Welcome to the International School of Stavanger!
The 2015-2016 academic year is particularly special at the International School of Stavanger as we enter our 50th year of offering a first-class international education within the region on a well-resourced, purpose-built campus, catering for students aged 3 to 18, including a French Maternelle.
ISS offers students and families not just a school, but also a community. We are a diverse and active community, a positive and supportive community, and an engaged learning community. Our core values, Learning—Well-being—Community, influence every aspect of the ISS experience.
From its inception in 1966, ISS has offered a robust academic programme. Rigorous external validation has taken place since 1974 via The Council of International Schools (CIS) and The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accreditation. Additionally, ISS has a well-established history of delivering excellent external examination results.
ISS has successfully prepared students for:
- British I/GCSE examinations for 30 years
- International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme for 20 years
- International School Assessments (the international school version of the PISA assessments) for 13 years
This has enabled our student body, comprising over 50 nationalities, to successfully transition to and from both national and international educational systems, as well as gain admission to competitive universities and colleges on all continents.
At ISS we also recognise that academics by themselves are not enough if children are to succeed in the future. As such, we deliver an inclusive education that seeks to meet the needs of the whole child, nurturing their well-being and fostering a strong sense of community. We offer a multitude of after-school activities, and we have a phenomenal, welcoming Parent Association that is incredibly supportive of our students, school and transitioning families.
Our Admissions team works with prospective students and parents throughout the year. You can either call 51554300 or e-mail email@example.com for an appointment. If you are passing by, please do not hesitate to drop in.
I encourage you to explore our website or Facebook page to learn more about us.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Gareth L Jones B.Ed Hons, MBA
Reggio-Inspired Pre-School Classes Showcase Their Very Own Circus
13 April: Amazing! Our Reggio-inspired pre-school classes (3-4 year olds) performed circus acts during their assembly today, showcasing the results of a several week-long project on "the circus." Watch the video on ISS Facebook or ISS YouTube. So imaginative and joyful!
Drop Everything and Read Day at ISS
11 April: Celebrating D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) Day last week, Grade 6 classes held a readers' theatre in the library - a court case based on their latest novel. Across the middle school, teachers arranged their lessons around the theme of 'literacy' in all its forms.
Parents and Students Share in Learning Together
6 April: Grade 1 students and parents created beautiful music together during 'Share in our Learning' this month. Share in our Learnings are opportunities for parents to come into the classroom and experience the latest academic work and progress.
ISS Student Takes Top Prize at Norwegian Young Researchers/Scientists Competition
4 April: Yet again! A student from ISS - Mikhail Zakharov - claimed a top prize at the regional Norwegian Contest for Young Scientists/Researchers (Unge Forskere) held at Vitengarden. Moreover, Mikhail (Norwegian-Russian) and Benjamin Gordon (Norwegian-British) were invited to the finals in Oslo (Science & Technology category). For 17 straight years, ISS' IB students have represented Rogaland in the national competition. We're very proud of them and congratulate all of our students on their original research.
Grade 4 Holds an Out-of-this-World Space Fair
1 April: Black holes. The Milky Way galaxy. Moons. Planets. Grade 4 welcomed students and parents to their Space Fair today. The project emphasised research and presentation skills, team work and working towards a common goal. To the moon and back!
Chirp, Chirp! The ISS Chick Hatchery is Back
27 March: Happy spring break from Mr. Jack and the ISS Chick Hatchery! A character development effort led by one of our counsellors, these curious chicks help children learn about responsibility, empathy and care-taking.
Grade 8 Hits the Slopes in Eastern Norway
24 March: Two days of cross-country skiing and instruction, two days downhill skiing, snowball fun, team-building activities and more. The Grade 8 students recently participated in 'leirskole' at Trysil, Norway's largest ski destination and a fantastic place for a week of outdoor education.
High School Basketball Team Performs Well at NECIS Tournament
20 March: Playing for the final time this season, our high school boys basketball team recently returned from the NECIS tournament in Antwerp. Their coach reported after one of the games, "I'm happy. That is the best I have seen my boys play this year." Congrats!
