Early Years Wows at AIS@60 Launch & Founder's Day

Early Years at Association International School are the most exciting, enchanting, and enlightening group. As we nurture their curious minds and provide them with opportunities to develop skills and character. Play, along with music, dance, and dramatic expression, is a crucial component of our curriculum.

The Early Years of AIS wowed the audience at this year's 60th Anniversary Launch & Founder's Day with their impeccable performance, unmatched confidence, and heartfelt portrayal of the founder, Col. George E. Amuah (rtd), through a dance-drama in which they swayed in various genres and eras. With their subtle satire and comedic timing, they had the audience in stitches. The most impressive aspect of it was that they accomplished this without assistance from any of the adults present on stage, demonstrating that they have developed self-management skills and a can-do-it-just-trust-us attitude.

You will enjoy snippets of their unforgettable performance in our series on media -- "Beginnings" - the name of the dance drama. Here's to our little AIS STARS.... we are so proud of you.

 


AIS Jacketing and Prefect Investiture

BY: PERPETUAL AYIKPAH

Association International School has held its 5th Jacketing Ceremony for DP1 students. The ceremony which was held on 21st June 2023 at the school’s auditorium saw in attendance the Head of School Mrs. Audrey Doryumu, The Dean of Students Ms. Ashley Doryumu, the Human Resource Manager Mrs. Joann Ofori, and other members of the faculty.

The Jacketing Ceremony commenced at 2:40 pm with an opening prayer by Mr. Theophilus Sarpong and a word of exhortation by Mr. Harvey under the theme: “The role of the Holy Spirit in our lives”. The latter encouraged faculty and students to seek the discernment of the Holy Spirit in all their endeavors.

 

JACKETING

Jacketing which signifies the ushering in of a new breed of student leaders and transitioning them into authority was concurrently done with the Investiture of New Prefects popularly known as badging or pinning of prefects. 36 DP1 students were jacketed and spontaneously assumed the title whereas 22 student prefects were inducted into office.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mrs. D highlighted the biblical significance of jacketing by quoting Aaron’s call to priesthood and the mantle given to him as a cloak of authority. “Therefore as Christians, our call to leadership is to better equip us to lead the flock entrusted in our care in the precepts of God by commissioning them into God’s light,” she said.

She reiterated to the student body that it is prudent to accord the prefects the utmost respect stating that the prefects are the highest student representatives of truth and knowledge in AIS.

22 DP1 students were inducted into office, key among which were the SRC President Miss Amani-Amina Iddrisu, the Head Boy Master Bryan Acheampong, and the Head Girl Miss Vera Fayorsey – Deku.

A panel comprising of 7 facilitators was commended for the time, resources, and knowledge imparted to the newly inducted prefects during the grooming stage, which has nurtured and braced them to assume their leadership roles.

The newly inducted prefects were charged to be ambassadors of AIS and uphold the core values of the school. Subsequently, the entire student body and faculty prayed concurrently for MYP5 and DP2 preparing to sit for their external examination.

Mrs. D announced a few changes in the usual morning routine or schedule which was to take effect on Tuesday 25th April 2023 and the ceremony ended at 3:50 pm with Mrs. Jacqui Borteye offering the benediction.

 


Association International School places third in University of Nottingham Engineering Competition

ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL PLACES THIRD IN UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM ENGINEERING COMPETITION
(from left to right: Deborah Nwarueze, Sasha Segbawu, Tiffany Antwi, Heidi Harms & Afia Affrah Frimpong)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are so proud of our budding female engineers for placing 3rd in the International Engineering Competition for Schools.

The event was organized by the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham on Saturday 11th March 2023 at Ghana International School.
Dayspring International Academy and Aburi Girls Senior High School were 1st and 2nd respectively. The 8 participating schools included:
  • Aburi Girls Senior High School,
  • Association International School,
  • Dayspring International Academy,
  • Delhi Public School,
  • Ghana International School,
  • International Community School (Accra & Kumasi),
  • SOS Hermann-Gmeiner International College,
  • Tema International School.
Each team was tasked to design a practical model bridge that would cross a 50cm gap. They had to use a limited number of sustainable materials (plywood, wood strips, glue and thread).
The judges assessed each entry based on the following criteria:
  • the weight of the bridge
  • students' application of theories shared during two pre-competition webinars delivered by Dr. Luis Neves
  • the weight the model bridge can carry
  • teamwork
  • creativity and attractiveness

We commend our students for their effort, ingenuity, and commitment during the competition. Their dedication and hard work paid off and we couldn't be prouder.

