Congratulations to our graduating class of 2019

IB Graduation Class of 2019 - Cake cutting

A lovely summer evening in central London was the backdrop for the ISL graduation ceremony for the Diploma College class of 2019. Events were opened by Mr Parker, who spoke of the fluidity and change that awaits our graduates as they take their next steps into the world.

IB Graduation Class of 2019 - Mr Richard Parker Opens the ceremony

IB Graduation Class of 2019 - Mr Richard Parker Opens the ceremony

Priyanka Mogul, Alumni Coordinator, introduced this year's guest speaker - Dr Giulia di Clemente (ISL class of 2009). Giulia spoke movingly of the trials and challenges of transferring to a new country with a new language and a new education system, and of how the ISL community reached out to support her. She also spoke of the academic challenges she overcame in her personal learning journey to become a practising psychotherapist.

IB Graduation Class of 2019 - Alumni Coordinator Priyanka Mogul and Alumna Guest Speaker Giulia di Clemente

ISL Alumni Coordinator Priyanka Mogul and Alumna Guest Speaker Giulia di Clemente

Mr Spinks, Head of Student Welfare introduced the tutors – Dr Meziane, Ms Williams and Mr Danby - who shared fond and fun memories of their groups, and then invited the graduating class to the stage to receive their High School Diploma from Mr Rose, Secondary Principal.

IB Graduation Class of 2019 - Mr Spinks

Mr Spinks introduces the tutors

IB Graduation Class of 2019 - tutors Dr Meziane, Ms Williams, Mr Danby

Tutors: Dr Meziane, Ms Williams, Mr Danby

While the evening marks everyone’s achievement, special awards are given for outstanding achievements too. This year the awards were:

IB Graduation Class of 2019 - Academic Achievement – Yu Osawa

Academic Achievement – Yu Osawa

IB Graduation Class of 2019 - Academic Improvement – Julien Laurent, Matteo Barnini

Academic Improvement – Julien Laurent, Matteo Barnini

IB Graduation Class of 2019 - CIS Award for International Understanding – Sham Saimua

CIS Award for International Understanding – Sham Saimua

 

IB Graduation Class of 2019 - Service in Action award – Barbara del Valle, Nyfa Al-Issa

Service in Action award – Barbara del Valle, Nyfa Al-Issa

 

IB Graduation Class of 2019 - 1st Vesaluoma Prize for Creativity – Karolina Przasnyska

1st Vesaluoma Prize for Creativity – Karolina Przasnyska

 

IB Graduation Class of 2019 - Sports Person of the Year Sjoerd Peijs

Sports Person of the Year Sjoerd Peijs

Sham and Nyfa, this year’s student valedictorians, then gave their response; we heard how they had grown and learnt from the experience of the last two years, and how proud they felt of their achievements. They thanked their teachers, but also (and most importantly) their parents.

IB Graduation Class of 2019 - Valedictorians Nyfa and Sham

Valedictorians Nyfa and Sham

Finally, Mr Morris thanked the PTA representatives Mrs Machado and Mrs Giachetti with bouquets, and closed the ceremony with some reflections about similarities that are different: age and experience, education and qualification.

 

A huge congratulations to the class of 2019 – and see you in the very near future!

 

IB Graduation Class of 2019 - Congratulations