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Issue 43
Issue #43 September 28, 2012
General Information
In This Issue:
• General Information
Music from down under!
PTA update
Chinese classes & iPads
Trips
Associazione RIS
• Elementary News
Grade 2: Transformers
Grade 5 keep fit
Before & after school safety
Music from down under!
What a fabulous show our Australian visitors gave us on Thursday!
It was a real pleasure to come together as a whole school and be
part of such an impressive musical treat. From big band sound to
film classics, rock and musical theatre, our guests enraptured us
with their talent. Some of the highlights were when our own pupils
in grades 5 and 9 joined in with the Jazz version of ‘Waltzing
Matilda’ and of course the unforgettable finale 'Mustang Sally'
which got the audience dancing! It was also great to meet and chat
to our guests over lunch which involved pupils and staff from both
schools. Afterwards, grades 9 and 11 clearly enjoyed integrating
with our guests for friendly badminton and football tournaments
which were led by Mr Teeroovengadum.
• Middle/High School News
Travel Green Day raffle
Academic merit
Indonesian teachers visit us!
Art fountain display
DP announcements
Throughout the day, our grade 12 and 13 CAS students were
excellent hosts and ensured that our Australian guests had a very
positive time at RIS. We were the last stop of their three week
world tour which included performances in Bangkok and
Paris. Interestingly, the music students from Wesley College said
that we were the best audience of their world tour........wow! They
were also delighted with the welcome banner which Ms Kelly and
the art club created. Our pupils signed this and it will be taken back
to Wesley College in Melbourne as a memento of their visit here.
• Lunch Menu
Available in English & Italian
It really was a pleasure to see many friendships and
connections being made throughout the day
in this special international event. A big thank you to all pupils and
staff involved for making such a successful day happen.
- Ms Jones
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General Information
Chinese iPad
learning on
TV!
Weʼd like to thank Romana
Fabrizi from RAI Gulp and
Ms Parnanzone for the TV
report on the use of iPads in
Ms Parnanzone's Chinese
class. This aired on Tuesday
afternoon - you can watch it
online on our website!
Trips
Tuesday 2 October
Grade 10
The 63° International
Congress of Aerospace
Napoli
Friday 5 October
Grade 5
Treja Adventure Park
Mazzano Romano
Associazione
RIS
Our after-school programme will
commence during the week of 1
October 2012.
Notice
PTA update
The PTA has now finalised a charity shortlist, including international and local
associations with whom we would like to form partnerships this year. This shortlist
will be sent to class representatives shortly so that our parents can express their
preferences. The shortlist is as follows:
KISEDET PROJECT, TANZANIA: A small non-profit organisation which aims to
help orphan children, physically challenged children and children coming from the
poorest families of the Dodoma rural region. The organisation also assists women
and young people in agriculture and cattle breeding, providing them with training,
seeds and tools.
THEMBA DEVELOPMENT PROJECT, SOUTH AFRICA: We have supported this
organisation over the last year – a small South African development organisation
with a focus on education development.
FONDAZIONE RAVA, HAITI: We have been providing support for the scuole di
strada reconstruction project for the last three years. The Fondazione is a major
force of change and improvement in one of the poorest countries in the world, and
the scuole di strada project focuses on allowing Haitian children to receive an
education (and much more).
WATERAID: A large well-known international NGO; the whole school would be
able to participate and organise community events on the occasion of the NGO’s
annual awareness raising events, such as WaterAid’s World Water Day.
SOS VILLAGI ITALIA: This is an organisation that helps children who have no
family settle in with new families or in appropriate alternative environments, more
children-friendly than traditional orphanages. They are an international
organisation but have a local section and run local projects in Italy - our
partnership would focus on these.
Our first event this year will be the International Fair (Friday 19 October) - the
International Fair working party has already began preparations; should you have
any questions or want to contribute to the fair, please contact the working party's
coordinators: Denise Mylonas ([email protected]) and Dr William Ireland
([email protected]).
Students who do opt for a
home lunch are required to pay
an annual contribution of €80
(from Kindergarten to Grade 9).
As always, international culinary contributions from all our families, staff members
and students are very welcome!
Please see our Accounts Office
for more information.
The funds raised by the International Fair will contribute to our charity efforts
(please see the shortlist above).
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Illustrator Visits RIS
Elementary School
Before/after
school safety
Elementary School students
should not arrive at school
before 08.30 when there are
teachers on duty to
supervise them.
Parents and babysitters
must take full responsibility
for the safety of their
children once they are
handed over to them in the
afternoon. They must not be
allowed to play in the
garden or basketball court
or be left unsupervised in
any internal or external area
of the school.
Please help us to ensure
the safety of our students by
following these rules.
Grade 2 transforming materials
Our Unit of Inquiry is called Transformers.
