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Sep 2017

Welcome Party !

Posted by Robert Setchell in 2017

Welcome Party !

On the evening of Saturday 16th September, the senior of class hosted their first event for the students. The welcoming Party was themed on \’bad taste-crazy dress\’ and the students arrived in an eclectic mix of fashions, hats, hair dye and school uniforms.

The students partied in the Cabana room with snacks and drinks available and a small photo area for memorable snaps of the evening. With music, lighting and decorations provided for by seniors. New and old students socialised and enjoyed the company and a good time was had by all.

Sep 2017

Level 1 Camp

Posted by Stephen Duncan in 2017

Level 1 Camp

Level 1 have just returned from an enjoyable camp where they spent 5 days team building, learning a variety of skills for survival, enjoying a pristine environment and bonding as a group. The highlights of the week included canoeing, rock climbing and riding mountain scooters. The week was especially helpful for new students to get to know there class mates and for the group as a whole to grow closer.

Sep 2017

Level 4 Camp

Posted by Robert Setchell in 2017

Level 4 Camp

Level 4 students started their year rolling within a week they attended their camp near Straz Nad Nezarkou (near Trebon about 50 minutes from Townshend)

 

The students were thrust into a variety of team building, physical and intellectual challenges including boat building and sailing (although this turned out to be more like the Titanic sinking….) climbing 12m high trees, T shirt designing and late night hikes.

They also had deep and meaningful discussions with senior staff, and have many pictures that they will cherish in the future.

Most of all this camp united the class and highlighted their tremendous team spirit, and bodes so well for the academic year ahead!

Sep 2017

Summer 2017 excursion to London

Posted by Robert Setchell in 2017

Summer 2017 excursion to London

In the last week of the academic year, as the Cambridge exams finished we took some of Level 2 and 3 students on an excursion to the great city of London. Flying via Prague airport 8 of our inquisitive students took a 4 day excursion to experience many new sights and culture in one of Europe\’s great cities and enjoy learning in a very different method to the classroom.

Over the course of the 4 days the students were out for at least 10 hours a day using London\’s public transport network to get around and see many different museums and cultural sights to give as broad an excursion as possible. Uner the guide of native Mr Setchell; the students were able to visit (deep breath)

  • The British Museum
  • The Imperial War Museum
  • The Natural History Museum
  • Buckingham Palace
  • St James\’s Park
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Leicester Square (including M&M world and the largest Lego store in Europe)
  • Piccadilly Circus
  • Covent Gardens
  • The Tower of London
  • Tower Bridge
  • Millennium Bridge
  • St Paul\’s Cathedral
  • Big Ben
  • A River Cruise down the iconic River Thames
  • The Olympic Park and Queen Elizabeth Stadium
  • Shakespeare\’s Globe Theatre
  • Greenwich Observatory and Royal Park
  • and of course a journey up  the iconic London Eye!

The students took everything in their stride and behaved well and enjoyed all of these plus of course iconic food (Fish and chips!) tried terrible British accents and had smiles constantly, even when getting stuck in a lift (elevator) in the hotel and getting through London\’s tube (underground railway network). It was a great way to end the year and will certainly be an experience students can use in the future!

Apr 2017

History Excursion to Auschwitz and Kraków, Poland

Posted by Robert Setchell in 2017

As part of their studies in modern European history, a component of both IGCSE and A level history involves studying the Nazis. To help gain more first-hand experience and to reinforce the lessons taught, students from Levels 1,2,3 and 4 visited the concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, located in southern Poland.

This is the fourth time an excursion from Townshend to Auschwitz has occurred, and like the previous ones, our students and staff were respectful and careful to take the lessons from this dark period in history. Whilst it is obviously tough seeing the violence and depravity of the Nazi regime, it is always an extremely useful reminder of why we teach values and ethics. It is always so good to bring students from such varied backgrounds and ideas to a site like this to show how wrong the Nazis’ ideas of prejudice and racism were.

Following the excursion to Auschwitz, after an overnight stay in a hostel, the students were then taken to experience Polish culture and explore one of Europe’s most beautiful and historic cities: Kraków. The students were given a guided tour of several sites including Wawel Castle, the old Jewish square, and the historic central square of Kraków.

Thanks to the Wenku travel agency for organising the excursion, and thanks to the chaperones (Mr. Palsha, Mrs. Sabri, Dagmar Duncan) and all who participated. It is an intense, long (at least 16 hours of bus riding in 2 days) but ultimately worthwhile trip, and I hope it will widen our students’ knowledge and give them yet more experiences and lessons to take into their futures.

Mar 2017

Trip to United Nations Vienna

Posted by Townshend in 2017

Trip to United Nations Vienna

As we have been studying and analyzing the United Nations, international relations and human rights issues as part of our studies in Grade 9 Civics, Townshend students participated in an interactive human rights tour at the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV).  The UNOV is the third largest United Nations headquarters after New York and Geneva.

Townshend Grade 9 civics students not only experienced the world of the United Nations and learned about its work in Vienna and around the world, but also had the opportunity to visit and explore the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), conference rooms, UN translator services and artifacts from peacekeeping humanitarian missions.  After the UN visit, students explored architectural sights, shops and food at the Stephansplatz square and we left with an additional driving tour provided by Martin Polak, our knowledgeable and friendly Townshend bus driver.

(submitted by Mr. Rumi Palsha)

Sep 2017

Welcome Party !

Posted by Robert Setchell in 2017

Welcome Party !

On the evening of Saturday 16th September, the senior of class hosted their first event for the students. The welcoming Party was themed on \’bad taste-crazy dress\’ and the students arrived in an eclectic mix of fashions, hats, hair dye and school uniforms.

The students partied in the Cabana room with snacks and drinks available and a small photo area for memorable snaps of the evening. With music, lighting and decorations provided for by seniors. New and old students socialised and enjoyed the company and a good time was had by all.

Sep 2017

Level 1 Camp

Posted by Stephen Duncan in 2017

Level 1 Camp

Level 1 have just returned from an enjoyable camp where they spent 5 days team building, learning a variety of skills for survival, enjoying a pristine environment and bonding as a group. The highlights of the week included canoeing, rock climbing and riding mountain scooters. The week was especially helpful for new students to get to know there class mates and for the group as a whole to grow closer.

Sep 2017

Level 4 Camp

Posted by Robert Setchell in 2017

Level 4 Camp

Level 4 students started their year rolling within a week they attended their camp near Straz Nad Nezarkou (near Trebon about 50 minutes from Townshend)

 

The students were thrust into a variety of team building, physical and intellectual challenges including boat building and sailing (although this turned out to be more like the Titanic sinking….) climbing 12m high trees, T shirt designing and late night hikes.

They also had deep and meaningful discussions with senior staff, and have many pictures that they will cherish in the future.

Most of all this camp united the class and highlighted their tremendous team spirit, and bodes so well for the academic year ahead!

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