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Course Selection and spring is in the air!

March 22nd, 2019 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Dear Parents,

I hope that you are able to attend Parent Teacher Conferences on March 25th and 26th.  Hopefully you can engage in some constructive conversations about how your daughters and sons can improve their learning based on the feedback you receive.  The discussions can be based upon where they are currently in their learning and asking teachers for support on what steps students can take next to improve.

On March 27th at 8:15 am all students in grades 9-11 must turn in their Course Selection form to the Counseling Office.  This will help us build the schedule for the upcoming year.  Students have been given forms and they need a parent signature to process the form. The Course Guide can be found HERE if you want to look at the courses on offer.

As spring approaches there are many social occasions hosted by school and many put on by students.  When students are hosting their own gatherings I encourage you to know where your daughters and sons are on the weekend and check in with other parents about where your kids are visiting.  Always call to see if there is adult supervision and if there will be alcohol available.  Often time students tell their parents that they are ‘staying at a friends place’ and it turns out that they went out without parent permission.  We hope that you can help our students stay safe on the weekends.

Please contact us if you have any questions.  My email is

Best Regards,

David Munro

High School Principal



Help Engage in Mission Vision Work

February 11th, 2019 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The Office of Learning will host a week of drop in hours for you to give feedback and perspectives on ISB and the future ISB.  The Office of Learning room 2325 will be open to all parents from Monday, Feb. 11th to Friday, Feb. 15th between 8:30am and 10:00am.


This is our last opportunity to gather your perspective and thinking, so please join us on the day that works best for you! There will be prompts in English and Chinese that you can respond to at any time those days to give your perspectives about ISB.


Drop by to add your voice and perspective to this important work.


If you would like more background to this work, please read this letter sent out several weeks ago from Communications.





January 28th, 2019 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Dear All –

Thanks for your support and feedback up to this point on the ISB High School.  We hope that the recent Progress Report for your son or daughter provided valuable feedback on how they are doing and next steps forward.  We are heading into the Chinese New Year holiday next week and I wish you all a great break.

We have a visiting group called Freedom From Chemical Dependency on campus this week. They are doing work with all of our students this week in assemblies or small group meetings. I would encourage you to attend tomorrow’s meeting:

FCD Week to Raise Drug and Alcohol Awareness

As part of our health education and substance use prevention efforts, we have invited specialists from FCD Prevention Works to visit the High School in the week beginning January 28. FCD is a non-profit organization that provides alcohol, nicotine, and other drug education to schools around the world. They will give a presentation to parents on how to engage your teen at home on the subject of drugs and alcohol in the MPR from:  10:00 am to 11:30 am on Tuesday, January 29.

Thanks for your support and never hesitate to write to me with questions, concerns and positive feedback at:

Happy Chinese New Year!

David Munro

High School Principal


Brain Based Learning

January 16th, 2019 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Dear Parents,

I hope you had a restful or adventurous break with your sons and daughters as the first half of the year was full of lot’s of activity at school.  I just wanted to remind you all that we have a great presentation next week on Brain Based Learning from Marie Alcock.  Dr. Alcock is here to work with teachers on interdisciplinary course work and to share her expertise on Brain Based Learning. You can see her bio HERE.

She will be presenting next Wednesday January 23 at 6:30 pm in the MPR.  A description of her presentation can be seen below:

What does the latest brain research tell us about how students learn best? This session explores some of the brain research available and presents the connections to curriculum and instruction. Participants will look at literacy development in the brain, how to teach comprehension directly to the brain, and what is different about brains today, and the impact on curriculum designs.

We hope that you can join us on Wednesday to see the future of learning.

David Munro

High School Principal


Holidays Coming!

December 13th, 2018 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Dear Parents,


I want to thank you for your support of ISB and the High School over the first half of this year.  Many of you have attended High School Parent Coffees, and Counseling Coffees, APAC events, Great Wall Shootout, Back to School Night and more.  Your engagement at ISB and learning with us is what makes ISB a special place and tight-knit community.


