Dear ISN Parents,
Over the past months, the students and teachers involved in the February show have been hard at work preparing “ISN’s Arabian Nights,” which will be on Thursday and Friday evening, 7-8 February. The show will be on a slightly smaller scale this year, with a focus on music and dance, but it promises to be a great evening out, with mint tea and pastries for all. Please see the attached form to reserve your tickets.
This morning I had a visit from one of our alumni, Wahyd Vannoni, who graduated 30 years ago and is now a professor in London, teaching marketing and statistics to some of our recent graduates. As we talked about the differences between ISN then and now, we got onto the topic of how students are different today. Beyond the obvious points, such as over-reliance on screens and social media, Wahyd mentioned that too often students today, even at university level, expect to be entertained, rather than taking initiative and engaging in their own learning process. Given the IB focus on inquiry-based learning and putting students at the center of the learning process, starting already with the PYP, I am pleased to say that this is not the case with most IB diploma graduates, which is also the reason that they are so sought after by universities. As Marilyn McGrath Lewis, the Assistant Dean of Admissions at Harvard states, “Success in an IB program correlates well with success at Harvard. We are always pleased to see the credentials of the IB Diploma Program on the transcript.” This success is not just because the IB is an academically rigorous program, but rather because it produces students who know how to learn and who are engaged in their learning. That said, I am sure that the Grade 10 and 12 students found the mock exams this past week to be quite a rigorous learning experience!
Wishing all of you an enjoyable and relaxing weekend.
David Johnson, ISN Director