Gregg International opens a new middle school

The Gregg International School staff have been working hard over the summer months preparing for what they hope to be an exciting year ahead. They have spent months planning a new curriculum and the introduction of an accredited British-based program (ASDAN) in addition to Gregg’s core subjects.

ASDAN (Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network) provides a range of programs to accredit young people’s activities, and specifically focus on fostering the growth of skills for learning, employment, and life.

ASDAN was developed in the eighties at the University of the West of England, and was formally established as an educational charity in 1991. ASDAN’s charitable purpose is: “the advancement of education, by providing opportunities for all learners to develop their personal and social attributes and levels of achievement through ASDAN awards and resources, and the relief of poverty, where poverty inhibits such opportunities for learners.” A charitable fund that offers grants is in place to support “the relief of poverty.”

Today ASDAN provides support to thousands of registered centres (mostly schools and colleges) throughout the UK and in other countries, publishes more than 100 resource titles, supervises the moderation and verification procedures for all its courses, and develops new curriculum programs, resources and qualifications in response to the needs of the profession.

Gregg is the first school in Japan to become a registered ASDAN centre and the staff are proud to be offering these great programs to youngsters.

Gregg has also introduced “Stepping Stones” to the grade 3 and 4 students for this academic year, in order to supplement the school’s Social Studies program, and has added PSHE (Personal, Social, and Health Education), a concept that is new to Gregg.

The Gregg community wishes the new middle school students lots of luck! — SUE SOUTHERN

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