|23 Jul 2018|
|WM Summer 2018 edition|
The start of the 2017 – 2018 school year at AISB was one with many firsts. On August 22nd, 2017, we opened our doors to 940 students – an unprecedented figure in the school’s 55 years in operation. On June 21st, 2018, we say ‘have a great summer’ to a fantastic 984 students.
Over the past two years, the AISB Board of Trustees has made a commitment to refurbish, renovate and modernize the school campus, to meet the changing needs of our curriculum and student requirements. This academic year, we opened the new Early Learning Centre, a purpose-built campus for our youngest learners. This expansion has afforded the main school additional spaces as the EC2, EC3, EC4 and Kindergarten classrooms moved to their new abode. The former Early Childhood classrooms were converted to new Design and Music spaces for the Secondary and Elementary Schools. Five of these classrooms now house the film/media, technology, robotics and textile design classes for the Secondary School, whilst two classrooms have been redesigned to accommodate the Elementary Music program.
In the Secondary School, the Art classroom attic space has been totally remodeled and expanded so that all Art classes will be taught in this space. Likewise, both the Elementary and Secondary Special Educational Needs departments have been allocated new spaces. Also, the Athletics and PE departments have a new multipurpose outside court that has been designed for volleyball, basketball and tennis and one of the soccer fields is being artificially turfed to allow for better conditions during sports tournaments and PE classes.
It has been a very busy time in other parts of the school with the addition of a PTO Office, a covered walkway between the cafeteria and the secondary building, a Theatre faculty office, a new Elementary office, as well as installing new teacher and student desks.
The school year continued to bring added growth to our building with the Secondary building expansion. It is due to open for the start of the upcoming academic year in August 2018 and all the temporary classrooms at the back of the school will be removed as a result of the additional space. The Secondary School extension includes:
Fifteen new classrooms;
Two new laboratories, plus an additional prep area;
Five new faculty workrooms;
Large Common Room;
Four extra sets of bathroom facilities;
Two outside sitting areas, plus a café/work area for the IB Diploma students.
The next phase of our school expansion is the development of the remainder of the Design and Engineering Center. Upon completion, the DEC will we a two storey hub for design, multimedia, film, cuisine, robotics, and more. Find out more about the expansion in the Press Room feature on page 15.
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