Staff Spotlight: Lauren Walters and Johnathan Brown

We asked a selection of staff, new, long-standing and those who have been here for a few years, to answer a series of questions on life here in Basel. It is a great privilege to have staff from so many different backgrounds and experiences. It is what makes us a diverse, international community.

Lauren and Johnathon are one of our married teaching couples at ISB. They moved here in August 2019 and are now well into their second year teaching at ISB. Join us in getting to know a bit more about Lauren and Johnathon.

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How Art Can Bring People Together

Earlier this year, Owen Richards, Grade 12, and Josh Downey, an ISB graduate ('20), came up with an idea to create art with some of ISB's intensive needs students and to display it on a virtual art exhibit. The duo have worked hard to bring this to life, delighting the students whose art they have displayed. We spoke with Owen and Josh on their venture, what inspired them, what their goals are and what their future plans might be.

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How to Achieve Your Best Through Goal Setting

Alie Fordyce and Selina von Jackowski are hugely successful track and field athletes. Both ISB Alumni (Class of 2015), they studied in the US after graduating from ISB and have gone on to compete at college and national levels. In a video call with Grade 9 students they shared tips on how to efficiently set goals and embrace nervousness and provided words of wisdom that they had learned through their experiences. 

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As part of our initiative of Sustainability@ISB engaging students and staff to shape our environmental footprint, the ISBrocki was born! At the end of each academic year, we noticed all of the supplies and items such as binders, folders, notebooks and pens (some even unused) that teachers no longer use. Instead of throwing them away, we saved and sorted the items and they are now available for students, staff and teachers for free at our ISBrocki locations at each campus.

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The Green Walk

On Thursday, 10 September 2020, The Green Walk took place in Basel. The group of five participants from the ISB Community spent a couple hours discovering local shops that can help us reduce the footprint on the environment. Read more to discover a new Brocki, device repair shop, bakery outlet and general repair shop for all your home goods.

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A Successful Approach to Sustainability within the Curriculum

ISB Grade 10 students undertook a project in Design class through the lens of Sustainability, as part of their final MYP Design task. The project was entitled ‘You are never too small to make a difference’, after a United Nations presentation by Greta Thunberg. The design department intentionally planned to help students understand dimensions of sustainability, as part of our commitment to Sustainability @ ISB. Students researched a wide variety of potential ‘avenues’ to encourage sustainable behaviour in the ISB community. 

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