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j.davis - Posted Thursday, Jan 18, 2018 5:27:06 PM

The most popular excursion of the year by far is the senior trip to CERN (Geneva) judging by the speed at which students signed up back in October. Thirty-one Physics students from both SL and HL classes attended this unique trip, initiated by Physics teacher Ms. Nuria Benitez, to learn about the latest particle discoveries and the engineering challenges these super-cooled machines pose.

After studying the 'Standard Model' in Particle Physics in December, the group took off to Geneva mid-January to visit the various components at CERN, such as the Linear Accelerators, the Control Rooms, the Exhibition Centres and the Auditorium where Peter Higgs himself witnessed the confirmation of a new particle back in 2012. In the evening, students took part in the Particle Pub Quiz, which covered many areas of Nuclear Physics across six rounds. The 'popculture' round turned out to be the easiest and most popular as it included references to popular documentaries and science series on Netflix and Youtube.

After this successful first trip for ISH to CERN and following the positive feedback from our students during and after the trip, the Physics department is planning on organising it for next year's Physics classes in Year 13. We hope the photos in the collage below give you an impression of the activities during these 24-hours in Geneva!

Photo Collage

1. Visiting the (underground?) Large Hadron Collider

2. Winning team answering pub quiz questions

3. The complete group in front of the 'Globe' Exhibition Centre

4. Just arrived at Geneva station – We're in Switzerland!

5. Posing besides the Standard Model formula (like they understand what's going on!)

6. Physicists trying (?) to lecture us about the engineering challenges at CERN.

7. Attending a lecture by Dr. Rachel Avramidou about 'mañets' and 'ee-lectron'

Story by R. Boeyink
Physics Teacher

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j.davis - Posted Monday, Jan 15, 2018 1:49:00 PM

Year 7,8 and 9 students returned from the Winter Holiday to a new routine in school. From now on, their lunch break - period 5 - will be device free. in all the main recreational areas of the school there will be no phones or ipads allowed. And this is clearly signposted. There will be pockets of spaces available for students who would like to do homework in those times where they can access a device. Staff on duty are monitoring the situation.

The first week seems to have gone well. Students, for the most part, seem to have accepted the change. Many are enjoying interacting with their peers. As you can see from the photos kids are playing and chatting. Hopefully we can strike that delicate balance between giving them devices as a tool to enhance their education, whilst also teaching them the value of face to face interaction, and to take a break from screen time.

Another space available to the students is the Library, where students can both do homework on their device as well as play deviceless games under supervision. Head Librarian, Izabella Tomljanovich, has asked for recommendations from students about which non electronic to buy.

The first reports from the whole community have been positive. Long may it continue! If you have any feedback for the school, please contact Ms Nijsten, the Deputy Head Lower School.

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j.davis - Posted Thursday, Dec 21, 2017 3:18:29 PM

This is a little while ago, but it is definitely worth a mention as one of the Year's Orchestra highlights. 130 students from Y7 to 13 performed at the Classical Winter Concert on 3 December. The programme included student compositions, songs in various languages, a guzheng solo, and instrumental music ranging from Purcell and Mozart to jazz and contemporary music.

Please see the slideshow for the photos or if you would like to take your time to look at all of them, please click here

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j.davis - Posted Thursday, Dec 21, 2017 2:07:05 PM

Primary and Secondary students restart lessons on Tuesday 9 January 2018

Secondary students finish at midday 21 December 2017

Primary students finish at midday 22 December 2018

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j.davis - Posted Thursday, Dec 21, 2017 1:12:23 PM

Last December 13th our annual Winter Gala Concert took place. In front of a full Malcolm Davies Auditorium (MDA) the ISH Primary children amazed all parents and teachers present displaying their talents, hard work, and musicality. The audience had the pleasure of listening to a very varied music programme.

First, our ISH Primary Orchestra played a number of seasonal songs. This year, our Mid-school Choir was able to include children from years 2 to 4. Even though their last two rehearsals had to be cancelled due to all sorts of December events (snow, Sinterklaas etc.) the children performed beautifully!

The Upper School Choir has been working very hard on mastering harmony singing. We were all delighted to see how much progress they had made and fun they had on stage.

Finally, the ISH Primary Rock Band closed the night with an impressive performance of two pop songs. They managed to perform without their bandleader, Mr. Fennis which is a sign of the quality of our young musicians!I would like to ask for parents to share any beautiful pictures they might have made of the event with me, so that I can add them to the music room "Wall of Fame" (

To see all the photos and videos please click here

I would like to say a big 'thank you' to all teachers and assistants who made the evening possible. In particular, I would show my gratitude to the Music Team who always supports my crazy initiatives: Mrs. Fragu, Mrs. Henning and, our new teacher (who will cover for Ms. Fragu pregnancy leave) Mr. Garreton.

Wishing you a restful Winter break,

Dina Titan

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