Summer relocation newsletter
Summer relocation newsletter
Welcome to our Summer Newsletter, bringing you articles, news and updates from the world of international relocation and education.
Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortana....and You
By Erin Fitzgerald, Living Abroad, LLC
Online help isn’t just for text files or chatbots anymore! Do you ever start everyday questions with:
If so, you’re far from alone. Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant are the world’s most popular virtual assistants. With current versions born in 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2016 respectively, each represents years of research and development. For many people, each has become, literally, a household name.
While these virtual assistants were initially available to English speakers in North America, their reach has since grown by leaps and bounds. All are available in at least three languages -- and in the case of Siri, more than twenty languages. Smart phones, appliances and electronics offer virtual assistant features, with more to come. Several international automobile companies have announced plans to integrate Alexa or Cortana into car models, and auto-friendly speakers with the technology are already available. These evolutions, as well as efforts to make virtual assistant output more like human interaction, have met with success. Research and consulting firm Ovum estimates that by the year 2021, the virtual assistant “population” will outnumber the human population.
Through their linked devices, virtual assistants offer a continuously broadening range of tasks and services. While their top use remains performing online searches, many people use virtual assistants to play music, radio, television shows, movies, weather forecasts, sports scores, news briefings and podcasts. Virtual assistants can set alarms and reminders, check on package delivery, manage a home’s lights and temperature, and perform mathematical calculations. Children enjoy asking virtual assistants to read books aloud, sing songs, tell jokes, and answer questions like “What does a hippopotamus sound like?” or “Where does wind come from?”
Global travelers benefit from virtual assistants, too. They can ask virtual assistants to estimate travel time, check flight statuses, summon a taxi, translate words and phrases, and suggest nearby entertainment, dining, and retail options. Virtual assistants can even place calls home that are inexpensive compared to telephones.
While all virtual assistants continually expand and improve, each of the top four still offer unique features, skills, and abilities. This can mean that users may be best served by more than one virtual assistant! However, many households have a centrally available virtual assistant device. Here are some questions a globally mobile family should consider when choosing one:
Which virtual assistants are available in your destination?
If you’re taking a device to a new country, it’s important to check in advance for its capabilities there. Some features, such as online shopping, telecommunication, or apps, may be more limited, or unavailable.
What will you need your virtual assistant to do in your new location?
Since the overall list of virtual assistant device features can be overwhelming, identify what are likely to be your greatest needs before exploring all of the options. Are travel-related features important to you? Educational features? Home maintenance features? Will your family use the device to communicate with each other, therefore making the learning and recognition of different voices more important? Are parental controls necessary for your device and if so, what kinds? Also: Consider the possibility that your current central virtual assistant device might now be most useful in another role.
What do you already use? Will it all need to work together?
Most popular virtual assistants were originally created to support an operating system or online service, and therefore offer the broadest array of features for that technology. Those who rely on Amazon deliveries and Prime member services in a new location might opt for an Alexa device. A household that uses exclusively Apple products may find it best to stick to Siri. Cortana can be a good option for families using Windows 10 and Skype, and Google Assistant is often the choice for Android and Google Home fans. It’s also important to remember that many apps linked to virtual assistants offer cross-platform capabilities, and therefore offer additional options for getting things done. Look for features with commands that are simple, easy to remember, and truly meet your needs.
How will you want to address “eavesdropping?”
When you are not using a virtual assistant for help, it is still listening. While some virtual assistants (and apps) listen only for your next command, others may be sending your voice data to their own servers for evaluation, or even recording and storing it. If this is a concern for you, be thorough in your evaluation. Review system and device user agreements closely. Speak with your employer or other relevant parties about guidelines that may already be in place for virtual assistant use. Learn if it is possible to turn off data collection and/or device microphones, and what the steps are to do it.
No matter which virtual assistants you choose to help you and your family, know that your needs may evolve as quickly as the technology itself! Make an effort to stay up to date on virtual assistant advancements, features, and issues, even after you have made some choices. This will help you get the most out of your choices, and also serves as an excellent reminder that Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, and Cortana always have one key similarity: They’re designed to serve and to support...and therefore, help their users succeed.
