As we bring the year to a close, we want to reflect on what a fantastic year this, our 25th Anniversary year, has been.
We started the year with our inaugural Welcome Back Gala. Our International Day celebration was one of the biggest and most successful events in our history. Both of these events were organized by our PATA team who also hosted several other student and community events throughout the year. There was Thanksgiving Day, fashion shows, the middle school fair, and so much more!
We have seen one of the highest intakes of new students throughout the year, and we welcomed two new exceptional students into the AISCT scholarship program.
Through your support and generous contributions, we have raised close to R200 000 for the scholarship program and look forward to welcoming another two students next school year.
We also welcomed our newest Grizzly who, through community voting, we have named Grizzy!
One of our major goals this year was a continued focus on standards-based learning and, more specifically, standards-based grading in both middle and high school. Other strategic focus areas were continued work on DEIJ (diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice), the learning support program, and the scholarship program.
AISCT also continues to be recognized as an environmentally aware school, having previously been awarded the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa (WESSA) Eco-Schools Green Flag status and, most recently, the Bronze Award. The Green Flag status award is the highest recognition a school can receive.
We were also excited to announce the ambitious capital project campaign that includes an expansion of our campus size and the construction of a library and media center, an aquatics center, new learning areas, and new sporting areas that will benefit all students.
Each year we are immensely proud of our graduates, and this year is no different. Our students have been accepted to colleges and universities around the world.
A few of these include George Washington University (USA), Purdue University (USA), St. Louis University-Madrid (ESP), Northeastern University (USA), EDHEC Business School (FRA), EU Business School (GER), University of Glasgow (UK), Queen’s University Belfast (UK), University of California-Berkeley (USA), Virginia Polytechnic Institute (USA), Manchester Metropolitan University-School of Architecture (UK), University of Sheffield (UK), University College London (UK), and the University of the Arts London (UK).
We enjoyed celebrating Graduation Day on May 26 and wish them all well as they start their journey into further studies and exploration.
A Moment in History
This year, we celebrated the first quarter century in the evolution of our extraordinary school.
“On behalf of the Founding Board, I extend special recognition to those people, past and present, who have contributed to this remarkable institution. From our humble beginnings on Campground Road to the facilities of today, we have been mindful of the unique needs of our community and have tried our utmost to meet these challenges to the best of our abilities,” shared Larry Balli, the AISCT Board Chair. “We have successfully achieved, through collaboration and pragmatism, a product we all take pride in. May all of us continue to strive for the continued success of AISCT, and may all students who pass through our portals benefit from the opportunities offered and remember their Alma Mater fondly.”
With our strong foundation, diverse and engaged community, international education and experienced educators, and our students who show up and try their best every day bringing fun, joy, wonder, knowledge, resilience, and purpose to our work, we know that we are set for another great quarter century.
We extend our gratitude to our entire community and partners. Thank you for a fantastic year and a fantastic school!