Hello IGBIS Community,
Here we are, having just completed our last Friday of the school year with only three and a half days to go (remember that Thursday is an early dismissal). A lot of special days, events and assemblies are packed into the week ahead though, so please read Toddle, ManageBac and the rest of this newsletter carefully so you don’t miss a thing, as parents are welcome at many of the events ahead!
As we head into our last big week, we were glad to learn that the Ministry of Education has loosened its heat directive. We will use indoor spaces when the temperature exceeds 35 degrees, and, as always, we will continue to keep an eye on students to make sure they are wearing a hat and drinking plenty of water (please do reinforce this at home if your “kid” is 16!). The new MOE directive, however, requires parental permission for your child to go outside at this time. If you do not wish for your child to go outside, please email your child’s classroom teacher in the Elementary or homeroom teacher in the Secondary School.
Before signing off for the second to last time, a big congratulations to our Grade 5’s and the team that supports them on their graduation today. From their teachers and ATs to single subject teachers, ESOL, Learning Support and IA’s, it takes a lot of adults to raise great students. To their families who are on the verge of having their first, or yet another, secondary student, thank you for helping shape them into who they’ve become. I talked to them today about making sure they hold on to how accepting they are as a group, how they stick together irrespective of their learning differences, cultures or preferences. In middle school, some people get a little off track, being so busy trying to be “cool” that they forget to be inclusive, caring and kind. Our Grade 5s are exactly those things though, so hold on to them because nothing is cooler than being kind.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Weeks seem to get busier as the academic year nears its end. This week has been no different with student-devised production performances and visual arts exhibition, the Grade 5 graduation assembly, returning to outside play and fantastic learning experiences happening in classes.
Wednesday saw our Grade 3, 4 and 5 students perform their student-devised poems and plays, interspersed with musical performances. These were wonderful performances and showcased the creativity of our students, ably supported by our performing arts team, Mr Alex and Ms Abi. The student scripts, backdrops and music were a joy to watch and brought a smile to my face.
During the intermission and after the performances, the community had the opportunity to view the incredible artwork the students have been creating in their visual arts lessons from Early Years all the way through to Grade 5. There was so much variety and creativity I marvelled at the talent of our students. A big thank you to our visual arts team Ms Elli, Ms Kelly and Ms Abi, for all their guidance and harnessing our students’ creativity.
On Friday, we had our very first Grade 5 graduation assembly that celebrated our Grade 5 students. The assembly shared some of the actions students have taken as part of their PYP Exhibition, their learning progress, their amazing time on camp, student-created poems, comedy routines, student devised dances and singing. The culmination was the graduation certificates for our Grade 5 children. I felt proud of these students. They have been risk-takers as they have shown how balanced they are playing sports, being involved in productions, dances, music and being activists. They care about the world and want to make a difference for a more peaceful world- which is the ultimate purpose of our IB programmes. As they enter their final week in the Elementary school, we can appreciate that they are great human beings and challenge them to carry their caring nature, modelling of the IB learner profile into the Secondary school and into all walks of their lives outside of school.
On Monday, 12 June 2023, the Elementary School will be supporting Tiana, a Grade 5 student, with her PYP action. On 12 June 2023, it is World Day Against Child Labour. We are asking students to wear a red shirt on that day. It would be great if it was a different red shirt to our school uniform. We would love it if they could also bring in a ‘toy’ to play with. This may be a car, a ball, some Lego or anything that is not electronic.
On Thursday, 15 June 2023, the school finishes at 12:00 pm. As is tradition, we would like you to drive past the level 5 reception, where the IGBIS staff will be waving you off and wishing you a happy and safe holiday.
As with any International School, this week will see some of our students and teachers moving on to new adventures away from IGBIS. We wish them all the best on this journey, and know that once a Phoenix, always a Phoenix!
We are grateful for all these teachers and the contributions they have made over the years they have been with us. In your own individual way, we will miss seeing you around the IGBIS campus but know you have made a difference in so many students’ lives. Thank you.
24-Hour Races are a unique, compelling, and successful way to bring that to a generation of youth all over the world. The 24-Hour Race is a movement that brings change to hundreds of people around the world while platforming the upcoming generation to become change-makers. Thousands of high school and university students gather all around the world for 24 hours in a global fight against slavery. Slavery can only be ended with greater awareness, understanding, and urgency.
IGB International School takes pride in announcing our continuous role as the venue provider in collaboration with the 24-Hour Race, the event organiser. The cooperation of this student-led initiative and movement reflects our school’s dedication to student empowerment, community engagement, and social responsibility, as well as our commitment to fostering holistic development and inspiring students to create positive change on a global scale.
Please note the following requirements and guidelines for participation:
Secure your spot in this meaningful event by registering before:
For more information about the 24-Hour Race, you may visit the 24-Hour Race website or Instagram. You may also direct message them through their Instagram or email them at email@example.com.
“Celebrating our ability to tune in and connect through the arts.”
IGBIS will be hosting this coming November’s ISTA Inter-Arts Festival for Music, Drama and Visual Arts. This time, we will host visiting schools and need families to host these students.
Stay tuned! An email with the details for the sign-up will be available soon. Visit HERE for more information.
Summer is almost here, and we are thrilled to announce our Summer School this July! Offering this to children between Kindergarten to Grade 8, we have engaging learning experiences designed to help students unleash their creativity and improve their social, communication and thinking skills while enjoying a variety of extracurricular activities. Our team of experienced teachers will be leading the classes, ensuring your children get the most out of their summer break.
The programme will run from 17 July to 21 July 2023 and 24 July to 28 July 2023 and will include classes in Fun English, Design and Team Building, and a range of fun activities such as library games, swimming and sports as well as arts and crafts. Register now, as we have limited spots available. Enjoy our Early Bird Discount when you register before 15 April 2023!
If you have any questions or want more information, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are excited about this new programme and look forward to sharing it with our students and their families. Thank you for your continued support.
Throughout this school year, students and parents have been using Cialfo to plan for life after IGBIS. As we move into the 23-24 school year, we will transition to a new platform, Unifrog. Grade 11 students were on board at the end of May. Current Grade 9 and 10 students will transition to the new platform during the 23-24 school year.
Grade 9 – 11 Parents, you can access information about Unifrog and get directions for creating your own account HERE – Please note you must use your IGBIS parent email to access the information.
UCAS Clearing/Adjustment opens on 5 July 2023, IB exam results will come out on the 6th, and for any students who need help navigating offers and conditions, Ms Amanda will be here to help.
Emails will be closely monitored starting 5 July – 10 July 2023. Should you need anything, please contact Ms Amanda via email or Google Chat.
For your information and preparation, HERE is information about UCAS Clearing and Adjustment.
EDUCATION & FURTHER STUDIES FAIRS
From UKEC: Annual Summer Education Fair (1 July 2023)
A key highlight of this fair – employers have been invited to share with students about the different types of careers and job shadowing opportunities in their respective organisations.
Join us in exploring the various education pathways and careers available –
More Information HERE.
Summer Internship Opportunity – Apply HERE.
UK Student Visa Requirements Workshop
Have a question about applying for a UK student visa? Not sure where to even begin?
Come join us for our 1-hr webinar tailored for UK students, where we will share important information about UK student visa requirements. We will also have a Q&A session to address any concerns that students may have about their visa applications. Register HERE.
To schedule an appointment