Grade 2 Demonstrates Earth Science Learnings for Parents
19 March: Grade 2 shows off their dance moves and knowledge of the phases of the moon, earth and sun during an assembly for parents and other classes. The theme tied to a recent curricular unit in earth science.
ISS Swimmers Bring Home 13 Podium Medals
18 March: Sixteen swimmers from the ISS swim team recently returned from the NECIS competition in Luxembourg, bringing home 13 podium medals (7 silver and 6 bronze) and 9 medals for 4-7th places. All swimmers had improved on personal best times. The ISS coaches are immensely proud!
ISS Hosts Second-Annual SCANDMUN Conference
17 March: Seventy delegates from six schools gathered at the International School of Stavanger recently for the second-annual SCANDMUN (a student-led Model United Nations conference). A fantastic opportunity for students to take on leadership roles and debate, here are pictures from the event.
Making a Difference Through Small Acts of Kindness
16 March: The ISS Book Club coordinators with the Parent Association received a gracious thank-you from teachers at the Forus Asylum Centre for donating children's books on behalf of the International School of Stavanger. The migrant and refugee situation has been a focus of our service learning this year and parents have been involved as well.
IB Visual Arts Students Hold Art Exhibit Opening
16 March: Creative and talented, our IB Visual Arts students treated a room full of visitors to a beautiful and inspiring selection of art at their IB Art Exhibit opening. The work ranged from paintings and 3D sculpture to ceramics and drawings. Kindergarten-Grade 11 artwork was also displayed in the hallways.
ISS Science Students Take First Place at Sci-Tech Challenge
12 March: First place! An ISS team took first place (and another placed in the top 8) at the 2016 Sci-Tech Challenge organised by ExxonMobil and Junior Achievers Europe (along with Young Entrepreneurship Rogaland). Held at UiS with 6 schools, all of our Grade 11 students competed, showing great teamwork and an excellent ability to think on their feet and problem solve. The winning team was also invited to represent Norway and complete in the "European Online Final" against teams from nine other countries. Congratulations to all!
Pre-School Children Find Adventure in Nursery Rhyme Land
10 March: During a Pre-School 3 assembly for parents and other children last week, three little kittens lost their mittens. Mee-ow! So they went on a search to find them ... only to discover many different characters in Nursery Rhyme Land! Humpty Dumpty, Mary and her Little Lamb, Old King Cole ... it was quite the playful adventure and a wonderful performance by our three-year-olds.
Pre-Schoolers Learn about Kandinsky and Begin to Code
3 March: Investigating birds, creating a circus, collaborating in art and beginning to code. Explore this pre-school blog to keep up with our pre-schoolers' journey of learning and discover our Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education.
Pump up the Volume in the Gym
1 March: Winter sports are well underway with energetic evenings in the ISS gym lately. In January, more than 200 people cheered on the high school boys basketball and girls volleyball teams. In February, our U12 and U14 basketball teams took to the courts. The heat really turned up when the high school girls and boys basketball teams respectively took on the ISS 'moms' and 'dads' in a spirited match-up of 'wisdom' vs. 'youth.' What else? Middle school basketball games, high school girls volleyball matches and student interviews with a winner of the women's Norwegian championship team and former Stavanger Oilers player. Go Vikings!
Annual Career Day Held at ISS
28 February: From mechanical and mining engineers to artists and an architect, 10+ speakers (including two ISS alumni) met with middle and high school students for Career Day, sharing valuable insight about change, life's uncertainties, focusing on interests and hard work. The event is organised by our high school university and guidance counsellor, who supports students in navigating the many choices that exist after graduation.
Fly to Never Land with Peter Pan and Captain Hook
26 February: Coming soon (March 3-5): Disney's Peter Pan Jr! Our new performing arts video highlights the wonderful and creative work of our middle school students involved in the production of Disney's Peter Pan Jr. - yet one more way to connect and learn beyond the classroom. The talented cast and crew and dedicated teachers are excited to share this musical theatre with you. Tickets on sale in the main office (51 55 43 00).
