Date: 30 Oct. 16


Dear Parents,

Please find the information on three programmes for the students stated below:


1. Commonwealth Class Story Writing competition: For KG II to Class 9 (7-14 years)

Submit your story on ‘belonging’ for this year's writing competition

Students from across the Commonwealth are invited to enter their best short stories based on the theme of ‘belonging’ for our Commonwealth Class story writing competition.

Take this opportunity to be as bold and creative as you like. Pause for thought about what ‘belonging’ means to you, and follow your ideas wherever they take you. 

Your stories should also be illustrated in any way you like. For help getting started, read experienced children’s book author and publisher Don Long’s guidance on how to beautifully illustrate your story.

Deadline for sending entries is 14 November 2016.

Book tokens will also be won by top-placed students aged 7-10 and 11-14.

You need to type Commonwealth Class Story Writing competition on Google search and it will take you to the link from which you can derive more information and participate online on your own.Cla


2. The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program (K-L YES): For students of classes 8-11

The American Center at U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to announce the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (K-L YES) Program for academic year 2017-18.

K-L YES is a high school exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).  The program is administered in Bangladesh by the International Education and Resource Network - Bangladesh (iEARN-BD), a non-profit organization, with the support of U.S. Embassy Dhaka. 

The program enables exemplary Bangladeshi high school students from Grade 8 (eight) through 11 (eleven) to spend one academic year at an American high school. Its purpose is to provide promising high school students with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills. In addition to their coursework, participants are also expected to become active members of their local communities by participating in extracurricular activities and volunteer projects.  Participants will be placed with an American host family for the duration of the program, and will also help Americans to learn about Bangladesh’s culture.  

The K-L YES Program began in Bangladesh in 2004, and since then, 298 Bangladeshi students have successfully participated.  Many YES participants have been recognized for their community service activities in the United States, and the YES alumni association in Bangladesh is actively engaged in community programs.

 To be eligible for the K-L YES program, interested candidates must:

 -be Bangladeshi citizens and not dual citizens or permanent residents of the USA., or any other country;

-be between 15 and 17 years of age on August 01, 2017;

-be currently enrolled secondary school students in good standing in grades 8-11;

-be proficient in written and spoken English at a level sufficient to engage in high school-level courses;

-have a B grade point average, without any failing grades;

-be able to accurately present Bangladeshi culture in American schools and communities;

-be committed to returning to Bangladesh upon completion of the program;

 -have demonstrated leadership skills;

-have had little or no prior international study or travel experience, especially in the USA;

-be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and educational travel;

-be prepared to adapt to American high school life and to live with an American host family;

-be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful and inquisitive;

-be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and educational travel program; and

-be willing to embrace campus life, prepared to share living accommodations, and able to make adjustments to cultural and social practices different from those of their home country 

Selected applicants must meet all U.S. visa eligibility requirements, and selected applicants' health records will also be reviewed.The program application is available at the iEARN-BD. website:

The deadline for submission of completed applications to iEARN-BD isThursday, November 24, 2016. Interested students need to send the completed applications to iEARN-BD on their own.


3. Study tours offered by Education Excellence : For students of classes 6-12:

Education Excellence is one of the leading and well known consultants working in the education sector in Bangladesh for almost a decade. The following programmes are offered by them:

  • Leadership programme Silicon Valley, San Diego. Workshop at Harvard University, NASA visit, workshops at Google, Apple, Intel etc. It is a two week tour during the first two weeks of January 2017. The approximate cost for this tour is Tk 600000 covering course fees, living and accommodation, travel and return airfare.
  • BEO Program - British Olympics in the UK where students will compete with 56 nationalities and the completion would invoke 40 thousand audiences along with the Royal family. Debate, theatre, leadership and music are the sectors. This is scheduled to take place in April 2017. Children who are good in debate, dance, music, art and craft are encouraged to apply. This will enrich the students with international exposure and develop their confidence building avenues. The approximate cost for this tour is Tk 450000 covering course fees, living and accommodation, travel and return airfare.

Interested children need to give their names to the Section Office by 3rd November 2016 so that their parents can come and attend a presentation on both the programmes offered by Education Excellence.

We would really encourage your children to take part in the above mentioned programmes as per the opportunities offered classwise.


Thanking you,

School Administration,

Sir John Wilson School