News from Head of School

January 2017

The New Year at ISL got off to a cracking start. January has been a very busy month with lots of activities inside and outside school.

Over the December vacation, a group of ISL Alumni took on the ISL senior team at Basketball. Everyone had a great time and we hope that this will become a regular fixture over the break. It was great to have the alumni visit the school - we won't say who won, but the result showed that experience counts!

A group of Middle School students flew to Kenya for the week of 23rd January to take part in the East African Model United Nations (EAMUN), which was held in the real UN buildings in Nairobi. The group represented the Seychelles and, in the week before they left, some students made sure that some of them spent some time being briefed by the Honorary Consul for the Seychelles, an ISL parent, Mr. Jimmy Butt. Thanks go to Ms. Stella Wangu and Mr. Claudious Mwale for accompanying the students.

During the same week, Junior Engineers for Africa came to ISL for the first time. JEFA spent two days at school introducing our students to simple machines, whilst teaching them problem solving and critical thinking schools through a series of hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) workshops with exercises which made use of simple games and Lego Technik. JEFA facilitators worked with students from Year 1 to Year 10 and there was a palpable level of excitement in all school whilst they were here. In Primary School, the workshops were linked to the IBPYP Units of Inquiry that students were exploring. Great experiential learning! We hope to extend the JEFA workshops to 4 days next year.

January is almost over. The Year IGCSE and Year 13 IBDP students have just started two weeks of Trial Examinations in preparation for their Final IGCSE & IBDP Examinations, which will take place in May 2017. Trial Exams are very important as they help students experience the exam format and find out what they really know and can do. Any preparation that they do for these exams will help them identify their strengths and weaknesses so that they can perform to the best of their ability in May. We wish them well, but note that you make your own ‘luck’, by working hard.

On Saturday 28 January, the U14 Boys and Girls Football Teams competed in an ISAZ Midlands Tournament at ISL and made it through to qualify for the Semi-Finals, which will be held at ISL on Saturday 4 March. Please do come along and support our Middle School students as they attempt to win the Midland Soccer crowns.

On Friday 3 February, the school Swim Team (7-13 year olds) will be competing in an ISAZ Swimming Gala at LICS. Please feel free to drop in and support the team.

Tuesday 31st January saw our first workshop for parents by parents. It was called ‘Network of Competencies’ and was run by Kirsten de Greling - Visman (Career Coach for Expat Partners and Professionals in Transition) and Pelle Kvalsund (Coach Developer), who is an ISL parent. The aim was to build a network of competences and facilitate match making based on needs and competencies offered by the participants.

January was busy but February is known to be the most hectic month of the year, at least for the admin team, with budgeting for the next school year and recruiting new teachers taking precedence.

Martin Gough, Head of School