Thursday, 14 March 2019

Each year at MIS teachers choose to do special math-related activities on March 14th as in the American notation 3.14 (March, 14) is written like the PI numbers. It is also Albert Einstein's birthday. We at MIS chose to support the STEAM subjects. Some classes read the book Sir Cumfrence and the LIfe of Pi, some classes did pi-soduku, some classes wrote Pi-Ku poems, some classes learned how to figure out the ratio on various circles..... It was a great day of eating Pi and learning about math! 

Top picture: This year was especially fun because we asked the students to wear their white MIS shirt and we took a PI day photo of the students! Turned out pretty well!

Bottom left picture: Albert Einstein's birthday as well as Pak Iwon's birthday. So we dressed Pak up in a lab coat (He already has the gray hair) and got a PI cake. Iqbal posed for the picture as a Pi-rate and Noer and I (Rachel Wayne) had Pi shirts on. We each celebrated this fun math day in different ways :)  

Next two photos: The pi inspired poem written by Justin was his first attempt at ekphrastic poetry. He looked at a piece of art done for Pi day (it is pi to 1000 by artist Nadieh Bremer). Justin was taken by this piece and was able to write about it. 

Thursday, 21 February 2019
GIN Saigon 2019
The Global Issues Network team has spent the year fundraising to help out local refugees in Medan. Students have also visited the residence of the refugees several times this year to teach English and Math lessons, as well as play games with the children.
Each year the GIN team attends an international conference to participate in workshops and share their local initiatives with students from other countries. This year, the venue was in Saigon, Vietnam. The 3-day conference was a great opportunity for students to come together and discuss, debate and create project-based sustainable solutions about the global issues that they are passionate about. This year's conference theme was "Catalyst for Change" and had students share ideas on how to address such issues as environmental degradation, education for all, and wealth disparity.
There were also a number of key speakers that included professionals in the field of animal conservation, public health, and environmental initiatives. 


Thursday, 07 February 2019
PYP 1 - 4 Camp and Global Play Day

The PYP 1-4 celebrated the Global Play Day by having a sleep-over at school on Thursday, February 7th, 2019 and continued the festivities on the following day with International Global Play Day (an unstructured play day at school).

For PYP camp there were many activities. The students watched a mini-movie about survival, went for a photo Scavenger Hunt, had an Amazing Race and enjoyed the favorite part of every camp - roasting marshmallows and singing at the bonfire.

The students learned to be independent as they stayed away from their parents for a night, made their own beds, prepared their own food and cleaned up after themselves.

One of the favorite memories of the two days of was bedtime story with PE teacher Pak Dolatta! After the story, the students fell asleep for a giant slumber party.

The fun didn’t end at night, as they continued their Friday with a full day of unstructured play activities! They had breakfast together, shared experiences during outdoor play, made sushi for lunch and closed the day with a splashy fun time at the swimming pool. The weather was perfect for everyone to enjoy a Global Play Day. #gpd2019

We witnessed some students who developed their independence, were risk-takers, caring, and great communicators. Good job, PYP!

Wednesday, 06 February 2019
PYP 5-6 Camping

Celebrating Global Play Day and their own PYP Camp, the PYP 5-6 students went on a 2-night sleep-over at Green Hill and Kebun Efi.

When asked what they enjoyed, students mentioned the macrophotography that helped them see things that they would never have seen. Also, learning about bees at Madu EFI, roasting marshmallows at a campfire, and being in a natural environment with fresh air. 
This trip helped all students learn to be more independent, courageous, and to care for each other when friends need support. "I learned that it's okay to face our fears and try new things." said Jolie Surbakti.

We thank all parents for their support and trust. We wouldn’t see all this growth without the loving support from our MIS community. Also special Thanks to brothers Felix and Feli at Kebun Efi! @KebunMaduEfi for making the learning possible.

