ISA Basketball Teams Compete in NECIS Tournaments in Rotterdam and Antwerp

The ISA U12, U14, Junior Varsity and Varsity Basketball teams recently competed in NECIS tournaments in Rotterdam and Antwerp rounding out a great season of training and international competitions. The results of the four tournaments are below.

U12 and U14 – Rotterdam
The U12 and U14 girls and boys teams competed March 4-6 in Rotterdam with exciting games featuring everything you expect to see in a tournament; joy, disappointments, determination, teamwork and sportsmanship. With support from friends and families, the ISA teams achieved the following results:
U12 Girls: 6th place
U12 Boys: 2nd place
U14 Girls: 2nd place
U14 Boys: 7th place
JV and Varsity – Antwerp 
The Junior Varsity and Varsity teams competed March 11-12 in Rotterdam. The tournament, which was also live streamed, had a great crowd turnout with families from all competing schools in attendance. The ISA teams fought hard and were successful in achieving the following results:
JV Girls: 3rd place
JV Boys: 1st place
Varsity Girls: 4th place
Varsity Boys: 2nd place

ISA Hosts the 2016 European Conference on iPads in the Classroom Conference


This two-day event held at the ISA Centre for Development, Learning & Technology connected K-5 educators from across Europe and the Middle East with inspirational and innovative strategies and approaches for using iPads to enhance learning within the classroom. Over 50 attendees came together to attend sessions that challenged, motivated and provoked new ways of thinking about the capacity for iPads for instruction, assessment and documentation of student thinking and learning.

Conference highlights included

  • Plenary sessions with Warren Apel and Joe Moretti on coding, game design and programming in primary classrooms
  • In-class visits to see the ISA 1:1 iPad programme in action with K-5 students and teachers
  • Workshops on digital portfolios, use of iPads with thinking routines, iBeacons in schools libraries, self-assessment with iPads, apps for documenting and tracking student learning and more…
  •  Informal sessions in the iPad café, the iPad App Slam and Speed Geeking sessions!

Take a peek and see how great it was…

Record-setting Trash Audit Results from Green Team

Be sure to check out this great video from the ISA Green Team highlighting the results of their recent trash audit of the school. More than 80 volunteers attended – a new record! See which trash has increased and where we, as a school, have improved on eliminating waste.

Go Green Team!

Board of Governors Hosts First Parent Meeting for 2015-2016 School Year

On Wednesday, 30 September the ISA Board of Governors hosted a morning parent information session for the ISA parent community. The agenda for the meeting covered the new board composition including an introduction to new board members David Rosenberg and Eric Robles, as well as financials, enrolment updates, the board goals for 2015-2016 and a review of new programme initiatives for the school year.

ISA Hosts Ivy Circle’s USA University Fair 

Members of the ISA community attended the recent Ivy Circle USA University fair on October 1, where they met with representatives from over 25 universities.  The following information sessions were offered during the fair to assist students with coordinating their post-secondary academic efforts: Standardised Testing, Scholarships for International Students, 2+2 Transfers (Associate/Bachelor) and Innovation in Higher Education. ISA hosted the event in collaboration with the Fulbright Center USA, the United States Consulate and alumni representing Ivy League colleges and other esteemed institutions of higher learning.


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On Friday, 25 September, ISA officially opened the new nursing station in the Early Childhood section of the new wing. It was a great opportunity to view the new facilities and meet the two new ISA nurses, Parvathi den Herder and Masha Goldis and our nursing assistants, Renee de Man and Emilie de Man.

The new station allows for quicker access to health information and emergency health services for Upper and Lower School students attending classes within the new extension to the school. For more information in the ISA nursing team and for health updates be sure to login and view the Nurses Pages on MyISA.



Thank you from PTA for Welcome BBQ Success

Dear ISA families and friends,

Thank you to everyone for making the PTA BBQ the success that it was!

It was a lovely day with a great turn out of 1250 people enjoying delicious food, great music and awesome weather. It seems that the skies cleared just for that day for us! We were truly lucky that the drizzle started only as we walked out of the building in the evening. Overall, the atmosphere was amazing and could see smiles everywhere.

We have the privilege to work with a fantastic, supportive and hard working team. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the school management, operations, and maintenance. Last, but not least, a huge thank you to the happy ISA families that streamed in. What’s a party without the people, good food, music and yes, the sun shining down especially for us.


The PTA Team

Photos by Luciana Blair

PTA and Expatcenter Amsterdam Host Newcomers Meeting

The PTA Newcomers Committee hosted an information session about expat life in the Netherlands on Friday, 11 September in the cafeteria annex. The programme, developed in cooperation with the Expatcenter Amsterdam featured a speaker from the community organisation who discussed transitioning to life in the Netherlands and answered any questions new families had on this subject.

Excellent DP Results for Class of 2015

In early July, we received the IB Diploma results for the Class of 2015 and once again they are something to make us all proud.

This year 98% of our diploma candidates achieved the full diploma (51 out of 52) with a total average score of 34 points. ISA’s average grade was 5.35 points while the world average was 4.99 and 39% of our diploma candidate’s obtained 36 points or more, which comes to an average of 6 points per student.

In total 9 of our diploma candidates obtained 40 points or more, with 2 having obtained nearly perfect scores with totals of 44 points.

Additionally, 91% of this year’s diploma candidates received one or more bonus points for their work in Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay. Lastly, 39 % of our diploma candidates received a bi-lingual diploma.



Lower School EAL Parent Sessions

On August 31, ISA hosted parent sessions covering the ISA English as an Additional Language programme.

The programme, while open for all parents, was geared towards parents of children who are still acquiring English as an additional language. The sessions were also provided in English, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin and Russian.

A sincere thank you to all parent volunteers who helped to bring this programme to our community