We recently caught up with ACS Hillingdon alumna Madison Stewart to discuss what she’s been up to since her graduation in 2014. Madison embarked on a gap year travelling and volunteering in the US before starting an English degree at the University of Exeter.
Transitioning to a new country can be a difficult process for families, no matter how many times you’ve done it. As a counsellor at an international school, I am very aware of the impact of global transitions on families and how this process can be supported to help everyone feel settled in their new surroundings.
I hope to offer some practical tips to help parents who are going through a big transition to stay connected with their children during this time. Although some may seem obvious, they are often exactly what families tend to forget in the midst of a big life change.
I’ve been doing CAS for nearly 6 years now, and I truly believe that it helped to shape the way I grew, as a person and as a student. CAS encompasses a variety of different activities, split into three categories: Creative, Action, Service. Most extra or co-curricular activities fall into one of these categories, and it encourages us to think more deeply about what we are doing, how we are doing it and how it affects us and those around us.
“The world no longer rewards people for what they know – Google knows everything – but for what they can do with what they know. Because that is the main differentiator today, global education today needs to be much more about ways of thinking, involving creativity, critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making; about ways of working, including communication and collaboration.” 
Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
The education you would want for yourself
What could I say which is more powerful than this? Isn’t this what you would want for your child’s education, or for yourself – to learn a range of skills including how to be creative; to collaborate; communicate well with others and take your place comfortably in the world?
Last year ACS Hillingdon’s school community was awarded the Council of International School’s (CIS) International Accreditation – the only school in Europe and just one of five worldwide to receive the award.
The accreditation highlights the school’s commitment to embedding an international approach in the curriculum, in extra curricular activities and in every facet of school life. It was my pleasure to hang the school’s accreditation mark in pride of place!