St. Nicholas Newsletter www.stnicholas.com.br :: April I :: 2011 IB Visual Arts Upcoming events April Mon 18th to Fri 22nd Easter Holiday Half Term Ms Barker - Head of Art Mon 25th to Wed 27th Bernard Moss Photographs Mon 25th Winter Uniform After two years of hard work, it has finally paid off! of their work to the examiner and to their loved ones. “I feel as if I am a real artist”, said one of the IB Art students. They spent two days mounting their work at the renowned André Gallery who kindly offered the space and time to mount and exhibit the work. I can genuinely say these 11 “real artists” have demonstrated to all their parents, teachers and friends what St. Nicholas School is all about. Fri 29th Make a Difference Day They were risk-takers, inquirers and principled when planning and researching. They were thinkers, knowledgeable and reflective in the creative process. Their open-minded ideas resulted in a caring, balanced and communicative presentation Sat 30th Infant Art Workshop May Tue 3rd IB Exams starts On the evening of Friday April 1st, the students were in the spotlight! Over 60 people came to gallery to view wonderful art work and treat themselves to delicious nibbles. Thank you to all of those involved in making this event a real success and a huge round of applause to our “Real Artists”! Mon 9th IGCSE Exams starts Year 1 » May 4th Nursery » May 12th Infant Art Workshop April 30th PYP Exhibition May 10th to 12th Do not forget your tie after the Easter Break! Last week St. Nicks plunged into the water world of science. The children enjoyed a week of experiments, challenges, quizzes and demonstrations. Every break and lunch time there were Infant and Junior teachers performing experiments related to water. Mr Moss and Mr Eagles In Year 3 Rodrigo, Guilherme and Diego blew up the biggest balloon. In Year 4 Thomas, Joao, Valentin and Damien managed to launch the highest rocket. In Year 5 Laura, Isabella M and Valerie made the strongest raft. In Yeear 6 the girls, Luana, Giovana, Se Yun and Catalina and the boys Bryan Pepe, Eduardo, Giancarlo and Saketh made the strongest bridge that held 1kg. finished the week with an amazing water rocket that flew high up! Good muscles Mr Moss!! Also at lunch time the Junior students participated in experiments and challenges, such as building the strongest raft and making CO2. From Tuesday to Thursday the TT1, TT2, Nursery and Kindergarten classes rotated visiting different rooms in the Infant Science Museum. It was a big success! There were so many exciting and interactive activities that the children wanted to stay longer in each room! On Wednesday and Thursday the Kindergarten children visited the Year 1 classes and tested some experiments with the Year 1 pupils. Some were testing water tension with food colouring, some were trying to make play dough float and some were showing their home-made experiments. judges and the final results were: had the Y1s for a Science lesson in the lab. It was a great opportunity to explore scientific knowledge through inquiry and interact with older pupils! In the afternoon the Infants had their quiz in the hall and enjoyed answering scientific questions. All the groups obtained many points, showing that they learned a lot during the week and are becoming investigative scientists! On Wednesday afternoon the Seniors and Juniors got together for a science quiz and challenge. The results were: First place Cambridge - 21 ½ points Second place London - 20 ½ points Third place Oxford - 17 points. The Junior had their Science assembly where each group presented a Science investigation they had been doing in class. Y3 showed how a water filter works, Y4 shared tornado experiments, Y5 investigated which would be the best glue and Y6 explained all about microorganisms. Y2 came to see this amazing assembly, and had a great time! On Friday we had a very successful Science Fair and children presented all their work they had been doing for the last three weeks. The Senior Science teachers were the First place: Which material is best to make a tennis ball bounce faster? By Gabriella, Lucia, Vivian and Isabella Reid. (Year 