Middle School Science’s “Rock Collection”

The students have been learning to classify rocks by the main types of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. They have to look at the composition and texture of the rocks very carefully to decide the sub-types within each of these groups and then to identify those rocks by name. We have rock guides to help them do that, but they need to apply all of the vocabulary that they are learning about the texture and composition as each type of rock has a different vocabulary for those concepts. They have to break the rocks with hammers in order to see an … Continue reading Middle School Science’s “Rock Collection”

Grade 5 student Maddie collects books for children in Liberia

For her PYP Exhibition project, grade 5 student Maddie chose to support children’s literacy by collecting books to send to children in Monrovia, Liberia.  “Did you know that over 750 million people in the world can’t read? Having books at home can bring that number down” Maddie. As part of the research for her PYP project, Maddie interviewed Aletha Wallace who works with the “Give a book for Liberia” scheme, which collects books and sends them to the National Library, and to primary, middle and high schools within and around Monrovia. When Aletha explained to Maddie that the education system … Continue reading Grade 5 student Maddie collects books for children in Liberia

“Multilingual Middle School Spelling Bee” a big success

The Middle High School hosted its first-ever ‘Multilingual  Middle School Spelling Bee’ during MS Assembly today. Representatives from Grades 6-8 competed in English, French, Spanish, German and Dutch for the winning titles. All students involved demonstrated a high-level of linguistic competence, and engaged in a very friendly, and fun, competition. The words were read by Grade 10 student-volunteers, who were able to share their language as a part of the competition. The winners were John (Grade 6), Jonathan (Grade 7) and Luis (Grade 8). Continue reading “Multilingual Middle School Spelling Bee” a big success

Students participate in Theater Festival in Germany

A group of grade 4 – 6 students attended the ISTA Primary Schools Festival at Wiesbaden on 19-22 May. They were welcomed by host families and followed a full program of drama and music workshops, as well as visits to local cultural and educational sites. The theme for the week was “Castles, Knights, and Magical Tales”, exploring the legends of long ago and what they can tell us about ourselves today. By exploring the past, the students were encouraged to bring the stories to life and make dramatic theatre. The workshops led up to presentations in small ensembles and a … Continue reading Students participate in Theater Festival in Germany

Author shares importance of historical fiction

The seventh grade class has been reading the young adult book The Other Side of Truth by Beverly Naidoo in order to study realistic fiction. While studying this genre, we were fortunate to have an author of historical fiction to come to our school to explain the importance and relevance of realistic and historical fiction in today’s world. Paula de Fougerolles has written two historical fiction novels, The Chronicles of Iona: Prophet  and Exile, both of which are in our school library for advanced and high school readers. She took the time to explain to the students the ways in which writers, such as herself and … Continue reading Author shares importance of historical fiction

Seasonal recipes in Food Science and Technology

Students from grades 6 & 7 have been researching and creating healthy recipes using seasonal vegetables for their latest food technology assignment. They have adapted recipes to include the required ingredients and written up their revised  recipe and instructions. Working in groups, they have prepared and cooked each recipe and learned the art of tasting as you go, adding seasoning and herbs to  improve the final taste. Everything they have made will be presented as a buffet for themselves to taste each other’s recipes, and also invited guests. Judging by the aromas drifting down the corridor, some lucky people are … Continue reading Seasonal recipes in Food Science and Technology