Kindergarteners Entertain Parents During Author Celebration
25 February: Following a unit on narrative writing, Kindergarten parents joined their children recently for an author celebration where the students shared true stories they had written about themselves and a toast was made to the budding writers. Author celebrations are held in several grades. Bravo!
Morning Connections Events for ISS Parents Continue this Winter
20 February: "Whether a toddler or high schooler, emotional regulation needs to be learned and supported," said Dr. Jude Nielsen at a recent Morning Connections session on supporting children's emotional development. Other topics this winter include 'Norwegian culture and lifestyle' as well as 'praising children and the growth mindset.' All parents are always welcome to attend.
Guest Speakers Share Work and Life Lessons with Students
17 February: We were delighted to welcome a current parent and former student back to ISS for educational talks recently. The father, an exploration manager for Norske Shell, led a geology talk for Grade 6 as they concluded their science unit on the rock cycle. Noah, an ISS graduate now at Folkehøyskole, spoke to middle and high school classes about her experiences in Peru learning about the Amazon rainforest, the indigenous people and problems facing their environments and cultures - an insightful presentation to say the least.
French Maternelle/Pre-School Children Perform on Stage
15 February: Our École Maternelle (for French‐speaking children aged 3-5) had their first assembly at ISS! Held in their colourful and welcoming pretend shop on stage, the children showed off their shop greetings, money exchange, vocabulary and more. Learn about our French Maternelle.
Grade 4 Student Receives Perfect Score in Local Math Competition
9 February: A round of applause for Lamisa in Grade 4 who received a perfect score in the regional round of the Pangea Maths Competition in Rogaland. She qualified for the finals in Oslo, where she took third place. Congrats to Lamisa and her supportive teachers!
ISS Teachers Rock the Stage
8 February: One of numerous service initiatives across school, the high school 'Girl Effect' group organised the ISS Teacher Talent Show and raised nearly NOK 12,000 to help lift girls and their families out of poverty. With an interest in empowering women, the Girl Effect group at ISS (made up of 25 high school students) raises awareness of what the 'girl effect' can do for a girl, her family, her community and her nation.
IB Students Complete Mock Exams
4 February: Congratulations to the 57 Grade 12 students who recently sat their IB mock exams/semester exams. In our 20th year of offering the IB Diploma Programme, we're very proud of their achievements. (The mean score for those graduates who achieved the Diploma last year was 34 points - well above the world average of 30.)
ISS Teachers Present at European Education Conference
2 February: Sharing their expertise with other international school educators, our middle school counsellor (Mr. Armstrong) and Grade 4 teacher (Mr. Randall) presented at the European League for Middle Level Education conference. Topics: "Self-harm: A Search for Life and Understanding through Pain" and "Emotional Intelligence in the Classroom." Well done.
Heading Back in Time with Grade 6
1 February: The Grade 6 recently welcomed students, parents and teachers from around the school to their Mesopotamian Market - the place to learn about the earliest civilisation known! It was an informative exhibit and creative project tied to the social studies curriculum.
Primary School Children's Theatre Gets "Zany"
28 January: Congratulations to the enthusiastic and talented cast of the Winter Primary School Musical, "The Zany Zoo!" Also, a special round of applause to Ms. Christine Kemp, who has directed more than 40 musicals or plays for ISS. Children's theatre at ISS is yet one more way for students to find balance and pursue their interests.
ISS MUN Students Meet the Norwegian Ambassador to the Netherlands
26 January: Joining two other Norwegian schools, the ISS MUN delegation - while participating in the The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) - had dinner with the Norwegian Ambassador this week. We're so proud of how they represented our school with such professionalism.
Grade 1 Explores Colours at the Stavanger Art Museum
23 January: Grade 1 heads to the Stavanger Art Museum on a field trip to see the exhibit "Chromophilia" (meaning "love of colour"), tying in nicely with the students' painting unit in art class on primary and secondary colours.