Learn more about virtual assistants:
Google Assistant: https://assistant.google.com/
Erin Fitzgerald, International Content Manager, Living Abroad, LLC
5 New Trends
That Are Changing Face of Expat Assignments
By Paul Walentynowicz, PWCIB
Even with the world at our fingertips, nothing beats on-the-ground communication. For hundreds of years, companies have sent employees around the world to work in new markets. These expatriates land on the ground, learn new ways of living and working, eat the local food, sometimes learn a new language, get culture shock, make new friends, and in the middle of this turmoil, get work done.
But over the years, and especially since the creation of the Internet and now that the millennial generation has started to fill the workforce, the way companies approach expat assignments has shifted. So, what does a typical expat work assignment look like today? And, more importantly, how does that affect leaders and managers all over the world?
Assignments are shorter
Prior to the 1990s, expat assignments usually lasted three to five years, according to Expat Focus . Today, assignments are much shorter, often just a year or even six months. What allows for this change?
Primarily, new tools that promote and enhance remote work are have helped make this change. With today’s technology, people in China can work side-by- side with people in Europe, so there is less need for managers to relocate in order to work efficiently.
Another reason for this change is the high cost of sending employees abroad. According to The Economist , most companies spend tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars on just one expat’s three- to five-year assignment. Companies are opting to save money by sending employees on shorter trips. However, these short-term assignments can be harder than longer ones, since employees must get more done in a shorter period and don’t have time to learn in depth how the local culture works.
As global mobility increases, deployment is more common
A report by Mercer found that 47% of companies had increased the number of expatriate deployments, a trend that the American Management Association links to worldwide globalization .
This means that companies have more managers abroad that need to quickly adjust to the new culture to make the most of their assignment. The relocated person has less time to adjust to a new way of interacting with others and getting positive results from their new colleagues—not to mention trying to make positive change in a culture they don’t understand. How can a company deal with this in an efficient way? With continual support from a cross-cultural expert to the managers. Giving personal trainings during the short expat process, acting fast when the person is having a hard time or experiencing culture shock, and assisting the employee when help is desperately needed.
Women are the new expatriates
62% millennial women in 2016 said they were willing to take a position in a less developed country in order to advance in their career
12% women in 2011 said they were willing to do the same, indicating an increase in the prominence of female expatriates.
Women used to be the passive expatriates; they would move where their partner was being sent, take the kids to international school, and have meetings at the International Women’s Club. This old picture is changing. Women are seeking more expatriate positions than ever before. According to a report by PwC , 62% of millennial women in 2016 said they were willing to take a position in a less developed country in order to advance in their career. When PwC asked the same question of women in 2011, just 12% of women said they were willing to do the same, indicating an increase in the prominence of female expatriates.
Expats are younger
How do you find a role in today’s highly connected and competitive world? Millennials have found a quick way in: they are seeking out expat assignments more often than older workers. According to an article on the Forum for Expatriate Management , 37% of millennial employees seek out an expat assignment in the hopes that it will aid their career development. Nice move!
Keep in mind that millennials generally put off marriage and children until their 30s . This makes them more willing to move abroad, fulfilling their career ambitions and finding adventure at the same time.
Talent retention when returning home
When an assignment has ended and an expatriate must return home to life in their home country, the transition can be harder than anyone imagines. The person has made a lot of sacrifices and has grown, and fortunately many companies have learnt that you cannot stick that person back in their old job. Instead, they have found success by promising new positions following the end of an expat assignment and working to integrate the skills expatriates use while on assignment when they return home .
All in all, expat assignments are often still necessary and can be hugely beneficial, especially for the younger generation. With a well-executed expatriation and repatriation plan, employees will bring new skills and better leadership back to the company, along with a host of fascinating stories to share at coffee breaks!
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ACS Class of 2018 Graduation
Congratulations to all the 2018 graduating students, across four ACS schools
On Friday, 25th of May, ACS Doha International School hosted its high school graduation ceremony at the Ritz Carlton hotel, Doha, to celebrate the achievements of 32 graduates who are ready to start their journey into the world after school. The graduation is the school’s third since opening in 2011.
Doha students celebrate at the Ritz Carlton
In the UK, ACS Cobham, ACS Hillingdon and ACS Egham held graduation ceremonies on Friday 1st June, for students, families and staff to come together and recognise the class of 2018's achievements.
ACS Cobham scholar receiving prize
The majority of graduating students will be going on to their first choice universities in the autumn, in the UK, USA, and worldwide.
