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
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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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’
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
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
Grade 7 students discovered some of the most typical German dishes and presented the recipes listing the ingredients and explaining the step-by-step procedures in German. Some of our budding cooks have also tried the recipes at home cooking with their parents.
It has been a trip from the South to the North exploring typical dishes:
from the Austrian “Wiener Schnitzel” to the Viennese “Sachertorte”, to emperor Franz Joseph´s favourite dessert “Kaiserschmarrn”, to the characteristic “Kartoffelsalat”, the typical German “Spätzle”, the Black Forest gateau “Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte”, and also the “Mamorkuchen”, the well-known “Apfelstrudel”, the “Berliner Pfannkuchen” (also called “Krapfen”), and the “Bratwurst”.
If you visit Berlin you must taste the famous “Currywurst mit Pommes” or the “Eisbein mit Sauerkraut”!
At this point you might be hungry…it is time to cook another typical German dish with our Grade 7 cooks!
Frau Laura Seraffini
Middle School German Teacher
Have you ever wondered why Algebra is taught in Mathematics? It can be argued that learning Algebra is like learning a new language. To put it simply, it involves equations to find the unknown. It forms the basis in fields such as science, engineering, medicine and economics however, students are often wondering will they ever use it in real life? Most of the time we use it without even knowing, for example comparing prices in the grocery store or calculating the time it will take to get from A to B. Most importantly, it allows us to practice critical thinking and problem solving skills, while developing a strong mathematical mindset.
Here is a Grade 8 question that you may like to try at home!
Sasha has a riddle: There are two numbers. The sum of the first number and twice the second number is 14. When the second number is subtracted from the first number, the result is 2. What are the two numbers?
The answer will be provided in next week’s newsletter!
Middle School Maths Teacher
“History will judge us for turning our backs while people drowned”
This statement has provoked a desire for change among the Grade 7 students. They are no longer happy to sit back and ignore what is happening in Syria. We have been taking a close look at the refugee crisis and thinking about what we can do. We took part in a simulated Syrian journey to try and understand some of the decisions they are faced with: “I made it to Europe, but I had to make very difficult choices that maybe I wouldn’t have done if I was in that situation for real. I realise why refugees are trying to reach Europe and I really feel lucky.” Gianmarco. “I made it only after countless attempts but I had to sacrifice nearly everything I owned on the way. I also had to ignore people that were in need to avoid getting noticed by border security. Overall a very horrible experience which made me realise how hard it is for these refugees to reach safety.” Filippo R.
This week we are holding a formal debate to discuss whether countries should limit the number of refugees they accept and what are the alternatives. We have also been in touch with the organisation Still I Rise and we hope to collaborate with some of their students. Watch this space for more developments!
Rhiannon Thomas Grade 7 LA Teacher
When we teach a language we are working with an essential tool. A tool that we use to express feelings, emotions, ideas, opinions. But to give organized ideas, opinions based on facts, express feelings and emotions in a correct and deep way, we need to not only know the code but also activate thinking skills like inferring, comparing, thinking about alternatives and solutions.
So in this second term, with Grade 8, we started activating and analysing some thinking skills through the vision of short films and readings that allow them to learn how to improve their thinking.
The purpose is to talk and reflect on topics like bullying, friendship, tolerance and empathy allowing them to use the language in a more free way, even if they make mistakes while they are speaking. The following step is to analyse the language, reflect on the usage and do a metacognition on how they express their ideas. This is important because we are working on something that they produce and comes from their creativity. Finally, the third step is to put their thoughts and ideas into words, but in a more accurate way.
In this opportunity we worked on a Pixar short film “For the birds” and talked about acceptance and tolerance.