Welcome to Asker International School
It gives me great pleasure to present our webpage and school to you.
It has been very exciting watching the changes taking place in Norway over the past decade. When I arrived in Telemark in 2001, there were fewer nationalities represented. However by 2004 an international school was opened, identifying an increasing demand for an alternative educational program. From 2000-2005 a number of international schools started popping up around Norway – Kongsberg, Telemark and Trondheim later joined by schools in areas such as Arendal, Frederikstad and Tromsø among others. Although other international schools such as Bergen, Stavanger and Oslo have been established for over 3 decades, there has been a clear increase in demand for international schools in the past 10 years.
Now Asker International School joins the ranks of international schools in Norway. We have a long way to go in our school's development but are very excited about the journey. Our staff already represent the cultures of 4 continents. Our goal is to have a truly international staff base to provide a truly international curriculum and perspective.
The International Baccalaureate provides our teachers with both the framework and flexibility to deliver a wide and vareid curriculum. Through its central themes, students can collaborate vertically and horizontally, sharing experiences and reinforcing the school community through the process. I have worked with the International Baccalaureate for almost a decade now and feel that it allows students to develop the attitudes that will benefit them later in life.
And it is attitude that matters. The correct attitude towards work, towards study and the acquisition of knowledge, towards a sense of pride in what we do and how we do it. The reality is that we have no notion about the job prospects and job requirements facing students entering shool now and exiting in 2026. Neither can we say with any conviction what knowledge will best serve our children in the future. What we do know is that the willingness to succeed is a skill-set that will benefit us all.
Since this welcome was originally written, our student population went from 39 students in August 2013 to 128 in August 2014. We are delighted to see such school growth and have signed a contract securing the school's growth over the next few years. We are looking at another 30-40 students joining our ranks by August 2015. It is safe to say that Asker International School has announced it's presence in Norway. We are here to stay.
I welcome you to Asker International School, where we endeavour to prepare your children for a brighter tomorrow.