Welcome to the International School of Stavanger!
Entering our 50th year in 2015-16, ISS offers students and families not just a school, but also a community. Our core values, Learning—Well-being—Community, influence every aspect of the ISS experience.
From a strong academic programme and outstanding external examination results to the many inclusive after-school activities and phenomenal Parent Association, ISS has much to offer its students and parents.
Our Admissions team works with prospective students and parents throughout the year. Our summer staff would be happy to give potential new families a tour of the school. You can either call ahead for an appointment at 51 554300, e-mail email@example.com or stop by Monday through Friday between 8:30 and 14:30. We are accepting applications for children from three years of age through high school. Thanks for your interest!
Enjoy the summer in beautiful Stavanger, and we look forward to seeing you soon. Meanwhile, feel free to discover ISS through our Facebook page.
Gareth Jones B.Ed Hons, MBA
The Last Week of School - Smiles and Tears
As the year draws to a close, there are all sorts of messages shared: congratulations, best of luck, goodbye, we'll miss you, see you next year and more. In international schools, the last week of school is incredibly important, especially for third culture kids who are often experiencing change and transition. To support children at school and celebrate together, ISS aims to make the last week of school one to cherish forever. There are homeroom parties, awards and recognition ceremonies, field trips, memory and yearbook keepsakes, tributes and assemblies. Check out some of the photos and videos on our Facebook page. To those who are embarking on a new adventure, hold on tight to those memories and visit often. To the many who are returning or joining us next school year, we are so excited to be in your good company in a matter of weeks!
Congratulations, Class of 2015!
It was all pomp and circumstance on Thursday, 11th June as 64 students made their way across the graduation stage to receive their diplomas. ISS is incredibly proud of all of the students who have grown as unique individuals and embraced a love for learning and the power of community. As the salutatorian so aptly said, "We may be 64 of 7 billion individuals, but every action, however small, can echo across cultures, over borders and through time." Best of luck to all! Watch the ceremony.
ISS Welcomes Alumni Back on Campus, Including Graduation Speaker Mark Bezos ('88)
During the last week of school, there's never any shortage of hugs, tears, smiles and best wishes. With many universities now out of session for the summer, we also delight in taking a trip down memory lane with the alumni visiting the school. This year, Mr. Mark Bezos ('88), returned to be the graduation speaker for the Class of 2015. One of many accomplished ISS alumni and an engaging Ted talk speaker, Mark is doing significant service work to improve the world. We were thrilled to welcome Mark and his family (including his sister, also an alum) back on campus.
Society for Petroleum Engineers Names Dr. Linda Duevel 'Oil Woman of the Year'
The awards keep coming in for Dr. Linda Duevel. Most recently, she has been honoured with the distinguished 'Oil Woman of the Year' award from the Stavanger section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. (This is only the third time in history a woman received the honour.) With an emphasis on strong community and industry relations, Linda's positively impacted the region's development and always worked to ensure that ISS is the school of choice for families in the region.
IB Diploma Students Hold Science Exhibition
Ever wondered about the health benefits of green coffee extract or homeopathic medicines? Backed by fun inquiries and solid research, students involved in the Group 4 Project held an exhibition for visitors. The Group 4 Project, part of the IB Diploma Programme, is a collaborative activity where students from four different subjects work together on a scientific of technological topic to "develop an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines."
A New French Accent at ISS in August 2015
In August, the new ISS French Maternelle/Pre-School will be opening. We welcome those new families joining us from Lycée français de Stavanger and elsewhere. The Maternelle section will cater to three, four and five year olds who have French as a first language. Learn more. Interested? Just send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Merci!
Audiences Erupt into Applause After The Tempest
On any given year, there are around 200-250 students participating in the school's theatre productions. In mid-May, 40 children in Grades 3-5 presented a lively, funny and magical adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest (quite fitting following the recent Shakespeare Festival). Congratulations to the cast and crew on a wonderful performance!
Gratulerer Med Dagen, Norge!
Sunday, 17th of May (Syttende Mai) was another beautiful day in Stavanger. Joining in the local festivities, ISS students walked in the city's children's parade (chanting 'Hurra!,' of course). The ISS band rocked 'Alle fugler,' 'Eye of the Tiger' and 'Billy Jean' while the primary school students showed off their handbell skills and fine singing voices. A lovely national day for all!
