Looking Back to Last Week!
Wow, what an amazing week I just had! I had the honor of traveling with 8 amazing Grade 11 students to Tanzania as part of our Week Without Walls. I cannot tell you how impressed I was with our students. We worked from dawn to dusk, building desks for Manzi School. In three days, we built 10 desks, enough for 30 students to have a place to sit! This might not seem like much, but it was very challenging work in the heat of that Tanzanian summer. Our guides informed us that we far exceeded their expectations, the previous school group that came to Manzi school had more students and managed to build only 3 desks in as much time. Our students were organized and focussed. Because of the clear needs of the school, UAS students were more than willing to go the extra mile. On our first day, we visited a class with 64 students, many of whom were sitting on the floor as there wasn’t enough work space for the kids. They would take turns sharing the desks so that they could do their work. It was very eye-opening for how lucky we are to be able to provide such a world-class education to our students. And in turn, our kids gave everything they could to make the learning just a little easier for the kids at Manzi. It was so wonderful to see.
Of course, there were other elements to this trip. After our three days of service, the students got to experience the wonders of Tanzanian Nature, History and Culture, but ultimately, it was our mission to empower our students to become Caring, Critical Thinking, Responsible Global Citizens that brought us to Tanzania. To see more of our trip, and the amazing other experiences of Week Without Walls, click HERE to go to our WWW Instagram Feed. There you will learn about all the amazing things we did!
Looking Forward to This Week!
On Saturday, March 3rd we have our annual International Day! The PTSO have done an amazing job getting everything prepared. Please come support the school, there will be music and laughter and things for the whole family to do! Please make an effort to come out Saturday from 11 to 5! Hope to see you there!
Looking Forward to Next Week!
One of the things we are empowering is a more substantial look at social issues. Some of our teachers, supported by the Fine Arts Booster Club are hosting a Women’s Week from March 4th to 8th. While most of the activities are taking place at lunch, we would like to invite ALL members of the community to a special event on Monday, March 5th:
This wonderful event is the screening of a film called Stitching Palestine. As an American and IB school, part of our mission is to make the world a better and more peaceful place. Led by the Fine Arts Booster Club (click to see their instagram page) This is going to be a wonderful event. There will be an exhibition of over 160 pieces of work, followed by a screening of the film, followed by a panel discussion. I am very excited to learn about this important topic and I hope that you will join us. Seats are limited to 200 people.