Celebrating Peace Day!

Wind and rain? That doesn’t stop our students from creating a colourful peace sign for the International Day of Peace outside on the playground! A fun collaboration project between our Preschoolers and Middle School students. All students at ISS were dressed in white today, the colour of peace to recognize the efforts of those who have worked hard to end conflict and promote a peaceful world community.

High School Horizons Days

‘Horizons’ is a three-day educational experience for Grades 9-12 that complements our ISS Advisory and academic programmes. Students work together in multi-grade crews, attend workshops, experience an off-site activity and design a common project. This year, students worked around the theme ‘Balance’ and they had the unique opportunity to visit the NATO base here in Stavanger.

6th Grade visiting NUART Exhibition

6th graders chose the perfect day for their NUART field trip to downtown Stavanger. Students and their art teacher discovered many new artworks that were added to the city’s exhibition. NUART is an international contemporary street and urban art festival, held annually in Stavanger, Norway since 2001. It is widely considered the world’s leading celebration of Street Art among its peers.

Faculty Spotlight: Wim Keereman

Many know Mr. Keereman well from his years of teaching Social Studies and languages. More recently, though, his talents have extended deep into the local community. Wim, the ISS Service Learning Coordinator, is relentless in his effort to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Wim not only leads numerous Service Learning initiatives at ISS (resulting in record-breaking funds for good causes), but also brings refugees together to play football weekly, raises money for those less fortunate, increases awareness of humanitarian causes and more. His wise words: “You may not be able to make the world a better place for everyone, but you can make it a better place for someone.” 

Cross-Town Collaboration About Language Programmes

We love meaningful cross-town collaborations! Like the time this spring when 16 staff/teachers from Johannes læringssenter met at ISS to discuss how English is taught as an additional language at ISS. Johannes teaches Norwegian to migrants and refugees to help with their assimilation into Norwegian society. It was a productive gathering of target-language teachers from two local, multicultural schools and we appreciated the opportunity to learn from our peers in this positively diverse city.

Reflecting on ‘Horizons’ Days in the High School

There is so much to look forward to with the new school year, including the special ‘Horizons’ collaboration in the High School! ‘Horizons’ is a three-day educational experience for Grades 9-12 that complements our ISS Advisory and academic programmes. (Recap video of 2017-18 Horizons Days.) Over three days, students work together in multi-grade crews, attend workshops, experience an off-site activity and design a common project. Not only does ‘Horizons’ provide unique opportunities to practise critical and creative thinking but it is also a great way to bring our High School community together. Learn more about ISS’ High School.

Interesting Investigations Displayed at Grade 7 Science Fair

How do eggshells react to acids? What renewable energy source is most efficient? How does music affect memory? ISS’ Grade 7 scientists did a brilliant job presenting their investigations at this year’s Science Fair in May. They had such interesting ideas and articulated their results well. Super!

IB Artists Show Off Gorgeous Work

Get a glimpse of some of the beautiful artwork created by our Grade 12 Visual Art students earlier this spring for their IB Art Exhibit! These talented artists dedicated many hours to building their portfolios of unique and thought-provoking pieces, then composed their own exhibition in relation to their theme and how they wanted the public to interact with the artwork. The creativity on display through the ISS hallways always astounds us!

ISS Poetry Bus Rolls Through School

At the beginning of the school year, the ISS Poetry Bus got a good oil change, new wheels and a fresh coat of paint. This bus – full of creativity, energy and risk-takers – was on the move! Throughout 2017-18, numerous evocative and fun performances (from haikus to lyrics to sonnets) were held across the school as part of this literary and poetry movement. Catch the Poetry Bus on the move!