Our children's theatre in neighbourhood newspaper, Solabladet. Our high schoolers in the Stavanger Aftenblad and IB Community Blog. Our director in Life in Norway and Norwegian-American Weekly. There is a lot happening at ISS this spring of interest to our local community. Check out ISS in the News for the latest stories hot off the press.
ISS Director Receives the ECIS Award for Promotion of International Education
On the heels of being honoured with AAIE's distinguished "International Superintendent of the Year Award," the ECIS organisation (European Council of International Schools) presented ISS director, Dr. Linda Duevel, with yet another special mark of recognition in April: the ECIS Award for Promotion of International Education.
Get on the Dancing Shoes
There is no shortage of dancing and socialising this spring. The Parent Association ran a sold-out Father-Daughter dance in primary school, the middle school celebrated their last dance of the year with a Carnival Confetti theme and prom is just around the corner for high school students.
#SCANDMUN Conference Brings Schools Together
Each year, ISS high school students attend Model United Nations events in Lisbon and the Hague. This year, they wanted to host one as well so other students across Norway with an interest in politics, history and current affairs could experience these lively events. Invitations were sent around the country and, on 11th April, 60 students came together for the first-ever #scandmun conference, where they had an intriguing debate on free speech.
Maths Roadshow Stops at ISS
The Hands-On Maths Roadshow (from University of Cambridge) came to ISS! All of our primary and middle school students tried out fun mathematical puzzles and games designed to promote creative approaches to mathematics and stimulate mathematical curiosity. See pictures.
ISS Hosts British University Fair
During the British Uni Fair at ISS this April, representatives from 10+ UK universities answered questions from parents and students and offered admissions tips. Organised by ISS counsellors, the event was held for our IGCSE and IB students and open to high-school aged students in the Stavanger area. (Next year, ISS celebrates 30 years of running IGCSE and 20 years of the proven and respected IB Diploma Programme!)
Bobby, The Travelling Teddy Bear, Stops at ISS
There are a handful of bears visiting international schools around the world right now. One of those bears — Bobby — arrived from Serbia not too long ago and spent a week at ISS in Grade 1. The children had so much fun sharing all that they've learned with Bobby and taking him to their special classes — art, music, physical education, library, technology and more. Follow #globaledted on Twitter to see the bears' journeys.
ISS Students Achieve Fantastic Results at Academic Research Competition
With entrants from across Norway, the annual Unge Forskere competition was held in Oslo on April 17 and, yet again, ISS students returned with superb results. Each of the five students in attendance took home 1st, 2nd or 3rd prize in the Sciences & Technology and Arts & Humanities categories. In fact, ISS students won more cash prizes and academic trips than any other school in Norway!
ISS' Connections to the Local Community Highlighted in Chamber of Commerce Magazine
Rosenkilden, the primary publication for the Stavanger Chamber of Commerce, recently featured ISS and Dr. Linda Duevel. The article mentions the school's long-standing relationship with local politicians, the exciting "International Superintendent of the Year" honour awarded to Dr. Duevel and more. The story begins on page 58 (INN Expats section).
ISS Sweeps the Rogaland Unge Forskere Competition
The International School of Stavanger (ISS) has yet again swept the board for the regional Unge forskere/Young Norwegian Researchers competition. The two first prizes in the videregående (high school) section announced on March 25 were both won by ISS students. There are only two prizes in the regional file so we are very proud of the students' accomplishments. One was in the Sciences & Technology category and the other in Arts & Humanities. ISS will also be sending more finalists (five) to the national competition in Oslo than any other school in Rogaland county. Congrats to all participants!
To Be or Not to Be … Shakespeare Festival Comes to ISS
On April 16, ISS will host a Shakespeare Festival for parents and students. From perspective and optics in the Elizabethan age to sonnets, many primary, middle and high school students will showcase the world of Shakespeare in one evening. From 6-8 pm, come travel back in time with us to the era of 1564-1616. There will be short scenes, Elizabethan dances, workshops, displays, speeches, music, science activities and more.
Learning from the Masters
Children in ISS' Dutch language and cultural programme (NTC) got creative with Dutch artist Nico Bierlaagh on March 26. ISS was thrilled to have Nico here, where he presented on the Old Dutch Masters and different painting techniques. Afterward, the students created their own piece of art, which culminated into an exhibition for parents and children. Verrukkelijk!
