This will be introduced in the new school year commencing August 2019.
For students who prefer not to pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP), the ISS HSD is an option that will enable students to graduate at Grade 12 and apply for entry into Universities, in Australia, Europe, USA, under certain conditions.
The ISS HSD includes practical vocational experience, as well as attachments to polytechnics and other educational institutions included in the curriculum. The core benefit of the ISS HSD is that students will be given the opportunity to pursue a vocation that they are passionate about or have a strong interest in, thereby helping our students realise their individual potential in a more personal, tangible and pronounced manner.
Next Friday 7th December, we have our International Day celebration at Paterson campus, everyone is welcome to come along. Here is the link to the website that has all the details of the day: https://sites.google.com/iss.edu.sg/international-day-iss/home
Personal Project Exhibition
We have our Personal Project Exhibition on the 11th December by our Grade 10 students from 3pm - everyone is welcome to come and see the work of our students.
Festival of Lights
On Wednesday 12th December we have our annual music evening: Festival of Lights starting at 6:30pm. Again everyone is welcome to join this wonderful evening event.
Congratulations to the following students from G12: Kaho, Wei (Benjamin), Lucinda, Euijin (Rachel) and from G11: Yewan (Daisy), Zixuan, Yen-ju (Ruby), Zhihao (Rock), Riko and Aye Nyein Po (ANP) on their wonderful displays of art work last night. ISS along with 15 other schools participate in the IN Art Exhibition every year that is hosted by the Australian High Commission and provides our students with an opportunity to discuss and share their work with a wide audience. Ms Larue is dedicated to providing our students with learning experiences that embrace the IB Learner profile as communicators, risk-takers and reflective. We also had two of our DP Musicians chosen to play the piano during the evening; Mingzuo (Sam) and Yinman (Angelica). If you were unable to attend the opening night, you can still go along and see the exhibition which closes on 18 January 2019.
As part of the preparations for International Day, one Grade 12 Kampong class met up with their Grade 2 counterparts during a lunchtime this week. They took photos of nature on campus and on the metal walkway on Preston Road with the aim to create a collage that represents SDG 15 and biodiversity in Singapore and to contribute to iNaturalist. The students had a wonderful time getting to know each other and to share the wonderful sites along the walk.
Royindha Refugee Fundraising
Our Grade 10 students collaborated to fund raise for the Royindha Refugee’s through a sale of delicious food and snacks and a badminton tournament on Friday. All proceeds raised will be donated to the Royindha Refugees. Take Action through Service is an important core component of the IB programme and our students are provided with many opportunities throughout their time at ISS to take on leadership roles and really make a difference for the less fortunate. Well done to all of the Grade 10’s involved in the event.
IB Pathways Meeting for Grade 10
On Thursday evening our hall was packed with students, parents and guardians to hear about the various pathways available for students after Grade 10 at ISS. Ms. Bleyberg our DP coordinator shared with the audience the different subjects and options available to students. She also explained about the extensive process the students will be involved in as they begin to consider their future. At ISS we start with the information evening, then a subject fair that is led by our Grade 11’s. The Grade 10’s will also participate in a job fair, our World of Work programme, along with individual interviews with our University advisor and DP coordinator. All of these events help support the decision process for the students as they consider their higher education options and the best subjects to support them.
On Tuesday we recognised World Kindness Day and every student received a note and chocolate from the teachers as they came into school. A great start to the day and it was lovely to see the smiles on their faces.
Our Assembly this week focused on the IB Learner Profile ‘Principled’: We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences. Congratulations to the following students.
Wei Chou (Hanson)
Kyi Shinn (Thon Thon)
Su Eun (Sue)
We ended our week with Vanessa from Project X a non-profit organisation that ‘believe that sex worker’s rights are the same fundamental human rights that everyone is inherently entitled to. We wish to challenge the stigma and discrimination that results in physical, verbal, emotional, and financial violence’ Vanesa spoke with our Grade 11 English B students who are currently reading the novel ‘Sold’ by Patricia McCormick and also our Dressember ECA group about the Sex Industry in Singapore and shared many facts and information about the stigma attached to the industry. Our students asked some meaningful questions and left with a deeper understanding.
