Lisa Danial, 11ème
Mercredi 27 mai se déroule la journée de sensibilisation de la mucoviscidose pour les élèves de LGB. La mucoviscidose ou fibrose kystique est une maladie génétique héréditaire rare affectant particulièrement les enfants. Malheureusement, il n’y a pour le moment aucune cure et l’espérance de vie ne dépasse pas 40 ans. Les organes particulièrement affectés sont ceux des systèmes respiratoire et digestif, ce qui rend la vie des personnes touchées extrêmement difficile.
L’argent récolté lors de cette journée ira à l’association Suisse (www.cfch.ch) qui lutte contre la mucoviscidose. Pour ce faire, il y aura des ventes de pâtisseries tout au long de la journée dans la Caf et ses alentours, des lots à gagner tels que des cartes d’achat et bons de chez Fnac, H&M, Starbucks, Manor… Et enfin, pour la seconde année consécutive, se déroulera le lancer d’éponges mouillées. Après le succès de l’an passé, les volontaires ne sont autres que des membres du Voice STUCO, Mr. Blake, Mr. Eddis, Ms Labelle, Mr Cameron, Mr G, Mr Green et d’autre professeurs ayant décidé de garder leur identité secrète pour un effet de surprise le jour même! Cette collecte d’argent est organisée par Madame Kretzmeier et des élèves de l’école.
N’hésitez pas à nous rejoindre mercredi durant la pause du matin et le déjeuner pour participer aux activités, ou à 10h30 tous les vendredis en GB 110 si vous souhaitez vous joindre à l’association !
By Priya Roy, Y11
For the past few days, LGB Ecolint had the honor of hosting an ISTA festival, which takes place in a number of international schools around the world every year. Families hosted numerous talented children from schools around Europe, including the three campuses of Ecolint, and many Y11 students had the privilege of volunteering to help with the festival (and missed a few classes in addition to that, which is always fun). Through this festival, ISTA participants and the audience of the final performance on Sunday learned valuable life lessons through excursions and through their creative and powerful performances.
This year's theme was protection from persecution. Inspired by the visit to the Red Cross Museum on Friday, the students created a powerful and profound experience during their breathtaking performance on Sunday morning. After entering the auditorium, students were lined up against the walls of the staircases with one hand up, on which the words 'Touch My Hand' were inscribed. When this was done, the students recited a short monologue about themselves, their age and their situation - an earthquake, a war, a three-year old, a twelve-year old, an orphan. On stage, ensemble after ensemble, the children created pieces filled with imagery and stories about women's rights, child soldiers, migrants, inequality, bullying, freedom, and unity. It was clear for everyone in the audience and the performers as well, that unity or 'togetherness' protects from persecution.
Afterwards, Ecolint's director general warmly summarized the "powerful performance" and ISTA's significance. She emphasized the "critical value of theatre in education, especially international education, as it teaches children to put themselves in someone else's shoes and helps builds confidence and the strength to stand up for what you believe in." With the themes of persecution, inequality, and problems with children around the world, the youth of the world are learning through festivals like ISTA to live with hope, faith, and trust, despite the multitude of problems people must face everyday.
Emmy Abrahamson, the artistic director of ISTA, believes that ISTA can help make a better world through theatre. She encouraged the students during the creation of the pieces to be angry - angry makes you active, while sad makes you passive. She emphasized that the crux of the ISTA festival is not to create stars or solo acts, but rather establish the sense of community and ensemble with the group work and unity shown in all of the pieces. In an interview after the performance, Abrahamson stated that "A better world can be created through theatre. By learning to work together on stage, these children will learn to work together in the world." She also thanked LGB Ecolint for being graciously welcoming and inviting, for our fantastic facilities, and "wished that (she) could stay here forever."
