I was delighted to officially become an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) earlier this year after attending and completing my training in Amsterdam. I want to share with you the steps I took, what it means to be an ADE and how I will be using this at ACS Egham to support our technology in the classroom ethos.
To be an Apple Distinguished Educator means being someone who inspires and motivates other teachers and students, someone with a can-do attitude, a listening ear to share ideas, and a support system to help find solutions.
Clarisa Ayllon, a parent at ACS Egham and the Parent Teacher Organisation’s Multicultural Coordinator explores the importance of celebrating international mindedness and multiculturalism in the school community through the school’s annual International Fair.
Being able to celebrate such a vast number of different cultures and nationalities under one roof is something I have always valued in the ACS school experience. I could think of no better way to give back to the Community than to get involved with this annual event.
With ACS Egham International School celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, it brought back nostalgic memories for many of us at the school. For Andrew Kittell, Director of Corporate Relations for ACS International Schools North American office he was reminded of Candace, one of the first students to attend ACS Egham. Here Andrew shares Candace’s story:
Back in 1995, in the first Admissions Office of an about-to-open ACS Egham International School, I met Lu Ann Rubenstein. An American expatriate mother, who was trying to find the perfect educational setting for her two daughters. Eventually the family settled in Ascot, Berkshire and the girls enjoyed five wonderful years with ACS.
From that first meeting until this day, I’ve kept in touch with all the Rubensteins. But it’s with their second daughter, then Candy and now Candace, that I feel a particular bond. This is our story, one that begins with Candace recounting her time growing up in England and ends now 20 years later with the two of us again living near each other.
What do making an origami Samurai hat, dancing the Colombian Cumbia and taking a Russian or Hindi mini lesson have in common?
They are all experiences that were on offer to our Native Language Enrichment (NLE) students on one of the afternoons of Mother Language week at ACS Egham recently. Other activities included student and tutor presentations that answered questions students had asked the previous week about each other’s languages and cultures. Each of the four 2 hour events included the interaction between at least four different language groups and began with sharing and discussing the different traditional food brought by the students, courtesy of their wonderfully supportive parents. One of the afternoons saw as many as seven different language groups interact with each other.
NLE is our after school Native Language Enrichment programme for native speakers of languages other than English (the school’s language of instruction). The aim is to support the maintenance and development of students’ home languages. We currently run weekly classes in Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Japanese, Italian Indonesian, Mandarin, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.
ACS Egham’s Grade 10 students move to the IB Diploma this August equipped with thorough subject knowledge, deep conceptual understandings and essential skills for the next stage of their lives.
I believe that the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) is the best middle years programme available in our current global society. Whilst MYP students study a range of traditional subjects much like other teenagers, the MYP has a third dimension: providing students with the skills they need to integrate into the modern world. In a recent ACS Egham student survey, one student stated that: ‘The IB (MYP) is a lot more well-rounded, teaching about many different ways to think and learn rather than just memorising facts.’
The recent Personal Project Presentation Evening demonstrated this dimension of the programme. As the culmination of the MYP, each Grade 10 student completes a project individually designed and inspired by their own passions and interests over a period of six months. Independently inquiring and researching, students are able to apply the skills and knowledge that they have acquired across all subjects throughout the programme.