The Informer – September 2017

The first Informer of the school year is out! This ISS community newsletter offers some in-depth information about the school’s workings and identity, as well as snapshots of everyday life – what students are learning, what teachers are doing, what the administration is planning – so there are articles for insight and pictures for joy. Read more.

Alumni Spotlight: Joshua Burns (’17)

Nominated by a Maine State Senator for his appointment to West Point, Cadet Josh Burns had the honour of carrying the flag for the state of Maine at the Academy’s ‘4th of July’ celebration. Josh is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and playing ice hockey at West Point, ranked #1 for top public schools by the 2018 U.S. News and World Report. His parents shared, “We know the 5 years he spent at ISS gave him a unique international experience that helped him be competitive to receive an appointment to the Academy.” Well done, Josh!

ISS Boys Football Teams Battle it Out

During a weekend of ‘Sportsmania,’ the U14 boys soccer/football team defeated Viking FK with 7 goals in a home victory and an ISS newcomer scored 6 goals for a new scoring record. Wow! Plus, our U13 boys battled it out with good offense in Lassa while the HS boys team showed solid skills at home. See the boys play on our home turf. Congrats to all players!

HS Students Return from Moving WWI Trip to Belgium

Twenty-eight High School students travelled to Belgium last week for a powerful and moving World War One educational trip. Led by Mr Keereman and Mr Gilmore, the students participated in the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, did a 40km bike trip through former battlefields and historical sites, visited war cemeteries and bunkers, viewed In Flanders Fields Museum, attended a workshop on war propaganda, participated in a remembrance art project, did cross-curricular exercises, and toured Ypres and Bruges. Welcome back, historians!

Laughter Aplenty During the EC/PS Assembly

The energy and excitement during the EC & PS assembly last week was truly joyful. It included dances, songs, skits, games and a special moment where Grade 5 students welcomed new Kindergarten students to the “big school.”

Alumni Spotlight: Jodie Akrill (’10)

Now working in Oil&Gas for TechnipFMC, Jodie recently achieved her masters degree in Chemical Engineering. When reflecting on the IB Diploma Programme and her time at ISS, she says: “It strengthened my motivation, determination and diligence within all aspects of my education and work … I was lucky enough to attend a school that provided me with a solid foundation and skills to be successful and build my future.” Well done, Jodie, and keep that positive attitude!

Successful ‘Welcome Back’ Social

Good company and friendship, an amazing cake, a creative selfie scavenger hunt and lots of playground fun. Thanks to all the parents, students and staff who joined us for the ISS Welcome Back Social, courtesy of the Parent Association. It was yet another lovely community event as the school year takes off into 2017-18. Watch a video recap.

’17 Graduates Accepted to University of Cambridge

As the graduates in the Class of ’17 head to universities/college around the world this autumn, two ISS students are destined for the University of Cambridge with their IB Diplomas. Hazel will be pursuing Geography and Billy was accepted to do Architecture. Like their classmates, Billy and Hazel performed exceptionally well on the IB Diploma and we are very proud of their academic achievements.

‘Horizons’ Hike

Today marked a great start to ‘Horizons’ – a three-day educational experience for all HS students that complements our ISS Advisory and academic programmes. The Grade 9-12 students hiked nearly 10 kms along the Jæren beach, trekking across beautiful terrain and stopping at historic points. The teamwork and camaraderie was most impressive – well done, all!