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Reaching new heights

  • November 13, 2015

  • by Sophie W.

Imagine being on top of the world. Imagine looking down on houses that you think you can crush between your thumb and forefinger, conscious of the spongy, green ground underneath your boots. Imagine smelling the crisp autumn air in a foreign country, surrounded by new friends, with the bitter wind whipping your hair and stinging your cheeks. This is what it’s like to be at the top of Arthur’s Seat....

November 10, 2015

Back and forth to Edinburgh

by Erica M.

Exactly one week ago, we had departed Kings Cross Station in London for a scenic ride to Edinburgh. We spent four full days in the city. It might not sound like very long, but I guess I had gotten used to the constant change of scenery, and those four days helped me catch my breath again. I got my first impression of Edinburgh riding the bus to “school.” Sitting on...

November 6, 2015

Announcing our 2016-17 locations

by Lee Carlton

Hälsningar (greetings) from Stockholm, Sweden, where our students are adjusting quite nicely to the Scandinavian way of life. We still have many cities and landscapes in Europe left to explore, with our terms in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Florence, Italy, on the horizon, but we’d like to turn our attention for a moment to the three fantastic countries we’ll be calling home during the 2016-17 school year.    Next year’s journey...

November 4, 2015

TGS students debate good governance at MUNISH 2015

by Lee Carlton

This past weekend, 10 of our students joined 1,000 other political-minded teenagers from around the world in visiting The International School of The Hague to participate in its 25th annual Model United Nations (MUN). As the home of The International Court of Justice, The Hague is a city synonymous with peace and equality, making it the ideal setting for this year’s theme of ‘good governance and cooperation.’ For those unfamiliar...

October 28, 2015

Customs, not costumes: preserving tradition through dress

by Nick Martino

Last month, during our UK weXplore, I took fourteen students to get fitted for kilts at the Highland House of Fraser in Inverness, Scotland. I must say, each time I plan an activity involving traditional dress I get a mixed bag of looks and reactions from my colleagues and students on whether donning cultural dress is acceptable or disrespectful. Hopefully through this blog I can clarify my opinions on the...

October 23, 2015

weXplore: how we spent our viking weekend

by Isabel S.

The 10th grade trip up to Frösåkers, Sweden, was a mashup of culture, fun, and friendships. We started our day with a tour of the large collection of viking ship replicas. Next we donned our life jackets and hopped in a viking rowboat. As I sat down and grabbed my oar we went over the basic rowing movements. After rowing for maybe 20 minutes (and not getting very far) we...

October 13, 2015

10th grader Elliot W. wins best documentary at the Brighton Youth Film Festival

by Lee Carlton

We’re pleased to share that THINK Global School 10th grader Elliot Weir’s “The Pursuit of Adventure” was recently named best documentary film by a 13-15 year old at the Brighton Youth Film Festival. "The Pursuit of Adventure" was originally created as a project for Elliot’s Grade 9 humanities class, which combines elements of English, global studies, and visual arts into an integrated lesson plan. During our term in Athens, Greece, Elliot and...

October 7, 2015

weXplore Scotland: our journey told through photos

by Nick Martino

It is really difficult to describe how our time in Scotland has affected me. The sheer size and beauty of the Highland’s hills left me not only in awe, but it was also a very humbling experience. I believe that the things I experienced here have shown me that we all are part of a bigger whole, and that we should never forget that we have a role to play...

August 28, 2015

Spanish Spotlight: Sam Nelson leads his students on a high-tech scavenger hunt

by Lee Carlton

If there is one thing our students all share in common, it’s that they really, really love scavenger hunts. Whether meandering through the side streets of Tokyo looking for their next epic clue or rummaging through the library of our host school, they are guaranteed to be all in. (Geocaching, likewise, has also been embraced with extreme enthusiasm. If you aren’t familiar with this global phenomenon, we highly recommend you...

August 26, 2015

Powerful student talks propel the first TGS Symposium

by Nick Martino

(Editor's Note: The full TGS Symposium can be viewed at the bottom of the post) The first annual TGS Symposium was held in Athens at the end of our 2014/2015 school year. The theme, Legends to Legacies, was chosen as a way to showcase exemplary student work crafted during our time in Greece. As a humanities team, we decided it was important to discuss the progression of thought, starting from...

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