Grade 3 Business Fair


Grade 3 Business Fair

You & Me Concert


You & Me Concert

Henna Painting – Fabulous Friday


Henna Painting - Fabulous Friday

Parent Workshop – “Safe Touch”


Safe Touch – Protective approaches to inappropriate touch

Wednesday November 6th, 7:15-8:30 ES Staffroom

Please join the Counselors as they explain how the NEW “Talking About Touching” program will be taught to your children during Guidance Lessons. You will also hear how parents can: reinforce the program’s safety skills at home; protect children from unsafe-touch situations; initiate discussion about family safety rules, such as helping children set personal touching boundaries with both peers and adults; and create an invaluable home-school partnership in connection with this program

Poster Touch Nov 2013 JPEG



Weekly Bulletin- 25th September- 2013 

What is ISA?

International Schools’ Assessment (ISA) is an annual assessment programme that has been specially developed to measure skills in mathematical literacy, reading and writing of students in international schools.

ISA is based on the internationally endorsed reading and mathematical literacy frameworks of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) developed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.  It is designed and developed in Australia by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

The ISA reports provide descriptive information about what students know and can do. The results are equated from year to year so they can be used to track changes over time at individual and school level.

ISA is not a competitive or comparative test.  It is not a test that students “pass”.  It will not be used for purposes other than providing data to us, you and your child, about his/her learning. Students do not ‘prepare’ for the tests.

A growing number of international schools now use ISA.  This is the 5th year that IST has been doing the ISA

How do the assessments work?

Students complete a reading literacy test, a mathematical literacy test and two writing tests, each of which takes between 45 minutes and one hour to administer.  The tests include both multiple-choice and open-ended tasks.

They will be taken in ‘normal’ school conditions e.g. in homeroom groups, in conditions that are familiar to our students.

What information will parents receive?

We will pass on all information about your child to you in the form of an individual report. These reports are provided by ACER and are very comprehensive. They will give you a detailed record of your child’s performance in mathematical literacy, reading literacy and writing. You will receive them by February 2014.

In Conclusion

Grade 3, 4, and 5 will be doing their ISA on the 8th and 9th of October.  On 10th October is the make-up day for students who miss the test on one of those days. There will be no re-take for students missing both days.

You may also wish to visit the websites of PISA ( and/or ACER (, for further information.


October Parent Workshops @ IST


This month @ IST Elementary the following parent workshops will be offered:

Good Friends – Wednesday 2nd October, ES Staffroom 7:15-8:30

Please join the counseling team for a presentation about supporting your child’s social development. Learning about skills your children need in order to build relationships. Helping your children to find, make and keep friends. Learning how to help your child navigate the trickier aspects of friendship.

The Learner Profile – Thursday 10th October, ES Staffroom, 7:20-8:20

Parents will have the opportunity to explore the learner profile in depth. They will inquire into how parents can model the learner profile for their children.

Blogs and Communication – Wednesday 30th October, ES Staffroom 7:20-8:00

What is a blog? How are blogs used at IST to communicate with parents and community members? Come and join the ICT teaching staff for a chat about the IST blogs and how you can be actively involved, by commenting on posts.