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Southbank School News

Commencement of Expansion Building Works

The refit of our new Cleveland Street building has commenced. It is a very exciting project, with 5 floors of classrooms, common space, and study and learning pods designed to the highest specifications. Consultation about the design with both staff and students highlighted that they wanted flexibility, a sense of calm and the chance to bring nature inside.  We have since signed off approval for


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Southbank Students win Benjamin Franklin ‘Frankly Speaking’ Debate

Last week, four Southbank students from Grade 10 competed in two teams of two at the ‘Frankly Speaking’ Debate at Bloomberg’s brand new European headquarters in the City of London. During the course of the day, our two teams debated topics including “This House believes a mandatory 30 minutes of exercise per day should apply to 6-16 year olds”, “This House would place a ban


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Education Award

Last week our 3 Principals attended Cognita’s annual conference for Principals/Headteachers. We are proud to announce that we have been awarded the top accolade of Education Award for best school in Europe. This is a huge achievement as we are 3 of 47 schools in the UK and Spain, and there were other fantastic schools in the group. A very well done to all the


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ISA School Awards 2017

Our Southbank Hampstead campus has been shortlisted for their Performing Arts & Language Provision in the ISA Schools Awards 2017! Very well deserved! Winners will be announced at the Autumn Study Conference.


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Southbank University Fair 2017

Announcing Southbank International School’s Second University Fair! Date: Thursday 28 September 2017 Time: 14:00 to 17:00 Location: YMCA INDIAN STUDENT HOSTEL, 41 FITZROY SQUARE, W1T 6AQ This is a unique opportunity for Southbank DP students to speak to universities from around the world, including: Universitá Commerciale Luigi Bocconi Erasmus University Barnard College/USC• St Andrews/Aberdeen/Dundee SciencesPo Exeter University American University of Paris LSE/Imperial/UCL/King’s/SOAS Warwick University UNSW


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Great Ormond Street Hospital ‘Race for the kids’ Battersea Park

On a lovely early summer’s day over six thousand people, most dressed in lurid turquoise t-shirts, gathered in the south west corner of Battersea Park to start the five kilometre run to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. Thanks to the recruitment drive of the tri-campus PTA, there was a significant turn out from Southbank students, staff and parents who gave up their


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World Scholar Cup

Earlier this week, the first London regional competition of the World Scholar Cup gave out 300 medals and trophies in a variety of academic subjects, essay writing and debate skills. Southbank received around 200 medals! Every team received a silver or gold medal and all earned the right to compete at the Global Round. We had a two-person team that earned over 40,000 points qualifying


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Senior Team Maths Challenge

Following their excellent performance in the regional heats, our Senior Maths Team were invited to take part in the National Final of the UKMT Senior Team Maths Challenge competing in the Royal Horticultural’s Lindley Hall in Westminster on Tuesday 7th February 2017. 1270 schools participated in the regional heats and our Southbank Senior Maths Team, having won their heat, were invited to join the 88


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A Day in the Life at Southbank

Watch our ‘Day in the Life’ of a student at Southbank International School, London.


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Metacognition in learning at Cognita Schools

If we’re to truly unlock potential and develop lifelong learning skills in children, metacognition is the key. Our very Stefanie Waterman explores what it’s all about on the Cognita website.


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Outstanding IB Exam Results

Congratulations to the Southbank Class of 2017 for their outstanding IB Exam Results! https://www.southbank.org/diploma-programme/ib-exam-results


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Annual Music Concert

We recently celebrated our annual music concert with 375 children performing from Southbank’s Hampstead and Kensington campuses at Central Westminster Hall.  It was a resounding success! Thank you to all staff, students and parents for their support.


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Outstanding Ofsted Report for Southbank Westminster!

Southbank is delighted that Ofsted have sought fit to recognise what a great school we have! Congratulations to all staff members and students who make our school an incredible place.


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Southbank Summer Camp, 3 – 7 July 2017

Southbank’s summer camp will be offered in July and is for students from Southbank’s Kensington and Hampstead campuses. Family friends and students from other Cognita schools are also welcome to attend. To qualify for a place, attendees age range must be from Kindergarten to Grade 5. If you have any queries, please email: paco.colomer@southbank.org.


