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Message from the Leadership Team

We are fast approaching the end of the school year; a year we definitely will not forget! Fortunately, it seems we can all slowly return to some form of normality, if the number of Covid cases remain stable and low.

On Wednesday 24 June there was another press conference. It was announced that from 1 July, primary school aged children do not need to keep the 1.5 meter distance from the teachers, and there will be more freedom for teenagers as they no longer need to adhere to the 1.5 meter distance rule between each other any longer. This is definitely great news and, if all things continue to evolve positively, we are looking forward to fully open the secondary school after the summer holidays. 

Before this time, there are still a couple of things we can look forward to in these last few weeks. Our PYP7's, for whom it is their last year at ISD, will have their exhibition on 2 July. Other classes will be doing activities in school or on campus like picnics, water play and other games to finish off this special year in a fun way. In ISD secondary, we will finish the school year with the celebration of International Week.

In this second to last parent update you can read about the ‘rap-poem’ making of our PYP5's, and what our PYP 7's can expect when transferring to the Middle Years Programme. For ISD secondary, we have a contribution from our Math teacher about Cubism and math and from our PHE teacher, there is an article about what they have been focusing on since returning to on-site PHE lessons.

Enjoy the read!

Sander Raaphorst
Jaap Mos

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Contribution by Mrs Lucy Doyle - PYP 5 teacher
In PYP5 we have just started looking at poetry. Our focus poem is 'Talking Turkeys' by Benjamin Zephaniah. It fits in really well with our unit about opportunities - he's trying to persuade us that turkeys deserve the opportunity to live! His poem is in a rap style, so we are making a connection with music. By the end of the unit children will have written and performed their own rap poems. However, we are looking at other forms of poetry as well. Today the class created some 'blackout poetry': they carefully selected and circled some words from a page of a novel to create their own poem, then illustrated it in any style they wished. We all had a go and loved creating them.

Starting the Middle Years Programme

The last few weeks of the school year have started, for most of our PYP 7s this means that they will start after the summer at the ISD Secondary campus.  An exciting time, and for this group of students a new stage in their educational journey. When transitioning from PYP to the Middle Years Programme (MYP), students benefit from the International Baccaleaurate (IB)’s consistent educational philosophy. The MYP shares the PYP’s commitment to learning through inquiry and continues to develop attributes of the IB Learner profile. However, there are some differences that students may need to adjust to.

1. Going to a different location
Students will be going to the Secondary campus after the summer. The Secondary school is currently located in another part of town, near its Dutch sister school, Stanislas Westplantsoen. Travelling to a new location can be exciting but also a challenge. Some students will start travelling by bike or public transport by themselves.

2. Each subject a different teacher
Students in the MYP have a different teacher for each subject. Also, while students in primary have their own classroom, students in secondary move from classroom to classroom for different subjects. Having a teacher for each subject means you spend only a specific time with them, and it is important to ask for help when you have class with them. 
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After 11 weeks - going back to on-site PHE lessons.

Contribution by Ms Loes Bekkers - PHE teacher

In the past weeks, since we have been back at school, we have been working on street racket the most. This is a perfect game at this time, since the 'courts' are divided by a 2 meter square, so student automatically keep their distance. We have played many matches, first with each other ( how long of a rally can you play together? ), and later on against each other, because this is what most students like best. This week we finished off with a move up-move down competition. 
It was also nice to repeat the body combat workout that we learned during the distance learning, and see the students work out together. Amazing how much everyone still remembered!
We have also worked on a jump rope routine. We are all on a different level, but even with the same routine, there is room for differentiation for everyone. 
I am very happy that the 1,5 meter distance rule will be abandoned after July 1st, which makes it easier to, for example,do a 'round the table' tennis match. This means they can play with more than just 2 people, which allows for more group interaction.

Maths fun in the 1st weeks of blended learning 

Contribution by Ms Christina Papoula

hkCubism was an art movement that began in the early of 1900s. Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was one of the most famous cubists, influencing the work of other artists for decades. Vasily Kandinsky (1866-1944) combined cubism with abstract art to create lots of paintings. Some people say that mathematics influenced the cubist movement, but why do they say so? 
Students of ΜΥP1 & MYP2  tried to answer this question by looking at different cubist style paintings, such as the portrait of Wilhelm Uhde by Pablo Picasso .
In these paintings they identified different types of angles and explained how the different types of angles allow the viewers of the paintings to see different sides of the same object/person.
In the end, the students acted like cubists. They chose their favourite animal/flower or object and drew it in the style of the cubist movement.

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