Mount of Olives panorama

Mount of Olives panorama
A panoramic view of the Mount of Olives

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Anglican International School of Jerusalem

Monday, September 5, Rachel and Samuel will start tenth and third grade respectively here in Jerusalem.  BYU enrolls all faculty children in the Anglican International School of Jerusalem, a private school run by the Church of England.  The school is the oldest privately run school in the city, and it meets in buildings that are even older: they were originally a hospital begun by the British as early as 1863.  See AISJ History.

The Anglican School buildings are arranged in a horseshoe around a walled front court

Samuel and Rachel start their new school on Monday

The school has an open house Friday morning, but we wanted to give the children a sneak peak of their new school today.  We thought that this was particularly important given Samuel's special needs.  Becoming familiar with the school, its grounds, and his teachers before a lot of other people were there was just the ticket for Sam Man.  He liked the classroom, warmed up to his teacher, an Irishman named Mr. Shepherd, and played basketball with me in the yard while Elaine talked to Mr. Shepherd about some of his needs.  The principal of the primary levels talked to us and let us know about the class aid and the observations and help that they have already arranged.

Rachel did not get to meet her teacher, but after we left Sam's room, we went upstairs where the secondary levels have their classes.  She was excited to see pictures of last year's drama productions and is excited for school to start.

Rachel was excited about this bulletin board, which had pictures of last year's production of "The Merchant of Venice."

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