1 :: June I :: 2011 Upcoming events July Mon 25 th to Wed 27 th Senior School Recuperação August Wed 3 rd School starts for pupils Festa Junina 2011, um espetáculo! Dedé Toffoli Nossa Festa Junina foi novamente um sucesso! O sol daquele sábado, 11 de junho, reforçou o tom colorido das bandeirinhas e das roupinhas caipiras. E como brilharam as nossas crianças! Do Tiny Tots até o Year 6 houve um festival de apresentações variadas, que trouxeram a riqueza da cultura regional de diferentes partes do Brasil. Parabéns às nossas crianças que participaram lindamente das danças folclóricas e da capoeira. Todos se divertiram a valer com as brincadeiras juninas nas barracas e se deliciaram com as comidas e doces típicos. Um muito obrigado a todos os professores que ajudaram a organizar as danças; ao departamento de Português, que se empenhou nos ensaios (com destaque para a Ms. Bueno, que nos trouxe tantas novidades, fruto de sua constante pesquisa sobre a cultura nacional); ao departamento de Música, que tocou as canções; ao departamento de Educação Física, que, como todos os anos, trouxe a capoeira que tanto nos encanta; aos pais e funcionários da escola que trabalharam durante a festa, aos pais que vieram prestigiar seus filhos; ao pessoal da Sodexo, da Manutenção e Guardas e Portaria, que deram todo o suporte para que tudo corresse bem e, em especial, muito obrigado ao nosso PTA e à querida Teresa Santiago, que trabalharam com tanto carinho para o sucesso de mais um já tradicional Arraial da St. Nicholas! St. Nicholas Newsletter Year 12 Graduation Ceremony The Year 12 Graduation Ceremony, attended by students, teachers, parents, the school founders and other guests, took place at The British Centre in Pinheiros on Saturday May 28th and was a marvellous occasion in which 29 students formally completed their education and the end of their St. Nicholas journey. It was an opportunity for reflection, emotional farewells and looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead for an international group of students representing Brazil, Argentina, Japan, South Korea, India, Lebanon, South Africa, Israel, Portugal, Holland and Germany. There were various speeches made by teachers while Abram Moatshe and Yasmin Younes spoke impressively on behalf of the students, reflecting on their memories of school and the skills, qualities and attributes they had developed in a mature, confident, eloquent manner. Students received their school graduation certificates and Ensino Médio diplomas. There were also four special awards: Academic Award Nikita Kukreja Award for Integrity, Compassion and Tolerance Alexis Sogl Award for Leadership Qualities Leila Abduni Award for the Most Supportive Student Yasmin Younes Agradecimentos Rifas Anna Kirsten Jenny Ana Cristina Budyra Família Traslosheros Helio Hattori Dra. Maria Fernanda Tembra Fabíola Dib Damara Bus Children Carlos Leibowicz Marco Iannoni Julia Macedo Tam Luz Maria Dumas Claudia Lyrio Chácara Santa Cecíia Tour Delivery Viagens E Turismo Tattoo Dreams Carmim Delle Scarpe Alexandra Lwow Vicente Feliú Licibety Fakiani Pousada Do Almirante Volvo Cars Brasil Antena 1 Paulo Silveira Carlos Tieghi
2 Year 10 English Work - Descriptive Writing Description of Fernando de Noronha (Sancho Bay) João Lima The scent of the sea purified my lungs of the city s polluted air. The lack of the constant purring of the car s engines drew attention to the low yet peaceful and consistent sway of the waves. On the back of my throat, there was the dry taste of the salt blown by the breeze of the East and soon there was the huge urge to quench my thirst. Closing my eyes, I magnified my senses and enjoyed the majesty of nature around me. When they were reopened, all the blur of colours of different shades and contrast made me feel instantly rejoiced by the surrounding spring flowers. Once my sight focused onto the bay below me, I managed to distinguish the minor, darker and agile shades of blue on the immense, mysterious ocean as shadows seemed to be dancing like ballerinas underneath the blanket of crystal clear water. Unexpectedly, a small group of those blurs leaped over the surface as if they had been launched by cannon, paralysing my body with their astounding grace and delicateness in their twists above the water. The elegance of the dolphins made them appear as divine sea