A big shout out to the Grade 7’s for doing the most amazing job organizing and running the school Readathon. From presenting the idea to Mrs. Green, writing the letter to the parents in English and Italian, explaining to the rest of the school about the project, to making reading logs and sponsorship forms the Grade 7’s took full responsibility for everything. I am incredibly proud to announce that we raised over €2000!!! This week we have prepared the books to send to Samos and any money we don’t use for postage will be sent to the school in Samos and Still I Rise. Thank you to all the students who participated in the Read-a-thon you have been part of something wonderful!
Language Arts Teacher
As we approach the end of the school year we have been taking a deeper dive into the intricacies of Basketball in our PE module. We have learnt about the various methods of scoring including layups, shots, slam dunks and three pointers. Being such a fast paced game, our students have loved the speed and constant action Basketball is about. The highlight for all the students was trying a slam dunk (with a lowered hoop) and this really challenged their coordination and athleticism.
Utopia or Dystopia?
Grade 7 have recently finished reading the novel The Giver, a dystopian novel about how a community, though created with the best of intentions, can go horribly wrong!
The question, in fact, was raised about whether Jonas, the protagonist, would stay or run away……
With this in mind, the two classes separated into groups and planned their own ‘Perfect Communities’ with varied and surprising results. Their governments ranged from the democratic to the idea of immortal leaders! Their environments varied from a butterfly island in the middle of the ocean to a Martian community within a bubble. In one of their schools there were no exams and in another the children were homeschooled. One group were careful to include a fast food cafe while others included farming as fundamental. Even the question of curfew came up…..surely a sign of the times!
A lot of effort and thought went into these projects and I would hope that by the end, they were not torn in the same way as Jonas, between wanting to stay or wanting to escape from their ‘Perfect Communities’!
Grade 7 Literature
Virtual trip through Germany and Austria
The Grade 8 German students took the class on a trip through German speaking countries demonstrating all the abilities that they have acquired in three years of study. Their presentations not only included talking about geography, general data, history and economics, but also about tourist attractions, local traditions, culinary specialities, famous people and trivia.
Very proud of you! Excellent job!
Frau Laura Seraffini
Middle School German Teacher
Grade 7 has a Plan.
What could it be?
Watch this space and you will see……
However, a little clue for you to think things through
We are prepared to give to you…..
Look at these photos.
Who do you see?
What idea could it possibly be?
Look out soon for flyers, forms and letters….
A mystery to solve, is there anything better?
Middle School Language Arts Teacher
UNA SCELTA IMPORTANTE
E’ arrivato il momento di scegliere quale scuola frequentare dopo la terza media. Il momento della scelta è per gli alunni un momento oltremodo difficile e compito dell’insegnante è anche quello di aiutarli e consigliarli, permettendo loro di scoprire e potenziare le proprie capacità e riconoscere i propri limiti e punti di debolezza. Quanto più il ragazzo acquisisce consapevolezza di sé, tanto più diventerà attivo, capace di auto-orientarsi e di delineare un progetto sufficientemente definito. La conoscenza di sé consolida le capacità decisionali, permettendo perciò di fare scelte realistiche nell’immediato futuro.
Tutti sappiamo che scegliere è difficile, perché ovviamente ogni scelta comporta automaticamente una
rinuncia, e proprio per questo motivo che abbiamo più volte discusso in classe sulle diverse opportunità di studio che ci vengono offerte. Quello che ho personalmente consigliato ai miei studenti è, in primo luogo, di fare “un esame di coscienza” e con estrema sincerità con se stessi valutare quelli che sono i propri limiti, interessi, predisposizioni, attitudini e scegliere la scuola superiore, non perché ci va l’amico del cuore, ma proprio perché ritengono quella la più adatta per realizzarsi nel futuro. E’ anche vero però che non esiste una scuola giusta in assoluto e che la scelta, che sono costretti a fare a 14 anni, può essere magari rivista durante il percorso di studio (le famose passerelle), tuttavia si tratta di una scelta importante, che deve essere fatta con la maggior maturità e consapevolezza possibile, perché è comunque “brutto” ritornare indietro sui propri passi.
Non mi rimane che augurare a tutti i miei studenti un grandissimo “IN BOCCA AL LUPO “ per il futuro nella speranza che non debbano mai pentirsene ed ottengano sempre e solo ottimi risultati nella scuola e nella vita!
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Student Wellbeing and Healthy Habits
As we have transitioned to online learning we have taken the opportunity to focus on our students mental and physical well-being, not only through exercise but also by learning about sleep hygiene and habits, keeping a positive outlook and the importance of various nutritional guidelines, particularly during this uncertain time. We have implemented sprints and fitness ‘homework’ as a way to keep active and train both our alactic and aerobic system which we have discussed at length in previous months, and I am sure we will return to school feeling better, faster and mentally tougher.
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The Students and teachers were very excited to welcome a team from Local TV channel UDINESE TV, who came to find out about our day dedicated to Leonardo Fibonacci, celebrated Italian mathematician and scholar famed for his studies on the Golden Ratio. The familiar shape seen everywhere in nature, the ‘Fibonacci Spiral’ is named after him.
From Grade 1 to Grade 8, the students explored all things Fibonacci from the mathematical implications of his discoveries to the beautiful artwork that can be produced using his the golden ratio.
The visit from Udinese TV was an opportunity for the students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills, both in the English and Italian languages, and for our whole school community to reflect on the symbolism of the Nautilus which features on our school logo.
The nautilus represents growth, balance, longevity and adaptability. As the shell grows larger the body always moves forward, never backward. New learning depends on a dynamic connection with previous knowledge.
This is the basis for our approach to learning across all of our schools at International Education Systems, as stated in our motto:
‘SAPIENTIA QUOD FACIENDUM FACIAM’
Find out more about our motto from our Grade 8 Latin students in the video!
Les Nouvelles Technologies
Wherever we go, whatever we do, we can’t do anything without technology. There are many different types of technology and it has become an essential part of our lives. Grade 8 have reflected on it’s importance through projects: about the evolution of cinema, TV, clocks and games such as the Rubik’s cube and the Nerf gun.
There is no denying that the future of technology will continue to revolutionise our lives in unbelievable ways!
Middle School French Teacher
Books, Books, Books.
Over the past week the Grade 7 classes have been presenting their independent reading books to their schoolmates.
It is always interesting to see the varied choices each student has made and this selection was no disappointment, ranging from historical fiction and reworked fairy tales to troubled teenagers and Harry Potter, paying tribute along the way to Michael Morpurgo and Louis Sachar.
We have heard about intrigue and humour, suspense and sadness, been caught up in plot overviews and shared such themes as friendship, jealousy, courage and empathy.
Most interesting of all is hearing the students’ response to their reading, especially when they have found something particularly moving or particularly entertaining. Now, hampered by masks and their facial expressions all but hidden, their spoken responses take on an increased relevance; the verve and enthusiasm which comes through when they are really absorbed or fascinated by a book is unmistakable.
Grade 7 Literature Teacher