This year in the ACS Cobham Boarding House, we implemented our new Residential Life Programme. Through the programme, boarders can build up a record of personal achievement with a series of certificated courses, seminars and awards from each opportunity they complete. Courses we offer include first aid, lifeguarding, health and safety, and nutrition to name a few.
The programme aims to foster personal development, encouraging students to develop skills for life while boarding and learning here at ACS Cobham, so that they are well prepared for the next steps in their lives, whatever they may be.
Responsive classroom (RC) is an approach to education implemented across the whole of Early Childhood and Lower School at ACS Cobham that we have found to be incredibly beneficial.
Responsive classroom is based on research and evidence that has been developed using controlled studies. The results have suggested greater student achievement, improved teaching and an overall better atmosphere within RC schools. Here is our guide to implementing RC and the benefits of doing so.
The Advanced Placement programme is now a firm favourite amongst globally mobile students, with the number of AP exams administered in non-US regions (excluding Canada) rising considerably from 23,927 in 2003 to 89,793 in 2014 [College Board 2014].
International students are a versatile, transient and internationally fluid community and many have found that the AP programme offers a learning style and curriculum, which suits these modern attributes.
Consisting of one-year, highly rigorous courses, the AP programme is taught across a range of subjects, 19 in total, and allows students to complete as many or as few courses as they want during their high school career. Students can also pick up courses in any of the 116 countries where the programme is taught.
At ACS International Schools, we’re committed to developing the best teaching and learning practices. As part of this, the ACS Centre for Inspiring Minds (CIM) aims to transform the ways we understand teaching effectiveness and improve learning outcomes through action research.
Action research is based on practical classroom experience. At CIM, we invite teachers and educators to come forward with ideas on how to either improve a ‘problem’ they have identified within the teaching and learning experience, or an idea which can lead to the delivery of better teaching and learning.
Postcards from Practice
This year, CIM presented a Celebration of Learning, entitled Postcards from Practice, where project leaders fed back on current research. Postcards from Practice provided a glimpse into our CIM projects and the journey behind the action research taking place here at ACS.
Esme Trahair, a recent graduate of ACS Cobham and winner of the prestigious Founders’ Award, gave a brilliant speech at the Senior Awards evening 2015 about how her international education has prepared her for life after school. It’s with great pleasure that we share it with you here:
‘Good evening. For those who don’t know me, my name is Esme Trahair and I’ve been a student here at ACS since the second grade. So, there are a lot of things that ACS has given to all of us students, and lots of positive attributes about the school. But I would like to speak a little bit about what I think is the most special thing about this school. I believe that thebest thing about ACS Cobham, and the thing that has added the most value for every single student sitting here today is our school’sinternationalism. Here at ACS, we talk a lot about internationalism and diversity broadly, and we all know that by attending an international school we learn to appreciate difference and become better global citizens, but I’d like to speak more concretely about just why ACS being an international school is so beneficial to every single one of us.