Grade 11, 2019/20 – Subject Choices

(Current Grade 10 Students)

Well, it might seem like a long way off, but in reality, the current students in grade 10 will soon be deciding on their subject choices for the next academic year – 2019/20. While we are asking students to make decisions soon, there will be plenty of time and advice given to parents and students to enable everyone to make well-informed decisions. To that extent, the process will begin before the end of this term. We have scheduled the following events for the students in grade 10.

  1. Tuesday, December 4 – Overview to students of the full IB Diploma requirements. Outline of alternate courses for students not undertaking the full IB DP.
  2. Monday, December 3 & Monday, December 10 –  College Counselor Presentations to students – General Information Session about College and Subject Choices. BridgeU and Self Assessment Tools.
  3. Monday, 10 December and Tuesday, 11 December – Grade 10 students will be invited to spend time in the back of Grade 11 & 12  classes to give them an idea of the type of work expected of students in a variety of subjects
  4. Wednesday, January 9 – Grade 10 Parents and Students – Secondary School Academic Programme Information Night. MHS Hall, 6.00-7.30pm. 

  5. Monday 7 January – Student Life Sessions. Teachers will use Grade 10 Student Life sessions to discuss subject groups and the courses offered. This will help students make more informed choices.
  6. Monday 7- Monday 14 January – Teacher Recommendations – teachers will recommend students for specific courses and levels in the DP, HL or SL. This information will be reviewed by the Head of Secondary, the counsellor and the DP coordinator.
  7. Friday, 18 January – Subject Survey sent to students and parents re subject offerings for 2019/20
  8. Friday 1 February – Subject choice surveys due by this date.
  9. February(ongoing) – Meetings with Head of Secondary, DP Coordinator and/or Counselor to finalise subject choices for the coming academic year. Students are able to make changes to their initial choices throughout the remainder of this academic year.

The Angel Tree

Dear Parents,

As the holiday season approaches, students and faculty members at ISB are working to uphold a long-standing school holiday tradition; the Angel Tree. Each year, the Angel Tree serves to provide gifts to the children of local orphanages that do not have the means to receive their own gifts.

In association with Park Ae Won and Isaac House, we are hoping to gather presents for the children residing in these orphanages.

In the season of giving, WE NEED YOUR HELP! You can help in one of the three ways below:

1) In the cafeteria, there is a tree set up with name tags of the children in the orphanages as well as gifts they would like to receive. Along with this, a list is provided on a table next to the tree with all the names of all the children, and their gift request. It would be greatly appreciated if you would participate by selecting one child and gifting them the present that they have asked for.

2) You could sponsor a child for the donation amount of 50,000won (this is the average price of the gifts the children at the orphanages have requested). We will purchase and wrap the gift for you!

3) You could send in a cash donation in ANY AMOUNT to assist these children in need. Again, we will purchase and wrap the gift!

If you would like to donate money,  please deliver the money to either the school receptionist, our the Elementary or Secondary School offices in an envelope labelled “Angel Tree’.

If there are any concerns, please feel free contact [email protected] or [email protected]

Please help us to bring holiday joy to children who do not have access by their own means! Thank you, in advance, for your support for these children and for joining the ISB community in making a difference in their lives!

Many thanks,

The Angel Tree committee.


Orchestra Performance at the Hilton Hotel 

It was a delight and pleasure to listen to the ISB Orchestra perform at the Hilton Hotel last Thursday morning. After months of dedicated rehearsal, their time to shine was available. This they did with great confidence and conviction. The sound reverberated around the 10 floor of the Hilton Hotel. The audience was absolutely captivated with the performance. I was very proud of all the students who performed – they did a tremendous job.


Managebac for Student Absence from School

Using Managebac to inform the school of your child’s absence. This is easy to do and makes it very easy for all teachers to see that your child is absent from a particular class.
Mr Gysbers has made this video to help parents who are trying to do an ‘attendance excusal’ on ManageBac.

House ‘Dance – Off’!

The fun continued this week with the House Dance Off! The students were given 10 minutes to choose a song and put together a routine to be performed in front of the Judges – AKA teachers! It was great fun. The winner is yet to be announced! Watch this space for the winning House.



Whole School Assembly 

The Grade 4 students had constructed an Assembly recognising various International Days celebrated around the Globe. It had taken a great deal of planning and organising to present in front of the whole school. The Grade 4 students did a tremendous job – they were slick and polished in their presentation. Well done to the students of Grade 4. The second half of the Assembly was great fun – Mr Johnson had organised a ‘Quizlet Live’ tournament – all students were placed into their Houses, Elementary students mixing with High School kids! It actually didn’t matter who won the competition, the fact that all students in the school were mixing together, brought our community closer together.