I recently shared some updates about the high school in the latest High School Parent Coffee.  I would like to share this again as there is important in formation about caring for our students around drugs and alcohol and recent trends in vaping or e-cigarettes that we would like you to be aware of.  Please review the power point at this LINK. I would also like your feedback on the latest changes to the reporting system for students in grade 9-11.  If you have not taken this SURVEY please do so that we can collect your feedback. I will look at the feedback in the first week back to school in January.

We hope that you have a good holiday over these next three weeks. It is important for students to rest and relax and enjoy time with family.  Enjoy the holiday and we look forward to seeing you when we get back!


If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me at:


Best Regards,

David Munro

High School Principal


Upcoming High School Principial’s Coffee

February 4th, 2018 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Dear All –

I hope you have been enjoying the second semester of school with your sons and daughters. Take the time to review their report card with them and go over ways that they can take steps to improve this semester.  They have been working incredibly hard at their classes, sports, theater projects and service clubs.  The other day I was in the Fitness Center and I watched a group of students playing a game of basketball purely for fun in the dome. No referees, coaches, or parents on the sidelines.  It was refreshing to see that sometimes our students engage in good old fashioned fun!

We have an upcoming Principal’s Coffee this Thursday February 8th from 8:30 am – 10:00 am in the Multi-Purpose Room.  We will be sharing news about our Grade 9 Science program, a new internship program hosted by ISB, some new courses for your sons and daughters next year, and news on our next steps in Standards Based Reporting for next school year. As always, we will have a group of ISB musicians playing for you.

I ask that you check in with your sons and daughters about how much sleep they are getting. We recommend 8-9 hours a night for growing teenagers. Please help them by encouraging some exercise, having healthy food options for them and try to have a meal together at least once a week to check in with how they are doing. This is a tough time in the school year for students so maintaining a healthy lifestyle is one way to ensure balance and good health.  Check out this article on helping teens cope with stress by clicking HERE.

Thanks for helping your sons and daughters lead a happy and healthy life. I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming Principal’s Coffee.

David Munro

High School Principal


High School Principal’s Coffee

November 21st, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Dear Parents,

School is in full swing and students are focussed on growing and improving as the semester progresses.  Hopefully you have seen assessment feedback on PowerSchool that shows how Grade 9 and 10 students are being assessed on standards for their courses.  Ask your son’s and daughter’s to share some of the feedback they have received on the rubrics for their assignments.  All of these are part of our Standards Based Grading and Reporting change in the High School.

Our counselors have been busy working with students on a wide range of processes this semester. Grade 12 students are finalizing college and university application plans.  Grade 9 students have been working on Mindfulness and counselors are helping to enrich our mentoring program. We are offering a wide range of topics through mentoring that help support students find life/school balance and equip them for decision making in the upcoming years.

This Thursday November 23rd we will be hosting a Principal’s Coffee at 8:30 am to 10:00 am in the Multi-Purpose Room.  The topics covered will be: Child Protection at ISB, IB Updates, counseling work with students, and Standards Based Grading and Reporting updates. We have done a lot of work this month collecting feedback on our new reporting system for next school year and we want to share that with you.  If you are unable to make it to the coffee we will record the presentation for you to see online.

Thanks for all your active support of the high school and your students so far this semester. It is always reassuring to meet so many parents engaging in learning about our school.  We can’t educate your children without your support and engagement.

We hope to see you on Thursday!


David Munro

High School Principal


Important Dates

September 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Dear All:

Thanks to all of you who attended the Back to School Night on September 7th.  It was a great night and many of you shared your experience with me as informative and that it helped set up our learning for the year.  Our collaboration between student, home, and school is important to student learning because it helps us share a vision of how to best support your sons and daughters.

Please come on Monday September 25 from 8:30 am – 10:00 am to our HIgh School Principal’s Coffee in the Multi-Purpose Room.  You will hear about changes in the High School this year, celebrate our IB and college and university successes, and hear some special musical guests. We will share our rationale to move to standards based grading and reporting.  If you get a chance to read before you come please check out this article that helps parents understand the reasons for the change and what it looks like. Click HERE to read the article.

Our community helped to contribute to the Climate Survey in the spring. The results will be shared with the whole ISB community on Thursday September 28 from 8:30 am – 10:00 am in the Theater.

We look forward to seeing you this week!