ACS Egham hat toss
ACS Hillingdon hat toss
ACS Doha Head of School, Robert Cody, offered words of encouragement to graduating students, saying, "Remember, your impact on others and the world will be recorded. This is a great responsibility so make sure the impression you leave is a life of inspiration. A life of caring. A life of Joy. And a life of making a difference."
Guest speakers are always a key highlight of ACS graduation ceremonies, and this was no different. Ms Ghada M. Darwish, a celebrated Qatari lawyer, gave a rousing address, gave an inspiring speech that urged students to think of their legacies even at the young age of school graduation:
I believe that we are all defined with the trail we leave behind us, defined by the effect and impact we leave to our family, community, society and to humanity. When you do, and whatever you do, make sure it is sustainable and worth-doing, make sure it becomes your legacy, leave a trail, and leave a fingerprint behind you.
ACS Cobham hat toss
Profile: Elizabeth Sawyer
CEO, Bennett Schoolplacement Worldwide
By Andrew Kittell
With this year’s merging of two of America’s leading international educational consulting firms, we decided to profile Bennett Schoolplacement Worldwide CEO Elizabeth Sawyer.
Having grown up “here and there,” from an early age, Elizabeth Sawyer was drawn to all things international. That childhood experience and gift for languages later found Elizabeth teaching English, French, and Spanish. Although a career start Elizabeth enjoyed very much, she took time away from helping other parents’ children to care for her own.
What came next was both unexpected and life-defining. Elizabeth explains, “I was looking to return to work and wasn’t sure about going back to the classroom. I was then introduced to Georgia Bennett and the world of relocation and education consulting, helping relocating families figure out education as they move from place to place, and I found my new niche! It was still about education, but from a new angle, a new perspective, and offered new challenges in that it combined both education and business, and I’m still enjoying it more than ever.” Elizabeth firmly believes that education consulting is good work, helping people with something that can make a difference for them in so many ways.
In 2009, Elizabeth became the sole owner of Bennett, the education consulting company Georgia Bennett founded, and this January she acquired her peer and competitor, School Choice International. As she works towards integrating the two companies, Elizabeth comments on how much she appreciates working with a solid team of colleagues. “I enjoy working with colleagues who are smart and kind and imbued with integrity,” she says, “and I’m honored to be in a role where I can support them on their individual professional journeys.”
Combining companies that provide education consulting to corporations, their employees, and also private client families presents some significant challenges.
“Right now, after the recent acquisition, the blending of two companies is both challenging and exciting. It’s a very creative time, and a unique one, but it’s a big job. Luckily, I have a fantastic team comprised of legacy professionals from both Bennett Schoolplacement Worldwide and School Choice International.”
The services Elizabeth’s company provides multinational corporations are unique, including evaluating the match between various national school systems’ curricula, an effort aimed at paving the way for students’ successful transitions between different countries’ education systems. Sometimes it works better than at others, she explains, but planning ahead is always a good idea.
And sometimes her consultants are asked to make onsite evaluations of schools both international and domestic. Elizabeth cites going to Bangalore “to visit international schools on behalf of a large corporate client. Our directive was to assess these schools for the needs of the company’s specific demographic and to create a handbook for them, given an imminent group move.”
With the acquisition of School Choice International, Bennett has grown significantly. Elizabeth looks forward to blending the two companies while still offering the best practices of both to corporate clients, their employees, and families engaging services privately.
As one might expect, education consulting is a deeply personal service, no more so than when internationally mobile families are involved. In detailing the range of services that families may receive, she explains that “the kind of support that families need varies from family to family. Families who have never been on an assignment outside of their home country may have no idea, for example, what an international school is, and may need to have international education explained to them, using their home country system as the reference point. People moving into the U.S. may have no idea what a charter school is or a magnet school or the fact that the U.S. public system provides English language support. Or a family moving internationally may have no idea of how to access support for a child with special educational needs. So these are the kinds of things we help families with, in addition to recommending specific schools for their children, wherever they are going, and helping them to navigate admissions processes. Our practice is not limited to supporting relocating families, by the way; we work with lots of private clients who come to us for boarding school placement, therapeutic assistance, etc.”
Given that she and her colleagues have evaluated so many schools around the world, Elizabeth has a few ideas on what makes a school better than most. Hers is an answer again beginning with a child-centered philosophy. “An outstanding school is different depending on who the student is; for some kids it’s a school that pushes hard, is academically rigorous and competitive, and urges students to achieve in typical terms. For other kids, it’s a gentler environment where academic rigor is less of a focus. So, in some ways, I suppose an outstanding schools is one that is very clear about its mission, conveys it well to its students, and delivers well what it has set out to deliver,” Elizabeth concludes.
