Hello IGBIS Community,
It feels a bit repetitive to say that there is a lot happening at school every week, but in addition to helping our students learn and grow every day, there is indeed a lot going on! From hosting football tournaments to running multiple workshops for parents each week, the IGBIS community has really regained its spark and re-ignited the spirit of togetherness that was so proudly in place prior to Covid. It is fantastic to have had so many elementary families on campus for three-way conferences, with secondary hosting hundreds more online. Keeping the family-student-school triangle closely connected has tremendous benefits on a child and young person’s learning, growth and development and we would like to thank our parents for being so involved in making the conferences a reality. Similarly, we have been connecting parent volunteers with our teachers and staff to work together on special events and thematic days with Deepavali, Days of Play and the Holiday Bazar on the horizon. Again, IGBIS is always a busy place!
Not content to stop there, on the back of our well-being work the last few years and in preparation for the upcoming Council of International Schools re-accreditation visit in November, we are looking for your input on well-being-related activities that the adults in our community might be interested in outside school hours. During the school day and through the after-school activity programme we feel as though we meet a lot of our students’ needs already, but we would like to create opportunities for our parents, teachers and staff to work on their own well-being too.
From mindfulness classes, yoga and online courses, to book studies, hiking groups and exercise classes, we are curious what the adults in our community feel would help support their physical and mental health as we process not only the two-plus years of a pandemic but life in the 21st century as well.
Please take a moment to share your ideas HERE on what you would like to see as part of this programme (please feel free to complete more than one survey if you have a number of suggestions!)
Have a wonderful long weekend, especially if your family is celebrating the Prophet’s birthday (peace be upon him).
What a wonderful week it was last week having different opportunities and purposes for parents to be in school. At the ‘PYP assessment’ workshop on Wednesday 4th, we had about 34 parents attend. I am sure that everyone there learned a lot. My thanks to Chikara Maeda and Saki Matsuura for supporting our Japanese parents with translation and Ms Liyana for being there for our Chinese parents. Although this time we did not have any Korean language support, it is our intention in the future. Ms Aga as always facilitated the workshop skillfully and knowledgeably. The recording and handouts will be shared with any parents who could not attend. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ms Aga. On Wednesday 12th October we will have a workshop in the PVO room (on level 2) from 8.15 – 915am. This is an Early Childhood workshop and parents in Fireflies, Early Years and KG are encouraged to attend.
On Thursday the 5th we held a Grade 3 sharing morning. It started with the Elementary assembly where the students started to share their learning from their unit of inquiry about
“diversity and our community” I really loved the quotes that the Grade 3’s shared, however, their explanations were just beautiful. I have included two examples here.
We were also schooled in mathematical thinking- not only in the assembly, but parents had the chance to engage in it too with the children.
On Friday 7th October we had our 3-way conferences and Parent Teacher conferences. This was a great time for the students to share their progress so far this year and communicate their goals for the remainder of the year. For our younger students, parent-teacher conferences are so valuable for teachers and parents to build relationships, and get to know each other so that together we can guide the students to reach their potential. Speaking with both teachers and parents, the conferences were a positive experience for everyone.
Sandy van Nooten
This week – It was a busy week gearing up for the Three Way Conferences (3WCs) held today (Fri 7th Oct). I hope that parents, teachers and students enjoyed productive and informative discussions and have a clearer sense of what is going well and areas for future focus. If you found ten minutes was too short, please feel free to contact teachers to arrange a longer follow-up meeting if required.
The House Captains were announced this week. Congratulations to this fabulous group of students who will work with Mr Rohit and Ms Laplante to plan and run a range of house activities and events throughout the year.
House Captains for 2022-2023
University visits – This week we hosted about a dozen Canadian universities. It was a lovely informal event with the university reps talking candidly about the diversity of the country in terms of the people, geography and weather and also the diversity of Canadian universities with international students, locations, programs, size etc. Thanks to the students who took part and to Ms Amanda Lopez for making it happen. The photos below were taken during the informal ‘chat’ prior to the more formal ‘fair’.
From the sports desk (Craig Wilson) – It has been a busy week of sports at IGBIS. A HUGE thanks to all the parents and teachers that have supported our squads, as well as our coaches who continue to work with our student-athletes. The complexity of sports makes coaching one of the most challenging things a teacher can do. Coaches find themselves working as motivators, mediators, educators, strategists, and generals.
A Wet Cross Country Team – On Saturday the 1st, the IGB Cross Country team took part in the AIMS X-country meet held at MARDI. Our younger runners did an outstanding job, with several placing in the top 20 of their races. Times and placements will be shared this week! Unfortunately, inclement weather forced the cancellation of the races that included our U15 and O15 athletes. While a great day for some, this picture says it all.
U15 Boys and girls advance to the next round of AIMS
IGB hosted the first round of the U15 Boys and Girls tournaments on Tuesday. The boy’s team faced off against two equal opponents. The first game came to a 1-1 draw against ISB, and 0-0 against their second opponent, ELC. The girls’ team found themselves challenged by the size and speed of their opponents and dropped all 3 of their matches to ELC, SJIIM and ISP.
