September 2017


European Day of Foreign Languages

9/26/2017

September 26th is the European Day of Foreign Languages. Therefore, we would like to invite HS students to our library for a student poem translation session. We would also like to encourage students who come from countries other than Macedonia to sign up with the librarians and participate in the session by translating a famous poem into their native language. The session will take place on Tuesday, September 26th, during lunch in the HS library.

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HS Knowledge Bowl qualifications

9/25/2017

The HS Knowledge Bowl club invites all interested students to take part in the first or the second round of qualification exams scheduled for next Monday and Wednesday, September 25th and 27th, respectively, at 3:20 p.m. sharp in the Library. Each interested student will be offered to choose between either taking the Math and Natural science exam or the History and Literature exam, in order to qualify for the Knowledge Bowl club membership, at the prospect of participating in the upcoming international CEESA competition. For the sign-up sheet and all additional information, please contact Mr. Ane Tuntev and/or Mr. Bojan Marina.  

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High School Back to School Night

9/22/2017

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NOVA ES, Back to School Night [September 2017]

9/22/2017

This past Wednesday, in the lull of the late afternoon, NOVA opened its doors for its ES Back to School Night. We invited the parents of our youngest, Elementary School students, to step into our world and experience a gist of their child's school life. Aiming to impart our equal dedication to the academic, social, and emotional facets of learning, together with the parents in our community we transformed our classrooms into grounds for sharing ideas about our vision, hopes, goals for our students. Finally, in our shared pursuit to shape the minds of lifelong learners, we promised to collaborate, plan together - and learn together. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Sign up to learn sign language

9/22/2017

Dear NOVA students, sign up to learn sign language with the students from the state school 'Dimitar Vlahov'. The classes are going to take place every Thursday after school.

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The importance of research in film making, advice from Ana Jakimska

9/22/2017

Ana Jakimska, a NOVA alumnus, is a renowned film director and the author of two short films, music videos and a documentary, all of which have been internationally screened and acclaimed. She is currently developing her professional feature debut titled Midnight Train. In addition, Jakimska actively participates in film festivals in the country and abroad. This week Ana visited our school for a FiRC presentation on film-making and this is the message she sent to all NOVA students interested in the field.

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NOVA International Schools on social media

9/20/2017

Follow NOVA International Schools on social media and get up to date with current activities, events, projects and programs in the schools. Follow us on: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, & Twitter

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New Faculty Introductions 2017-18 - Mr. Stanley Rutkowski

9/20/2017

Dear NOVA community, meet Mr. Stanley Rutkowski, one of the latest additions to the NOVA faculty in 2017. After graduating from the Pennsylvania State University with a BA in Elementary and Kindergarten Education, I moved to Manassas, Virginia and taught in Manassas City Public Schools (MCPS) for eight years. My exposure to inquiry-based models at MCPS helped me develop my instructional practice s and beliefs. I taught fourth grade at George C. Round Elementary School for four years and taught fifth and sixth at Mayfield Intermediate School for four years. In that span of time, I got married to my beautiful wife, Natalie, and had two wonderful children, Sarah and Anna. I also received a MA in New Professional Studies (Teaching) at George Mason University. Next, my journey brought me to Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) where I taught fifth grade for two years at Lorton Station Elementary School. Here I learned how integrate best practices in both reading and writing workshops, as well as guided math models of instruction, into my instruction. After two years, my family and I moved to New Delhi, India, and served as diplomats for the United States Department of State. I taught fourth grade at The American Embassy School, where I learned how to integrate technology (apps, I-pads, Google Classroom, etc.) in the classroom to enhance my teaching practices. We returned home (Bristow, VA), where I taught fifth grade at Gunston Elementary School for the past three years. I learned how to enhance my instruction through Collaborative Learning Teams (CLT) and a CLT cycle, which helped promote teacher effectiveness in the classroom. Currently, my family and I are once again serving as diplomats for the United States Department of State. I am grateful to be a part of the NOVA community and am excited about the opportunity to teach internationally and experience all that NOVA has to offer.

