Senior

ALUMNI - MARTIN STEWART VISITS THE SCHOOL

On Friday, 26th July, the School´s Green Room welcomed one of our former students who came to talk to 4YL students about his experience as a student in NYU University in United Arab Emirates. Martin Stewart is a dearly remebered student by both friends and teaching staff, who was Head Boy in 2017. The year after he graduated he started the application process for NYU UAE. 

In the simple and friendly manner that is his trademark, he shared his experience when applying, the stress he lived when receiving the email that sealed his fate, how he convinced his parents by saying that only 3% of those who applied effectively got a place in the University. Luckily he was one of that 3%.  

Martin shared his rich experience of how it is like to land in a new country with such a different culture: his arrival at the university and the first courses, getting to know people and making new friends, what the city is like and the wonderful desert that surrounds it. He insisted on telling those students who want to study abroad to dream big, sharing with them several tips, advice and suggestions when applying to a University of this sort. He was emphatic when mentioning that high grades were not the only thing that these Universities were interested in: sports, extracurricular activities, CAS, MUN, Arts, etc, were the different aspects that a student must have in order to stand out from the crowd. 

We were delighted to receive Martin and welcome him again. 

Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience with us!

 

  • Published in Senior

MURDEROUS CROSSING

On Wednesday 17th July, 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students had the opportunity to enjoy a performance of Murderous Crossing, a play by David Landau. The Montevideo Players produced a wonderful version of this Agatha Christie style comic mystery.

 The story is set in the year 1923 and the audience members are passengers on board the HMS Victoria as it crosses the English Channel. The famous Inspector Clurrot has tracked down a homicidal mastermind hiding out on board. Meanwhile, the ship is the vessel of matrimony for the Comtesse Nicole Follette and John D. Rothschild-a marriage encouraged through financial need and murderous greed.But not everything is as it seems, and it turns out that the English Channel is not the only thing being crossed. 

 Students were recruited to stand in for the best man, bridesmaid, mother of the groom, and father of the bride. Students also had to help Inspector Clurrot solve the mystery. Altogether it was a memorable performance which was really enjoyed by students and teachers.

  • Published in Senior

UK TRIP 2019

El viaje al Reino Unido fue una de las mejores experiencias para los alumnos y docentes de The British School, pues les permitió reflexionar sobre su propia realidad al ser confrontado a un universo totalmente diferente. Visitas a museos, monumentos con mucha historia que hablaban por sí mismos, días en universidades conociendo su funcionamiento.

Esta experiencia proporcionó a nuestros alumnos los valores que tanto apreciamos: respeto,independencia, responsabilidad, el compartir (priorizar lo grupal frente a lo individual) y la solidaridad.

El clima en el Reino Unido con 23 -24 grados mas que agradables y ni un día de lluvia, solo una bruma por un rato en Escocia.

A media que fueron pasando los días el grupo se fue amoldando como uno solo: se veían intercambios de ideas, ayudas y acuerdos pensando los unos en los otros. Mas de 2000 kilómetros en buses y otros tantos caminando les permitieron ver y disfrutar de este Reino Unido del que tanto leyeron y escucharon. 

 

  • Published in Senior

2DO ENCUENTRO DEL CLUB DE FILOSOFÍA

¡Que lindo que es filosofar! ¡Que libre nos hace! Esta verdad la vamos descubriendo los que participamos en el recientemente inaugurado Club de Filosofía de TBS.  En nuestro segundo encuentro, último jueves del mes, filosofamos sobre la genealogía de los términos ‘bien’ y ‘mal’, tomando como base un texto filosófico del alemán Friedrich Nietzsche.  

En este encuentro, los presentes peripatéticos consideramos el texto de Nietzsche y admitimos lo difícil que puede ser este tipo de lectura: abstracta, conceptual y filosófica.  No obstante, cada uno se esforzó para acercarse a los conceptos planteados y consideró su significado. A pesar de la complejidad, Diego Paseyro nos recomendaba “abrazar el no entender”.  Para eso estamos, caminando juntos hacia ese descubrimiento. 

