St. Nicholas Newsletter www.stnicholas.com.br :: March II :: 2010 Upcoming events March Fri 26th Casual Clothes Day April March 29th to April 2nd Easter Week Mon 5th Winter Uniform Thu 8th Infants and Junior Parents' Day Wed 21st Tiradentes holiday Thu 22 Earth Day nd TRIPS Year 4 - Toca da Raposa University Update After Easter Year 11 students will be taking a serious look at what they will be doing after they finish their IB Diploma in May 2011. For some this will be a ‘gap’ year, for others starting coursinho or starting university overseas. Students will be reviewing the options open to them and learning the skills necessary to apply (now or in the future), including how to write the difficult ‘Personal Statement’. For those considering overseas universities, the Diploma gives direct access to many countries and many universities offer generous scholarships to encourage students with the IB Diploma to apply. To help students familiarise themselves with what is on offer outside Brazil, we have been promoting various events, some in school, some outside. Events have included the following: KG - Cia do Bichos Mr Brotherton In our school: Saint Michael's College, Vermont (USA), King's College, London (UK), Oxbridge Academic Programmes - Holiday study trips (UK), Goldsmiths, University of London (UK), The European University, University of Wisconsin-Superior, University of Central Missouri, Ohio University, Eastern Washington University, Ferris State University, Maryville College (USA), The University of York (UK), Queen Mary, London and Royal Holloway (UK) Centro de Eventos do Colégio São Luis: Salão do Estudante (18 countries) Chapel School: CIS Canadian University universities (Canada) Fair - 20+ Hotel Intercontinental: Expo-Study Abroad (About 10 countries) ASSEMBLIES Infant Wed 14th April - Year 2X Junior Thu 15th April - Year 4Y Thu 21st April - Year 5Y Catarina Marchon da Silva and Claudia Chakmati The PYP Exhibition Health For All group are organising a few activities for the school. We propose that everyone start the day at the court with an outdoor activity involving dance and exercise. We also propose that 8.30pm Saturdy March 27, 2010 See your world in a whole new light www.earthhour.org Do not forget your tie after the Easter Break! all computer rooms are closed during break and lunch time, and encourage everyone to organise outdoor games. Stay Healthy! Year 8 visita o museu da língua No dia 16 de março os alunos do Year 8 foram ao Museu da Língua Portuguesa e experimentaram observar a língua falada no Brasil através de jogos interativos e filmes. A turma teve a sorte de realizar a visita no dia em que a exposição "Menas: o certo que é errado e o errado que é certo" foi inaugurada. A proposta desta exposição é discutir as variações linguísticas em português. Veja as impressões que alguns alunos escreveram sobre a visita. No dia 16 de março, o year 8 fez um passeio ao Museu da Língua Portuguesa. Foi um passeio muito legal, nós visitamos várias salas diferentes. Em uma sala nós descobrimos a origem de certas palavras em Português; em outra sala, a gente ouviu pessoas falando Português em diversas partes do mundo, porém a sala mais legal foi uma em que a gente juntou sílabas em um computador que ocupava uma mesa, e quando juntávamos as sílabas, o computador mostrava o significado e a origem das palavras formadas. Mr Costa No final, nós atravessamos um corredor onde nas paredes estavam escritas várias frases com erros de português, por exemplo: Herrar é umano. No final desse corredor, nós entramos em uma sala de cinema onde mostraram um vídeo de dez minutos sobre a história da Língua Portuguesa. Quando o filme acabou, nós entramos em uma sala muito escura, todo mundo se deitou e ficamos vendo imagens no teto enquanto poemas eram lidos por brasileiros famosos. Por Nicolas Gekker (Yr 8) No dia em que a gente visitou o museu, uma exposição foi inaugurada, era a exposição do Menas – certo do errado e o errado do certo. Nessa exposição, havia várias frases postas em diferentes posições em linha reta, mas quando se olhava por um buraquinho você conseguia ler o que estava escrito na frase. Wood Working ECA has been a success!! ACOMI Children Spend a Mrs Fletcher Working with wood can be loads of fun! Children love it when they have the chance to handle new material. The brand new Wood Working ECA for Years 1 and 2 is every Tuesday, from 3.30 to 4.10. The right supervision turns this moment of craftsmanship into a most exciting