By Simon Millward
It has been a wonderful week of performances. The week started off with a fun and positive start when the Teacher’s Theatre Troupe (All ES teachers and ATs) performed some books that the students had chosen. These books had to be significantly adapted as we only had 3 minutes to perform the entire book- which is pretty tricky for a Harry Potter book chosen by the Grade 5 students.
The teachers were inquiring into the Approaches to learning skills Self Management specifically focusing on ‘States of Mind’. In the preparation and performance Teachers considered where were they Mindful, where they showed Perseverance, practised Emotional Management and Resilience and finally considered how being involved in this project demonstrated Self-motivation. Later as teachers we discussed these further and related it back to our students as we plan future steps.
Please see below for some of the photos from each of the books.
G2: Little Red Riding Hood
G3: The Day the Crayons Quit
G4: The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors
G5: Harry Potter:
As the culminating activity, the Grade 3 student shared their creations from their How We Express Ourselves unit of inquiry. The children were very proud of their work and could share what pieces were most challenging, who they were inspired by and what they learned about themselves as a learner. This was a wonderful experience for not only our students but our parents as well.
On Friday, 10 November 2023, we celebrated Deepavali with our whole school assembly and parents in the Phoenix Fanzone. It was a wonderful event with a selection of dancing from a number of Grade levels that showcased modern Indian dance, Bollywood and Bhangra dance. Our orchestra hit the right note to begin the assembly with the atmospheric pieces Moonlight Odyssey and the Maharajah.
The Grade 2 students explained the meaning and story behind Deepavali by telling the epic tale of Rama and Sita and sharing a Deepavali adventure through choral speaking. Our Grade 6 students brought Deepavali home to us by sharing how Deepavali is celebrated with family and the neighbourhood.
To bring the whole event to a close, the staff engaged in a stick dance, and the end of the assembly was the special appearance of a parent dance group.
The atmosphere was festive and joyful. A big thank you to all the teachers and performers who brought the assembly to life.
I wish you a happy and healthy long weekend, and for those who celebrate, Happy Deepavali.
Greetings IGBIS Community,
We are delighted to invite you, the IGBIS community, and your friends to the performance celebration of the International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA) Inter-Arts Festival on 26 November 2023, Sunday, from 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm at the IGBIS Theatre.
Immerse yourself in a vibrant showcase of artistic expression, celebrating the profound impact of the arts on the students who have been guided and inspired by the renowned artists: Anoop Mohandas, Illya Sumanto, and Jess Thrope. This cultural extravaganza promises captivating performances, compelling drama, and visually stunning artwork.
Don't miss this unforgettable celebration of creativity and collaboration! Remember to bring along your friends and groove to the rhythm of the festival!
By Craig Wilson
The phrase may seem a bit cliche, but the reality of the statement comes through time and time again. Here are just two examples from an action-packed Tuesday in IGBIS Sports.
Our U9 Bench ball players took part in their last tournament of the season last week. Both girls and boys' teams travelled to HELP Int’l School for the AIMS Tournament. Despite playing at another school, IGBIS had a great number of parents (and one sister) who made the trip to support the Phoenix squad. This image truly embraces the idea that we build community and family through our sports program at IGBIS. A huge thanks to the coaches as well for a long day. Everyone made a difference in the success of these budding superstars.
The U18 Volleyball team brought home the 1st place trophy from the KLSL U18 Girls Tournament on Tuesday, Oct 31st. An outstanding achievement! At the same time, IGBIS had a ‘second’ team that took 4th place. While only half the student-athletes brought home medals, this level of success does not happen without the commitment and competitive nature of ALL girls on the team. Congrats to all the girls (and coach) on the U18 team- you ALL came back as champions!
Step right up to the IGBIS Annual Carnival, a cherished tradition where excitement and joy are served in heaps! Indulge in a smorgasbord of culinary delights, sip on refreshing beverages, and browse through an eclectic mix of merchandise and handmade crafts. This year, we are upping the ante with a playful interactive game zone that is sure to bring out the child in everyone. Whether you are young or simply young at heart, the IGBIS Carnival is your ticket to fun, frolic, and unforgettable memories!
