QSI Quintile Newsletter 2021/06
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50 Years with QSI and Sanaa International School
As most of you know, this is my last year as President of Quality Schools International. 2020-21 makes my 50th year as Director of Sanaa International School and/or President of QSI (with a few years in the beginning of QSI in both positions). I am very pleased to turn over the president position to Jerry Scott (current Vice-President) beginning on 1 July 2021. Jerry has played a major part of the development of QSI, joining us in Yemen in 1988. Another long-time administrator, Dr Karen Hall, will be taking Jerry’s position of Vice-President.
These 50 years have been challenging, satisfying, and very interesting as we have seen QSI develop into what it is today. My wife Margery has been with me during these years as a teacher, librarian, and office worker in Yemen, and finished her QSI career as the Executive Secretary of QSI for many years. We have worked together for all of these 50 years. Without her support and contributions, there would be no QSI today. Our school in Yemen would not have been established without Margery’s support to return to Yemen in spite of the fearful experience of being under overhead machine gun fire that resulted in our evacuation from Yemen in 1967. She did not tell me of her fear of returning until many years later. Most reading this article are aware that Margery passed away in March of 2021 with stomach cancer. Margery and I were one (as noted in the Bible in Ephesians chapter 5). She is now free from pain with her Savior, Jesus Christ, in eternity. I love her and miss her more than can be imagined. She is the love of my life on earth. She played a major part of what is written in the following abbreviated history of the development of QSI.
Graduation Address to the Class of 2021
On behalf of QSI Board of Directors and QSI Leadership, I would like to congratulate you for completing a very important milestone in your life. I would also like to say, “thank you” to all teachers, counselors, administrators, and your parents who also dedicated themselves to your success.
As you look back over the past four years of your Secondary experience, you will no doubt, have many mixed emotions and memories. Never before, that we can remember, have graduates passed through the last two years of their schooling like you have. Never knowing if you would be in the classroom or learning on-line, studying with peers or in isolation at home; you never knew if you would face the effects of Covid-19 or safely avoid this virus. The two most important years where you had meet all your course requirements, as well as prepare for end of year tests such as AP, IB, and SAT Exams; not to mention, facing the demands of submitting all those applications to universities – You Have Met The Challenge. You have accomplished all of these demands and successfully arrived at your graduation ceremony. You are now ready to receive your diploma; but you have had to fight like no others before you.
Graduating Class Highlights
Moving on to university, I am going to take with me some very important values that I have learned at QSI. Ironically, the worst year that I have experienced in my life is the year I learned a lot, most importantly to be grateful and consistent.
Isha Kalwani transferred from English International School in Cotonou to experience an international education from the American perspective to better prepare herself to enter a US university.
QSIB has provided me with enough knowledge and tools that have practically set me up for a “bright” future
I have been a student at QSIB since I was in pre-school, and the school community has been a significant influence throughout my entire life.
Each year, the QSI Bratislava community gathers to celebrate the graduating class by handing out green ribbons to the SEC IV students.
Graduation is a time of celebration for students and families; and this year for the directors, staff and teachers also a time of relief.
Heloise is much more than an exceptional student: she is a well-rounded individual, and a true global citizen
Peter loves the wonderful school environment that QSIP offers and was disappointed to see his graduating year disrupted by COVID-19.
Yonghoon Yoon is one of QSIP’s graduating seniors from the class of 2021. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Hoon has spent most of his life in Phuket, Thailand.
I trust we have prepared you to work hard, work smart, major in the majors, and use your influence and giftedness responsibly and honorably.
Katerina (Katya) Hovnanian-Alexanian plans to attend Princeton University. During her high school years Katya founded her own NGO in Armenia to better connect student organizations in local schools.
We are honored to have two graduates this year, Anna-Lucca Vagner from Denmark and Chun Yin “Timothy” Yu from China.