and safe experience. Children have the chance to improve their own abilities, boost their self-esteem and learn a lot about types of wood, where they come from, what people actually build with it or how can we use this precious material. Here we have a list of other benefits: ●● Eye-hand coordination Morning of Easter Fun! On Thursday, the school invited some children from the ACOMI to spend one morning of Easter activities with us. Year 2 children spent their snacks with them, and representatives of Junior and Senior Student Council organised some games and an Easter egg hunt with them. In return, the teachers and children of the crèche performed a very nice Easter Day presentation. Though the time they spent with us was short, it was a fun-filled and rewarding morning. The crèche children went home not just with an Easter basket of goodies, but a memorable moment spent in warmth with our children! ●● Development of Fine-motor skills ●● Problem-solving ●● Role-playing ●● Creative thinking ●● Imagination ●● Matching/classification ●● Sorting ●● Comparing/measuring ●● Textures and properties ●● Co-operation ●● Respect for tools and materials ●● Increased awareness and understanding of the world around them ●● Language development Well done!!! LANGUAGE CORNER • Current affairs Dedé Toffoli ? ? Do this crossword puzzle and get updated with what is going on at our school! Answers to Mrs. Toffoli (ESL) may get you an R.O.A.! 01. __E 02. ____A__ 03 S__________ 04. T_________ 05. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _E _ _ _ 06. __R_____ 07. B____ 08. 09. 10. _____R___ ___E______ _A___ 11. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ K _ _ _ _ ? 01. What you must wear after the Easter Week! 02. “Passover”, Jewish holiday that starts on March 30 and goes till April 6. 03. Exciting week full of activities and events took place from March 15 to 19. 04. Brazilian hero celebrated on April 21. 05. What typical sweet some might get and eat during Easter. 06. Important international holiday celebrated on April 22. 07. Animal that represents Easter. 08. International holiday celebrated on May 1. 09. What juniors and infants will have on April 8. 10. Typical type of bread eaten by the Jewish during Passover. 11. Celebration of Irish patron saint on March 17 Name:__________________________________ Year: _ ___________ Last issue's winners: Thomas (3X), Bryan Cho & Frankie (5X), Ami & Sarah (6X), Sally & Pedro camargo (6Y) Winter Uniform After Easter Break A new type of tailored shirt (optional) for the girls is now available. As previously mentioned the, anorak will not be part of the uniform as from Year 3 - the blazer is to be worn. Uniform shops NA RUA DA ESCOLA Rua Prof. Vahia de Abreu, 736/ 744 – Vila Olímpia 3849-5751/ 3846.9873 firstname.lastname@example.org www.naruadaescola.com.br UNIFORME & CIA Rua Dr. Renato Paes de Barros, 113 - Itaim 3168-7975 / 3168-5416 email@example.com Last week was our second Science Week. It was a great success in the whole school community. There were lots of things going on such as break time demonstrations performed by teachers, lunch time experiments and challenges for each year group. There were also quizzes in the Infant, Junior and Senior Schools, students teaching students and of course the second Junior Science fair competition. It was truly amazing to see how many scientists we have in our school! Well done to all and get ready for an even more exciting science week next year! Aprendendo Sempre Coluna St. Nicks Drogas - Filme: Meu nome não é Johnny Mrs. Lima Esta semana, depois de vivenciar o papel de “editora” da Coluna St Nicks, observei a alegria e satisfação dos alunos cujos textos têm sido publicados, sem contar, o orgulho dos pais dos autores. Um deles me relatou que o pai pregou seu texto na tela do computador. Sim, é para ficarmos orgulhosos das crianças que experimentam a sensação de escreverem suas idéias e serem lidas, expressaremse e serem ouvidas. Por enquanto, esta experiência ainda precisa amadurecer, ou ainda, os alunos precisam, pois aguardamos o dia em que eles sejam capazes de não apenas escrever e revisar, mas também escolher os textos de sua preferência. A partir daí, apreciando os frutos do trabalho e continuando a incentivá-lo, surgiu a idéia de um aluno, de escrever provérbios chineses e interpretá-los. Por isso, vou colocar um dos que ele escolheu, bem como sua interpretação. E não só vou publicá-lo, como aproveitar sua idéia e deixar uma citação