Round Square Canada
In 2011, Ms. Gustinelli attended a Young Round Square exchange with 40 students from the Fernhill School in Toronto. Along with three middle school students (Randy Genson, Rachel Warren and Megan Eisenfelder), the group traveled to Quebec City and Niagara Falls. Chantal Wilson, a French teacher from Chadwick school in Los Angeles, was also a part of the exchange with four of her students. The trip was the second part of an exchange started back in January 2011 when Fernhill teachers Karine Dunton and Vivienne Kraus came to SAS with five of their students.
Through this trip to Canada, students were able to not only experience French culture and traditions in the province of Quebec, but they also made some very important connections and what will be long-lasting friendships with the Fernhill students. Overall, the trip was a huge success.
In 2009, Saint Andrew's School hosted a student exchange with Appleby College in Oakville, Ontario. In February, Canadian exchange students, Benjamin Edgecombe and Laura Jabbour spent two weeks visiting Saint Andrew’s and attending classes. They subsequently returned to Canada with their hosts, Kelsey Janser and Nicholas Vasic, who attended Appleby College for two weeks. Both Laura and Ben had many good things to say about Saint Andrew’s. They admired the relationships between all of our students and were impressed at the manner in which different friendship groups demonstrated kindness toward each other. They felt that all students were open to friendly interaction with everyone. Equally, Kelsey and Nichloas were impressed by their trip to Ontario and their time spent attending Appleby.
Lucas and Amanda at the CN Tower in Toronto
In the spring of 2009, Middle School Head Ann Haynes visited Toronto to take part in the Young Round Square Conference, jointly hosted by Appleby College and Fern Hill School. She was thrilled to have traveled with two students, Amanda Ager and Lucas Macdonald. The three interacted with 200 representatives from over twenty schools from around the globe including Canada, Peru, Bangladesh, Bermuda, England, and India. The conference was focused on building relationships, creating awareness of global issues, and developing leadership potential.
Carla Pinzon, Pieter Clerger, and Peter Buckley
In May 2010, Middle School Faculty member Lisa Gustinelli traveled to New Brunswick, Canada with 3 eighth grade students to attend a Young Round Square conference. The students who attended were Carla Pinzon, Pieter Clerger, and Peter Buckley. These students were housed with families of a host school, Rothesay Netherwood. IN their time there, Mrs. Gustinelli and her students were able to travel throughout New Brunswick, help build a home for Habitat for Humanity, visit a tree farm, tour an oil refinery, attend a cultural night performance, and participate in the conference with students and faculty from all over the world. The theme of the conference was environmentalism. The trip was truly an international cultural experience for the students. They forged friendships with students from all over the world and were able to practice their leadership skills during the conference.