As the minutes ticked down to the start of the 10th King’s Academy Commencement ceremony, held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II ’12, the number of people on campus swelled to the thousands as excited family and friends flocked to Commencement Lawn to watch the Class of 2019 graduate.
It was a beautiful evening at King’s Academy on the eve of Commencement, made all the more special by the congregation in Refectory Square of 167 soon-to-be graduates, their parents, faculty and juniors to celebrate the school’s 10th graduating class at the annual Senior Parents Iftar.
On May 13, King’s Academy eighth graders, their parents and teachers celebrated the class leaving Middle School to “step up” as ninth graders in the Upper School next year.
On Middle School (MS) Service Day, students broke into their advisory groups to participate in acts of service within the wider community.
Students in the Advanced Acting and Directing class performed Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie.
After the success of the first KA Gardens fundraiser held last year, students in the Homemade, Handmade co-curricular staged a second KA Gardens bazaar to sell their soap, candles, teas and limited-edition body scrubs, which they placed in hand-decorated jars designed by students in the Crafts That Sell co-curricular.
The Middle School production of Jeremy Bloom’s Peter/Wendy, which ran on Tuesday and Wednesday evening this week, re-imagines J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan stories through the eyes of a group of children trying to fall asleep one summer night.
During School Meeting on Monday, King’s incoming Head of School, Peter Nilsson, was officially welcomed to campus.
Students in the Guitar, Choir and Orchestra groups performed their second and final ensemble concert of the year.
On April 17, weeks of preparation culminated in the first King’s Academy Sustainability Fair.
Students staged a "town hall" meeting in the Gallery to discuss a host of issues.
The King's Academy Parent Council hosted its first Career Fair on April 16.
King’s Academy held a farewell ceremony for Head of School John Austin, his wife Monica Matouk and their children, who will be leaving Jordan at the end of the academic year.
Last week, King’s Academy marked “A Day of Thanks,” which presented the school community with the opportunity to pause, reflect, and thank those people who have made a difference to their time at school.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hisham Matar, whose award-winning novel In the Country of Men is required reading in the English 10 course, addressed students at School Meeting on Monday.
Eighth graders in the humanities class have been learning about various countries in the region and some of their pressing issues.
During School Meeting on Sunday, King’s Academy welcomed guest speaker Zein Al-Maha Oweis to share her experience living with a visual impairment.
The Middle School hosted Jordanian filmmaker Widad Shafakoj as a guest speaker on Tuesday.
Over the weekend, King’s celebrated the Lunar New Year, which includes the Chinese New Year as well as the Korean and Vietnamese New Years.
Students and faculty members took the stage at 88 Keys, King’s annual piano festival, for four audience-packed nights of music.
On Tuesday, February 5, King’s invited guest lecturer Dr. Kimberly Katz, a distinguished Fulbright scholar and professor of Middle Eastern studies at Towson University in Maryland, to speak to students taking Modern Jordanian History, as well as other students and faculty.
King’s campus came alive with music last week as the seventh annual Jordan’s Youth Musicians Conference, with the theme of “Sharpen Your Mind with Music,” took place.
The King’s Academy Board of Trustees today announced the appointment of Peter B. Nilsson as King’s third head of school.
The boys varsity basketball team has been on an absolute tear recently.
This week, seasoned veterans of the theater program at King’s Academy marshalled their skills to direct three plays for the English language portion of the Winter Play Festival.
On Wednesday, January 30, the Evening Dance Ensemble presented its second Dance Lab of the year.
On Monday and Wednesday, Mr. Ryuji organized breakdancing workshops led by professional breakdancers from Amman.
Arabic Year students in Ms. Lina's Arabic class used their spoken Arabic skills in a real world context — bartering at a mock food market!
Last week, students from the renowned Oberlin Conservatory of Music visited campus for three days as artists-in-residence.
On Saturday, Mr. Ghassan’s AP Art History class visited the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts for a private tour by the renowned Jordanian artist Muhanna Al-Dura.
Dr. Salma Nims, Secretary General of the Jordanian National Commission for Women, visited campus on Tuesday afternoon to speak to a group of 50 faculty members and students from Mr. Ghassan’s Modern Jordanian History class.
Last fall, for the first time in King’s Academy history, students performed a full-scale musical.