para nos fazer pensar a respeito da tarefa de educar: Aquele a quem a palavra não educar, também o pau não educará. - Sócrates Catarina Colaço Olhemos os pontos negativos e positivos de envolver sua vida nas drogas. O lado positivo mais comum seria que os usuários tomam drogas porque eles se livram do estresse, e sentem uma boa sensação, então isso seria o lado positivo para os usuários, mas depois de um tempo, claro que vão ver efeitos negativos e bem pesados. Se a pessoa também estiver envolvida no negócio das drogas a pessoa pode ganhar muito dinheiro com esse tipo de investimento, só que também pode perder isso muito rapidamente. Para o usuário é uma grande diversão e também é visto como uma coisa “maneira”, pelos mais jovens. Apesar de ter seus pontos positivos há mais pontos negativos que podem acabar com a vida da pessoa. Pois, a pessoa pode se tornar dependente, ficar doente e também viciada. Ainda mais que isto, incentiva o tráfico de drogas e outros crimes. Provavelmente quando isso acontecer você perde sua família, amigos e seus bens, tudo o que você tinha como bons valores. Se você acabar por entrar nessa situação, muito envolvido com as drogas, você pode ser preso. Não acho que deviam proibir o uso de drogas, somente aquelas que têm um efeito muito forte. É uma curiosidade que muita gente tem, mas somente os inteligentes sabem como se controlar. Claro que devem existir limites, mas não a proibição. Não estou falando que isso dá um incentivo, mas sim perceber que não é saudável. Além disso, comparando o negativo e positivo qualquer pessoa perceberia que os negativos são coisas muito difíceis de lidar, sendo o uso da droga proibida. Também temos que ser muito específicos na classificação das drogas. Sou contra a exportação de drogas como maconha, cocaína e o uso contra a vontade da pessoa, mas não sou totalmente contra o uso. Penso que temos curiosidade de saber qual é a sensação , porém temos que ser espertos tomando a melhor decisão sempre. A seguir, um provérbio interpretado por Lucas McAlonan (Y7): "Um amigo não cai do céu, mas ele vem da tua amizade" – o provérbio diz que você só arruma amigos pela amizade. Para ler mais provérbios interpretados pelo Lucas e os textos da Gabi e Ju (Y7) ou Lucas Bender e Sofia, confira na nossa Intranet! Sports Senior Girls Basketball St Nicholas 32 vs. St Pauls 21 Yr7&8 Girls Futsal St Nicholas 6 vs. Graded 0 On the up... Five star and a case for defence! Forget scoring just 4pts or losing in the last 2 minutes. St Nicks led from the 1st quarter to the end, claiming an all motivating first victory, but, more importantly, huge improvements collectively as a team. St Nicks delivered continuously on offence, this time led by the impressive Kaoruko. Palak, Clarissa and Erina. Everyone contributed to a high points tally and a rewarding evening by all accounts. Julia H and Camila D clearly had Graded’s attack rattled and topped a memorable clean sheet and win against Graded last week. Three debutants, Ester, Yoon and Lisa , performed well. Special mention also goes to Sofia Soares who was once again excellent in front of goal, scoring five of the six goals. How many goals she has in St Nicholas appearances I don’t know but it’s certainly a credit to her overall ability as a player. U15 Boys Futsal St Nicholas 3 vs. Chapel 3 St Nicholas throws away two-goal lead in Chapel deadlock. St Nicholas appeared to be cruising towards a comfortable victory when Kenji scored in the first 30 seconds with a cheeky back heel and Daccache grabbed a sublime left foot strike. The St Nicholas side was left ruing missed opportunities, fine Chapel goalkeeping and lapsed focus at the back. Although the better side and a fine second half team performance, St Nicks deserved and hoped to seal a victory, but it was just not to be. Mr Moss Boys Basketball St Nicholas 36 vs. Chapel 25 St Nicholas 28 vs. St Pauls 22 The streak continues... The winning streak reached six victories in two completely different games. Yet, St Nicks came back in both games in the 2nd quarters to claim wins on the road and at home. Both games showed the team's ability to adapt, their quality and work ethic. The competitive togetherness, the team’s defence and rebounding from Ichi and Rodrigo has been impressive. As well as the assists from Leo and the performances from our top points scorer/one man offence, Theo (32pts in total). There’s still a lot of basketball skill to improve on, but the Snr boys are clearly moving forward and