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j.davis - Posted Friday, Apr 13, 2018 3:59:58 PM

On Wednesday 28th March, the ISH-ESH Joint Concert took place in the MDA, with the opening speech given by ISH Secondary Vice Principal, Ms Kerry Gray.

By Tomoku Ogusu
Music Teacher

Musicians from various groups including the ISH Senior Jazz band, ISH VivaVoce, ESH Jazz Band and the ESH Choir shared their excellent musical talents in the 1 hour 30 minute-concert. A huge thank you to the ISH Parents Association, ISH Y13 Prom Committee, ISH communications Team, ISH ICT, as well as the Concierge Team and the ESH Music Department for their great support and encouragement. Our success this year has made us even more eager to host the ISH-ESH Joint Concert next year.

Some appreciative feedback from ISH students -

"I am a member of the ISH Senior Jazz Band and have been in this band for 2 years. Last week's joint concert with ISH and ESH was a huge success. Despite having little time for joint rehearsals we really managed to make a wonderful performance out of it. It was also a good mix of different pieces which made the concert enjoyable until the very end. I think it's always fun to watch and listen to other musicians perform their songs but playing with them really made this concert extra special. Even though I'll be leaving ISH this year I hope that this was the first of many more ISH/ESH concerts in the future." -ISH Y13 Maurita Bloembergen-

"The concert was an amazing experience, especially since the ISH and ESH music department collaborated for the first time and seeing different groups from both schools coming together was incredible. I'm part of ISH' Viva Voce choir and we don't always collaborate with other groups in the music department so, performing with the ISH jazz band as well as ESH was definitely a breath of fresh air. Each performance that night was outstanding and I was hooked on every moment, from the 2 jazz bands' "Watermelon Man", to ESH choir's "Evening Rise", to the teachers' duets... everything was enjoyable. As for our part, I hope Viva Voce' hard work these past few months had paid off and we had provided the audience with enjoyable performances; I personally don't know how we did exactly but it was a nice reward when a stranger I met after the concert praised us and said how much she enjoyed the event. Overall, I must say there was never a dull moment that evening." -ISH Y10 Audrey Nguyen-

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j.davis - Posted Friday, Apr 6, 2018 2:53:31 PM
The Primary student initiated Big Cat Day on Thursday 29th March was a roaring success!

By Philippa Walker
Assistant Principal Year 5&6

It was a real team effort:
  • decorating the Glasshouse
  • providing cat themed snacks for our tuck shop
  • coming up with cat themed ideas for lessons and
  • learning a lion song in three parts!

Many students came to school on the day dressed up as one of the endangered big cats and had their face-painted (thanks to an army of Secondary artists!). They also came home a little lighter, having spent pocket money at the tuck shop. They learnt more about big cats from a fascinating documentary and sang their hearts out during the whole school assembly that celebrated the success of the day.

They raised a whopping 1,184.75 for the Ruaha Carnivore Project. Dr. Amy Dickman could not be present but sent us a 'thank you' video message and we look forward to finding out exactly our funds will help with the conservation of big cats and supporting communities in Tanzania.

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j.davis - Posted Thursday, Apr 5, 2018 11:46:07 AM

Year 3 have spent 6 weeks working on their Writing Workshop Unit - Science Books and Lab Reports. They have done some investigating and written lab reports and then used their scientific knowledge to write Information Books. On Monday afternoon some parents and Year 6 children came to for our Writing Workshop celebration, where we demonstrated our investigations and showed our information books.

By Gemma Salmon
Year Leader Year 3

It was lovely to see the children so proud of what they had done, able to share the actual work with their parents. Below are some photos that capture the celebration.

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j.davis - Posted Wednesday, Apr 4, 2018 3:59:00 PM

Film-maker Tanja Busking followed the progress of Rob Kanters' Rewire project with ISH Orchestra during rehearsals and performance in January and February 2018

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j.davis - Posted Wednesday, Mar 28, 2018 5:59:48 PM

Our school has been featured in groundbreaking literature "Linguistic and Cultural Innovations in School" by Jane Spiro and Eowyn Crisfield. This book presents case studies of five schools engaged in radical change in order to engage with children's home languages and cultures in a more multilingual and inclusive way. Our school features as an example of best practices in chapter four "Dynamic Multilingualism in International Schools"

By Joy Davis
Communications Officer

Lara Rikers and Mindy McCracken, with the input and support of innovative class teachers and school leaders, have been pioneering translanguaging strategies in this field for a number of years, continuing the efforts of previous members of staff. In the book their expansion of ISH's Mother Tongue Programme criteria is described as, "Perhaps the most innovative outcome of their efforts, the new term identity language which was created to meet the needs of the growing third-culture-kid population, who use and feel connected to a language that is not from their passport country."

We are immensely proud of Mindy, Lara, our ISH teachers and all the work they have done and continue to do on the mother tongue front. We are extremely happy that ISH is at the forefront of these second-language practices, as they actively promote our ISH children's personal and cultural identities, as well as all of their languages.

We feel very fortunate that our school has the opportunity to work very closely with Eowyn Crisfield, who has been training our staff and has been there to help parents make informed decisions about the languages in their homes.

The book is available at if you click on the icon.

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