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RIS has got talENt!
WE rEtaKE RomE!
LEt's go grEEN!
Issue 6, May 2011 - www.romeinternaî
ON stagE!
What wE offEr at RIS aND whY
One of the most important sections on our website, and familiar to many parents, is called ‘What we offer’. The document explains Rome International School’s educational project and represents a sort of public commitment: the school clarifies its guidelines, so that all members of the community (for instance, parents who wish to enrol a child, or a teacher who is thinking of applying for a post) can judge whether they feel comfortable with them. In this document, which we also call POF (an Italian acronym for ‘Educational Offer Plan’), you can find our core values and beliefs, aligned with the IBO principles and with the contents of the Report to UNESCO by the In-ternational Commission on the Education for the XXI Century, lead by Jacques Delors. The document also contains other didactic objec-tives, such as the integration of the quasi-pragmatic approach typical of the Anglo-Saxon educational systems with the more conceptual approach typical of the Italian educational sys-tem. Of course, a document of this sort requires continual updating, in light of its implementation and of the changes in the general context. This is what we are doing and, in part, what we have been doing. Starting this year, following the changes in the Italian regulations of secondary schools, our IB Diploma Programme students can choose an additional channel,Scienze Umane, to gain recognition of the Italian Maturità equivalence (important to many families). To improve the effectiveness of our High School students’ Economics studies, starting next year we will offer Business Studies as a new subject in Grade 10. As a further step towards the integration of IT resources in our students’ learning process, we will adopt Moodle, an interactive virtual learning environment which will be of great benefit to our students, teachers and families, allowing them to access a wealth of information and facilitating learning. The most important innovation, however, will be the extent of the Chinese teaching in the Elementary School and, from the year after next, in the Middle School. This innovation is not just about increasing competence in a new language. It is in part the result of a debate within the IBO community about the relevance of familiarity with Eastern cultures in a changing world. So, from September 2011, we'll start teaching Chinese in two extra-cur-ricular courses. One is for 6 and 7 year old children, while the other is for Grade 6 students. Thus, the year after next we'll be able both to continue offering Chinese in the Primary School (covering other year groups), and to open a Middle School channel that includes curricular Chinese. We aim to keep our educational offerings one step ahead, and in this spirit we arealso considering the future replacement, in a few years, of GCSE exams with IGCSEs.
IVaNo BoragiNE Head of School
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ancient Romans
This YEar, as EVErY YEar, RomE INtErNatioNal SChool’s traDitioN of orgaNiziNg a sChool PlaY CoNtiNUED. ThE show was DiViDED iN two sEssioNs.
What must life have been like duri days of the Roman Empire? A number of students from our Middle and High School was lucky enough to be guided around one of the best preserved sites in the area, Ostia Antica, with their own expert to fill in the details for them!
stia may have been Rome's first colony. An O inscription says that Ostia was founded by Ancus Marcius, the semi-legendary fourth king of th Rome, in the 7 century BC. The most ancient rd buildings currently visible are from the 3 century BC, notably the Castrum (military camp); of a slightly later date is the Capitolium (temple of Jupiter, Juno and Minerva). The opus quadratum of the walls of the original Castrum at Ostia provide important evidence for the building techniques that were employed in Roman urbanisation during the period of the Middle Republic*. One of the most interesting and beautiful things to see are the mosaics outside the amphitheatre that were a sort of commercial advertisement for the shops nearby. We started our journey through Ostia Antica with an impression of Roman daily life. We had a guide, but also a special guest to help us explore: professoressa Ghiaroni, who was an expert teacher of history in the 60s.
hard to learntheir lines and fit the role they were playing. For some of them it was a really challenging experience because it was their first time on stage and they had to cope with the adrenaline of having parents, friends and teachers watching them. The show was organized by Ms. Chapman,who, like every year, has put a tremendous amount of work in the creation of the play.We all hope you enjoyed the show! ByFLAMInIAInceccHI, GRAde12 More photos of this activity are on our website,, in the ‘Gallery’ section.
High School on stage!
