Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Our British friends have truly embraced Texas living this week. Today they visited the city of Ft. Worth. Ft. Worth is just to the west of Dallas and is considered the city "where the West begins." The students visited the Cowgirl Museum, The Ft. Worth Stockyards and the world-famous country dance club, Billy Bob's Texas. They even learned a few local dances from Wendell the Cowboy! What a wonderful way to experience Texas!
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Today our visiting delegation from Wimbledon learned a lot about Dallas and about two of our US Presidents, President Kennedy and President George W. Bush. Before leaving for the 6th Floor Museum, the students met with Ms. Smith, our journalism teacher here at UA. Ms. Smith explained to the students what it was like growing up in Dallas after the assassination of JFK and about how personal that tragic event was for her and for all Dallasites at the time. This discussion proved to be the perfect backdrop for the visit to the 6th Floor Museum and the scene of the assassination. After their visit, the students agreed that the 6th Floor Museum communicates so well the events of November 22, 1963 as well as the Kennedy legacy in the US and around the world.
Later in the afternoon, after a delicious Tex-Mex lunch, our guests visited the Bush Presidential Library on the campus of Southern Methodist University. All were impressed by the architecture as well as the interactive nature of the Library. What a wonderful day we had today in Big D!
|Ms. Smith recalling the life-changing events of 1963|
|Hello from the "Oval Office!"|
|The Bush Presidential Library at SMU|
Monday, October 27, 2014
Today was an exciting day at Ursuline as we welcomed our British sisters to our campus. After a busy weekend of dances, football games and other enjoyable American pastimes with their host families, it was time for our guests to come to school. Each student attended classes with her Dallas Host sister after a busy morning which included an official welcome from Mrs. Shurley, the Principal of Ursuline Academy, greeting the UA student body on the public-address system and a tour of the school with Karen and Madison, two Ursuline student ambassadors. We also took a moment to celebrate Alice's birthday as Alice, one of our British guests, turned 16 on Sunday. Additionally, each student received a special gift from Ursuline Academy so that she can have a memento of her time in Dallas. It was a fast-paced but joyful day for all!
|Everyone is excited to welcome our UK sisters :)|
|Visiting the Attendance Office|
|Happy Birthday, Alice!|
|Snuggling with UA bears|
|We all love the bears!|
|Mrs. Shurley greets the delegation|
Saturday, October 25, 2014
After weeks of saying "The British are coming!,we can now say "The British are here!" The delegation from Ursuline High School in Wimbledon, our sister school in England, arrived in Dallas just last night! The excited and welcoming UA Host families met their new daughters at DFW airport and quickly whisked them away for Friday night family activities such as football games and casual dinners out. The teachers were also whisked away by UA teachers for their first Texas meal which, of course, included "cowboy" steaks and baked potatoes. It was a great beginning for what will be a short but excellent time together this week. The 13 students and 2 teachers will be with us until November 1 and we could not be more excited about the week ahead! Welcome to Texas!
Thursday, October 23, 2014
One of our most active clubs at UA is the Jr. World Affairs Club. Student members regularly attend speaker events sponsored by the World Affairs Council of DFW which include authors, politicians, diplomats and more. Last night, however, the club sponsored a more social and cultural event. Students and faculty moderators dined together at ZENNA, a unique restaurant in Carrollton which serves a huge variety of Asian foods. For some of the students, this dinner was the first time to try foods such as Sushi, Tempura, Panang Curry and Pad Thai noodles. All enjoyed practicing eating with chop sticks as well as experiencing new flavors. The international dining experience is one that club intends to repeat on a monthly basis so please stay tuned to learn where you can join Jr. WAC for dinner in November!
Friday, October 17, 2014
We are now back home in Dallas and, upon our return, we were delighted to meet our newly-arrived exchange student, Jennifer P. Jennifer is from a small city in Honduras where she has lived her entire life. In fact, this is the first time that Jennifer has been outside of Honduras. Jennifer attended a bi-lingual high school in Honduras where she was a top student. Jennifer is the oldest of 4 children in her family. She loves to play volleyball and also likes dogs very much (she has 2 labs back home). In the few days that she has been here, Jennifer tells us that she has enjoyed the State Fair and also her classes at Ursuline. She has found UA girls to be "so nice and helpful." Jennifer plans to spend the rest of the school year with us here in Dallas. She looks forward to participating in Serviam activities as well as improving her already excellent English and preparing for college. Welcome Jennifer!
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
After leaving Queensland, we had one more stop on our Australia itinerary: Melbourne. Melbourne is Australia's second most populous city and is the capital of the state of Victoria. It is a cosmopolitan city known for a wonderful standard of living, sports, tourism and education. Melbourne is also home to Melbourne Girls' College, an outstanding Australian government girls' school which is also an international member of the National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NCGS), an organization to which UA Dallas also belongs. We were invited to visit Melbourne Girls' School by fellow educators who we met in 2012 at an NCGS conference in Dallas. It was a fantastic visit and we now have a long list of possibilities for collaboration and exchange between our schools.
|The School Library|
|Posing with our NCGS colleagues (and Charlie!)|
|Change of class - looks very familiar|
|Meeting with the Student Executive Council|
|Overlooking the Yarra River - perfect for Crew practice!|
|International students in class|
|Thank you to our friends for hosting us and inviting us to Melbourne!|