From the Principal's Desk

Dear Parents,

Last Thursday afternoon a team of nearly 30 ES and SS swimmers left IST to take part in an International Gala at the International School of Kenya (ISK). The team did amazingly well! Out of ten competing schools/clubs IST finished second, just behind ISK. What's more, the team were highly congratulated for their manners, sportsmanship and generally excellent behaviour. Well done the Aquatic Twigas! Thanks to Megan Hardeman for all her hard work in putting this trip together.

The Aquatic Twigas

Bagamoyo Trips
This past week all Grade 4 classes have had successful trips to Bagamoyo. This is an overnight excursion with a history and human rights focus. Thanks to Mr. Kowbel and the Grade 4 teaching team for organising this activity.

Student Action Council (SAC) Recycling Drive: Please Support!

Dear Parent or Guardian,

The SAC is off to a great start on our Recycle Drive. Students are getting into the habit of placing their recyclables in the bins and everyone is making an effort to create less waste. and many parents are accessing the recycling bins located between gates 8 and 9. These are steps in the right direction to achieve the Student Actions Councils goal of considerably reducing the amount of waste we produce at school and as a community.

Through this movement, students are learning how reducing the amount of waste they produce and throw away making a positive impact on the environment.

As part of this initiative, IST will hold their first ever Waste Free Picnic Lunch on Friday, November 23rd during the regularly scheduled lunch break. We will gather as a school on the covered courts and enjoy lunch together.

The aim of the waste-free picnic lunch is for each student to bring a packed lunch from home, which produces as little food and packaging waste as possible. Ideas for creating a waste-free lunch include:

  • use containers and tools that can be used again e.g. glass tupperware, a flask or an old ice cream box, cloth napkins, household silverware;
  • avoid using disposable packaging and individually wrapped snacks;
  • and, if you can't reuse the packaging, ensure it is recyclable

Students are also encourage to bring a blanket from home to sit on during our picnic.

With your help, we are contributing toward a sustainable planet while helping to meet our goals of reducing waste and increasing recycling at IST.

Foodlovers will also be aiming to sell all their food using waste free / recyclable materials on this day.


IST Student Action Council

NFI Conference at IST

IST is honoured to be hosting the New Frontier Inclusion (NFI) Conference November 15-17, 2018. The conference brings together international educators from around the world, and teachers/parents/students from the IST community to examine the methodologies, structures and tools that make an inclusive school. Over the course of the weekend, the IST community will develop specific actions for the next steps of development along the inclusion journey. There are more than 40 IST educators involved in the three day conference.

Next Week

After School Activities Assembly: Friday November 23 7.20am

As session 1 ASA comes to a close we're celebrating with an ASA assembly where there will be a variety of presentations illustrating what has been happening in the activities after school. Parents very welcome!

U9 Football Tournament: Saturday 24 November at IST

Having had a successful tournament with the U11 teams at HOPAC a couple of weeks ago the younger students have their tournament next Saturday. Good luck to both Boys and Girls Teams!

Calendar for the Week

Date Event Location Time
All Week 'Golden Ticket' Rehearsals Begin Various After School
Tues. November 20 Public Holiday: Maulid - Prophet's Birthday

Fri. November 23 ASA Assembly MPH 7.20am
Sat. November 24 U9 Football Tournament IST 8.00am onwards

Other Important Information

Fridays: Any IST Shirt Day

For the rest of this year we would like Fridays to be the day that any IST shirt can be worn: This can be usual uniform top, PE top, 55 Anniversary Top, IST Got's Talent top, Football Team top, Swim team Top. Children have many special IST tops, let's wear them on Fridays. Every other day of the week: usual school uniform please!

Remaining Parent Workshops for Semester 1: Tuesdays at 7.15am in the Community Room

  • November 27: Parent Workshop: How to help your child excel in an additional language (Mike Mansell and Pearl Baretto)
  • December 4: Instilling Positive Body Image (Counsellors)
  • December 11: Good Goodbyes (Counsellors)

On Tuesday Alefiyah Adamjee (EAL teacher and Literacy Coordinator) introduced the new spelling programme which we have adopted at IST Elementary School this school year. It is called Words Their Way and is a highly personalised spelling programme with a strong emphasis on knowing and understanding spelling patterns rather than memorising individual words.

Alefiyah Presenting at the "Words Their Way" Workshop

Tony Breese