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NOVA Scouts, Fall Family Campout

9/20/2017

On September 16-17, Cub Scout Pack 2187 organized its Fall Family Campout. Following are some photos. Cub Scouts learned how to set-up camp and about the importance of the Boy Scouts of America Outdoor Code: "As a [Scout], I will do my best to - Be clean in my outdoor manners. Be careful with fire. Be considerate in the outdoors. Be conservation minded." Then Cub Scouts discussed good sportsmanship before playing Blob, Drop the Bacon and Red Light Green Light. After our evening cookout and celebrating Bojan's 9th birthday, the Cub Scouts stargazed the sixth planet in our solar system, Saturn, with help from the Astrological Society of Skopje and performed in a campfire program. The next day, following reveille and breakfast, the Pack went for hike in the fields around Bardovci and participated in an inter-faith worship service. Special thanks to the Schweitzer-Bluhms for letting us camp in your backyard. Yours in Scouting, Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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EMS weekly e-newsletter

9/19/2017

The fourth edition of the NOVA EMS Newsletter is out and ready for our families to get the latest updates on our school: http://nova-ems.weebly.com/week-four.html  

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HS Newletter September 2017

9/19/2017

The NOVA High School proudly presents the HS Newsletter with a welcome note from our HS Principal and some updates on school events and educational developments: http://nova.edu.mk/ControlPanel/Upload/News/News%202017-18/HS%20Newsletter%209.2017.pdf

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The 'Library on wheels' parks in NOVA

9/15/2017

‘Readers are Leaders’ is a USAID project aimed at strengthening literacy and numeracy skills for early grades students. The project involves the broader community in this process and intends to raise the interest of students in reading and mathematics. The ‘Library on Wheels’ activity is a part of this project that involves a special vehicle, equipped with books and didactic reading and math materials. The ‘Library on Wheels’ bus visited NOVA International Schools yesterday and we had a great time. Check out the photo gallery from the event here  

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Elementary School Back to School Night

9/14/2017

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Knowledge Bowl match, September 2017

9/14/2017

Our HS Knowledge Bowl (KB) team decided to start this year's activities with a rarely seen battle of GIRLS versus BOYS. This time around there were no teachers in the arena, only experienced competitors: Ina, Anastasija, Ana, and Jovana, on the girls' side, versus the ardent boys' team comprised of Emil, Borjan, Sergej, and Art. The master of ceremony was, as always, our own Svetlana Guguchevska, long-time coach of the MS KB team with a relentless passion for the game. The game itself was dynamic and full of suspense throughout, with hits and misses on both sides. At the end of the heated competition, the boys' team won by a single point - 17:16. If you enjoyed the competition, and, perhaps even answered some of the questions yourself, we invite you to join our KB team in the forthcoming season. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Student Council announcement

9/14/2017

Dear NOVA community members, The Student Council will be having an OPEN DAY tomorrow, Friday, during lunch (11:45-11:55). The goal is to inform students and other members of our school that don't quite know what the Student Council is, of its role, its past work, objectives and alike. Hence, this is your opportunity to voice your questions, and maybe even get involved by joining. Everyone is welcome to attend!  

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FiRC presentation, September 2017

9/14/2017

On Wednesday, September 13th, Foundations in Research students were treated to an account of the experiences of a former FiRC student, Josip Apostolski. Josip, who is currently a senior at NOVA, completed FiRC last year. He decided that he had insight to share with this year's students regarding the research and writing process. Josip's work last year was quantitative in nature, as he ran a statistical analysis of NOVA test scores. Josip analyzed the relationship between SAT scores and the IB and AP programs to determine which program's curriculum and instruction produced the highest SAT scores. FiRC students, Josip explained, are helped by understanding that academic research and writing is approachable from many angles and open to people with a variety of interests. Josip's walk-through did a great deal to demystify the process for new students. check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Middle School Back to School Night

9/13/2017

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EMS weekly e-newsletter

9/12/2017

Dear NOVA Families, we’re happy to share with all of you the third edition of the Elementary and Middle School newsletter: http://nova-ems.weebly.com/week-three.html

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When passion and learning merge, Robotics and Drones

9/12/2017

Dear NOVA Community, Our student Bojan Nikov has been pursuing his passion for robotics and drones flying. as an inspiration, venue for learning and self actualization, participating into numerous international competitions and manifestations in Bulgaria, Croatia and Greece.We do hope and fully encourage Bojan to continue on the route of success.

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Debate in the Classroom, an interview with Richard Whitrock

9/7/2017

If you want to learn more about competitive debating, integrating debate in the classroom, the benefits of debating for students and schools, make sure to watch NOVA’s social science teacher and debate trainer Mr. Richard Whitrock.