ISS Hosts an Open House and Offers Scholarships for 2016-17
22 January: The International School of Stavanger is hosting a High School (videregående) Open House on 28 January (18:00) for all students interested in joining our grade 10 (VG1) or grade 11 (VG2) in August 2016. Academic merit scholarships are also available for 2016-17. More information.
ISS Alumni Event Held Downtown
10 January: Generations of ISS students, parents, colleagues and friends of the school had a chance to connect (or reconnect) during the 50th year alumni social downtown on Friday. It was a lovely evening! Join our ISS/SAMS alumni directory.
ISS Students Get Techy During Hour of Code Event
8 January: Joining the worldwide "Hour of Code" education event last month, ISS held robot races and set up a basic minecraft coding station, nurturing problem-solving skills, logic and creativity.
The Spirit of Service Continues This Month
20 December: With an increased focus on community service and service learning in 2015-16, students across ISS have ramped up their service projects this month. Early Childhood and Primary School classes - following a visit from Hjelp oss å hjelpe Rogaland - raised more than NOK 6,400 to help families in need in Stavanger celebrate Christmas. What else? The ISS community generously donated nearly NOK 9,000 for Dråpen i Havet to support refugees and 300+ bags of clothing were donated to Fretex, resulting in gift certificates for the refugees (a cause the Middle School has been heavily involved in this year). Cameroon Service Project in the High School raised NOK 3750 during a special movie night. Finally, Grade 1 sent many love- and gift-filled boxes to children in Romania.
Merry Music-Making This Holiday Season
18 December: Music is one of many ways to celebrate the season and holidays together as a school community. Our primary, middle and high school students performed beautifully for the larger ISS community this winter. Also, in our 50th year, the International School of Stavanger shares a special song of peace and wishes you both a peaceful and joyful season.
The Juletrefest and Levende Julekalender Tradition Continues
15 December: Juletrefest! The Norwegian tradition - and an ISS tradition - of young children singing Norwegian carols and walking around the tree took place the last day of school before break. Also, our high school choir and band performed downtown for the Annual Advent Calendar (Levende Julekalender). God Jul!
Expert Speakers from Petroleum Industry Visit ISS
13 December: Grade 11 IB students prepared for their Group 4 project called "Sci-Tech Challenge" with guests from ExxonMobil and Young Entrepreneurship Rogaland. The students will compete at the Universitetet i Stavanger in March. We wish them the best of luck.
Parents Visit the Pre-School Cafe
11 December: Welcome to the Pre-School Cafe! A fine example of the Reggio Emilia educational approach, the children's fascination in flags and a UN Day cafe earlier this year turned into a collaborative, weeks-long project on “Cafe." They planned the environment, menu, entertainment, invitations and more. So imaginative!
Middle School Students Head to France
5 December: Bonjour! Grade 7 and 8 students spend a week in France on a French exchange programme, speaking the language, socialising with local French students and participating in art workshops during which they created a dance routine, made a short film and created bronze, viking-inspired sculptures.
Celebrating Culture at the Annual International Festival
15 November: Food, games and fun aplenty were on at the annual International Festival hosted by the Parent Association. A huge thank you to all the ISS families for making ISS such a vibrant, positive and culturally-rich school community.
"Finding Grace" Debuts at the International School of Stavanger
6 November: It's the 1950s in vibrant New York City. A select group of young, intellectual women have the rare opportunity to write for Mademoiselle Magazine. "Finding Grace" - an ISS high school production - revealed their experiences and gave audiences a wonderful look back in time with an enthusiastic cast of young actors and actresses.
ISS Hosts University/College Fair in November
27 October: On Monday, 9 November, ISS will host an ensemble of universities from the U.S., Canada and Europe. All students in vgs 1 and vgs 2 are welcome to join the fair portion of our event from 10:15-11:00 am to meet university representatives.