Y encontramos una fuente de reflexión muy nutrida.  En su contexto, Nietzsche advertía sobre “la moralidad de los esclavos”.  Estando estancado en una postura de resentimiento, el esclavo conceptualiza ‘el mal’ y ‘el malvado’ en términos religiosos y reaccionarios, y por lo tanto el mismo es ‘el bueno’.  Sin embargo, ese camino, soy bueno entonces soy feliz, es engañoso. El prefiere ‘la moralidad de los nobles’, quienes definen ‘el bien’ y ‘el mal’ por sus propios términos, y concluye que ‘soy feliz entonces soy bueno’. 

Naturalmente, al desentrañar la lectura, nuestro encuentro nos llevó a filosofar sobre la felicidad. Nos llevó a pensar, ¿qué es la felicidad? ¿será un fin? ¿Será algo material?  Observamos que cuando más tenemos, la felicidad se hace más difícil, e incluso puede traernos más angustias el hecho de saber que dejamos afuera ciertas opciones que podríamos haber tomado, como dice el filósofo noruego Svendsen. Pensamos en que puede existir un barómetro de felicidad, pero cuyo espectro puede estar limitado por nuestras expectativas y por nuestra perspectiva.  Cuestionamos a Nietzsche también, pensando en lo difícil que es no definir la felicidad o la bondad en reacciones o en términos de opuestos. Al final, reflexionamos que tal vez la verdadera felicidad es espiritual, vivir con la mirada del niño, la mirada del turista, del filósofo, del eterno curioso que percibe la vida como un descubrimiento.

  

 
  • Published in Senior

HARRY POTTER CHALLENGE

Making learning visible is important to the Senior English Department. We have dedicated our time and effort to develop projects focused on learning as an enjoyable activity. The Harry Potter Project has given our Year 1 students the opportunity to enjoy J.K. Rowling's first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. As part of this unit, students not only studied the work's literary elements, but also enjoyed flying dictations, performed magic tricks, played Quidditch, chess and participated in a magical Knowledge Bowl.

Results:

Quidditch Tournament:

3rd Kings and Blount

2nd Queens and Jones

1st Princes and Cuff


Chess Tournament:

3rd Kings and Blount

2nd Princes and Cuff

1st Queens and Jones

 Knowledge Bowl:

3rd Queens and Jones

2nd Princes and Cuff

1st Kings and Blount

 

  • Published in Senior

WATER WEEK

4YL IGCSE Global Perspectives students recently organised Water Week to raise awareness on unsustainable practices to our water systems and the urgent need for immediate attention. The following activities were carried out in different areas of the School.

  • A walk-through tunnel mimicking the ocean featured informative posters and photos of endangered marine life. The exhibit included a few samples of key rings made by TBS students out of used plastic to promote recycling.
  • A bulletin board exhibit explored the impact of plastics on coastal areas for tourism and sports. An accompanying video highlighted beach cleanup efforts.
  • A video presentation showed injuries sustained by sea turtles due to floating plastic debris and offered environmentally-conscious tips.
  • A slide presentation tackled excessive household water use and provided savings recommendations.
  • A board game was developed for F4 Junior School students to highlight ocean pollution due to excessive use of plastic and the urgent need to take action.

Students will now evaluate strengths and weaknesses of these team projects in the reflection component of the IGCSE-GP programme.

  • Published in Senior

VEHÍCULOS AUTÓNOMOS

El día lunes 17 de Junio el departamento de IT realizó una salida didáctica en la que participaron 6 alumnos de 6to año que cursan la materia del Bachillerato Internacional ITGS nivel avanzado (Tecnología de la Información en una Sociedad Global). Junto a su profesora, Elizabeth Shaw, asistieron a la Conferencia de la Academia Nacional de Ingeniería del Uruguay (ANIU) -- Vehículos Autónomos  - brindada por el Acad. Ing. Nicolás Jodal en la Universidad ORT Uruguay.

