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high school Student Council

The High School Student Council (HSSC) is a body which exists to represent the voice of high school students in grades 9-12. Students in these grades are encouraged and eligible to run for elected Council positions, as well as Members-at-Large. The Officers of the HSSC are elected democratically, with elections typically taking place at the end of the school year. There are certain requirements for HSSC positions (President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Liaison and Secretary); however, any student from grade 9 through 12 may apply to be a Member-at-Large. A certain percentage of students will be chosen from each grade level to participate as a Member-at-Large. Forms will be given out in September of the new school year once a HSSC meeting with the elected officers take place. Members-at-Large are expected to attend every meeting just like the officers, be a part of or lead sub-committees and will have full voting rights. Meetings will be held on Thursdays during lunchtime.

The High School Student Council Officers and Members-at-Large should demonstrate the qualities of enthusiasm, ability to respect and represent the opinion of others, be willing to support charitable work, have good organizational and planning ability and a commitment to attend all High School Student Council meetings which are typically held weekly. The High School Student Council is actively involved in organizing or assisting with many different types of events such as fund raising, social and/or seasonal events (prom, Halloween dance, Sinterklaas, holiday celebrations) as well as be open to the ideas of the high school student body population.

If you would like any additional information about the High School Student Council, please contact Kristine Bordner at: kristine.bordner@aisr.nl


THe global issues network (gin)

The AISR Global Issues Network (GIN) Club began in the fall of 2004. We were involved in the foundation and evolution of the Global Issues Network – Europe. This club is aimed at High School (Grades 9-12).

Our mission is to help students realize they can make a difference by empowering them to work with their peers internationally to develop solutions for global issues.

In March there is the option of participating in a 3-day conference, usually located in Luxembourg. Cost for this 3 night conference, including all food, accommodation and transport is approx. €400 per student. Students will prepare an interactive presentation in the lead-up to the conference and have the opportunity to listen to international speakers presenting on a variety of topics.

Last year the students presented on the topic of sustainable energy sources and were very well received.

Meetings will be held during lunchtime on Fridays in the cafeteria. To join this club, please contact David Baird at: david.baird@aisr.nl

going green initiative

During the 2014-15 school year, The American International School of Rotterdam will be continuing its “Going Green” initiative that was launched last year. This project spans several years and will bring AISR into the forefront of eco-friendly practice. A school-wide effort will involve not only students K-12 but AISR families and the local community surrounding AISR as well. Of particular interest is the incredible opportunity for AISR students to be involved in the initial stages of the campaign.

Ultimately, AISR is interested in sustainability, reducing its carbon footprint while putting energy back onto the grid. AISR plans to install a set of sun panels that could potentially lead to AISR becoming an electricity point for electric cars to come and charge up. A green roof will insulate the school, lowering energy waste and reducing carbon footprint simultaneously. Additionally, best practices within the school will further our “going green” effort.

Last year we conducted a garbage audit and analyzed energy usage at AISR, creating a proposal for further action this year. AISR has already been granted a subsidy from the government of €13,500 to install sun panels, however, fundraising efforts must be conducted to raise the rest of the funds required to install the panels.

The “Going Green Group” will meet lunchtime on Fridays. Any students interested in any of the following areas are encouraged to participate: Linking their academic studies to real life; Building their resumes; Being part of a movement to change AISR and the world; Sustainability, Finance, Technology, Ecology, Law, or Marketing; Join the change!

This year, in order to minimize waste, we plan to supply every student with a water bottle and set up proper recycling throughout the school. We will be setting up a foundation through which all fundraising funds will be channelled. Fundraising for our green roof, particularly the solar panels will seriously be launched. We will continue to analyze energy usage and waste around the school, making proposals for a greener way at AISR.

Through participation in the “AISR Goes Green” initiative, secondary students will earn CAS credit, and build their resumes for college and postgraduate life. All AISR students will have the opportunity to develop a lifelong desire to make a difference in the world through their personal choices and behaviour as related to the environment.

To join this wonderful initiative, please contact Nina Markham at: nina.markham@aisr.nl.


Going Green Fundraiser

At the Green Fun Night we initiated a fundraising effort for AISR’s green initiative through the sale of recycled products from the company XS project that fishes garbage from our oceans and turns it into usable products. Take a look at the catalogue (the products would make interesting Christmas gifts!). If you would like to contribute to the Green Initiative at the school, make a donation by purchasing a product or two. Email us at aisr_going_green@aisr.nl to place an order.

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