4) Second place: Which is the best way to make toothpaste? By Pedro, Giovana and Isabela (Year 3) Third place - Does fruit conduct electricity? By Carolina and Maria Fernanda (Year 3) Well done to all the participants. The Science investigations were amazing and the judges were very impressed. The Y8s invited the Y5s and the Y7s Finally, lots of Infant classes as well as Year 6 had the opportunity to go to the OCA to see the water exhibition. Overall a very successful week and congratulations to all! Museu do Futebol Ms Nogueira Os alunos do Year 7 visitaram no dia 30 de março o Museu do Futebol, em São Paulo. A seguir, você pode conferir como foi a visita e qual foi a impressão eu eles tiveram sobre o passeio. Universidade e Carreira Novo Curso de Graduação da Universidade de São Paulo Giovanna Pedrinola (Year 7) A USP (Universidade de São Paulo) aprovou uma graduação em Saúde Pública, com vestibular em 2011 e início do curso em 2012. O Year 7, durante quinze dias, nas aulas de Português, estudou sobre o futebol e, principalmente, sobre o futebol no Brasil. Nós estudamos sobre o futebol porque é um dos esportes mais importantes para a história da cultura brasileira. Na primeira semana, nós lemos diversos textos escritos por autores brasileiros que tratavam sobre futebol. Por exemplo, um deles era sobre penalidade máxima, o outro era sobre uma briga no estádio, enfim, eles tratavam sobre o futebol de maneira geral. Também assistimos a dois vídeos. O primeiro era sobre a infância do Pelé e quem narrava o vídeo era o melhor amigo do Pelé, quando eles ainda eram crianças. O segundo vídeo era sobre um garoto argentino que morava no Brasil, bem durante a Copa do Mundo. Já na segunda semana, nós preparamos power points sobre times brasileiros e internacionais para que nós soubéssemos mais sobre a história do futebol no Brasil e também para nos ajudar com a visita ao Museu do Futebol. No dia 30/03, todo nós fomos para o Museu do Futebol, que fica no Estádio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho, mais conhecido como Pacaembu. Ao chegarmos ao museu, fomos divididos em 2 grupos. Quando entramos, vimos vários ingressos para jogos, fotos de jogos e jogadores, fotos de taças e propagandas. Também vimos as fotos das bolas, desde a primeira até a Jabulani. Em seguida, nós ouvimos como eram narrados os jogos nos rádios e nas televisões antigas. Depois, nós entramos em uma sala cheia de projetores, que davam a sensação de que estávamos no meio da torcida. Depois disso, o guia nos mostrou algumas fotos de uniformes e como as pessoas iam assistir aos jogos no passado. Também vimos um filme curto da final da copa no Brasil, quando o Uruguai venceu o Brasil no Maracanã. Seguindo em frente, nós uma camiseta que o Pelé autografou e deu para o museu em sua abertura. A última coisa que fizemos lá foi tentar marcar um penalty em um goleiro virtual. Quando chegamos do museu, discutimos em classe sobre o museu e mostramos qual tinha sido a nossa parte favorita. Muitas pessoas gostaram da imitação da torcida, outros gostaram mais de bater o penalty e do fato de o museu ser embaixo da arquibancada. Finalmente, depois que todos conversamos, nós escrevemos uma carta para a nossa professora contando sobre o museu e explicando detalhadamente o que nós tínhamos achado do museu. Serão oferecidas 40 vagas e o curso ocorrerá no período vespertino, com duração de oito semestres. Será conferido ao egresso do curso o grau de bacharel em saúde pública. A USP destaca que a saúde pública se orienta para a atenção aos agravos sobre a saúde das populações e, por isso, está intimamente relacionada com as disciplinas que estudam a saúde enquanto um fenômeno coletivo, constituído por aspectos históricos, demográficos, epidemiológicos, sociais, políticos e ambientais. O objetivo do novo curso é promover uma formação interdisciplinar, capaz de articular os diversos campos da saúde pública. A graduação em Saúde Pública está organizada em sete eixos: “Ciências da Vida”, “Ciências Humanas e Sociais”, “Epidemiologia, Estatística e Sistemas de Informação em Saúde”, “Políticas Públicas, Planejamento e Gestão em Saúde Pública”, “Meio