St Andrews University, UK
Katie has received her last decision from universities in the UK. She has learned that she has been accepted to attend St Andrews University in Scotland to study Medicine. Founded in the 15th century, St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English speaking world.
Teaching began in the community of St Andrews in 1410, and the University was formally constituted by the issue of a papal bull (seal) in 1413. With no national university to develop their academic abilities, Scottish students in the middle ages were forced to pursue their studies abroad. By 1410, most had been driven to Paris from Oxford and Cambridge by the Wars of Scottish Independence with England. So when the Catholic church was divided by two rival popes, with Pope Boniface IX supported by the French cardinals while Scotland remained faithful to Pope Benedict XIII, Scottish students found themselves in a difficult position. The time had come to establish a seat of learning, of international standing, back home in Scotland. St Andrews was the obvious choice: the seat of the greatest bishopric in Scotland and location of a monastery noted as a centre for learning. In May 1410, a group of masters, mainly graduates of Paris, initiated a school of higher studies in St Andrews.
Through the centuries, many great minds have been attracted to St Andrews: William Dunbar, poet (MA, 1479); John Napier, the inventor of logarithms (student, 1563); James Gregory, designer of the Gregorian telescope (Regius professor of Mathematics, 1668); Benjamin Franklin (honorary Doctor of Laws, 1759); Edward Jenner, pioneer of the smallpox vaccine (MD, 1792); John Stuart Mill, philosopher and economist (Rector, 1865); JM Barrie, author (Rector, 1919); Rudyard Kipling, author (Rector, 1922); Sir James Black, Nobel Prize winner in medicine (MB ChB, 1946).
Currently, the University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2019 as 95% of St Andrews final year students were satisfied with the quality of the learning and teaching experience.The University has secured a TEF Gold Award for the quality of teaching and the undergraduate experience.
Students entering Medicine at St Andrews have the unique opportunity to graduate after three years at St Andrews with a BSc Honours degree in Medicine before moving on to one of the University's partner medical schools to complete their training as a doctor and graduate with an MBChB/MBBS.
The course provides students with an excellent scientific foundation for clinical practice, helps develops ethical understanding and decision making skills and provides early, relevant clinical experience in a highly supportive educational environment. www.st-andrews.ac.uk
Western University, Canada
Zelio has another university that she can choose to attend. Western University in London, Ontario, Canada has accepted her application to study for the Bachelor of Health Sciences. Western University welcomes more than 5,200 international students from 121 countries around the world. Its staff and faculty provide a full range of programs, services and opportunities to help students achieve their academic and career goals.
Students taking the BHSc develop an appreciation for the world’s emerging health issues and are inspired to think globally and strategically to create innovative solutions. They are able to build their own degree with a variety of module and elective options that allow students to tailor their program of study to meet their interests. Students also focus their learning experience on improving human health and developing unique skills and perspectives to tackle health-related issues affecting people in all corners of the world. On this course, students examine health through a variety of lenses to gain an appreciation for how social, political, economic, and environmental factors impact people across their life span.
Set in the heart of Southwestern Ontario, London is the region’s economic, entertainment and cultural hub. With a population of more than 383,000, London is Canada’s 11th largest city and an ideal environment to work, play, and live. Big enough for the ‘big city’ experience, but still far more affordable in comparison with many other Canadian cities, London boasts an extensive educational and health care community, while providing the safe and clean atmosphere of a small community. www.uwo.ca
Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
Aryana has another acceptance from which to choose. She has recently been accepted to attend Erasmus University Rotterdam to study for the International Bachelor of Communications and Media.
The city of Rotterdam is edgy and entrepreneurial. It is famously multi-cultural; 170 nationalities integrate together. At Erasmus University Rotterdam, the 5,500+ international students account for about half of the student population of its English-taught programmes.
The International Bachelor Communication and Media (IBCoM) at Erasmus University takes a comparative, international approach to communication and media studies. The programme is taught exclusively in English to a diverse student body from all corners of the world. With extensive opportunities for international exchanges, IBCoM is an excellent stepping stone to advanced studies or a career in communications and related fields. www.eur.nl
Our Personal and Social Education (PSE) curriculum is taught in Advisory lessons and sometimes during classroom learning. For example, lessons on family and relationships might happen during a Language and Literature discussion. Lessons that relate directly to biology would be taught in that class. Our weekly updates include hyperlinked learning materials when possible.