A glimpse of the
ome scenes in the first part, titledThe Time S of Your Life,were performed by Grade 11 students. Fernanda Mottura, Fabrizio Tullio (Grade 13), Eyerusalem Abebe and SanjulaAnjampolage (Grade 12) acted outduet scenes on which they have worked a lot. The other session was a play calledThe Hysterical History of Troy, which was prepared by the Grade 10 students during their drama classes. Moreover, Massimo Carpifave and myself (Grade 12) and Fabrizio Tullio volunteered to help and were part of it as well. All of the actors involved in the show worked
INtroDUCtioN The following is writ-ten by Dr William Ire-land, who will be the Principal of our Mi e an g School, starting in July this year. I am happy to have this opportunity to introduce myself to the community at Rome International School. I was very pleased to be offered the position of Principal of the Secondary School and am excited at the prospect of moving to Rome in July. My wife and I have worked in a number of international schools, both in Europe and further afield. At the moment we are in an international school in Doha, Qatar. We have had a very interesting time, but felt that we were ready for a new challenge. In all our travels we have tried to view ourselves as aninternational family. Our aim has always been to becomeconnectedto wherever we live, to fully engage with different cultures and lifestyles. We began our international teaching career in part to provide our own children with this kind of outlook, an outlook which will without doubt become more im-portant in an increasingly global so-ciety. It is this approach that I also hope to bring to the school. An in-ternational school is not an isolated entity within a city or region, but in fact is connected to a vast educational framework. Defining internationalism is famously difficult, but it certainly includes seeing beyond national boundaries, thinking globally, con-necting and networking across the world in meaningful ways whilst of course still valuing and celebrating individual identities and cultures. I will be arriving at a very exciting time in the school’s history. The cur-rent educational planning creates a solid foundation and strong vision for the future. The designs for the new building are extremely impressive and will create the ideal environment for the continuing development of that other ‘invisible architecture’, the positive relationships between people that form the real core of any school. Of course it is also important that in the midst of new developments, the unique quality, identity and at-mosphere of RIS is recognized and maintained. So I am looking forward to contributing to the present and future of RIS and I am sure that the school we build together over the years to come will be something truly special. As a ‘lifelong learner’ my next task is to start my Italian lessons - si prega di essere pazienti con me! dr. William IrElaND
She introduced us to what we were going to see by reading us a letter from the Roman notable Pliny the Younger to his friend Gallo, describing his villa: “On the front there is a simple hall, but not without elegance, followed by a small D-shaped portico. The collection provides an excellent shelter for bad weather, since it is protected through the windows and especially from the eaves of roofs. In his half, there is a cheerful atrium. Then a nice dining room opening onto the beach, so that when the wind swells the sea in Africa, it is gently sprayed from the latest wave already broken. All around the hall there are doors or windows and so along the sides and in front of it seems to appear on three seas.” Isn’t this letter very modern? Today, it is impossible to imagine or have the same experience as Gallo, because the sediments transported here by the Tevere have created a four kilometre long beach and the villa now is very far from the sea. ByAvITAGLIAcOZZO, GRAde8 Photos by Ginevra Bianco, Grade 7 * information taken from Wikipedia (
visual Arts exhibition leaVes a lasting impression
Saturday 16th April marked an important day for three Grade 13 students. It was their final exam for Visual Arts on the IB Diploma! The exhibition was put together by the three IB DP students: Kathryn, Aloisia and Diana with the help of Miss Cope and was held in the Annex.