Stay tuned for more updates!
Do not miss the opportunity to register as a vendor at the annual carnival! Click HERE to register.
At IGB International School (IGBIS), we engage, enable, and empower our students' inquiring minds, instilling confidence, fostering lifelong learning, and encouraging self-discovery. This prepares them to positively impact their community and beyond, aligning with our motto, “Igniting Minds, Impacting Lives.”
IGBIS will be having a Virtual OPEN DAY on:
24 November 2023, Friday from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
It would be great if you could share this Open Day information with your friends and family members who are looking for an international school for their children.
On this open day, prospective families will be able to meet our Head of School, Dr Gregory Brunton and the team to engage in a talk on how we ignite minds and make a positive impact at IGBIS. There will also be a virtual school tour for you to explore our state-of-the-art facilities and a Q&A session for you to gain deeper insights into our educational offerings.
IGBIS boasts a 92% expatriate teaching staff, welcoming students from 35 nationalities, creating a diverse, globally-minded environment where the IGBIS Community could positively impact personal growth and the wider community.
All attendees receive up to *100% application fee rebate upon enrolment at IGBIS.
You may share this link, https://igbis.edu.my/admissions/openday/ or the QR code below with your friends or family members to know more about IGBIS Open Day or to register.
Join us in shaping the future of IGBIS! Your referrals can open new doors for eager learners while fostering a stronger community.
IGBIS parents who refer new students to IGBIS will be entitled to RM 2,000 per student or *RM 3,000 per family (where there are two or more students in K – 12) through the *Referral Incentives Programme.
Click HERE to access and download the IGBIS Referral Incentive Application form.
Your participation could illuminate new paths for young learners and enrich the tapestry of our educational journey. Together, we illuminate minds and enrich lives. Get started today!
SAVE THE DATES: November Parent Counselling Sessions
*All information and resources will be shared with parents via email after each session
As grade 12s do not have a common Study Block, Uni Help Sessions will be offered via 3 Study Blocks and Lunch. HERE is the schedule.
INSPIRED MINDS, GLOBAL CONNECTIONS.
Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) is an academic enrichment program for outstanding high school students from around the world. Each summer, students from over 150 countries (including all 50 U.S. states) participate in one interdisciplinary, two-week session at Yale’s historic campus. Immerse yourself in a global learning community at Yale University.
YYGS is excited to offer residential sessions for June, July, & August 2024, and you can learn more about how to apply on our website. Please know that we are not offering online sessions at this time. Our application deadline is 10 January 2024.
For an opportunity to learn more about our program and speak with YYGS staff and alumni, register for our webinar series.
Students interested in studying Medicine (for 2025 entry onwards) are now able to express their interest in our Pre-University Summer School in Medical Sciences. Running in July 2024, this programme is perfect for those aged 16 and 17 who want to learn more about studying medicine, biomedicine and related subjects at University in the UK.
Please complete this form to register interest.
President's Entrance Scholarships are now officially open for applications!
And don't forget that the International Secondary School Merit Scholarships ($5,000, entrance only, non-renewable) are also accepting applications.
Deadline: 01 February 2024.
How to apply:
Once students have received their TMU Student Number, activate online identity to access AwardSpring. Be noted that students do not have to wait for an offer of admission to apply for scholarships at TMU.
Further details and information can be found on the Scholarships and Awards - International webpage.
Dive into the TeenLife Gap Year Virtual Fair! Curated to reflect the depth of a conventional fair, we feature a range of speakers eager to guide students, parents, and educators through the gap year journey. Cannot attend in real-time? Rest assured, all registrants will be provided with a recording shortly after the event concludes.
Presenting at this fair (in this order):
We are excited to extend a warm invitation to you and your students to attend a series of informative and engaging events that will take place during this special week.