With decades of experience in the education field, Elizabeth also has suggestions for anyone considering becoming an education consultant. “It’s very much ‘people work’ and is wonderfully varied and rich,” she says. “It’s also complicated because people and families are complicated, and one needs to enjoy problem-solving and trying to help families sort out complex situations. For the very reasons that it can be stressful, education consulting is also incredibly rewarding.”
When she’s not facing a to-do list a mile long and dealing the complexities of blending two companies, and the day-to-day challenges of education consulting with a world view, Elizabeth enjoys running, cycling, yoga, reading, and the odd attempt at writing. If you take the time to read her blogposts, you’ll agree that writing is just one more skill that this devoted mother, triathlete, educational counsellor and entrepreneur has mastered.
By Andrew Kittell
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Summer’s here and the four-campus ACS community is celebrating our most recent graduates, welcoming them into a worldwide alumni network of distinguished professionals and lifelong learners.
And while school life may slow during the summer break, international relocation activity definitely ramps up. Soon, there’ll be new families joining ACS, continuing a school year-starting tradition that dates to 1967. For more than 20 of those years, ACS’s North American Office has been engaged as a thought leader in global mobility. Some of thoughts and observations follow.
Forum for Expatriate Management Americas Summit in San Diego
In late May, the Forum for Expatriate Management hosted its annual Americas Summit in Southern California (FEM Americas). Immigration in the age of Trump and Brexit filled part of the conference’s two-day agenda. Much attention was also paid to global mobility as career progression and to ongoing disruption in the relocation industry, both by advancing technology and sector consolidation.
EY and NetExpat relocating partner survey says “family issues” can derail assignments
During FEM Americas, the results of a new and largest-to-date survey of relocating partners was co-presented by leaders from EY and NetExpat. This survey of over 3,400 supports evidence collected for the last few decades: “family issues” remain among the top reasons for assignment turn down and failure. Schools like ACS that offer whole-family support mitigate this risk, literally saving millions of dollars in potential business and/or reputational loss.
ACS Alumni and Friends Chapters Launched in Chicago and Houston
May also welcomed the launch of our first two stateside ACS Alumni & Friends Chapters in Chicago and Houston, respectively. In both metro areas, ACSers number in the hundreds. These first chapters will be joined by others, part of a long-term plan to more actively engage all who’ve been fortunate enough to experience an ACS education. Most of these former students, parents, and staff will also join ACS’s charitable mission, making sure that future generations of talented and richly deserving young people share the best in internationally minded teaching and learning.
Look for ACS on the road, autumn 2018
In the autumn, ACS representatives will sponsor, exhibit, and present at key relocation and related events. Please catch up with us here:
British Ambassador’s Reception for ACS Summer Scholars
Washington, DC, September 13th
Canadian Employee Relocation Council Conference
Montreal, September 16th - 18th
Worldwide ERC Global Workforce Symposium
Seattle, October 17th - 19th
Independent Educational Consultants Association Conference
Los Angeles, November 7th - 9th
New Jersey Relocation Council Conference
British Ambassador's residence, Washington, DC
RENOWNED POLITICAL COMMENTATOR GIVES BREXIT TALK
Author, broadcaster and political journalist, David Aaronovitch, gave a special talk at ACS Egham International School this week about how Brexit will shape the UK and what it means for the country’s next generation of voters.
Speaking at the school’s ‘World Beyond The Classroom’ seminar, part of a series for the local community, Aaronovitch said:
"The spirit of a school like ACS, with students instilled with an outward looking, global mindset, increasingly represents the spirit of the world of work and trade, intellectual endeavour and the communities in which we live. This needs to be taken into account when we consider Brexit.
“In next few years, it is likely, all things being equal, three times more Brexiteers will die than remain voters, leaving a remain majority. This remain majority will be dominated by the under 45s who have a very different attitude to the world than their older peers.
“The younger generation identifies themselves, not just as a member of their local community or a UK citizen, but as a citizen of the world. For this reason, young people should call for a second referendum.”
He went on to urge the younger population to demand a second Brexit referendum, as they will be the generation most impacted by leaving the EU.
