Farewell to Leaving Teachers

Apoorva Chugh captured the voices of some of our students to let us know that our leaving teachers will not be forgotten at ISS.  Apoorva says, “We just went around the school to ask everyone which teacher they would miss the most and why.  This video is just a short thank you to all the teachers who are leaving ISS this year. We will miss you all a lot.”

Watch the video at:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuLXlrOPtDQ

Goodbye to all our leaving teachers and all the best where ever you are headed!




Final Days in the MYP

Final days in the MYP

Article by: Kyi Shinn Khin

The 12th grade students have recently just finished their high school careers and are heading onto university, and meanwhile, the 10th grade students have just finished the MYP programs. The MYP programs starts in grade 6, and ends in grade 10; nonetheless, right after one has finished their e-Assessments, the student is no longer considered an MYP student. I guess right now, you can say that we’re somewhere in between the MYP and DP; but heading more towards the DP.

Even though it is not seen as a very big step like completing grade school; the MYP program was something that all of us 10th graders went through in order to prepare ourselves for the IB, and later for university. Some of us can’t even believe that we’re done with the MYP and are heading to the IB soon. To us, transitioning from the MYP to DP program is a very big step that we have been preparing for.

As a part of this article, I interviewed a couple of anonymous 10th grade students to give their feedback about how the MYP program went for them. The students had many different backgrounds; some of them have been studying the MYP program since grade 6, while some of them just arrived recently and are still fairly new to the program, despite the fact that they just finished it. Most of the students agreed that the MYP is somewhat helping them prepare themselves for the DP. One of the students talked about the Personal Project. “I think the Personal Project helped me prepare for the DP, particularly with organization and time management,” he said. Another student compared the MYP to her previous school’s system. She told me, “It was really interesting how MYP focuses a lot more on critical thinking and concepts. It was different from my previous school so it’s kind of nice to see a change in the way I study.” All in all, we can see that the MYP has prepared students immensely for challenges to face ahead in the DP. Now all we can do is see how well the MYP has prepared students for DP.

And as the 10th grade students approached their final exams and completed their World of Work internship programs, many are anticipating what they will do next for Pre-IB. This year went by so quick, and it won’t be long before us, 10th graders who just completed the MYP, will soon complete the DP program as well.

New Student Council

Written By: Scott Liu

The election for student council concluded on the 13th of April. Our 10 brave and outstanding candidates have shown the students their excellence skills and determinations. They are great Risk-takers and Communicators. Four of them were chosen by students to be the member of the new student council. The new student council is then officially in charge!

The four new student council members are, President Chelsea Chen, Vice-President Yuya Itokawa, Secretary Kate Judith Reidinger and Treasurer Scott Liu.

Chelsea and Yuya as the president and vice-president, have exhibited many impressive ideas and plans to the student group. In their speech, they addressed some issues around the schools and formulated plans to solve them. One memorable example is their plan of having new water cooler at the basketball court. There is always need for cold water while doing any sport in Singapore. The demand has been noticed and will be fulfilled. Also, they have been working collaboratively with the marketing team to run the ISS Official Snapchat Team, making it possible to launch next semester. Chelsea and Yuya will be the brain of the new student council, leading the students to unite the community.

Kate has always been a communicator in our school. She often seeks for opportunities to know the people around her better. Also, Kate has participated in many ECA activities to serve the community. As the secretary, she will be the eyes and ears of the new student council so that students can provide feedback, ask questions or give suggestions. This is both a suitable job and an excellent challenge for her. Kate will do her best.

Scott is our treasurer. He is principled, organized and highly effective. Both of his double science courses and higher level math has made him sensitive to numbers. This will definitely help him in accounting. Scott will be the vein of the new student council as he must collect and control every single penny that they gain, or lose. His job requires him to be highly skilled to do it right, but he tries his best, just like he always does.

For now, the new student council is working on the production of senior hoodies. Let’s congratulate them once again and hope they do a wonderful job this year!

