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MS Student Life

There are many opportunities for Middle School students supports their emotional and social growth and enhance their school experience.

Service Learning & Cultural Trips form an essential core to the program with every student participating. 

Service Learning

 

Learning about and helping those less fortunate than themselves is an important aspect student life at AAS. Students are encouraged and supported to be creative in developing ideas and driving them through to make a difference to others. From fundraising to helping out at animal shelters, visiting orphanages or making and distributing sandwiches for homeless shelters, Middle School students are active service learners. 

Cultural Trips

 

Normally taking place around September, these trips usually span 3 days and 2 nights. Students engage in team-building and learn about themselves and each other, as well as their wonderful host country. 

"My most memorable moments have been on the cultural trips. They were so much fun and the school picked some great places".
Caroline, Grade 7

Middle School Extra Curricular Activities

Numerous voluntary clubs and groups are organised internally by AAS staff, but many activities are linked to 'CEESA' (Central and Eastern European Schools Association). CEESA provides a competitive interscholastic athletic and activities program intended to enrich and enhance the educational experience of students. This program plays a large part in the life of both Middle & High School students.

From music and culture to sport, festivals to tournaments and competitions, there is something for everyone to enjoy. 

'CEESA' sports TOURNAMENTS

  • MS Soccer/Football
    AAS MS teams play 7-aside games against other CEESA schools. Our girls are in Division 1 and boys in Division 2.
     
  • Tennis
    AS tennis runs in the spring for HS. We select 6 players to travel to the CEESA tournament; 2 students play singles and 4 students make up 2 doubles pairs.
     
  • X-Country Running
    The participants run 2 races over the 2 days at CEESA. HS students run a 3.5km race and a 5km race. The races are over varying terrain and may include; grass, trails through forests, water features, hills and flat ground. It is a combined MS/HS event and each school is allowed to have up to 6 runners in each age/gender.
     
  • Basketball
    AAS teams play in the CEESA Division 1 group for all teams; MS boys and girls.
     
  • Swimming
    AAS competes in CEESA swimming every year. It is a combined MS and HS team consisting of up to 32 swimmers, 8 in each age/gender. Swimmers can compete in both individual and team relay events.
     
  • Volleyball
    All AAS volleyball teams compete in the spring season. The travel team may consist of up to 10 students.
     
  • Read More About CEESA at AAS

'CEESA' ACTIVITY TOURNAMENTS

  • Speech and Debate
    AAS competes in the MS Speech and Debate CEESA competition each year. The team consists of 10 students who are allowed to compete in a maximum of 2 events. The events are Impromptu, Debate, Original Oratory, Duet Acting and Oral Interpretation.

     
  • MS Model United Nations (MUN)
    This is a CEESA event and is only open to CEESA schools. It is an educational simulation  and/or academic activity in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations.

     
  • MS Choir
    Choir students work hard to prepare themselves for this CEESA event. At the festival over 100 students come together to sing and to produce a concert at the end of the weekend.

     
  • Knowledge Bowl
    Students work together in groups of 4 and compete against other teams. This is a general knowledge competition. The first round of questions is based on one topic; which could be anything from biology, to poetry to capital cities to astronomy. The second round a quick fire general knowledge questions. There is also an individual and team written component to to CEESA competition.

     
  • Cultural Arts
    MS Students are invited to join the Cultural arts team. This is a CEESA event which has a visual art focus. The theme for each year is decided on by the host school. It is designed to show off the diverse culture of their city and country to the other CEESA schools. Students engage in 3 parts; inspiration, creation and exhibition

     
  • MS Math Counts
    This CEESA competition is governed by the MathCounts Foundation, which is based in the US. Schools are allowed to send 2 teams of 4 students each to compete in both team and individual events.

     
  • MS Robotics
    This CEESA event is a FIRST Lego League competition. Each year the teams are set a challenge and they take their robot to the competition to compete against the robots from the other schools.


    Read More About CEESA at AAS

STUDENT AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

A critical component of the transition program at the school, the Student Ambassador Program allows for students to learn leadership and advocacy, whilst helping new students to form friendships and settle into AAS. They also assist as stewards at events. 

Lunch Time Activities

Middle School students are given the opportunity to participate in a plethora of teacher led activities during their free time, including board and card games, meditation and relaxation sessions and sports in the gym.

TEDX Youth

Organised under the global TED banner TEDxYouth are independently organised events encouraging young people to develop themes and topics and present them to a live audience all while being professionally filmed. AAS has had a TED-ED Club and TEDxYouth program since 2016. Helping students to believe that not only do they have a voice but people beyond the school want to listen, TED-ED  have provided the platform for some phenomenal talks and presentations, a number of which have been posted on the official TEDx channel.

 

Livestream Team

Livestream is a popular activity at AAS with student volunteers forming the team that record and broadcast sports tournaments and events such as graduation. Under the guidance of the faculty and IT staff, student hone their artistic and technical skills while providing a service to those unable to attend the event in person.

AAS Livestream Channel

Cheerleading & Dance

Students work together learning new skills and techniques.  These groups form a tight bond and have great fun developing dances and routines and creating original performances that are often shown at special events, such as a CEESA opening ceremony.