CAS Q&A Session for Parents

Understanding the requirement for the IB Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) programme can be confusing to many parents, therefore the ISA CAS programme coordinator, Vlad Gogelescu, recently hosted a Q&A session on 31 October for parents of grade 11 and 12 students.

CAS formally begins at the start of the Diploma Programme (grade 11) and continues regularly, ideally on a weekly basis, for at least 18 months with a reasonable balance between creativity, activity, and service experiences that the students voluntarily engage in that involve one or more of the three CAS strands. A CAS experience can be a single event or may be an extended series of events.

Parents were invited to email questions prior to the event so that their specific needs and  queries could be addressed. Read here for a general overview of  CAS at ISA.

Lower School Out in the Community

Over the past month, students in the PYP programme have taken numerous field trips to connect with themes from their classrooms.

As part of their Different People, Different Lives Unit of Inquiry, Grade 5 students recently visited the, ‘In Het Donker Gezien?’ museum.  Students were able to briefly experience what it is like to be visually impaired and reflect on how these individuals experience the world.

Connecting to their Units of Inquiry, Who We Are and How the World Works, Grade 4 recently took a bike trip to the Amsterdamse Bos.  The bike trip helped build community amongst the students, but students also learned more about how the Bos was built and its impact on the local community.

Grade 2 also took a trip to Amsterdamse Bos to support their current Unit of Inquiry, Our Fragile Earth.  Students did field research on the local habitat and gathered evidence on the different plants and animals that live in the forest.

One of the biggest benefits of ISA is that students are able to interact and learn from our amazing Amsterdam community!

Ivy Circle USA University Fair

It’s that time of year when Upper School seniors are busy applying and prepping for their next exciting journey after ISA.   Upper School counsellors and teachers are working hard to help navigate students through these sometimes confusing paths.

ISA, in cooperation with the Fulbright Center and the U.S. Consulate General, welcomed over 30 American colleges and universities during the 5th annual Ivy Circle USA University Fair on 29 September.  This fair offered a unique opportunity for students to meet with representatives from U.S. universities/colleges.

We look forward to seeing the next steps for our Class of 2017!