Newsletter September 2014 IB Diploma Results • University Destinations Last year’s graduating students received their IB Diploma results in July and we were delighted with their achievements. The International Baccalaureate Diploma is a demanding pre-university qualification and we are pleased to announce that 28 of last year’s graduating students were successful in obtaining a full IB Diploma. Fifteen of our graduating students have already successfully gained places at university: • Leonardo Di Fiore - Administration - PUC , São Paulo, Brazil • Vitória Lichand - Design - Istituto Europeo di Design, São Paulo, Brazil • Su Ji Lee - Illustration - Parsons The New School for Design, New York, USA • Akira Hayakawa - Bachelor of Fine Arts (Filmmaking) - New York Film Academy (Los Angeles Campus), USA • Gurminder Singh - Electrical Engineering - Motilal Nehru Institute of Technology, Allahabad, India • Ana Cristina Brunner - Bachelor of Science- University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada • Nicholas Bittencourt - Bachelor of Science - University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada • Catarina Toth - Bachelor of Arts - University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada • Cyrille van der Spuy - Art Foundation - University of Arts London, UK • Nao Ishii - International Relations - Birmingham University, UK • Calu Malta - English and Film Studies - Bristol University, UK • Kyle Sogl - Business Administration - University of Kent, UK • Pedro Henrique Heinlein - Advertising and Marketing Communications - University of Greenwich, UK • Thais Guimarães Pereira - International Relations - King’s College London, UK • Stephanie Geller - Psychology - Loughborough University, UK The remaining graduating students are currently working on their university applications or preparing for university entrance examinations. Pink October 2014 It’s back! And this year it’s pinker than ever! Last October the community of St. ECA team have organised an array of October 29th for all members of the Nicholas celebrated Breast Cancer activities for the school community school community to participate in Awareness Month; various activities spanning across October from selling lectures or one-to-one discussions with were held and the school community beautiful PINK shirts, ribbons, and experienced doctors, seeking guidance was incredibly successful in raising bracelets to hosting a football shoot and advice on women’s health. awareness and funds in support of -out for students and staff. On Friday We are always looking for more Pink those affected by Breast Cancer. Breast October 31st, we will be having a PINK Month volunteers. Cancer Awareness Month is an annual Make A Difference Day (MADD); on international health campaign held this day we invite all members of the If you would like to help every October to increase awareness of St. Nicholas community to come to please contact Miss the disease and raise funds for research. school wearing PINK, and participate Spedding (hspedding@ October 2014 promises to see Pink in a collection of activities. As with last stnicholas.com.br). Month on an even larger and pinker year, female staff members and Year Let’s stand together scale than last year. This year we 10-12 girls will all be wearing PINK against Breast Cancer. hope to raise awareness and funds for nail-varnish or lipstick throughout the research for a range of women’s health month to show their support. issues, varying from ovarian cancer In addition, this year we aim to host Go Pink! to breast cancer. The Pink Month a Pink Doctors’ Day on Wednesday facebook.com/st.nicholas.sp St. Nicholas IGCSE Results Our Year 11 students recently received their results for the IGCSE examinations they took at the end of Year 10. The International General Certificate of Education examinations are administered by the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and are internationally recognised qualifications gained by students in international schools all around the world. Our students took examinations in a wide range of subjects: First Language English, First Language Portuguese, First Language Spanish, First Language French, Foreign Language Spanish, Foreign Language French, Foreign Language Portuguese, Co-Ordinated Science, Mathematics, From the students Geography and History. We are very pleased with the results our students achieved and there were particularly impressive performances from André Dondon De Sampaio Amaral, Carlos Vicente Esteves, Fatima Abduni, Giovanna Pedrinola, Julius Kuebel, Luiz Gustavo Borges, Matthew Lavigne, Nicolas Giron, Pedro Camargo, Sarah Machado and Pilar Inchausti Balian. We hope these results will inspire our Year 11 students to further success in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme which they have just started. Yoga at St. Nicholas Ms. Borges Our Yoga and Mindfulness programme is in full swing. Students from KG2 to Year 6 have been practising different ‘wellness’ activities once a week. Students learn