CRG LIAISONS

The Country Representative Group (CRG) is composed of parent representatives from around 40 countries and meet once a month to discuss school-wide issues, coordinate flag-raising and support international events and provide a communication channel between international families and the PSO.  This is a fun group, sharing cultural anecdotes, food and bringing a wealth of international experience to the table. Find out about your Country Rep Group from the list on the menu.

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I'm a full time mom to Ahaan (G5) and Araia (EC), and married to Rajat (fantastic Dad and a Hedge Fund Portfolio Manager by profession), I live a short drive away from Cobham. Rajat and I moved to the UK 16 years ago, family brought us closer to the suburbs. As a new parent, I was grateful for the welcoming reception we received, and was happy to see the kids settled in so well. Not to mention the great community and various opportunities and forums to connect with everyone.

Pooja Mittal

CRG Liaison

Main activities include:

  • Cooperation with the ‘Welcome Team’ to welcome new international families into the school.
  • Coordinate flag-raisings ceremonies for all countries that wish to celebrate their National Holidays.
  • Support for all “international” events at the school, including the International Food Court at the Party for the Planet and the Lower School/Middle School International Fair.
  • Organise the Native Language Program (NLP), a parent-run language program for native speakers.  This is not part of the official school curriculum, but is supported and financed by the school for groups of 2 students or more of the same language group. Lessons take place after school hours, with parents organizing teachers and schedule.
  • Representatives tend to be informally ‘elected’ from within their respective Country Groups.  Most countries have 2 representatives to share responsibilities and take turn at meetings.

INTERNATIONAL FAIR

We would like to extend a huge THANK YOU very much to all of you who stepped up, one way or the other, and did an amazing job – again – and made the International Fair an incredible event.

Taking a tour around the old gym last Friday, seeing all the stalls – every sight made me feel like I just arrived in a new part of the world – from Australia, to South Africa, to the rain forest in Brazil, to Argentina, to US, to Canada, to Russia, to India, to Japan, to South Korea, to Vietnam, to Greece, to the Netherlands, to Belgium, to Germany, to France, to UK, to Scandinavia (Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark) and the old Vikings and even back to the Roman Empire.

Seeing also very “small” countries, measured according to number of families at ACS, such as Iceland (3 families) and Jordan (2 families) having stalls presenting their countries, made me happy!

In total 24 countries, it was truly fantastic what was on display there. Seeing all the beautiful national costumes, tasting treats and seeing all the characteristics of your countries are the very reason for our role as CRG Liaisons!

I wish I had had more time to walk around in relative quietness, most of the time the gym buzzed with activity. I also wish I had had time to get great photos of all of you – I try next time 🙂

FLAG RAISINGS

Decorating

The CRG now has special flags that easily decorate the driveway into the school for many (but not yet all) countries!  Please check with Charlotte to see if we have flags for your country decorations – they really have impact!

Flags can be collected from and returned to Francine O’Donnell in the HOS office (above admissions).

Contacts

Charlotte Jonsson

Charlotte is the PSO Flag Raising Coordinator. If your country is not listed for a flag raising and you would like to have one or if you would like to change the celebration date of your country, please email her with your request.  She will update the list and liaise with Francine and Mark.

Email: flagraisings@psocobham.org

Jon Williams and Steve Pitcher

Jon and Steve are in charge of the Ceremony on the day. (ie fixing up the flag and playing the anthem). Most of the flags and National Anthems are in stock at ACS and will be set up the day of the event. If you have any specific query for the day of the event, please make an appointment with them 10 days prior your celebration date.

You are always welcome to bring your own version on an ipod, Iphone, USB key or laptop.

For countries where there are students in Boarding School, Jon and Steve are happy to set up the date and take the lead to organise the ceremony if there is no CRG rep for the country.

Email : jonwilliams@acs-schools.com or spitcher@acs-schools.com

Francine O’Donnell

Francine works in ACS Administration and she is in charge of maintaining the school calendar up to date with Flag raising dates and advising the heads of division. She keeps the flags and a copy of all the national anthems. If the flag is not in stock, Francine can order it. However please note that it can take a number of weeks for new flags to be made and delivered to ACS.

Email: fodonnell@acs-schools.com

FLAG RAISINGS

NATIVE LANGUAGE ENRICHMENT

NLE Programme for students is a programme run by ACS Cobham for all students between grades Pre-kindergarten to 10th grade to receive free weekly classes to keep up their native language skills.

Please visit http://cobhamnle.weebly.com/ or email the coordinator at cobhamnlecoordinator@acs-schools.com.

NLE Langauges (subject to minimum student numbers):

  • Arabic
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Norwegian
  • Portuguese
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

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