Last Easter, I travelled to Delhi, India, with three of my fellow ACS students on a unique journalism internship, sponsored by the ACS International Schools Foundation and Orbis.
Orbis has a global reach
Founded in 1982, Orbis, a global sight-saving charity, works to improve access to eye care by training local teams in developing countries. The charity has served 92 countries during its time using its fully equipped Flying Eye Hospital and hospital-based training programmes.
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.
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.
Every two years, the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) holds a two-day conference specifically focused on technology in education. As ACS Egham is accredited by ECIS I have had the privilege of attending several of these events.
The talks at the ECIS conference are for anyone whose work has a technology focus, so they are varied and informative no matter what school role you play. I myself benefitted from giving two presentations and listening to many more at the latest conference in Munich, Germany.
The first of my own presentations focused on my Geek Squad, an after school club for students who are enthusiastic about technology. The aim of this presentation was to explain what our Geek Squad is and what we do – the Geek Squad recently visited Sunrise Care Home to help residents learn digital skills, including the basics of the iPad. The Geek Squad is all about recruiting technology leaders from our Lower School, and many of our students are both talented and passionate about technology, and about passing their knowledge on to others. The Geek Squad also look to the future and understand where their technological ability can lead them – we recently held a Skype call with Disney Infinity coders who work in the gaming industry, and on another occasion the Geeks taught their parents how to better use their Macs. A similar initiative was the ACS Egham Coding Club’s Parents Hour of Code, where students taught their parents the basics of coding.
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.