beneficial strategies that help them recognise and address their internal and external stressors, thus encouraging higher productivity and focused classroom behaviour. If you would like to follow our YMM Blog please go to this webpage: www.enjoygram.com/yoga_my_school. Or you can follow us on Instagram @yoga_my_school SAY “NO”TO DRUGS – SAY “YES”TO LIFE As part of our PSHE programme, Year 9 students, were introduced to the topic of drug use. On Wednesday, September 3rd, three speakers came to our school to talk about their own experience. Their names were Michael, David and Oscar, and all three of them were, at some point in their lives, addicted to either drugs or alcohol. The Darkest Secrets Shared Year 9 students attended a special assembly where we were free to be curious and ask questions to the visitors. Fortunately enough, the guests were all extremely kind, forthcoming and outspoken, as well as candid and sincere about their addictions. During the session, intelligent questions were asked. Naturally, we were all impressed by the honesty all three guests displayed when answering such personal questions, and their willingness to share their darkest secrets and fears. They mentioned many interesting facts about horrendous events in their lives (for example: how most of their parents were addicts and how it encouraged them to choose the wrong path themselves). All of them highlighted one most shocking scenario they have been through and which made them search for help. And find it, eventually. Learning from the Mistakes of Others Luiza Peres Maria Garcia Overall, this has been a unique opportunity to see “the dark side of the moon” as, sadly, celebrities involved in drug and alcohol incidents are, in a way, highly glamourised by the media. We are all extremely thankful for everything they shared with us and, thus, taught us. If lending an ear was what our guests needed in order to continue their lifelong fight against addiction, we are happy to have been there for them. That means that it was a “win-win” experience. Dear Michael, David and Oscar... Junior School House Campaign On 4th September, the Junior School finally voted for their House Captain representatives. This was the end of a three week campaign run by the Year 6 students to see who could successfully promote their leadership skills to the rest of the Junior School. Well it started with our unit of inquiry Governing for Harmony and how people in real life run campaigns to be elected. I thought it would be interesting to do something that would change the rest of my life. I decided to do this because I wanted to take a chance, which would let me lead the London Junior school and be recognized by them. We had to prepare a speech and create some posters to be voted for and get to the final. There we would lead a House meeting and House members would vote for their House Captain and Vice Captain. The thing I found most Lucia Zamorano Y6Y challenging was presenting the first speech because we had to say it to the whole Junior school and I was a little shy. However, during the second speech, I was more confident and comfortable saying it to my House. I enjoyed listening to people saying they were going to vote for me and that made me really happy. The moment I heard I had the chance to at least be House Vice Captain for London was the best day of my life because all I wanted to do was help London, and at the end I was voted to be House Vice Captain but I am still very happy! I really liked this experience and I would love to repeat it one day! I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for coming to our school and sharing with us what was probably one of the worst experiences of your life. We appreciated you answering our questions, even though it must have been extremely hard for you. What you talked to us about has completed our knowledge on the use of drugs and alcohol. The stories you shared kept us engaged and, with every word, made us more curious to know what would happen next. Both students and teachers were shocked by your life experiences and the effects of alcohol and drugs you endured. Although what you had to say was tragic, we actually enjoyed it and, more than words can say, profited from listening to your heart-felt testimonies. Thank you again for your generosity, your open-mindedness and your kind heart. Yours gratefully, Gabriel B. Nóbrega. On behalf of Ms Jovanovic’s PSHE group, I volunteered to be one of the two students who would write to you to thank you for the exclusive and, above all, eye-opening experience that you three granted us last week. We learned so much about the topic, while finding everything you shared with us precious. Everyone was paying attention, which, you have to admit, is rather difficult to achieve, having in mind the number of the students present and our “difficult” age. Needless to say, we appreciated how you shared your thoughts and feelings in an extremely honest way although, I am aware, our questions were very probing. What I personally found incredible is