For the week of February 24, the following PSE learning is planned:
Parents can reinforce learning at home by sharing what they know about these subjects. They can share their family’s, culture’s, and religion’s perspective on these aspects of Personal and Social Education.
If you would like your child to opt out of any of these lessons, just send an e-mail to your child’s Advisor and make sure your child knows. If you have any questions about any of the PSE lessons, you can contact your child’s Advisor.
You can find the Personal and Social Health Handbook here.
In recent weeks, Mr. Haske’s grade 8 and 10 Individuals and Societies (I&S) classes have had the opportunity to learn from guest speakers that are part of the local community. The grade 8 class spent the last few weeks of semester one investigating a variety of issues that are impacting Zambia and other countries in the region. These issues were related to access to education, healthcare, energy, food and water. After examining the impacts of these issues, and potential solutions, students worked in small groups to identify organizations here in Zambia that are working to improve these areas, and to see if they could learn more firsthand, and possibly help out themselves.
The first guest speaker to meet with the class was Russell Lyseight of Vitalite. Vitalite is working to provide solar energy, high efficiency charcoal cooking stoves, and other tools to individuals who need them. Mr. Lyseight did a terrific job of informing the class about Vitalite’s current projects and their hopes for the future through anecdotes, statistics and imagery. He also informed students about how they can help contribute.
A few lessons later, the class was visited by members of Chance4all, a local NGO that sponsors children who have limited access to education, so they can attend school. Two of the founders of Chance4all, Anna Caprile and Jane Okafor, along with two members of their team, Sandra Ngulube and Anna Alder, joined the class one afternoon. Students learned about the history of Chance4all, how many children do not have access to education in Zambia and the region, what Chance4all is doing to help local children, and how AISL can contribute as well. Once again, students were treated to an engaging presentation that included a number of informative statistics, imagery and heartfelt stories.
Mr. Haske’s grade 8 class is now in the process of forming committees, and looking at next steps to inform the AISL community of the work that Vitalite and Chance4all are doing. Students are hoping to raise money and bring in clothing donations, so both groups and the individuals they support, can continue to work toward their goals.
Mr. Haske’s grade 10 class (10C) on the other hand, had been investigating the impacts of climate change on Zambia and other locations students have a deep connection with. After identifying a specific problem related to climate change, and a specific solution to that issue, small groups reached out to professionals in the local community in an effort to learn more and to get involved. Arend van der Goes of SNV Netherlands Development Organisation joined the class for a highly informative and engaging presentation. Mr. van der Goes’s presentation was related to deforestation, agroforestry, and integrated soil fertility management. He did an incredible job of engaging students with fascinating facts related to these topics, humor, questions, and various visuals. He even provided tree seedlings for students to plant themselves. Mr. van der Goes has mentioned the possibility of developing a smaller version of the agricultural model he promotes, here on the AISL campus. Mr. Haske is now in contact with the AISL science department to look at making this a reality.
As always, guest speakers can be an incredible asset to the learning of students. It is extremely beneficial for students to see that the learning that takes place within the classroom can be applied out in the ‘real world.’ It is also integral for students to make connections with the local community and to develop a better understanding of the steps that are being taken to address some of the world’s biggest problems. Hopefully, both classes can build on the relationships they recently developed with these guest speakers, and help contribute, in their own ways.
Greetings Parents! The Secondary School is seeking interested parents willing to lead cultural workshops for part of the WorldFest! celebrations. We tried this for the first time last year and it so successful we'd love to carry on the new tradition! All that you - or a group of parents - from a country need to do is think of a fun way to share some part of your home country’s culture. This could be a game, a craft, a song, a dance- anything! Last year some workshops included making Vietnamese egg art, preparing different types of cuisine, learning greetings in a different languages, writing one’s name in Korean, African face-painting, British pub games, American baseball, and a variety of other sessions. In total, we’d like to have about twenty-five (25) stations. Your session will be about 20 minutes in length and you will most likely repeat the activity five times (so different groups of students can rotate through). If you are a bit shy and looking for support, you may ask your son or daughter (or another parent, relative) to help you, too. The cultural sessions will take place on the morning of our WorldFest! celebration, Wednesday, 22 April, following the assembly in the PAC (and before the food fair part of the day). Please contact Terry Maguire (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tom Potter (email@example.com) if you’d be willing to share an aspect of your culture with our students!