Both teams will now advance to the final stage of the AIMS conference and will have their sights set on the Small Division Cup Championship.
The O15 Boys Football team remains UNDEFEATED
On Thursday, the boys faced off with MKIS, ELC, and SJIIM in the first round of the AIMS Football tournament. The first match against MKIS proved to be the most challenging, but our Phoenix walked away with a 2-0 victory. Next to fall was Saint Joseph’s, as our boys took that one at a score of 2-0. They finished off the day in a decisive manner, defeating ELC with a score of 6-0.
The team now has brought their season record to 7-0, with the AIMS Finals being the last hurdle to what has started as a fantastic season so far.
Parent workshops – We hosted two workshops this week. One on Demystifying MYP Assessment (hosted by Lennan MacDonald) and one on Applying to US Universities and colleges (hosted by Amanda Lopez). Thanks to Lennan, Amanda and all the parents who came in.
Upcoming events in Secondary (between now and the end of the semester)
Parent Session Overview (for the year) – Here’s a link to all the parent workshops in Secondary.
Useful links for parents
Have a lovely looooong weekend.
The Counseling Team
Welcome to October and welcome to a new Mental Health focus for the Month: Authenticity!
October brings us wetter weather, Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday, Deepavali, and Autumn Break. It is also the month of Halloween, which gives us a perfect time to use the metaphor of wearing masks and look at all the ways we live or hide behind multiple layers and different masks, sometimes not being our true, authentic selves.
Brene Brown is one of the go-to experts on authenticity, vulnerability, and shame, so we’ll be sharing a lot of her work throughout the month. To start us off, let’s look at the definition of authenticity. In her book The Gifts of Imperfection, Brown says authenticity is the antidote to shame. She goes on to say:
“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we are supposed to be, and embracing who we are.”
This is NOT easy stuff!!!
So, for the next month, we’ll explore the courage to take off our masks, emerge from our protective layers, and celebrate being our awesome, imperfect, human selves.
HERE is the initial Ted Talk where Brown confronts the “Power of Vulnerability.”
The Masks We Wear – To help us recognize and honour the masks that we wear, students, faculty, and staff are invited to join in an art activity to explore our authentic selves, celebrate, and create representations of the different masks we wear.
You do not need to bring anything, just show up, colour, and have fun.
The Counseling Team
Final Reminder! Cialfo Merge is HERE – As of Oct 1, all college and career communication will be sent via Cialfo.
Grade 9 – 11 students have now all been introduced and onboarded to Cialfo. As a reminder, Cialfo is our career and future planning platform of IGB. Communication regarding events like university fairs and open days, and resources, like help with creating a CV, will all be communicated through Cialfo starting 1 October (no more duplicate emails!).
This week we were lucky enough to host 13 Canadian Universities on campus, and the reps were kind enough to have a sit and chat with the few students who signed up to attend during 3rd block. The takeaway: Applying to Canada is one of the EASIEST application processes (most do not require essays or letters of recommendations!)
Find out more about each of the visiting universities here: Lakehead University, Trent University, University of Victoria, Huron University, York University, Ontario Tech University, Queen’s University, Memorial University, Simon Fraser University, University of Manitoba, Dalhousie University, University of Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier University
Early apps are due WEDNESDAY, 12 October!
Canada Highlight (thanks to this week’s uni fair!)
The following colleges & universities were so impressed with our students during their visits, they have reached out to share additional information and opportunities to connect. Check them out –
Simplifying the Complex Financial Aid Process
Oct 12, 4-5pm PT (7-8pm ET)
In this guest session, Mary Lawyer (Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management at Siena College) will be covering:
Standardized Testing Demystified
Oct 20, 4-5pm PT (7-8pm ET)
Senior Director of Outreach at Compass Education Group and veteran standardized testing expert Matty Steiner will lead a thoughtful and practical discussion on college admissions testing, plus discuss the recent outcomes of the test optional movement. We’ll be covering:
10 Myths Debunked About Highly Selective College Admissions
Nov 2, 2022 4-5pm PT (7-8pm ET)
Cristina Usino, Associate Dean of Admission and Director of Diversity Initiatives & Partnerships at Wesleyan University, will host an informative discussion on the myths (and truths) of highly selective college admissions and the holistic review process. Cristina, who also worked as Associate Director of Admissions at Lafayette College, will share practical guidance and answer your questions. In particular, she’ll cover:
Grades 9 – 12 Universities Counseling & Social/Personal Counseling
To schedule an appointment:
We have Kukri’s leggings of various sizes in our Uniform Shop now. Parents/students can get them directly from our Uniform Shop instead of ordering them from Kukri’s website. Come visit our Uniform Shop if you want to be the proud owner of a pair of IGBIS/Kukri leggings 😊.