Keep shining and showing the #aisDifference in the world with your innovative ideas and skills.

Source: Citinewsroom.com, 2023


AIS Blue & White Sports Day - 60th Anniversary Edition

As the Blue & White Day Torch travels along its route, we are reminded of the values that Association International School's Blue & White Sports Day embodies - friendship, fair play, unity and diversity. With these words, the 60th Anniversary Edition of AIS Blue & White Sports Day was officially opened.

Each year the AIS Community (students, staff and parents) is separated into two houses - Blue & White - to compete for the enviable title of Blue & White Sports Day Champion. This year the two houses competed in various events including:

  • lime and spoon relay
  • high jump
  • 50 metres dash
  • pick and drop relay
  • shot put
  • soak and fill the bottle
  • 4x50m relay
  • tug of 'peace'

The atmosphere was charged with anticipation as the two teams went head-to-head in the various events. It was refreshing to see older students cheering on the younger ones in the pick and drop relay, 50 metres dash and soak and fill the bottle. the highly anticipated showdown between parents and staff in the relay race and tug of peace was a sight to behold. Before this, students displayed their prowess in skating, karate and dancing to the excited crowd.

At the end of the day, the Blue Team embodied their motto: "Blue to Victory, Blue to Sucess" and rode home to victory.

We look forward to next year's event.


AIS Musical 2023 - Sarafina!

Over the weekend, students from Association International School (AIS Ghana) put on a phenomenal adaptation of Mbogeni Ngema’s “Sarafina" on the 10th and 11th of February 2023.

This student-led production was the brainchild of our IBDP1 students with support from the Performing Arts Department of AIS Ghana.  "Sarafina" marks the first time we have held a live production in our new ultra-modern Five Loaves and Two Fish Auditorium and our first production post-COVID-19. Our previous musicals, Disney's "Aladdin" and DreamWorks' "The Prince of Egypt" were all held outside our campus. Notwithstanding their hectic schedules, multiple rehearsals, and tired limbs, the cast and crew put on 3 solid live performances.

Many patrons of the event gushed about the creativity, confidence, and dexterity that the students displayed. They brought the color, magic, and sound of South Africa to life on stage and thrilled all the attendees at the sold-out show.


Association International School Goes to the World Cup (Qatar 2022)

Qatar 2022 marks the first World Cup to be staged in the Middle East, which makes it unique in many respects. Goal 22, organized in partnership with the Qatar Ministry of Youth & Sports, Ministry of Education & Higher Education Qatar, Qatar Football Association, and Qatar Foundation is another first.

Goal 22 is a year-long program that seeks to empower the youth, create impact, and influence change through football. Generation Amazing (GA) Foundation and the FIFA Foundation developed Goal 22 as part of the build-up to the World Cup.

       

As part of Phase 2 of Goal 22, schools from each of the 32 participating nations were invited to attend the workshop at the Qatar GA Festival. Two students from Association International School were chosen by Generation Amazing to represent Ghana at this year's World Cup. This is a tremendous honor. Master David Spitta-Ansah (MYP5), Miss Yvonne Blessing Sira (DP1), and Ms. Eileen Hewlett (P.E. Facilitator) represented Association International School and Ghana at the event. In addition, they watched the live Group A match between Senegal and Netherlands on 27th November 2022.

Indeed “…them that honor me I will honor..” (1 Samuel 2:30).

We wish David, Yvonne, and Ms. Eileen all the best.

As our school anthem states “AIS, AIS, AIS we lift your banner high! AIS, AIS, a brilliant revelation of God’s design and will.” We are truly raising leaders, learners, and ambassadors of Christ to the glory of God.

   


Ethnic Pride Day 2022

 

The celebration of our diversity and multiculturalism that is Ethnic Pride Day at Association International School is special.

This year's theme, 'One World, One Family', reminds us that we should care for one another, especially in these challenging times.

Ethnic Pride Day is an annual event held at Association International School to celebrate the culture, traditions, and diversity of our student body and faculty. This year’s celebration was more special because it was held for the first time at our state-of-the-art Five Loaves and Two Fish Auditorium.

 

After a secret ballot, each of the homerooms from Pre-KG to DP2 was tasked with finding creative ways to represent one of the 26 nationalities represented at Association International School. Students and faculty dress in the traditional clothing of their chosen country and share information about the country through various performances including dance, skits, and songs. Parents, faculty, and students also bring food from various countries to share at the international food court.