En línea con el plan de estudios de la materia ITGS IB nivel avanzado, esta actividad ha logrado cumplir con el objetivo requerido del Estudio de Caso 2019 de ITGS HL (“On the road to driverless cars”) donde se pide que los alumnos relacionen sus investigaciones con experiencias de primera mano a través de entrevistas personales con expertos en este campo.

Finalizada la conferencia, los alumnos tuvieron la oportunidad de acercarse al Acad. Ing. Nicolás Jodal para hacerle preguntas con referencia a la tecnología utilizada, protocolos y problemas éticos sobre seguridad, privacidad, confiabilidad así como impactos legales, económicos y sociales.

Luego de la salida didáctica, en la clase de ITGS HL, los alumnos realizaron un trabajo en el cual pudieron reflexionar sobre su participación en la conferencia.

  • Published in Senior

BONO COLABORACIÓN - UK TRIP 2019

El viernes 14 de junio se realizó el sorteo del bono colaboración para el UK Trip 2019 ante escribano público mediante el cual resultó que el número favorecido fue el 1880. La persona ya ha sido contactada. 

A todos los que participaron, gracias por su colaboración. 

 

 

  • Published in Senior

5YL - VISIT TO ORT UNIVERSITY

The aim of this trip was to have our students to experience “one day as a University student” in the ORT University and apply Computer Science skills outside the classroom. 

Programming teachers and other staff planned a whole activity for our students to go to the IT labs over there and program so as to have a working app in 2 hours. This was achieved with MIT App Inventor which is similar to Scratch, a tool taught in IT classes at our School. In the IT labs every student had a computer and an Android tablet with all the needed software already installed and running. Some students worked in pairs while some others preferred to work alone.

The whole activity was a pleasure to observe, since every single student was fully concentrated on the task and as time went by, they could see the results of their apps working on their tablets.

By the end of the course, they were all handed copies of the steps needed to do re-do those apps that they created throughout the course, a notebook, pens and a brochure with information about the available careers of the University.

At the end of the day every single person who was with us at the University congratulated them on their behaviour and dedication. They were all very concentrated the whole time, working with real joy and they all finished the course very proud of themselves too.

Agustina Sapelli - Computer Science teacher 

 

Some comments by our students:

"Visiting the ORT was a great experience, we had the possibility to receive an insight on how to create a video game and the university itself, in my experience, it was very useful since I was always extremely interested in game designing, and I had the pleasure of learning how to in an extremely exciting and fun way. In addition, the helpers were very nice and that presented a very nice environment. This particular university is my number one preference for my college experience, I just wanted to go because of experiences and perspectives from my family and friends, but this field trip affirmed my wishes. Regarding the learning experience, I found it very exciting due to the fact that while carrying out all the technical part, we thought to ourselves that an amazing result will be presented to us, a good result from hard work. However I found it genuinely easy to carry out since, we had all the instruction given to us in a paper, what I found interesting was how we got used to all the buttons and the layout of the page, while we kept on practicing. All in all, I could say that this field trip was personally very useful but at the same time extremely thrilling and fun." MARÍA TORRENDELL

"The trip was really good, it was fun learning more about computing and programing. The games we played that were to make a programs and try them on the tablet were a really good idea, me and my friend that were together really enjoyed it. The part I liked the most was when we had to make a program about drawing, it was not easy but I liked it. I'm still confused if that is the type of programing you do in the ORT or if it was just a game. One thing I would do to make the trip better next time would be the waiting time at the lobby." LUCAS VILLARONGA

"Personally, I really enjoyed the trip we did with the whole computer science group. I believe it was an instance to know more about what computer engineering and computer science is about and the different applications that can be created with multiple function. As I will be doing computer engineering, I liked the trip a lot, although I must say that the final 30 minutes were a bit too extensive and continuing with the same type of exercises was quite tiering. Nevertheless, if another instance like this was done I would be happy to attend, and maybe sometimes leaving the class with your group helps you get along better together, as well as free our mind from all the stress from school." ANDREW RONALD COOPER

 

 

  • Published in Senior
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