Even grade 3 does the Harlem Shake!

Every Monday morning my class and I discuss world news and current dance/music trends. Last week, we discussed how The Harlem Shake had become a bit of a craze and many different groups were trying to beat the record on the most people who had participated. This lead to my students asking me if we could do one in class. I am always up for a challenge and I hate saying no to student-initiated ideas so this is our version: By Gaelle Briggs, grade 3 teacher Continue reading Even grade 3 does the Harlem Shake!

Mind the Gap – Linking Education Programs to Labor Market Needs”

Three speakers from St. John’s International School, including IB Business & Economics teacher Victoire D’Agostino, alumnus Metodi Lazarov and current 12th student Naomi Crombie, will share their views on the ways in which the current education system does, or does not, prepare students with the skills and expertise demanded by the labor market. Each offering his or her own unique perspective regarding not only the inconsistencies between what is taught by teachers and what is sought by employers, but also the approach St. John’s takes to overcome the skills gap by focusing on social and career development in addition to academics. Below is the program for the … Continue reading Mind the Gap – Linking Education Programs to Labor Market Needs”

Middle School honors student achievements on World Maths Day

The Middle School assembly this week recognized student achievements on World Maths Day. In total, 43 Middle School  students completed the challenge and played 50 games. Here are the top scoring boy and girl per grade: Top 6th graders: Hyojin 1653 and Wenji 1410 Top 7th graders: Matthieu 2262 and Grace G. 1514 Top 8th graders: Young Ju 1882 and Marina  1617 Some staggering statistics from World Maths Day: Total Live Maths questions: 103,013 Total Users: 5,031,039 Total Maths questions answered: 282,295,184 In total 171 different countries took part, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe! Congratulations to all students who participated. Continue reading Middle School honors student achievements on World Maths Day

What happens in an Internet minute?

Guess what happens in an Internet minute? A new study, by chipmaker Intel, found that every minute: more than 204 million e-mails are sent;  47,000 apps are downloaded; retail giant Amazon rings up around £55,000 in sales; around 20 million photos and 6 million Facebook pages are viewed; we watch 1.3 million video clips on YouTube; around 20 people have their identities stolen. The study also predicts that by 2015 the number of networked devices on the Earth will be double the number of people. Continue reading What happens in an Internet minute?

What makes the ultimate expat location?

So, what makes the ultimate expat location? What features should it have to be the best place for an expat to be posted to? Is it more important to have little crime or does the climate play a role? These were the top 3 answers in the recent poll we conducted among expats: great schools (66.7%) comfortable lifestyle (64.8%) little or no crime (46.3%) Rounding out the top 5 were a warm climate and a stable political system. It seems that the presence of oceans/big lakes or mountains are not an important element to be considered a great expat location. … Continue reading What makes the ultimate expat location?

Fun with friends while raising money for charity

Last Saturday, the gyms were full of action, fun and sportsmanship all day in support of a great cause. The Tom O’Donnell tournament brings students, parents, teachers and alumni together for a day of indoor soccer, in memory of a former student, while raising well over 1200 Euro for two cancer charities. The first Tom O’Donnell indoor football tournament took place at St. John’s in 1998 in memory of Tom O’Donnell, a student from our school who lost his battle with cancer. While Tom was ill, it was brought to the attention of his family and friends that there were … Continue reading Fun with friends while raising money for charity