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    IB Diploma Programme Results

    18th July 2018

    We are delighted to share a summary of the IBDP results for our Class of 2018: 100% IBDP pass rate, including 35% bilingual diplomas. Our highest ever average IBDP score of 37.6 Two students with 45 points (maximum possible) We are extremely proud of our Class of 2018! Their hard work and dedication clearly paid off, with all of them earning the full IB Diploma.

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    The IBPYP Exhibition

    5th June 2018

    The week of May 14th saw the culmination of 8 hard weeks of inquiry, developing, experimenting and reflecting in the Grade 5 IBPYP Exhibition. The Exhibition is a collaborative project in which teams of 3–4 students work together to learn more about a topic which interests them. They choose a broad local and global issue, write central ideas, lines of inquiry, and identify concepts and

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    New Diploma Programme Course Choices

    10th May 2018

    With the expansion of our Westminster campus we have the wonderful opportunity of being able to offer more Diploma Programme course options for Southbank students.  With the addition of our new and very exciting courses in Global Politics, Sports Exercise and Health Science and Design Technology, we're really looking forward to being able to broaden the horizons of our students even further. A full list

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    Commencement of Expansion Building Works

    11th April 2018

    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

    21st March 2018

    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

    30th November 2017

    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

    20th September 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

    6th September 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

    17th August 2017

    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

    16th August 2017

    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

    16th August 2017

    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

    16th August 2017

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

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    Metacognition in learning at Cognita Schools

    12th July 2017

    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

    11th July 2017

    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

    13th June 2017

    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!

    7th June 2017

    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

    5th June 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!

    5th June 2017

    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!

    29th May 2017

    A huge congratulations to our DP graduates! Well done!

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    National United States Academic Decathlon

    4th May 2017

    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

    24th April 2017

    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

    23rd March 2017

    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

    23rd March 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

    15th March 2017

    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

    2nd March 2017

    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

    22nd February 2017

    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

    6th February 2017

    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

    21st January 2017

    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!

    21st November 2016

    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!

    16th November 2016

    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!!!

    7th November 2016

    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

    3rd October 2016

    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

    1st October 2016

    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

    27th September 2016

    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!

    26th September 2016

    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

    19th September 2016

    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

    12th September 2016

    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

    17th June 2016

    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

    17th June 2016

    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

    22nd April 2016

    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

    9th March 2016

      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

    29th January 2016

    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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    A trip to the British Museum

    29th January 2016

    On Thursday 28 January Grade 6 went on foot to the British Museum to view the 'Faith after the Pharaohs' Egypt exhibition. Students appeared to hugely enjoy the variety of artefacts in the display cases, ranging from Jasper gems depicting the God Anubis, to tapestries showing Nilometer readings of the yearly floods. Students also had an opportunity to appreciate the Christian, Jewish and Islamic influences that

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    Update on UK university placements for Autumn 2016

    13th January 2016

    The aim of our Higher Education programme is that each student secures a place on a course that is right for them at an institution where they can thrive. This involves a lot of thinking and research on the part of the student and many conversations with those who know them well. Some of the Higher Education preparation is delivered through sessions for the whole

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    News round-up from the Westminster campus

    7th January 2016

    Heinrich Hesses said “Where words leave off, music begins.” So, to write about all the amazing musical events at Southbank Westminster last term might not please Heinrich, but they're certainly worth celebrating. We had four field trips, taking students to see the BBC Ten Pieces film at the Odean Cinema, a group of vocal students went to a performance Showstoppers! The Improvised Musical at the

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    Royal Festival Hall visit

    5th November 2015

    The works of Shakespeare have provided inspiration not only for writers and dramatists but also musicians: this was the theme of a concert at Royal Festival Hall attended by G9-10 music students in early November. With a focus on the interpretation of Romeo and Juliet by composers such as Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Bernstein, we explored how music can represent and construct ideas such as love, conflict

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    Show-stopping night at the theatre!

    3rd November 2015

    How is it possible to improvise a whole musical? That was a question asked by a group of students who went to see Showstoppers! one of the West End's most innovative shows. Each night, the cast ask for ideas from the audience and build these into a nightly unique musical. The show we saw ended up being set in the mailroom at BI6, with improvised

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    'Ten Pieces' - enjoying some of the wonders that music has to offer.

