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Nobi Visits Wakefield
Posted 05/04/2017 02:18PM

Nobi accompanies the Middle School experiential learning trip

Learning the Nuances of an American Education

Wakefield welcomes Nobi Martinez, a junior from Cals College (high school), our sister school in the Netherlands. Nobi is here for a weeklong internship where he is working with our Athletic Director, Tee Summers, and other members of the Senior Leadership Team to understand and experience the nuances of an American education. Two days into his visit, his impression of Wakefield has been a positive one. He notes that there seems to be more of a sense of community and friendliness between the teachers and students. "This is probably because of the smaller class sizes. Our school has over 2000 students. I notice Mr. Colón stands outside and waves to each student in the morning. We seldom see our headmaster," Nobi states. This is particularly noteworthy to him.

Another difference that Nobi appreciates at Wakefield is the Athletics program since there are no specific teams or sports at his school. Instead they have a general PE class. His command of the English language is excellent due to the bilingual education he is receiving at Cals College. Almost all classes are taught in English through third grade and many classes thereafter, including social studies and global studies.

Nobi enjoys reading and writing, and is interested in studying law, theology and Latin. He hopes to study law at the University of Leiden after he graduates. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music, playing guitar, and participating in sports, especially basketball. He recently injured himself and has been unable to play while here in Virginia.

We are thrilled to have Nobi join us this week and are excited to show him our school and introduce him to our history and culture.

Sight-seeing at Great Falls Park

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