As in previous years, two former Olympic athletes (judo and volleyball) visited our school and talked to our 1st-year CSE students about the Olympics and the Olympic spirit. After a brief historical explanation of the first Olympic Games held in Greece and the Olympic truce, they discussed more recent Games (Berlin, Munich, Moscow, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Sidney and Beijing) and great sportspeople such as Jesse Owens.

The talk was very interesting and some of the videos were also very moving but the two parts our students and teachers enjoyed best were when our Olympic athletes spoke about their personal memories in the Games and when they showed the equipment other sportspeople used in our gym and asked a few of our students to give them a try. We hope you will like the pics at least as much we enjoyed the morning.

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Test your knowledge of the Olympic Games here or here.

# Geometry in photography

An American photographer, David Dilillo, a friend of Michael Young’s, visited our school and gave an interesting talk on the relationship between geometry and photography and what it feels like to be a photographer. He assured us that all you need to make good photographs is your imagination and a camera, even the one included in your mobile phone. However, he admitted to having seven! 😉 He also encouraged our students to take up photography and he told us he started this hobby at the same age as our students.

If you are interested, you can also visit websites such as flickr and browse the work of David here, among other interesting artists. You can also look for more examples of vanishing points, parallel lines, and other geometric figures such as triangles, squares, rectangles, etc.

Our students in 1st E & G enjoyed the talk and are likely to use some of David’s suggestions in their pictures.

David Dilillo addressing us in our assembly hall

Please also remember that our photo contest (based on geometrical patterns) will be open until June 4! Here you can check the rules:

• The photographs (maximum 4 photographs) must be original.
• Theme: “Geometry in nature and in life”.
• The photograph should be printed on photographic paper 15.2 x 22 cm.
• Photographs can be black & white or colour.
• You can retouch the photograph with GIMP, Paint or Photoshop.
• Deadline for submissions: 4 June.

Update: therawedit liked our post, he is a photographer and he recommends two blogs on photography:

I hope you like the pictures

# Spelling Bee

Last Friday, May 11, we had the final of our spelling bee contest at our school.
These contests are extremely popular in the USA and children like taking part in them. One of our American language assistants won the spelling bee at his school when he was a bit younger and suggested it to the teachers at our Clara. We thought it would be a perfect excuse to get our students to revise vocabulary of the subjects they are studying in English and we agreed. We prepared a list of words (Spelling Bee final list) and asked our students to master the difficult spellings 😉

Out of 166 students, 18 students managed to win a seat in the final.

The competition was tough. There could be only ONE winner. Our winner was Antonio (1st-year E) and he got a book as a prize for his skills at spelling. He’s definitely the best spelling bee at our Clara this year. We also gave one special prize to the best spelling bee in each class. They got one homemade bookmark celebrating our first spelling bee contest (thanks to Michael).