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 2017 and that 2018 will be even more exciting and enjoyable.
Festival of Lights
Once again our annual Festival of Lights concert was absolutely fantastic, and we were provided with a wonderful ensemble of music by the Grade 9 students through to the graduating students in Grade 12. Mr. Hoddinott certainly encouraged and allowed every musician to reach their potential and be true risk-takers. We were very lucky with the weather and performances were able to be conducted outside, under the stars.
Japanese University Fair
On Sunday, December 10th at our ISS Paterson Campus is a Japanese University Fair. This fair is jointly sponsored by ISS, the Ministry of Education in Japan (MEXT) and the Global Education Foundation, Japan. The universities represented offer programmes taught in English and also programmes taught in Japanese. Programmes are of a high quality and are very affordable. The Fair is open from 10am-5:15pm.
The ISS PTA are proud to introduce the “Giving Tree” It lets you help the less fortunate by pledging a donation to decorate it.
As easy as 1…2…3!
1. Find the Giving Tree at the Preston canteen.
2. Remove a tag and place money in an envelope for the charity of your choice.
3. Place the donation with the tag in the box and hang a decoration on the tree of your house colour.
Message from our Counsellors
The ISS Counsellors, Berna Sekhon and Beth Contreras are hosting a few opportunities for middle & high school parents, guardians and the counsellors to meet about different topics that our children are facing. We are calling these times "Conversations with the Counsellors". They will be partly structured with questions and information, and partly a time to talk with one another about what is happening and how we can support our teens and each another through these challenging years.
Please use the below survey to let us know which meeting times would work best for you and if you have other topics you would like to talk about this year besides those listed.
The first meetings are:
Monday, 11 December 9:00am-10:00am or 17:00-18:00 Let's talk about stress & anxiety
Tuesday, 30 January 9:00-10:00am or 18:00-19:00 - Communicating with my teen /pre-teen.
We will also host one in the spring, but are looking for your feedback from the first two conversations before deciding on topics.
If you have questions, please contact Berna or Beth directly. Beth Contreras firstname.lastname@example.org Berna Sekhon email@example.com
Semester One Reports
Reports Issued Friday 15th December
Friday 15th December: Reports will be posted on ManageBac.
Please log into ManageBac to read and download your child's report card. To see the reports:
- Log onto ManageBac
- Click on the Academics button at the top of the screen
- Click on the Reports tab on the right hand side
NB. For those of you leaving ISS it is important that you download your child's report as you will not have access to ManageBac in January.
Monday 11th December: G12 Final Drama "DP Theatre Absurdist Production 'Road of pure souls' - Black Box in room 571 (Block 5) 6pm
Tuesday 12th December: EE Showcase and PP Exhibition at 3pm - Hall and Block 5 - all parents are welcome.
Thursday 14th December: Language Awards ceremony for G11, 9:20am -parents welcome
Friday 15th December - Full day of learning. School closes at 3pm
Tuesday 9th January 2018 - Students report to school for Semester 2