Archive for November, 2019

Bebras International Challenge (2019)

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Bebras International Challenge (2019)
Congratulations to all 192 ISS students who took part in this online event, especially to the top performers in ISS, as follows:
Year 7
1st Joshua Allcorn
2nd Ivan Eremeev
3rd Orlando Marzocchi

Years 8 and 9
1st Mahatehotia Randrianarison
2nd Sienna Goldstein
3rd Zia Adam

Years 10 and 11
1st Jierui Ni
2nd Farhaan Muslun
3rd Yohaan Rizvi

Years 12 and 13
1st Toshani Khanna
2nd Ayush Rai
3rd Yohan Fu

Josh and Mahatehotia were in the top 10% for their respective age groups, and have been formally invited to participate in the 2020 Oxford Computing Challenge. We wish them the best of luck in this.

Issue 4 of The International Student

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The ISS 6th Form is delighted to unveil the latest edition of The International Student. Once again, we have produced a bigger and better collection of articles, research, opinion pieces, artwork and much more!’

Bebras International Challenge on Informatics and Computational Thinking 2019

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With the second week of November being declared as World-Wide BEBRAS week, ISS students in Years 7-9 and those students opting for Computer Science at iGCSE and A-Level have taken part in this year’s challenge. The Bebras challenge promotes problem solving skills and Informatics concepts including problem decomposition, algorithm design, pattern recognition, pattern generalisation and abstraction. Students were using the same set of problem-solving skills and techniques that software engineers use to write programs and apps.

Endemic Endeavours on Silhouette Island

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Year 5 students on board Hilton Labriz clipper looked up in awe at Morne Seychelles after the 12 mile crossing from Bel Ombre. They hoped they wouldn’t have to climb that mountain! Before rounding Cemetery point the steep jungle slopes before them showed no sign of humanity and the children could easily imagine the island in its uninhabited state centuries ago.

Greeted by Hilton staff and ICS wardens Francoise and Tisha the avid explorers were briefed on the flora and fauna of the island and then set off on a jungle adventure to find the many endemic species. The endemic plant trail showcased all the endemic palms and varieties of the now rare hard woods. Some trees are only found in Silhouette. The trail continued to Anse Lascars where we were not lucky enough to find turtles laying but the ICS staff showed the students what happens when a turtle emerges from the water. Students were told to freeze to let the turtle get on with the job!

In the afternoon the Hilton staff collected the students on golf buggies for a historic tour of the old village and a wildlife tour to see the newest baby giant tortoises, the giant crabs and other inhabitants of the wetlands. Our day ended on Cemetery Point with a steep climb to the volcanic outcrops at the top. The students had been hearing about Silhouette in school and were very excited with their tours. They saw large fish shoals and turtles popping up in between while at the viewpoints.

Many thanks to ICS and Hilton LaBriz staff for assisting us in this amazingly educational and interesting adventure.

 

 

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