AISA ConneXions - April 2012 Issue

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AISCT Turns 10! Welcome Note! AISA Gives Back - Malaria No More Week Without Walls What is Round Square?

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P10 ICS Addis - Grade 5 Trip P11 Language Immersion Preschools P14 Nigeria LNG Launches IPC Students build ECO-Friendly “Earth Banda” P16 P17 Creating a Culture of Service

Two Schools in Africa Find Success Creating ‘Catalysts’ for Change AISA’s Visiting Authors Follett Goes Mobile Responsible Profit is Possible

P18 AISA Shools take on Swiss Alps P20-33 AISA 2012 Detailed Information P34 CIS School Accreditation P37-47 Professional Development

AISCT Turns 10!

By Helen Petersen, American International School of Cape Town Many years ago a group of educators gathered together in Cape Town to create a school based on the American curriculum and following the American (northern hemisphere) calendar. They created a Board and then began a search for a building to house the school. They found the perfect site located in Constantia Hills. The campus was originally built for the Notre Dame Academy in 1946 and then became a girls’ reformatory school for a short period of time. When the Board first saw the site, the campus was in ruins, but they saw potential. Throughout 2001 the campus received a total facelift, and on 19 January 2002 the doors of the American International School of Cape Town (AISCT) opened to 18 students with five teachers. Ten years later AISCT has 320 students from 46 different countries taught by 32 teachers from nine countries. The grades run from Pre-Kindergarten, a class for four year olds, to Grade 12. AISCT is proud to have just launched an early childhood development centre (Grizzly Cubs) for children aged two to four. After-school activities are offered for students in Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 everyday and include academic clubs as well as sports. Advanced Placement (AP) courses, recognized internationally, are offered in the High School. Graduates from AISCT have been accepted to colleges and universities on six continents. To celebrate the grand occasion, on 19 January 2012 the student body gathered in the school hall (Parthenon) to sing the school song and view a slideshow of pictures over the past ten years. Following, everyone went to the soccer field to form the number 10 and received a cupcake with the school logo and a 10.

Happy 10th Birthday, AISCT—10 years strong!


Welcome to the new look AISA ConneXions newsletter. In this edition we have expanded the news from you our members. It is clear there is a lot happening in our network from school celebrations, new programmes and products, service learning and much more. Thank you to all who submitted articles. We encourage members to continue to use ConneXions to keep our connections alive. Remember that you can always submit news about your school to AISA for inclusion in one of our bi-annual editions of ConneXions. Please contact our Communications and Marketing coordinator Ida Rob at icrob@aisa. We’ve also added more articles from the consultants who will be facilitating sessions at our October 2012 Conference in Johannesburg. These articles are very informative and will hopefully encourage you to attend AISA 2012 knowing what is on offer well in advance. AISA is keen to know from our members what types of professional development activities you would like us to offer. Many of you are already engaging in vibrant discussions around this question in AISA’s online Communities of Practice (CoPs). We invite everyone to sign up to one of our CoPs to chat with your colleagues about

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this and any other topics of interest for those undertaking similar jobs in our member schools. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our CoP facilitators who are doing a great job guiding the discussions in these CoPs. For details of how to participate contact or our Professional Development coordinator Benjamin Bett ( As I write the 2012 AISA-Global Issues Service Summit (AISA-GISS) is about to get underway at the American International School of Johannesburg, South Africa. We wish all those participating a successful summit and look forward to hearing all about this important event in our August edition of ConneXions. Many thanks to Desiree Brown-Quilty and her team at AISJ for hosting this event. AISJ is also hosting our AISA Conference from October 19 – 24, 2012 and will be the venue for the much anticipated NEXT FRONTIER Professional Conversation taking place on March 15-17, 2013. Do you have an event you would like us to publicize? We’d be happy to do so on the Calendar and News pages of the AISA website or right here in ConneXions. There is so much happening with IB workshops, MAP workshops, AISA SchooLink (Moodle) Training, not to mention over 100

workshops and institutes on offer during our upcoming conference. We also have important initiatives taking place for child protection, regional testing services, and the new AISA Job Board. I would like to pay tribute to two of our AISA Board members who are leaving us at the end of this year. David Shawver (IS Tanganyika) and Wayne Rutherford (IS Dakar) have been staunch supporters of AISA throughout their time in the region. Dr. Pam Ward from the Office of Overseas Schools is also leaving us at the end of this month. Pam’s contribution to AISA has been second to none and we will certainly miss her. We welcome Dr. David Cramer from the Office of Overseas Schools who will be replacing Pam as Region Education Officer for Africa. Perhaps inevitably we also lose several heads of schools, principals and teachers at the end of the year. I am sure you join me as we wish all our departing friends every success in the future. In closing let me wish you happy reading… why not drop us a note and let us know what you think?

Dr. Peter Bateman Executive Director

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