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03. November 2019

Update from Dean at A+ World Academy

A + World Academy is sailing with Sørlandet for fifth school year. They will cross the Atlantic and Equator several times before returning to Kristiansand - her home port - in May 2020. Below you can read an update from the Dean.

Dear A+ Families and Friends,

I hope you all had safe journeys home after Parent Port! It’s been a fun week onboard, with Halloween festivities organized by our amazing Holiday Club. Led by Helena and teacher representative, Kyla, students helped decorate the banjer with friendly ghosts, pumpkins, and spiderwebs. On Tuesday, a trivia night was held with winners enjoying candy, and losers having the option of braving the “Mystery Box” where they could sift through a mysterious disgusting substance to hunt for candy. On Wednesday, there was a scary movie night and then for Halloween itself, a costume contest and trick or treating. Students and crew dressed in their costumes, and with Anders, Sebastian, and Elain as judges, showed off their creativity. The following are  the results from the contest:

Most Creative Costume
Individual: Karen R. dressed as Sebastian
Team: Selma, Lena, Cornelia, and Oda dressed as “3 o-clock snack”


Best Overall
Individual: Polina dressed as a scary clown
Team: Leah and Camilla as unicorn


The creativity of the costumes was amazing, and it was incredibly hard for our judges to decide. Some other highlights were Maria V. and Amalie dressed as a shark and diver, and Bridget as “Creepy Christmas”. Bridget created a Christmas tree out of her hair that even lit up. For trick or treating, students traveled around the ship going to different crew members’ cabins for either candy or a trick. Everyone had a lot of fun and was sad to see the holiday pass. 

Soon we will arrive in Civitavecchia, and I have attached a port plan that outlines what we are going to be doing each day. It will be a busy, but fun port with many enriching experiences planned including the Vatican, Appian Way, La Traviata, Watch Activities, and volunteering at a soup kitchen. Please feel free to send me any questions you may have about it. Personally, I’m gearing up for the delicious food and am planning on eating as much pizza, pasta, gelato and minestrone soup that’s possible in a week’s time.  You may not recognize me, due to gained weight, when you see me next. 

Please remember too, that the deadline for SAT registration is coming up (8 November). If you would like your student to take the SAT on 7 December while we are in Las Palmas, you need to go to the following website to register: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register. Also, please send me an email letting me know that you have registered your student. We will organize transportation to and from The American School of Las Palmas. 

Hoping all is well with you and your families, and thank you for allowing your student to be a part of ours. 


Best Wishes,

Emily J. Waugh
Dean of School
A+ World Academy