The Association International School Parent Association (AISPA) took an active part in this year’s event. They brought authentic cuisine from the countries represented, organized a photo booth, and went all out to support their children.

Students also created their own props for the event in the AIS Makerspace.

We would like to thank all parents, staff, and students for making this year’s Ethnic Pride Day truly remarkable.


Celebrating Scholarship - Secondary Graduation 2022

At the annual MYP & DP awards ceremony on June 7, 2022, MYP and IBDP celebrated the end of the academic year. Academic achievement awards for exceptional students were given out across all subject areas. The Head of School, Mrs. Audrey Doryumu, presented each student with their prizes and praised their achievements.

The 2nd Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Mrs. Elsie Addo Awadzi, was a distinguished guest speaker at the awards ceremony at Association International School. Mrs. Addo Awadzi urged students to dream big and make a difference in the world. Additionally, she underlined that since the students have more opportunities than their forebears did, they ought to take advantage of them in order to bring about the change they want to see in the world.

You can find the full text for the Guest Speaker’s speech here


Senior Spotlight: Verona Odhiambo (Class of 2022) University of Toronto (Lester B. Pearson Scholar, 2022)

Association International School Senior Spotlight: Verona Odhiambo (Class of 2022)

University of Toronto (Lester B. Pearson Scholar, 2022)

Verona Odhiambo began her studies at Association International School in DP1 (Year 11). As an international student from Kenya, Verona had to adjust to the rigors of the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) and living in a new country. Verona is a multi-talented learner and she is passionate about making a difference in the world.

Verona was chosen as one of 37 extraordinary applicants for the prestigious Lester B. Pearson Scholarship at the University of Toronto (UofT) this year. The Lester B. Pearson Scholarship is awarded to students who have excelled in school and their communities in terms of academic accomplishment, innovation, and leadership.

Verona intends to pursue a BSc. Life Sciences at the University of Toronto to specialize in pharmaceutical chemistry. Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics were her favorite courses at Association International School, so this is no surprise. Verona hopes to contribute to pharmaceutical research by taking full advantage of UofT’s excellent research resources and facilities.

In the summer of 2021, Verona interned at the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP), shadowing Ph.D. and master’s degree candidates and conducting research for her extended essay (EE).

Verona has served as Deputy Head Girl at Association International School, Founder and President of the IB iTrack program, and Co-Organizer of the Rare Disease Initiative.
She is also a podcast editor for Mind Design Sports and a member of the Finance Olympiad.

We wish Verona all the best at UofT. We know that she will excel. Congratulations Verona!


AIS Donation Drive to Tema

Students from the STY orphanage in Tema engaged with some of the toys received.

We had the honor of visiting the Save them Young children’s orphanage on Saturday the 12th of February, 2022 in light of the recently concluded Global School Playday which our PYP and EYP students were part of.

AIS decided to extend the play day to the community by donating toys to the children’s home. AIS parents, students, and staff actively participated in this worthy cause, bringing a smile to the children’s faces.

Save Them Young, located in Tema; Ghana is a children’s home that cares for abandoned, abused, missing, and orphaned children. This is a non-governmental organization founded by two good-willed Reverends; Rev. Dr. Colleen Opoku Amuaben and her husband Rev.King Opoku in 1996. The home currently houses 78 children ranging in age from infancy (below 12 months) and 18 years of age. Five of these children are developmentally challenged. Due to large numbers and a constant influx of children, the home is unable to adequately provide learning resources for their children, especially those born with various challenges. AIS students, parents, and staff members were able to donate some toys and resources that would aid in better learning. Some of these included geoboards, tweezer games, activity wall panels, sensory toys, stuffed animals and so much more. 

 

 

Ms. Linda and Ms. Sandeepa (Head of Lower School at AIS)

Parents also donated essential items such as diapers and a Neubelizer; something the orphanage was in dire need of.

We are grateful for the Neubelizer. It’s something that’s been on our list of needs. We’ve often had to rush children to the hospital in the middle of the night because they cant breathe well. This makes our work difficult as we are short of staff, the sick child would need to sleep over at the hospital with a staff member, and it is often costly too. We are, therefore, very grateful to have received this Neubelizer” – Ms. Linda; Director Save Them Young Tema

The IB Learner profile encourages students to be caring; showing compassion and a commitment to service with the Aim of making a positive impact in the lives of others. It is heartwarming to see our students embody this trait. Many thanks to our AIS parents who are also embodying the IB learner profile by day. We look forward to engaging our learning community in more communal activities such as this.


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