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Cognita wins Achievement in Customer Excellence award!

Cognita Schools has won a 2017 Confirmit ACE (Achievement in Customer Excellence) Award as the Judges’ Choice for its Voice of the Parent programme. This is the second year that Cognita has been commended for ‘Voice of the Parent’, further recognition that the ongoing feedback received from parents directly inputs into the continuous improvement in its schools. Thank you Cognita parents! Read the full story here.


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Congratulations Graduates!

A huge congratulations to our DP graduates! Well done!


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National United States Academic Decathlon

Southbank International represented the United Kingdom at the National United States Academic Decathlon from 20-22 April in Madison, Wisconsin. The students involved were Grades 8-11 and collectively they won four monetary scholarships and ten medals gold, sliver and bronze in interview skills, mathematics, public speaking, science (physics) and music with outstanding scores coming in the top ten in history and essay writing.   Next academic


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Grade 2 students visit the House of Illustration in Kings Cross

Our Grade 2 students visited the House of Illustration in Kings Cross and considered the different styles and work of each influential illustrator. When the students returned to the Hampstead campus, they used the thought-provoking information they learned from the trip , identifying attributes outlined in the IB Learner Profile that were evident in a variety of children books they had an opportunity to examine. The


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Mayor of London’s Fourth Plinth School’s Award

Kindergarten students have now finished their sculpture designs for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. We entered our artwork in the Mayor of London’s ‘Fourth Plinth School’s Award’. You can view all Hampstead’s Kindergarten artwork in the online gallery.  


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Winner of the Daunt Books Short Story Competition 2017

Southbank is pleased to announce that one of our Grade 5 students from our Kensington campus is a winner in the Daunt Books Short Story Competition 2017! The short story has won an entry place in the book with 15 other winners. The prize giving party is on Monday 22 May with author Phillip Reed and illustrator Jim Field. The entire school community is extremely proud of this student’s


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Southbank Hampstead as a Team London Young Ambassador Accredited School

We have received notification this week from the Office of Mayor of London that Southbank Hampstead has been approved as a Team London Young Ambassador Accredited School. This award is given to schools with a history of taking action to promote positive change locally, nationally or internationally. The accreditation team were impressed by initiatives such as Grade 5 gaining the John Muir Environmental Award, our links


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Southbank artwork on the Saatchi site

Artwork by Southbank Westminster students has been displayed on the Saatchi Gallery website as part of their Schools Prize gallery. Our students are incredibly talented and they should be extremely proud of their work.


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IB Art & Film Show

Southbank International School is delighted to announce our annual IB Art & Film Show taking place from Tuesday 28 March – Saturday 1 April. Eleven Visual Arts and five Film students will be exhibiting the work produced during their two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. We are very pleased with the opportunity that for the first time these final creative selections will be viewed and screened in


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Grade 3 Art: How We Express Ourselves

Grade 3 students at our Kensington campus have spent the winter term inquiring into the Art Stand-Alone unit, ‘How We Express Ourselves’ and how messages are communicated through stories. Students identified the learner profile qualities within a variety of children’s books and selected an illustration which showed their chosen learner profile quality being demonstrated. Working collaboratively in small groups, they took inspiration from this illustration


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Grade 10 Personal Project Exhibition

Grade 10 students presented their Personal Projects at an exhibition last week at our Westminster campus. The Personal Project is an independent, inquiry-based project. Students choose a topic of personal interest to pursue, connecting it to one of the six global contexts. Grade 5 students, teachers and parents from our Kensington and Hampstead campuses came along to view the exhibition. All the Grade 10 students did


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Southbank Westminster Win Their Heat of the UKMT Senior Maths Team Competition!

For the second year running, four students from Southbank Westminster came 1st place, this time out of 39 schools and colleges, at an East London heat of a UK wide mathematics competition.  Aptly hosted at the beautiful Octagon hall at Queen Mary UCL our team won with score of 171/177.  They progress to the national final in 2017 where they will face, and aim to outperform, many


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Marylebone Christmas Lights featuring a Southbank student singing!

