This year’s Basketball Season here at AIS has reached its conclusion, with the boys and girls teams having participated in many games against local schools around Ashgabat. The Basketball teams improved drastically, both individually and as a team throughout the season, building vital skills and teamwork along the way. We want to give a special thank you to Ms. Suzanne, Ms. Donna, and Mr. Kerim for mentoring and coaching the students throughout this year’s basketball season. We are looking forward to next year’s basketball season where we will continue to grow and mature as young student athletes and represent AIS with pride.
Our AIS Junior Varsity Boys and Girls Teams both participated in this years’ Central Asia Basketball Classic in Astana. Seven International Schools participated, with AIS being the sole representative from Turkmenistan. Both teams fought hard and were extremely competitive in their matches. The Junior Varsity Girls Squad earned the coveted “Sportsmanship Award” in Astana in this year’s CABC, which fits in perfectly with one of our main goals here at AIS: To model and instill “Success Orientations” in the students through Group Interaction, Kindness and Politeness, and Concern for Others. Overall, we had a successful and exciting basketball season here at AIS this school year. Go Eagles!!!
2018 -2019 Soccer Club – The New Field
Our soccer guys and girls are very excited to play on a professional quality field this year. The new field is finished and provides a very flat, smooth turf surface so students can maximize what they learn in game play. This year we have a large showing of girls – Mrs. Anderson is coaching approximately 10 girls each Monday and Tuesday covering basics of ball handling and passing. Many of the female students have not played soccer before and are starting from the very basics and according to Mrs. Anderson they are making incredible improvements. The boys practice takes place Tuesday and Thursday and we start with a few drills then moving to a scrimmage. We almost always have a few staff members who want to join in the fun. As our program grows and we connect with more and more local schools we hope one to either join a local tournament or attend one overseas. There is a tournament next fall in Almaty, will we be ready?
As many of you know AIS has begun the Keeping Safe program. Students are learning about different concepts related to safety and how to react in a variety of situations. The 8 and 9-year-old students began by learning about what safety is, the different non-verbal messages we show throughout the day, and the four types of emotions we feel. In our conversations about safety the students created mind maps to describe various safety items. The students then got a chance to laugh at Mr. Bean as he displayed fear and enjoyment at a swimming pool in our discussion of non-verbal communication. They also got to apply these communication skills to various situations their groups were given. Last week everyone acted out different types of emotions and showcased them to an audience. As we continue to learn about being SAFE, we encourage everyone to discuss these topics at home.
In December we hosted a Winter Concert, which was, to my mind, a great SUCCESS! Our students demonstrated their enjoyment of singing, playing ukulele, bells, chimes, and recorders. You might have also noticed that kids managed to sing solo and ensemble parts really well. It is a result of their practice of the performance and audition skills, and, frankly speaking, I am proud of them because I can observe their progress
However, there are always some visible and invisible achievements. Music curriculum has a wide range of activities: from reading notes, identifying the form and structure of music to learning styles, composers, and great art works, such as Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas, Carnival of the Animals by Saint Saens, ballet The Nutcracker by Peter Tchaikovsky, and Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev.
We have Model United Nations, MUN, clubs for 12 – 13 YO students and for Secondary 1 – 4 students. Model United Nations simulates the United Nations as students represent countries to solve real-world, global problems. Students develop key skills in diplomacy, international relations, public speaking, debate, problem solving, and social skills. Our Middle School MUN Conference will be in Budapest and Hungary.