Preparing for the EE

On the February 28th February and 7th March grade 11 as part of their Extended Essay preparation attended a workshop hosted by the Württembergische State Library. The workshop is aimed specifically at students studying for the Abitur/IB.

With 3.8 million holdings the Wuertemberg State Library houses one of the largest collections in the state after the University Libraries of Freiburg, Heidelberg and Tuebingen.

As well an introduction to the services offered the students were given useful tips on how to pepare themselves for online searching, shown how to search the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) for both print and digital information and how to access the huge database collection.

Many thanks to the Landesbibliothek Stuttgart who kindly offered the workshop in English language for the first time.

Visiting Author Terry McDonagh

For this year’s Book Week the Upper School ISS Learning Commons staff had a real treat in store. Whilst the Lower School hosted author Paul Robson and Susanne Kessler, the Upper School hosted Irish poet, playwright and children’s novelist Terry McDonagh for the second time in the school’s history.

Terry first visited ISS approximately 12 years ago. Since then his writing has become even more prolific and has been rewarded with great success. Only recently his latest anthology of poetry Lady Cassie Peregrina was launched in Ireland to a great reaction.

ISS was eager to host Terry not only because of his literary versatility but also because of what his life experiences can bring to a school like ours. A native of County Mayo in the West of Ireland Terry lives in Hamburg, and as well as English speaks fluent German and according to him, rusty Irish. He is a qualified teacher and has taught in International Schools including the International school of Hamburg where his son attends. Terry’s work has been translated into both German and Indonesian and he works regularly with schools both in Germany and Ireland. So, he is very much an international person.

Terry conducted creative writing workshops with grades 6 to 10 during their scheduled English classes with other subject teachers releasing their students in order that double periods could take place encouraging an unhurried hub of creative activity. The workshops were all held in the Upper School Library.

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Terry, not only read samples of his poetry, but enticed the students to produce work of their own and read them out loud. Both the teachers and Terry were very impressed with the quality of work that students produced.

Anthologies of Terry’s poetry can be borrowed from ISS libraries or see Mr. Lawrence in the Upper School Library if you are interested in having your own personal signed copy. For more information about Terry do please visit his website.

www.terry-mcdonagh.com 

Degerloch Book Week Assembly

Students in the Degerloch Lower School had a fun time at our closing Book Week assembly. With special guests such as Pig and Elephant, and our amazing guest author Mark Robson, the laughs didn’t stop. All the students also came dressed as their favorite characters so even the audience was diverse and entertaining.

A big thank you to Ms. Lydia for organizing such a wonderful week, as well as to our other librarians Mr. Lawrence, Mrs. Daniel, and Mr. Rose who engaged students across the entire school in celebrating their love of reading.

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Book Week 20th – 24th March 2017 and visiting author Mark Robson in ISS

Dear Parents,

ISS is going to celebrate Book Week from the 20th to 24th of March. Throughout this week everything about reading and creative writing will be highlighted and celebrated. We have also invited an author Mark Robson, who is from the UK, especially around Essex and West Wales. He was also a RAF pilot until 2005 although he started writing in 1995. He has written books such as Devil’s Triangle series, Imperial Spy Series, Dragon Orb Series, Darkweaver Legacy Series, Warrior Kids series and more. In ISS Sindelfingen he will be speaking to students from EY through grade 8 on Wednesday. You can read more about the author here http://www.markrobsonauthor.com/about/ There will be a book sale on Wednesday in ISS Sindelfingen. Please send minimum 10 Euros with you children to buy books signed by the author.

In ISS Sindelfingen we also have lots of interesting activities surrounding the theme “Imagine all the stories you could write” during Book Week. Everyday we have DEAR (Drop Everything And Read), the author visit on Wednesday, Haiku in a Pocket on Thursday and wear your favorite book or author hat on Friday. Primary students are writing Haikus right now during their library sessions. Please help your children to design and create their hats and bring them to school on the 24th of March. Students’ creative writings will be displayed around the school.

We are looking forward to a week full of fun with reading and writing and more.

Sincerely,

Julia Daniel and Matthew Rose

danielj@issev.de, rosem@issev.de

Mark Robson

The Hour of Code is coming!

It is time again for the Hour of Code! The Learning Commons Team will be running hour long sessions from December 5th (Monday) to December 9th (Friday) for grades EY to 5 and there will be some session in G6 and 7 Design classes. The Hour of Code provides students with the opportunity to learn basic block programming (coding is basically creating a step by step guide for getting a computer to complete a task). The students use age-appropriate apps to go through levels which get progressively more difficult and which continually builds on the skills they are learning along the way.

The students will be using lots of thinking skills during the hour, specifically – sequencing, patterning, patience and attention to detail. There is lots of information on the Hour of Code website where you can watch tutorials and listen to influential people talk about the benefits of teaching children to code.

Try the following apps yourself or use the Code.org self-guided tutorials.

  • Scratch Jr. or Daisy the Dinosaur
  • Beebots (good for pre-readers)
  • Kodable
  • Hopscotch