Aaronovitch is a political commentator in national newspapers and BBC programmes including Newsnight, The Andrew Marr Show and Have I Got News For You. He also writes a regular column for the Times and is author of Party Animals: My Family and Other Communists as well as Voodoo Histories: The Role of Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History.
Jeremy Lewis, head of school at ACS Egham, commented:
"We hope that our audience enjoyed David’s insightful commentary on the impact of Brexit on young people’s lives and we look forward to welcoming the community to our next talk later this year."
UK relo round up
By Caroline Breeds
Following the snow disruption earlier this year, our postponed relocation networking event happened at ACS Hillingdon at the end of May.
We were delighted to welcome many new friends to our event. What a great opportunity for our guests to see our our fantastic new Science centre in action, as well as enjoying an informal breakfast and networking; another successful event!
Thank you to all of you who took the time to come and visit us, we look forward to welcoming you to ACS Egham for our Christmas event later this year.
EuRA – Dubrovnik, Croatia
EuRA celebrated its 20th anniversary, and the annual conference was bigger than previous years with over 600 delegates in attendance. Members travel from all over the globe to a different European city each year. For the anniversary event, the organisers chose to hold it in a setting to remember, Dubrovnik, Croatia. The hotel was large enough to host the majority of the attendees and we were given the opportunity to attend various seminars enabling us to listen to some fantastic speakers and network with industry peers.
Carl McLean from AiRINC presented the main finding of AiRINC’s 2018 Mobility Outlook Survey, covering current trends and the future direction of mobility. Many corporates are now utilising at least 4 different policies if not more. Technology continues to improve systems and enhances opportunities for flexibility and reduces the need for rigidly defined policies.
The Ignite session is always a dynamic way to learn more about the speakers, this year was no exception! Fast paced, interesting content, well done to all who presented!
Each year EuRA support a local charity, this year it was Marina Drzica Special School, and over 24,000 Euros was raised, an excellent achievement.
Congratulations to Charlie and Vanessa McCrow owners of The Apartment Service, on receiving the outstanding partnership award, this was awarded at the end of the Gala Dinner on Thursday evening. Great job!
The closing session always reveals the much anticipated destination for the following year's convention... EuRA 2019 will be held in Munich, Germany. I am sure that EuRA will once again put together a fabulous agenda for all of us to look forward to.
The Relocate Awards
This year the Relocate Awards was held at a unique and inspiring venue, the Underground Globe Theatre, on the banks of the River Thames. This event attracted over 200 attendees from around the UK and Europe. This year they introduced new categories for the awards, including School offerings, we were one of the shortlisted schools from around the world. It was fantastic to watch Elaine Crowe receive the Life Time Achievement in Relocation award, many congratulations to Elaine!
The Festival of Global Thinking
This was an interactive conference, which explored many important and different subject matters. The day kicked off with a keynote from Phyllida Hancock. The unique approach of the Olivier Mythodrama is based on timeless mythology and the great plays of Shakespeare. Followed by roundtable discussion on keynote themes, it was a great way to interact with fellow attendees.
Another interesting discussion was around agility in business, what companies are doing to ensure that they remain agile in an ever changing world. The afternoon sessions were around inclusion and talent, topics such as LGBT and how corporates work with this group in helping ensuring that the assignment works well for everyone. Preparing young people for 2030 and beyond – wellbeing of the student is high on the agenda of schools as well as academic achievement.
It was a pleasure to recently welcome the Global Head of Education of a large multinational, and a great opportunity for them to visit two of our campus locations in the UK. These visits are very important for our clients to keep up to date with the developments that continue to take place at our schools. I look forward to welcoming another key client later this month to visit two of our UK campuses.
Our academic year is coming to a close at the end of the month, if you would like to arrange a visit for the beginning of the next academic year I would be very happy to speak with you to arrange a convenient date.
ACS Director of Advancement Fergus Rose and I will be attending the ARP Awards Dinner later this month, at St Ermin's Hotel in London. ACS are delighted to have been nominated in the Schools and Education Consultant category. We look forward to seeing many of you at the Awards Dinner. Good luck to all of the nominees.
St Ermin's Hotel, Westminster
How can expats deal with cultural shock?
Moving to an entirely new location for work certainly doesn’t come without its challenges. If you’re moving to a place with a significantly different culture, you may feel a little overwhelmed by all the change that is taking place, and the adjustments that you may need to make to your daily routine in order to fit into the place that has become your second home.
Here, CLR has listed 5 ways that expats can deal with so-called ‘cultural shock’ while working abroad.