We are growing our World Language Collection in the AISL Library by adding 380 new Chinese titles!
Earlier this year, AISL parent Mandy Sun helped us with the procurement and shipping of this order.
Not only will the new titles offer more breadth and depth to our Chinese language collection, but it also supports students by helping them find mother tongue books if they are Mandarin speakers, and supports students who are learning Mandarin.
Processing 380 titles by hand, called “scratch cataloguing” (as opposed to being able to import pre-formatted title records) is a painstaking process requiring many hours of work. To accomplish this task, AISL parents Ni Xin, Yu Yan Li, Mandy Sun, and Yang have helped with translating and cataloguing each new title. We will be processing these beautiful books over the next several weeks and adding them to the shelves as they are completed.
This is another example of how vital parent volunteers are to our community. When we moved back in to the library following the renovation last semester, parent volunteers were instrumental in helping us sort and reshelve 25,000 books - a Herculean effort that would have taken our four-person team much longer. If you pass through the library and see a group of parents bent over computers creating title records, please take a moment to thank them! We are all so grateful for our strong AISL community and parent volunteers.
人工编辑这380本书，我们称作“ 划痕编目” （需要一项一项人工输入）。这是一个工作量巨大的工作，需要很多的时间。为了尽快完成，中国的家长倪新、杨、余燕丽和孙杨贡献出了大量时间，让新书尽快上架。我们预估到完全上架，还需要几周的时间。
This past week, eleven of our Secondary students took part in the annual ISSEA Art & Drama festival at the International School of Tanganyika in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.
This is one of the two ISSEA cultural conferences for which the focus is on learning and collaboration.
Our visual arts students participated in workshops on digital design, henna-style painting, screen printing, beaded jewellery making and water-colors.
Our Drama students had two days of workshops, on everything from stage presence, styles of theatre (comedy and tragedy) and voice emphasis.
On the last day, they had six hours with their ensemble to put together a dramatic production.
Both sets of students learned from native Tanzanian or other foreign artists who were specialists in their trade.
While the conference was very intense, all students came away with a better appreciation of their own artistic genre, and developed their talents accordingly.
Gilles has been offered admission to 100% of the universities to which he applied in the United Kingdom. This week’s College News will feature two of these, with more to come in future issues.
University of Middlesex, UK
The University of Middlesex has invited Gilles to study for the Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Business Management. Middlesex University, located in north London, has climbed to 79th in the latest Times Higher Education ‘Young University Rankings’ of institutions 50 years old and less: the highest position of any university in the UK.
Business degrees are in high demand in our global world. With this course, students develop a range of transferable skills which are essential in business settings. These include communication, information technology, critical thinking, and teamwork. These skills are gained alongside a deep theoretical foundation and cover marketing, human resource management, global strategy, intercultural ethics, and additional areas of business. Expert tutors, with years of business experience, prepare students for an exciting career in the global marketplace. During their studies, students have an opportunity to engage in a year of study abroad, linked with partner universities in Europe and the USA. This deepens students’ understanding of what international business is and helps them to apply their skills and knowledge in an international setting. www.mdx.ac.uk
The University of Westminster, UK
Gille’s second acceptance is to attend The University of Westminster is to study for the Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Business Management.
Westminster’s Business Management degree allows students to build the degree of their choice by studying for a general business award or specialising in one of seven business areas: accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, human resource management, legal regulation, or marketing. During the course, students gain a broad range of business knowledge and skills which enables them to pursue a career in the private or public sectors. They also develop the appropriate skills and the confidence to develop their own business. In each year of study, students take a combination of core and option modules, with increased flexibility as they move through the degree. Each year, they also have the opportunity to study a foreign language.
The University of Westminster started out 180 years ago as the first polytechnic in London and one of the first in the UK, established to educate the working people of London. Today it continues to build on this reputation, helping students from a variety of backgrounds to realise their full potential. www.westminster.ac.uk
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