The IN Art Exhibition opens on Wednesday evening at 6:30pm at the Australian High Commission. All of our IB DP Visual Art graduates have work on display. The Exhibition will be on view for the next month.
On Thursday 22nd Nov. our DP coordinator, Ms. Bleyberg will be hosting a Grade 11/12 Information evening about pathways after MYP. This is for all parents and guardians of Grade 10 students. Information on the courses we offer, the different pathways students can follow and the various components that contribute to the Diploma Programme will be explained. An invitation to our Grade 10 community was sent last week and we look forward to seeing you all.
We had a fantastic representative of delegates at the Model United Nations (MUN) hosted at Overseas Family School (OFSMUN XI) last weekend. MUN is an educational simulation and/or academic activity in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. It involves debating, particularly in a political context, with students who are from different schools. It attempts to replicate a real United Nations conference, and allows participating students to develop awareness of current issues. Our students were involved throughout the two and half day conference. Topics such as Peace and Security, Human Rights and Environment to name just a few were debated and resolutions put forward with supporting arguments and evidence. MUN provides our students with opportunities to embrace the IB Learner profile as communicators, thinkers and inquirers.
This past week we have been focussing on celebrations and being grateful for all that we have achieved. Our Grade 11's were recognised at a MYP Celebration Assembly for their success in Grade 10 and received either a MYP Certificate, MYP Results and/or Language Certificate. Our Student Council hosted a wonderful lunchtime BBQ for the students followed by an after school ‘Teacher Appreciation BBQ’ for staff.
This coming week, we have the Step One consultant meeting our Grade 10 students to review the Careers Assessment results and explain the report. The consultant is also available for one to one meetings with parents and students. The careers assessment is just one of many on-going activities we complete in preparing our students for the diploma programme. On November 22nd we have the IB Information Evening for all Grade 10 students and parents/guardians. Invitations for this event will be sent next week.
Our IBDP Grade-11 Chemistry students recently celebrated International Mole-Day by creating informative posters for the school community. Every year October 23 is celebrated from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m. as Mole Day by community of Chemists, Scientists, Chemistry students and teachers to commemorate the Avogadro's number (6.02 x 10^23) which is a basic unit of measurement in Chemistry. This time and date is derived from the number and the main idea of celebrating this day is to foster interest in Chemistry. Our students identified the contributions of Amedeo Carlo Avogadro an Italian Scientist in the field of Chemistry, learnt about the 'mole-concept' which is a part of their upcoming unit and created the posters to share this to the wider school community.
We had fantastic success in the sporting arena this week with our Varsity U19 Girls Volleyball team clinching the Gold Medal for their division. Our Varsity U19 Boys Volleyball team and Football team also completed their season and demonstrated great sportsmanship and development.
We had a visit this week from Erdal (alumni class of 2014) who spoke to our G11 and G12 about life after ISS. It was wonderful to hear his inspirational talk and about his passion for Football that he has managed to make a career off.
IB Learner Profile “Balanced” - Congratulations to the following students for being recognised as ‘Balanced’ during September.
We started the week with a wonderful celebration at the Lakeside Volunteer Appreciation Day when Mr Whitehead received on behalf of ISS a 'Special Events Award' in recognition of our commitment and service with Lakeside Rainbow Centre. For many years our students have and continue to support the centre and volunteer their time to help others. Our ECA Dance Group also received gifts of thanks before they performed at the event. Congratulations and well done to everyone involved.
This week our Grade 10 Design students went on a field trip to the Gardens by the Bay to explore the relation between the natural and human landscapes for their unit “Gardens by the School”. Our students plan to create a garden leisure space for Preston campus, and the field trip helped to inspire the students creativity. We are all looking forward to seeing the new garden space later this year.
