Three Months in 30 Photos

SYA kicks off the summer with a multi-day Conference on Teaching and Learning Abroad, SYA’s second annual school-wide curricular planning conference, bringing teachers from all four campuses traveled to Viterbo, Italy to further refine SYA’s curriculum redesign. 

 

SYAC19 Conversations

Teachers from four campuses pepper the room with French, Italian, Mandarin and Spanish, with English as the common language, as they brainstorm innovative and mission-driven approaches to curriculum redesign. 

 

On a lunch break during the conference, SYA Italy's Santo Sammartino leads a tour of Villa Lante, a garden exemplifying the Mannerist phase of the Italian Renaissance. 

 

Villa Lante Mural

Santo uses a mural of the estate to orient faculty and staff prior to exploring the gardens. Villa Lante was designed for Cardinal Gambara, whose family name means "prawn." Throughout the property, there are painted and sculpted shrimp in honor of the Gambara family.

 

Villa Lante is located in Bagnaia, a twenty-minute bus ride outside of SYA Italy's Viterbo campus. 

 

Santo Sammartino SYAC19 Fountain

Here, Santo describes how peperino stone (a gray or brown volcanic rock found in Italy) is both workable and resistant, making it an excellent material for fountains and sculptures. 

 

SYAC19 Sessions

Back in the classroom, SYA leadership and faculty lead workshops covering topics ranging from how to assess experience-based coursework to how to design competency-based experiences within the context of educational travel. Above, SYA Italy Resident Director Pat Scanlon works with faculty from around the world to design a modular course structure that could be implemented at any of our four campuses.

 

Meghan Lewis Roof SYAC19

SYA Spain Resident Director Meghan Lewis Roof leads a workshop on language proficiency, including ways to integrate intentional language practice into all courses at SYA. Here, she employs a pizza analogy as a way to illustrate the advantage of competency-based assessment.

 

SYAC19 Participants

"Four campuses, one school" — the mantra of the second-annual Conference on Teaching and Learning Abroad. Above, 34 teachers and leaders from Beijing, North Andover, Rennes, Viterbo and Zaragoza gather on the steps across from SYA's Viterbo campus for a group photo on the last day of the conference.

 

Adult Enrichment in France

Following the Conference on Teaching and Learning Abroad in Viterbo, SYA hosted two adult enrichment courses: Cultural Heritage in France and Geopolitics of Spain. Above, participants in the cultural heritage course tour Art Deco Rennes with mosaic specialist Capucine Lemaître.

 

Adult Enrichment Spain

The geopolitics participants explore the rich history of Cádiz, Spain with SYA's Antonio López Piña. 

 

SYA China Summer 2019

The SYA Summer five-week experience for rising 10th, 11th and 12th grade high school students kicked off in June across our campuses in Beijing, Rennes and Zaragoza. Pictured above is the Class of SYA China: Summer 2019.

 

Lama Temple 2019 CN

Visiting the Lama Temple, Beijing

 

SYA China Classroom 2019

Mandarin language class taught by Tie Jiao

 

China Host Family

Host family dinner

 

SYA Summer: China

Sharing music with host families 

 

Hiking the Great Wall 2019

Hiking the less-traveled portions of the Great Wall of China

 

Chinese Calligraphy

Learning the art of calligraphy

 

Learning how to play Mahjong

Learning how to play Mahjong

 

SYA China Lama Temple 2019

Visiting the Lama Temple, Beijing

 

SYA France Summer 2019

SYA France: Summer students Exploring Fort La Latte, Plévenon, France

 

Fort Lalatte France Summer

The view near Fort La Latte

 

SYA Summer France

The Class of SYA France: Summer 2019

 

Cooking Class SYA France 2019

SYA France cooking class

 

Severine Bordeau in Bretagne

SYA France's Severine Bordeau, presenting a Loire Valley Châteaux

 

Kayaking the Ebro

SYA Spain: Summer students Kayaking the Ebro in Zaragoza

 

SYA Summer - Spain

Traveling outside Zaragoza

 

SYA Spain cooking class

SYA Spain cooking class

 

Flamenco show in Madrid, Spain

Flamenco show in Madrid, Spain

 

Ebro River Spain

Exploring the Ebro River

 

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Severine Bordeau

SYAers around the world followed Séverine's progress as she ran through famous sections of the race, feeling the adrenaline of each mile marker.

Power of Place

President Tom Hassan reflects on the observance of the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings, a visit to Paris and the Notre-Dame Cathedral, and a gathering of over 30 teachers and educational leaders in Viterbo, Italy.

Confluence of Languages

SYA gathered over 30 teachers and educational leaders representing more than five different first languages to chart SYA's future.

Welcoming Trustees: 2019

SYA is pleased to announce the addition of three new trustees to its governing body: Julian Fu CN’06, Jackie Little FR’81 IT’16P and Amb. David McKean FR’74 FR’11P.