    12th October 2015

    Grade 8 recently travelled to Camden to see Ten Pieces, a limited film release produced by the BBC. Ten Pieces explores the world of live orchestral music, in styles ranging from opera to classical concerto, and using new advances in integrating live and digital music. The film featured the wonderful BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and some very talented soloists. The fifty students were excited to hear

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    Southbank students' university offers around the globe

    2nd September 2015

    UK and Rest of World University News Many congratulations to our Southbank International Class of 2015 for their excellent  IB Diploma results.  In 2015,  the average score of our IB Diploma candidates was 36 points making us, yet again, one of  the highest achieving IB schools’ in the UK.  Our students performed around 7 points above the world average. The highest achieving student scored a

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    IB Diploma Results 2015

    7th July 2015

    The school congratulates the Class of 2015 for their outstanding IB Diploma results which will have secured the vast majority of them places at top universities in the UK (including Cambridge and Oxford), North America (such as Harvard) and around the world. We are extremely proud of these results which, with an overall average of 35.6 points (compared with an international one of 29). They

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    A summary of achievements at Southbank in the academic year 2014 - 2015

    18th June 2015

    At the Annual General Meeting on 4 June 2015, attended by over two hundred parents and staff, the Executive Principal and each of the three campus Principals, delivered a presentation on, respectively, whole-school achievements and those on each campus over the course of this academic year. Here is a summary of just some of those successes, all of which together reflect the enormous progress the

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    Kensington and Hampstead PYP Exhibitions

    18th June 2015

    Inspiring inquiries into important issues, detailed research and confident presentations were the hallmark of this year’s Grade 5 PYP Exhibition. The big ideas explored included: Emotional well-being Foxes Diabetes 2 Rising populations and Green Spaces in London Bacteria iPads in Education Community services & well-being of the elderly Plastic pollution Children planned their own inquiries, tested their group-working skills to the limit and learned to

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    The PYP Annual Summer Music Concert

    17th June 2015

    Over 400 Southbank primary children played our Annual Summer Music Concert at the impressive Central Hall Westminster. Together with students from the secondary school, children entertained with a programme which ranged from Mozart to Star Wars, via Lennon and McCartney and Bach. The premiere of guitar, flute and trumpet ensembles added to the now-traditional Suzuki violins, violas and cellos. What an amazing example of the

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    Westminster campus performs the musical Grease

    17th June 2015

    Southbank’s Westminster campus was proud to present the hit 1971 musical Grease, recently held at the Bhavan Centre for three wonderful shows. Our first full scale musical in recent years featured a cast of 33 students, from Grade 6 right through to our recent graduates in Grade 12. Students also took ownership of the ‘behind the scenes’ parts of the production, managing the stage crew,

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    USAD International Directors present university scholarships

    16th June 2015

    United States Academic Decathlon (USAD) is an extracurricular club for Grade 9 to 11 that allows students to compete at an international level for academic medals and scholarships. Dr Habib Khan and Naveed Khan, USAD International Directors, visited Southbank International School in to meet the student medal winners and to distribute four monetary university scholarships won at the National event in Los Angeles earlier this

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    Grade 12 graduates’ rite of passage: the Graduation ceremony and Prom

    4th June 2015

    Graduation is always one of those days in the school calendar to look forward to, and then warmly to remember. No more so than this year when we celebrated the graduation of the largest ever Grade 12 cohort at Southbank. 61 students, their relatives, staff and other guests, all gathered in the magnificent Assembly Hall in Church House, Westminster, to hear an address by the

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    William Vahey Case

    29th May 2015

      Background Information William Vahey taught at Portland Place campus from September 2009 to June 2013. Having left the School in 2013 to teach in Central America, Vahey was subsequently discovered in possession of a number of abusive images of students from Southbank Westminster campus and other schools, images which it would appear he obtained having drugged students on school trips that he ran. Vahey

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    G10 embark on a unique trip to the Coca Cola factory

    27th May 2015

    Throughout April, Grade 10 students embarked on three separate trips to the Coca Cola factory in Edmonton. The trips presented unique opportunities to see inside a world-leading manufacturer and discover the high level of science that drives their production. After their introduction, the students received a workshop showcasing the science in manufacturing and a comprehensive factory tour. From carbonating to bottling, science was shown to

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    Grade 10 visit Krakow and Auschwitz

    26th May 2015

    This month our Grade 10 students visited the largest death camp from the Second World War, Auschwitz, and the historic city of Krakow. The aim of the trip was to support the work students had completed on Holocaust literature. It provided time for students to reflect on the reason for ‘man’s inhumanity to man’ during the darkest years of modern European history. The group visited the

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    Grade 10 students are fortunate to meet Holocaust survivor

    20th May 2015

    Last month, a survivor of the Holocaust visited the Westminster campus to speak to our grade 10 students to share their story and experiences.  The students were very fortunate to meet Zahava Kohn and her daughter Hephzibah Rudofsky, and hear their harrowing story about their life in Bergen-Belsen. This was a unique opportunity for the students to hear a first-hand account of the hope and

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    Grade 10, 11 & 12 students win ten medals at USAD Finals

    15th May 2015

    Last month our Grade 10, 11 and 12 students attended the United States Academics Decathlon Finals in California. The event was a huge success with the students winning a total of ten medals ranging from an inspiring five gold medals for mathematics, essay and interview, an impressive silver medal for art and four bronze medals in mathematics, interview, economics and public speaking.  In addition to

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    Around the World at Hampstead

    8th May 2015

    Hampstead campus recently hosted a “Read Around the World” event, which gave parents and staff the opportunity to share stories in their home language. Thank you to the parents who volunteered to take a session and share their love of their home culture and provide a glimpse into 13 of our 70 languages here at Southbank International School.

