28th June 2019 - The Internationalist Weekly Newsletter.
Teacher Shout Out:
Rawdon (8D), Ima (9B) and Romano (9B) for their excellent Science presentations.
Vladimira (9A), Niyati (9C), Nike (9C) and Isabelle (9C) , for volunteering to assist with the delivery of School Diversity Week.
Well done to the Year 9 students who ran a Sportathon event. All of them conducted themselves in a brilliant way using ALL the IB learner traits we value at this school. Our year 9s were very clear and kept motivating the children. They really helped the primary school children in their different events by explaining these perfectly as well as communicating with the primary school staff regarding what was expected in each event.
A number of the primary school teachers approached me and said how wonderful our students were. The GLL staff who were running the day also praised our students and the way in which they ran the day so smoothly.
They were all brilliant and deserve huge recognition - however, Chloe (9B) and Nathanael (9C) were particularly mentioned by the primary school teachers that spoke to me.
Principal's Shout Out:
Well done to all the students who have been involved in the Prefect selection process this week - they were very impressive in their interviews.
The Termly Internationalist
Announcement from Ms Purushothaman, Principal
Proposed New Site Update
We are still looking for possible speakers to address the committee, if you would like to do so then you can express your interest by emailing email@example.com
If you are unsure about what to say then we can give you a full breakdown of what to expect on the evening and how best to make the case to Planning Board members.
Thank you again for your support and patience, we will update you as soon as we receive further word from the RBG.
Announcement from Ms Di Clemente, Global Citizenship Co-Ordinator
Youth Travel Ambassadors
On Wednesday, the Youth Travel Ambassadors travelled to Covent Garden to attend the London Transport Museum's Expo. The students participated in a number of engaging activities such as the Scalextric car race, using electricity-generating bikes and also the augmented reality train in the main museum where they learnt all about the history of London's transport system. In addition to their learning, the students presented their highlights of the YTA year and their plans for their upcoming road safety day as part of IAG's Global Citizenship Week which will commence on the 17th of July.
The panel of experts were very impressed with their original ideas and their plans to make IAG and London safer and more enjoyable for everyone. Overall, it was a very memorable day for all and as always we were very proud of their efforts. The school is very much looking forward to their plans for next year.
School Diversity Week
From Monday 1st July to Friday 5th of July it is School Diversity Week and we at IAG are proud to be celebrating it. The week is focused on the IB learner profile traits of being Caring, being Principled and being Open-minded. Students are currently preparing activities for School Diversity Week.
Why are we doing it?
Firstly, we are using this as an opportunity to celebrate our diverse community. We are truly proud of our international culture, values and ethos. We are committed to making our school a better place for all our students every day, especially those who are LGBT+. We know that growing up can be difficult, so alongside our anti-bullying and safeguarding policies, taking part in School Diversity Week is important to us. We are an inclusive school where every student’s identity is celebrated and welcomed and School Diversity Week offers innovative opportunities for our students to celebrate diversity as global citizens.
The Student Leadership Committee will be selling rainbow ribbons over the next two weeks to raise awareness to support the charity Just Like Us. Just Like Us (justlikeus.org) was launched with the support of the Department for Education, The Daily Telegraph and JP Morgan. These ribbons will be available to all in the community for a 50p donation.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Global Citizenship week
Your child has been given a letter regarding a school reward trip to Lewisham Bowling Alley as part of Global Citizenship week. A copy of the letter can be found here. The payment portal is now live on www.eduspot.co.uk - please ensure that payment is made by 28th June 2019.
Duke of Edinburgh
Students that are taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh expedition in July will be travelling to the location by coach. The price of the coach travel, to and from the location of the expedition, is £27 per student. This can now be paid for through www.eduspot.co.uk. Please ensure this is paid by 28th June 2019.
Announcement from the Maths Department
All students at IAG will sit two mathematics papers between Thursday the 12th of July and Tuesday the 16th of July. For Year 7 and Year 8, there will be a 60 minute non-calculator paper and a 60 minute calculator paper. For Year 9, there will be a 90 minute non-calculator paper and a 90 minute calculator paper.
The purpose is to assess every child’s learning in maths and to determine how much progress they have made over the course of the academic year. Your child will get feedback on this exam linked to Hegarty videos and tasks to be completed at home, allowing your child to improve on the topics he/she needs to work on most. This will ensure that all students enter the next academic year ready for the more challenging maths topics that will be covered. This assessment will also help us determine the best fluid groupings for the maths classes next year.
