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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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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.

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j.davis - Posted Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 4:42:00 PM

After many months of rehearsals, the Middle Year's production of "The Gift of the Magi" proved to be a wonderful experience for all who were involved in bringing this magical holiday tale to life on stage this December.

The Drama directing team was thrilled to collaborate with Miss Ogusu's music students who shared their voices with songs reflecting the spirit of season. Thank you to the Parents Association for providing tasty treats during rehearsals, as well as for the wonderful cake on our closing night, as the very talented cast and crew celebrated this successful theatrical event.

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j.davis - Posted Friday, Dec 8, 2017 5:27:49 PM

Year 2 Moves from Toys to Food

It has been an exciting time in Year 2. Just last week, they finished their IPC unit Toys with a visit from a puppet theatre. This week, saw them start their new unit 'Food' with an exciting Entry Point.

At the beginning of a new IPC unit we have an Entry Point, which provides the 'wow' factor and gets children excited and motivated to learn about their new unit. In Year 2, they held an international food fair. Not only did the children have to bring food from their home country to share with their classmates, but they also had to prepare some information about the food which they presented to the class.

Each class had a sumptuous feast in their room with a huge variety of food from all the different countries of our children. We had sushi from Japan, rice and daal from India, cheese pie from Serbia, shortbread from Scotland, spring rolls from China to name but a few. The children were not only incredibly proud of the food they had brought in, but were also very open-minded about trying foods from other countries. What a great way to help develop international mindedness!

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