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ISA’s New mascot

After numerous rounds of voting, we are delighted to reveal ISA’S new mascot…

The wolf!

We have always believed in the importance of having a mascot as it not only provides a common label for students, staff and alumni, but it creates a sense of belonging. Having a school mascot unites everyone under one name, makes everyone feel included, and connects our students to each other and to the school.

Read below to find out more on why there was a decision to change, who helped decide and whether there was a clear win or not.

What was the old mascot?

The last mascot was the American Bison.

Why was there a decision to change?

The reason for the change was because the school is no longer the American School of Aberdeen. When the mascot was chosen, it was representative of the American population of the school. However, now that the school is more international and has more local involvement with students and charities, some felt it would be best to change the mascot to a Scottish animal. Also, as the school turns 50 next year, we thought it was the perfect time to re-evaluate various aspects of the schools - from the mascot to certain policies.

Who made the decision?

Every decision has been made by the students, parents, and school staff. This was done through surveys. When we sent out a survey asking if people wanted the mascot changed, over 2/3 of the people which spanned over parents, staff, and students (ES, MS, and HS) wanted to change the mascot from a Bison to something new.

What animals were in the 'running'?

The animals in the running consisted of a unicorn, puffin, capercaillie, wolf, highland cow, eagle, osprey, otter, wildcat and a hare. This was then narrowed down via a round of voting to a wolf, highland cow and a wildcat.

What mascot won? Number of votes? Was it a clear winner?

Out of the three remaining options, the wolf had a clear win with 44% of the votes out of 464 responses.

A massive thank you to everyone who voted! We are super excited to see what’s to come in the next 50 years of teaching, learning and making memories with ‘the wolf’ as our new mascot…

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