QSI Class of 2021 University Acceptances Include:
• Berklee College of Music
• Boston University
• City University of London
• College of William and Mary
• Columbia University
• Cornell University
• Duke University
• Emerson College
• Erasmus University Rotterdam
• Franklin University Switzerland
• Georgetown University
• Hongkong Polytechnic
• IE University Madrid
• John Cabot University Rome
• King's College London
• Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
• London Film Academy
• Loyola Marymount University
• McGill University
• New York University Shanghai
• Northwestern University
• Parsons School of Design
• Princeton University
• Purdue University
• Queens University
• Rice University
• Rochester University
• Rutgers University
• Temple University
• Texas A&M
• The Hague University of Applied Sciences
• The University of Hong Kong
• Trinity University
• University of British Columbia
• University of California at San Diego
• University of California Berkeley
• University of California Davis
• University of California Irvine
• University of California Santa Barabra
• University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign
• University of Michigan
• University of North Carolina
• University of Notre Dame
• University of Toronto
• University of Waterloo
• University of Wisconsin - Madison
• Villanova University
• Webster Vienna Private University
• Wesleyan University
QSI provides amazing opportunities for students to develop into global leaders by promoting student leadership through student-led clubs and student-initiated and student-led MUN conferences.
QSI Shenzhen Senior
Graduation Confetti at QSI Malta
A graduate of Ashgabat International School, Leyli Ramazanova went on to attend Yale NUS college on a full scholarship. She graduated this May with a BSc Honors in Mathematics, Computational and Statistical Science. She will start her career this July in Singapore as a software engineer for Goldman Sachs.
Based on what my daughters have learned and experienced at QSI they can spread their wings with confidence. Thank you, QSI, for guiding and shaping their future!!!QSI Shenzhen Parent
QSI Bratislava Graduates Performing
Class of 2021
In Other News
We close out the month of May reflecting on the last 20 years of QSI education in Shenzhen. The excitement has been building for our anniversary celebration. Students are ready with performances, and we have had a great opportunity to reach out to alumni, parents and QSI community friends.
As the school year ends, we can look back with encouragement for the bright future of teaching and learning within the QSI school community. This school year has been full of challenges, excitement, and most of all change.
QSI Belize preschoolers learn all about the Nile crocodiles and have a cute little visitor for one day.
The Middle States Association (MSA) visiting team that visited QSI in May 2021 has recommended us for accreditation as a school system! The MSA team visited eight QSI Schools (QSI Chengdu, QSI Dongguan, QSI Kosovo, QSI Phuket, QSI Suriname, QSI El Tigre, Ashgabat International School and Kyiv International School). The visits went extremely well.
Tirana International School is proud to be authorized as an IB World School for the Diploma Programme. Starting next year, we will offer the IB Diploma Programme for students in Secondary III and IV.
In the 2020-21 school year QSI schools participated in some virtual CEESA events such as MS MUN, MS Knowledge Bowl, HS Math, MS & HS Robotics, and MS Cultural Arts while QSI Regional Athletics/Activities Program offered Upper Elementary/MS Spelling Bee, MS Knowledge Bowl, MS Math, MS Cultural Arts Festival, Cross Country, and Track and Field.
Who doesn’t love animals? For our project-based learning unit this year our class chose to concentrate on a specific habitat and learn as much as we could about the animals and plants that live there. We picked the African Savannah as our habitat.
QSI Shenzhen 8, 9, and 10 year-old classes raise money for a dog and cat rescue shelter in Shenzhen.
QSI Malta, one of five schools to receive this national award was awarded a certificate and a giant Eco-Schools flag.
A Tribute to QSI from the MSA Visiting Team
In the middle of May for two weeks of this year
The QSI family was eager to hear
The report of the Team who had come from abroad
To interview and question the QSI horde
The MSA team had been working through many a night,
Not even a tear – not even a fight.
A “virtual” bond was formed in these days
We have studied this school in so many ways.
It’s hard to believe that a few weeks ago
We all logged onto computers and we were ready to go!
We’ve so much in common – we’re pert and alive
When it comes to endurance, the team all scored “5’s!”
Gilson and Root had a dream long ago,
“We’ll start up some schools - in the hinterland though
The world is expanding – there are needs to be met.
With forethought and courage, we’ll both be all set.”
Our thanks to Jerry Scott with his passion and grit.
Full of spirit and energy - not willing to quit.
But we thought that we were going to Malta with him.
Ok - we will wait till next year for a dinner and swim!