Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Brun (’02)

In its 50th year, the International Baccalaureate is celebrating IBDP alumni and Sarah, an illustrious ISS alumna, is featured! Sarah works for UN Women championing women’s rights in Arab regions and shares her story here: https://goo.gl/gGgbTn. In her reflections on how ISS, IB and Model United Nations prepared her for university/work, she speaks of a “non-judgmental space that allowed for freedom of thought and creative thinking.” Sarah is a fine model of both the IB learner profile and ISS vision of “responsible, globally engaged and empowered learners.” We applaud your commitment to creating gender equalities, Sarah!

Alumni Spotlight: Federico G. Di Marzio (’17)

Attending Lancaster University Management School, Federico and his teammate achieved 1st place in the Hedge Funds session at an Amplify Trading financial markets simulation. More than 100 students competed, feeling the excitement and pressure of trading. Federico, who is pursuing finance studies and a dream career in Investment Banking or Hedge Funds, said ISS helped his ability to communicate coherently, be a risk taker and work effectively as a team. Congrats, Federico!

ISS Celebrates Drop Everything and Read Day

In celebration of Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) Day, Middle Schoolers read together with their Kindergarten friends, supporting our emerging readers. Also, throughout the day, students were encouraged to grab a favourite book and get lost in a story. Fun fact: April 12 is Beverly Cleary’s birthday, and the very first mention of DEAR Day was in her book ‘Ramona Quimby, Age 8.’ Beverly is a beloved children’s book author. Happy reading!

Successful Basketball Season Marked by Strong Participation and Hardwork

Congratulations to the High School Boys Basketball team for scoring the well-respected Sportsmanship Award at the NECIS Sports tourney in Belgium last month. The ISS Vikings played hard AND exemplified the ideals of sportsmanship with fair play and integrity. The 2017-18 basketball season at ISS included 80+ registered Middle and High School players, approximately 25 competitions in our gym, a MS trip to Aberdeen and HS trip to Antwerp. Great job, players! Special thanks to the coaches for all their hard work.

Award-Winning ‘Screenagers’ Community Screening at ISS

ISS hosted nearly 100 parents, students, colleagues and neighbours for ‘SCREENAGERS’, an award-winning documentary that offers parents solutions for helping children navigate the digital world and find balance. Best of all, this screening facilitated positive discussions at school and for many families at home.

ISS Student Advances to National Academic Competition

Another year, another national finalist! Grade 12 International Baccalaureate student and computer science enthusiast, Vivek Narendra, was invited to represent ISS and Rogaland in the Norwegian Competition for Young Scientists/Researchers (Unge Forskere) in Oslo. He advanced for his research in Science & Tech: “How is Brute Force, Differential Cryptanalysis and Elliptic Curve Cryptography Used in the Process of Creating Collisions in Hash Algorithms?” Original research and critical thinking are key skills and we are very proud of Vivek and ALL of our young researchers.

Board and Role-Play Game Club Takes Off at ISS

Walk by the MS/HS Library on Fridays after school and you’ll undoubtedly hear animated Primary, Middle and High School students involved in the ISS Board Game and Role-Playing Game (RPG) Clubs. Gamemaster, Villains and Vigilantes, Pathfinder, Dungeons and Dragons – a variety of games bring students together where they have fun and build creativity, teamwork, problem-solving and social skills.

Pre-Schoolers Bake Bread with Librarian

Fancy a homemade baguette? Head down the Pre-School corridor where the Adventurers Class recently enjoyed a collaborative bread-making session with our fantastic librarian, Mr. J, after reading “Nanette’s Baguette.” Inspired by the young heroine in the story and her first solo trip to the bakery, the ISS ‘Adventurers’ made their own baguettes plus enough to share with the other Pre-School and Maternelle classes. See the students delighting in this learning activity.

Grade 8 Hits the Slopes of Trysil

When in Norway…go skiing! Grade 8 recently returned from Trysil where they learned cross-country and downhill skiing techniques, developed their team-building skills and delighted in games, laughter and a Norwegian favourite – warm ‘saft’ – back at the lodge. Memories forever! View album of photos on ISS Facebook. Grades 4-8 at ISS experience unique ‘leirskole’ (outdoor school) opportunities.