Our school day starts at 08:30 with tutor period where the form tutors interact with the students, share information and discuss class business each morning.
Lessons begin at 08:45 and each period lasts 40 minutes. There is a morning break of 20 minutes after period 2 and a lunch break of 30 minutes after period 4. After period 6 there is another 20 minute break before the last two lessons of the day. School finishes early on Wednesday at 12:25. This is to facilitate study time at home for students and common planning period for the middle years staff.
English is the language of instruction and communication at IST. We also aim to embrace the cultural identity of all the students here at the school through music, presentations, displays and assemblies etc.
The school’s small environment allows for excellent student and teacher communication and creates a relaxed atmosphere between students and teachers. We understand the significant effect the social environment has on students and therefore teachers are available for student queries and concerns as necessary. In addition, the school has a pastoral leader who is available to students any time there is a need for this.
Students in the Middle Years Programme will study nine different subjects. These are approached via global contexts which provide a broader context through which subjects can be studied. Providing students a real-world context helps them to appreciate the relevance of their studies. Often subjects share common themes, these can be studied through interdisciplinary units of study which helps students to identify the interrelatedness of their subjects. The subjects are studied through varied units and are assessed at the end of each one. Typically, students complete 4 to 6 units a year within each subject. There are also internal end of exams in May each year.
In addition to the academic subjects studied, students have two elective lessons a week in which they are not assessed. Some of the elective lessons are: conversational French, cooking, film-making and animation classes.
Our school community provides a framework to help students reflect and think on their actions and how they impact their community. We encourage students to be open-minded and to understand that to develop one has to take risks and learn from previous mistakes. We encourage our students to be principled and to take action in their community, understanding the role they play and to care about the environment around them. Through the implementation of the characteristics of the learner profile, our goal is to empower the members of our community to make balanced decisions based on acquired knowledge to make the world a better place to live in.
In addition to our standard curriculum, in 10th grade, the students are required to complete a large independent research and report ‘the personal project’. The personal project is an extended piece of work not dissimilar to a dissertation. A product of some form is developed during this process which is displayed at the personal project exhibition each year. This is an event where friends and family can come and view the result of all the students’ hard work.