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    G11 & G12 win 'Rookie of the Year' award at FTC in Netherlands

    30th April 2015

    Our Grade 11 and Grade 12 students amazingly won the ‘Rookie of the Year’ award at this year’s First Tech challenge competition in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Our school is one of the only two British schools in the UK to compete at First Tech Challenge level at the US-based competition.  The students used their brilliant skills and minds to design, build and programme a working

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    Drama teacher Mr Snorri long-listed for 'Legend' award

    30th April 2015

    Our drama teacher Mr Snorri from the Westminster campus has been long- listed along with an all-star list of global best sellers for the significant David Gemmell ‘Legend’ Award. The Legend Award is given for the ‘Best Fantasy Novel of the Year’, and Mr Snorri is nominated for his book ‘Blood Will Follow’,  which is the second book from his historical fiction series ‘The Valhalla

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    Benefits of a good PE programme

    30th April 2015

    Sue Laidlaw, Senior Partner of Laidlaw Education, Laidlaw Hall and Laidlaw School Search, shares her views on the benefits of varied and good quality school PE programmes, and how sport is important for children's overall development. After ten years teaching experience in both the State and independent school sectors, Sue set up her own Education Consultancy, Laidlaw Education, two decades ago. Laidlaw School Search assists

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    The IB: nailing some media myths

    30th April 2015

    Many articles about the IB published in the mainstream press annoy me. They are often full of factual errors, focus almost exclusively on the IB Diploma (and usually refer to this programme as ‘the IB’ as if the other two ‘academic’ programmes do not exist) and make glib comparisons between the IB and ‘equivalent’ qualifications, usually – in the UK at least – A Levels.

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    G3 - G5 students learn about sustainability at Kensington

    28th April 2015

      Last week our Grade 3 to 5 students attended a number of  educational sessions at the Kensington campus that were designed to help students learn more about issues that are currently affecting the Earth.  One of the sessions observed by students demonstrated how they can produce natural organic foods, while another was related to sustainability in today’s culture held in the IT room. Students

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    G8 & G9 students visit the costal city of Cartagena

    23rd April 2015

    A group of twelve Grade 8 and 9 students recently travelled to the beautiful coastal city of Cartagena, located by the Mediterranean in the region of Murcia. For the duration of the trip students stayed with host families and received Spanish lessons each morning. The students also took part in a number of fun activities in the afternoons visiting a submarine, Roman theatre and also

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    Students create fascinating book sculptures from unwanted books

    21st April 2015

    Our grade 5 students from the Hampstead campus have been busy last week, cleverly coming up with the idea to create some fascinating book sculptures from unwanted books. They needed steady hands, intense concentration, a great deal of patience and the use of their vivid imaginations to create the eye-catching three dimensional sculputures. The students were most impressed with the end result of their hard

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    Sport and PE: at the core of our educational provision

    20th April 2015

    Despite my own experience at school, where my participation in Physical Exercise (PE) and sport was handicapped by late physical development and lack of personal confidence, I now have a passion for sport; and my following of one sport in particular comes below only my professional and family commitments. But my interest in sport goes beyond the personal, and is rooted in my conviction that

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    Southbank students accepted into top North American universities

    17th April 2015

    Southbank students shone yet again in their North American university offers in 2015. Our first student in recent years was accepted to Harvard, and Georgetown University gave its first offers to not one but two Southbank students.  Two more students will be attending the highly prestigious Dual Degree Program with Sciences Po and Columbia, spending two years in France and two in New York City.

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    Edible Courtyard at Southbank Hampstead

    16th April 2015

    Our new "Edible Courtyard” at Southbank Hampstead is proving to be very popular – not only does it provide an attraction for nature, but also a perfect opportunity for some outdoor observational drawing for our students. Last term, for example, our Grade 2 students successfully nurtured caterpillars into pupae, and this week the butterflies have emerged and been released. Moreover, spring blossoms that appeared on

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    Guest Blog: FOCUS

    9th April 2015

    This week, we warmly welcome a blog contribution from, Eva Stock, Director of Sponsor Relations, FOCUS. Based in central London, FOCUS is a community of expats for expats and runs as a non-profit organisation, and has supported expatriates for over 30 years. Their multinational staff have first-hand experience of living abroad and tailor all information to the specific needs of each member. The Importance of Community Is being

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    Students trip to CERN in Geneva

