I sat in on a few of the CAS project presentations this week in the High School. Creativity, activity, service (CAS) lies at the heart of our Diploma Programme. Over the past three days, we witnessed a swath of presentations with a myriad of experiences in which ASW students were involved over their two-years CAS activities that align their two year IB experience. From exploring and extending ideas leading to all sorts of artwork, performances, sports competitions, and collaborative reciprocal engagements with local and global communities, we heard about students working in soup kitchens, caring for homeless animals, organizing English lessons for refugee children and children from orphanages, both in Poland and in Vietnam. Today, on the 50th anniversary of Earth day, students shared about their care for nature, how they initiate forest clean-ups, are involved in gardening, and helped us see into the many other ways they contribute to changing the world for the better.
Students were also involved in their own personal improvement including learning to sing, cooking, learning a new sport, painting, drawing, writing, or learning other new skills that they never thought they could do. Students reflected that their CAS program gave them a wider perspective on their perceptions of the world. Most all, after their CAS experiences, students see themselves as further contributing and finding ways to give back to the community well after graduation.
ASW has always been focused on a holistic approach. And while experiences abound throughout the school, whether virtual or in real life, the CAS program is truly a showcase of capstone learning and the insights that can be gleaned from making the whole world your classroom.
On Monday night we appointed our newest board members for next year and wish to welcome our newest board members, Esra Yavuz and Maria Grigorova, to the board. They were appointed along with the reappointment of Paul Rodriguez and Artur Banaszak for an additional commitment. Our board for next year is, thus, almost formed except for the upcoming elections. As a reminder, our form remains open for candidates, so please click on the link below to apply.
The Board is currently seeking community members with experience in fields like human resources, fundraising, development, and strategic planning. We are also seeking members with strong social networks within both ASW and our host community. Most importantly, the BoT needs parents who are committed to the values, mission, and vision of our community and the long-term wellbeing of our school and its students.
You can find more information about the BoT, including the composition of the board and qualifications at the following link:
Thanks to those who participated in our event last Friday. If you have any questions regarding the board or the process, please feel free to contact me or any current board member.