Your child has been issued with a revision booklet specific to their year group. This booklet has questions of varying difficulty on the topics that will be assessed in their exams. The booklet also has a revision list of topics with the relevant Hegarty video and task numbers. Your child can also revise using the “Fix Up 5” function on Hegarty, which gives students personalised questions based on the questions they have answered incorrectly on Hegarty this year.
Announcement from Ms Cole, 2ic of Arts and Design
Announcement from Mr Gratton, Vice Principal, Curriculum and Pedagogy
For up to the minute details on the Curriculum at IAG, in particular the Concepts and Driving Questions being studied across different subjects by your child, please find details here: https://www.iag.world/our-curriculum
In addition, every term (6 weeks) the topics and inquiry questions being investigated within each subject area are updated. Look out for these updates on the homepage of our website and via Twitter.
We have updated the school website with an easy to access guide to assessment at IAG.
We have written a version for Lower School (Key Stage 3) Year 7-9 parents and a version for Upper School (Key Stage 4) Year 10-11 parents. This can be found here: https://www.iag.world/authentic-assessment
If you would like to read in more detail our approach to assessment please consult the following document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1g8SZo6-8xIhuU-MBNjOXc5m69n6XdckPoRm8fJAeuyo/edit
As we move into our next academic year, we will host a number of workshop exploring the IAG approach to assessment.
Term dates 2019-20
Update - End of year Reports
Further to the information shared through the weekly parent newsletter blog, https://www.iag.world/blog/categories/newsletter, you will receive your child’s end of year academic report during the week beginning Monday 22nd July.
This academic report will include your child’s:
- attendance for this academic year;
- MYP achievement level for each of the 4 criteria for 8 subjects;
- MYP ‘Working At Grade’ (WAG) for each subject;
- progress made in each subject;
- commitment in each subject;
- subject teacher comment for each subject summarising their progress and commitment as well as next steps to improve their progress and commitment.
The report will also include your child’s:
- overall progress score across all 8 subjects;
- overall commitment score across all 8 subjects.
Figure 1 - Exemplar Academic Report
In addition we will also report on the progress your child has made within each of the 10 Global Citizenship attributes.
Figure 2 - Exemplar Global Citizenship report
It is our intention to share with you as much information as we can, as we want you to be able to support your child’s academic progress, as well as further develop their IB learner attributes to become an active global citizen.
If you have any further questions regarding the academic report prior to receiving it, please do contact me via the school office on 02030960781 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Update - Parent Questionnaire Term 6
In order to continually evaluate and improve our practice here at IAG, we would appreciate you taking 10 minutes to complete the attached parent questionnaire: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdAfnRbf02B4Cy0MNNE0sn-ZXKI0EthKR6lH5swl6a6n4f1FQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
Announcement from Mr Boot, Associate Vice Principal and Careers Lead
It gives me great pleasure to write to you today to invite you to take part in IAG's Professional Pathways drop-down days for our Year 7 and 8 students.
On Wednesday 17th July (Year 7) and Friday 19th July (Year 8), as part of the International Academy of Greenwich's Global Citizenship Week, we are running a Careers drop-down day for Year 7 and 8 students. The objectives for the day are to give the students an experience of the real world workplace, allow them to identify the skills, attributes and knowledge needed for their future professions and help students to make an informed decision regarding their future learning.
As part of the day we are looking for volunteers who can come to the Academy and represent one of eight Professional Pathways which are listed below:
- Research and Development
- Business and Finance
- Communication and Media
- Health, Fitness and Coaching
- The Creative Arts
- Information Technology
We need one volunteer to represent each of these eight Professional Pathways on each day. If you are able to volunteer to do this on the 17th July or 19th July (or both dates), between 8:30am and 10:30am, we would be most grateful. Each volunteer will take part in 8 mini appointments with groups of students where you will share your work-related experiences, talk about your pathway to your present job and answer questions from the students.
Following this, students will use this experience to write a CV applying for a job. I am certain the students at IAG would benefit greatly from your experiences and input.
If you are able to attend this event please confirm by sending a mail to email@example.com or feel free to phone me on 02030960781 EXT211.
Announcement from Mr Fahy, Director of PHE:
Sporting fixtures in June & July 2019:
Girls' Athletics, Greenwich School Trials, Tuesday 2nd July.
Boys' Athletics, Greenwich School Trials, Thursday 11th July.
