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Egham students celebrate culmination of middle school

Published Friday 7th of April 2017 11:46:04 AM

Over 50 ACS Egham International School students, aged 15, have recently celebrated the completion of their International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP), through exhibiting their Personal Projects during a display evening at the school. The personal projects encourage students to reflect on their learning and the outcomes of their work during the IBMYP, independently researching a topic area of their choice. For the duration of the project, students complete a process journal, documenting their achievements, challenges faced, and skills developed. The display evening, for teachers, family, friends and the wider school community, enabled the students to personally explain their projects and answer questions. Projects included a symbolic painting showing how the war in Syria affected the lives of its citizens; a short film exploring issues related to the role of technology in modern society; and a sponsored 180 kilometre charity bike ride. Finn Ractliffe created an artwork for his project (pictured), which displayed electronic waste in the form of a city. Finn investigated the best methods of recycling electronic waste to achieve environmental sustainability. Mercy Johnson created a film looking at how self esteem affects different age groups, particularly teenagers. Her project can be viewed on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF_xNrTq4xI. A wig for a cancer patient was designed by student Louise Holmström and donated to the charity, ‘Little Princess Trust’. To create the wig, Louise developed new skills including knotting and weaving and as part of her project, she also explored how hair affects a person’s confidence. Caroline Hazel, ACS Egham MYP Personal Project coordinator, commented: “This year has seen an array of wonderful projects, spanning a vast variety of topics and ideas. Visitors who attended the display evening all marvelled at the students’ creativity and their fascinating insights drawn from in-depth investigation of their chosen topics.” The IBMYP, taught at ACS Egham for students aged 11 to 14, consists of eight subject areas, providing a broad and balanced education. It is taught in almost 100 countries and aims to develop active learners who are internationally minded and able to emphathise with others.
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