Monday, 21 January 2019
Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) Online Tests

The Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) tests are an important part of our yearly program here at MIS. Provided by NWEA, the MAP is an adaptive test that allows us to benchmark our students progress against international norms and gives us insight into the individual progress of a student from year to year into how their improvement compares to expected levels of growth and improvement for their stage of development.

MIS is committed to personalized learning and invididualized instruction, and the MAP tests are a perfect match to that goal as they provide us with a wealth of extra information on the individual strengths and weaknesses of each and every student in the school, as well as allowing students to goal set in each semester. We conduct these tests three times a year and in January and February, we have completed our mid point tests. This mid point will give us data that we will now use to further identify strengths and growth areas for each and every MIS student in the semester to come. Data is also provided to parents in the form of a thrice-yearly MAP report.

Thursday, 13 December 2018
MIS Got Talent / End of Year Dinner

The name has changed from "MIS Idol" to "MIS Got Talent", but the idea has stayed the same - fun, food, friends, and family. Although MIS is small, we are overflowing with talent! We had twenty wonderful performances by students, teachers, staff, and parents, followed by the beautiful St. Lucia procession. Afterwards, a delicious catered meal was served by our very own Ms. Kosman. 

We would like to extend a big "Thank you" to the judges Ms. Chelsea Hadi, Ms. Meryl Saragih, and Mr. Mick Stevens for giving their valuable time to our event. Thank you to everyone who participated and we will see you again next year!

Friday, 30 November 2018
Science and Technology Week - 26th to 30th November

Science and Technology Week comes up once every two years here at MIS, alternated yearly with the Arts and Literacy Week and it is easy to see why this is one of the most popular events on our calendar.

Students had been preparing their fascinating presentations, demonstrations, and experiments for several weeks in advance, but they spent the week putting the finishing touches on their explorations. The week also featured an exciting Science Quiz Show and a design challenge (pictured) where students were tasked with creating a prototype using just limited materials and the design cycle to sail from one side of the swimming pool to the other. The boat that made it across in the shortest time (and, of course, did not sink) was the winner. Most boats made it across, but the factors of seaworthiness, aerodynamics, and sail positioning made for the winning combination.

Saturday, 17 November 2018
Annual General Meeting and Barbecue

MIS is a not-for-profit International school, and part of our commitment to that status is a commitment to transparency. On Saturday, November 17th, about 130 members of our school community came down for the Annual General Meeting and Barbecue event - an important event in the school calendar where our Head of School, Mr Gerald Donovan, presented about the finances of the school, our academic progress and achievements, and our plans for our future. Our board, who are mostly avaialable on our school Whatsapp group, also introduced themselves to the community.

After the serious business, everyone went out to the poolside barbecue, where some of our DP students were playing live music while the groundstaff and Ibu Tika prepared delicious burgers, hotdogs, chicken, and some vegetarian options while the students swam until the afternoon.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018
Goa Ergendang

On October 30th, Grades 3 and 4 went to Goa Ergendang Cave and Hot Spring for a field trip. They have been learning about how “People are interconnected to the benefits and challenges presented by the physical changes in our Earth.” Relaxing in the hot spring is a definite benefit from the Earth and to have them inside of a solution cave made it all the more special. Inside the cave, students were excited to explore the cave habitat and observe the different animals that inhabit them. They were also surprised by the heat of the water in the hot spring and were able to make connections about the source of that heat. They were able to see roots from underneath the ground and make the cave echo, (which is how the cave got its name). For the upcoming Science Fair, the students are preparing dioramas to show their learning about more physical changes to the Earth. Some changes are abrupt and catastrophic and some take years to change. 

For more information about caves please see: 

Goa Ergendang : Penungkiren, Sinembah Tanjung Muda Hilir, Deli Serdang Regency, North Sumatra 20363


Monday, 29 October 2018
The MYP Trip was a True Learning Adventure

Our MYP trip was held in Bali from the 29th of October until the 2nd of November and, while it might sound idyllic, this was far from a relaxing holday! Students had a learning-filled, fun-packed adventure which included learning first-hand about the various industries that make up Bali's economy including handicrafts and silverwork. They also visited sacred sites and temples including Tanah Lot and Tampak Siring. Pak Ketut, our wonderful local guide, helped students gain a deeper understanding of Balinese culture as we learned Balinese dance and Gamelan as well as exploring the countryside by bicycle and the rivers by raft.