The organizer of the festival at Ecolint stated that "ISTA is a life changing experience for these wonderful young students and I loved to be a part of this festival." She hopes LGB will be a host school for the festival at some point in the future. Jo Parish, a representative of ISTA, believes that it is "important for all students to be able to express themselves, especially as governments seem to be cutting back the arts in education, when actually they should be concentrated on... You need creative people in the world." Parish wishes she did ISTA when she was a kid. Not only is ISTA important for life-lessons, but friends for life can be made as well. An ISTA student who stayed with a host family eight years ago in Delhi now goes to the same university as her student host. These festivals are powerful and life changing, and if you cannot help or volunteer to work behind the scenes, next time LGB hosts the festival, it's something everyone should experience.
By Sr. Gygals Wen
Last weekend the great ecolint campus of La Chat met the apparently greater LGB in a battle of
creativity and skill (Unlike La Chat, Nations knew it's chances and didn't bother showing up) that left audiences week at the knees. From the heartfelt performance child prodigy Camille, to the serenades of Jose "Sex Bomb" Salgado, each act was as outstanding as the last.
Performing for LGB were the winners of our own talent show you know and love; however, La Chat did put forward some interesting entrants: an 11 year-old girl, a footballer, and an MC who did quite a decent job really...but in the end, the undeniable truth was that most of the voters were LGB, and while we would have won by merit, in reality, we won by numbers.
The top three were ultimately two from LGB, Anastasia and Joseph in 1st and 3rd respectively, And Robbie the La Chat Football Freestyler fit snugly between them in 2nd. An incredible night full of incredible talent, and that is with no mention at all of LGB's prized MC, Gwyn D. Glasser. Described as "sexy" by two of the three judges, the talent show was another outstanding performance to add to his list. Rumour has it that this silver-tongued, attractive devil gave Jose Salgado an introduction which directly resulted in the young man being offered the affections of some very affectionate young women.
But now, all the talent of all our campuses has been and gone. Now we can only wait and see what next year has in store...what new Stuco will be innovating the classic school traditions? What wacky new acts will be in next years talent show? Only time can tell...
Here's a video of the breathtaking Anastasia performing her two-time first place original piece, "Somewhere." Check out our YouTube channel for the videos of all the amazing LGB acts!
By Nicole Bazarova, Y12
*Disclaimer: LGB has no drug users or abusers. All mentions of such behavior are merely in the interest of humorous and interesting writing.
With term starting again tomorrow, most students are either contemplating defecting to a country with no mandatory schooling, or pretending to fall sick with some sort of foreign illness until summer vacation starts. But in these dark times of strife, a possible light shines through the gloom… THE ANNUAL INTERCAMPUS TALENT SHOW, which takes place each year, is seeing its inaugural year in the Arts Centre. LGB, La Chat, and Nations’ 3 finest performers will be displaying their talent for everyone to enjoy (and secretly feel sorry for themselves about how talentless they are in comparison). The 3 performers from LGB will be the finalists from the December LGB talent show, where one student was voted through on audience votes, and the other two were chosen by esteemed LGB faculty. Gwyn Glasser, a hopeful who unfortunately was not able to qualify for the intercampus talent show as a cause of a steroid scandal* had this to say, “Obviously, this show will be won by LGB students, who are infinitely more superior and talented than La Chat and Nations students, who are all helpless, hopeless, hormone-addled teenagers…Don’t quote me on this!” Sadly the interview was cut short as Mr. Glasser had to be carried away, frothing at the mouth; a sad side effect of steroid abuse.* The Talent show will be judged by 3 teacher judges, with one judge coming from each campus. VOICE stuco does not in any way condone bias, so if the LGB teacher only votes for LGB acts, they will be harshly criticised and tormented with free chocolate and hugs in the hallways. We hope to see you all there!
