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Nov 2018

Alumni Feature: an Interview with Ilker Fahri Yilmaz

Posted by Townshend in 2018

From the 24th to the 26th of September Ilker Fahri Yilmaz, a Townshend alumnus, visited Townshend to catch up with past friends and teachers. Born and raised in Germany, with parents from Turkey, Ilker first came to Townshend in 2010 and graduated in 2013.

Ilker found out about Townshend through one of his family members. He came to visit the school in 2009 and decided he liked it, which led him to start studying at Townshend a year later.

When Ilker came to Townshend he had to get used to lots of different things. For example, he had never gone to a boarding school before, so many rules and guidelines were new to him. Looking back at his years at Townshend, he had a great time making friends from all over the world, becoming part of a second family, and having the opportunity to improve his English and learn about new cultures.

When asked about his experience in the dorm and school, and how it affected his future, Ilker recalled how his self esteem greatly improved throughout his time at Townshend; an improvement that was made possible through the support and encouragement of his teachers.

He also offered some advice for current and future Townshend students, which was to “Enjoy the time you have here, because it passes, it flies.”

After graduating from Townshend, Ilker went on a year of service in California, where he served in The Bosch Baha’i School. He then went to University to study film, and is currently working on several short film projects. He is also working with the Junior Youth programme in Vancouver, helping young people empower themselves and make their neighbourhood a better place.

When Ilker started film he didn’t do it to become famous. He did it to tell a story and have the audience connect with the characters and story. His advice for people starting in film is: “Just always keep going and let nobody tell you you can’t do it. Work hard for it. The day you give up is the day before you [could] have success!”

You can follow Ilker’s projects on his Instagram @ilkerfahriyilmaz or www.ilkerfahriyilmaz.com

 

[Written by Kian Khorram and Fabian Hechenblaikner, Grade 9]

Oct 2018

Helping Hand in the Forest

Posted by Townshend in 2018

Last Friday, on October 12, several Townshend students participated in a Forest clean-up in the nearby city, Ceske Budejovice. This service project, named “Pomáhám, protože chci” (I’m helping because I want to) involves clean-ups of the local area in cooperation with the city hall. The Townshend community has been supporting this project, offering the students service experience in the area, and helping them develop a concept of responsibility for their surroundings.

Approximately 20 students from Townshend attended, alongside another group from a school in Ceske Budejovice. The programme lasted 3 hours with lots of laughing, new friends, and a spirit of service. It was a great bonding experience for the two groups, and several students from boths schools have shared contact details and hope to keep in touch.

 

Sep 2018

Welcome to our friends from Colombia!

Posted by Townshend in 2018

Last week, a group of exchange students from Colombia arrived at Townshend International School. For the next month they will be participating in the school routine and living in the dormitories. In total, there are six girls and three boys: Gabriela, Angie, Laura, Danna, Paula, Samantha, Pablo, Sebastian, Esteban, and their chaperone, Ms Bacca.

One of our students, Manuela, has asked the girls some questions in order to get to know a little bit more about them:

Manuela: Why did you choose Townshend?

Samantha: “Because this school is big and beautiful and the people are friendly and kind.”

Gabriela: “I came to the school to learn another language to have a better future, knowing the Czech Republic culture.”

Paula: “Last year it was made the same exchange program, which was very good and this year they did it again.”

Manuela: What are some things that you like so far about Townshend?

Laura: “The people are very welcoming and they make us feel happy. I also like the way they teach the lessons.”

Manuela: What are some things that you like about Colombia?

Paula: “The food, the people and the environment.”

Finally, Manuela asked what they expected to gain during their stay at Townshend. Danna said that she wanted to improve her English; something that all the girls agreed with. Laura mentioned “a new point of view to see the world”, and they were all also excited about “making more friends”. Last but not least, Gabriela said “I hope to receive knowledge to have a wider mind”.

The Townshend students are excited to interact and learn a lot from their new friends from Colombia. For them, it is a great opportunity to gain experiences from other countries; something that Townshend appreciates a lot, and greatly encourages.

It seems that this one month is going to be a joyful time for them and for us, and we can not wait to have more opportunities like this one. So on behalf of Townshend International School, we are very pleased to welcome the Colombian students!

 

Sep 2018

Back In Action

Posted by Townshend in 2018

Following a long and eventful summer break, we are excited to welcome in the 2018-19 school year. The summer months have brought several changes to our returning students who, after several weeks away, are full of energy and ready to immerse themselves into Townshend life once again. This year Townshend also welcomes a rich mix of new staff and students, and we look forward to seeing their contribution to the school community.

The year ahead promises many opportunities for the students’ growth; academically, physically, and spiritually. With physical activities back up and running, there has been a vibrant splash of noise and colour across the campus; shouts from the football field, a spring on the basketball court, and a whole lot of teamwork. This week enrolment has also opened for extra-curricular activities such as Arabic conversation, cooking, school play, and yearbook, with students eagerly rushing to the sign-up boards during their break times.

With the school community attracting a large number of youth, the efforts of students have also turned towards service. Senior students have been assisting new arrivals with the transition to dormitory life; several high school students have been helping in the primary school; and the graduating class has recently opened the legendary snack shop. Our mid-week was also touched by an open welcome to all youth by the local Baha’i community, with a gathering of music, prayer, games, and of course, dinner!

So keep your eyes and ears open for updates as the year continues – there will be much to share!

