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.
Following our recent blog post on Responsive Classroom at ACS Cobham, we wanted to share with you a break down of Responsive Language – one of the key elements working within the Responsive Classroom approach.
To recap – Responsive Classroom (RC) is an approach to teaching that empowers students, through methods that allow them to be a part of their own learning. This is demonstrated through an increase in student choice, collaboration between students and teachers in forming class rules and an awareness of students developmental age.
Teacher language is an important part of RC, and can be broken into three categories: reinforcing, reminding and redirecting language.
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.
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.
We caught up with ACS Hillingdon Alumni, Miho, who is now studying Physics at King’s College London, to find out how her first year at university is going so far.
How has your first year at university been so far?
I’m currently in my first year at King’s College London studying Physics. It did take me a little while to settle in to university life as everyone here is very smart. King’s also has a very diverse community, with students from lots of different religions and nationalities.
My studies have been challenging, but I do feel that studying the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) has prepared me well for university life. Time management is the ONE key thing that the IBDP really hones, because you study up to six subjects at one time. With Physics there are a lot of different modules, and being well-organised is essential for balancing a mixture of study texts and course deadlines.