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IST Community Celebrates Achievements in Sports, STEM, and Optimism during Optimistic October

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The Principal’s corner

Optimistic October

I can’t believe that we have reached the October break already! It has been a fantastic first half-term with lots of learning, connecting, making new friends, and of course having fun. It feels that autumn has finally arrived, and nature is definitely changing. It has certainly been a theme across campus this week, with a number of activities connected to ‘l’automne’, from ‘Falloween’ to pumpkin decorations and dressing up outfits, it has certainly felt autumnal. 

We were fortunate to be able to go ahead with our secondary sports day on Tuesday, and all our students were given the opportunity to perform the dance they had learned and practised together last Friday during Festival International. It was a wonderful performance, and a heartening one too to see everyone dancing all together for a few minutes.

I’d like to end the week by sharing this site: Action for Happiness. Many of our teachers are familiar with it; it is a great resource for materials that promote acts of kindness and fun activities to do with friends and family. Every month offers a calendar with simple daily actions or thoughts that I am inviting you to explore as a family. This month is ‘Optimistic October’, a welcome theme to give us hope and remind us of the joy to be found in kindness.

Take care, and see you all in a couple of weeks!

Rachel Leonard

IST Principal


The Primary corner

First 30 Days!

When I joined the school in September  I shared with staff that my aims for the first 30 days were to be visible, observe and learn. I hope that I have kept true to my intentions.  I hope that new and returning students and families have also had a positive start to the school year. I would value your feedback via a  survey that will only take a couple of minutes. Thank you

This week I want to share some examples of how specialist teachers support and extend the programmes being covered in class. Grade 3 explored the work of Architect Hundertwasser in French, the choir performed a medley of international songs in our assembly today and sang in 4 languages. Badminton Club and Circus skills have been explored during the Monday Sport’s Club and G2 explored the story of The Extraordinary Gardener during their library sessions linked to their unit on Communities.

We are currently in the process of planning a virtual Early Years Open Day (see the flyer below). Please save the date and register your interest if you have a young child. Please also share the information with friends and colleagues who have young children. Thank you

Wishing you all a relaxing and enjoyable vacation.

Alison Pattinson

Head of Primary


The Secondary corner

Sports and STEM!

A big thank you to our PE department this week for a wonderful Sports Day. Students and teachers were all involved and it was great to see our students competing hard, supporting each other and enjoying themselves so much at all the various activities. We even managed to do the whole school dance that we had to miss out on last Friday at the Festival International. Merci beaucoup M. Perez, Mme Begin et Mme Tomas! 

Ms Yoshinari also organised a STEM trip to London this week with a group of girls and Mrs Scholz to attend the British International Education Association’s STEM International Showcase event at the London Docklands museum.  The day was a great success and the girls came back enthused about STEM. Well done Ms Yoshinari!

Nick Fretwell

Head of Secondary 


#whatISThebuzz @IST next week? 

Next Week

Monday 6th November

Back to school

Secondary ISTA trip meeting (Madrid)

Tuesday 7th November

Primary parent delegates meeting

Thurs 9th - Sun 12th

ISTA trip to Geneva

Save the date

Friday 17th November

Early Years Virtual Open Day (See below)


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