 

Apr 2018

Trip to Mauthausen

Posted by Robert Setchell in 2018

Trip to Mauthausen

On Friday 27th April, Grade 9 and Level 1 students went to Mauthausen Concentration camp to learn about the atrocities committed by the Nazis. They had a guided tour by Mr Setchell and saw the many memorials to the victims across Europe that were imprisoned in the camp.

 

Their behaviour was excellent, and afterwards had time to see Plus City and end on a more optimistic note. This trip aids them to study Germany 1918-1945 as part of their IGCSEs, as well as aid moral development and civics.

Mar 2018

Townshend International School Play – Blood Brothers

Posted by Robert Setchell in 2018

Townshend International School Play - Blood Brothers

On Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd  February the Townshend Drama group performed the play Blood Brothers by Willy Russell.

Under the expert tutelage of director Miss Nelson, the students performed the tragic story of 2 brothers separated at birth. Various musical pieces were performed as part of the play and the actors showed the variety of emotions conveyed in the play, from comedic scenes to that of immense sadness.

The play was performed in a magically transformed seminar room, transformed into the stages required of a front of a council estate house and a living room for an upper middle class family.  They were also well supported by stage technicians under the guidance of Mr Sabri.

The students performed in front of an enraptured audience who gave the actors many standing ovations as they truly deserved.

Nov 2018

Alumni Feature: an Interview with Ilker Fahri Yilmaz

Posted by Townshend in 2018

From the 24th to the 26th of September Ilker Fahri Yilmaz, a Townshend alumnus, visited Townshend to catch up with past friends and teachers. Born and raised in Germany, with parents from Turkey, Ilker first came to Townshend in 2010 and graduated in 2013.

Ilker found out about Townshend through one of his family members. He came to visit the school in 2009 and decided he liked it, which led him to start studying at Townshend a year later.

When Ilker came to Townshend he had to get used to lots of different things. For example, he had never gone to a boarding school before, so many rules and guidelines were new to him. Looking back at his years at Townshend, he had a great time making friends from all over the world, becoming part of a second family, and having the opportunity to improve his English and learn about new cultures.

When asked about his experience in the dorm and school, and how it affected his future, Ilker recalled how his self esteem greatly improved throughout his time at Townshend; an improvement that was made possible through the support and encouragement of his teachers.

He also offered some advice for current and future Townshend students, which was to “Enjoy the time you have here, because it passes, it flies.”

After graduating from Townshend, Ilker went on a year of service in California, where he served in The Bosch Baha’i School. He then went to University to study film, and is currently working on several short film projects. He is also working with the Junior Youth programme in Vancouver, helping young people empower themselves and make their neighbourhood a better place.

When Ilker started film he didn’t do it to become famous. He did it to tell a story and have the audience connect with the characters and story. His advice for people starting in film is: “Just always keep going and let nobody tell you you can’t do it. Work hard for it. The day you give up is the day before you [could] have success!”

You can follow Ilker’s projects on his Instagram @ilkerfahriyilmaz or www.ilkerfahriyilmaz.com

 

[Written by Kian Khorram and Fabian Hechenblaikner, Grade 9]

Oct 2018

Helping Hand in the Forest

Posted by Townshend in 2018

Last Friday, on October 12, several Townshend students participated in a Forest clean-up in the nearby city, Ceske Budejovice. This service project, named “Pomáhám, protože chci” (I’m helping because I want to) involves clean-ups of the local area in cooperation with the city hall. The Townshend community has been supporting this project, offering the students service experience in the area, and helping them develop a concept of responsibility for their surroundings.

Approximately 20 students from Townshend attended, alongside another group from a school in Ceske Budejovice. The programme lasted 3 hours with lots of laughing, new friends, and a spirit of service. It was a great bonding experience for the two groups, and several students from boths schools have shared contact details and hope to keep in touch.

 

Sep 2018

Welcome to our friends from Colombia!

Posted by Townshend in 2018

Last week, a group of exchange students from Colombia arrived at Townshend International School. For the next month they will be participating in the school routine and living in the dormitories. In total, there are six girls and three boys: Gabriela, Angie, Laura, Danna, Paula, Samantha, Pablo, Sebastian, Esteban, and their chaperone, Ms Bacca.

One of our students, Manuela, has asked the girls some questions in order to get to know a little bit more about them:

Manuela: Why did you choose Townshend?

Samantha: “Because this school is big and beautiful and the people are friendly and kind.”

Gabriela: “I came to the school to learn another language to have a better future, knowing the Czech Republic culture.”

Paula: “Last year it was made the same exchange program, which was very good and this year they did it again.”

Manuela: What are some things that you like so far about Townshend?

Laura: “The people are very welcoming and they make us feel happy. I also like the way they teach the lessons.”

Manuela: What are some things that you like about Colombia?

Paula: “The food, the people and the environment.”

Finally, Manuela asked what they expected to gain during their stay at Townshend. Danna said that she wanted to improve her English; something that all the girls agreed with. Laura mentioned “a new point of view to see the world”, and they were all also excited about “making more friends”. Last but not least, Gabriela said “I hope to receive knowledge to have a wider mind”.

The Townshend students are excited to interact and learn a lot from their new friends from Colombia. For them, it is a great opportunity to gain experiences from other countries; something that Townshend appreciates a lot, and greatly encourages.

It seems that this one month is going to be a joyful time for them and for us, and we can not wait to have more opportunities like this one. So on behalf of Townshend International School, we are very pleased to welcome the Colombian students!

 

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