Maths Quest Competition
The Maths Quest Competition is organised by the ECIS and is hosted each year by an international school. As many twenty different schools take part and each team comprises of 4 students. This is a competition for under 12 year olds and it involves the students competing in many different mathematical challenges and investigations.
There are 4 rounds of questions to be answered individually and under time pressure. The winner of these rounds is awarded their own medal as well as their points being collected with their team's towards the overall team score. Then follows three rounds of team challenge questions to be answered in collaboration. Next comes three rounds of practical questions again collaboratively. And finally three rounds of investigations. In these rounds the team gains more points the quicker they are able to answer. In addition there is a trail of questions to be answered (usually in an area of interest in the host city (e.g. A museum or round the city centre). Finally there is a separate prize for the construction challenge where the children are mixed with others from different schools and they are asked to build/construct something together.
OIS has chosen to be part of this competition for various reasons. The children are really eager to go and many apply each year to enter. They are aware that only 4 children are chosen and therefore work extra hard in class time to impress us! For children who really have an interest in mathematics and enjoy being challenged further than the year 6 curriculum. Practicing for this competition gives them extra problem solving strategies and an experience of truly using their powers of logic and reasoning. The children practice in a small group and establish group working / collaboration ethics. They feel really proud of being chosen to represent their school and take the role of being diplomats, seriously. They have the fantastic experience of discovering other countries and meeting children from other international schools. They also stay with a host family and get a taste of what is like to live in another country. Many form pen pal relationships with those they meet. The participants are required to give up their lunchtime once a week to practise with the two teachers that accompany the participants during the competition.
Model United Nations
OIS has sent Pre-IB, IB1 and IB2 student teams to Model United Nations (also Model UN or MUN) events in both Norway and abroad (Britain, Germany and the Netherlands) for many years. MUN is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about current affairs, topics on international relations, diplomacy and United Nations’ issues. The participants role-play as diplomats representing a country or an NGO in simulated sessions of the United Nations, such as the Security Council, various committees or the General Assembly. Participants research an assigned country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, lobby, debate, and then develop solutions to world problems.
The OIS MUN Club meets once a week, after school and it is led by a member-elected President, Vice-President and Secretary for a one-year period. The Club is supervised by a teacher who is the MUN Coordinator. Each week, students engage in lobbying, writing and debating resolutions on issues relating to international relations and affairs, usually on topics that are current. In this way, participants are encouraged to stay abreast of the news, both international and national.
During a MUN conference, participants must employ a variety of communication and critical thinking skills in order to represent the policies of their assigned countries. These skills include public speaking, group communication, research, policy analysis, active listening, negotiating, conflict resolution, note taking, and technical writing. Model UNs are simulations of the United Nations’ organization, such as, amongst others, the Disarmament Committee, the Economic and Financial Committee, the Environment Commission and the Human Rights Council. Awards for ‘Best Speaker’ and ‘Best Delegate’ are presented by the Chairs of the various Committees and OIS MUN delegates have won many such awards at various MUN conferences.