Our Grade 10 students will complete three days of World of Work from the 22nd - 24th May. This is a new initiative that has been introduced at ISS through our University advisor. It aims to provide students with opportunities to gain experience in work placements, to gain an insight to their own strengths, and start to explore possible work options for later in life. Thank you to all of the parents and organisations that have made this possible by accepting students into their workplace. If you would like any further information about our World of Work, please contact our University advisor, Mala on firstname.lastname@example.org
This week I once again attended a meeting with fellow teachers and administrators at the Positive International Educators (PIE) network. The group meets once a month and discuss student and teacher well-being, review latest research, along with sharing strategies that we can use at our schools to support students and teachers. I wanted to share with the High School community about the work we have been doing to provide a caring and nurturing environment for all. We have been focusing this school year on building strengths and developing creative and positive thinking that will boost happiness, well-being and achievement for our students.
High schoolers experience mindfulness (or silent time) throughout the day in lessons, prior to examinations or assessments, before whole school assemblies and at the end of the day. They have a 'check in' every semester with the school counsellor and are members of small homeroom (Kampong) groups, where they meet everyday to share and discuss current happenings. We are also reviewing our Pastoral programme to include Martin Seilgman's (the founder of positive psychology) 24 'character strengths'. These strengths include creative thinking, kindness, fairness, leadership, forgiveness, and teamwork. Character strengths are already embedded into the IB Learner Profile and Approachers to Learning. Many of our school activities teach students how to develop these strengths and skills in order to initiate positive change in their lives. Click here for more information about character strengths and positive psychology.
15th - 19th May - Exam week for grade 9 and 11.
Friday 19th May - Graduation for Grade 12 at Japanese Association
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