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.
By Sr. Gygals Wen
Many of you have probably already been acquainted with more than one snow ball, but I can assure you the Bal Des Nieges experience is going to be something else entirely then again, I don’t know you; maybe your expecting to have some fun in the snow and take a few balls to the face! And that’s part of the beauty of it! With so many other students from other schools, who knows what wacky
things you kids might get up to!
From Monday 2nd February you will be able to buy your tickets to this fantastic intercampus event! The assigned dates are Friday 20th from 7:30-11:00 for the Junior BDN (grades 9 -11), and Saturday 21st from 8:00-11:30 for the seniors (grades 11-13) non-alcoholic drinks will be served at both events for modest prices, but remember, anybody caught with alcoholic drinks will be sent away in shame…so don’t get caught! (DISCLAIMER: this is a joke. Please do not bring any alcohol.) The festivities will take place at the Hotel President Wilson. Just go to Quai Wilson 47 and if you see expensive cars and that one judgmental security guard, you’re in the right place.
Make sure you’re dressed for the occasion! The theme is formal/cocktail, and while probably won’t get actually kicked out, anything less will make that judgmental security guard I mentioned earlier literally attack you. I speak from experience.
Tickets are being sold at the affordable price of 40chf (a nice bit less than last year…thanks again, Voice Stuco!), and for those of you who held back when instead of buying tickets for the Bal de Connaissance, the tim is NOW! This is the party of the year, the one you cant miss! Do it! And for those of you who did go the Bal de Connaissance, that is the entrée. This is the main course, dessert, cheese plate, and breakfast for the next morning followed by a winning lottery ticket given to you by a very friendly super model (metaphorically) . So don’t be a hungry nobody loser. Buy your ticket today!
See you there!
By Sr. Gygals Wen
Roses are red,
Violets are violet,
The 14th is approaching,
And it's time to get private.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, one of the most anticipated dates of the year is approaching! February is almost upon us, and young lovers all over the world are ordering flowers and composing terrible poems involving roses and violets in an attempt to be witty in preparation for Valentine's Day. It's that special time of year when LGB's Stuco orders several hundred luscious roses of the deepest and most sensual read, which they then sell at the completely reasonable price of 5 CHF (which includes the cost of delivery to and personalized message for the buyer's special someone). Voice Stuco has suggested that this year's prices will be significantly lower than last and assure the LGB student body that the quality of service will not be reduced with the price.
Roses and messages will be sold throughout the week before the holidays, Monday 2nd to Friday 6th. Unfortunately, holidays mean that sales will not take place on the actual day of the 14th, but Voice Stuco sends out its love and support for any romantic activities you may pursue during the holidays. We would now like to take this time to give an unrelated routine reminder to stay safe in every way you can.
Remember love is a part of life, so don't feel embarrassed to buy that special someone a rose or two or three. But if you are a shyer type, feel free to give your rose anonymously. In an interview, we asked Voice Stuco correspondent Nicole Bazarova if she had someone special - somebody she might be buying a rose for. "No comment," she said, tucking into a delicious meal of fish sticks. She obviously doesn't want her personal life published here for our thousands of readers to see, but you can be sure that she'll be giving some love to the world. Just make sure that you do it too so the universe can give some back. I know I will.
By Nicole Bazarova, Year 12
As the hours until school restarting are slowly dwindling down, so are the spirits of most LGB students. There are indignant cries of, "three weeks are not enough!", "holiday homework should be banned!" and "why does my scalp keep itching?" from our very own Gywn Glasser. As the second term (or as I like to view it, the second to last) approaches, there's a hesitant attitude towards returning back to our gated prison.
In order to celebrate the end of one term and attempt to encourage as many students as possible to crawl back to school tomorrow; we've made a small video encompassing some of the events we've had in the first term.