By Polina Melnikova, Year 11
Teresa Owidh is an 11th grader who is caring, compassionate and smart. She is also the number one fan of LGB Express. Teresa has participated in and won various March Madness raffles, contests and challenges that have been created by the LGB Express in honour of its third anniversary. This week’s challenge was to post a picture on Instagram with the theme of "what you love about LGB" and Teresa’s photo got an outstanding 101 likes. One of the prizes was an interview article is being published about Owidh as well as a free Domino's pizza of the winner's choice.
Teresa has made many friends in her three years of studying at LGB. Several of Teresa’s friends have been asked to share their opinion and state what they love most about her.
Azadeh Maresca, a friend of Teresa’s, says “She is kind and always has the best intentions at heart. She is the person you will have the craziest and more memorable moments with.”
Amaya Johner, another friend of Teresa’s, describes her as having “a huge heart that can make anyone feel at ease. She offers great advice and can be super serious at times but can also be a great person to party and have fun with.”
Maxim Batyukov, a classmate of Teresa’s, feels that “she is a really good friend, always trustworthy and loyal. She is also exceptionally nice and is fun to hang out with.”
Her loving boyfriend, Jonas Hostens Knutsen, states that “Teresa has an amazing personality; she's a participator, always enthusiastic to new ideas. She always wants the best for other people, and she is a great therapist if you are having a difficult time."
Teresa herself was asked to share her opinion and answer a few questions for this article.
Here is the interview that was conducted with her.
“Well, my name is Teresa. I've been at LGB for the past 3 years. Before Switzerland, I lived in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Myanmar so I guess you can say I've 'been around the world'. I've enjoyed my years in Geneva because I have had the opportunity to meet wonderful people and because I think it's a wonderful place for young people to mature, learn and have fun.I enjoy a multitude of extracurricular activities such as theatre, volleyball and Russian class."
“I think the LGB express is a great way for students to showcase their writing skills and to share their knowledge and opinion about current events."
“It feels great! I love how the LGB express finds fun and creative ways to promote the newspaper such as holding raffles and giving prizes."
“I think it would be a good idea to add an opinion poll section where students can vote/give their opinion on a current issue in the school or in the world."
“Having the opportunity to socialise and interact with people from such diverse backgrounds.”
“I'm planning on attending university in either the United States or the UK; I would like to pursue a degree in something related to Business & Economics or International Relations.”
“I do not have one particular role model but would say I look up to all the strong, independent women and young girls who have achieved great success in their lifetimes such as Oprah Winfrey, Malala Yousafzai and Indra Nooyi."
Teresa Owidh deserves the best of things and we hope that she attains all her goals and excels in whatever she choses to do in life. She is a great listener and a strongly opinionated young woman. We're sure she will achieve great things in her lifetime, but for now, thank you for being our biggest fan and good luck on next week's contest.
By Sr. Gygals Wen
Two incredible shows of incredible talent have come to LGB in the past week, as you must certainly be aware: The Aladdin Rock Pantomime and the student initiated Talent Night for Cystic Fibrosis.A Pantomime (known as a Panto by the English and those of us who have to write about it and don’t want to have to type all three of those syllables) is a somewhat new experience for LGB. Musicals in the past have been both heavy and light-hearted, but nothing like the family fun and fake breasts that make up the Panto. In addition, this production of Aladdin was the Art Center’s maiden performance, thus christening our beloved facility with a spirit of happiness, laughter, openness, interactivity, and, as mentioned earlier, family fun and fake breasts.
The show was a booming success. While early on in the production there were doubts among the cast and audience alike at the new and previously unheard of Panto style, each performance was received with exponentially increasing enthusiasm. After the first night the news spread of the excellence of the performance, and all subsequent nights were fully booked. The show has received nothing but praise. "I wish I could hold one of the Emperor's balls!" said one perhaps overly enthusiastic fan. When asked about the success of the piece, Nicole ‘Bazlandrover’
(playing the part of the Genie) said “A lot of fun and a great audience! My only complaint: I just feel I could have put on a better show if they’d given me some makeup.” Editors tried to get a quote from Gwyn Glasser (playing the part of the beautiful seductress, Widow Twankey), however all the barges that usually sail over his sea of fans to reach him were fully booked. Several field journalists however did turn up a series of suggestive letters from Glasser’s school locker, signed Marshall S, James E, Michael F, and Paul A.; the contents of these letters shall remain confidential for reasons of health and safety.