ISS Swimmers and Basketball Players Compete at NECIS Tournaments
Congratulations to the ISS swimming and basketball teams for their success, improvement and effort at the NECIS tournaments in Luxembourg and Antwerp. Both the HS boys and girls basketball teams won the Most Sporting Team Award while our swimmers collected 2 gold and 4 silver medals!
IB Visual Arts Exhibition
A beautiful and thought-provoking collection of art from ISS IB students will be on display during an exhibition March 16 (18:00-20:00) and 17 (9:00-17:00) at ISS. Our artists have spent two years challenging their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries, and they are now excited to show off their portfolios. Post-event update: watch a video of the exhibition's opening night!
The Ultimate Showdown with Camp Rock and Camp Star
The International School of Stavanger middle school production of "Camp Rock: The Musical" is March 5-7. Friends arrive at summer camp ready for the time of their lives — until a new camp opens across the lake. The two bands battle it out during a rockin' summer they will never forget. Watch highlights of this high-energy production featuring a highly talented ISS cast and crew!
IB Geography Students Go Global Without Leaving the Classroom
Our aim is to help students become responsible and contributing global citizens. In early March, the IB 2 Geography students utilised technology and Skyped with One Acre Fund -- an NGO in Kenya providing seeds and agricultural support to small scale farmers -- to learn about their work. The students also made a loan through Kiva to a partnering Kenyan organisation while learning about microcredit. Way to be involved, students!
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
Celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2, the ISS Primary School Library hosted story read-alouds, "truffula seed" plantings (Lorax), pocket sewing crafts (There's a Wocket in My Pocket), imaginative drawings (If I Ran the Zoo) and a Bippolo Seed jar guessing game! The week was filled with Seuss fun and a wonderful way to celebrate reading. “Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” -- Dr. Seuss
The Ambassador of Italy to the Kingdom of Norway Visits ISS
There have been quite a few special visitors to ISS recently, including the Italian Ambassador to Norway! While visiting Stavanger in February, Mr. Giorgio Novello took the time to visit ISS, tour the school and meet with Italian parents and students. It was a lively and lovely afternoon!
Career Day at ISS
Environmental advisor to professional baker. Marketing, PR and finance consultants to aerospace engineer. Oceaneering program manager to technology director. During the annual Career Day at ISS (organised by our experienced team of university and guidance counsellors), middle and high school students heard about various career paths and asked questions about the opportunities available post-ISS.
ISS Teachers Showing Off Their Talents
The Teacher Talent Show, organised by a group of high school students, was a fantastic success in February. Performing to a packed house after school, the ISS teachers showed off their many talents — from poetry readings to rock n' roll to acting – as part of a charity fundraiser. The event raised more than NOK 10,000 for Girl Effect.
Marshmallow Fingers to Pig Aortas
February must be the month for anatomic endeavours in science class. Pre-school 3 children examined the bones of Mr. Skeleton. Grade 5 students recreated the human body using chocolate and marshmallows. Grade 10 biologists conducted a number of animal heart dissections, and then taught the younger primary school kids how to do it. Many curriculum bridges across the school!
Musical Moments with Bjergsted Symfoniorkester
In January, ISS 5th graders had the unique musical opportunity to watch a live symphonic orchestra prepare for performance. Students observed the Bjergsted Symfoniorkester rehearse for an upcoming performance of Schubert’s Symphony number 8 (“unfinished”). Prior to the show, the conductor and a few orchestra members came to school for an instrument presentation!
ISS Hosts Open House (Åpent Hus) for High School (Videregående) Students
ISS invites potential new students and their parents to come learn about the school and its International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme on Wednesday, 11th February 2015 at 18:00. The universally-recognized IB programme prepares students for success in higher education and to be active participants in today's global society. Students taking IB at ISS have access to a dedicated, experienced staff and university/guidance counsellors. Additionally, they join a positive, bright student community with a strong record of academic success in school and beyond. The Open House (Information Evening) is for students entering either Grade 10 (VG1) or Grade 11 (VG2) in the 2015-16 school year. Hope to see you there!