Understanding the IB (Chinese)
To further support our Chinese-speaking community, the Mandarin team will provide a presentation about "Understanding the IB" for both PYP and MYP in Chinese. It is a great opportunity to explore the philosophy and practices in IB, as well as strategies to help our children at home.
Time: Thursday Nov 1 2018 8:00-9:00am
Venue: Elementary School Changi Hall (3rd floor)
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms Linda at email@example.com
地点：小学Changi Hall （三楼）
Welcome back to term 2 for Semester 1. We have many exciting learning opportunities arranged for this term, starting with our Group 4 presentations that were held on Thursday. Our Grade 11 students shared their results from their Week Without Walls trip to Tioman Island and through their research and data collection found a large amount of trash and damage to the coral reef. They discussed ethical implications and solutions for raising awareness and how to make a positive impact on the environment.
All of our students returned to school with exciting stories and tales to tell from their Week Without Walls activities. The weebly can be accessed here to see the pictures and reflections from each day on the trips.
On Tuesday 16th October our Mid-semester reports were uploaded onto ManageBac and parents and students can now access these by logging on. Please note the slight differences between our MYP and DP students as mentioned below:
MYP (Grade 9-10)
As a mid-semester report there will not be attainment grades for subject content (these will appear on the end of semester report in December). There will be a description from each teacher on what has been covered so far this semester and an assessment on your child/ward’s Approach To Learning skills (ATLs) which have been covered during the units to date.
The description of each skill will be printed on the report. Each ATL skill covered will be marked one of below, approaching, meeting or exceeding expectation. By the end of the academic year every ATL should have been covered within each subject. Should you have any questions about the report, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Hayward, the MYP coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
DP (Grade 11-12)
As a mid-semester report students are given an attainment grade for each subject to date. There will be a description from each teacher on what has been covered so far this semester and an assessment on your child/ward’s Approach To Learning skills (ATLs) which have been covered during the units to date.
The description of each skill will be printed on the report. Each ATL skill covered will be marked one of below, approaching, meeting or exceeding expectation. By the end of the academic year every ATL should have been covered within each subject. Should you have any questions about the report, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Bleyberg, the DP coordinator: email@example.com
We ended our week with the K-10 swimming gala, where many students were true risk-takers and swam for their school house with enthusiasm and power! Congratulations to the winning house - 'Orchard', a great win.
This week has been busy with the annual photoshoot of all the students in their Kampongs, and our graduates looking smart in their gowns and hats. We also have had a number of fund-raising activities organised by our students for their WWW trips.
The Grade 9 organised a lunchtime of fun that included tasty food and a competition to find the fastest typist between staff and students - well done to Thon Thon who was the overall champion. The event raised funds that will go towards building a toilet and planting fruit trees at Dong Binh Village. Our Grade 10 ran an afternoon fund raising event for ‘gamers’ where students competed against each other or in teams of two. Funds raised will be donated to the local school for Rohingya refugees. Well done to all the students and teachers who contributed both money and time.
We ended our week with some of our Grade 9 students presenting their findings on poster presentations after completing an Interdisciplinary unit (IDU) in Science and Design. Students investigated the use of Robots across a range of industries. Through inquiry, research and collaboration our students compiled their findings and shared their outcomes. Well done to everyone involved.
The Swim Gala is an exciting opportunity for the ISS community to join together in a celebration of sporting achievement. The event this year will be made even more special because as an IB Continuum School the Swim Gala will reflect both the PYP and MYP. There will be events for all levels of swimmer and it is hoped that as many of you as possible will be able to join us. The DP students will be at school working on the CORE components of the IB programme.
Date: Friday October 19th 2018
Venue: Toa Payoh Swimming Complex, 301 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, 319392
Map link here: Tao Payoh Swimming Complex
Transport: Letters will more details will be sent nearer the time.
For updates on the WWW trips, please view our blog at http://hsweekwithoutwalls2018.weebly.com/
This is the last blog for the term, students are expected back into school on Wednesday 17th September.