This morning, our ELC families had the opportunity to connect with their child/children as part of their Celebration of Learning. The students were very excited to share a variety of provocations with their parents, inviting them to join in with painting, patterning, creating and construction activities. They also shared cookies with their parents - that they had made and baked themselves in class this week! Thank you to all of the families who were able to come and support this special morning for the children.
What I am Excited About This Week...
Last Day of School is 20 December – Noon Dismissal! School will close at noon on 20 December after our annual End-of-Semester Celebration Assembly. Classes will resume on Wednesday, 22 January. The main office will be closed between Christmas and New Year’s. Since many administrative staff members take their annual leave during the school holiday, please understand that staffing across the school will be very limited. I hope that you are able to get away for some rest and relaxation with loved ones during the break and that your 2020 gets off to a great start!
Holiday Hampers – Thank you! Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this year’s Holiday Hamper project. With your support, our students and staff came together to create 116 hampers. It was fun to see so much excitement on campus yesterday when they were shared with our guards, cleaners, and support staff.
New Family Orientation Sessions – 21 January! We will be hosting new family orientation sessions on Tuesday, 21 January at 08:30 for Primary School and 10:30 for Secondary School in the Protea Tree Conference Room. If you missed the sessions in August or joined us at any time throughout first semester, you are welcome to attend.
Welcome Back Parent Coffee Morning – 22 January! On Wednesday, 22 January there will be coffee, tea, and treats for parents at the Palm Pavilion from 07:30-08:30. Please come join us to welcome new parents, make new friends, rekindle old friendships, and share stories of your holiday adventures. I would love to see you there!
ISSEA Band and Choir Hosting! From 20-22 February, AISL will be hosting the ISSEA Band and Choir Festival. This is a great honor for us and a wonderful opportunity to show off our impressive music program. This is the largest ISSEA event in terms of participants and will stretch our hosting abilities to their limits. To support this great event, please consider hosting two or more visiting students at your home. We will need all the help we can get. Please contact the Activities Department (email@example.com) to volunteer or to ask questions. Thank you for considering hosting some of our ISSEA guests.
The holiday season doesn’t truly start for me until NPR’s (National Public Radio) annual book lists are revealed, beginning in late November. If you are a book geek, and I know for a fact that there are a number of you in our community, you have probably already begun to compile your list of titles to read for 2020.
People often ask me what some of my favorite lists are, so here are some to consider, in no particular order:
NPR’s Book Concierge: easy to search, “best of” lists for every conceivable category
WWB (Words Without Borders) The Best Translated Books You Missed in 2019: there are some absolute gems on this list and I love its inclusiveness and scope. For many in our community, you could read the original work rather than the work in translation.
Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of 2019: great lists divided into the following age groups: under 5, 5-9, 9-12, 12-14, 14 and up. Bank Street College “recognizes the importance of diversity in children’s literature and acknowledges and celebrates the voices and cultures of all of our readers” (from “Bank Street College Diversity Statement”).
Book Riot: “Always books, never boring” is Book Riot’s slogan and they deliver on this mission! BR has fantastic lists for every possible subject with witty write-ups. They recently posted this year’s Read Harder Challenge, which might be a fun endeavor for those looking to expand the scope of their reading or for some of our local book clubs to try.
New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2019 - easy to search by genre and carefully chosen books. NYT is a great source for book recommendations of all types. This is but one list among many that they publish.
Literary Hub’s The Ultimate Best Books of 2019 List- I like how this list from Literary Hub shows you how many times each work appeared on other “best of” lists. Topping the charts by appearing in 21 “best of” lists are Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (that title!) and Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys.
GoodReads 2019 Reader’s Choice Awards- Goodreads has thousands upon thousands of lists and is an easy to use site that is also fantastic for tracking your own reading, finding book recommendations, and loads more. Their 11th annual Reader’s Choice Awards is a good source for popular titles.
African Arguments: Best Books by African Writers in 2019 So Far- this list and content on this site is published by the Royal African Society, which has close links with SOAS Centre for African Studies at the University of London. This is a great list that should be updated soon.
Enjoy the holiday and happy reading! Please pass along the names of your favorite reads to our library team and send any pictures of your children or family reading to either me at firstname.lastname@example.org or to the Primary School Librarian, Ms. Jill Daley (for pictures of primary students and their families) at email@example.com. See you in 2020!
University College Roosevelt, Netherlands
Laura learned yesterday that she has been accepted to study the Pre-Medical Program at University College Roosevelt at Middelburg, in the Netherlands.
For students interested in pursuing a career within medicine, but also want to look beyond that into other academic discipline, the Pre-Med program is a great option. Pre-Med students combine the Biomedical and Life Sciences tracks, and incorporate them into the Liberal Arts and Sciences program that University College Roosevelt has to offer. Though it is not a specific training program, Pre-Med gives students the opportunity to study Medicine alongside Psychology, Law, Ethics, Computer Science, or even History. As a doctor, this could help graduates with developing a new drug while being aware of any ethical implications during the testing phase, or effectively delivering bad news by using techniques from psychology that may not be taught in regular training programs. UCR also offer courses in world history, world literature, Asian religion, anthropology, human rights law, international relations, modern languages and culture, sustainability, energy transition, and so much more.