Celebrating United Nations Day
24 October: As an international school, we take a lot of pride in celebrating diversity, differing opinions and the UN's interest in common progress. In honour of United Nations Day, ISS' pre-schoolers paraded in beautiful national costumes followed by pre-school and primary school class celebrations with world-related crafts and delicious food. In the middle school, all students and teachers presented on a UN country. Here's the UN Day photo album.
Migration and Refugees: Service in Action
21 October: This year in the middle school, students are focusing on 'Migration and Refugees' as part of a long-term service project. One of their first events was a sponsored run/walk where they raised an amazing NOK 107,722 for the Norwegian Refugee Council (Flyktninghjelpen).Watch a fun video clip of the run/walk. The power of service!
ISS Honour Choir Boys Sing to a Packed House in London
20 October: What a concert! Last night, 4 ISS middle boys performed with 80+ other talented singers from international schools in Europe and the Middle East for the AMIS MS Boys European Honor Choir concert in London. It was also conducted and accompanied by two of our very own music teachers.
Parents Welcomed to Grade 1 Class for Author Celebration
19 October: There are always fun learning activities happening across the primary school. Recently in Grade 1, students warmly welcomed their parents to class for a little story time and author celebration! Parents had a chance to hear the children's wonderful stories and see their science journals.
ISS Teachers Learn New Ways to Influence Student Well-Being
12 October: "If you want kids to learn and attain, you need to increase well-being." For in-service training, ISS welcomed Emma Judge from 'How to Thrive' to share strategies with teachers for helping students develop positive habits, grow their strengths, be resilient, and ultimately, be the best versions of themselves.
Local Stavanger Street Art Makes for Intriguing Discussions
13 October: Grade 6 headed to Storhaug recently to discover and discuss some of the intriguing street and urban art created by internationally-renown artists for the NUART FESTIVAL. Stavanger hosts this leading celebration of street art every year and students are fortunate to hear from some of the artists and discover such unique pieces right in our own backyard.
Grade 6 and 7 Head to the Coast and Mountains for Outdoor Learning
5 October: October is 'leirskole' season in the middle school. A fine Norwegian school tradition, this is the time when our seventh grade students head to Hardanger for climbing 'via ferrata,' boating the fjords and discovering the perks of being physically active outside (especially in this gorgeous country) while sixth graders head to Fevik for boating, fishing and chance to learn about the outdoors. Watch a brilliant drone video of the seventh graders at Hardangertun.
High School Students Get Adventurous, Deepen their Knowledge
2 October: Welcome back! High school students recently wrapped up Horizons Week, where they expanded on subjects near and far, in and outside of the classroom. Opportunities abroad included a study of the effect of WWI on individual lives 100 years later in leper/Ypres; art studies in Barcelona, service and adventure with hill tribes in Northern Thailand; and history and theatre in London. Here in Norway for Horizons Week, students could explore lessons in digital mapping, global poverty, sign language, rock climbing, salsa dancing, and programming and building robots. Photos from their experiences.
Parent Association Fun Run Raises Money for Charity
29 September: A heart-felt thank you to the 150 runners (students, parents and teachers) who raced or volunteered in the ISS Parent Association's Fun Run last month. They raised more than NOK 5000 for two charities: Hjelp oss å hjelpe Rogaland and the Red Cross/EU Office.
ISS Celebrates 50 Years with Opening Ceremony
25 September: With nearly 200 people in attendance, ISS celebrated its 50th school year this evening with a public ceremony featuring speakers from the ISS community and greater Stavanger region, including: Farouk Al-Kasim (‘Norway’s most profitable immigrant’ and former director of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate); Stavanger’s Hans Eyvind Næss (local historian and author); NATO’s Brigadier General Roger Watkins (chief of staff), Garry Hargreaves and Paul Sewell; Sola’s Jan Sigve Tjelta (deputy mayor) and Mahnoor Raja (council representative and former ISS student); Thomas Townsend (software developer and former ISS student), and current ISS administrators, Gareth Jones and David Beaty, as well as a student. Photos from the event.