We have been learning about the
properties of different materials through
investigation. We wanted to find out which
materials dissolved when mixed with
water. First we made our predictions on
what we thought might happen to the
materials. Next we tested each material to
see the changes that happened and then
we stirred it to see if there were any further
changes. It was very interesting to see
what happened to the materials. We learnt
that sugar and salt dissolved and that the
oil floated on top of the water! We enjoyed
doing the experiments and had lots of fun
working together with our partners.
Grade 5 keep healthy
Grade 5ʼs current Unit of Inquiry is about keeping healthy.
We have been discovering about our bodies and how they
work, particularly the main organs. Some students have
researched information about an organ and made booklets
to show this. We will be moving on to learning how to take
care of ourselves by eating healthily and exercising to get
the most out of our bodies. We will be sharing this
knowledge with other students in school and encouraging
them to be healthy too. We will also be looking at things
which can be harmful to our bodies. We were pleased to
have a visit from the school doctor who showed some of the
instruments she uses to check a patientʼs health and we will
also be having a talk by one of our parents who is a dentist.
We would like to thank both of them for their time and help
with the unit. Next week Grade 5 will visit Treja Adventure
Park where the students will get plenty of exercise swinging
through the trees and learning how important it is to be fit.
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Middle & High School
Indonesian
teachers visit
On Wednesday 25
September the school was
visited by a group of
teachers and school
administrators from
Indonesia. Kindly organised
by Mr Wastander, from the
Ministry of Education and
Culture, it was an excellent
opportunity for some
exchanges on the world of
education. Dr Ireland gave a
short presentation on Rome
International School and this
was followed by a very
interesting question and
answer session.
Although the relative
schools are involved in very
different projects, it was
universally agreed that
internationalism should be
the central component and
goal in any education
system. We would like to
extend our thanks to Lulu
Cahyani from the Embassy
here in Rome and all the
participants and we hope
that the remainder of the
study trip is a success!
Academic merit
As announced in our newsletter last week, we are pleased to inform you that four
students will receive our merit awards. The recipients of these awards will receive
recognition within our school community and the families will also receive a
discount in fees for the academic year. We are informing the respective parents
individually by letter. Congratulations to our students!
Art fountain display a success!
Many of you who saw the fountains on display in the
main foyer asked if they were for sale. Grade 9 who
produced the work at the end of their Grade 8 have very
kindly offered the work to be raffled. Students will be
selling tickets for 50 cents each! All money will go
towards a charity the school will be supporting this year.
The prizes are:
• 1st draw Killer Whale Fountain
• 2nd draw Hamburger Heaven Fountain
• 3rd draw Fizzy Cola Fountain
• 4th draw Tipsy Table Fountain
We will supply the correct length tube which fits to
the pump but please note the draw prizes do not include
the actual water pump - this can be brought from an
aquarium shop for around €8. Good luck!
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Middle & High School
Thank you!
Thank you to our Grade 12
families who participated in
the class meeting held on
Thursday this week. The
presentation given during the
meeting will be sent to all
families by e-mail, along with
an electronic copy of the DP
internal deadlines calendar.
Should you have any
questions or need any
clarification about the
structure and requirement of
the DP, or about the
University application
process, please contact the
DP Coordinator
[email protected]
Grade 13
class meeting
A reminder that on
Tuesday 2 October we will
hold our Grade 13 meeting.
Participation on the part of
Grade 13 families and
students is strongly
recommended. The
meeting will take place at
16.20 in B3. On this
occasion, the internal DP
deadlines calendar will be
distributed to families.
Please confirm attendance
with the school office if you
have not already done so.
Looking forward to seeing
you there!
IB Fair coming soon!
On Thursday 11 October we will hold an IB fair, open to all our families. The fair
will take place in the fifth floor Library, between 15.00 and 16.15.
The purpose of the fair is to clarify the methodology, expectations and philosophy
of the IB programmes taught at Rome International School (PYP and DP), as well
as to give an overview of the curricular and methodological continuum across the
Elementary, Middle and High School.
This will be an opportunity to speak to our DP students about their experience, as
well as to our PYP and DP coordinators and our Middle School Leader. There will
be displays and information points covering the various areas of the DP, the
connection with the PYP, the way in which reflective and independent learning is
encouraged in the Middle school, and the University application process for our
students. Refreshments will be provided, and the environment will be informal please just pop in and chat to our students and staff about the IB at RIS! A
communication to all our families will be sent nearer the date.
University applications
We would like to thank Mr Fakih, associate director of the Sciences Po college
(Middle Eastern and Mediterranean campus) for his informative presentation to our
Grade 13 students this Tuesday. Mr Fakih will be back in the spring to speak to our
Grade 12 students about this prestigious University. The University application process has now started - it is crucial that all Grade 13
students have a first draft of their personal statement ready within the next two
weeks, and that they respect their appointment slots with the DP Coordinator to
finalise their University choices and receive feedback on their personal statements.
