Approaches to Learning
On Friday our Grade 9 students were introduced to the Personal Project through a day of workshops. They completed a range of individual and group activities that focused on each IB MYP AtL strand: critical thinking, creative thinking, communication and presentation skills, organisation and time management, reflective skills, information and media literacy. The day began with students completing a survey to identify their character strengths and they then used these strengths as they completed each workshop. We had a number of students coming away from the day saying they had 'great fun and really enjoyed the range of activities'.
Pre-IBDP at ISS
Our grade 10 students have now completed their eAssessments and will be back in school on Thursday to begin a two week introductory unit in the IBDP subjects they have selected for grade 11. The purpose is that over the two weeks 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 programme, ensuring they are informed and familiar with the subjects they have chosen to pursue. Information will be sent to students and parents via ManageBac about our Pre-IBDP programme. If you have any questions, please contact Mr Jungo, our IB coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
We say good bye to some of our High School teachers this year. I am sure you would like to join me in wishing them all the very best and a heartfelt thank you for what they have achieved at ISS.
Jake Bell: Jake is returning to his home country USA.
Maciej Flisak: Is moving to Latvia to take up a position at The International School of Latvia.
Hai Ho: Is returning to his home country Vietnam.
Michael Kennedy: Michael is moving to Hong Kong to an international school.
Matthew Landis: Is returning to his home country USA.
Thomas Matthews: Is moving to Switzerland to the International School of Basel.
Rachel McCarthy: Rachel is joining her husband as his school here in Singapore.
Sunil Nanwani: Is staying in Singapore to join another school.
Shane O Loughlin: Shane is staying in Singapore to join another school.
Fang Shelly: Is staying in Singapore to join another school.
Dean Thomson: Is returning to his home country Canada.
As we say goodbye to our talented teachers, we welcome new teachers in August:
Paul Crozier: Paul is British and joins us from the UK where he has successfully designed and implemented new curriculum's and is currently the Head of Department in PE. He has also been a semi-professional football player for Essex County. He joins us as our Athletic Director and MYP PE teacher.
Michael Dixon: Michael is British and will be teaching DP Geography and MYP Humanities, and will also be the Global Citizenship Leader. He currently is Head of Department at an IB School in Egypt, and is passionate about how we can prevent the degradation and exploitation of natural environments.
Christopher Hayward: Chris joins us as our Assistant Principal, MYP coordinator and MYP Mathematics teacher. He is British and joins us from Brunei where he is currently the Assistant Head (Curriculum). He has a strong background in curriculum design.
Justin Larkins: Justin is from Canada and will be teaching MYP PE and MYP Mathematics. He is currently teaching in Thailand.
Kajal Manglani: Kajal is from India and will be teaching DP Chemistry and MYP Science. She has held a range of responsibility posts such as EE coordinator, CAS coordinator, MYP Community and Service coordinator, Head of Department and is currently completing her Masters in International Education with Bath University, UK.
Hong Qian: Hong is currently teaching in the Middle School and will join us to teach MYP Mandarin.
Melissa Sit: Melissa joins us from the Middle School to teach DP and MYP Mathematics.
Susie Tan: Susie is Singaporean and joins us to teach DP HL Mathematics and MYP Mathematics. She joins us from Dulwich College in China. She has held positions of responsibility as Mathematics coordinator.
Patricia Vlad: Patricia is Romanian and will join us to teach DP Mathematics and MYP Design. She joins us from Dubai. Patricia speaks seven languages and is a graduate from University of Cambridge, UK and is currently completing her Masters in Mathematics at Harvard University, USA.
22nd - 24th May - World of Work - Grade 10
25th May - Pre-DP course begins for Grade 10
26th May - PYP and MYP Art Exhibition at Paterson campus
Wednesday, 31st May- Middle School Play - Into The Woods (everyone is welcome)
Thursday, 1st June- Middle school Play - Into The Woods (everyone is welcome)