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.
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
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
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" (email@example.com)
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,
j.davis - Posted Friday, Dec 15, 2017 4:57:06 PM
Tuesday 12th December, we visited SHELL Rijswijk. Throughout our time in the Challenger programme we have learned about oil and gas spotting (upstream and downstream) alongside the initiatives shell has been taking in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ultimately save the environment.
We commenced the session by gaining an insight into what SHELL does as an organization. We were informed about their concerns regarding the environment as well as the importance of oil and gas.
We also learned about the reasoning behind their success. Oil is a needed resource that is not affected by time, this is why SHELL has been so successful. The provision of oil is costly and SHELL has the finances to do provide it.
We also took part in an auction attempting to guess the number of chocolates in a sealed jar. We could not see how many chocolates there were from the sides but only from the top which represented the difficulty of paying money for a piece of land when the buyer does not know how much oil/gas is in that piece of land.
Later, we learned how oil and gas is identified, and the process of retrieving it, refining it, and selling it to big customers.
Finally, we built our robots: a solar plane that functions on light rays and a mini car that functions on salty water.
SHELL speakers were extremely kind and open to our questions which was most appreciated by us all. Overall, we gained an insight on the downstream/upstream process and we had lots of fun constructing robots together.