benefiting from all their hard work. Think Green Mrs Vassellucci The food scrap bucket Composting food scraps at home is one of the most important aspects of home composting. Why? Because food scrap items such as vegetable and fruit waste, meal leftovers, coffee grounds, tea bags, stale bread, grains, and general refrigerator spoilage are an everyday occurrence in most households. Up to 90 percent of waste thrown out by businesses like supermarkets, restaurants and even in our own houses is food scraps. In fact, food scraps are the third largest segment of the waste stream with nearly 26 million tons generated each year. Of the overall waste stream, about 12% is food-related, behind paper and plastic. What home food waste can you compost? Not all food waste is created equally. You should know this or else you may have problems popping up in your compost bin or pile. BIG PROBLEMS! Actually, once you look at the chart below, commonsense will be your guide. Do compost A Food Scrap Bucket is simple to locate. Just look for a 4-5 gallon bucket at your local hardware store. Some food establishments or wholesalers have some as well. Keep the bucket near your backdoor or compost bin. A good way to keep fruit flies or gnats from sneaking into the bucket is to line the lid with newspaper. This also cuts down on odours seeping out. Replace the paper when it gets moist and deteriorates. Pour the contents of your Kitchen Compost Pail into the Food Scrap Bucket. Don't compost ●●All your vegetable and fruit waste, ●●Meat or meat waste, such as bones, (including rinds and cores) even if fat, gristle, skin, etc. they are moldy and ugly ●●Fish or fish waste ●●Old bread, doughnuts, cookies, crackers, pizza crust, noodles: ●●Dairy products, such as cheese, butter, cottage cheese, yogurt, cream anything made out of flour! cheese, sour cream, etc. ●●Grains (cooked or uncooked): rice, ●●Grease and oils of any kind barley, you name it Why can't you compost this food ●●Coffee grounds, tea bags, filters waste? ●●Fruit or vegetable pulp from juicing ●●They inbalance the otherwise nutrient-rich structure of other food ●●Old spices and vegetation waste and breakdown ●●Outdated boxed foods from the slowly pantry ●●They attract rodents and other ●●Egg shells (crush well) scavenging animals ●●Corn cobs and husks (cobs ●●Meat attracts maggots breakdown very slowly) ●●Your compost bin will smell to holy hell and back! How simple can it be! Wash your Kitchen Pail well to use again. Here's a good trick to cut down on odors or potential fruit flies or gnats: have nearby a small pail of finished compost, peat moss, sawdust, rock dust, leaf mulch or humus (good soil). Then, scoop a trowel full of the material and sprinkle it on the top of the newlyadded food scraps. A sure fire way to help the food scraps to breakdown, because of the addition of BROWNs to the GREENs of the food scraps. Commemorations, celebrations and fun events around the world Action Committee / International Committee March/April 1st - April Fool’s Day is marked by playing practical jokes on friends and neighbours, or sending them on fools' errands, the aim of which is to embarrass the gullible. 2nd - International Children's Book Day was chosen to commemorate the birthday of famous Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. It is a celebration of children's books around the world. 4th - 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 symbolise new life, while the rabbit or Easter bunny is a symbol of the moon as the moon determines the date of Easter. - International Day for Landmines Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action aims to raise people’s awareness about landmines and unexploded grenades, missiles etc., which kill or maim over 15 thousand every year. This campaign hopes for the complete eradication of these dangerous weapons. - Qingming Festival meaning Clear and Bright Festival, is a traditional Chinese festival that is usually observed on April 5 except during leap year when it is on April 4th. It is a time when people take care of the graves of departed loved ones, and also when people go out to enjoy the greenery of springtime. 30th March to 5th 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. 7th - World Health Day is celebrated to raise people's awareness of specific health themes. These themes change every year as decided by the World Health Organization (WHO), and this year's theme is "Urbanisation and Health - 1000 Cities, 1000 Lives."