Ambiente e Saúde Pública”, formados por conjuntos de disciplinas, atividades integradas e estágio curricular. O profissional formado nesse curso poderá atuar em análise de situação de saúde, gestão de sistemas e serviços de saúde, vigilância epidemiológica, vigilância sanitária, vigilância em saúde ambiental, saúde do trabalhador e educação em saúde, entre outras atividades. (Fonte: www.fuvest.br) Lista unificada de livros que serão exigidos para a Fuvest e Unicamp 2012 O Conselho de Graduação (CoG) da USP, em reunião realizada no dia 25/03/2010, aprovou a lista de obras de leitura obrigatória para o FUVEST 2012. Não houve alteração em relação ao Vestibular passado. • Auto da barca do inferno - Gil Vicente; • Memórias de um sargento de Milícias Manuel Antônio de Almeida; • Iracema - José de Alencar; • Dom Casmurro - Machado de Assis; • O cortiço - Aluísio Azevedo; • A cidade e as serras - Eça de Queirós; • Vidas secas - Graciliano Ramos; • Capitães da areia - Jorge Amado; • Antologia poética (com base na 2ª ed. aumentada) - Vinícius de Moraes. (Fonte: www.fuvest.br) Japan Week Results Congratulations!! We are sure you will enjoy the dinner at both restaurants. The list of sponsors and restaurants for this charity are as follows: Jun Sakamoto (Japanese restaurant) Rua Lisboa, 55 Pinheiros (11)3088-6019 Bueno (Japanese Bistro) Rua Galvão Bueno, 458 Liberdade (11)3203-2215 Thank you for your all contributions and donations for Japan Week! We raised nearly R$12.000,00 through the Make a Difference Day, the 1000 Origami Cranes project and all events during Japan Week. All the money will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society. The winners of the raffle tickets are 1st prize No. 254 (Jun Sakamoto) : 二百五十四 2nd prize (Bueno): 六百五十四 No. 654 Hideki Sushi (donated Salmon for Temaki) Rua dos Pinheiros, 70 Pinheiros (11)30860685, Av. dos Imares, 542 Moema (11)5049-3324, Rua Treze de maio, 1050 Bela Vista (11)3283-1833 Porque Sim (donated Karaage: Japanese fried chicken) Rua Tomas Gonzaga, 75 Liberdade (11)3277-1557 Suki-Ya (すき家) <donated GYU-DON & Karaage> Rua Vergueiro, 72 Liberdade, Rua Dr. Rafael de Barros, 64 Paraiso Cria-foods (green tea ice creams and role cakes) www.criafoods.com.br Science Fiction Story the Strange Planet Chapter 1: going to space Five, four, three, two, one take off... They were leaving earth for the very first time it was their big dream. After sometime they arrived in space they were very excited to get to Uranus although the rocket looked as if it was broken, it was not, they thought that because it was shaking very hard. Lucas took off very well he’s the commander of the spaceship he has brown and short hair and he is a tall man. “Rodrigo something very strange shoot at that thing,” Lucas said loudly. “Ok,” said Rodrigo. Rodrigo is the guy that shoots at the aliens and he has brown and short hair. “Maarten communicate with earth and see if we are going on the right way?” asked Rodrigo. “Yes we are going on the right way” said Maarten. Maarten has blond and short hair and his job is to communicate with earth. “Habjunjun what you are doing?”asked Rodrigo. “I’m just checking the spaceship,” said Habjunjun. Habjunjun he has blue eyes, black and long hair. “Lucas where are you?” asked Maarten. “I´m here in my room playing computer,” said Lucas. “But if you are there who is commanding the spaceship?” asked Maarten. “I said to Habjunjun to control the spaceship!”said Lucas. “But Habjunjun is not here,” said Rodrigo. Everyone shouts “ahhhhhhhhh!!!” “Lucas go control the spaceship!” said Habjunjun. “Ok,” said Lucas. “And now what do we do?” asked Rodrigo. “I have an idea!” said Maarten. Everyone shouts “What is it?” “The idea is, Maarten communicate with earth and see if we are going on the right way,” said Lucas. “Ok” said Maarten, “we are going to the right way.” Chapter 2: The meteor shower “Guys, what is that thing falling?” said Habjunjun. “I don´t know “said Maarten. “There are lots of them falling” said Lucas. “I think it´s a meteor shower!!!” shouted Rodrigo. “Lucas, accelerate” said Maarten. Everyone shouted “ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!” “I