The boys varsity soccer team participated in the King’s Academy Soccer Tournament along with schools from Amman, Palestine and Lebanon.
The boys varsity A and B soccer teams participated in the AAC tournament held at King’s last week.
The Round Square Office at King’s Academy organized its eighth annual Winter Holiday Bazaar on Wednesday with around 16 vendors presenting a colorful display of products and handicrafts for sale to the school community.
Giving Tuesday, which fell on November 27, is an international day of charitable giving.
King’s new 2.6 megawatt photovoltaic power station is providing King’s with a clean, sustainable and economical energy supply.
King’s held a substance use prevention campaign for the third year running from November 25 to 29, in cooperation with Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD), a leading provider of school-based prevention services, to provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to make intelligent, healthy choices.
Nadim Billeh ’19, Dina Dawood ’20, and Hend Al Zeer ’20 initiated a student-based project called “Humans of King’s” that aims to bring the King’s community closer together.
The student exchange program offered through the King’s Academy Round Square Office is becoming increasingly popular each year.
From November 23 to 26, all Middle Schoolers were involved with Minimesters, weeklong projects that challenged them to think creatively and collaboratively.
Six students in the Advanced Evening Dance Ensemble performed a dance called “Caravan” in School Meeting on November 13.
Middle Schoolers teamed up with Jordanian graffiti artist Suhaib Attar to paint a graffiti mural on the side of a new freight farm on November 15.
Last Friday, in an initiative created by the Student Leadership Council (SLC) called “El Beit Beitak,” dozens of Jordanian students and faculty hosted over 80 international boarding students and faculty members at their homes.
Boys U14 A soccer participated in the season-ending AAC tournament against Amman Baptist School, Amman Academy and American Community School.
Siblings Natheir and Salma Abu Dahab, classes of 2021 and 2024 respectively, participated in the 2018 World Investment Forum held in Geneva, Switzerland.
A dedication ceremony in memory of Ruba Daghlas, who worked in the Learning Center and passed away tragically last year, took place on Tuesday.
King’s students in the Kursi wa Kitab community service club finished building a wheelchair accessibility ramp at the King Hussein Business Park last weekend.
King’s hosted its 2018 college and university fair this week.
Roxanne Higgins, president of Independent School Management, an international firm specializing in school management, visited King’s for several days to assess its schedule and academic calendar.
Last week, the King’s swim team competed at a friendly swim meet against Amman Academy and American Community School at ACS’ campus in Amman.
This week, the King’s Varsity A boys’ soccer team defeated Madaba club Al Wahda 3-2 in the first game of the season.
On Sunday, Jordanian historian and consultant to the Royal Hashemite Court Dr. Baker Al-Majali spoke to students in the new Modern Jordanian History course about the Great Arab Revolt.
Renowned Jordanian entrepreneur Iman Mutlaq visited King’s this week to speak to students in the new Business and Entrepreneurship co-curricular.
On Tuesday evening, faculty member Ian Chute collaborated with Elias Tannira ’20 to stage a telescope viewing party in front of Alnilam House.
The American Geographical Society (AGS) has named Dr. Ethan Morton-Jerome, a King’s Academy faculty member in the Department of History and Social Studies, as a 2018 AGS Geography Teacher Fellow.
Over the past few days, King’s celebrated the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year with an explosion of energy, optimism and excitement as it welcomed 165 new students to campus.
The scorching heat gave way to a cooling breeze on Wednesday evening, just in time for the thousands of family members and friends congregating on Commencement Lawn to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2018, held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II ’12.
With the end of the academic year overlapping with the start of the holy month of Ramadan, the annual senior parents dinner — this year an iftar — was a doubly festive occasion.
On May 16 and 17, students and faculty cast their votes at King’s first Student Leadership Council (SLC) elections. Some 65 students threw their hats into the ring, vying for the six senior, four junior, two sophomore and two freshmen seats available on the council.
A year of artistic study culminated in an evening of arts and music on Sunday, May 13 as Middle and Upper School art students showcased their creativity at the Annual Art Exhibition in the Safwan M. Masri Courtyard, followed by beautiful solo and chamber music performances at the strings concert in the Gallery.
On May 10, King’s Academy named a Harkness classroom The Samir Abdelhadi Classroom to honor the generosity and philanthropic spirit of Samir Abdelhadi, a pillar of the community and visionary in the field of architecture and engineering.