    1st April 2015

    A group of grade 10 and 11 students visited the world’s largest Science experiment in CERN Geneva. After a two year hiatus following the discovery of the Higgs Boson, the famous Large Hadron Collider was in the process of rebooting - this time at double the previous energy levels in the hunt for Super Symmetry and evidence of Dark Matter.The group of students were given

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    Southbank beats Marymount in varsity football 3:1

    27th March 2015

        Southbank are still celebrating after beating the very strong Marymount team in the first fixture of the varsity football competition at Wimbledon. It was a much anticipated match, and Southbank Sharks did a great job, especially considering that the team went into the game without a trained goal keeper. Each half was 20 minutes each way, the first half saw both teams make

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    Southbank Hampstead Action for Red Nose Day

    25th March 2015

    Every two years Red Nose Day is celebrated and money is raised to help support children and adults both here in the UK and abroad in Africa. The Student Council decided that at Hampstead we should take action to support this worthy cause. Posters were created and displayed round the school to make the other students aware of what was planned and each council representative

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    Grade 11 students visit UCAS Convention

    25th March 2015

    Last week, our Grade 11 students visited the UCAS Convention in Alexandra Palace, where many distinguished universities were represented and offered students an opportunity to ask them direct questions about their culture, philosophy, and admissions criteria. On the day, the students attended a number of educational seminars and asked valuable questions when visiting different exhibitions stands. Each university exhibitor provided students with a wide range of information, offering our

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    Grade 11 students attend Leeuvenhoek Lecture

    24th March 2015

    Our Grade 11th students attended the prestigious triennial Leeuvenhoek Lecture last week. This event is centred on the Leeuvenhoek Prize, which is awarded in memory of Antoni Van Leeuvehoek, the first ever person to see bacteria under a microscope. Students listened to a fascinating talk given by the recipient of the award, Prof Jeff Errington, Dean of the School of Cell and Molecular Biosciences. Students attending the

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    PYP trip to a local retirement home

    24th March 2015

    A group of students from Southbank Kensington went to visit a local retirement home to spend a few hours with the residents last week.  The group was comprised of students from two after school clubs – Volunteering Club (Grades 1-4) and We Act (Grade 5), both of which are our extracurricular clubs which facilitate students to take action both locally and globally. Southbank's extracurricular programme

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    Grade 11 students visit King's College

    19th March 2015

    A few days ago,  our Grade 11 students took part in a personalised taster day at King’s College London. They were given a talk by academic staff on admissions to competitive universities followed by a tour of the university by current students. During the tour they visited a number of areas of the university including the fascinating  Gordon Museum of Pathology which is the largest medical museum

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    Small is Beautiful

    18th March 2015

    ‘Eye contact is everything’ my mentor said to me as I surveyed the rows of primary school children sitting in front of me. The trouble was I needed numerous pairs of eyes, some in the back of my head.   I was 23, and it was my very first day of teaching practice. Coming from the sheltered environment of Durham University I was given a

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    Grade 11 trip to Tanzania

    17th March 2015

    Our Grade 11 class has recently returned from their trip to Tanzania, and one of the students, Camila, shares her experience of the trip: "The first step into the wall of warm Tanzanian air instantly made the 15 hours of aerial travel worth every minute. Covered in the grimy feeling you can only get from spending way too long on an airplane, 38 people made their way

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    Southbank Hampstead hosts an inspiring World Book Week

    17th March 2015

    From 02 to 09 March, Southbank International School, Hampstead was even more alive than usual with the spirit of the written word. Our World Book Week started with a visit from writer/comedian Dave Smith, who spoke to students across 4 grades about his career writing to entertain and Dave was followed on the Tuesday by children’s author Helen Moss, who ran inspiring workshops with Grades

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    Grade 11 students visit Oxford University

    16th March 2015

    On Friday 13th March a group of Grade 11 students visited Oxford University for a fun and informative day during which they took part in an interview skills workshop as well as eating in one of the oldest halls in the university. They were given personal tours of both Magdalen and Brasenose colleges, where they got to meet and talk to current staff and students.

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    Grades 7 and 8 students attend a regional Team Maths Challenge

    16th March 2015

    On Wednesday 11th March, four students, two each from Grades 7 and 8, were invited to represent Southbank International School at a regional heat of the Team Maths Challenge.  27 other schools joined them in the hall of Pimlico Academy for a day of activities including a mathematical relay, a cross-number and the (infamous) shuttle. After many hours of preparation and with a plastic dolphin with

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    Studying and Living in Central London: Moving Made Easy

    3rd March 2015

    This week, we warmly welcome a blog contribution from, Wendy Pérez, Department Head of Residential Corporate Services (RCS) at Knight Frank. Based at their global headquarters in Baker Street, the Residential Corporate Services team offers a complimentary, accompanied rental search and oversee international executives relocating into and within London and the Home Counties. Studying in the heart of London offers invaluable opportunities to students, especially

