15 Aug 2013Farewell ISSOS 2013....the countdown to ISSOS 2014 Begins. Thank you to all of our wonderful 2013 students. Session 2 finished yesterday and it goes without saying that there were a few tears shed. This year we have enjoyed welcoming returners, meeting new students, younger siblings and friends of friends. It has also been a pleasure meeting friends and family at all 3 parents receptions. We now wish our Session 2 families a safe journey home...and of course look forward to seeing all of you again for ISSOS 2014. From all of the ISSOS team, thank you for making this summer a fantastic experience for us all.
12 Aug 2013Session 2 Final Week New photos of Session 2 have been uploaded on to our Facebook page.
They include the students disco, Sunday workshops, weekend ice-skating and clan games at the beach.
Tonight we look forward to the ISSOS Creative night when the Art, Film and Theatre students will showcase their final projects.
Tomorrow, we look forward to meeting friends and family members who are attending Parents Reception in St Andrews, which will take place from 4pm to 6pm in St Salvators Halls.
8 Aug 2013Farewell Cambridge Students We hope that you have all arrived home safely and are now catching up on some sleep. We had a fantastic session with you all, and wish you all the very best for the school year ahead, as well as what remains of your summer vacation. Thank you for making this a fantastic summer for us all. Thank you also to all of the ISSOS team and the staff at Queens College.
5 Aug 2013Dragons Dens and Swimming in the North Sea New ISSOS photos have been uploaded on to the ISSOS Facebook page for your enjoyment.
In St Andrews, students enjoyed the annual Sand Castle Building Competition, a competitive but fun clan event that was enjoyed by all. Some students were even brave enough to go swimming in the North Sea. Students and staff are looking forward to the Talent Show that will be held tonight.
In Cambridge, students have been enjoying their final week. Group activities have included Scottish country dancing and roller-skating. We were also thoroughly impressed with the final night debate and dragons den presentations. Well done to all involved. We now look forward to meeting friends and family at the Parents Reception tomorrow that will take place from 4pm to 6pm in Queens College.
2 Aug 2013New Photos for ISSOS 2013 We have uploaded some new pictures on to our ISSOS FACEBOOK page for your enjoyment.
The St Andrews photos include the Guest Speakers Debate which was held last night, and the counsellor fashion show. Both events were lots of fun and a great success.
The Cambridge photos include Wednesday trips and the ISSOS talent show – well done to everyone who got involved! We never cease to be amazed at just how talented ISSOS students are.
This weekend all ISSOS students are looking forward to attending their cultural trips and Sunday workshops.
29 Jul 2013Punting on the River Cam New photos of ISSOS Cambridge have been uploaded on to the ISSOS Facebook page. Pictures include academic and elective classes, weekend workshops and the Friday night disco. As ISSOS students are residing in Queens College, based right on the River Cam, we have also included some photos of the students “punting” on the River Cam.
"A punt is a flat-bottomed boat with a square-cut bow, designed for use in small rivers or other shallow water. Punts were originally built as cargo boats or platforms for fowling and angling, but in modern times their use is almost exclusively confined to pleasure trips." Lord Byron and Geoffery Chaucer have both written about the River Cam.
22 Jul 2013ISSOS Cambridge Trip to Windsor Weekend trips - This weekend the students visited Windsor Castle. Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and is the Official Residence of Her Majesty The Queen. Its rich history spans almost 1000 years.
Please have a look at the ISSOS facebook page to view new photos of the students participating in Clan Calling as well as the weekend trip to Windsor
15 Jul 2013Snapshot of ISSOS classes and trips We have uploaded some new photos on to our website for your enjoyment.
Pictures include the Wednesday trip to Glamis Castle, ISSOS classes and Clan Games such as the annual sand building competition.
We have also included a few of the Guest Speakers Night where students all were asked to dress up in formal attire.
5 Jul 2013ISSOS Clans ISSOS stands for The International Summer School of Scotland and as the name suggests the summer school was founded in Scotland and as such we stay close to our roots by introducing some great Scottish traditions to every program.
One of these traditions that is unique to ISSOS is Clan events. All students become a member of a Scottish Clan and take part in team games and competitions.
The Highland Games sees the end of the competitions and the winning clan will win the ISSOS "Clan Cup". At the Highland games students will take part in welly wanging, tossing the caber, ISSOS strongest student and an all school capture the flag.
The final night plays host to our traditional Scottish evening, dinner is a little different with Haggis on the menu and a piper to pipe in the haggis and then off to the final night dance where students and staff can take part in some traditional Scottish dancing and later on have fun at the disco.
We have uploaded some new photos of the Clan Games, Wednesday trips and the Counselor Fashion Show, which is always a highlight on the ISSOS calendar.
3 Jul 2013ISSOS Session 1, 2013 Opening Day We have uploaded some new photos of the ISSOS 2013 Opening Day for your enjoyment.
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