There is a reason that there are so many movies, television series and books about High School- it is a profoundly important part of life. Between the ages of 14 and 18, children become young adults; they change physically, emotionally and intellectually. The beginning of High School is a transition from one kind of school to another, but the end is a transition into the world.

Whilst we have limited memories from early childhood, we can all remember specific things from our time at High School. Many of these memories will be to do with special events: trips, plays, competitions; or to do with academic achievement; but most of our memories will be connected with our emotions. I have a memory of a great teacher and it is no exaggeration to say that this person changed my life, by enabling me to believe in myself and achieve my potential. However, I also remember times when I found something difficult, and when the challenges I encountered seemed insurmountable. But, to be honest, the things I remember best are to do with my friends- the good times and the bad.

At Avenor College High School, we will have the privilege of spending these four crucial years with our students. In keeping with the Avenor philosophy, we will ensure that each unique person is valued, and given the opportunity to achieve in their field of endeavour.

We have chosen Cambridge International Examinations for our High School curriculum because the curriculum is broad and balanced, comprising Sciences, Mathematics, Languages and Humanities; enabling students to prepare for applications to universities in Romania and Internationally. Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds. Cambridge Advanced is the final stage, consisting of two stages: Cambridge International AS and A Level. Recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide, these qualifications are an international passport to progression and success.

My experience with these examinations has convinced me that they are one of the best ways to educate students of this age. In addition to being a teacher, I am also a parent of three adult children who have IGCSEs and A levels, which they worked for in international schools. Having seen their progress through these examinations into university and the world of work, I can say with all sincerity that new parents embarking on this journey will not be disappointed by the structure, content or assessment of Cambridge International Examinations.

However, our High School will be so much more than a place where students prepare for academic examinations. We want to see great results in Maths, English, Science, History and ICT, but students at our High School will also take part in an entrepreneurial project as part of the Enterprise IGCSE. They will actually set up and run a real business. In addition, they will: have the opportunity to participate in national and international events and competitions in partnership with other schools and organisations in Bucharest and worldwide; supplement their academic studies with extracurricular clubs (sports, debate, arts); research real-life issues as part of the Global Perspectives IGCSE; develop life-skills by participating in voluntary activities and last but not least they will make friendships and enjoy spending time with their fellow students during break times and beyond school.

All of our students will be guided towards their own best path. We will care for them and support them. We will not shy away from controversial issues which affect young people in today’s world and we will educate them to make good choices and to be good citizens.

I am looking forward with anticipation for our High School to open its doors.

Denise Trickett

Head of High School