Today Marylebone Village hosts their annual Christmas Lights event to celebrate the switch on of its Christmas decorations! The event takes place from 3-7pm on Marylebone High Street and actress Jennifer Saunders will be switching on the lights. Southbank is delighted that one of our Grade 11 students has been asked to sing at the event! Come one and all to this lovely event to


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Southbank Varsity Boys: ISSA Champs for the first time!!!

Southbank Varsity Boys won against Europa International School of Barcelona 4-2 on penalties after a great game. After saving the key penalty, we witnessed some great celebrations from our players. Congratulations Sharks – you were all simply outstanding!!!


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Portland Place Hall Refurbishment

Over the summer, our Portland Place Hall underwent some significant changes. All of the lighting equipment was cleaned and safety checked, and a new lighting desk and mobile lighting rig were purchased, along with some wonderful handheld lights in a variety of colours. New curtains were installed and we will soon be fitting new display boards and whiteboards to enable a more flexible and effective


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The Milton Toubkin IB Diploma Programme Scholarship 2017

Each year, Southbank International School offers a scholarship to a talented student to pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.  This two-year award (Grades 11 and 12), is dependent on a student’s sustained performance and progression.  For details regarding eligibility and selection criteria, as well as the application timeline, please refer to the scholarship application pack.


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Southbank Diploma Programme Back to School Night

Parents and students are warmly invited to attend our DP Back to School Night this evening – Tuesday 27 September – from 18:00 for Grades 11-12. The event will include Careers Programme Talks as well as the opportunity to meet subject teachers and put names to faces. Departments will be introducing their teachers and presenting the curriculum.


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The Vikings are coming!

English and Drama teacher Snorri Kristjansson’s first novel, ‘Swords of Good Men’, was recently published by Jo Fletcher Books. A rip-roaring action book featuring Vikings, it has been well received by readers and critics alike, and is set for release in Australia in October and the US in January. After three years of Southbank students asking how ‘the book’ is going, Snorri is delighted finally


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Southbank IB Middle Years Programme Back to School Night

Parents are warmly invited to attend our MYP Back to School Night on Wednesday 21 September from 17:30 at Portland Place for Grades 6-10. This is an opportunity to meet subject teachers and put names to faces. Departments will be introducing their teachers and presenting the basic curriculum of each grade.


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Southbank Westminster PTA Community Welcome Party

All families – from Grade 6 to Grade 12 – are warmly welcome to this informative event on Thursday 12 September from 5:30pm. Parents will have the opportunity to meet new families, catch up with old friends, and enjoy a relaxed evening of drinks, canapés and conversation with the Southbank Westminster community. Parents will also be able to sign up for parent clubs, get involved and


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Refugees Welcome Meeting in Kensington and Chelsea

On Wednesday 8 June 2016, some students from Kensington’s Volunteering Club (a weekly After School Club) went to give a presentation at a public meeting organised by Migrants Organise. They are a small charity based in Ladbroke Grove (West London) who offer support, advice and training to migrants and refugees in the local area. Students shared about how they have been supporting Migrants Organise as


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Careers Guidance and Work Related Learning

Southbank (Westminster) launched the Work Related Learning programme with work experience placements for Grade 9 students this year, and it has been a huge success! Students got the opportunity to participate in the world of work, gain practical experience and take on some interesting and challenging responsibilities, through a one-week placement in June 2016.  Most of the students networked and found their own placements which


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Our students’ language and culture trip to Montpellier

Last week our Grade 10 and 11 language students were given the unique opportunity to experience French culture and practise their French as they travelled to the beautiful city of Montpellier in the South of France. They were fully immersed in everything French and undertook French language course throughout the trip. The courses were tailored lessons that provided by specialised French teachers.  The students stayed


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London as our classroom – an all-Bach concert

  There is always something to see or do in London and in early March our Diploma Music students had another opportunity to use London as their classroom and go to St John’s Smith Square for an all-Bach concert. Featuring two masses, a sinfonia (overture), we were especially happy to hear a live performance of Brandenberg Concerto No.2, which is a set work. This performance was given on


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Theatre trip to Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

During the first term students in Grade 8 English studied Mark Haddon’s novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. Luckily for teachers and students the novel has been adapted into a play and was being shown as London’s very own Gielgud Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue. The students travelled there on Thursday, January 28th for the matinee performance – which turned out


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