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    2015 Recipient Announcement: The Milton Toubkin IB Diploma Programme Scholarship

    26th February 2015

    Southbank International School was established in 1979 with Milton E Toubkin as its founding Headmaster. In 1997 Southbank International became the first school in the UK to offer all three IB programmes. The school continually aims to develop students who are internationally minded, independent and enthusiastic about life and learning. To honour Milton’s legacy and vision, each year the school proudly offers a scholarship to

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    Southbank Students earn tickets to We Day in Wembley Arena

    23rd February 2015

    On Thursday, March 5th, nine Grade 5 students will be attending We Day at Wembley Arena. The We Day movement was born from the belief that young people can create change. We Day empowers a generation of young global citizens through an inspirational event and a year-long educational initiative called We Act. Through the initiative, students take local and global action, committing their time to

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    Grade 11 Trip to Tanzania

    18th February 2015

    Following last year’s successful trip to and fund raising for Tanzania, on Thursday 12 February a group of 50 Grade 11 students and staff left London for Dar es Salaam to help in a small primary school there. By all accounts everyone is enjoying a marvellous trip. The students have been very busy, honing their DIY skills, and refurbishing and painting various classrooms, including adding

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    Spanish Day at Southbank

    13th February 2015

    The school recently put together an extremely impressive roster of events to celebrate all things Spanish at the Kensington Campus. The doors of every classroom were decorated with photographs, maps and adornments related to a Spanish-speaking country. Students were also encouraged to come to school dressed with the colours of the flag of their assigned country, which resulted in great fun playing dress up! Countries

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    Executive Principal's Response: Guest Blog

    5th February 2015

    I was delighted to read Richard’s blog which encapsulates the value of extracurricular activities in a student's education. The evidence suggests that time spent on such activities enhances rather than distracts from academic performance. Even the word ’extracurricular’ may be a misnomer, as it implies such activities are ‘outside’ the main orbit of a child’s education. We would argue that they are an integral as

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    Guest Blog: The Education Consultancy

    3rd February 2015

    This week, we warmly welcome a blog contribution from our valued partner, Richard Northey. Richard, the Managing Director of The Education Consultancy, is one of the UK's leading education consultants. Through the extensive experience in placing children into both nurseries and schools The Education Consultancy offers a premium tailored service to settled families with requirements within the UK or looking to move to the UK. The

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    Combining Business with Pleasure

    2nd February 2015

    In my line of work it’s not that often you manage to combine business with pleasure. But the opportunity came on Thursday 29 January when we were delighted to host 65 guests from a range of institutions on which the school partly depends for its custom and success: relocation agents, estate agents, embassies and recruitment agencies, among others. A champagne lunch was followed by a

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    Our First US University Offers

    22nd January 2015

    Southbank has yet again had some fantastic results for the Early Decision/Early Action candidates who applied to university in the US in 2014. For the first time, two students were admitted to Georgetown University, and two were admitted to Tulane University, the latter two with generous merit-based scholarships. In addition, one student was admitted to the University of Chicago, one to NYU, one to the

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    UK University Offers

    19th January 2015

    We have had some excellent Oxbridge news this month as two students have secured offers from Oxford. One student has a place to read History and English while the second has an offer for Philosophy and Linguistics. These students are to be particularly congratulated as joint honours courses are notoriously difficult to get into.  We have also had a successful Cambridge application round as one

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    Reconciling ‘Independent Learning’ With Our Safeguarding Responsibilities

    18th December 2014

    One of the reasons we, as educators, are so enthusiastic about the IB is because it encourages independent, as well as lifelong, learning. ‘Independent learning’ is one of those phrases that has recently entered the fashionable educational lexicon, along with – for example – ‘child-centred’ and ‘personalised’ learning. Yet it is sufficiently difficult to define that it allows some schools to promote its virtues while

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    The IB Diploma: A ticket to a top university?

    3rd October 2014

    For those of us who have been teaching and administering the IB Diploma Programme for many years, the dramatic growth in the programme’s popularity worldwide comes as no surprise. It is now taught in over one thousand schools world-wide, and the total is growing at a rate of between 12% and 15% a year. The reason appears to be the gradual realisation by students, parents

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    How tough a profession is teaching today?

    28th August 2014

    This summer I attended a symposium, sponsored by a leading national newspaper, on the theme of the conditions under which teachers work, and – more specifically – the extreme pressures to which they are now subject. To contribute to the discussion I drew on my experience and contrasted current working conditions with those that existed at the start of my teaching career thirty years ago. It

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    A day at the National Portrait Gallery

    4th August 2014

    On Wednesday 21 May a group of Grade 4 students from our Kensington Campus spent the day at the National Portrait Gallery in central London.  There the group enjoyed some of the fabulous artworks on display and took part in a songwriting workshop with professional jazz pianist and composer Pete Letanka. Pete has lead educational projects for the Royal Opera House, London Philharmonic Orchestra and

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    IT in the classroom: servant or master?