the effects of drinking and how addictions change people’s lives. I admire the efforts you have had to make to recover. Now, we all know how it feels like and we can make informed decisions. Again, thank you for your visit. We all benefited from it and hope you also enjoyed spending time with us. Yours sincerely, Lucas Rissel. Secondary School Celebration Afternoon Participe do Concurso Literário St. Nicholas 2014 de conto e poesia! Podem participar alunos dos Years 2 ao 12, Heads, professores, assistentes e funcionários. Como na última edição, os melhores textos serão selecionados e publicados numa antologia! Inscrições: 15 a 30 de setembro de 2014 Regulamento: Confira na intranet, nos cartazes ou com os professores do Departamento de Português From the students Mudança Durante as aulas de Português durante o mês de agosto, os alunos do Year 9 leram, analisaram e escreveram autobiografia. A seguir, você tem a chance de ler o texto cheio de sensibilidade da Claudia. Claudia Gabriela Nunes Gusmão Mudança é difícil. É estressante. Mas primos! Aos domingos a família toda fomos para Londres com ele porque já vale a pena. Eu já mudei de lugar três vinha para nossa casa. Tenho saudades tínhamos um apartamento em Cascais, vezes. Eu já mudei de personalidade de fazer isso. Portugal. Só víamos meu pai aos fins de três vezes. Mudei de gostos. Mudei a No ano antes de mudar para Portugal semana, e não todas as semanas, então minha opinião. Mudei de amigos. Faz (não sabia que nós iríamos nos mudar) eu fiquei mais próxima de minha mãe. você mais forte. Vale a pena. eu celebrei meus nove anos. Era a Meu pai é católico mas nem tanto assim, Meu nome é Claudia, tenho quatorze época da Hannah Montana. O tema da falo que ele é católico mas ele não vai a anos e vivo no Brasil. Tenho um pai, festa era “country”. Havia dois cavalos igreja e coisas assim. Minha mãe, meu mãe e irmão. Nasci no Brasil em 2000, no meu jardim! Foi tão fixe! Os convites irmão e eu somos evangélicos, então no dia 14 de Julho. Então, se eu nasci foram “wanted posters” com minha eu falo sobre coisas mais sérias ou de no Brasil eu sou brasileira, né?! Não. imagem. Decoramos coletes com religião com minha mãe. Meus pais são portugueses de pais e “bling”. Quantas saudades e memórias. Mudamos para o Brasil em 2014. No nacionalidade. Então sou portuguesa? A Copa do Mundo chegou! Waka Waka início eu estava triste e devastada Não. Meus pais viveram na África do foi cantada em todo lugar. Vuvuzelas mais do que eu estava quando nos Sul por muito tempo e eles nasceram irritantes e altas. Bandeiras acenando. mudamos para Portugal. Mas agora lá. Mudamos para África do Sul e Corações batendo. Almas alegres. Seria amo o Brasil, bem, amo viver com meu vivemos lá durante nove anos. Então… difícil haver alguma má notícia para pai, amo a escola mais do que minhas sou africana? Não. Minha mãe diz, e destruir aquele momento. Engano. escolas anteriores, amo meus novos eu concordo, que sou uma criança do Mudamos para Portugal em junho. amigos. Mas tenho muitas saudades mundo e de Deus. Naquela época eu não sabia que em de Portugal, de viver com a família por Depois de um mês no Brasil, mudamos um período de um ano, eu iria chamar perto e da nossa cidade. para África do Sul. Na noite do meu aquele país de lar. Em conclusão, se eu não tivesse mudado primeiro aniversário, eu quase parei Amo Portugal. O cheiro do mar. O e ainda estivesse no Brasil desde 2000, de respirar. Eu não me lembro mas sol. O vento tranquilo. Você se sente minha vida iria ser completamente minha mãe conta que ela acordou seguro nas estradas. Vivi num lugar de diferente. Amo a minha vida. Agradeço com um som terrível que parecia como férias. Que sorte. Mas tem mais! Minha a Deus. quando você está na água muito tempo tia, irmã de minha mãe e sua família, Mudança é difícil. É estressante. Mas e quando sai e respira muito ar pra viveram em Angola durante muito vale a pena. Eu já mudei de lugar três dentro. Estive no hospital durante uma tempo, então não os víamos muito. vezes. Eu já mudei de personalidade semana e estive com medo, não largava Ela também se mudou para Portugal três vezes. Mudei de gostos. Mudei a de minha mamã. Ela teve de dormir uns anos antes de nós. Moramos muito minha opinião. Mudei de amigos. Faz comigo até uns meses depois. Não me perto deles e meus primos, Alex, o mais você mais forte. Vale a pena. lembro mas eu sinto. velho, Titus e Elena. Tenho saudades de Eu tenho BASTANTE família na África estar perto deles. Life isn't about finding yourself. do Sul. Minha avó é uma irmã de nove Quando vivemos em Portugal, meu It’s about creating yourself. irmãos! Minha mãe tem vinte e nove pai trabalhava em Londres. Nós não – George Bernard Shaw The Secondary School Celebration Afternoon which took place on Wednesday June 11th, the last day of the academic year, was an opportunity for all students and teachers to reflect upon the academic year and celebrate the numerous successes and achievements of students academically and also in a range of activities and events