amilies, friends, teachers and students F attended this exhibition in the after-noon, but the most important guest was the IB Examiner, who spent the morning in-terviewing the students about their work. The exhibition highlighted their creative experimentations, their critical thinking and ability to interpret their ideas and themes which all contribute to their growth as an artist. The artworks were beautiful and in-teresting, but the most impressive charac-teristic were the powerful ideas and mes-sages which the students weaved purposefully into their artwork. Starting with Kathryn’s works: her cre-ative journey was about ‘finding [herself]
New teacher in G5C
as an artist’ and so her pieces showed a use of wide range of medium and instruments from clay and canvas to sand and plastic. Her works such as ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice?’ and ‘Welcome to My Jungle’ re-ceived much appreciation. Her nightmare themed works gen-erated strong emotional re-sponse from the viewers. Fur-thermore, the dresses she made from plastic showed her inventive personality. Originality and a wise use of tools and materials charac-terise Aloisia’s works. Her art-work, ‘Action and Reaction’ was the largest and hardest to display and proved her cre-ative genius and patience. This magnificent piece took her one year to complete and standing there and looking at it, she felt ‘Great!’ Her theme was changeability and she explored people’s emotions and the in-fluence of society on people. Her symbolic representations were strong and spoke to the observers. Diana’s works had a wide range of culture
Photos by Sanjula Anjampolage, Grade 12
nd techniques. She worked ith clay, used the Egyptian ulture and street culture to fluence her artwork and also sed Photoshop to create mazing pieces such as ‘Come ’. Furthermore, cubism and urrealism also influenced her rtwork. ‘A Heart Bleeds for ternity’, her interpretation of n ancient Egyptian legend, is y personal favourite from er works. he exhibition, a pinnacle but lso a bit of a goodbye, was a ice bitter-sweet moment, an everyone who came was left highly im-pressed by the talent and imaginative hard work of our three artists. No doubt they have set high standards for next year’s Grade 13 Visual Arts students. Finally, on behalf of all of us in RIS, I would like to congratulate and wish you luck in the next chapter of your life. Well done! ByeyeRuSALeMABeBe, GRAde12
Mr. Mac loVes burgers
Mr. Alex McDonald, or ‘Mr. Mac’ for short, joined us not too long ago in the Elementary School. Currently he is teaching Grade 5C. We asked him different questions to get to know him better and discover his opinion about this school...
UEstioN: How loNg haVE YoU bEEN tEaChiNg? Q Answer: I have been teaching for five, or ac-tually six years. Q: What Do YoU thiNK of RIS? A: This is a good school because it is bilingual and it has a good layout. Q: What sUbjECts Do YoU PrEfEr tEaChiNg? A: I have several favorite subjects I prefer teaching. They are Maths, P.E. and Drama. Q: What is YoUr hobbY? A: My hobby is writing. I have already written a couple of novels. I was about to publish one,
but the editor decided not to. Q: do YoU liKE tEaChiNg? A: Yes, I like teaching. Q: What’s YoUr faVoritE fooD? A: I love eating pizza and burgers! Q: WhiCh job DiD YoU waNt to Do as a KiD? A: I would have liked being a writer or a come-dian. Q: WhErE DiD YoU stUDY as a ChilD? A: I studied at St. Mark’s ACS, a school in Western Australia. ByLIvIAALeGI AndJAcOpOSInIScALcO, GRAde6
Perfectly practised masterpieces
th Friday 8 April, a date awaited from the start of the year by all Elementary School students.
ot that theyknew the date much before Nanyway, but what wasreally attractive was the event which happened on this date: the RIS Talent Show, where studentsfinally had the chance to amaze their teachers and parentsonce and for all, where students have the chance to show off their talents. Every singlecompetitor practised and prac-tised, and when they were sure that their mas-terpiece was perfect,they practised yet another time, no matter what their show was about
(not a lot of choice, really: the only hobbies performed were singing, dancing and some magic!). It was fun, and everyone did a fantastic job, as Ms. Jones (one of the judges) said: “It was very hard to choose the winners, since you all did great!” I hope all the students and teachers and par-ents and pigeons andbunnies, who came out of the magic hat, liked the show! ByJacoPoSINIScaLco, gradE6
Hats, hats and more hats!
th On 20 April, the last day of school before the Easter holidays, the Elementary School organized a bonnet parade. There were many hats. Some were big, some were small, but they all had something in common: they were very colorful and beautiful.