New Scholarships Available for Students in 2015-16
For the 2015-16 school year, ISS is pleased to announce academic merit scholarships for high school (videregående) applicants. Two academic merit, full scholarships (one girl, one boy) will be available for students applying for admission to ISS in Grade 10 (VG1) and a limited number of 50% academic merit scholarships will be available to students applying to ISS' IB Diploma Programme, which starts in Grade 11 (VG2). To learn more, please visit our Scholarship page and attend the ISS High School Open House (Information Evening) on Wednesday, 11th February 2015 at 18:00.
ISS Celebrates 100 Days of School
On 29th January, students at ISS celebrated their 100th day of school — and being 100 days smarter. This made for a lot of fun in the Early Childhood corridor, where the children dressed up like they were 100 years old and practiced their counting skills with 100 balloons only to get to pop them afterward!
Dr. Linda Duevel Named International Superintendent of the Year
Our very own, Dr. Linda Duevel, was recently voted the Ernest Mannino International Superintendent of the Year by the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE). Each year, in collaboration with the American Association of School Administrators, AAIE recognizes an international school head based on four leadership qualities. With many nominees from around the world and one recipient each year, the award is a wonderful achievement in international education. Linda will give a distinguished lecture at the AAIE conference in February in San Francisco.
Primary School Students Rock the Theatre
Loud applauses erupted following the three performances of "Shakespeare Rocks" put on by the primary school students (Grades 3-5) in late January. The cast provided audiences with a fresh, fun and up-to-date look at the life and times of William Shakespeare. Congrats to the large cast and crew on a rockin' performance!
Middle Schoolers Take Parents Back in Time
Without question, the Mesopotamian market at ISS earlier this month was a bustling scene. Innovations, trade routes, famous people, history and more — all of it was showcased at the Grade 6 Mesopotamian market, where students dressed the part and walked the walk for this cumulative social studies project.
Discovering the Magic of Learning During the Holidays
December is a wonderful and festive time of year at ISS. 'Tis the season for pre-school and primary school children to learn about traditions with St. Lucia peace processions and Norwegian carolling, cut down trees at the Norwegian tree farm, read holiday books ('All Aboard!' on the Polar Express) and more. In the middle and high school, 'tis the season for farewell parties for friends moving to new schools, end-of-semester exams and tests, community service projects and ice skating outings. So much fun at school these days! ISS wishes everyone a relaxing and rejuvenating break!
Sweet Music All Season Long
Following a stellar series of winter concerts, ISS musicians brought musical joy to downtown Stavanger on Dec. 15. ISS was the only foreign school invited to take part in Stavanger's first-ever "Living Advent Calendar." The high school band and choir performed holiday songs at the Torgterrassen Shopping Centre, sharing their musical talents and entertaining mall visitors. Jingle bells!
Learning by Doing – In and Outside the Classroom Walls
ISS students often "learn by doing," getting a deeper subject understanding. For the 13th year, a group of middle schoolers did a 10-day exchange programme in Barcelona. They took Spanish classes, visited the city and lived with a Spanish family. Another example? The European Union fair in Grade 5! Students created presentations, taught parents about EU countries and made regional food (bon appetit!). What else this month? Dissections in high school! Biology students got really hands-on while learning about anatomy.
ISS Teachers Get Scruffy to Raise Money for Prostate Cancer
Feeling spirited and cause-oriented, a number of ISS teachers have ditched their razors for a month to grow moustaches and raise funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and other men's health issues. It is all part of the annual Movember movement that has grown into a global tradition. Over the lunch hours, students have purchased fake moustaches and voted for the teacher they think sports the best moustache. All money raised will be donated to a prostate cancer group in Norway.
Ready, Set, Run!
Joining a number of Norwegian schools in a competition organised by a local sports club, ISS had two teams participating in the recent Stavanger Team Athletics Games. The goal? To find out ´´Hvem har Stavangers sprekeste klasselag?´´ In other words, which school in Stavanger has the fittest students? There were relay races, obstacle races and tests for speed, strength, stamina, fitness, balance, jumping ability and more. The result? Everyone had fun in this community event, and one of ISS' teams took fourth place!
Vikings Compete in Amsterdam and Antwerp
Congratulations to ISS' student-athletes who competed this November in the NECIS Soccer/Volleyball Tournament in Amsterdam and the NECIS Cross Country Championships in Antwerp. It was a great experience for all. Of special note, our girls volleyball team won the Varsity Plate, an ISS 6th grader was the cross country champion in the U-12 boys race and five other ISS athletes placed in the top 10 in their respective races. Well done!