Grade 10 Personal Project Exhibition

Written by:  June Park

As the end of the MYP year in IB,  grade 10 students face one more obstacle (in addition to the E-assessment):  the‘Personal Project’ (P.P.)

 Now, the students who have just completed the Personal Project during the long period of June 2016 to February 2017 are giving advice to the those who are going to face the P.P, next year and, that advice is:  ‘NEVER PROCRASTINATE’.

According to the International Baccalaureate, the Personal Project is student-centred and age-appropriate project that enables students to engage in practical explorations through a cycle of inquiry, action and reflection. (“Project Study In The MYP | International Baccalaureate®”)

It suggests the aims of the personal project are to encourage and enable students to;

  • participate in a sustained, self-directed inquiry within a global context
  • generate creative new insights and develop deeper understandings through in-depth investigation
  • demonstrate the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to complete a project over an extended period of time
  • communicate effectively in a variety of situations
  • demonstrate responsible action through, or as a result of, learning
  • appreciate the process of learning and take pride in their accomplishments.

After the Personal Project has been completed, ISS students were required to participate in a Personal Project Exhibition on February 9th. Each student set up their booth to explain and show their project and progress to an audience made up of grade 9 students, parents and teachers. It went successfully, and the grade 10 students were able to finally say ‘bye’ to personal project!


According to Ms. Shelly, MYP coordinator, the Personal Project is a communication project that students are required to complete at the end of the MYP programme so that they can apply what they have learned, such as knowledge and the design of their own project. She mentioned that the personal project challenges students to manage themselves and their skills of time management, thinking skills, social skills — all skills that would be important for students to move on in their life. Ms.Shelly added that students are going to do a similar project during the Diploma Programme such as the extended essay, or numerous Internal Assessments (IAs) so completing the personal project would be very helpful.

Ms. Shelly mentioned that this year’s students had shared their valuable success and failures. She was amazed by one of the students who did her project about animation. She drew each picture and sequence about 2-3 seconds and made 39 seconds of animation as her final product. She could see so much work behind it which is drawing individual pictures and skills. Finally, Ms. Shelly gives  tips towards grade 9 students who are going to do P.P next year: 
“To reach a grade of 7-8 in the criteria, you should take a look at ATL skills and mention them on the report.”

As few examples, there was student A who did their personal project about ‘Creating a picture book for the children at an orphanage in Myanmar’.  She said that she chose the topic because the orphans in Myanmar barely get any English education, so she wanted to make a book for them so that they can learn English. As tips, she mentioned “Do not leave everything to the last minute, and even if you have very hectic schedules try and make time for the Personal Project. Whether you pass or fail MYP depends on whether you finish the Personal Project or not, so PLEASE BE CAREFUL”.

Another student, student B, chose the topic of ‘Sustainable city and city model’.  He decided to work on the topic because he was concerned about the air pollution in China and the quality of air, and was also interested in designing those things. His tips for grade 9:  “Time management is the key. And choose the topic that you really like. Do not choose something too complicated.”

Student C chose the following topic:  ‘New innovation of aircraft’ because the death rate of aircraft accidents are rising up in the world. So he wanted to make a new safety facility for airplanes.

Student D chose ‘Photography and making books’ because he is simply interested in this and wanted to do it, and told the next grade who are going to face Personal Project to “ ‘Really’ do your process journal and it will save you one day. Try to focus on your ATL skills and look at the criteria before you start writing the report.”

This would be the helpful source for all future P.P. victims:

The ePortfolio and How the Grade 10s Are Managing It

By: Khin KoKo HSU and Kyi Shinn KHIN

It’s no joke that the ePortfolio is one of the most stressful parts of being a 10th grader. However, is it just an obstacle blocking the way that you just have to get over? Of course not. It’s also an opportunity to learn more about your Arts subject, or improve your English comprehension skills. You need to give your best in every ePortfolio project that you have to do. After all, it is just an assessment (although, not so easy), and you have done a lot of assessments in the past before.

We asked a few of the current 10th graders (all anonymous) about their projects and advice that they would give to the students taking the ePortfolio in the future. We interviewed one Art student, one Music student, one Drama student, one Design student, and one English B student.