    8th July 2014

    In my first year of teaching I received permission from my head of department to buy a projector and microfilm which one wound, manually, through a spool to project still images, in my case of historical events. I recall my colleagues, for some of whom coloured chalk was a revolutionary classroom aid, being intrigued by this new piece of technology. Indeed, I remember my head

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    IB Diploma Results 2014

    7th July 2014

    Many congratulations to the class of 2014 for their excellent IB results. The school is delighted that the students performed so well, collectively securing the second-best set of results in the school's history. The students’ success is chiefly a tribute to their intelligence, hard work and resilience over the last two years, as well as the dedication and professionalism of their teachers, and support from

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    Results of the Southbank International School Parents' Questionnaire

    23rd June 2014

    As part of the school's commitment to consult parents regularly, in May 2014 all current Southbank parents were asked to complete a questionnaire covering a wide range of specific aspects of the school. We were delighted that 80% of the responses expressed either 'strong agreement’ or 'agreement' with the statements parents were given. Whilst school management recognises that there is always room for improvement in

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    Grade 10 Trip to Poland

    2nd June 2014

    As a part of their study of Holocaust literature, Grade 10 students visited Schindler's Factory and the Auschwitz and Birkenau camps in Poland.  Students examined the atrocities of the past whilst at the same time considering present political and social events occurring throughout the world. Although it was an emotional and difficult journey into the past, students were also able to uncover accounts of hope,

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    MYP Evaluation report

    30th May 2014

    The MYP evaluation report has just been published, and we are delighted to say that the school passed all aspects of the evaluation, with no serious concerns in any of the sixty standards. The report makes several commendations and a number of recommendations. Key commendations include praise for building a ‘stimulating learning environment’ within the school, for the promotion of the Personal Project, and for

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    North American University Offers 2014

    16th May 2014

    This year was an exceptional one for Southbank students who applied to the US and Canada, with all students being offered at least one offer and many receiving multiple offers to very selective colleges.  This year, a number of students were accepted to some of America’s most competitive colleges, including two to Columbia, two to Penn, two to Northwestern, three to Johns Hopkins, three to

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    Students take a walk on the wild side at London Zoo

    16th May 2014

    Why do camels have long eyelashes? Why does a sloth turn green?On Thursday 15 May a group of Grade 2 students from Hampstead took part in a very interesting ‘World Habitats’ workshop at London Zoo.  During this exciting session students looked at the different kinds of habitat animals can live in including rainforests, deserts, oceans and discovered who lives there.They learnt a lot about the

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    Exciting adventures in Essex

    12th May 2014

    A group of grade 4 students from Hampstead and Kensington recently spent three exciting days at Gilwell Park, an activity centre on the edge of Epping Forest in Essex.The  students and staff took part in a busy programme of team-building activities including raft building, rope climbing and hiking.  In the evenings the group gathered around a campfire to reflect on their day and share stories.Based

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    Super samosa sale

    6th May 2014

    On Thursday 1 May Grade 3 student Ozair held a very successful samosa and puff sale at Southbank’s Hampsted Campus. With the help of the volunteering club Ozair and his mother set up a stall in the student lobby selling their tasty, homemade products.  Pre-orders had been taken and these were delivered to each classroom while hungry customers lined the halls to buy their spicy

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    Internationalism at Southbank

    22nd April 2014

    Cut Southbank in half and you will find at its centre the word ‘international’. For good reason, the opening sentence of the school’s mission statement reads that it is “committed to developing students who are internationally minded”. Such commitment has not been a recent cosmetic addition to the school’s image. Since its foundation, long before internationalism became a fashionable marketing tool in other schools, Southbank’s identity

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    Geographical explorations in Morocco

    17th March 2014

    This year Southbank Geographers undertook their first expedition to Morocco. Their primary task was to investigate the downstream changes exhibited by the River Rehraya as it flows from the flanks of Mount Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa. Armed with ranging poles, clinometers and other measuring devices students braved the icy melt water for two days to gather essential data for their Diploma fieldwork

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    Fantastic fundraising milestone

    13th March 2014

    Since September our students have raised over £10,000 for a variety of worthy causes in London and beyond.They have attended school dressed in yellow for a day, been busking, sold pre-loved books, arranged bake sales and a sale for healthy chocolate (coconut) milk. Most recently they have taken part in a sponsored obstacle course race all in the name of charity.In the run up to Christmas we

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    We had a royally good day!