just want to go back to earth,” said Habjunjun. “ Don´t be so scared,”said Maarten. “ What was that?” said Rodrigo. “I don´t know !”said Lucas. “I Just know that the Spaceship is getting very slow,” said Habjunjun. “So we can stop in Jupiter to fix the spaceship,” said Rodrigo. “That´s a good idea because Jupiter is by our side,” said Lucas. Lucas landed very well in Jupiter. “Guys now we need to fix the spaceship,” said Rodrigo. “Rodrigo it is not simple to fix this spaceship,” said Lucas. “Yes it is very simple!” said Rodrigo. “No it is not simple because we don´t have tools,” said Lucas. “Now I understand why!” said Rodrigo. “Lucas stay where you command the spaceship and when we say that you can turn the spaceship on, you turn it on!” said Maarten. “Maarten stay pressing that thing,” said Rodrigo. “Ok!” said Maarten. “Turn it on Lucas!” shouted Maarten. “It didn´t work!” said Lucas. “Turn it off!” said Rodrigo. “Maybe it can be a problem in the engine,” said Habjunjun “Ok let´s see the engine,” said Maarten. “There is nothing in here!” said Rodrigo. “Guy´s I think we just have to gang the tube of gasoline,” said Maarten and Rodrigo at the same time. “Good idea!” said Habjunjun. “He is right we just have to change the tube of gasoline,” said Maarten. “Now we can continue our journey,” said Lucas “Finally!” shouted Habjunjun. Chapter 3: The aliens attack “Let’s go to Uranus now,” said Rodrigo. “Look it is another spaceship,” said Habjunjun.. “And someone drew an alien on the spaceship,” said Maarten. “They are coming in our spaceship!” Habjunjun said that very scared. “And they are breaking our gps,” shouted Rodrigo. “What you’re doing with us?” shouted Lucas. “Let us go!” shouted Maarten. “They are tiding us in a rope!” said Rodrigo. “Why Habjunjun is not tied?” asked Lucas. Everyone shouts to Habjunjun “Take us out of here!” “Never!!!” Habjunjun said laughing. “Why won’t you take us out of here?” asked Rodrigo. “Because I am an alien!” shouted Habjunjun. “Where you are taking us?” asked Lucas. “I’m taking you there to my planet” said Habjunjun. “And what is the name of your planet?” asked Maarten. “The name of my planet is 10703,” said Habjunjun. “Is that planet,” said Rodrigo. “Yes it is, thank you” said Habjunjun. “Guys, let´s make a plan of how we can get out here!” said Lucas. “How is the plan?” Said Maarten. “The plan is when I say go, we go” said Lucas. Chapter 4: going back to earth They were in the spaceship ready to escape but Habjunjun was watching them and he would not let them go. “Go! Now is the time escape go!” Lucas shouted. “Lets throw him out of the spaceship!” Rodrigo said excitedly. “Let’s go back to earth!” Maarten said happily. “Nooooooooooo!!!!!!" Habjunjun was shouting. After two months they got back in earth. Agradecimento à comunidade St Nicholas Queremos demonstrar por meio deste artigo a importância das doações feitas na escola para a família Cardoso. Carente e com dificuldade de se sustentar, passou por um período difícil onde a mãe se viu obrigada a doar um de seus filhos. Com a vinda de uma nova criança estava traçado o mesmo destino: a doação. No entanto, com a ajuda das pessoas e o apoio da escola St. Nicholas um novo rumo foi tomado. Com doações de fraldas e leite, a mãe tem a oportunidade de criar sua filha, demonstrando amor pela criança e gratidão pelas mãos estendidas à sua situação, fazendo com que o lar tenha a alegria da comunhão entre todos os membros da família. Queremos assim, mais uma vez, agradecer a escola St. Nicholas (Action Commitee) pela ajuda com fraldas e leite, não somente a este lar, como também às crianças participantes do projeto Semente do Amanhã, com os lanches servidos após as atividades realizadas. Rodrigo Gomes (Year 4) The end Year 1 Visitor Think Green Se-Yun Kin, Giovanna Fletcher and Diana Aguilar Environmental Group Firstly we’d like to thank all those who have supported the Environmental Group when buying one or more eco-bag. With your help we were able to pay back the R$2.000,00 that was lend to us by the PTA. in the Junior building. You can also buy your bags with Luciana from the office in case