Family Day is only a couple of days away. Regardless of the weather, it will be a great afternoon for the whole family. We are hoping for dry weather but are prepared for rain with additional activities planned in the gym so please do come out on Sunday and enjoy our biggest community event of the year.
In order to prepare for Sunday, please see below all activities on offer.We hope to see you there!
In Belgium, beer is more than just a frothy beverage – it is a culture. With over 450 different varieties, many Belgian beers have personalized beer glasses in which only that beer may be served. The shape of each glass enhances the flavor of the beer for which it is designed. This tradition may seem like behavior reserved for wine snobbery, but Belgians take their beer seriously – and with good reason. The country has enjoyed an unparalleled reputation for specialty beers since the Middle Ages. Connoisseurs favor Belgian beers for their variety, real flavor and character.
There are almost as many beer styles as there are breweries in Belgium. With your choice of geuze, brown, lambic, white, chocolate, and cherry beer, you can’t go wrong. Lambic beer, which Belgium is famous for, is made with an ancient style of brewing, relying on spontaneous fermentation to produce a bone-dry, profoundly tart, and naturally effervescent drink that improves with years in the bottle – much like wine.
Here are the types of beer:
Blanche or White Beers: Sometimes called a wheat beer – it is light, cloudy, and with a hint of citrus.
Lambic: A non-malted wheat beer naturally fermented by wild, airborne yeasts. A draft beer specific to the Brussels area.
Gueuze: A blend of two or more Lambic beers to create a secondary fermentation and a Champagne-like sparkle.
Faro: Lambic light, if you will. A sweetened variety with some of the flavor but less intensity of other Lambics.
Kriek: A Lambic beer in which further fermentation is brought about with the addition of cherries or raspberries – refreshing in summer!
Brown Beers: These beers interplay caramel-like malty sweetness and a sourness gained from several months of maturation.
Red Beers: Produced from red barley, these beers are aged in oak. Fruity, sweet & sour, very thirst-quenching!
Golden Beers: These beers are similar to Pilsner lagers using very pale malts and hops, while retaining ale yeasts.
Enjoy (in moderation)!
Congratulations to Min-Gi in 7th grade who won first prize at the Olympiade Mathématique Belge 2013! An amazing achievement, even more since he was one of very few 7th graders who participated in this prestigious math event.
The Olympiade Mathématique Belge is a math competition which aims at promoting “Out of the Box” mathematical thinking through gradually challenging questions. Starting with 10th graders, this competition also selects students who will follow a rigorous two year preparation with university teachers towards taking part in the International Math Olympiad.
At the level of 7th and 8th grade, students are encouraged to express themselves in an in-school preliminary round, followed by a regional gathering and eventually, a final “four hours for four questions” challenging event, in a University.
St John’s is very proud of counting among its students such a talented boy like Min-Gi!
By Caroline Lariviere, HS math teacher
On Thursday 16th May, the 10th Grade History classes visited Bastogne, the site of the German’s last major counter-attack of the Second World War in December 1944. We visited a museum in the centre of Bastogne which examines how it was to live in Bastogne during the winter of 1944/45.
We then went to the German cemetery in Racogne, the wet weather did not dampen the students spirits. Near to the German cemetery is the village of Foy – you may recall the Band of Brother’s episode when they charge the village of Foy – we walked to the woods and found some foxholes dating back almost 70 years. Mr Kaufman told the students about his grandfather (who is 96) who dropped supplies to soldiers from his plane at the very point we were standing at in late December 1944.
Our final destination was the American Cemetery of the Ardennes where we were given a tour and Alec Loges was given the honour of lowering and folding the flag. Jeff Hays, one of the administrators of the cemetery, took us around and explained the history of the cemetery and showed us the three recipients of the Medal of Honour who are in the cemetery and their amazing stories. We finished up with seeing the grave of Andrew Loog, an airman who died in 1943. Without Andrew Loog the world music would not be the same. His son Andrew Loog-Oldham was the man who launched the Rolling Stones and managed them for the first 4 four years of their illustrious career.
Despite the wet weather a great day was had by all.
By Mr Macdonald, High School history teacher
Toddlers and parents are singing, dancing, playing and having great fun together during “Kindermusic” classes. Mette Österberg, a licensed Kindermusic Instructor and Early Childhood Development specialist, now offers these classes on Tuesday mornings from 9.30-10.30am in Saint John’s Dance Studio.
Kindermusic (www.kindermusik.com) is the world’s leading provider of music and movement programs for young children. It has been developed 30 years ago and is now taught to 1.5 million families in over 70 countries. Kindermusic classes for toddlers, babies, big kids and families include fun, age-appropriate music and movement activities. The songs and activities help children develop social, emotional, physical, cognitive, language, and pre-literacy skills while building a lifelong love for music.
Please feel to come and watch our budding musicians and their parents sing children’s songs from all over the world, play with drums and maracas, dance together, and listen to music – and bring your child to a free trial class!
“If you know how to walk, you can dance – if you know how to talk, you can sing!”
Freedom fries, chips, or frites – whichever name you prefer to use – they’re Belgian! And Belgians take this responsibility very seriously. Made with Belgian Bintje potatoes, cooked twice and served in a paper cone with a side of mayonnaise, these Belgian treats embody potato perfection. A favorite place to sample our fries are at frietkots or fritures, which are outdoor vendors who sell Belgian fries. There are more than 4000 frietkots throughout Belgium and many carry a selection of over 50 dipping sauces to choose from.
Belgian Fries are part of Belgian culinary and cultural heritage. Even if they are sometimes refereed to as French Fries, there is nothing French about them. Apparently the name originated due to a linguistic misunderstanding, because in old English ‘to French’ meant ‘cut into sticks’. According to the Belgian historian Jo Gerard, chips appeared on the dining tables in Namur, French speaking Ardennes and Dinant in the latter half of the 17th century. Poorer inhabitants in these towns used to fry tiny fish. When the river froze in the winter the fish were replaced by sticks of potatoes cut to the same small size of the fish.
We have the pleasure of hosting the AMIS European MS Honor Choir Girls festival this week! 118 girls from around the world will arrive today, be housed by St. John’s families and spend three days together before their big concert on Saturday at 19:00. The concert will be live streamed through our brand new projector and is available via this link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/amis-european-ms-honor-girls-choir-festival-concert
Thank you to all those involved in making this a great experience for the girls, in particular Cathy Swanson, Caroline Tailor and Paula Moore!
A warm welcome to all the girls!