Extended Essay Exhibition at ISS Showcases Academic Work
The 12th grade students showcased more than 60 inspiring IB extended essays at the annual ISS extended essay exhibition on 13th November. Eagerly explaining their research projects to parents, students and teachers, the essays explored a range of topics within science and technology, humanities, language and the arts. Ever wonder, ‘How culpable was Sir Douglas Haig for the outcome of the first day of the Battle of the Somme?’ Or, 'How has the development of the petroleum industry affected inequality in Stavanger, its region and Norway?’
Movie Making in the Middle School
Many students in our middle school know what it is like to be a new student. They know how important it is to feel a sense of belonging in a new school. Capturing the positive atmosphere and lively spirit in the ISS middle school, one class of students created a movie showing how quickly new students can feel at home -- let the fun begin!
High School Students Diplomatically Debate World Issues in Lisbon
Practicing their research, public speaking and debating skills, ISS' Model United Nations (MUN) group recently returned from the Iberian MUN conference in Portugal where 21 international schools represented more than 200 nations and international organisations attempting to solve world issues during a UN simulation. ISS represented Russia, Canada, New Zealand, Turkey and Columbia. One of our students even served as the President of the Security Council!
5th Grade Electricians Make Simple Circuits
We embrace community and learning day in and day out at ISS. Take the fifth grade science class, for example. This semester, a high school student made his way across school to teach his much younger schoolmates about current electricity. Watch the class lesson/video to see this enthusiastic and engaged bunch of budding scientists!
The Marvelettes to Beethoven – Music Front and Centre on the ISS Stage
After months of preparation, ISS high school students proudly presented "Stand" -- a musical production about a boys academy going co-ed during a time of racial and gender inequality. Twistin' the night away, they opened to a full house, celebrating Motown music and exploring music's power to communicate and bring people to common understandings. Now going back in time, earlier this month, a visiting international concert pianist performed Beethoven and other classics for primary and middle schoolers. An enthusiastic audience, they listened extremely well. On stage or in the seats, our students have had fun with music this October!
ISS Celebrates UN Day and Pink Day
Celebrating ISS' diversity and United Nations Day, on Oct. 24 pre-school children paraded around school in national costume, second grade students performed a UN Day-themed assembly for students and parents (watch them sing "Hello to All of the Children of the World!") and middle school students were assigned countries for class presentations. Also full of spirit this month, middle and high school students and staff sported pink sneakers, blazers and more for "Pink Day" to raise awareness for breast cancer.
International Speaker and Best-Selling Author Presents at ISS
Celebrated author and psychologist, Dr. Thompson, visited ISS! Dr. Thompson has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, in the New York Times and more. At ISS, Dr. Thompson discussed how to parent responsible children at one of our monthly parent community events, got middle schoolers thinking about friendship and guided high schoolers on college admissions.
Pre-School Expands and Embraces Innovative Teaching Style
There's a lot happening in our Pre-School. As reported by StavangerNews, ISS teachers are embracing an unique, research-based approach to teaching children. Also, ISS was recently authorised by the Stavanger Kommune to admit more children to its three- and four-year old classes. Apply with Admissions.
ISS Students Climb Mountains and Build Roads
October's Trip Week is just one of the many chances for ISS students to learn outside classroom walls. Taking to the mountains, our middle schoolers discovered the great Norwegian outdoors while high schoolers explored geography in Svalbard, community service in Thailand, performing arts in London and more — all unique opportunities to expand one's horizons in a new environment!
More Than High Marks -- A Perfect Score
While many expat families were visiting "home" this summer, ISS students received their International Baccalaureate results. And? Two students had a perfect IB score of 45 and two more had 44! Only 0.25% of IB participants around the world reach a 45. ISS is very proud of its students and the experienced teachers who supported the students on their academic journey. ISS is the only international school in Stavanger to currently offer the IB Diploma.
Recent Graduates Enter Top Universities This Fall
University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, NYU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. That's just the beginning of a list of universities our 2014 graduates started at this fall. ISS' counselling team has a long, successful history of supporting its students as they prepare for university admissions and this school year we're thinking about our graduates who – apart from those electing to do a gap year for service, work, etc. – are now pursuing higher education at highly-respected universities around the world. Good luck!