All in all, this was quite an adventure. Students still found time to hang out and play games until curfew in the evenings, and most nights they were so exhausted that they slept all the way though to morning! We thank you for entrusting your children to us on this year's MYP trip and we look forward to next year's learning adventure.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018
MIS International Day 2018

The United Nations has celebrated October 24th as their UN Day since 1945 when their charter became into force. We decided to use this day to have a celebration of International Mindedness at MIS

The UN has 193 member states and 2 observer states. At MIS we proudly have students representing 15 countries and teachers from 5 different nationalities. Not quite the 195 that the UN represents so…. We had three of the organizations under the UN umbrella come to MIS  and some local community members to represent other nation; the IOM, UNHCR, UNDSS.

MIS 2018 International Day had 25 booths. We had weaving, origami, clay activities, food, trivia, games, photo booths, educational opportunities, musical instruments and much much more!

We are proud at MIS to be able to showcase the variety of nationalities living in Medan. We strive to teach the students at MIS Medan that we need to accept, appreciate and love people we are similar as well as different from us.

“Our uniqueness, our individuality, and our life experience molds us into fascinating beings. I hope we can embrace that. I pray we may all challenge ourselves to delve into the deepest resources of our hearts to cultivate an atmosphere of understanding, acceptance, tolerance, and compassion. We are all in this life together.”  Linda Thompson

Wednesday, 26 September 2018
Underwater Buddy Reading

Today for buddy reading we had a culminating and rewarding experience for grade 3/4. I told them three weeks ago, after reading a Roger Hargreaves book, that they were going to make their own Mr. Men book. They read Little Miss / Little Mr books, they wrote books, they edited them, they illustrated them, they published them! Finally, the hard work all paid off when they were able to share them with their Kindergarten buddies. They read them underwater! They definitely want to do this again! 

Monday, 20 August 2018
Measure of Academic Progress

From August 20th through to the 31st, MIS runs the Measure of Academic Progress Growth (MAP Growth) tests provided by NWEA in the US.

These adaptive tests allow us to benchmark our students against international students. We conduct the tests three times a year and this allows us to see how our students are progressing in their Reading, Writing, and Mathematics in comparison to the predicted improvement that we would normally see during the same period taken from the data of thousands of students around the world.

This is a great way for us to look at the individual progress of each student and also to review how effective our program is in developing these core skills in our learners. A report is provided to parents for discussion in our Parent-Student-Teacher conferences and we use the data to help us personalize the instructional plan for each child as the year goes forward. To learn more about MAP, please visit the NWEA website

Friday, 10 August 2018
Meet the Parents and Indonesian Fun Games Night

On August 10th, we celebrated Indonesian Independence Day and also got to know each other better through Meet the Parents and Indonesian Fun Games Night. The event started with a rendition of the Indonesian national anthem from students, followed by playing the games that had been set up around the room including Pillow Fighting, Kerupuk Eating, Knee Trembler, Magic Carpet/Sack Race and Bakiak Race. It ended with a delicious, Indonesian, pot-luck style meal. 

Friday, 03 August 2018
Welcome Back Picnic at the Orangutan Haven

For at least the past 4 years, MIS has had a connection with the Orangutan Haven. I (Rachel Wayne - Teacher at MIS since 2015) first visited 4 years ago when it was just an idea and a future they are a few months away from realizing this long project of moving earth to make islands for the Orangutan. 

MIS is very fortunate to have been able to visit the Haven so many times in the past. We have seen the Have develop as well as feel a connection to the place and the people working there. With limited access to safe, clean public parks with nature trails in Medan, we have utilized the Haven as a place to bathe in nature. 

