Travelling abroad can offer a range of valuable benefits for high school students, not least of which is the opportunity to develop a global perspective. Travel can also let students try new cuisines, brush up on language skills, and see firsthand some of the important cultural, artistic, and historical works and sites that they have learned about in class.

On March 6th, eighteen Kells Academy students from grades 10 and 11 returned from a whirlwind week-long trip to Barcelona, Spain, where they were able to learn about and experience Spanish culture, take in a range of breathtaking art and architecture, and even pick up some valuable new skills.

Keep reading to learn more about Kells students’ recent European excursion.


Kells Academy is home to students from all over the world, including China, Ukraine, Vietnam, and Turkey. For many of these students, English maybe a second or even third language, and in some cases, they may require some additional coaching and instruction before they are ready to tackle an English-language academic curriculum. Fortunately, Kells has robust resources available to support these students and help them achieve the level of fluency they need in order to excel in their English education at Kells Academy and beyond.

Founded in the fall of 2017, the Kells Academy Language Centre is a dedicated language-learning campus, allowing students coming from abroad to focus on improving their English language skills with the help of trained ESL teachers before moving onto the main Kells campus once they’ve developed their fluency.

Here’s how the Language Centre helps ESL students reach their potential.


As we wait for the last few weeks of winter to pass, the talented students at Kells Academy are already busy at work on 2019’s annual spring concert. Each year, this event brings together hard-working teachers, proud families, and students eager to take to the stage and showcase their musical abilities with singing, dancing, and a variety of instruments. It’s always a great way to get the Kells community together while teaching students the value of collaboration and creativity and giving them an opportunity to develop their performance skills and self-confidence.

With this year’s Beatles theme, it’s sure to be an exciting, fun-filled show for everyone involved, and one that will leave a lasting impression for years to come.


At Kells Academy, we believe that our students should have the chance to pursue the subjects and areas that spark their curiosity and personal interests, including STEM fields like mathematics and computing. Every student has their own unique passions, talents, and learning style, and we want to provide them the opportunity to develop their skills, as well as participate in a little healthy competition from time to time.

Each year, the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) at the University of Waterloo designs and administers internationally-recognized Mathematics and Computing Contests to high school students around the world. The CEMC is Canada’s largest outreach organization and seeks to inspire the next generation of young learners across the globe to become more involved and passionate about mathematics and computer science. A select group of Kells students recently participated in the first round of contests and put their minds to the test as they took on the Mathematics and Computing competition.

If you want to find out how this year’s contests challenged our students’ STEM skills, read on to learn more.


At Kells Academy, we recognize the important role that digital technology has come to play in almost every aspect of our daily lives. This is one of the reasons why Kells places such a strong emphasis on teaching students how to make use of the newest cutting-edge technology to research, collaborate, create, and more.

Students at Kells learn how to develop advanced audio/video presentations, blogs, and web pages while learning through interactive lessons on their iPads, and using online tools to work together on group projects. Technology is integrated into students’ learning all across the curriculum, allowing them to see how digital tools can be used to solve problems across a variety of domains and to continually develop their technological skills.

At the 2019 Kells Science Fair, these skills were on full display as students shared a range of fascinating and impressive projects, including their own mobile apps and smart appliances. Here are a couple of the high-tech highlights showing off our students’ digital abilities.