dancers. Suddenly, the realisation came to me that Mother Nature had managed to preserve this fragment of the Garden of Eden under the supervision of local inhabitants. Even in the presence of outsiders in their fragile homes, they did not fly away desperately in the air as most would do in the city, but they observed the foreigners with large, dark and curious eyes that were full of innocence untouched by the terrors of mankind. Not only did they live in trees, but there were some crabs crawling on the shore with swift steps in sideways direction made by their brittle pale legs and blunt, powerful pincers. Descending to the shoreline, a reasonable amount of effort was necessary to ensure a safe hike through a narrow and steep path that located itself in the middle of thick trees and tall grass-like plants. The disturbing buzz of mosquitos and bees combined with their numerous stings made the trek nearly unbearable. By then, the air was damp and warm as it had lost the freshness of the sea. With pools of sweat visible on my shirt s chest, back and armpits and the soft, dry sand rubbing against my soles as I staggered towards the sea, I arrived in Sancho Bay. With the darkening orange sky that seemed to be closing in my sight, I noticed that on the horizon, what before were sparse clouds, became a thick layer of blending colours. The orange gradually became grey that transformed into blue and green as the cloud kissed the sea. Senior School Celebration Afternoon The Senior School Celebration Afternoon which took place on Friday June 10th was an opportunity for all students and teachers to review the academic year and reflect on the numerous successes and achievements of students in a range of activities throughout the year. Nessrin Younes, Stephanie Geller and Bontle Moatshe provided a student perspective, reviewing the year (particularly the work of the Student Council) in a confident, informative and eloquent presentation. There were some highly impressive musical performances from Su Ji Lee, Chang Hoon (Alex) Park, Ana Cristina Brunner and Nao Ishii. Sophie Barros and Daniel Stern produced a impressive presentation of visual memories of the school year accompanied by music while an exhibition of Art work prepared by Ms. Barker was projected as students entered the Hall. Various awards were presented during the ceremony and the following students received awards: Tutor Awards Year 7/8 DS - Lucas Gomes Year 7/8 GR - Luiz Gustavo Borges Year 7/8 IF - Catarina Marchon da Silva Year 7/8 JB - Daniella Iannoni Year 7/8 NR - Giovanna Stefanutto Year 7/8 PS - Job Markink Year 9 DP - Chang Hoon (Alex) Park Year 9 KS - Kyle Sog Year 9 RT - Sofia Cunha Year 10 JF - Kabelo Tolong Year 10 IM - Stéphanie Beeby Year 11 EM - Julia Lopes da Silva Year 11 LP - Ofir Geva Awards for Creativity Bontle Moatshe and Nao Ishii Awards for Action Sofia Soares and Kenji Fuse Awards for Service Nessrin Younes and Andres Kofman Team Award U18 Boys Football Team (Simone Perego, Daniel Leandro Rios, Kenji Fuse, Bruno Marangoni, Filipe Santiago, Guilherme Rizkallah, Liam Gakman, Andres Kofman, Daniel Stern, Rodrgio Lyrio, Kabelo Tolong, Leonard Herzog and Christopher Atuonah) Awards for Academic Excellence Year 7 - Pedro Camargo Year 8 - Damasia Correch Year 9 - Ana Cristina Brunner Year 10 - Sophie Barros Year 11 - Camila Macedo LAHC Award for Originality and Initiative Stephanie Geller Apresentação de Ginástica Rítmica Movimentos que unem ritmo musical, agilidade e coreografia. Essas são as principais características do novo ECA oferecido pela escola: a Ginástica Rítmica. No último dia 1º, nossas ginastas brilharam lindamente, apresentando-se para uma enorme plateia com o aparelho fita. Parabéns para todas! A professora Renata Bigio avisa, para quem tem interesse neste ECA, que em agosto, iniciarão novas turmas. Para Kindergarten, Year 1 e Year 2 serão duas aulas às quartas e a partir do Year 3 as aulas são às sextasfeiras. Venha fazer parte da nossa equipe! Art, Music & Dance We love art. We love music. We love dancing. With this in mind, the Junior School presented a combined effort of all three areas. Pupils from Y3 up to Y6 produced artwork with Miss Fontoura, played wonderful music with Mr. Carlos and danced to the rhythm in beautiful choreographies with Mrs. Alonso and Ms. Debora. Congratulations to all participants!