The Talent Night (while more modest a project than the extravagant Panto) was equally successful. Several of LGB’s classic acts were present, including Kanza El-Diwany’s regular audible excellence, the school-renowned Elevator-Escalator-Travelator Blues (a personal favorite), and Abha Calindhi’s usual sass. Our very own editor’n’chief, Priya Roy, made an appearance with a wonderful display of her soft yet powerful elegance and vocal skill. If you missed this night of pure and utterly impressive talent, check out our YouTube Channel to watch all the acts and tear up with pride for our talented and benevolent school.
Despite the absence of Gwyn Glasser’s epic stage presence (temporarily drained from the constant cross-dressing and flawless acting of Aladdin) the night was an entertaining fundraiser for an excellent cause. Truly an exciting week for us here at LGB!
By Nicole Bazarova
Last weekend the hotel Willson was awash with students from all three of Ecolint's campuses, and whilst the number of students attending from LGB have been slowly decreasing until reaching subatomic level in the predicted years to come, there were more than enough students to make both nights a lively evening.
DJ Furtado even made an appearance to the surprise of his adoring fans, with many of them not being able to contain their excitement at seeing the great Furtado in the flesh (although his strict security detail did mean that he was kept at least 5 meters away from all the plebs at all times) The Great Furtado was even quoted as saying, "get that microphone away from my face" whilst kicking our very own Gwyn Glasser down the stairs as he attempted to get an exclusive. You've got to admire that young man's muscle power.
As per tradition, a photo booth was set up at the entrance, allowing all the students to pretend they were on the red carpet surrounded by paparazzi for a precious few seconds until being shoved out of the way with a cry of "next!" The photos from these booths were uploaded at an unprecedented speed, with most of them being made available on the new page made exclusively for intercampus events by Thursday. Several students were dismayed to see that their photo had not been uploaded, but most of the time, there was a good reason. A representative for the photo committee was quoted as saying, "there was one particular photo of a student mooning the camera, which, whilst we do agree does embody LGB spirit perfectly, cannot be uploaded for sanitary reasons."
As per usual, the Bal Des Neiges was not without its fair share of drama. One student from the younger grades was caught attempting to smuggle in a bottle of wine. Her cries of "I need to give that bottle to my friend's parents later tonight, as I'm staying at her house!" Fell on deaf ears as that student was readily expelled from LGB, and then manacled to a neighboring street lamp. This was thought to set a great example to all the rest of the students, and completely discouraged any senior students from attempting to smuggle in any drinks. This strategy was reported to have worked at an incredible success rate of 18%.
In addition to all the things students had come to expect from the legendary Bal Des Neiges, this year Polaroid photos were offered to those students who wanted to keep a Bal Des Neiges souvenir for the years to come, and did not have the muscle to rip off a piece of curtain from the entrance.
Matters were also further complicated by the arrival of some super famous person, who required all students to enter using only the side entrance like commoners. Whilst some students displayed their disproval with angry Snapchats and face-paint, the majority were keen to go along with the new arrangement after seeing the angry guns pointed in their direction when attempting to enter through the main door.
All in all, this Bal Des Neiges was considered a great success, despite causing all three of the student councils involved to slip into massive financial debt. When asked about the trouble ahead, a stoic Gwyn Glassed replied, "We will do what's necessary for our school, and for our people. If this involves selling off all the desks in the school, it's a sacrifice that will be made." When further questioned about the origin of Mr. Glasser's brand new flat screen TV, Mr. Glasser refused to comment.
