Dear AST Families and Friends,

The celebration is real, profound, and widespread. Yesterday, we spent considerable time preparing for and hosting a set of reporters who were interviewing Team ASTonishing about their success in Turkey. I thought about how I would try to summarize why this is important and what it represents, and I wanted to share some of those thoughts here.

The Fundamental Question: What makes AST special?

AST has strong, proven academics. We have the best AP results in Taichung and arguably the best results on the island. Our students are accepted by and attend impressive colleges. But to me, these things make AST a good school--not a special school.

For my first four years at AST as a teacher and Assistant Director, I would have told you that AST is special because of the individual attention that we give to every student. We have smaller class sizes than the other international schools in Taiwan because of this value, and this keeps us looking at the whole child. As a result, we love and care about our kids.


Over the last two years, I have added two things to my message. First, #Passion2Action--we push our kids to find and explore their passions. Passion is connected to curiosity, wonder, motivation, and drive. Helping our kids to tap into these things is more important than any particular flake of knowledge we can pass on to our kids. Action is doing something about that passion--taking action, trying to make something happen.

Second, I have talked about what is possible when student passion is combined with school structure and parent support. A three-legged stool is frequently used as a metaphor to represent things like this coming into balance. The three legs (student passion, school structure, and parent support) when in balance, provide perfect support for the seat (the team’s work.) The success of our robotics team shatters the metaphor, however. The stool typically represents stability and support. However in our case, the legs have been replaced with the telescoping supports of a modern tripod pushing what it supports to greater heights.

I do want to congratulate Team ASTonishing again on their success and point out the news articles about the team, but I also want to congratulate everyone on an amazing year. Our successes have been far and wide. Thank you to everyone that joined us at the Awards Party for those celebrations and acknowledgments. Thank you to everyone joining us for End of Year Celebrations today and all next week. And, thank you to all the parents for sharing your amazing kids with us.

For the Awards Party pictures, please click here.  


Have a great weekend,

Anthony & Annie


Repeated Reminders from Last Week about the End of the Year

For the last week of school, each day has a unique schedule. Monday, 3 June, has been designated the Service Day. Different groups will be off campus pursuing different service opportunities. These are so popular that we are currently organizing an educational trip for those MS students that did not yet sign-up for a service trip. We expect all of the groups to be back for the Spring Concert at 2:30 pm in the gym.

More Information by Grade Level:

Parents are invited to:

MS/ HS

  • Monday, 3 June, 2:30 pm; Spring Concert
  • Tuesday, 4 June, 1:30 pm; Graduation
  • Wednesday, 5 June, 8:00 am; All School Assembly (Gym)
  • Wednesday, 5 June, 10:30 am; 8th Grade Promotion


ES

  • Wednesday, 5 June,8:00 am; All School Assembly (Gym)
  • Wednesday, 5 June, 8:30 am; 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony (Gym)

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1kTHGDwjw11s9EJ9O

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1kTHGDwjw11s9EJ9O8


親愛的AST家庭和朋友們,


昨天,我們花了相當多的時間準備並接待記者們採訪我們ASTonishing機器人團隊,了解他們在土耳其所獲得的成功及榮耀。我們以真實,深刻,廣泛的活動來慶祝同學們的成功。我想藉此機會,總結並與大家分享一些學校如此安排為何很重要且究竟代表了甚麼的想法。


基本問題是:AST特殊之處是什麼?


AST擁有強大的,經過驗證的學術環境。我們在台中甚至全台擁有最好的AP(大學先修課程)成績。我們學生畢業後都申請到很好的大學。但是,對我來說,上述的這些特點僅僅使AST成為一所好學校 - 而不是特別的學校。


以我在AST前四年作為老師和副校長的經驗,我可以告訴你AST是很特別的,我們給每位學生獨特的關注。我們的班級規模比台灣的其他國際學校都小,這讓我們以全人的角度看待AST的孩子。這是我們的核心價值,我們愛並且特別在乎我們的孩子。


過去兩年我身為校長,又添加了兩個想法。首先是,#Passion2Action (從熱情到行動) - 我們敦促孩子們去找尋和探索個人的熱情所在。"熱情"會與好奇心、存疑、動機及動力相關連。幫助孩子們學會利用這些相關聯的重點比我們傳給孩子們任何特定或片面的知識更為重要。而"行動" 就是為這種熱情做點什麼 - 也就是實踐熱情,嘗試讓希望的事情發生。


其次,我曾談到當學生的熱情與學校架構還有家長支持三者相結合時,將如同平穩的三腳凳一般,可讓事情達到平衡。腳凳的三條腿(學生激情,學校結構和家長支持)為座位(團隊的工作)提供了完美的支持。不過,這次我們機器人團隊的成功,有點打破這個比喻。因為凳子通常代表穩定性和支撐,但我們目前的情況是,支撐的腿又被現代三腳架的伸縮支架所取代,讓其所支撐的物件可以推向更高的高度。


讓我再次祝賀ASTonishing團隊的成功,並獲得許多喝采與新聞報導。我同時也要祝賀所有人,我們一起擁有這美好的一學年,我們的成功是廣泛的。感謝所有參加頒獎晚會的人們,感謝他們的祝賀和致謝。感謝大家今天和下週繼續加入我們的年終歡慶活動。並且,感謝所有家長與我們分享您孩子的成長。


祝大家周末愉快!

校長  金安東    副校長 童元欣


再次提醒下周到學年結束前的活動

下星期是本學年最後一周,每天都有不同的課表。6月3日星期一是Service Day,不同的小隊將到不同的地點體驗不同的服務機會與學習經驗。初中部同學請盡快讓家長簽回參加活動假單。當天,最後的活動是下午2:30全校一起於體育館參加春季音樂會。


其他各年級需注意訊息整理如下:


敬邀家長參加下列校園活動:

初/高中部-

  • 6/3  星期一,下午2:30 - 春季音樂會
  • 6/4 星期二,下午1:30 - 2019畢業典禮
  • 6/5 星期三,上午8:00 - 全校集會(體育館)
  • 6/5 星期三,上午10:30 - 8年級生晉升高中典禮(體育館)

小學部-

  • 6/5 星期三,上午8:00 - 全校集會(體育館)
  • 6/5 星期三,上午8:30 - 五年級生晉升初中典禮(體育館)


https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1kTHGDwjw11s9EJ9O

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1kTHGDwjw11s9EJ9O8