    12th March 2014

    Twelve thousand young people - including nine students from Southbank – recently attended the very first ‘We Day UK’ at Wembley Arena. The line-up of world-renowned speakers included Richard Branson, former American Vice President Al Gore, actor Clive Owen, Prince Harry and international education activist Malala Yousafzai. An icon for girls and young people alike, Malala spoke of the importance of access to education for

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    ISSA Girls Varsity Champions 2014

    10th March 2014

    Congratulations to the Southbank International School Girls Varsity Basketball Team who won the ISSA Championship final against Lycée Francais 38-24. This is the third year the team has been undefeated in the tournament which is a magnificent achievement. Well done to all concerned!

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    Teachers or ‘facilitators’?

    4th March 2014

    We teachers are quite used to having our professional status challenged; and on occasion, quite justifiably. But in the last ten years or so, there has developed a more insidious threat to it – that has come from within the teaching profession itself. It is the suggestion that our role as ‘teachers’ should be replaced by that of ‘facilitators’. I understand that the role of

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    UK University Offers (March 2014)

    4th March 2014

    Congratulations to our Grade 12 students. Offers for places at UK universities are coming in thick and fast and many students have received at least four of their five offers.  Offers from the Scottish universities, Edinburgh and St Andrews are still awaited in some cases but to date there have been almost 150 offers to Grade 12 students.  These include, Medicine at Cambridge, Engineering in its

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    ISMTF Mathematics Competition

    3rd March 2014

    Three students, Katerina, Agostino and Cansu, picked from the Mathematics Enrichment club, travelled to the International School of Luxembourg to compete in the ISMTF Middle School Mathematics Competition against 60 other teams from schools across Europe and beyond. On Friday morning we met at St Pancras to catch the Eurostar through France to Brussels where we stopped for a quick lunch before travelling on to

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    The last dispatch - home from Tanzania

    23rd February 2014

    This is the last update from our Tanzania travellers who are now back at school after an excellent trip: 'By the time we left Wangama School we had laid all the pipes and the water was already flowing nearly all the way to the school. It was hard to say goodbye to all out new friends but we left with some wonderful memories and having

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    An update from Tanzania

    18th February 2014

    Since arriving in Tanzania our group of intrepid travellers have passed through Mikumi National Park spotting giraffes, zebra, warthogs and elephants along the way. They have also enjoyed a half-day trek, camped in a forest and spent time at theRiver Valley campsite just outside Iringa. For the last few days students and staff have been working hard at Wangama School and have now laid all

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    Tanzania Tales - the first dispatch

    14th February 2014

    A group of our students has travelled to Tanzania during half-term. Here is a snap-shot of their first impressions: "A wonderful day in Bagamoyo. Settled in to our comfy bungalows and sat down to a delicious lunch. Bagamoyo was an old trade hub and a regular port of call for the likes of Livingstone, Stanley and Burton. We took a walk along the main drag

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    Middle School Basketball Tournament in Scotland

    5th February 2014

    On Thursday January 30th, at 11am, a 23-strong delegation of middle school basketball Sharks – 10 boys, 10 girls and 3 Shark-taming coaches – boarded a bus and ventured north to dark, cold and rainy Aberdeen to engage with a selection of the international community's finest talents. Full of customary high spirits and Soutbank confidence, the Sharks arrived at Heathrow, where all the students passed through

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    The world's your oyster

    21st January 2014

    Mark Keeble from School Report magazine, recently spoke with Graham Lacey, our Executive Principal, about the benefits of an IB education. The full article is available as a download.

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    University offer update for 2014 entry

    21st January 2014

    UK University offers January 2014 Forty students have applied for places at UK universities this year. A majority of these are our present Grade 12 students but as always, a few students from previous years return to seek help with applications. To date we have: Over 80 offers – growing on a daily basis Offers from 35 different universities Offers from Cambridge for medicine, from UCL

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    London as our classroom

    16th January 2014

    Southbank students are fortunate to be located in the centre of one of the great cities of the world. This article by Graham Lacey, Executive Principal, in the latest Focus magazine, talks about how teachers can find it hard to resist the lure of opportunities that London offers to broaden and enhance their students' education.

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    Charity initiative at Southbank

    19th December 2013

    Southbank has a long history of charity donation and work, including - among other projects - CLIC Sargent, Kids for Kids and Trees for Cities. Southbank is now in the process of developing links with a wonderful student-focussed initiative called Hart House - in The Gambia, West Africa. Hart House charity was founded in 2001 and offers respite care to children with severe disabilities and

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    First term ends on a musical note

    19th December 2013

    Southbank students joined  a choir of over 1000 school children at the Royal Albert Hall for the annual CLIC Sargent Christmas Celebration. The Choir performed alongside a host of professional singers and variety performances, this year including Lucy Spraggan, Jocelyn Brown, Connie Talbot and dance act Urban Strides. It was an incredible evening that our students were honoured to participate in.  Several Southbank students were interviewed for Radio

