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Branksome Hall Asia: Empowering girls through education

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The ability to read, write, and analyse; the confidence to stand up and demand justice and equality; the qualifications and connections to get your foot in that door and take your seat at that table all of that starts with education. Michelle Obama

The effects of empowering girls through education inspires girls to engage in true leadership; to make informed decisions; and to lead better and more productive lives. At Branksome Hall Asia, faculty not only aim to teach girls to believe they can achieve anything, but they also strive to “challenge and inspire girls each day to love learning and to shape a better world.

Discover Branksome Hall Asia

Located on the island of Jeju, South Korea, is Branksome Hall Asia, an international girls boarding and day school that is committed to women’s empowerment and creating a better world. Founded in 2012, the institution is the sister school of Branksome Hall in Canada, a 114-year old independent girl’s School in Toronto which is consistently ranked among the best boarding schools in the world. The academy, which incorporates the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, accepts students from Junior Kindergarten Prep through to Grade 12. The rigorous IB curriculum is often viewed as the gold standard by universities worldwide.

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The School doesn’t just aim to develop high academic achievers; it also nurtures well-rounded individuals with the potential to become future leaders. “Our educational journey promises to support each student to discover within themselves a strong voice, to take risks and step outside their comfort zones, and the power to lead lives of curiosity, empowerment, service to others, and personal fulfillment,” says Dr. Beverley von Zielonka, Principal of Branksome Hall Asia. Besides providing a well-balanced and internationally recognized academic curriculum, Branksome Hall Asia’s co-curricular activities and exchange programs make the school incredibly appealing to girls around the world:

CASE (Creativity, Action, Service, Enrichment)

Empowering students through an excellent academic program is just one of the ways that the school equips its girls to become well-rounded individuals. Another is through its unique and engaging CASE (Creativity, Action, Service, Enrichment) co-curricular programs. Designed to develop passions and interests in each student, the CASE program allows girls to experiment with ideas and activities they may not previously have considered. The program, also strengthens students’ creative thinking, problem solving, creative judgement, aesthetic sense, physical development, social interaction and leadership skills.

Creativity

The Arts play an important role in Branksome Hall Asia – a school that believes the arts are crucial in encouraging creativity, and in advancing their cognitive function. Students from Junior Kindergarten Prep through to Grade 12 are offered a variety of visual and performing arts activities, including music, visual arts, product design, film studies, photography, and drama, in the hopes that these activities will develop their artistic skills and creative expression.

Some activities include:

  • Studio Art and Design
  • Branksome TV Academy
  • Control Room Academy
  • Film Production
  • Korean Calligraphy
  • Korean Drumming
  • Photography
  • Digital Story Telling
  • Theatrical Productions
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Intermediate Orchestra
  • String Academy
  • Stage Band
  • Barbershop Chorus
  • Choir and Vocal Academy

Action

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The School has a comprehensive athletic program for girls to develop their intellectual and physical abilities. Through diverse sports offerings, the institution aims to teach girls to be the best they can be at every developmental level, to work together to achieve a common goal, and become true team players. The athletic department offers a large number of clubs and academies, including Badminton, Volleyball, Tennis, Basketball, Soccer, Golf, Swimming, Cross Country, Track and Field, K-Pop Fitness, Yoga, Strength and Agility Training, SCUBA diving, and Equestrian.

Service and Enrichment

At Branksome Hall Asia, students aren’t just challenged academically, as the school seeks to instil students with new skills through a series of clubs and activities (outside the classroom) and grade-specific advisory programs (inside the classroom) related to: experiential learning, active engagement, global outlook and local/global community service. Students interested in honing leadership, communication, presentation, and teamwork skills, participate in the various clubs and activities offered at Branksome Hall Asia:

  • World Scholars Cup
  • Model United Nations
  • Leadership Councils
  • Robotics
  • Roots and Shoots (Environmental Awareness)
  • Global Issues Network
  • Public Speaking
  • Peer Support
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Yearbook
  • Poss Abilities (Disability Awareness)
  • Social Justice and Awareness
  • Memory Project
  • Local Community Initiatives
  • Red Cross Youth
  • Creative Writing
  • CAS Newsletter
  • BLISS School Magazine
  • Empty Bowls (Poverty and Hunger Awareness)
  • International Service Trips to Fiji, Thailand, China, and India
  • Habitat for Humanity

Exchange

Known as one of the signature programs at Branksome Hall Asia, the Grade 9 Exchange Program is an authentic leadership and collaborative learning experience, designed to teach students about others’ cultural traditions. Every year in autumn, Grade 9 students travel to the school’s Canadian sister institution for a living and learning experience they’ll simply never forget. Here, students of Branksome Hall Asia get the chance to participate in all aspects of Canadian school life. They work side by side with their Canadian sisters in collaboration with the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management, using an integrative thinking model to solve real-world problems, and experience a week long team-building outdoor camping. In the spring, the students from Branksome Hall in Toronto travel to Korea to engage in an interdisciplinary science and technology program. Throughout the year, students collaborate with each other on various activities and units of study.

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Boarding Schools around the globe would find it hard to match an exchange program as comprehensive as this one.

With a world-class academic curriculum, an eye-opening exchange program and well-rounded co-curricular offerings, it is s not difficult to see why parents would choose to place their daughters in Branksome Hall Asia – an academic treasure in the heart of Jeju Island.

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