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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.

Mar 2018

Townshend School Choir performs in the Vienna Bahai centre and St Charles Church Vienna

Posted by Robert Setchell in 2018

Townshend School Choir performs in the Vienna Bahai centre and St Charles Church Vienna

On Saturday 24th February the Townshend Choir performed in Vienna in both the Bahai centre and St Charles Church, which had been visited by Abdu’l-Bahá 105 years ago. Many other students visited and observed the choir perform under the guidance of their organiser and conductor Rachel Dupras. You can watch their performance under the links below

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Um7o2kPGqqA&feature=youtu.be

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E37nVxFiVNQ&feature=youtu.be

 

Feb 2018

Winterball 2018

Posted by Robert Setchell in 2018

Winterball 2018

On the night of Saturday 3rd February 2018, the seniors organised the traditional winterball. Set in the dining hall, the students glammed up, presented roses to each other and danced the night away to a variety of slow dance and party anthems from across the decades. They also had on offer a selection of party food and the opportunity to have their photos taken to commemorate this important Townshend social gathering .

A nice break from their studies and a time that everyone seemed to enjoy.

Jan 2018

Nurnberg 2018 excursion for history students

Posted by Robert Setchell in 2018

Nurnberg 2018 excursion for history students

On the 26th January 2018 students of grade 9, IGCSE and A Level History went on an excursion to Nurnberg, This was to support their understanding of Germany 1918-1945.

 

Many of these students had been on our other excursions on this topic, the Eagles nest, Auschwitz, and from this academic year- Berlin. As we are in a central location in Europe, we have been able to go to excellent exhibits about this period in a way hands on and visual to our students. In this case the museum is held in the Congress hall of the Nazi party Rally grounds- and it gave students the sense of not just the horror but the scale of propaganda used by the Nazis to control the German people. The museum is done with exhibits an audio guide , so students could learn at their own pace and in their own languages if needs be.

The students were well behaved throughout and excellent ambassadors for Townshend in public. They were respectable in the museum with the solemnity of the topic studied. They were rewarded with this with free time in the medieval centre of Nurnberg, able to enjoy the German cuisine and shops,

 

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.

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