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    Celebrating books

    9th December 2013

    Literacy and a love of reading are always celebrated at Southbank and the campus libraries have once more this term provided students across the school with wonderful opportunities to celebrate books, reading and stories. During National Children’s Book Week and Poetry Day visiting authors, poets and illustrators spoke on a wide range of topics, including writing screenplays, writing a debut novel, world literature and top illustrators’

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    Executive Principal attends IB Africa, Europe and Middle East Regional Conference 24 - 27 October 2013

    29th October 2013

    Over half term Graham Lacey, Executive Principal, joined over a thousand other school leaders in The Hague for the IB regional conference. Exceptionally well organised, the conference covered pedagogical issues such as the current and future place of IT in the classroom and the role of ethics in education, these plenary sessions being run by world educational luminaries such as Andy Hargreaves and Howard Gardner.

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    Field Trip to the Science Museum

    22nd October 2013

    Grade 8 students had the chance to see Oxford University Professor of Mathematics, Marcus du Sautoy’s new play ‘X &Y’ presented at the London Science Museum. Professor de Sautoy’s play uses mathematics and theatre to navigate the known and unknown through a serious of surreal episodes. The play raises significant philosophical conundrums such as the origin of the universe, does time have an end, do we

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    Westminster students enjoy Discovery Week

    30th September 2013

    Westminster students, Grades 6-11, have recently returned from a range of exciting and fun Discovery Week residential trips, when students and their teachers left London to explore places and interests beyond the classroom and got to know each other better in a beautiful setting.  Students took part in challenging activities under the supervision of specialist instructors.  Debriefing sessions followed each activity and students were encouraged

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    US university preparation success

    27th September 2013

    Following the outstanding success of our 2013 leavers at gaining entry to top universities across the world, we congratulate three current Grade 12 students: Darius, Max and Savannah who have been awarded Letters of Commendation for their performance in the Preliminary SAT as part of the US National Merit School Programme.  They were placed in the top 5% of more than 1.5 million students and have therefore, according to

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    Southbank celebrates European Day of Languages

    26th September 2013

    The school’s corridors and classrooms were alive with languages as Southbank International School celebrated European Day of Languages on Thursday 26 September. Students enjoyed a range of activities to learn more about the wealth of languages represented amongst the 70 nationalities at the school. They and teachers wore a sticker to say "Speak to me in……”, featuring Italian, Polish, Spanish, Hebrew, Portuguese, French, Russian, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish,

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    Southbank welcomes two new Principals

    2nd September 2013

    Southbank is delighted to welcome two new Principals to the school. Chris Greenhalgh joins us as Southbank Westminster Principal and Siobhan McGrath as Southbank Kensington Principal. Chris Greenhalgh has worked in the UK, Italy and Greece and joins us from Sevenoaks School where he was Head of English and Academic Deputy Head. He is a governor of Campion School in Athens. Siobhan McGrath has taught for

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    A new school year begins - with an Ice Cream!

    30th August 2013

    Southbank campuses are once more alive with much excitement as today saw Orientation Day for our new families. Students and their parents starting at the school have the opportunity to see their classrooms, tour the school and meet the class teacher and their classmates in advance of the start of term on Monday.  This year has also seen our inaugural Ice Cream Social, organised by the

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    IB Director General speaks at Southbank

    29th August 2013

    On 28 August we were delighted and privileged to host the Director General of the IB, Jeffrey Beard, who gave an inspiring presentation to the whole staff on the strategic development of the IB in the past, and over the next, few years. Having experienced extraordinary growth over the last decade or so, the organisation has not only put structures in place to accommodate expansion

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    School’s most successful year for university destinations

    26th August 2013

    On the back of the school’s best ever IB diploma results (average score 36.2, at least six points above the international average) members of the 2013 graduating class have secured places at top universities in the UK, North America and elsewhere. Our two university counsellors, Katherine Fox (UK) and Rosalind Stewart (North America) here provide a summary of their outstanding success. North American university destinations

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    Southbank Summer Sports Camp

    19th July 2013

    Southbank ran its inaugural Sports Camp for 83 Hampstead and Kensington students in the first weeks of the school holidays. Held at the school's sports facilities at Charteris Sports Centre and in the glorious sunshine at nearby Grange Park, students further developed skills they had practised throught the year in PE and at After School clubs. In addition to tennis, dance, basketball and football instruction, Sports Camp participants also learned about the life and

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    2013 IB diploma results – a new school record

    8th July 2013

    Southbank is delighted to announce a summary of its IB diploma results for 2013: 100% pass rate Highest score is 43 points, achieved by 3 Southbank students, and reached by as few as 1.5% of diploma candidates worldwide 12 students with 40 points (secured by approximately 6% of diploma candidates worldwide) or above – up from 10 in May 2012 Mean total score 36.2 points –

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