The International School of Paris marked the launch of the school's new Vision, Mission and Strategic Plan with a superb community event at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in the 5th arrondissement of Paris. On Saturday, October 15, a group of one thousand people – students, staff, parents, alumni and friends of ISP – gathered to celebrate the new direction of the school, to enjoy a night at a museum, and to participate in an amazing opportunity to learn together.
The guests were welcomed by Nathalie Courtel, President of ISP's Board of Trustees, after which our Head of School, Simon Murray, presented the framework in which the new Vision, Mission and Strategic Plan were created.
Our guest speaker for the evening was Lydia Ruprecht, Team Leader of Global Citizenship Education at UNESCO, who gave a powerful speech about UNESCO's goals for education.
Everyone was excited to tour the museum in the fairy tale atmosphere created by the constantly changing colours of the lighting, and the abundant buffet was greatly appreciated by young and old alike. Students with rosy cheeks and bright eyes were busy making the most of this whole school field trip, which was almost too good to be true.
Photos: Jean François Deroubaix
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Feedback from our students:
"It was great to be able to spend time with students across the different grade levels."
"I really liked the fact that we were able to learn so much about the animals."
From our parents:
"Wonderful speech by Mr. Murray... follow the children, they're the visionaries..."
"ISP family night at the Natural History Museum to kick off "Moving from Experience to Influence" - such a great venue and an evening to remember!"
« Une magnifique soirée qui donnait de l'ISP une image d'ouverture, de culture et de grande convivialité. Merci! »
From our faculty and staff:
« Soirée cocktails-buffet... Pas n'importe où... Au musée national d'histoire naturelle ... [Ce n'est] pas tous les jours qu'on visite un musée à 23 h ... J'adore mon boulot ! Merci ISP !"
"It was wonderful to be able to gather with the whole community, and to celebrate the past, present and especially the future of the school together. It was especially heart-warming to see the students so excited about the exhibition. Their curiosity and love for learning was obvious tonight. "
From friends of the school:
"Now this is a strategic plan launch event. Bravo, ISP!"
New Vision: Educating for Complexity
New Mission: As the leading International Baccalaureate World School in France, we stimulate our students to learn to engage with and succeed in a complex world.
Strategic Plan theme: Moving from Experience to Influence.