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New Faculty Introductions 2017-18 - Mr. Russell O'Neill

9/5/2017

Dear NOVA community, we would like to introduce to you our newest member, Mr. Russell O'Neill, our new Elementary and Middle School Principal. His experience, qualifications and personality will help our school continue living out its mission, nurturing old and forging new bonds. Originally from Australia, Russell started as a lower and middle school teacher during the 90s. Since 1998, Russell has been a Director of eight schools, serving many diverse populations. He was (since 2014) the Lower School Principal at Shanghai Community International School-Hangzhou International School, a school community similar to ours in size and diversity. Russell holds a Bachelor Diploma and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from Murdoch University, Australia. His Master of Early Childhood Education and Post Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education are in progress. In 2013 Russell received the Charitable Work for Underprivileged Children Award. In 2006 and in 2004 he was twice nominated for the Principal of the Year Award. In 2002 he was the Equity and Diversity Award winner, and in 1993 he received the Innovation in Education Award, as well as the Teacher of the Year Award by the Western Australia Education Department. He has keynoted conferences for Kindergarten and Early Childhood teachers. Russell has worked in each of the 7 states of Australia, visited close to 70 countries, and lived and worked in China, UK, Africa and Indonesia. In his view, however, being internationally minded is ‘not a variety of stamps in the passport, but rather an approach to learning and living, an approach of appreciating, understanding and respecting people from different backgrounds, beliefs and cultures’. One of Russell’s strengths and passions is curriculum; he is trained and experienced in the delivery of IB – Primary Years Program (PYP), International Primary Curriculum (IPC), International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC), International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) as well as the Australian Curriculum. He has also lead curricular change in schools that now implement the IB PYP, MYP and DP programs. Russell was identified as one of the first Apple Distinguished Educators. He has implemented technology programs to aid learning, including several 1-to-1 mobile device technology programs at three schools. We would like to welcome Russell to our NOVA community and wish him nothing but success.

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EMS weekly e-newsletter

9/5/2017

Dear NOVA Families, we are happy to share with you the second edition of the Elementary and Middle School newsletter: http://nova-ems.weebly.com/week-two

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New Faculty Introductions 2017-18 - Deborah Haines

9/5/2017

Dear NOVA Community, my name is Deborah Haines, I come from California and have been in education for 25 years, and as of now, have taught in five countries: U.S., Germany, Portugal, Dominican Republic, and now here in Macedonia. My background and passion is English Literature and Writing, and my early experience was teaching IB English at the high school level. Since then I have developed my leadership skills as Curriculum Coordinator for IB's Middle Years Program in several schools, and also was fortunate to work for the IB Organization as a school evaluator and trainer. I have a grown daughter who was an IB student, who now works as an Environmentalist. I tend to think, breathe, and live education, but when I am not, I love reading, yoga, and the ocean.

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NOVA in support of the project "Happiness"

9/4/2017

NOVA is trying to support the project "Happiness", an NGO collecting school supplies for kids at Social Risks. Bring your donations directly to Mr. Dragan Markoski or place them in the donation box located in the cafeteria. Lets make the beginning of new school year enjoyable for everyone!

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After-School Activity Fair

9/1/2017

On the first day of September the EMS hosted its After-School Activity Fair. The fair provided students and families the chance to learn more about the spectrum of activities available to them for the upcoming school year, including art, ballet, capoeira, choir, soccer, laughter yoga, gymnastics, robotics, and cub scouts. We’re all eagerly anticipating the start of activities from this coming Monday, September 4th. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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August 2017


New Faculty Introductions 2017-18 - Marija Petreska

8/30/2017

Meet Ms. Marija Petreska, NOVA's new Middle School Technology Integration Teacher. Ms. Marija Petreska is a teacher with over 13 years of teaching experience in the public school system. Her classroom practices have been presented at events like BETT London and Microsoft Ignite. She is a winner of many awards on using technology in the classroom such as: most inspiring ideas on using OneNote in the classroom in 2014, best lesson created with Office Mix at the Global Forum in Redmond, Washington in 2015, best Class Hack on using Edge browser in the classroom and best class hack on using Skype in the classroom in 2016, and best lesson plan using Sway in 2017. Ms Petreska is also a columnist in the Microsoft in Education blog on teaching with technology and columnist at the official Microsoft blog on best classroom practices. She has been a keynote speaker at several conferences such as: Microsoft Global Forum 2015 in Redmond, USA, Education Exchange World Forum in Budapest, Hungary, and edCamp in Kharkov, Ukraine. She is currently pursuing her MA in Application of ICT in Education at SEEU in Tetovo.