Here is a brief overview of the events scheduled:
World of Chances STEM Event
This 2-day event for high school students interested in STEM gives students the opportunity to learn from experts in the field and network with people from all around the world. Deep dive into topics such as admissions to the world's leading universities, learn about the gender barrier in tech, explore unconventional careers and latest breakthroughs in STEM. For a more one-on-one experience, visit dozens of nonprofits and organisations in breakout rooms and learn more about their mission while expanding your network.
Here is how to ruin your child's chances to go to a good university
It is a provocative title, I know. A lot of parents who want their kids to do as well as possible often make decisions that directly harm their child's chances. Here is a list of things that are almost a surefire way of reducing your child's chance of going to a good university.
Making them take up EVERY opportunity
Whilst students need to have a diverse and strong set of activities under their belt, making your child take on every opportunity that comes their way, or actively seeking additional opportunities on their behalf, is a bad idea. Admissions officers are very aware of the "throw spaghetti and see what sticks" approach. It looks like the student has actively not put care into what they are doing. Your child does not need to be a superstar in everything. Instead, they should pick a smaller range of things to focus on. There will not be enough space in their statements to talk about dozens of activities, so there is no advantage in saying yes to everything. One final note on this. If your child does a lot of activities, it is likely that a lot of them will be paid for. This is not a good look, as it would imply that the family is just paying, rather than your child exploring their interests. 3-4 activities per term is a good rule of thumb.
Not accepting more niche courses
A lot of parents scoff at certain subjects, such as Sociology, Criminology or Middle Eastern studies. But this is a bad idea. There are quite a few reasons for this. Firstly, a lot of those courses have DRAMATICALLY higher acceptance rates, and in many instances, they also have lower grade requirements. So it could give your child the edge. Secondly, these courses are designed to give people expertise in a more niche subject without them having to do a master's. To be clear, this is not a replacement for a master's course, but it can give them an edge in the job market because they will know more than their peers. Finally, if your child is passionate about these courses, then this will increase their chances. Doing a more niche subject also allows for a (slightly!) easier route into academia.
One of the biggest things that parents do not always understand is the following: Rest is a form of revision. Pushing your child to work every hour of the day could lead to long-term burnout. This could cost your child. A lot. So make sure they are getting adequate rest, and also that they have time to do things that make them happy.
A lot of people who have connections think that they should use them to their fullest. In the modern day, this sort of thing can be more of a hindrance than a help. As universities focus more on equality, leaning on personal family connections is a sign of a lack of effort. Many students do not have access to some of these opportunities, and it is clear when an opportunity a student has been given is too good to be true. Focus on helping your child find opportunities that require them to apply/ put in effort.
Our location - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania:
Founded in 1742, our safe, 100-acre campus is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in the United States of America, and a short bus or car ride from New York City, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. Bethlehem has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site shortlist, hoping to join such historic sites as Independence Hall, the Statue of Liberty, and the pyramids of Egypt. With concerts, restaurants, arts, a safe campus, and all the local appeal of a college town, our students (and their families) love it here, and we hope you do too!
How our students learn - Our Elevate Experience:
Elevate delivers four years of challenging academics, engaging student life, global perspectives, hands-on career exploration and support, and the latest Apple technology. Every aspect is designed with our students' future in mind. Employers asked for real-world work experience, leadership and teamwork skills, communication, diverse perspectives, and more. We answered with Elevate, a game-changing, career-focused education that prepares you for what comes next. We promise this education is an investment that will pay off.
How we invest in our students’ education:
Please feel free to take a look at and share our redesigned international student webpage to see even more information regarding all of our English Language Proficiency test options and basic admission requirements.
Amanda Lopez (Grades 9 - 12 Universities Counseling & Social/Personal Counseling)
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It is about time we joined Social Media, so please follow us!
The IGBIS Counselling Team is now on social media, and we will highlight all things counselling, which includes future planning information, resources, and events coverage.
Follow us on Instagram and/or Facebook - @igbiscounselling and on our in-house Google webpage.