ince it is Spring, the hats were decorated with S flowers, leaves and green in general. To be more in theme, many children had added eggs, chicks and chickens to their hats. Most children used an already existing hat and then decorated it, some created the hat from cardboard or some had decided to design a bunny mask. After Ms Pettifer from Grade 3 collected everyone with a bonnet, we went down to the first floor so the first and second graders could join in the
parade. Then we set off altogeth-er to go to kindergarten, were we gath-ered more chil-dren and then went to the gar-den. There were many kids with lovely bonnets: colorful, cheer-ful, environment friendly and cre-ative! Everyone , parents were there too and they were very impressed by how lovely the hats were. In the end I must say, it was a great parade! ByLIvIaaLEgI, gradE6 Photos by Pietro Scattalon, Grade 6
Multiple IntelliGenCes in the ElementàRY SChOOl
How does your child best learn? The theory of multiple intelligences was developed in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University. It suggests that the traditional notion of intelligence, based on IQ testing, is far too limited. Instead, the theory proposes eight different intelligences to account for a broader range of human potential in children and adults. These intelli-gences are:
•Linguistic intelligence (word wise) •Logical mathematical intelligence (number/reasoning wise) •Spatial intelligence (picture wise) •Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence (body wise) •Musical intelligence (music wise) •Interpersonal intelligence (people wise) •Intrapersonal intelligence (self wise) •Naturalist intelligence (nature wise)
We look for such intelligences in our students: the artists, architects, journalists, musicians, naturalists, designers, dancers, and scientists, and present their lessons in a wide variety of ways using music, coop-erative learning, art activities, role play, multimedia, field trips, inner reflection and much more so that each child has the opportunity to learn in ways harmonious with his or her unique mind. PàtRiCià MàRtin-Smith Principal Elementary School
cleaning up rome
nd On 2 April, students from Grade 12 and Middle School girls from the RIS Environmenta participated in ‘Retake Roma’ as part o DP CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) less The goal: cleaning up the city!
etake Roma’ is a project in collaboration ‘r with the Giuseppe Garibaldi Onlus Foun-dation and a few Italian state schools, aiming to clean various neighborhoods and thus to improve the quality of the environment by removing graf-fiti, stickers and posters. They want to sensitize the citizens to preserv-ing the urban décor: “We are not against the writ-ers, but against the graffiti that destroys our city.” Some Italian state schools participated in the project too, as well as a girl from The American Overseas School for her IB CAS. Students from our school met with Ms Lambie and Mrs Bird and then launched themselves into the work. Everyone was given the choice of either removing posters or covering up graffiti. RIS students chose the latter one and so cleaned the dust from the cement walls, and then painted them in order to cover up the graffiti, while workers from the city sanitation service, Ama, removed the graffiti from marble walls with a toxic liquid. It was tough work which left the helpers very tired at the end of the day, but the rewards have been
Keep Showing the red caRd!
RIS Students versus graffiti writers
great. Passers-by thanked and applauded, and McDonald’s even offered them coupons to use in their restaurants. A nearby pizzeria also offered everyone free pizza and Rome’s mayor, Gianni Ale-manno, paid a visit to this important project. RIS students are proud to have offered their help to the community and happily said they look forward to have this fun experience again. ‘Retake Roma’ is a smart step to raise awareness among Rome’s citizens to respect the city’s environment and to preserve its timeless beauty. ByZEBINMEHNaZ, gradE12 More photos of this activity are on our website,, in the ‘Gallery’ section.
Several of RIS Grade 12 students have been working with younger students in a competative project called Show Racism the Red Card. The students made short films, songs, and posters to create rd awareness about racism. Finally on 23 March, the results came in. Unfortunately, the winners did not include students from RIS. But that doesn’t mean that we should stop here now.
myself worked with Grade 7B along with my I partner Nicoletta. It was a beautiful experi-ence and we and the other groups worked very hard. As IB learners, this project improved our skills of meeting deadlines and our creativity was ex-panded as well. The Grade 12 students enjoyed it because they were working with the other stu-dents and also, as Eyerusalem (Grade 12) says: “Racism is a global issue that we have to fight.” Being students ourselves, there were some ob-stacles as well. Madina (Grade 12) states that “it was hard getting them all to focus at the same time”. She also says: “I learned to have patience with kids, and I noticed that they are aware of racism and are willing to stop it.”
