This academic year, our super Leopards have amassed a staggering number of local championships:
10 LISL Championships
23 ISAZ Midlands Championships
6 ISAZ National Championships (out of 9)
We are super proud of our wonderful Coaches and amazing Athletes for their outstanding achievements!
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Miami University, OH, USA
Miami University in Oxford, Ohio has accepted Missy’s application to major in International Studies through its Bachelor of Arts program. Miami University is a public research university, founded in 1809, although classes were not held until 1824. It is the second-oldest university in Ohio and the 10th oldest public university in the United States. The school's system comprises the main campus in Oxford, as well as regional campuses in nearby Hamilton, Middletown, and West Chester. Miami also maintains a campus in Luxembourg. Miami University is well known for its liberal arts education, offering more than 120 undergraduate degree programs.
In its 2019 edition, U.S. News & World Report ranked the university 96th among national universities and the 42nd top public university in the United States. Additionally, Miami University is ranked 3rd best national university (2nd among public institutions) for undergraduate teaching. Miami is one of the original eight Public Ivy schools, a group of publicly funded universities considered as providing a quality of education comparable to those of the Ivy League. www.miamioh.edu
Simon Fraser University, Canada
Missy has also been accepted to attend Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Founded in 1965, SFU has become Canada's leading comprehensive university with vibrant campuses in British Columbia's largest municipalities: Vancouver; Burnaby; and Surrey. SFU has deep roots in partner communities throughout the province and around the world. It is a place where innovative education, cutting edge research, and community outreach intersect. The university’s vision is to be Canada's leading engaged university.
The International Studies major is for students who see themselves as being part of a world that extends beyond where they currently live. Students motivated to think and work internationally, in pursuit of a more peaceful and just world. Curious to learn about societies, economies, and political systems in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, or the Middle East. International Studies majors are a community of scholars, teachers, and students who work on real world issues: seeking to bridge the gap between what goes on in the university and what goes on in the places that they study. Mostly, they work on regions facing significant challenges, whether it be long-standing conflicts, a lack of stable institutions that can protect human rights, or institutions that maintain or deepen economic inequality and poverty.
Faculty and students believe that we all have a role to play in resolving these issues, not as members of the so-called “developed” world, but as partners with individuals, grassroots organizations, and communities across the planet that are taking up the work of peace-building and human development. www.sfu.ca
On Tuesday, 17 March last week, AISL hosted a Parent Coffee morning to present information on Visible Thinking. This session was led by Julie Baldry, Terry Maguire, Leslie Jeffery and Ingrid Turner.
Teachers at AISL use the research from Harvard University’s Project Zero to enrich learning at AISL. Project Zero’s “Cultures of Thinking” reminds teachers about the importance of routines, environment, interactions, language, expectations, opportunities, time, and modeling. Project Zero’s research indicates that if all these forces are present and working well in a classroom, then optimum learning can occur. Our teachers use the thinking routines that have been developed and named by Harvard researchers to enable students to access habitual deeper thinking more quickly and efficiently.
Why is this important? According to Krueger, 2019, “We can’t prepare students for specific careers when we can’t even fathom what those might be. Nearly half of what students learn in their first year of university is outdated by the time they graduate. Thus students will need to be able to think in a variety of ways in order to be successful in the workplace”.
The Coffee Morning session saw parents identify a number of different thinking words such as analyse, develop, generate, consider, contrast, interpret, classify, judge etc.
We then took a look at the 8 thinking moves we help students make during learning experiences:
Routinely asking your children “WHAT MAKES YOU SAY THAT?” Rather than “WHY?” has proven to make a marked difference in eliciting reasoning. Asking “What Makes You Say That” is much more invitational in nature whereas “Why” is more likely to lead to a defense of a position. Teachers at AISL are also transitioning to asking for ideas using the language of possibility. The use of ‘might’ in ‘How might you do that?’ creates safety in that they understand there are multiple answers not just one right answer.
The session ended with information for parents on how to promote thinking at home.
Here is the link to the Visible Thinking website for more information and step by step instructions for the routines, and here is the link to other useful documents as well as the 10 Visible Thinking Tips for parents.
University of York, UK
Anna has a further offer of acceptance from which to choose. She has learned that her application to attend the University of York and study for the Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Midwifery Practice has been successful.
The degree course philosophy focuses on both the art and science of midwifery. Alongside developing an understanding of the biology of pregnancy and childbirth, students gain the interpersonal skills needed to work with women, families, and colleagues, and to provide compassionate care in a variety of social and cultural contexts.
Through a range of academic and practical modules midwifery students gain skills and knowledge to enable them to provide evidence-based holistic, person-centred care. The teaching and learning cohorts are small, meaning students have all the support they need to progress through the course. By the time they graduate, they will be ready to become a leader in contemporary midwifery.