you can’t come on Fridays. Thank you! But, as we are looking forward to become a sustainable school, our commitment to it has not finished. The Environmental Group’s goal is to continue selling the bags and, with that, make enough money to buy the solar panel in our school. We still have some months to go and we are counting on you as your help and support is very important! The bags will be sold every Friday either at 11:30am in the Infant building or at 2:30pm Seminar at Escola Esfera On March 19th, Mrs. Correa (ESL), Mrs. Marchiori (TT1) and Mrs. Vassellucci (KGZ) presented a workshop at Escola Esfera, in São José dos Campos. This was a great opportunity to share some of the ideas and projects carried out in our school on collaborative work and learning partners project. The event “Young Learners Building Literacy in Second Language” coordinated by Susan Clemesha - the English Coordinator - was a success and she was glad to have had St. Nicholas teachers there! Year 1X had a very special visitor on Friday, March 25th. Virginia Nowicki (Gabriel Nader’s mother) came to our class to share some of her experiences as an actress and a reporter on television. Using her amazing communication skills, she had the children’s attention for over an hour! They were amazed at her stories about the daily routine of an actress and the pleasures of this profession. Children also enjoyed the videos she showed of her recent work as a reporter. Her interviews gave children a broader understanding of various aspects of sustainability, such as using junk to make toys and eating healthy and organic food. At the end of her visit she gave each child an autographed copy of her book: Energize-se (Editora Gente). Here are some of the comments the children made about the visit: “My favourite part of the visit was learning that we can eat flowers!” “I loved hearing about how she became an actress!” “I did not know that the same actress can play different roles in the same play!” “I loved the video with Professor Sasá!” “I liked the book she gave me!” Commemorations, celebrations and events around the world Action Committee / International Committee April 19th April - 25th April - Passover, also known as Pesach, is the Jewish festival of freedom. It is held every spring to celebrate the exodus of the Jews from Egypt, where they had been slaves, about 3200 years ago. 21st April - Tiradentes Day commemorates the execution of Brazilian national hero Joaquim Jose da Silva Xavier - a coconspirator in the 1789 revolt against the Portuguese. Xavier was a dentist by trade, and so the name "Tiradentes" which means "tooth-puller". 22nd April - Earth Day is a day created to raise people's awareness of earth matters - how the planet's environment should be cared for, and how pollution should be fought. 23rd April - World Book Day is observed to celebrate the birth and death anniversaries of famous authors especially Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare. This celebration traces its origin to Catalonia Spain where men would give roses to their lovers and women gave a book in exchange. 9th March - 23rd April - Lent is the seven weeks that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday. Lent used to be the period of fasting and great sacrifice for all Christians. Nowadays, some Christians observe Lent by not eating meat apart from fish on Fridays. 24th April - Easter Sunday is observed by many Christians to celebrate the miracle of Jesus coming back to life after crucifixion. People celebrate Easter using the rabbit as part of its symbol, and exchanging eggs, candied eggs or chocolate eggs. Eggs symbolize new life, while the rabbit or Easter bunny is a symbol of the moon as the moon determines the date of Easter. 27th April - Freedom Day is a celebration of freedom in South Africa. It commemorates the first democratic post-apartheid elections held in 1994 when Nelson Mandela was elected as President. 29th April - International Dance Day (World Dance Day) aims to promote the importance of dance and for governments to recognize this importance by providing a proper place for dance in all levels of education.