UCR has many international teaching and research collaborations and is also strongly connected to the province of Zeeland and Utrecht University. This is also reflected in the strong belief that facing humanity’s challenges requires a focus on both the local places in which they are experienced and a truly global approach to understanding and answering them. UCR’s greatest capital in joining the global and the local is that its students come from over 50 different nations and live and study together. Discussing challenges of sea level rise, migration, world trade agreements and more, in a classroom with students from a dozen different countries offers an entirely different, and much stronger, context for learning than a less diverse setting would.
The city center of Middelburg dates as far back as 800CE and many shops, pubs, and restaurants are spread throughout the town. Middelburg is a city that is both busy and vibrant enough to always have something to offer, and quiet and small enough so that its residents are not constantly distracted from their studies. Middelburg is the largest city in Zeeland, well-connected by public transport to big cities like Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Utrecht, and Antwerp, and merely a half hour bike ride away from one of the many beaches in Zeeland. In the city of Middleburg, students are surrounded by over 1,100 monumental buildings. The most notable of these monuments is the former city hall, now the main university building, but there is much more to see. What about the Abbey Square and the Lange Jan (the eleventh highest church tower in the country) the Oostkerk (one of the few circular churches ever built), or the Kuiperspoort (the most beautiful street in the city, which has been used in several Dutch movies)? There is plenty to see and do in and around Middelburg, and it is guaranteed that its inhabitants will not have seen every one of its charms once they graduate. www.ucr.nl
University of Denver, CO
Torie has been accepted to another university recently. The University of Denver (DU) has offered her admission to their Bachelor of Science Biological Sciences program for Fall 2020.
The University of Denver's undergraduate program in biological sciences includes options for both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Science (BS). While both majors include heavy coursework in the biological sciences, they differ in other aspects of their curricula. The BS degree offers students a more intensive science and math experience, requiring a chemistry minor, a second minor of the student's choosing and one year each of both mathematics and physics, while the BA is more flexible, only requiring two quarters of math and one year of chemistry in conjunction with a minor of the student’s choosing. Much of the coursework is taught by active researchers in the discipline and DU provides extensive opportunities for in-depth research with faculty. Graduates can leave prepared for jobs or graduate work in a wide range of life sciences disciplines, including cell and molecular biology, neuroscience, and ecology and evolutionary biology. The curricula can be tailored to prepare students for futures in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and other health-related professional programs, such as physical therapy or as physician assistants. Many students, especially those pursuing the BA, combine their degree with a second major to further diversity their skillset.
As a private university located near the Rocky Mountains, the University of Denver (DU) aims to empower students who want to make a difference. Based in south Denver and with over 300 academic programs, DU serves about 12,000 graduate and undergraduate students. The classroom academics, hands-on educational experiences and global learning adventures put students on the path towards lives and careers that will shape the world. A DU education takes its students out of the classroom to work with communities where students can learn through collaboration and real-world experience. DU’s academic programs connect undergraduates to professional and civic experiences that help them to prepare for life after graduation. DU is a student-centered research university, developing knowledge to tackle challenges worldwide. Whether researching Alzheimer’s, sustainable technologies, or the needs of underserved communities, student-researchers have the resources and support to make discoveries at home and abroad. www.du.edu
Dear AISL Community
AISL will be hosting ISSEA Band & Choir from Wednesday 19th February - Sunday 23rd February 2020 .
Visiting students will come from other international schools from around our region and we will need AISL host families to open their homes to host these students.
The students will arrive Wednesday 19th February and depart Sunday 23rd February 2020.
AISL has had the privilege of sending students to different parts of the world and have been graciously hosted by families of
ISSEA schools. It is now our privilege to reciprocate and open our homes to visiting ISSEA students.
Any AISL family qualifies as a host family. We are looking for host families to extend our warmest AISL welcome to house the
150 (approx.) visiting students .
Each host family must provide a safe, supportive and comfortable living environment. Host families will provide a clean sleeping space (camping cot, sleeping bag, sofa, bed, etc.) and breakfast.
Evening meals may be required occasionally. All lunches are covered.
Host families are asked to provide transportation after the program finishes in the evenings.
All communication and emails must come from a parent or guardian
Please fill out the form via the link below:
ISSEA Band & Choir 2020
Once you have committed to hosting, you will receive more details on times and dates.
Please contact Paula Phiri if you have any further questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your support!
Sports & Activities Director
In Ms Never's art classes students have been very busy.
Grade 10 created artworks to raise awareness of plastic pollution.
Grade 9 have been learning to draw and have produced wonderful self portraits.
Grade 7/8 have been developing basic drawing skills and learning the skill of face painting.
Grade 6 looked at the art of Romare Bearden and created a collage cityscape in his style.
Art in the MYP
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their
inward significance." Aristotle
"The arts are a universal form of human expression and a unique way of knowing that engage us in effective,
imaginative and productive activities. Learning through the arts helps us to explore, shape and communicate
our sense of identity and individuality. A focus on the individual enhances our self-confidence, resilience and
adaptability. It encourages our sense of belonging and community through the recognition of identities.