ISS Families Head to the Beach, Leave it a Better Place
23 September: Beautify the beaches! Middle school students, parents, teachers and dogs (92 in total) headed to Hellestø last Saturday for a beach clean-up. It is one of our longest-standing service projects for ISS students, rotating between Sola and Hellestø beach each year.
From Pre-School to High School, Students Work Toward Peace
21 September: "Create space for lasting peace." - UN Secretary-General. Today is the International Day of Peace. Peace-oriented activities were held across the school, including high school students from different countries saying "peace" in various languages during assembly and eighth graders and pre-schoolers together creating a beautiful "pinwheels for peace" display outside.
Join Us for Our 50th Opening Ceremony
21 September: The International School of Stavanger (ISS) is celebrating its 50th anniversary during the 2015-2016 academic year. For this special jubilee, we invite you to a 50th opening ceremony on Friday, 25 September from 19:00-21:00. Several key speakers from the Stavanger community are lined up to reflect on the past 50 years and look ahead to the next 50 years (offering local and global perspectives). Join us!
2015 IB and IGCSE Marks Demonstrate Another Strong Academic Year for ISS Students
18 September: This summer, ISS students eagerly awaited and received their International Baccalaureate and IGCSE results. The highest score achieved by the 60+ ISS students who took all of the IB Diploma examinations was 44 points out of 45 possible points and the mean total score was 34 points, which is well above the world average of 29.7. A fine mark of academic success, six students achieved 40 or more points out of the maximum of 45. ISS is very proud of its students and the experienced teachers who supported them on their academic journey.
ISS Pre-School Programme Gives Children New Hands-on Opportunities
16 September: Last school year, the pre-school teachers embraced an unique and research-based approach to teaching children. In 2015-16, our 3- to 5-year-old children continue to explore their interests and discover the world through several learning studios, including Nature & Science; Creative Arts & Design; Tinkering; and Imagination. Here's a visual tour of the spaces.
ISS Student-Athletes Play Hard, Play Well
15 September: Congratulations to the more than 80 ISS student-athletes who competed this past weekend. ISS had 11 girls volleyball teams competing at the Vestcup tournament in Stavanger and the U13 boys football/soccer team showed off their skills at the ConocoPhillips tournament. All students should be commended for their fine sportsmanship on and off the courts and field.
'Good Luck' to Our 2015 Graduates
14 September: ISS wishes the best to our 2015 graduates who are now starting university, folk school, a new job or volunteering around the world. From the University of Cambridge in England to the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, we know you'll contribute in your own positive ways as you take on new adventures in various corners of the world. Good luck!
The Best Birthday Bash Yet
11 September: Thanks to the hundreds of parents, teachers and students who came to the Back-to-School Birthday Bash celebrating ISS' 50th. With food and fun aplenty, the ISS Parent Association did a fabulous job organising this special bash. See pictures of the event.
Morning Connections Announces 2015-16 Line-Up
9 September: The 'Morning Connections' series for parents returns to ISS in 2015-16 with several important and intriguing topics. In August, Preben Fålck from Stavanger Turistforening shared ideas for family-friendly outdoor adventures. In September, Catriona Harper from SEEIT (Sexual Exploitation Early Intervention Training) helped parents better understand abuse, anxiety and bullying. Morning Connections is a supportive parent community and venue for learning about education, parenting, expat life and living in Norway.
French Maternelle Opens at ISS
17 August: In August 2015, the new École Maternelle/French Pre-School opens at ISS! We warmly welcome the families joining us from Lycée français de Stavanger and elsewhere. All French families interested in Petite, Moyenne or Grande Sections can apply. More information (in French).
Happy 50th, ISS!
Entering the 2015-16 academic year, ISS celebrates its 50th year. Today, the International School of Stavanger has become one of the largest international schools in Scandinavia representing approximately 50 nationalities. To commemorate the occasion, we had an all-school assembly the first week of school that included a trip down memory lane remember vinyl records?) and a special aerial photo. Better yet, check out the video!