Sandford School

Two Sandford International School students receive full four year Questbridge Scholarships

Two Sandford International School students receive full four year Questbridge Scholarships

Two Sandford International School students, Abiyan Teferra and Iyassu Abraham have been recipients of the prestigious Questbridge 2021 Match Scholarship program. Both Abiyan and Iyassu have received full four-year scholarships to Tufts University in the United States.

Questbridge is a nonprofit organization located in Palo Alto, California that connects high-achieving, low-income and first-generation students with the opportunity to gain admission to some of the most highly recognized and ranked colleges and universities in the United States.

Questbridge was founded in 2004 with the goal to match high school students with 45 partner universities in the United States, providing the recipients with full four-year scholarships. The scholarship program focuses on the individual student’s academic success and achievements, both inside and outside of the classroom.

The process for obtaining the prestigious Questbridge Scholarships begins during the summer before Year 13 with an application process. After a careful and thorough application review and selection, finalists submit their final documentation to universities for review. Universities make their final decisions and notify scholarship winners on December 1st.

Both Abiyan and Iyassu are excited by the award and the opportunity. We could not be prouder of them for the dedication, perseverance, and resilience they have shown during the entire process. Congratulations to them both on this remarkable accomplishment.

Parent – Teacher Meeting at Sandford

Parent – Teacher Meeting at Sandford (Jan 27,2022)

The IB Art Exhibition

The IB Art Exhibition

The IB Visual Arts exhibition this year took part last week with the largest group of IB Art students ever in Sandford! 15 students displayed a coherent body of artworks that were both aesthetically appealing and depicted symbolism of culture, identity, and global issues.

The exhibition is often a display of artworks created by the students over a period of their 2-year IB course. The IB Visual Arts program offered at Sandford School promotes the Arts as an integral part of everyday life, permeating all levels of human creativity, expression, communication and understanding. We offer studies in various art forms such as painting, drawing, graphic design, sculpture and fashion design.

The students were required to submit for assessment a selection of resolved artworks for their exhibition. The selected artworks showed evidence of their technical accomplishment during the visual arts course and an understanding of the use of materials, ideas and practices to realize their intentions. Students also evidenced the decision-making process which underpinned the selection of the artworks exhibited and a cohesive body of work for an audience.

The opening ceremony was exciting with a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony followed by opening remarks by Loza Mesfin in Spanish, Sarah Shaw in English and Tereza Tsedeke in Amharic. The students spoke reflectively on the challenges of learning throughout the pandemic and how they overcame these challenges to be able to meet the standardized requirements of the IB exhibition. There was also a magnificent performance of a song by Mikael Arto and on Piano, Bethel Alemayehu.