After completing this degree, graduates are eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the professional regulatory body for nurses and midwives in the UK. The course is also fully accredited by the Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) which sets standards to facilitate effective parent–baby relationships and choices regarding infant feeding. www.york.ac.uk
University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa, USA
Asa has recently received another university acceptance. This is to study for the Bachelor of Science in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.
The University of Alabama is a public research university in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Established in 1820, the University of Alabama is the oldest and largest of the public universities in Alabama as well as the flagship of the University of Alabama System.
The University of Alabama is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and service. It provides a creative, nurturing campus environment where its students can become the best individuals possible, learn from the best and brightest faculty, and make a positive difference in the community, the state, and the world.
The University is situated on a beautiful, 1,200-acre campus that has everything students need to be successful during their college years. They can be energized through leading-edge research initiatives and state-of-the-art labs; inspired by professors who are experts in their fields of study; active in campus life through one of more than 600 student organizations; and be involved in a wide range of volunteer opportunities and internships. www.ua.edu
Oxford Brookes University, UK
Gilles has been accepted to attend Oxford Brookes University to study for the Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Business Management. Oxford Brookes University has over 150 years of history. It started out as a small School of Art in borrowed teaching rooms and has grown into one of the UK's top modern universities with a local, national, and international reputation for teaching and research excellence.
The Business and Management degree is combined with another subject to fully prepare graduates for a career in a wide range of organisations. Students can combine Business Management with Geography or International Relations.
This course develops students’ practical skills and knowledge so they can make decisions in the real world. Graduates will have a broad knowledge of Business and Management, which will enable them to add value to organisations right from the start of their careers.
Oxford Brookes’ teaching staff have considerable experience and industry links. So students can reinforce their learning with insight into today’s dynamic global business environment. www.brookes.ac.uk
Nottingham Trent University, UK
Gilles has also been accepted to Nottingham Trent University to study for the Bachelor of Arts with Honours in International Business with a Year in Industry.
International business is defined as ‘multi commercial transactions (i.e. sales, investment, logistics and transportation) taking place between two or more regions or countries beyond their political boundaries’. Why is this important? In the fast-paced business world companies are looking to gain a more competitive global presence. Therefore, the demand for graduates with high international management knowledge and a broad understanding of business is critical.
Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has been named ‘University of the Year’ 2019 by The Guardian. The prestigious award comes after NTU received the coveted Times Higher Education ‘University of the Year’ 2017, and the influential Times and Sunday Times ‘Modern University of the Year’ 2018. NTU has also been rated Gold in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework, the highest ranking possible. www.ntu.ac.uk
Dear Primary Parents,
Firstly, we would like to start by saying thank-you for all of your support and engagement during this first week of distance learning. We recognize that this is a transition for families, students and teachers so flexibility and finding a routine are especially important right now. At this early stage, there are two messages we want to reiterate:
1. We are here as a teaching and learning community to support in whatever way we can. This means that all teachers and the Primary Leadership Team are an email, phone call, or Seesaw post away ready to answer questions, make any needed adjustments, and to stay connected as a community. Below are a few images from our students engaged in Week 1. Thank you, Yaxiao, for keeping up your physical fitness with Ms. Kate. Well done, Kianna, for being creative with your living things collage with Ms Leslie. Well done, Jesse, for showing how to add groups of 10 with Ms Bridget.
2. We are striving to balance the delivery of a holistic, rigorous program, balancing the academic and the socio-emotional, while remaining sensitive to each family's unique situation (i.e. difference in time zone, travel dates, a household with multiple siblings, working parents, etc.). In order to know how we might be able to balance this even better, please share your feedback with us. We welcome your perspective as a family.
A final note to remember is that the learning engagements posted from each of your child's teachers are meant to be completed across a week. Many teachers will post these Sunday evening so that you can plan the week ahead. Your child's teacher may have shared a sample planning sheet to help balance the learning across the week. You may choose to use that sample or one of the plans attached to this article. Again, please find something that works for your child and your family.
Some of you may have access to a printer and will want to have paper copies available to work with. For others who do not have access to a printer, your child knows how to upload a .pdf or .jpg to Seesaw and annotate it on their iPad.
Darlene Huson, Primary Principal
Tony Potts, Primary Assistant Principal
Christine Kelly, Primary Assistant Principal
I hope you are doing well. Today begins the first full week of our distance learning program. We are excited to be able to offer it during our campus closure. Please be patient as both teachers and students adapt to this new learning environment.
I have received queries from parents who are leaving the country about whether they should return school-owned items (e.g. iPads, laptops, library books, and musical instruments) before they leave. To be clear, our priority is for students to have everything they need to continue their distance learning programs. If your son or daughter needs these items to continue learning, then by all means take them with you. You may return them when the distance learning program ends. If you are not planning to take these items with you when you travel, then please do return them to the school so that they may benefit other students. These items can be left with the guards at the Secondary School gate. Please put them in a box or bag with your child's name on it.
Feel free to send along any questions you may have.
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday: 07:15 - 15:45 / Friday: 07:15 - 14:30