While we provide guidance, counselling, supervision and feedback at every stage of
the application process, it is primarily the students' responsibility to make sure that
they meet our internal deadlines, book their SAT (if applying to the US) and
communicate names of referees (US applications only) to Dr Tabet on time, and
follow the school's recommendations consistently. Our internal deadline for the
application process is 21 December 2012.
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LUNCH MENU
1 - 5 OCTOBER
We use organic: fruit, vegetables (including tomato sauce), mozzarella cheese and ricotta, pasta, rice, eggs, potatoes, chicken, fruit
juice, yogurt, parmesan and grana padana D.O.P., meat (certified Italian firms), and extra-virgin Italian olive oil.
Early Years
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Pasta tubetti with fresh
tomatoes
Pasta mezze penne
with salsa aurora
Pasta conchigliette with
olive oil & parmesan
Gnocchetti sardi with
tomato sauce and basil
Rice with little peas
Ham
Veal meatballs
Diced cod au gratin
Cutlet a la milanese
Scrambled eggs
Potatoes with parsley
Spinach with olive oil
Oven-baked courgettes
Oven-cooked chips
Tomato salad
Bread
Bread
Bread
Bread
Bread
Seasonal fruit
Fruit yogurt
Banana
Seasonal fruit
Seasonal fruit
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Pasta mezze maniche
with fresh tomatoes
Pasta mezze penne with
salsa aurora
Pasta conchiglie with
olive oil & parmesan
Gnocchetti sardi with
tomato sauce and basil
Risotto with little peas
Ham
Veal meatballs
Diced cod au gratin
Cutlet a la milanese
Scrambled eggs
Potatoes with parsley
Spinach with olive oil
Oven-baked courgettes
Oven-cooked chips
Tomato salad
Bread
Bread
Bread
Bread
Bread
Seasonal fruit
Fruit yogurt
Banana
Seasonal fruit
Seasonal fruit
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Pasta penne
allʼarrabbiata
Spaghetti alla gricia
Pasta mezze maniche a
la checca
Potato gnocchi a
lʼaurora
Risotto with tomato and
basil
Ham
Veal polpettone
Cutlet a la milanese
Diced cod gratin
Cheese omelette
Mixed salad
Sautèed spinach
Sautèed aubergine
Grilled vegetables
Oven-baked chips
Bread
Bread
Bread
Bread
Bread
Seasonal fruit
Fruit yogurt
Banane
Seasonal fruit
Seasonal fruit
Elementary / Middle School
High School
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LUNCH MENU
1 - 5 OCTOBER
Materna
Lunedi
Martedi
Mercoledi
Giovedi
Venerdi
Tubetti al pomodoro
fresco
Mezze penne in salsa
aurora
Conchigliette allʼolio e
parmigiano
Gnocchetti sardi al
pomodoro e basilico
Riso con pisellini
Prosciutto cotto
Polpettine di vitello
Bocconcini di merluzzo
gratin
Cotoletta alla milanese
Uova strapazzate
Patate prezzemolate
Spinaci allʼolio
Zucchine al forno
Patatine al forno
Pomodori in insalata
Pane
Pane
Pane
Pane
Pane
Frutta di stagione
Yogurt alla frutta
Banane
Frutta di stagione
Frutta di stagione
Lunedi
Martedi
Mercoledi
Giovedi
Venerdi
Mezze maniche al
pomodoro fresco
Mezze penne in salsa
aurora
Conchiglie allʼolio e
parmigiano
Gnocchetti sardi al
pomodoro e basilico
Riso con pisellini
Prosciutto cotto
Polpettine di vitello
Bocconcini di merluzzo
gratin
Cotoletta alla milanese
Uova strapazzate
Patate prezzemolate
Spinaci allʼolio
Zucchine al forno
Patatine al forno
Pomodori in insalata
Pane
Pane
Pane
Pane
Pane
Frutta di stagione
Yogurt alla frutta
Banane
Frutta di stagione
Frutta di stagione
Lunedi
Martedi
Mercoledi
Giovedi
Venerdi
Penne allʼarrabbiata
Spaghetti alla gricia
Mezze maniche alla
checca
Gnocchi di patate
allʼaurora
Risotto al pomodoro e
basilico
Prosciutto crudo
Polpettone farcito
Cotoletta alla milanese
Bocconcini di merluzzo
Frittata al formaggio
filante
Insalata mista
Spinaci saltati
Melanzane in padella
Verdure grigliate
Patatine al forno
Pane
Pane
Pane
Pane
Pane
Frutta di stagione
Yogurt alla frutta
Banane
Frutta di stagione
Frutta di stagione
Elementare / Media
Liceo
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