More exciting than the events of the past, however, are the events of the future, and in particular those planned for the upcoming term. In order to attempt to satisfy more sport fanatics, this term should see a volleyball tournament as well as basketball tournament for all grades. Further continuing on the proud tradition of the Bal de Neige, plans have already been made with the student councils of La Chat and Nations to make this years' intercampus dances the best ones yet. Keep your eyes open for posters and announcements on the VOICE Facebook page for more relevant information later in the term.
Also, don't forget that VOICE also has an ASK.FM page where you can post any questions or comments you have anonymously, so feel free to be as honest as you'd like (though be careful with our feelings, they're fragile.)
In the meantime, try not to let the pressure get to you before class even starts tomorrow at 8:15, lest a teacher find you bawling your eyes out in the biology bathrooms (which, let's face it, are the nicest ones.)
VOICE wishes you an exciting new term!
By Malaika Gabra and Priya Roy, Y11
…A fitting quote to describe Cambridge University’s recent rendition of Macbeth in the Arts Centre this past week, as the dominating characters on stage were the three memorable and malicious witches.
Year 11 students have been thoroughly studying Macbeth since the start of the school year, and were somewhat baffled by the appearance of the creepy, unsettling witches in each and every scene of the performance. Many students and teachers wondered why the witches seemed to be the puppet masters of the play, when the witches merely provoked Macbeth to create and execute his own actions and his own “firstlings of mind.”
In a lengthy question and answer session with the cast, the directors explained that they “really wanted the witches to be insidious, fungal and all en-capturing,” and bring up the ideas of “prophecy and the influence of the supernatural on Macbeth’s world,” having a “tight focus on the psychology of the main characters.” The group and the director truly wanted to emphasize the role of the witches in Macbeth’s world and as “they are so iconic, so important to the plot and such a driving element to what powers Macbeth and the characters around him.”
The Cambridge University Theatre Group “essentially worked a lot on the witches’ physicality.” They decided to have the witches playing other people unconvincingly as the play goes along and more of the twitching and flicking physicality become more apparent as the boundaries between the supernatural world and the actual world are starting to break down. This also was supposed to give the audience a clear view into Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s minds as they trust the people around them less and less, their sanity starts to deteriorate, and they question appearance and reality. The audience was surely as confused as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth by the end as to why all their servants look the same, continuously twitch, and give prophecies to Macbeth on deserted heaths.
A significant change in the play was when Macduff’s family’s murder was off stage. This was a scene that ensued many hushed uproars around the audience that Thursday morning. This was just another example of a supernaturally powered state of terror that the witches create and choosing to have the murder off stage brought the focus onto the witches, rather than Macbeth. It gave a sense that the witches are always acting and taking part in their prophecies; although it can be argued that Macbeth shows how one can hear three things and if the first two are true, make the last come true through their own ambition and actions.
Although the portrayal of the witches as the puppet masters and main characters of the play was about as foggy as the giant circular hazer present throughout the play in the middle of the stage, there were a few things that were clearly well done. The set up of the donut shaped centerpiece that was present throughout the play worked surprisingly well for most settings in Macbeth, and gave an interesting take on the famous banquet scene as the ghost of Banquo stood on it and Macbeth stood inside it. Despite some haziness from The Cambridge’s Theatre Group’s portrayal of Macbeth, the fog machine itself acted as misty blanket that engulfed the main characters yet gave the audience a clear view of the characters and their thoughts. Additionally, although quite unintentionally, it was refreshing to see Macbeth casted with such a young group of students. It was completely different from any other famous movie renditions of Macbeth such as Rupert Goold’s post-war interpretation, or the Ian Mckellen (also known as Gandalf) simplistic version. The actors and actresses were so young (some only a few years older than many Year 13s) that Macbeth, as a whole, felt more relatable.
Despite the mixed reviews of The Cambridge University theaters’ rendition of Macbeth, it was truly an honor to have a professional company give the first dramatic performance for the new arts center. In addition, the emphasis on Lady Macbeth and Macbeth’s psychology and growing psychological disturbances in combination with the ever-present witches, gave a new take on an old tale. In short, the theatre troop gave an interesting supernatural twist to the well-known play, although many who had not read the play may have found it arduous and puzzling at times. Regardless whether one has read Macbeth or not, the play was entertaining and put the art centers grandiose stage to good use. Hopefully, the Cambridge Theatre company will perform for our school again next year, and their blessing of thought-provoking performances will continue with all future productions that grace the Art Centre's stage for years to come.