IAG Sports Day
This year’s Sports Day will be held at our PHE venue, Sutcliffe Park Sports Centre. This will be held on Friday 12th July 2019. Please see below for a letter which gives further information about the Sports Day:
PHE Lessons this term
The sports that students will be learning in Term 6 are:
Girls: Sports Aerobics
As we are now starting to experience hot weather, we advise that all students bring sun cream to PHE lessons. For the same reason, it is also important that all students carry at least a 500ml bottle of water with them that they can refill during PHE lessons. IAG will not be able to provide sun cream during lessons, due to the risk of an allergic reaction.
Students are required to wear the school PHE kit - please see below for PHE kit requirements:
Year 7 must wear the new logo IAG PHE kit
Year 8 and Year 9 can wear the non-logo PHE kit, however if students wish to transfer to the new logo IAG PHE kit they may do so.
Details of the Academy's PHE kit can be found HERE.
During the summer term, we will allow students to wear shorts due to hot weather. Shorts must still meet the requirements of the IAG PHE kit. Shorts must be unbranded and navy blue.
Could parents please ensure that students are bringing in their PHE kits and PHE books on the day of their PHE lessons. Students are responsible for ensuring that they bring the correct equipment to school for all lessons - this includes PHE.
Participation in PHE
It is expected that all students bring the right PHE kit to school, regardless of the weather or their condition. We understand that students can be sick or injured, however, if they are in school and participating in all other lessons it is our expectation that they also attempt to participate in PHE.
Healthy eating is an important part of everyday life. The focus on healthy eating was relaunched with an informative assembly given to our students by the PHE department. Students are advised to eat healthily at the Academy. Students have received a pamphlet, which is for you to read with your child. Thank you for your continued support.
Announcement from the School Office
End of Term
In order to prepare for our first year of GCSE courses, there will be an additional staff training INSET day on Tuesday 23rd July 2019.
The last day of term for students is Monday 22nd July and the school day will end at the normal time of 4pm.
School Money/School Lunch Reminder
Please remember to make bookings through the School Money website at least 24 hours in advance, even if your child is entitled to Free School Meals. If you are having trouble logging on to the School Money system or have any queries, please do not hesitate to call the Academy, or email your query to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free School Meals
If you believe your child may be entitled to Free School Meals, please follow the instructions to the Free School Meals Eligibility Checker HERE. The link can also be found in the ‘IAG Blog’ section of the new website. It is a free service, and if eligible, you will be issued with a certificate of eligibility on completion. Please save this, and email the certificate to email@example.com with the subject heading ‘FREE SCHOOL MEALS’. By checking your eligibility and providing us with the proof, you help the Academy to secure more funding through the DfE.
Please see the 'Request For Academy Hold Medication' form HERE. This must be filled out if your child will require medication throughout the school day. Students should not be carrying medication on their person around school - it should be handed in to the front desk at the start of the day so that we can securely store it for your child to use at specified times under the supervision of a first aider. Without this completed form, the Academy will not be able to give out medication.
For general parent/carer inquiries via email, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents must not drive or park on Meadowcourt Road when picking up students. Parking and traffic on this road is strictly for residents only. Please respect these wishes from the residents and be mindful that school children are also using this road. We appreciate your support with this.
Year 7 Attendance this week:
7F - 98.99%
7G - 96.75%
7S - 94.23%
Congratulations to 7F for having the best attendance in Year 7 this week!
Year 8 Attendance this week:
8A - 94.04%
8B - 93.83%
8C - 92.08%
8D - 96.93%
Congratulations to 8D for having the best attendance in Year 8 this week!
Year 9 Attendance this week:
9A - 90.41%
9B - 94.29%
9C - 89.04%
Congratulations to 9B for having the best attendance in Year 9 this week!
Attendance announcement from Ms Laurans - Attendance Officer
To notify us of an absence please contact: email@example.com or contact the school office.
- Please do not send attendance emails to the info or admin email account.
- Medical evidence is required for all pre-planned appointments.
- When an absence is unplanned, if medical evidence is required, we will contact you.
Any students who are late twice in a week, will be required to attend a 90 minute detention after school the following Monday. The detention will be written in your child's planner. Students must be at the Academy for line up at 08:35am. Lessons start promptly at 08:45am.
Our target for weekly attendance is above 97%. Please see our diamond attendance chart below for expectations and a breakdown of attendance percentages and what they mean.
IAG Sports Day - Friday 12th July 2019.
End of Term 6 - Monday 22nd July 2019 - School day ends at the normal time of 4pm.