Research your destination before you arrive
We can’t stress enough just how important it is to carry out some research into your new place of work before you head for the airport.
Even if you are convinced that you are entering into a culture that is similar to your own, there are bound to be certain aspects to everyday life that take you by surprise. For example, your new role may require you to dress a certain way, or perhaps you’ll need to adjust your eating habits to embrace a new diet. This excellent list of resources from ExpatArrivals.com explores some of the most common cultural differences in three key regions: Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Accept the ‘crisis’ phase
Anthropologist Kalervo Oberg believes there are four stages in a typical culture shock cycle: the Honeymoon, crisis, recovery and adjustment. Many people will sail through the Honeymoon period because they are enthralled by a new and exciting environment – but a large percentage of expats will struggle to accept their surroundings during the crisis phase, and may even become hostile towards their new community.
There is light at the end of the tunnel, however. Unless you are severely opposed to the principles of your new culture, you will move from the crisis phase to the recovery phase surprisingly quickly. Stick with it, accept your new circumstances, and be open to all of these amazing experiences that are being presented to you.
Develop your own network
In order to feel comfortable in any culture, you’ll need a reliable support network that’s made up of like-minded people who can listen to your concerns and be there for you during the acclimatisation process. By all means, stay in touch with friends from home, as they will help you offload your anxieties and settle your nerves – but wherever possible, try to make new friends that live in the local area. Apps such as Peanut, Skout, MeetMe and Bumble may help you break the ice and find people who share your common interests.
Immerse yourself in the language
If you’re moving to a country where English isn’t a recognised language, it’s so important to learn – or at least, attempt to learn – the region’s mother tongue. Some people pick up foreign languages naturally, whereas others may struggle slightly due to lack of confidence, but we promise that a little effort will go a long way to ensuring you feel comfortable and secure in your new environment. Becoming fluent in another language will also enable you to interact with natives, which will open up so many more social opportunities for you.
Accept the way you feel
From experience, we know that this is one of the most important pieces of advice we can ever give expats who are trying to deal with cultural shock.
Relocating is an emotional time. At various points, you will feel stressed, anxious, overwhelmed – you may even feel like giving up at the first hurdle. But on the flip side, there will be times where you feel comfortable, accomplished, and over the moon with your decision to move abroad to chase the job of your dreams.
It’s best to simply come to terms with the fact that you will experience all kinds of emotions before, during and after your relocation. Sometimes it’s OK not to be OK. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to feel a certain way at any point during your stay, because everyone reacts to their new circumstances in their own way.
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ACS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS AWARDS BURSARIES TO LOCAL STUDENTS
Following the launch of its new bursary programme last year, ACS International Schools has now confirmed 18 bursaries to children aged 11+, 13+ and 16+ at its three UK schools in Cobham, Egham and Hillingdon for the 2018/2019 academic year.
The bursaries include 13 full awards, with four students aged 11 receiving complete funding to attend ACS International Schools for seven years. In total, these bursaries represent a £2.2 million financial commitment by ACS over the next seven years for recipient students. The awards are made as ACS transitions to a charitable entity and significantly increases its investment in charitable endeavours.
Fergus Rose, Advancement Director ACS International Schools, commented:
“In the spirit of our founder’s legacy, our charitable aim is to advance education and these awards widen access to our schools for students wishing to develop an enquiring mind, an international mindset and a desire to make a difference. Everyone at ACS would like to congratulate all 18 bursary recipients on their successful applications and we look forward to seeing all they can achieve at the schools over the next year and beyond.”
Bursaries were offered to students who would benefit most from an ACS education, including the world renowned International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, and do not have the financial wherewithal to attend the school. All bursaries were awarded on a means-tested basis and, dependent on each student’s individual circumstances, ranged from twenty per cent to 100 per cent of the schools’ fees.
Japheth Monzon, an existing bursary student, explained what the new cohort can expect at ACS:
“I used to pass ACS Hillingdon every morning on my way to my old school and wonder what it would be like to attend. After I received my place the school did not disappoint.
“ACS is an incredibly warm and welcoming school, the teachers have been brilliant and I love the intellectual challenge of the IB. It’s more than just the academics at ACS and I also enjoy the global outlook. I know these will help me achieve my ambition of becoming a lawyer.”
For more information on ACS bursaries and scholarships, please visit the webpage: www.acs-schools.com/bursaries