Annapolis MYP/DP: Highlights and Upcoming Events
Annapolis H.S. IB Diploma Programme hosts performance by the Dante Trio.
On September 26, 2018 our IB Diploma Program Cohort students, grades 9-12, along with students from our sister PYP school, Germantown Elementary and our MYP school Annapolis Middle, will be treated to a performance by the Dante Trio.
The trio members are recipients of high honors and awards and are winners of top prizes at international music competitions. They received favorable reviews from major newspapers and their music was featured on RAI Television and radio. The Dante Trio have appeared throughout Italy and Europe, Canada, Japan, Argentina, South Africa, Thailand, Oman, Egypt, Israel, Turkey and the United States including performances in New York, Washington, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Charlotte, Amarillo, New Haven, Annapolis and Salisbury.
International Travel at Annapolis High
The Annapolis High School International Baccalaureate Programme at Annapolis High School welcomed 26 Danish teachers and two teachers from Sct. Knuds Gymnasium in Odense, Denmark. This was the third round of an ongoing exchange between the two schools. The Danish students will be housed by some of our 11th and 12th grade IB families the week of October 1-October 7. Planned activities included a trip to our nation's capitol, a visit to the Maritime Museum to learn about the Annapolis area’s maritime heritage and the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay, kayaking at Ellen Moyar Nature Park, and a tour of the Annapolis Naval Academy. Our students are to travel to Odense the week of March 29-April 7, 2019.
Celebrating 50 Years of the IB Programme
On October 25, Annapolis High School’s IB students were bussed to a Old Mill High School to celebrate fifty years of the International Baccalaureate Programme. The IB Programme began in 1968 Geneva Switzerland and has now branched out to 4,775 schools across 153 countries. A few of the highly accomplished graduates of the program include Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, and Akihiko Hoshide, the 3rd Japanese astronaut in space.
The keynote speaker of the celebration at Old Mill was Ravi Hutheesing, who has been described as cultural catalyst and global speaker. Ravi began serving as a cultural diplomat for the US Department of State in 2015, giving presentations on entrepreneurship and youth leadership in Russia. In 2016, he went to Indonesia—the world's largest Muslim population—and created songwriting and cultural entrepreneurship programs that bridged the most severe cultural and religious divides, and in 2017, Ravi created similar programs in Iraq and Lebanon. In 2018, he launched Ravi Unites Schools—an initiative fostering real-time audio-video interactions between student groups around the world. For nearly a decade, Ravi has partnered with Shanti Bhavan Children's Project in India—a non-sectarian boarding school providing a holistic upbringing in a high quality educational setting for the poorest of the poor. The school is the subject of the 2017 Netflix documentary series, Daughters of Destiny.
Ravi’s journey from a guitarist in the band Hansen to aviator, cultural diplomat, and music advocate inspired the IB students to think outside of the box and to use his catchphrase: “What have I got to lose?” His speech not only highlighted how an entrepreneurial mindset could lead to success, but demonstrated how being open-minded and a risk-taker could pay off if done responsibly. Ravi was willing to embrace the differences between cultures, a quality highly valued by successful IB scholars.
Ravi’s speech encouraged Annapolis students to reach towards the success of these graduates by stepping beyond comfort zones. Overall, the field trip was a great way to celebrate 50 years of the IB Programme’s success and connect with IB students within our own community.
If you would like to find out more about Ravi, you can follow him on Twitter: @RaviUnites