By Sr. Gygals Wen
Only days ago was the annual LGB Talent Show, and it is widely being considered as a success. Voice Stuco has said that the profits from the nights of December the 5th and 6th more than broke even, and have paved the way for the funding of more successful events in the future. Despite some last minute trouble with the judges, all three showed up on Saturday ready and willing to choose a winner (although they did stress the fact that selecting three winners from such an incredible collection of performers was no easy task). Judge Edmundo Timm (Drama Teacher and Qualified Performing Critic) announced that the night was very enjoyable, and congratulated Voice Stuco on “a smooth, clean show.” John Davies (Teacher and Expert of Music) said that the Talent show was “Even better than he expected it to be!” Correspondents are unsure as to what extent this compliment was actually positive, but it certainly was a compliment.
A different system of judging was incorporated each night, with the audience choosing on Friday, and the judges on Saturday. Friday’s voting resulted in the selection of Year 13 student Anastasia Sidorenko to bring her multimedia act to the intercampus talent show. Saturday’s judges chose Ginger Witchcraft, the only fully-fledge band participating, and Joseph Chakra, “the Human Beatbox.” This colorful array of talented winners seems to be promising LGB a good chance at victory when the Inter-Campus Talent begins. Although only three winners can continue on to the Intercampus, our congratulations go out to Abha Calindi (3rd Place Friday), Jose Salgado (2nd Place Friday) and Clelia Anchisi (3rd place Saturday) for their great performances and musical skill. When asked about the event, Voice Stuco representative Gwyn Glasser said “The only failure might have been that we had lots of baked goods left over at the end…which in my eyes is no failure at all.” Glasser had just returned from being hospitalized with mild diabetes, and was looking rather chubby at the time.
To check out the videos of all the extraordinary acts, go to The LGB Express' Youtube Channel!
Videos by Ruining Ding, Year 10
By Nicole Bazarova, Year 12
After 3 months of blood, sweat, tears, and allegations of corruption against the referees, the LGB football tournament is finally coming to a close this week.
The two teams that will be facing off in the final will be BOB L'EPONGE and PORONGOSITEAM, who are from 11th and 12th grade, respectively.
Unfortunately, these two teams do not share any free periods together, so their final will most probably take place after school sometime this week.
Both teams won their intense semi-final games on penalties, with PORONGOSITEAM coming back from a 3-1 start against a 13th grade team.
Even more amazingly, BOB L'EPONGE beat out a 10th grade team on penalties, despite it being 4-1 to the other team with only 10 minutes left to play.
Obviously, these victories led to some accusations of cheating mostly aimed at the refs, but also aimed at pretty much anyone and anything in the vicinity, such as a passing bird and a blade of synthetic grass.
After carefully examining all these claims, the bird was jailed and the blade of grass was cut down.
Now that the conditions are more fair, the final should be much more equal for both teams. The winning team of the final will receive Chelsea shirts signed by Chelsea players, and if the students in question do not like Chelsea, they are free to just enroll in another school.
COME SUPPORT YOUR FAVOURITE TEAM!!!
By Emilie Hines, Year 11
At the start of this year, the Middle School put forth their ‘Technology in the Classroom Initiative (TICI)’. According to the displayed information on my.ecolint.ch for the Middle School, students in Year 7 and 8 have been required to bring their own laptops and Chromebooks have been supplied by the school for every student in Year 5 and Year 6. The aim of this initiative is to assist and enhance the student’s learning, the organisation of their work and to enable access to complementary education outside of the classroom. ‘We in Middle School believe in trusting and empowering our students with this technology’.