Congratulations to King’s students who received distinction in the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing, University of Waterloo (CEMC) contest which tests logical thinking and mathematical problem solving.
The Ninth Annual Declamation Competition on Wednesday was a spirited and emotionally charged event demonstrating the skill of the school’s most talented student orators.
King’s Development Office and its liaison officer for China Wen Yu Ho met with around 60 parents of current, past and prospective students during information sessions held in Seoul, Korea and in Hangzhou and Shenzhen in China earlier this month to present ways that King’s parents in the region can help support their school.
On Tuesday, one of the school’s most highly anticipated events of the year, the King’s Academy Cardboard Boat Race (KACBR), took off with a big splash.
During Thursday morning break, students taking the Soap Making co-curricular raise money to buy a wheelchair for a person in need by selling their hand-crafted products, including soaps, candles, teas and body scrubs, at their pop-up store KA Gardens.
Seniors and their parents had the opportunity to quiz alumni about what to expect when going abroad for university during a pre-departure orientation session organized by the University Counseling Office (UCO) on Sunday afternoon.
During spring break, 12 students and two faculty members travelled to India on a Round Square adventure to explore the architectural marvels of the Mughal Empire (including the Taj Mahal) and to climb the summit of Nag Tibba in the lesser Himalayan region of Uttarakhand state.
Congratulations to Lara AbuAli ’23 who was recognized by the Region-at-Large program of the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.
During spring break, 60 students from King’s and seven schools in India, in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity, participated in the Round Square Regional Service Project to help build homes and improve the living conditions of 27 families in need in Ajloun.
Representing Jordan at the 11th Arab Robotics Championship in Sharm El Sheikh this week was King’s own robotics team “RoboKings”.
King’s students pose with HRH Prince Ali bin Al Hussein at the opening of the Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit 2018 that took place at the Dead Sea on Monday.
Congratulations to King’s students who achieved the top spots in the Jubilee Third Creative Writing Forum in the poetry, playwriting, short story and literary and reflective essay categories.
The Winter Play Festival culminated in two nights of student-directed performances on March 20 and 21 in the Abdul Majeed Shoman Auditorium.
On March 19, a cast of 10 students and three technical crew, directed by Balqees Al-Shorman ’18 and Arabic faculty members made the annual Arabic play – adapted by Al-Shorman from Mohammad Fawzi’s Mama America – come to life in front of a full house in the Lecture Hall.
At King’s Annual Dance Concert on Wednesday, 75 students entertained family and friends in the Abdul Majeed Shoman Auditorium with their performances of 11 different dances ranging from contemporary, hip hop to dabkeh styles.
King’s Academy hosted the fourth annual Jordan Model Parliament (JMP) conference from March 16 to 17, at which 460 students representing 22 public, private and UNRWA schools around the kingdom discussed and proposed solutions to some of the country’s most pressing issues.
King’s Academy welcomed visiting students and faculty from Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts this week.
On Tuesday, King’s students of improv were immersed in a night of live comedy entertainment during a field trip to watch comedians Mo Amer and Wonho Chung perform at the Anger Management Comedy Session 2 at the Royal Cultural Palace.
On March 10, King’s students participated in a new community service activity initiated by Talal Kolaghassi ’18 in cooperation with Jordan River Foundation (JRF).
On March 10, King’s hosted its 4th annual library conference “School libraries as spaces of creativity and innovation” at the HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Library.
At the 13th National Robotics Competition held at the Jubilee Center for Excellence in Education on March 11, King’s robotics team “RoboKings” won fourth place in the sumo competition from among 551 students from 58 schools and educational institutions around the country.
On March 10, 45 eighth graders prepared to “step up” to Upper School, starting with a question and answer session for their parents with faculty and staff.
King’s faculty members headed to the Dead Sea on March 2 and 3 to participate in the fourth Teacher Skills Forum, which focuses on teachers and classroom needs to enhance and improve the quality of teaching.
On March 2 and 3, around 300 students from King’s, seven schools in Amman and the Jerusalem School in Palestine participated in the three-day King’s Academy Model United Nations 2018 conference.
Close to 600 student and adult delegates from 53 schools across the globe travelled to Jordan last week to attend the Round Square International Conference, which was hosted at King’s Academy from October 7 to 13.