I then asked how would try define racism and how it could be solved. Madina defines racism as “judging someone based on their skin colour, race or religion.” She adds: “It can be solved by showing the world that people are not much different from each other, it’s not the outside that matters but the inside.” Eyerusalem defines racism as “the ig-norance, the lack of acceptance of diversity”. She concludes that it can be solved by “raising aware-ness”. Racism is a global issue that affects many chil-dren worldwide and disturbs their daily life, there-fore continue showing the red card to racism, help stop racism. BySadIaSardEr, gradE12
The best way to get home
The school bus is a really fun means of transport to go home on. Because on the school bus, you can do loads of fun things. Also: you make a bunch of new friends on the way.
here are three school buses, so many people T can go on the school bus. The school bus is convenient for parents who work and can’t bring their children home or can’t drive cars. The school bus is a joyful place to be. The only thing is that you need to be responsible for your safety. In order to help that, we have a bus atten-dant. On the bus, to pass the time people read, do homework or play with their friends. The little ones sometimes sleep, since they are tired after a long day at school. On the bus we have children of all different grades and ages. The bus is very fast and it takes very little time to get home. If you want to take someone to your house, instead of taking a car you can bring him on the bus to meet new friends. When you get off the bus, the driver is very kind and sometimes gives you a sweetie and says bye. And he tells your parents how you’ve be-haved: good or bad. As you can see the bus is a very nice way to get home. Whenever you want, you can get home in the best way: the school bus. ByNIcoLòaNSErINI aNdLucaSELvIN, gradE5
inally, after this cold and rainy winter F the warm and pleasant days are com-ing up, and what could be a better way to celebrate them than attending the May Fair? It will be a great fair, where there are going to be plenty of games to play, stands where you can shop, and others where you can eat delicious treats. So take a moment, close your eyes and try to picture this for a sec-ond... hmm doesn’t it feel like heaven? In case you haven’t understood yet, I am trying to persuade you readers to come and
Fun with fRiends on the way
The bus is an excellent way of making new friends in other classes. The first time we shy and a little frightened because we didn’t know anyone, but then we made lot of friends.
You might think it is better to go home with y your mum or dad, but going with the bus is very nice because you laugh and joke with a lot of people. The first day you might not have friends, but in a very short time you will get to know other students. In the bus that we go on, there are not lot of people that are in our classes, but we made friends with children in other classes. In the bus you have a wonderful time and you have lot of fun. ByFLaMINIa aNdFraNcEScaoddo, gradE3aNdgradE5
celebRate the sun at the May FaiR!
To all parents and students of the Rome International School, I am pleased to announce that the biggest event of the year is yet to come. Yes, I am talking about the May Fair!
have a look at this great event which will be held on 28th May! I promise that you will have a great time, lots of fun and happiness is guaranteed. I must remind you all that the May Fair (just like the majority of the events organized by the school) is a charity event, and the money earned during the fair is going to be devoted to charity. Even the participation of a single person can make a difference! All the students of our school are very excited for this big event, and I know that
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MORe tO COme fROm the PTa! We are now at the start of Term 3, our children have received their second report, and we too would like to present the results achieved thanks to your enthusiasm and participation. We are school parents who be-lieve in a lively and united school community, and who try to create opportunities to get together and learn, beyond the everyday aca-demic life of the school. We have encouraged the devel-opment of agroup of ‘PTA Friends’, who have bought PTA cards (all funds raised go to charity) and took part in a variety of cultural activities. In the past months, we have or-ganized and participated in quite a few initiatives: we visited an oil mill in Umbria, we attended the Van Gogh exhibition, we watched ‘the Miser’ and the Christmas Show at the Teatro Valle - and we’ll meet again at the theatre on May 6th, for ‘Romeo and Giulietta’. We walked around Rome, discovering its archaeological past, with an art historian. There is more to come in the next couple of months! We are planning a visit to the Tamara de Lempicka Art Exhibit, a gourmet cooking session, and another ar-chaeological walk in the wonderful Villa d’Este. Please have a look at the PTA board next to the Parents Garden – you will find information about current and past initiatives, and our contact information is also there, should you wish to know more. Get in touch to take part in fu-ture activities! LOReDànà InCeCChi PTA Member
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