This opinion was furthered by Year 8 English and history teacher, Mr Dennie, who said he thought that such a programme is ‘long overdue as research is clear on the fact that technology, when used appropriately, can greatly enhance learning in the classroom’. However, High School opinions are wearier on this matter.
A High School teacher said that: ‘I have no idea what the result will be of this new initiative. I think that teachers will have an important role to play. Clearly some teachers will be more competent than others at monitoring the use of these devices and at helping students use them in the correct manner’.
The previous Vice-Principal of the Middle School, Mr Ribal, also contributed his opinion: ‘I think that computers are useful and certainly help students in many of their subjects; but there are some subjects where computers shouldn’t be used so much and consequently depended on. I have also found that computers tend to endanger the students’ relationship with the teacher which can make teaching difficult’.
Mrs Wilson, Spanish teacher in the Middle and High School, also agreed to this opinion ‘I prefer that in class, my students write by hand. We occasionally do activities with Linguascope on the Smartboard for vocabulary practice, but that's pretty much it. I prefer to interact with them as much as possible’.
There was also the question of how this initiative would affect the writing ability of the students. The High School teacher claimed that ‘Personally, I’m a strong believer in handwritten documents, as a first draft of anything, and as a support for making visible changes to documents. In my own experience, laptops have been more of a hindrance than a means of progress in class. Apart from those students whose handwriting is illegible, I don’t see any real benefit in writing a document directly on a computer during my classes’.
Mr Ribal agreed with this idea ‘I believe that the less we write, the less we’ll be able to write’. Mrs Wilson also furthered this opinion ‘For language acquisition, there's nothing better than writing as I am far from convinced of the advantage of using computers in my domain’.
The growing dependence on computers to teach students in our school became very evident this year not only in the Middle School, but in the High School as well, with the vast quantity of Legamaster replacements for all our old Smartboards. Many High School opinions vary on this subject (see Alexia Armstrong’s editorial) but teachers such as Mr Ribal are pointing out that ‘If we grow too dependent on computers and there’s a technical problem, what would we do? I also think it’s a bit of a paradox because we often tell students to not use their computers too much and to not be so reliant on them’.
This question over whether this new ‘Focus for the Future’ initiative will be beneficial has already arisen in numerous cases. The High School teacher, however, concluded quite simply that ‘There are many questions that are unanswered, and I am open to the suggestion that this is worth trying, but I think we also need to be very clear that if this experiment fails, we should be willing to question the validity of such a move’.
By Voice Stuco
November is often regarded as one of the longest and most arduous months of the school year. Already a month has passed since the brief break we were given by the slave masters at this school (or "teachers", as they like to be called) and we have more than a month to go till the Christmas holidays. So what can students possibly do in order to break out of the painstaking cycle of either stressing out about school work or being incredibly bored? The answers is simple...the LGB Talent show! Whilst the majority of students have been sitting around getting the annual November sniffles, a group of talented students have been busy preparing auditions for a chance to perform in the talent show. After several weeks of auditions, the number of acts performing was finally narrowed down to 14. Although the number of hopeful performers was over 20, the list had to be shortened in order to allow time for Gwyn Glasser's "interpretative dance routine" which currently takes up 3 hours and 24 minutes. The actual show is planned to take place the 5th and 6th of December, for the first year in the Arts Center. As per school tradition, the first night will allow the audience to vote on their favourite acts, and the next night will see the judges (in other words, teachers who were bribed/forced to attend) to choose their favourite acts. The top acts will go on to compete in the intercampus talent show, along with acts from Nations and La Chat, which LGB has won for the past few years (and plans on doing for many years to come.)
As well as having the chance to see LGB's most talented students perform, attendees will be treated to incredible baked goods in the interval, in order to support Humanitarian organisations actively involved with the school. Don't miss this chance to come and film the performers, who will all inevitably become world famous in the years to come, enabling you to sell the footage for 8.3 million dollars to some shady celebrity website. If your aspirations in life don't include that, you're doing something wrong.
Video by Elodie Cazeau, Year 11
Edited by Ruining Ding, Year 10