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After School Activities Fair

8/30/2017

NOVA After School Activities Fair is taking place in the NOVA EMS main hall on September 1st from 8 am until 9 am.

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EMS weekly e-newsletter

8/30/2017

Dear NOVA Families. We’re happy to report that the Elementary and Middle School division has introduced an additional channel of communication between faculty and families. Thanks to our EMS principal, Russell O’Neill, you can find our weekly e-newsletter on the link bellow. The newsletter will provide informative and educational content about your child(ren) and the school. http://nova-ems.weebly.com/

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Call for Community Service Leaders

8/30/2017

Dear NOVA students, Do you want to lead any of the community service groups here at NOVA? Do you want to develop or enhance your leadership skills and contribute to a better community? Earn extra CS points, receive additional trainings and skills, get support by participating in National / International programs. Apply to be community service leader now! Groups that we need leaders for are: Environmental Protection & Recycling Group Animal Lovers Group Working with Roma Helping the Elderly Special Needs Assistance Group Needs Response and Advocacy Food group Interact – Rotary Club Red Cross To apply send your short motivation letter with the group you are applying for to dragan.markoski@nova.edu.mk no later than September 6th, 2017 Make a difference in the world!

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EEC & EMS New Student Orientation

8/29/2017

The move into a new school environment is an impactful change for every family. Understanding the nature of novelty and eager to ensure a smooth transition for our new students, this past Friday we at NOVA organised our traditional Orientation Day. Poised at the starting line of the new school year, we welcomed the families joining our EEC and EMS community for the first time. Accompanied by their parents, our new students had the opportunity to meet their teachers, visit their homerooms, and familiarise themselves with the vision and expectations of our educational programmes. More than anything, we were there to provide our support, encouragement, and reassurance and to state our active involvement in every aspect of our students' growth and wellbeing. The smallest step into the future is an emotional leap of faith; but, if we take it together, success is certainly at hand! Welcome to NOVA! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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HS New Families orientation, August 2017

8/29/2017

The NOVA High School 'New Family Orientation' was a day long event that aimed at familiarizing new students and their families with the NOVA community, providing the students a chance to meet their advisory and subject teachers, meet peers, and become acquainted with aspects of school life. On behalf of the entire NOVA community we wish them a warm welcome to our school. Check out the photo gallery from the event here  

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NOVA Scouts Club is recruiting students

8/28/2017

The NOVA Scouts Club is recruiting students for the next academic year. Join one of the most exciting and popular clubs in the Elementary School. Adventure is waiting. Build yours. #novainternationalschools #scouts #schoolstarts

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New Faculty Introductions 2017-18 - Mariann Davis

8/28/2017

Hi, my name is Mariann Davis and I am originally from Hungary. I am really excited to be joining the Early Education Center at NOVA this coming academic year, working alongside Ms. Cvetanka Kochovska-Rajchanovska, as an Assistant Teacher in Kindergarten. Prior to arriving in Skopje with my family a year ago, work opportunities took us to Dubai, where I spent three wonderfully enriching years gaining international teaching experience. Working as a Learning Support Assistant in a large British Curriculum school, my role involved leading intervention groups in Year 1, assisting children with their reading, writing, maths and fine motor skills. During this time, I also completed my Early Years Educator Diploma, going on to work as an Early Years Teacher in an international pre-school. I strongly believe in the importance of a sound Early Years education, as it develops the foundation of life-long learning. I am passionate about helping children to reach their full potential within a safe, nurturing and stimulating learning environment where they feel valued and are given the space for their self-confidence to blossom.  

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New Student and Family Orientaton Day

8/25/2017

Dear families, welcome to the new academic year and to your new school. The administration team at NOVA High School is happy to invite you to our school on Friday, August 25 at 11am for our new family orientation. 

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Elementary and Middle School New Students and Family Orientation Day

8/25/2017

The NOVA Elementary and Middle School New Students and Family Orientation Day is scheduled for Friday, August 25th.