David Munro

High School Principal


Welcome Back

September 1st, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

High School Back to School Night 

Thursday September 7, 2017 

6:30 to 8:45pm 

Dear Parents, 

The year has started with great energy.  Everyone is excited about our recent graduates’ success in their IB and AP finals and in the excellent range and choice of colleges and universities that they are heading off to attend this fall.  Check out the recent article on the ISB Homepage that shares some of these results by clicking HERE.

We have started the year on a positive note with a challenge to all high school students with the Happiness Challenge. We have asked students to find ways to find ways to enjoy their high school experience, embrace challenges around them as opportunities for growth, and focus on fewer activities in order to have a richer high school experience. I will share the research around this in our first High School Principal’s Coffee on Monday September 25th from 8:30 am – 10:00 am.

We are hosting  two outside groups next week that will have parent presentations. FCD (Freedom From Chemical Dependency) will hold a parent session on Tuesday September 5th from 10:00 am – 11:30 am in the Upper Gallery. They will help us understand how to best support our students to make good choices when it comes to drugs and alcohol.  On Friday September 8th from 8:30 am – 9:30 am we have two consultants who want to share with you current research on Mindfulness and how we can help our students reduce anxiety and improve learning.


You are warmly invited to attend our “Back to School” evening to be held on Thursday September 7th. This event is your chance to follow in your child’s footsteps at the High School by briefly attending classes and meeting teachers. “Back to School” night starts at 6:30pm and continues until 8:45 pm with 10 minutes for each class.  

The evening will begin in the Theater at 6:30pm with words of welcome from the Head of School, Patrick Hurworth and myself. 

All parents will be provided with a copy of their child (ren)’s schedule in the Lower Gallery outside the Theatre, before the opening remarks in the theatre. We would like to request your arrival at 6:15pm to begin collecting your child’s schedule in the Lower Gallery outside the Theatre prior to the start of the event. 


We look forward to seeing you on Thursday September 7th. 


Best regards, 


David Munro 


Back to School Night Schedule 

When:                                                  Where & What: 

6:15 – 6:25 p.m.  Pick up of schedules  
6:30 – 6:45 p.m.  Theatre 
6:45 – 6:50 p.m.  Passing Time 
6:50 – 7:00 p.m.  Block A Classes 
7:05 – 7:15 p.m.  Block B Classes 
7:20 – 7:30 p.m.  Block C Classes 
7:35 – 7:45 p.m.  Block D Classes 
7:50 – 8:00 p.m.  Block E Classes 
8:05 – 8:15 p.m.  Block F Classes 
8:20 – 8:30 p.m.  Block G Classes 
8:35 – 8:45 p.m.  Block H Classes 




Time to Celebrate – HS Principal Coffee This Week

April 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

As the year approaches the end there is much to celebrate. We have students getting into some excellent colleges and universities. I will share an updated list at the Principal Coffee on Thursday. Grade 12 students have finished with classes and will have the annual Senior Parade on Monday April 24 from 11:00 am – 11:45 am. Please come cheer on this year’s graduating class on their tour of our school.

As the year nears the end please make sure to check in with your son or daughter on how they are dealing with stress and pressure. There will be more summative assessments as well as final exams the end of May so please make sure your son or daughter is getting enough sleep (8-9 hours a night is recommended), exercise, and healthy food.

Our last HS Principal’s Coffee will be held Thursday April 27th from 8:30 am – 10:00 am. We will be talking about college and university acceptances, looking back at our year in the High School with some student presentations and performances, and looking forward to next year.

We are trying to get as many parents as possible to do the Climate Survey. If you have not completed it please click here and give us your feedback.

Thanks for all of your support! Please send me any questions you might have about the High School at

Hope to see you soon.

David Munro

High School Principal


Upcoming Events


24th Senior Parade from 11:00 am – 11:45 am

25th – 27th Map Testing for Grade 9

27th High School Principal’s Coffee from 8:30 am – 10:00 am

28th First Day of Grade 12 IB Exams


1st School Holiday

9th High School Concert from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

22nd – 26th Grade 12 ELO Week

27th High School Graduation at 3:30 pm

30th School Holiday