Go Bears! NECIS Fall Season Results

The ISA Volleyball, Soccer and Cross Country teams recently competed in the NECIS tournament. NECIS is the Northwest European Council of International Schools, an organisation which provides a safe environment for athletes from international schools to compete against each other to their very best of their ability. The tournament encourages qualities such as good sportsmanship, respect and full participation in students and is an important part of any athletes calendar.

This season, ISA hosted the NECIS Varsity and Junior Varsity tournaments, the Under-12’s tournament was held in Copenhagen and the Under-14’s tournament in Luxembourg. The following weekend, 59 athletes from ISA travelled to Luxembourg to compete in the Cross Country tournament.

The full breakdown of the results of each tournament is below.

Girl’s Volleyball

U12 and U14

U12: 4th place

U14 Red team: 7th place

U14 White team: 9th place

JV and Varsity

JV: 7th place

Varsity Volleyball: 1st place

Boy’s Soccer

U12 and U14

U12: 2nd place

U14: 7th place

JV and Varsity

JV: 2nd place

Varsity Soccer Plate winner

Cross Country

U12 Boys Division Team Winners

U12 Girls Division Team Winners

U12 Boys: Gabe (1), Emmanuel (7), Matthew (8), Harvey (10)

U12 Girls: Sienna (1), Amelia (3), Olivia (4), Ammara (9), Libby (10)

U14 Boys: Degi (4), and Jonas (6)

U14 Girls: Adriana (9)

U16 Boys: Lorenz (6), and Luke (7)

U16 Girls: Michelle (10)

+16 Boys: Thomas (4) and Mads (9)

+ 16 Girls: Zosia (1 with a NECIS record) and Francesca (3)


Congratulations to each ISA athlete who took part in the tournament!

Dutch Prime Minister Responds to Letters from Grade 2

When Grade 2 students began learning about persuasive writing in class, their teacher Melanie Smith wanted the lesson to have a real-life context, so she asked students to write a letter to a real reader, to persuade them about a topic that students felt was important.

Student Inquiry in the IB

A core principle of student inquiry within the Primary Years Programme (PYP) is that ideas come directly from students. Smith believes this is what makes the PYP such an exciting curriculum for both teachers and learners.

I am very passionate about children building conceptual understanding through inquiry-based learning. I want the children to understand that their voices are powerful and they can make a difference. Through such inquiries, the children are able to build conceptual understandings that they will be able to transfer to different situations.”

So, Smith ’s students began by considering which issues mattered the most to them, raising topics such as the harmful effects of plastic in the ocean and the importance of wearing a helmet while cycling. They also considered persuading influential people who had the power to make real change, such as J.K. Rowling, Emma Watson and even Vladimir Putin. Smith felt that it was important to emphasise to students that even though they might not receive a reply, raising awareness of the issues was still very important.

A popular choice among students was Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, with four students writing directly to him. One of the students, Bo Gunning, had the opportunity to meet Mr Rutte to personally hand over her classmates’ letters. To the delight of the students, Mr Rutte replied to each of their letters, thanking them for raising awareness of their issues and explaining the actions he had taken. Grade 2 students were excited to receive their replies from Mr Rutte and are hoping that he will come by the school to visit them in person one day!