As stated by the anonymous art student that we interviewed, the Art ePortfolio is about “researching an artwork and showing how artists show awareness of change in innovation through their artwork.” The art students this year created a wide range of products, ranging from 3D models and sculptures to meaningful artwork painted on canvas.

The Design students are working on showing people the importance of innovation through videos. On Tuesday, the 7th of March, they visited the elementary school to share their final products. Although creating videos may sound like fun, there is a lot of written work, as the student told us. So, if you are going to do your ePortfolio for Design, you better be prepared for big writing assignments!

In Music, students are writing and composing their own music for the ePortfolio. The entire purpose of the ePortfolio, as noted by the student we interviewed, is “to influence social justice and change and make an impact on our peers.” Composing music comes with a lot of steps; from brainstorming lyrics to trying out and testing different melodies on different instruments. There is also quite a lot of writing involved in the Music ePortfolio.

Most of the current 9th graders will be familiar with the performance about Cambodia that the 10th grade drama class recently performed. This is all a part of the Drama ePortfolio; creating awareness through acting, and acting out the experiences they had during Week Without Walls in Cambodia. Risa Yamazaki, who we interviewed, also touched on “Boal’s Theater”, a form of acting that the students had to learn. She decided to base her performance on child labour in Cambodia. Risa chose this topic because she felt that students like us, who were the same age as most of the child laborers in Cambodia, need to know this situation and appreciate our fortunate lives compared to theirs. She and the other students all wrote their own scripts and directed others to act for them.

The Mandarin, French and English ePortfolio was different compared to the ePortfolio for the arts subjects, and a lot more similar to semester exams. You will have a reading, writing, listening and oral exam. This is the only ePortfolio assessment that you will feel extremely familiar with. But then again, it’s always helpful to review and study beforehand!

As a part of their interviews, we asked the interviewees for some advice that they would give to the students taking the ePortfolio in the future. All five interviewees told us very similar advice; don’t leave everything to the last minute, choosing the topic that you really feel passionate about or interested in, and constantly reviewing main concepts and topics covered in the classes. Simply put, the music student we interviewed had also referred to the ePortfolio as “the second Personal Project”, which the current 10th graders have just completed.

The whole ePortfolio is very challenging to do but if you have the passion and aim to do it, you will succeed. Even if you are not passionate about it, you will be able to go through it as well. A tip for the 9th graders, think about what you want to do for your ePortfolio now so that you will have time to think about more ideas for the next year. And as for all the 10th graders, good luck to you all, do your best and try hard! We will survive this journey together!

G12 Art Exhibition

Written by:  Halima Ansar Zaman

A feast for the eyes. A challenge to the mind. A riot of colours. An explosion of ideas. This is the ISS Art exhibition. After a lot of hard work and struggle, our grade 12 seniors are at the verge of successfully completing their last year in school, waiting eagerly for the day to finally receive their IB diploma.

The Grade 12 visual arts students conducted their final exhibition on the 22nd of February, with the best artworks they had created over the course of 2 years. The exhibition took place in the main hall from 5 to 8 pm. Many artworks of different varieties were placed all around ranging from

pencil drawings to even graphic designs. It was a very colorful and an engaging event to explore art in the eyes of the students. Students were given a place around the hall to exhibit their artworks. The grade 12 art students who were a part of this were; Kinari Adiarni, Lena Blattmann, Athalia (Ela) Gisela, Nathalia Kelana, Vera Lynn van Kessel, Keisuke Nanjo, Gabriella (Gabbie) Angitta Sari and Keshi Wang.

This event gave a great opportunity for students, teachers and parents to interact with the artists themselves and have a one-on-one conversation about their exhibit area.

On behalf of the entire ISS Voice team, we wish the Grade 12 students the best in life and the best of luck for their final exams 🙂

Here are some comments from the viewers;

Each piece of art is unique and intriguing. Certain pieces resonate with my values and belief for which I would procure if I were a curator! Each student

could articulate their theme and the ‘story’ behind their work really well. Awesome job Grade 12s!