The students have been practicing the Japanese ??? (shinrin yoku) for a few years now. They have been able to relax in nature, soak up what it has to offer and notice the benefits of relaxation and reduced blood pressure and stress.

The Orangutan Haven visits have been made possible because of a partnership. The SOCP is a collaborative initiative of Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari (YEL), the PanEco Foundation, and the Indonesian Government’s Directorate General of Natural Resource and Ecosystem Conservation. 

Friday, 16 March 2018
Swimming Carnival makes a huge splash at MIS

Today was MIS's annual swimming carnival. We played host to Siti Hajar, Chandra Kumala, Sekolah Integritas Bangsa, SIS and Prime One School. Students competed in freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and relay competitions. That's 51 total races. The staff and parents that worked to prepare the event did a great job and the races proceeded like a well-oiled machine. MIS won two first-place trophies (grades 3-4 and 7-8 categories), a second place trophy (grades 5-6 category), a third-place trophy (grades 9-10 category) and a pile of medals. The real reward for everyone was all the fun we had in this friendly competition. There were as many smiles as there were splashes in the pool and enough food from the PTA to feed a small army. Thanks everyone for a great day!

Thursday, 08 March 2018

The MYP 1 Mathematics students visited Bank Mandiri Cabang Citra Garden to ask questions about interest and investment as part of the IB MYP Mathematics Criterion D Assessment: Applying mathematics in real-life context. The students needed to justify their problem-solving strategies for their maths assessment "How can you double your money?". Thanks for the warm and pleasant hospitality from the Bank Mandiri staff and Manager!

Friday, 23 February 2018
Arts and Literacy Week

Development in the arts and literacy are a core part of preparing our children for a bright, creative future and are central to our philosophy as an IB school. This week at MIS was full of arts and literature related events. For this year's Arts and Literacy Week, we had a theme of Heroes. Each day there was something that we focused on in addition to the normal school routine. 

The picture attached shows the Tortor music and how the students danced traditional dances, wearing ulos.

  • Monday - Art hour and Mural Painting
  • Tuesday - Face Painting and a progressive book with writing and illustrations
  • Wednesday - Mother tongue readers
  • Thursday - Tortor presentation 
  • Friday - The big culminating event including: MYP did a Bahasa Indonesia play about a Malin Kundang legend accompanied by poetry readings, A German song "Du", “Le Petit Chaperon Rouge”  in Bahasa Prancis, and PYP did "Robin Hood and His Musical Merry Men" along with an Art Gallery in the lobby of the school

It was a great week full of visual art, music, and literary arts. The gym bulletin boards were full of great work coming out of the classrooms.

Wednesday, 07 February 2018
Global Play Day

During Global Play Day students use their social and thinking skills to interact and collaborate to have fun while learning about how they can engage others, compromise, and fill their time by making choices without interference from adults. During this day, the lack of guidance allows them to be fully open and comfortable to fully be themselves and or engage with other students on their own terms. 

In his TEDx lecture, Peter Gray clearly argues the case that today'skids do not grow up playing and this has negatively impacted them in many ways. It's time we return the gift of play to this generation. Please visit for more information.

This year is the 3rd year that MIS is participating in global play day! :)

This photo is of Anya happily sharing her battery-free toys that she brought to class for this day of unstructured play. 

Thursday, 25 January 2018
Heroes in Indonesia

As part of the inquiry process grades two and three went to the Museum Bukit Barisan, Museum Negeri Sumatera Utara, Monument of Sisingamangaraja and the Kuburan Pahlawan to learn more about Indonesian heroism, history, true stories, and legends. The students enjoyed the trip thoroughly and tried on a gas mask. Our Central idea is: People are capable of shaping their own futures through their actions. Our lines of inquiry are:


  • what actions and decisions significant ‘heroic’ people have made 
  • how significant ‘heroic’ people’s lives have impacted the world in positive ways
  • how we can set goals to shape our futures
  • determining what is heroic worldwide through stories of heroism from our own cultures