Six students from Australia and South Africa have spent the last six weeks at Athenian on exchange through Round Square. They wrote down some thoughts about their time here before departing for home. Mumina Tunne – St. Philips School in Australia ♥ My Exchange ♥ – Exchange, to say the least, was an incredible experience. Leaving […]
Category: Global Education
Reflections on Nelson Mandela’s passing by Head of School Dick Bradford, sent to the Athenian community on September 6, 2013.
Dear Students and Colleagues,
As you know, Nelson Mandela passed away yesterday. We will fly the flag at half-staff until sunset on Monday out of respect for his life and work. Nelson Mandela was a man who dared to take on a country steeped in the culture of apartheid. He endured 27 years of imprisonment and emerged as the leader of the country that put him in jail. He changed forever the rule of apartheid, pushing South Africa, through the force of his will, into the 21st century. You should also know that among his many accomplishments and positions on the world stage, he was also for a number of years a Patron of the Round Square Conference of schools, which meant he was in direct support of the pillars of Round Square.
Twenty-four high school students from Billanook College, a Round Square school in Melbourne Australia, visited Athenian this week. On a Bay Area stopover on their way to Vancouver, the Australian students spent a day at Athenian, teaching Middle School P.E. classes, lunching with Upper Schoolers, and playing Australian football. They brought with them 30 Australian […]
Dear Athenian Families: I hope you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving break with your children. Meg and I certainly had a restful few days surrounded by friends and family. We know how much we have to be thankful for living and working in this Athenian community. At The Athenian School, we’ve understood for a long […]
Reflections read to the student community by Dick Bradford, Head of Upper School, Academic Dean at Morning Meeting Dear Athenians, Today is November 11. In our country now, this is known now as Veterans Day. It wasn’t always so: Remembrance Day – also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day (the event it commemorates) or Veterans […]
by Naomi Ahn ’15, an international student from South Korea Along with classmates from the International Relations seminar, I went to the 23rd Annual Model United Nations (MUN) hosted by the Contra Costa County Office of Education. For more than two months prior to MUN, we have learned international politics, functions of the United Nations and […]
On Thursday, September 25, Lisa Haney’s two Migrants, Nomads and Aliens seminars went to International High School in North Oakland, had lunch at a traditional Korean restaurant and then went into San Francisco to see the Migrating Identities exhibit at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. At the high school, students interviewed recent immigrants from […]
This Friday, October 11, join Athenian photographers at an opening at the Village Theatre Art Gallery in downtown Danville of pictures taken during the Athenian interim trip to Cambodia and Vietnam this past March. The opening is from 5-8pm with a student presentation at 7pm. Please extend the invitation to family and friends! Proceeds from the sale of photos in the […]
A group of 7th graders are on a 10 day trip to China. They are currently in Beijing, exploring Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Beijing’s hutong, and a kung fu show. Yesterday, they went to the Palace of Heavenly Purity.
Athenian hosts International Night every year. Beginning with a feast, families enjoy favorite dishes from around the world. Following, students put on a talent show of sorts, showcasing song and dance from a variety of cultural traditions. This year’s performance featured students from Taiwan, Japan, Sweden, United States, Thailand, and Korea with special performances in […]
Two Athenians are currently studying abroad with sister Round Square schools in the United Kingdom. Tope F. ’13 is studying at the Abbotsholme School in England and Lauren S.D. ’15 is at The Gordonstoun School in Scotland. Both Tope and Lauren will be in England and Scotland for about two months and will be chronicling […]
2012, the Mayans got it wrong
What happened? Let’s lay it out in this song
Mitt Romney tried to win, but he lost to Barack
Whatever happened with the war in Iraq?
Romney slammed the 47%, so Obama got a job
Banks had to pay the people they robbed
People figured out that you only live once
And if you believed in the apocalypse, you looked like a dunce
The 7th annual Darfur Benefit Show was a fantastic display of Athenian talent last night. Faculty, staff, and students donated handmade items for auction and more than 30 students performed musical and dance ensembles. The performances were peppered with informational speeches about the history and current situation in Darfur by students in the Holocaust Seminar.
by Sarah Newsham ’15
If I stop playing for a minute, I can feel the beat pulsing through me, the collective beat of 400 drums playing in time together, 400 pairs of hands slapping down on the plastic drums, and 400 voices yelling the melody back at full volume. My hands are red and painful from the frenzied, repetitive drumming, but the noise and stimulation makes it easy for me to ignore them.