By Polina Melnikova, Year 11
Many Year 11 students, including myself, find themselves stressing out over IB choices. It may not seem like a big deal, but for us these choices define the next two years of our lives and ultimately the universities we attend as well as the courses we study.
We’ve often been told during numerous assemblies that the choices we make right now are the ones that matter. They are the ones that are going to affect our futures and influence our careers. But how are 16 year olds with no clear career path or vision of what they wish to do in their adult lives expected to pick subjects that will define their profession?
Perhaps the importance of these choices is over-exaggerated. After all, it’s always possible to switch between higher and standard level or drop/change a subject that you've realised you dislike or aren't particularly good at. Although teachers emphasise the significance of these options, they advice students to remain calm and to make their decisions rationally. However, guidance counsellors and mentors alike also insist that the IB is a learning opportunity and the subjects you pick don’t have to relate to what you wish to study in College. Nevertheless, realistically speaking, the classes you select reflect directly your abilities and interests so choosing easy or random courses irrelevant to your dream job may not be the best decision.
It is often helpful to consult friends from older grades as they have already gone through the stressful process of picking their IB subjects. They can advice you based on your preferences and abilities. Sometimes it is easier discussing such topics with older classmates than a guidance counsellor or mentor who might not know you as well.
Although these choices are frightening, and it’s difficult not to freak out knowing that the choices you make right now are going to shape your life forever, I believe that our school prepares us well for the IB and as long as you choose subjects that you enjoy and that you're good at, as well as ones that reflect accurately your abilities and relate to what you wish to do later on in life, everything will be alright.
By Emilie Hines, Year 11
Is our school a good preparation for us students after we leave school? Will we be ready after our graduation to step out into the big wide world and move into our new lives elsewhere? These are very popular questions at the moment - especially with the upcoming IB subject decisions and research practice extended essay for Y11s and the inexorable approach of the IB years - and I thought I’d get some answers.
According to Spanish teacher Mrs Wilson: “Ecolint provides an exceptionally enriching experience for our students. In today's world, what can be better than a well-rounded international education?”
Mr Howsam, head of the P.E Department agreed with Mrs Wilson’s point of view: “I believe students at this school are well prepared for going into the world after graduation. Our school helps students grow as individuals and this allows them to become more creative. The idea of thinking ‘out of the box’, that is to say thinking individually, is a very attractive idea right now with many universities and employers. One of our school’s principle aims is to encourage its students to do that”.
Mr Ribal also contributed his opinion: “We as teachers have a responsibility to prepare our students to be good citizens of the world after they leave this school. We give our students the resources and preparation to allow them to choose their careers and to be successful doing them”. When the subject of careers came up, more opinions were ventured.
Mrs Wilson believes that: “A student who makes the most of his time in Ecolint walks away a citizen of the world with the key to innumerable possibilities of interesting professions and personal fulfillment”.
Mr Howsam once again supported Mrs Wilson on the subject: “In comparison to the other schools that I have worked in, the students in Years 10 & 11 get a lot more information about their future possibilities in terms of the IB and university options. Our school is very efficient in this sense, which is much more than can be said for mine. There are more demands today on students from universities and employers; our school helps students meet these demands very efficiently. There is a growing expectation for students to find information out for themselves, and our school is great for that. Students return from their universities with positive results and they claim that this school has significantly helped to achieve them. I believe that our school serves as a good preparation for its students; for their careers and for their lives”.
However, Mr Ribal displayed a different point of view: “I believe that we as teachers are not here to prepare our students for their careers; we are here to prepare our students for being good citizens of the world. The students prepare for their careers at university; we prepare them for their lives as individuals. Our school is perfect in the way that it allows this to happen”.
For my fellow Y11s – don’t stress about the upcoming IB choices, talk to your teachers and older classmates about decisions and futures and all of those daunting things. Judging by these teacher’s opinions our school does adequately prepare us for our futures and we should definitely take advantage of this experience while we have it.