3 On Friday June 3rd St. Nicholas held its first ever Senior Swimming Gala at Formula Academia. The Senior Swimming Gala celebrated the house system and the swimming and aquatic related activities in the Senior curriculum. Students swam superbly in an array of events that included all the recognised strokes as well as the individual medley. Senior staff also represented their houses competing in a controversial decision for an individual medley race! London took the staff honours again and appear Sports Senior Swimming Gala Swimming in the right direction! unbeatable in both the Junior and Senior galas! The overall sense of community, enjoyment, and individual successes with the excellent support and contribution by students, teachers and staff created a remarkable atmosphere which just reinforced what the house spirit is all about! Congratulation and thank you to all involved - see more photos on SN website/ school life/sports/events. The final results are as follow: Mr Moss & Mr Chaim Girls 1st Oxford and Cambridge pts; 3rd London - 90 pts. Boys 1st Oxford pts; 2nd London pts; 3rd Cambridge - 94 pts. Overall 1st place Oxford points; 2nd place - Cambridge points; 3rd place - London points. Photos by Ms. Kemp. U15 Boys/Girls & U18 Boys Basketball The Three MVPs Not overlooked in the 9 games of the NBA tournament amongst 32 schools was the attitude and commitment of St Nicholas players when certain games had already gone far out of their reach. The U15 girls were 4pts away from being in the last eight of this Sao Paulo state sponsored NBA Tourni- so they got agonizingly the furthest. Furthermore what stood out was the energy, drive and influence spent in all games especially in defense in keeping morale, performance levels and credibility in check. Peter Kirsten, Bontle Moatshe and Felipe Santiago receive the Most Valuable Player awards in the NBA Tournament, for all being such a major factor in all the games played in each category. USA HERE WE COME! Sport has the power to change the world, the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way little else can. It speaks to you in a language you understand - Nelson Mandela St. Nicholas is just a month away from taking a squad of 17 girls to the USA to compete in the Disney International Youth Soccer Tournament and the Schwans USA Cup in Minneapolis. The girls have been training hard with a friendly against Pinheiros (losing after a 2-0 lead), fitness sessions every Friday before school and TTF training at SPAC on Saturday mornings - nothing like early morning starts! Thank you to the Junior School in assisting us in our preparation. Congratulations to Julia Herzog for gaining the captaincy, and a big mention with gratitude goes to our four sponsors who have supplied the school and girls with their kits to travel, play and train with. Color version (Pantone 376C) Here's hoping that the girls', hard work, determination, commitment, patience and improvement bring them the results they deserve in both tournaments see SN School website/sports/tours for more pictures. Black and white version (only for monochrome usage)
4 OUR PLANET, OUR RESPONSIBILITY International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme Year 6 Exhibition 2011 We can take action to build a sustainable future. What real-life issues are concerns for Year 6 pupils? Many! Narrowed down, they became the lines of inquiry for the concluding unit of the PYP programme: making responsible choices for a cleaner planet cleaning and preserving the environment facing reality without addictions reducing and preventing crime caring for and appreciating animals establishing peace between countries and in the world reducing poverty in the world appreciating differences in the world These are challenging concerns for eleven and twelve year olds. In groups, with the help of various mentors across the entire school, pupils organised visits and guest speakers to complement their internet research and help them to answer questions such as: What is the greenhouse effect and how can it affect us? Why is it happening to the planet? How can we stop it and what has been done? How can we prevent air pollution? If you had anorexia, what would happen to you? Is there a cure for that? Why do people play addictive games that are bad for their health? Why do kids commit crime? Is there a link between education and crime? How do we stop kids from committing crime? How does animal testing affect animals? What are the consequences of animal trafficking and how does it affect animal habitats? Why are there people who want to kill themselves with a bomb? How can we stop terrorism? What were the consequences of the world wars? How was peace achieved? What is life like for someone in a favela? How can we help stop child labour? How do we solve poverty? What is the point of view of people that have witnessed racism? What would be our responsibility to make our world equal? Although many of these questions are difficult to answer, the Year 6 pupils admirably tried to understand and reflect on these local and global issues and to knowledgeably communicate their findings to members of the school community and their own families. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who in any way contributed to and supported the process and presentation of this culmination to the IB- Primary Years Programme.
