Most of this calendar year, for Haileybury Astana teachers and pupils it has consisted of distance learning and daily meetings via Zoom. Nevertheless, remote education has strengthened our spirit and filled us with determination to make this academic year as productive, fun and engaging as it could be.
To mark the end of the year, we are taking a trip down memory lane. Here is a look back at the best moments in 2020. Enjoy!
Connecting people across the globe
In January Haileybury Astana and Haileybury Almaty announced the launch of the Alumni Association — Haileybury Connect Kazakhstan. At Haileybury, we understand that supporting our former pupils and helping them to become future leaders is a matter of the utmost importance.
At the moment, more than 50 Haileyburians are part of Haileybury Connect Kazakhstan. For the last 12 months, we have focused on building stronger connections with our alumni. Volodymir Kyselov, a student of UCL, London, and Aruzhan Yussup, a student of Bocconi University, shared their experience of studying abroad and advised current Haileybury students.
Say hello to our new Headmaster!
One of the highlights of this year has been the appointment of Mr John Coles as the Headmaster of Haileybury Astana. In February, the newly appointed headmaster, his wife Sylvie and son Louis visited the school in the capital and met parents and staff of the school.
Someone who works at 100 miles per hour, Mr Coles has settled in very quickly. He is determined that Haileybury Astana school develops further its excellent reputation and academic record.
To the MUN and back
Haileybury Astana held the first HASMUN Conference (HASMUN 2020). The Executive Committee organised a three-day conference to discuss pressing issues such as cyber security and forced migration. More than 180 students from different schools and regions took part in the forum.
We are incredibly grateful to our pupils and staff for hosting such a significant event where delegates could represent different countries, advocate their policies, and debate real-life global issues.
Haileybury Astana wins Environmental Award
Environmental awareness is recognised as an important tool in order to maintain prosperity and high quality of life for children all over the world. At Haileybury Astana, ecological awareness is one of the key values to be instilled in our pupils from an early age.
To highlight the importance of ecological culture in modern society, the Eco Team produced ‘Plastic IS Fantastic’, a short film for the 2020 COBIS Eco Film Awards. Haileybury Astana’s film won the Global Best Environmental Video Award.
‘Plastic IS Fantastic’ reflected the problem of plastic pollution and showed a strategy for pollution prevention in the school.