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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


New Semester Underway

February 9th, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

As the first semester has come and gone we have seen our students learn and grow.  We have issued our first Semester Report Cards with Student as a Learner feedback that will hopefully give students and parents richer and targeted information on how to improve in the upcoming semester.   Please look at those reports carefully and ask your teachers if you need help on finding ways to move your son or daughter’s learning forward. We have had a successful Season 2 with a wide range of sports and activities represented in the region.  The final season is upon us and there is a lot of opportunities for students to get involved at our school.


We continue to celebrate students who exemplify our core values in our monthly High School assembly. Our recent winners for January were: Janet King for Grade 9, Tony Huang for Grade 10, Austin Kwak for Grade 11, and Leo Xie for Grade 12.  These students have led our school in their own way by showing the values of global-mindedness, integrity, respect, balance, service, and creativity.  Congratulations to them and everyone who was nominated!


As we continue the school year we have many great events to look forward to: Fiddler on the Roof drama presentation in April, Super-APAC Soccer hosted at ISB and of course the next High School Principal’s Coffee.  We will meet to discuss how our school is moving forward, hear about TOK (Theory of Knowledge) from one of our teachers and listen to a musical performance by students.  Please come to the Coffee on Thursday February 16th from 8:30 am – 10:00 am.


Let me know if you have any questions or concerns at:


I hope to see you soon.


David Munro

High School Principal


Upcoming Events


11 – Charity Fashion School – ISB Theater – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

16 – High School Principal’s Coffee – MPR – 8:30 am – 10:00 am

23 – Moving to 9th Grade Night – ISB Theater and Upper Gallery – 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

28 – Moving to 11th Grade Night – ISB Theater and Gym 3 – 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Staying Positive

November 20th, 2016 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The end of the semester is quickly arriving. There have been some great things going on – APAC dance, HS Blast Night, and there are lots of good things to come, Great Wall Shootout,  One Act plays in January and much more.  This is a busy time of year and you may start to see the stress levels rise at home as due dates come closer and Semester finals approach.  Please make sure your sons and daughters are getting enough sleep, exercise, and healthy food to keep them energized and engaged.  Make sure you ask how school is going and find out ways that you can help support them at home.  In our mentoring time we are looking at how we manage our time and making sure we are balancing our time between study and rest.  Here are some tips from the American Psychology Association on how to help teens deal with stress CLICK HERE.

We have shared the finals schedule with students at school and made sure everyone is aware of what they have to do.  We have sent out lists of Experiential Learning Opportunities to students and asked that they make their selections before the end of November. Please discuss this with them to find out what they are interested in exploring. Please come to the High School Principal’s Coffee this Thursday November 24th from 8:30 am – 10:00 am. We will have a range of topics from ELO, CAS, assessment, and a student performance.

Also on Thursday:

Why and How is Assessment Changing?
Join us on Thursday, Nov. 24th in the MPR from 6:30 to 8:00pm to hear from Tom Schwimmer, an assessment expert and consultant working with ISB teachers this year, about changing thinking related to assessment in Middle and High School.
Tom Schimmer is an independent education author, speaker, and consultant from Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada). He is recognized as a leader and expert in the areas of assessment for learning, sound grading practices and educational leadership.


Student of the month winners for November:

Grade 9 – Pieter Evers: He values the process of learning over the outcomes.  He doesn’t take shortcuts and focuses on what he needs to do to learn, not what he needs to earn an “A.” 

Grade 10 – Tommy Vavala: Tommy deserves to be recognized because he has shown in class that he is a good person and a good math student.

Grade 11 – Vivian Liu: For all of the personal writing she does.

Grade 12 – Sean Quigley: for suddenly coming out of nowhere and going from someone who could barely make it to class with his materials , to someone who gives peer support on essay organization and the use of detail in writing.

Upcoming Events:


24 – 26: Great Wall Shootout


7: End of Semester HS Concert

12-16: End of Semester Exams Grade 11

14-16: End of Semester Exams Grade 9-10

15-16: Mock IB Finals Grade 12

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The year marches on…

October 19th, 2016 · No Comments · Uncategorized

We are in the thick of the school year with some great learning in progress.  If you are on campus you will feel the energy from the amazing projects, class engagement and motivated students buzzing in the hallways.  We had our first Student of the Month assembly on October 13.  The following students won an award for their grade level after being nominated by their teachers for exemplifying the ISB’s Core values:

Annie Li – Grade 12: impressed us as a student who has a great attitude and determination seldom seen. She used to place at non-native track, but within two years, she not only moved to native track, but also can do very well in Chinese language and literature course. Her great advancement is out of her great effort and her perseverance is remarkable.

Daniel Chan – Grade 11: As a member Rustic Pathways Foundation, has coordinated to donate money for a drinking water project in a county in República de Costa Rica. His commitment to the needs of other people around world well manifests our core values of service and global mindedness.