5 1. Use both sides of every piece of paper. Find out how to make double sided copies when you photocopy. If you have a piece of paper that is printed on one side only, use the back as rough paper before you finally put it in the recycling box. 2. Schools and offices are some of the worst offenders for sending out sheaves of A4 sized single sided letters and memos with only a couple of lines of text. Could you send out that memo in one ? Find ways to avoid printing! 3. Stop junk mail by contacting all your mailing service, such as banks, credit O PTA agradece a Maria Rosa Guerreiro, Feli Ruiz Alonso, Lavinia Gavazzi Rodriguez, Juliana Grave, Kika Sapiro, Patricia Natacci, Carol Degen, Silvia Reid, Rose Kim, Patricia Martin, Karina Saccomanno, Liane Issler, Vaneska Pasqua, Alexandra Lwol, Clicia Cortes, Joana Vercas e a Maria Elisa Korte pela iniciativa que tiveram em fazer manualmente todos os convites para a Festa Junina. Foi "um trabalho árduo" mas com um resultado bem diferente de tudo o que já se fez. Festa Junina Think Green 10 Ways to Save Paper cards, etc and asking to have your name removed from mailing lists. 4. Always tick the box to say that you do not want to be sent marketing material whenever you apply for anything by post or online. 5. To stop unwanted free newspapers and leaflets, you could phone the companies concerned and put a small polite sign on your door asking that no circulars or free newspapers are delivered will probably be more effective. 6. or telephone rather than send a letter, and receive documents and statements electronically if given the option. Pay your bills by direct debit. 7. Old magazines will always be accepted gratefully by many organisations (and by your child s school). Donate them Ms Vassellucci to hospitals libraries or anywhere with a waiting room. 8. Buy books second hand or borrow books and magazines from your local library or maybe from your friends. 9. Make notepads out of scrap paper and use those to write your reminders such as supermarket lists, to do list, etc. 10. Think that every piece of paper you use was a tree before! Save paper, save trees! Last day to borrow items from the library The last day to borrow books, DVDs etc from the Library will be Friday 3rd of June. The materials must be returned by Friday 10th of June O último dia para empréstimo de livros, DVDs, etc, será Sexta-feira, 03 de Junho. Os materiais deverão ser devolvidos até Sexta-feira, 10 de Junho. Commemorations, celebrations and events around the world Action Committee / International Committee 15 th May - This date is Teachers' Day in Korea and Mexico. In Korea, teachers are usually presented with carnations by their students, and both enjoy a shorter school day. In Brazil, Teachers' Day is on October th May - Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States, and is observed on the last Monday of May. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who have died in military service to their country. A Memorial Day tradition is the running of the famous automobile race Indianapolis 500, and also the Memorial Day Weekend Sale when stores offer discounts on the weekend preceding the holiday. 31 st May - World No Tobacco Day was created by the World Health Organisation in 1987 to raise people s awareness toward the tobacco epidemic and to the preventable death and disease it causes. 1 st June - Many countries celebrate International Children s Day on this day, originating in the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Switzerland in UNESCO, on the other hand, observes Universal Children s Day on 20 November, a date "to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children. It recommended that the day was to be observed also as a day of activity devoted promoting the ideals and objectives of the charter and the welfare of the children of the world." Brazil celebrates children s day on the 12th of October. May/June 5 th June - In 1972, the United Nations General Assembly established the World Environment Day, which is hosted every year by a different city and commemorated with an international exposition through the week of June 5. The WED hopes to raise political attention and public action towards the environment. This year s topic is "Melting Ice - A Hot Topic?," focusing on climate changes and the effects on ice- and snowcovered areas of the world. This year, World Environment Day is hosted by Norway. 8 th June - World Ocean Day began on 8 June 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. However, the United Nations has not yet recognised this day as a holiday. This day is used to celebrate the ocean and its resources, and to combat marine pollution and over-exploitation. 12 th June - World Day against Child Labour was launched as a way to highlight the plight of working children, helping to raise awareness and activism to prevent child labour for both economic and military purposes. 12 th June - Dia dos Namorados or "Day of the Enamored" or "Boyfriend's/Girlfriend's Day" is celebrated in Brazil with couples exchanging gifts such as chocolates, cards and flowers. This day was chosen probably because it is the feast of Saint Anthony, known as the marriage saint for whom many single women perform rituals to find a good husband or a boyfriend. Many countries celebrate love on 14 February in commemoration of Saint Valentine.