On the 26th of September, we celebrate the European Day of Languages. Every year, millions of people in the Council’s member states and elsewhere organise or take part in activities to promote linguistic diversity.
On this day, we talk about the advantages of knowing more than one language. We discussed how it helps us to develop plurilingual skills and reinforce intercultural understanding. It also allows us to get to know and to embrace other cultures and points of view.
The Middle School students were actively engaged in discussions about “Why and how we learn a new language”, and also had fun participating in the House Language Competition, which was won by the red team: the Bears! Congratulations!
Frau Laura Seraffini
L’incontro tra le api e i bambini non è sempre idilliaco, ma se viene insegnato loro quanto è magico il mondo di queste piccole e preziose creature tutto cambia. Quest’anno è stato nuovamente possibile invitare a scuola la nostra amica apicoltrice per una splendida lezione all’aperto sulle api e sull’importanza che hanno per la vita sulla Terra.
I bambini e le bambine di Grade 2 hanno dimostrato enorme interesse ed entusiasmo già nella fase precedente all’incontro, quando insieme alle maestre hanno esplorato il mondo dell’alveare, scoprendo gran parte delle caratteristiche e delle curiosità sulle api.
Questo bellissimo viaggio è stato completato con l’arrivo della nostra ospite, che fa parte del consorzio friulano apicoltori, che ha mostrato loro una vera arnia con la cera e ha portato il miele fatto dalle sue api da assaggiare per rendere questo momento ancor più indimenticabile. Per i bambini è stata una gioia immensa e un viaggio che certamente non dimenticheranno!
Sara Musina ed Elisa Strazzeri
Insegnanti di Italiano di Grade 2
The Middle school students worked very hard on their Fibonacci projects to celebrate the birthday of Fibonacci last Monday. I was impressed with how well written and researched the articles proved to be and the Presentations made the whole day come alive. The students were very receptive and enthusiastic to see the work done by their peers. The projects were done with extreme precision and it showed, as the work presented was some of the best I have seen considering the unusual subject; the students were creative and thorough in their research about how and where the Fibonacci sequence is found. The whole school student body should be thanked for their enthusiasm and hard work, they all have a great deal of which to be proud. I know that if our students show the same level of dedication to their endeavors their future is assured.
Mrs. Savoini Middle School Social Studies, Gr. 8 Literature teacher
Consiglio Comunale dei Ragazzi
Ricordate la newsletter di dicembre quando scrivemmo che tre dei nostri ragazzi si erano candidati come consiglieri per il CCR di Udine proponendo un argomento che ritenevano importante? Ebbene sì, due dei nostri studenti sono stati eletti, Giorgia di Grade 4 e Pietro di Grade 7. È stata una grande soddisfazione per noi tutti, in quanto solamente due ragazzi tra tutte le scuole autonome di Udine avrebbero potuto ottenere la candidatura, e noi ce l’abbiamo fatta.
La finalità di questa iniziativa è quella di offrire occasioni dove i giovani cittadini possono esprimere le proprie opinioni, avanzare proposte, porre domande e partecipare attivamente alla vita della comunità. Sostanzialmente è proprio a loro che il Sindaco dà il compito di rappresentare i più giovani e di contribuire, con i loro consigli alla qualità della vita del nostro comune.
La cerimonia si è svolta martedì 21 gennaio presso la Sala Ajace (Loggia del Lionello) alla presenza del Sindaco Fontanini e dell’Assessore all’Istruzione Elisa Battaglia. Quasi tutti gli alunni di G4 e G7 hanno partecipato, accompagnati da maestra Francesca, Mrs. Green e la prof. Maricchio, orgogliosi e contenti per il successo dei loro compagni. Noi tutti auguriamo loro una lunga e proficua “carriera politica” che sarà di certo impegnativa, in quanto richiede sacrificio, empatia e capacità di ascolto, ma ricca sicuramente di soddisfazioni e nuove esperienze!
Prof. MaricchioRead More
Welcome back and Happy New Year everyone!
We closed last year sipping hot chocolate in our pyjamas, sharing Choosing Time in the foyer and wished each other Happy Holidays with winter stories and songs.
We start the year with new energy and excitement, and our first day back was a chance to look around and say hello to old and new friends: some have had haircuts, some have lost a tooth, some have grown taller, and some have new shoes, as the old ones didn’t fit anymore.
We also welcomed a new ECC teacher, Ms Salvina, who has joined the Pre-Nursery teaching team.
We are all eager to start on our learning journeys again, and see where 2020 will take us!
Head of ECC
The Elementary students were in fine voice again for their Winter Concert. This year we were lucky enough to have our friends from Kindergarten make their debut, singing along with the older children! With the help of our maintenance staff, the car park became a concert venue as our students sang for the parents on the steps in front of the school. The repertoire included the usual favourites and some less well-known songs from around the world. It was a wonderful atmosphere and certainly reflects what makes The Udine International School a very special place.
And this was not the end of the story! We then moved to Largo Dei Pecile to enchant shopkeepers and passers-by with our charming voices! The encore was a success once again!
Our sincere thanks to everyone who helped to make the event a great success – with a special thanks, as always to Maestro Denis!Read More
Last Thursday, for the second year in a row, we joined more than 16,000 schools and 1,776,156 children around the world for Outdoor Classroom Day. In 2018 more than 3 million children were involved in this initiative, which is ‘a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play.
Outdoor learning improves children’s health, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. Play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood.’ (https://outdoorclassroomday.com/).
We were not too worried about the weather, as both children and teachers in ECC have learned to appreciate and value the learning we do outside, rain or shine. To start us off, Ms Marisa read the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and then we followed her across the playground in a ‘real’ bear hunt, which ended with us finding a bear in our very own playground – can you imagine!
After our Pre-Nursery peers joined us, we had lots of opportunities to enjoy our outdoor classroom: between the parachute, the mud kitchen, checking how our plants are growing, joining Mr Riccardo for some games, bubbles, chalk and playdough, the morning went by in a snap and it was already lunch time, outside, of course, with a big thanks to Ms Lucia and Ms Giuliana who served us lasagne ‘al fresco’!
The day ended with story time under the trees and shared tidying up. The high level of engagement and enjoyment reminded us, once again, why we so firmly believe that outdoor learning is essential to our ECC curriculum!