6th Grade NuArt Trip

People have been painting on walls for over 30,000 years. If you want to know more about this, Grade 6 are the people to ask as they are learning about both Early Man in Social Studies and Cave Painting in Art. On Tuesday, the whole grade got the opportunity to see very modern wall paintings on their trip to see the NuArt festival. Led by Ms. Price, through rain, wind and hopeful sunshine, students excitedly hunted for hidden artworks along Pedersgata and around Nytorget. At Tou Scene students met Simon, a graffiti writer who helped all the NuArt artists make their exhibition. Students then got to explore the indoor pieces, drawing and writing about their favourites. They had a lot of questions and interesting conversations with Simon about what the artworks were about and how they were made. One student remarked that her school bus went through Storhaug and she had never noticed the art on the walls before. Now, she said happily, she would keep a look out as art can be anywhere.

First Friendly Soccer Game of the Season

Last Friday, our ISS Athletic Director and HS Soccer coach Mr. Tremblay invited a team of teachers, former students, friends and mostly Eritrean, Syrian and Afghani refugees to play against the HS boys’ team. The game was a great experience for all involved and a great reminder that no matter where we come from or what we have experienced in life, on the field we are just friends and respectful competitors – on the field we are all the same.

The young ISS team played with lots of effort and had excellent pass accuracy against their more experienced competitors. A perfect first friendly game to start off the new season. The competing team has been playing together every Friday evening since ISS teacher Mr. Keereman organised the first soccer game between ISS teachers and refugees staying at the Forus asylum reception centre in April 2016. Initially, they played on a field near the asylum reception centre, but when the centre was closed, they moved to the ISS fields. Over the years, this team has played 118 Friday games amongst themselves, in any and all kinds of weather, and have attracted attention from different newspapers, football teams and organisations.

Back-to-School Social

We love to celebrate the spirit of belonging and a sense of community at the school with fun events like the PA’s back-to-school social where our ISS community welcomed new families. Children and parents enjoyed the delicious pizza, scavenger hunt and limbo dancing!

Preschool Beach Day

Our Preschoolers are really enjoying the warm summer days. Yesterday they went on a trip to Vistestranden in Randaberg where they had an amazing beach day!

Welcome Back!

Welcome to the new school year 2019-2020! Staff and students are all very excited for another fantastic year creating lifelong memories!

Alumni Social 2019

It was great seeing so many of our former students and staff again at the ISS Alumni Social where the class of 2009 also celebrated the 10-year reunion. Fantastic to hear so many precious ISS memories at the event and during a tour around the school a day earlier.

Successful First Edition of the NECIS Viking Games!

Medals, records, personal bests and above all… great team spirit! Congratulations to the 39 ISS athletes for an amazing first edition of the NECIS Viking Games! Big thank you to our AD David Tremblay, all coaches, volunteers and Gjesdal Idrettslag for a perfect organisation of this track and field meet.

The Girl from Aleppo

At the end of the school year, a group of 10 teachers has been reading “The Girl from Aleppo” to the 7th grade. The inspirational story of brave refugee sisters Nujeen and Nisreen, making their way from Aleppo to Germany with a wheelchair, kept the students captivated for weeks. Nujeen kindly agreed to correspond with the students through video messages on Flipgrid, to reflect on her story and answer their many questions, an experience the students will never forget. Reading this book will help shape the world view of these young people and they will forever try to look for the stories behind the headlines, for the people behind the numbers.

Three Swords Chess Tournament

For the third year in a row, ISS and Hafrsfjord chess players joined together in the Three Swords Chess Tournament. Hafrsfjord Skole hosted the tournament this year, held on May 20th. Thirty-two primary school students represented ISS at this friendly neighborhood competition, playing four strong rounds. As always, both schools placed a high value on sportsmanship, and students from both schools practiced English and Norwegian together.