During adolescence, the arts provide an opportunity for age-appropriate and holistic development of the
social, emotional, intellectual and personal intelligences of the student." (MYP Arts guide. May 2014 (updated September 2017).)
State University of New York, Plattsburgh, NY
Qing has been accepted to the State University of New York at Plattsburgh to study for a Bachelor degree in Computer Science. The computer science programs at SUNY Plattsburgh blend theory and practice and are designed to prepare graduates to work in computer science, information technology, or robotics, or to continue their education at graduate school. Computer science majors learn the mathematical and logical concepts used in the structure of information and the creation of algorithms, which in turn, lead to the analysis and the design of hardware and software. The senior capstone project involves software engineering and software design. Students collaborate to design, code, test, and document a software project.
Set in one of the world's most spectacular regions, the Champlain Valley, SUNY Plattsburgh's campus environment contributes substantially to student and faculty well-being. Most Plattsburgh students take advantage of guaranteed campus housing or live in the surrounding residential area. Considered both beautiful and safe, the campus abounds with art and is a pleasure to stroll around. In the small city of Plattsburgh students are never far from mountains, rivers, and lakes. The College is also just an hour's drive from exciting destinations such as the cosmopolitan city of Montreal, Canada, the Olympic Village of Lake Placid, and Burlington, Vermont. SUNY Plattsburgh is home to a vibrant community of renowned teachers and nationally recognized scholars, dedicated to engaging students and helping them to succeed. Students arrive from diverse backgrounds and places.
SUNY Plattsburgh's remarkable campus culture and environment combine with an exceptionally high quality of teaching to produce success for students. The Plattsburgh experience challenges students to discover their potential, to seek new intellectual horizons, and to learn skills that can turn dreams into realities. It's an experience that calls students to explore new ground and reach still greater heights of achievement. Three AISL alumni have attended SUNY Plattsburgh and two, who have since graduated from the university, were named as Dean’s List students for their ‘outstanding academic achievement’. Notable SUNY Plattsburgh alumni include: Tim Robbins, American actor, screenwriter, director, producer, activist, and musician.; Anthony David Weiner, an American politician and former U.S. representative who served New York's 9th congressional district; and Nancy Kress, an American science fiction writer. www.plattsburgh.edu
SUNY Plattsburgh Scholarships and Advanced Credits
Qing has received three renewable scholarships to attend SUNY Plattsburgh for Merit, Global Diversity, and Campus Community. She will also be awarded a full year of credit for her performance through the IB Diploma, meaning that her degree is likely to take three years rather than four to complete. The scholarships and credit confer a significant financial saving to attend this already reasonably priced university. Well done Qing!
Northwestern University, IL
Chris was thrilled to learn that he has been accepted to his first-choice school, Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Chris applied under the ‘Early Decision’ admission policy, which means that he must attend Northwestern and withdraw any other applications. Northwestern is committed to excellent teaching, innovative research and the personal and intellectual growth of its students in a diverse academic community. US News 2019 ranks Northwestern #9 in the Best National University category.
Chris will take a double major at Northwestern, studying concurrently for a Bachelor degree in Theatre, and also in English Literature.
The Northwestern Theatre major is driven by the belief that the best theatre artists, designers, actors, playwrights, dancers, and directors combine highly developed performance capabilities with a broad knowledge of the theatre literature and theory. Chris will have the opportunity to study and practice acting, voice, movement, dance, directing, design, stage production, playwriting, and dramaturgy, along with theatre history, literature, and criticism. He will develop the ability to analyze situations and complex social issues from a variety of perspectives, while developing skills in research, writing, group discussion, oral presentation, performance, and production.
Whether he chooses to focus on acting, directing, playwriting, production, or design, Chris will have ample opportunity to practice his craft. As many as forty productions are staged each year in the multi-stage Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts, with an equal number of student productions across campus. By studying English literature, Chris will be honing his ability to use language as a tool for analysis and communication. That is to say, he will deepen his literacy to the point where he can make literal and figurative sense of virtually any English-language text. Chris will also sharpen his skills in research and critical analysis in order to reach reasoned judgments, and hone his skills in writing and oral argumentation in order to persuade others of the validity of his positions. Chris will do all this by studying some of the most aesthetically beautiful creations in the English language, from Beowulf to Beloved, taught by faculty members who have won teaching award after teaching award from Northwestern University, Weinberg College, and the Associated Student Government. www.northwestern.edu
Chris should also fit-in well and have fun at Northwestern. As freshman, Magdelena, describes, “The school spirit at Northwestern University is amazing. Whether it is a sports game, theater production or volunteer activity, I am constantly in awe at the sea of purple Northwestern t-shirts that willingly flows in. The intrinsic motivation students show by wanting to be a part of something bigger is contagious. Everything here is a team effort aimed at helping ourselves, each other, and our community. This year for example I am most excited to be part of Northwestern's biggest and most successful fundraiser known as the Dance Marathon featuring 30 hours of nonstop dance for a cause.” www.unigo.com
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