throughout the year. There were student presentations about the Student Council, the house system and the TETO project and various musical performances from students. Mrs. Borges produced a fantastic presentation of visual memories of the school year accompanied by music while videos of art work were projected as students entered the Hall. Various awards were presented during the ceremony and the following students received awards: Tutor Awards: Years 7 to 10 (JB) Cynthia Turbides Coiscou, (BB) Leticia Di Fiore, (DB) Felipe Lyrio, (EB) Isabella McAlonan, (JF) Luiz Gustavo Borges, (TG) Nicolas Nascimento, (JJ) Carlos Vicente Esteves, (EK) Bruna Sapiro, (GM) Ignacio Montagne García Belaúnde, (CN) Anna Falsztyn, (RN) Lucas Lichand, (MO) Alejandro Esteves, (TO) Gabriella Borges, (GR) Rafaela Zamataro, (RT) Maria Gomes da Silva, (KT) Carolina Gattaz Year 11 (AB) Raunak Daswani, (AC) Renata Barboza, (IF) Sakiko Yazawa, (EM) Soek Ju (Peter) Ham, (HS) Seunghee Kang, (MW) Mai Koyama, (JW) Yoon Shu Awards for School Spirit: Year 7 - Franco Kraiselburd Year 8 - Beatrice McMahon Year 9 - Giulia Sgro Year 10 - André Amaral Year 11 - Eduarda Teixeira Graziano LAHC Award for Originality and Initiative - Pedro Camargo Awards for Creativity - Natalia Camargo and Maria Garcia Lazaro Awards for Action - Job Markink and Sofia Soares Awards for Service - Anna Falsztyn and Damasia Correch Exceptional Performance in PE and Sports - Victoria Costa Ferreira Team Award - U18 Mixed Volleyball Team Awards for Academic Excellence: Year 7 - Ana Paula Traslosheros and Bernardo Verças Year 8 - Beatrice McMahon Year 9 - Christopher Hudson and Juan Ochoa Romero Year 10 - Julius Kuebel Year 11 - Damasia Correch Ensino Fundamental Graduation The Ensino Fundamental Graduation, attended by students, teachers, parents and other guests, took place at school on Saturday August 30th. It was an important opportunity for the Year 10 students to reflect on their achievement in successfully completing the Ensino Fundamental stage of their education and also consider some of the challenges that lie ahead in the final three years of their school education. Mr. Anderson Costa, the Head of the Portuguese Department, made the opening address. Alejandro Esteves and Giulia Sgro spoke confidently on behalf of the students who had also selected Mr. Highdale to speak in his role as Pastoral Co-Ordinator. The students were also presented with their Ensino Fundamental diplomas by Ms. Raquel Muinz, the school's Brazilian Director. Feedback Aleksander Lucca Santos As we approached the final stages of an exhausting challenge which lasted over two months, the whole of the TETO Group 2014 became even prouder of their stunning achievements. Unfortunately, the entire group could not attend the satisfying building, however, those who were privileged to see the delight and happiness stamped on each one of their faces, will never forget this experience. This unique experience began on Friday afternoon, at Colégio Santa Cruz, where other Brazilian and international schools met for the same purpose of donating our time to aid others. Luckily, we arrived at the Monte Belo community before 2am, where we could at least rest our bodies for 5 hours, before being woken up by the TETO representatives. Definitely, every St.Nicholas student felt exhausted in the morning, nevertheless, extremely motivated and alert to begin the first day of building. The activities provided by TETO were a second-hand matter, and the first actual contact we had with the local’s challenging reality was in the early morning. Many of us, by the end of the first day, did not achieve the requirements for the houses, meaning that the whole build was delayed. In the back of our minds, the major concern was not the house, but the locals who were about to receive it. Waking up the following dawn was demanding. Even more challenging when a TETO member believes she’s able to sing at a marvelous tone and wake everyone up. Jokes aside, our tiredness and dirt were our major competitors which limited our enthusiasms. However, we were so close to ending this everlasting experience, that this tiredness and the families who long-awaited their houses, became our only reasons to march on. Thankfully, all groups managed to complete the wooden-houses in time, in fabulous conditions. The painting was the cherry at the top of the cake. This was the time to really enrich and tie up our connections to the family members and new friends which we made. The painting was an experience to really unite the family to the TETO supporters and create this unbreakable bond of gratitude between us. Through it all, the TETO building and painting experiences are unexplainable, which you have to take part in it to understand all the emotion and vibe inside it. Fortunately, our group was the first one to engage to this direct contact with the reality of some of these unprivileged people and, at the same time, the first group in the school to take the initial step to modify this ever-changing world to an improved one.