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NOVA Choir course

8/22/2017

Dear parents and students, My name is Sanja Panovska Milanova and I am from Macedonia. I teach music in the fifth grade in the Middle School and choir in the High School. This is my eighth year working at NOVA. Previously, I worked at the Music School “Ilija Nikolovski Luj” as a piano teacher and ballet piano accompaniment. I am in the process of obtaining my MA diploma in choir conducting from the University of Cyril and Methodius - Faculty of Music in Skopje. I am excited about the new school year and confident that it will be a year full of interesting things to learn, lots of friends, and many positive, fun experiences. I would like to invite all students that are interested in singing and music to think about signing up for the ‘Choir course’. Looking forward teaching your child, and wish you a pleasant start of the new school year. SincerelySanja P. Milanova

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New Faculty Introductions 2017-18 - Sasha Stamenkovski

8/22/2017

After graduating at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in Skopje, I started working as a Physics Teacher in my hometown of Kumanovo. Four years of teaching inspired me to work on developing new approaches to the way Physics is taught, rather than just following established practices. This inspiration drove me towards my master studies in Physics Education Research, which provided me access to several scientific conferences where I was able to present my findings regarding the efficiency of teaching Physics in the classroom. My further quest for best practices led me to an international school in Denmark, where I took the role of science and mathematics teacher for Secondary 1 and IGCSE level students. After gaining priceless experience during three years with the school, I returned to Macedonia to share it with my fellow teachers and help reshape Macedonia’s education. NOVA comes as a natural place for me to be in, as it offers the environment necessary for a growth mindset, a place where I can teach, explore, and express my character as a dedicated lifelong learner.

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NOVA’s Professional Learning Community

8/18/2017

We’re happy to report that the NOVA community is back to work. Starting this Monday NOVA faculty and staff are back and participating in a two week long professional learning community that will equip them for a successful start to the new academic year. Check out the photo gallery from the acctivities here

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New Faculty Introductions 2017-18 - Miliana Lenak

8/18/2017

My name is Miliana Lenak, and I’m happy to be joining NOVA as HS Drama and Theatre teacher. I have obtained my Bachelor Degree in Acting for Drama and Puppet at NATFA “Krsto Sarafov” in Sofia, Bulgaria, and my Master Degree in Cinema and Digital Media at FAMU International in Prague, the Czech Republic. I have professional experience both as actress and director in various theatre and film productions. In 2008 I created the independent theatre collective, “Buden Teatar,” (Awake at Theatre) with aim of reinforcing the development and growth of the local independent theatre scene and stimulating inter-cultural exchange. We produce theatre performances for adults and for children, we organize seminars for theatre professionals, creative workshops for children, and since 2012 we organize “Fener” – the International Children’s Theatre Festival.I’m very excited about my new role as a teacher in NOVA, as I believe that I can lead the students successfully on a journey of finding their own artistic voice, and learning how to use art as a tool towards self-discovery and processing their feelings. I also intend to raise awareness among the students about the power of art in reinforcing positive changes in society, and support them in fulfilling their own visions of finding the best use of that power.

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July 2017


Summer School and Summer Camp 2017, Final Performance

7/7/2017

This past Friday was a day of celebration! We let our hair down, donned our lightest and coolest summer outfits, and sang and danced to the rhythm of seasonal hits to mark the closing of NOVA Summer School and Summer Camp programme. Our Friday event was only the culminating point of three weeks of hands-on engagement in a vast variety of academic activities and sport disciplines that made for an active summer packed with learning and adventure. Thus we parted with the branches of our memory heavy with the precious fruit of friendship, fun, and growth, hoping to meet again next summer! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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NOVA Summer Camp and School [week three]

7/3/2017

Looking back with longing at our three-week Summer School and Summer Camp journey, all that we can say is that it was one of excitement, friendship, and wondrous academic achievement! While our sun-bronzed Campers embarked on a series of adventure-packed activities ranging from archery and horseback riding to double bridge crossing and overnight camping, our Summer Schoolers took a plunge in the bottomless sea of learning by engaging in a vast variety of language, art, music, dance, yoga, and computer activities. The fun peaked during our final performance, when our students had the opportunity to showcase not only their academic growth, but also the joy of sparking new friendships and rekindling old ones. The flight of time means little if it leaves no trail of memories; and although the three weeks that we spent together have now come to an end, they certainly left us many sweet memories that will keep our hearts ablaze for months until we meet again! Check out the photo gallery form the event here

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