There such a wide variety of concepts, media, and artist influences shown in the artwork at the G12 Art Exhibition. Our G12 students did an amazing job! I enjoyed chatting with the artists and learning more about their concept, inspiration and art process. I especially liked the little house with stacked rooms by Lena!

Coffee, a drink that can be a double-edged sword

Contributed by: Joo Ho Yoon


Source: Moneytoday.com

Ah! How sweet it is.

It is sweeter than a thousand of kisses,

And softer than a glass of Muscat wine.

Coffee, Coffee, I gotta drink coffee.

Johann Sebatian Bach, from Coffee Cantata

Many famous intellectuals of history have praised the awesomeness of coffee. Origin of coffee is traced back to highlands in Ethiopia, where the legend says that a cowboy was inspired to eat coffee seeds after sighting a flock of sheep awake all night after eating the seeds. Later on, coffee was spread to Europe through Osman empire. Coffee engulfed Europe after people came to realize that coffee tasted and worked better as a stimulant. Before the introduction of coffee to Europe, water in Europe was polluted that people drank alcohol to hydrate themselves. Almost every part of Europe was dependent on alcohol and people were unable to stay awake and diligent. Coffee was welcomed as a perfect substitute for alcohol by Europeans, after the pope blessed and approved it to be a holy drink. It didn’t take a long time for coffee to conquer the world. Today, coffee can be found anywhere, in hands of people rushing to their workplace, on a desk at school, at a beach or at a conference. Even in our school, it is easy to spot a group of students holding a cup of coffee. Despite its highly praised aroma, taste and stimulant effect that keeps us awake, coffee can have a negative impact on our body if consumed wrongly. Here are reasons why you should / shouldn’t drink coffee and how to drink it right, if you are a huge fan of coffee.

Why coffee can be good

  • It relieves headache to certain extent.

  • Coffee helps you sober up.

  • 1-3 cups of coffee a day helps reduce the risk of heart attack.

  • 1-3 cups of coffee a day helps reduce the risk of breast cancer by 50%.

  • Prevents depression.

  • A research showed that people who drink 2-3 cups of coffee a day are less likely to commit suicide.

  • Helps recovery after an intense exercise.

  • Coffee works best with carbohydrates. When consumed with carbohydrates(rice,bread), it helps your body to recover 60% of energy store.

  • Prevents Alzheimer’s disease (dementia).

  • Caffeine in coffee prevents cholesterol from destroying brain cells.

Why coffee can destroy you

  • Coffee causes insomnia, thus hindering repair and growth of your bone.

  • Excessive amount of coffee can cause you to get heart attack.

  • Coffee increase heart rate. When excessively consumed, it exerts a huge pressure on your heart.

  • It can make you feel anxious.

  • Coffee is a stimulant that increases heart rate and breathing by increasing adrenaline production in your body. Although this stimulant effect can enhance one’s ability and thus increase productivity, it may cause excitability or anxiousness that can prevent you from concentrating.

  • It leaves your teeth stained.

  • Coffee has dark pigments that can leave yellowing stains on your teeth by being embedded in tiny holes on your teeth.

  • It may cause gastritis.

  • Coffee stimulates production of gastric juice in your stomach. People often get used to drinking coffee after a meal as it helps stomach to digest food faster. However, excessive amount of gastric juice caused by coffee can lead to serious gastritis.

I still can’t resist coffee… what should I do?

The answer is simple. – drink coffee responsibly and beware of what your body’s telling you. The recommended daily intake of coffee for an adult is 2-3 cups a day without sugar and cream.

To start and pursue healthy consumption of coffee, find a way to make up for the loss of nutrients that you may neglect while drinking coffee by adding milk, coconut water, coconut milk, tonic water, butter or even fruits. It is important to know the right time to drink coffee or other caffeinated drinks since you have to switch off your brain for a while sometimes. Most importantly, find your own enjoyable way to drink it ! There is a wide variety of coffee with unique tastes and everyone has a preference, whether it’s hot, cold, sweet or sour. It is entirely up to you !