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j.davis - Posted Monday, Jul 3, 2017 12:58:47 PM

Sunday 25 June was all about sports at ISH. It was the annual sports awards dinner. But before that, the inaugural ISH Alumni v Varsity football match was played. We had alumni from several years take part. It was great event. On this occasion the Varsity Team won by 3-0. But who knows what will happen next time?!

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j.davis - Posted Friday, Jun 30, 2017 5:42:48 PM

The Geography Energy Challenge aims for students to get acquainted with an important societal theme: the energy transition. The transition is a challenge for the whole world; every person and all organizations will be affected and can (and must) contribute.

The Geography Energy Challenge at ISH is a way to learn about the transition. It provides students with an impression of the importance and diversity of the energy sector in our society. The didactical approach is based on action learning: the student is an actor in the transition and is faced with questions like: what is the transition; what are our goals, what is needed to achieve them, and: what can I do contribute to the transition, what can I do to help my school to achieve its goals?

The problem or challenge is real: our society must organize its energy system in a different way and we have only two or three decades to get it done. There is broad consensus about the goals (e.g. the COP21 Paris agreement), but very little consensus about the short term actions. In the chaotic discussions, facts and fiction are sometimes hard to distinguish.

The ISH Geography Energy Challenge

In year 9 geography classes, students operated in teams. Each team addressed a concrete question, such as "How much gas and electricity does ISH use and how can this be reduced?" and "How much electricity do ISH's solarpanels generate and how much is this compared to the total energy use of ISH? Can this be improved?". There are many ways to answer the questions. The teams had to acquire knowledge to understand the status quo and the needed actions; they collected and analyzed data and made strategic choices about their approach and reflected on their choices.

Relevant fact sheets and data sets were made available, and the teams were facilitated to gain knowledge of the energy use (and production) of the school. An iBook was provided with the necessary background information about energy and how to calculate with energy. All results were presented on a "market square" (June 27, period 7) where students, staff met and shared ideas, experiences, contacts, follow up actions. The market place setting asked for comprehensive, seductive, inspiring and convincing communication strategies.

Connections in school

The Energy Challenge project is an inquiry based and authentic project, with a real purpose and audience. It is a form of Service in Action learning as students are proposing solutions to make the energy use at ISH more sustainable. The project has the Global Context of Globalisation and Sustainability demonstrating the importance of local actions and the effects on global sustainability.

Moreover, schools in the Netherlands are legally required to comply with the "Activiteiten besluit erkende maatregelen" in these legal measures the Dutch government has set out that organizations such as schools are required to take all energy saving measures that have a payback time of 5 years or less and to investigate into such measures.

ISH is an Eco-School and is proudly flying the Green Flag. The Geography Energy Challenge fulfills some of the criteria for our continued commitment to the Green Flag such as monitoring data about the school's energy use effectively using this in curriculum work by creating graphs and charts on energy usage. Moreover, during the Challenge students will be collecting evidence to show the school's progress; data, costings etc. This evidence will be analysed and evaluated to help develop future actions.

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j.davis - Posted Friday, Jun 2, 2017 5:17:00 PM

The Year 11 Political Theatre evening showcased drama students work based on last term's unit of work. This unit was inspired by the work of Brecht and Boal, two unique theorists who used the world's events as their performance stimuli. As current news is disturbing and often shocking, this unit gave students the opportunity to explore these issues in a safe, yet creative, environment. Using the knowledge gained from exploring the two theorists, students worked collaboratively to create their own political theatre performances, each with its own statement about different topics which are relevant today.

The audience enjoyed the challenging approach to the exploration of issues such as the refugee crisis, gender inequalities, the South China Sea dispute and Trump's America, amongst other topics. Each group bravely communicated their piece, and by doing so, also expressed their thoughts and views. The evening demonstrated the importance of theatre's role in helping young people express the complexities of the world they are growing up in, and both audience and performers alike shared that learning experience through this special night.

A huge well done to the bravery that our Year 11's showed, and for all their hard work.

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j.davis - Posted Thursday, Jun 1, 2017 3:00:32 PM

It was a little while ago now, but in February Tasen visited our school. It was a unique opportunity for our students to consider their use of Internet and how they can use the Internet in a safe and positive way. We have been very lucky to hear about a boyband who highlight these issues as part of their act. We were able to organize three separate concerts for our Y5 to Y9 students on Tuesday of this week. The students were very positive about the experience and many highlighted it was useful to hear real life stories from real people and to have fun at the same time! The following report is from Frederieke Kersemakers, one of our junior journalists, who witnessed one of the concerts.

"On the 7th of March, a well known boy band from Dublin, Ireland named "Taken" came to talk to us about the problem of Internet Safety and cyberbullying.

The audience went wild as the boys also blew the roof off with their mind blowing music. The three 21 year old Irish boys, named Stephen Barron, Eoghan Mac Mahon and Richie Power have visited many schools over the past year and shared their story about bullying. Their rock band trio formed in September in 2014 and they met in Dublin, Ireland. They have come far with their band visiting schools all around the world sharing their message. We were also able to interview two of the boys for more information, Stephen Barron was in the hospital and we were unable to interview him. He was also unable to to perform with his band.

They had started doing their performances a year ago, and they were discovered while performing in the UK, by someone who organizes school presentations. They have now visited over 200 schools sharing their message. These presentations have prepared the band well by knowing what they should do, how to cope with bullying and how to help someone in these situations. "It is easier to deal with this sort of stuff, and I now know what to say to people to help them too." This has allowed them to be able to speak up for themselves and others."

Dr Watts and Mr Bell, IT Coordinators at ISH would like to thanks everyone who helped to organize the day and especially the students who behaved perfectly and looked liked they were having a great time. The boys from Taken were very impressed by the knowledge and behavior of the students. So, a big, Well Done!

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O. Boutayeb - Posted Tuesday, May 9, 2017 8:37:00 AM

ISH will be hosting the ISST Division 3 Tennis Championships on Monday 22nd - Wednesday 24th of May 2017 at De Rhijenhoff Tennis Centre.

The match schedule and tournament information can be viewed by clicking this link. Results will appear here as the tournament progresses.

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