Leo Cheng – Grade 10: for showing integrity, courage, and sincerity in Mr. Philen’s English 10 Topic Analysis class with sharing a personal writing entry

Cameron Kazebee  – Grade 9: recognizes that respect for his classmates, his teacher, and his own learning, is something that is a fundamental attribute for learning.

We have been working on identifying and dealing with harassment in our mentoring classes over the past two weeks.  The goal is to have students identify different types of harassment and learn about strategies to help stop it when they see it. We have been talking about types of harassment that they might not have recognized in the past.  Please take this opportunity to talk at home about their perceptions of harassment and ways that you can support them in confronting it.  Thanks for helping support our mentoring program.  Here is a good resource to help you CLICK HERE.

Progress reports will be published on October 19th.  Please understand that this is a snapshot of your son or daughter’s learning and is not a fixed grade. The Mid-Semester Progress Report is an internal document that is meant to stimulate discussions at home about how to improve learning. You will see an added layer of feedback in the Student As A Learner assessment. This helps us identify the skills, attitudes and habits that lead to improved learning.

We look forward to seeing most of you at our Parent Teacher Conferences this week. Feel free to email me at if you have any questions about the high school.



Upcoming Events:



20-22  – APAC Sports

20-21 – Parent Teacher Conferences

21 – 22 – High School Drama (7:00 pm Friday and 3:00 pm Saturday)


7-11  – Accreditation Visit

16-19 – APAC Dance

24 – High School Principal’s Coffee (8:30 am – 10:00 am)




Start of the Year

September 4th, 2016 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Another great year at ISB is underway.  Students are engaged in learning and making connections to their teachers and peers.  This year I have asked students to ‘Live in the Moment’ and with a call to heighten their sense of empathy for those around them. Our students are always finding ways to help those in need in our community and I have asked them to extend that helping hand to their classmates, workers at our school and hopefully their family at home.  By being more empathetic we hope that our sense of community is strengthened and that we all grow stronger together.  We hope that with our on-going mentoring program and this challenge they will work to feel a greater sense of belonging and support for everyone in our ISB community.

In support of student social and emotional health we are hosting a Freedom From Chemical Dependency educator on campus this week September 5-9.  Students in grade 11 will have small group sessions with the educator, students in grade 9 will have an assembly with them on Thursday and parents are asked to come to the High School Parent Drug Forum on Tuesday from 10:00 am to 11:30 am in the Multi Purpose Room.  We will have representatives from the U.S. Embassy, local police authorities and our FCD educator present perspectives on drug use in Beijing and how to help support parents on dealing with this issue. We hope to see you there.

Another guest that we have on campus this week is Paul Anderson who works with the future of science education.  Paul will be working with teachers all week and he will host an evening with parents on Wednesday September 7 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in the Multi-purpose Room.  A link to the description of his presentation can be found if you CLICK HERE.

I hope you have had a great start to the school year. If you ever have questions you can always address them to me at  You are all encouraged to come to the first High School Principal’s Coffee on September 29 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am in the Multi-purpose Room.  There are many exciting events coming soon this school year. Keep an eye on the calendar and get involved.


Upcoming Events


6 – High School Drug Forum 10:00 am MPR

7 – Science Education in the Future with Paul Anderson 6:30 pm in the MPR

5-9 – FCD, Grade 11; 2 x blocks by mentor group,

8 – Grade 9 Assembly for FCD

6-8 – MAP Grade 9; 8.15-9.40 daily

15-16 – Mid Autumn Festival

23-24 – China Cup

29 – High School Principal’s Coffee

30 –  Terry Fox Run


3-7 – October Break

22-23 – Homework free weekend




High School Back to School Night – Monday 22 August 2016

August 17th, 2016 · No Comments · Uncategorized

High School Back to School Night

Monday 22 August 2016

6:30 to 8:45pm

Dear Parents,

You are warmly invited to attend our “Back to School” evening to be held on Monday August 22nd. 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, Dr. Tarek Razik and High School Principal, Mr. David Munro.

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 Monday August 22nd.

Best regards,

David Munro

Back to School Night Schedule

When: Where & What:

6:15 – 6:25 p.m. Pick up of schedules (parents)

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

Other Upcoming Events:

School Photos

A professional photography group will be on campus next week to take individual school photos for every student. Students in Grades 11 and 12 will have their picture taken on Wednesday 24th August, with students in Grades 9 and 10 posing on Thursday 25th August. Photo package order forms will come home with your child on Friday August 19th. If you would like to purchase a photo package, please ask your child to give the order form and payment directly to the photographer at the time of his/her photo. Note: If your child is absent on the day, there will be another opportunity on Tuesday 30th August.

High School Principal’s Coffee

The first High School Principal’s Coffee of the year will be on Thursday, September 29th, from 08:30-10:00am in the MPR.

Please remember to check the Community Calendar on Dragon’s Gate for details of upcoming events at ISB: