IBSB News and Views - By the Students For the Students
In this Issue
TIV Team Letter………………………………………... Pg. 3
Head’s Chronicle………………………………………. Pg. 4
University Life in India………………………………. Pg. 5
Holiday Movies and Books…………………….….. Pg. 6
Maths Challenge………………………………………. Pg. 8
The Ice Demon…………………………..………………. Pg. 9
Feature Student………………………….…………….. Pg.11
History Exam…………………………………………….. Pg.14
Dracula Play……………………………………………… Pg.15
JS Whiteboard……………………………….………….. Pg.16
Christmas around the Globe…………………….. Pg.20
Christmas Carolling…………………………………… Pg.22
New Teachers…………………………………………… Pg.23
Kangaroo Contest…………………………………….. Pg.24
Teachers’ Travel Club……………………………….. Pg.25
Tea and Chocolate Club……………………………. Pg.26
Let’s Find Out…………………………………………. Pg.27
Miss Aura Bogdan Interview…………………….. Pg.29
Separate Assemblies.................................... Pg.30
Bonfire Night …………………………………….....…. Pg.30
Fancy Dress Football Match………..…………… Pg.31
IBSB vs. ISB Football………………………………… Pg.32
Winter Ball………………………………………………. Pg.33
Christmas Decorations…………………..………… Pg.34
“I see this school as a large family. This is
the most important point because parents
have to leave their children in a safe place. If
I think as a parent might, I would very much
appreciate a school which gives me a feeling
of relaxation because I am sure that nothing
wrong can happen.”
Aura Bogdan, Executive Director
(read full interview on page 29)
INTERNATIONAL BRITISH SCHOOL OF BUCHAREST
Issue 2 December 2010 10 RON
Queen & King
Divya Agrawal (year 10), Ioana Catuneanu (year 9), Lara Schmuck (year 9),
Blanca Florescu (year 9), Aakriti Narang (year 9),
Kira Hagi (year 10), Sonia Savin (year 10), Mariana Deluera (year 10),
Anemona Barbu (year 10), Catrinel Vlad (year 10), Kelly Leibovich (year 10),
Zandra Rose Den Hartog (year 11), Alba Gavaliugov (year 11),
Alexandra Lulache (year 11),
Andrei Marian (year 12)
Alexandra Lulache (year 11): Editor
Ms. Andrea Carman: Coordinator
Ms. Camilla Nicolau: Junior School Whiteboard
Mr. Florin Ghita: Computer Design
Welcome to the 2010 holiday issue of The International Voice. Those of us on the staff of TIV are
well aware that due to the fact our school is comprised of many nationalities, not everyone actually
celebrates Christmas but we do all share the festive spirit of the season.
We have attempted to compile a varied and interesting selection of articles and pictures for your
reading pleasure from all areas of our school and community. Those of us involved in the prepara-
tion of this magazine are truly amazed at all the interesting events going on, the talent of our stu-
dents and the dedication of the IBSB staff. We have covered events such as The Bonfire Night, The
Winter Ball, the upcoming plays in both Primary and Secondary school, The Teachers’ Travel Club,
all the great charity work of CAS and much, much more. What readers will clearly realize is that
this is a school with a lot of really great things going on over and above the already outstanding
We hope you enjoy this special holiday issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together and regard-
less of how you celebrate this break, may it be with family, friends and a few festivities.
The TIV Team
A Holiday Greeting from the TIV Team
Ana Maria Stere
The IBSB Office Team
Monday - Friday, 8.30 - 17.00
Head of School’s Letter
As the season of giving is upon us, we are preparing for the last events on
our calendar before the holidays. As I am writing these lines we are just
days away from our Secondary School Winter Ball, organized by the School
Council, the annual Art & History trip to London and the PTF Social event
“Saint Nicholas Day Celebration”. By the time you read this, these events
will already be very nice memories in our school book. Articles and pictures
of these events will be published in the next edition of our TIV and the Year
I am delighted to welcome you all to our Primary School Christmas Drama Production. This year we
have the pleasure of inviting you to watch a combination of performances involving all our children
in the Primary School. I am sure that you will be impressed by what you will see on the stage.
We will end this year in a very festive way with our annual Carol Service at the Anglican Church of
Resurrection. This is always a very nice event and the Seven Lessons and Seven Carols prepared by
Mr. Angel and the school choir will impress you again.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank all the students for their hard work
this term. Their involvement in the school projects will always bring great joy to us and lots of
benefits to their development. Also I will take this opportunity to thank all my colleagues for their
hard work thus far.
The first term of this year was very busy with many events on the
calendar and a number of improvements in our school. The space
available for this article does not allow me to mention all of these,
but I do want to underline the importance of our new implemented
electronic assessment data base – SchoolBase. This is now online
and I am confident that it will bring a lot of improvements to the
communication between parents and the school and will eventually
help our children’s development.
It is the season of giving and it is the time of looking back and reflecting on our contributions in the
lives of our families, friends and people we work with every day. My best thoughts go to all of you;
I hope that looking back on this year we can all see that we’ve managed to have a positive impact
on the lives of people around us.
I would like to finish this letter by wishing you all, colleagues, parents and students, a relaxing winter
holiday and a Happy New Year! See you in January 2011.
IBSB wishes you all a happy Holiday and all
the best for the New Year!
University Life in India
Abhijit is a friend of mine who graduated a year ago from IBSB. It struck me as extremely inspiring
and out of this European world to have him go all the way to India, back to his hometown, in pursuit
of his education in hopes of creating a fantastic future. I hope you find this as exciting and interesting
as I do! It’s nothing but a juicy interview, so you best not be turning the page to the next !
So Abhi, how did it feel graduating a year back?
Well, it seems like it has been much more than a year. When we graduated
I was really happy to be over with school and step into a whole
new life. I mean, who isn’t overly happy about finally finishing school??
But now that I think about it, I really do miss my three years in IBSB
and those were probably the best days of my life.
I heard that you’re now studying in university in India. Where about
in India and what course are you studying?
I’m doing Computer Science and Engineering. Sounds really boring I know, and to be honest, to a
certain level it is, but then again you have to love what you do and that’s what I am trying.
How is life in India in general?
India isn’t how most people over there expect it to be after watching movies and all that. There is
much more to it than poverty and slums. Here you get everything really cheap and on top of that
you can also bargain. Basically, everything you get there you get here but at a much better price.
People here are super friendly and try to help you out in every way plus we are very social. You
have a lot of places to visit starting from the Himalayas to the beaches of Goa. The food here is
awesome. India’s a big country and there are many cultures in different regions and each has its
own cuisine and all of them are delicious; of course, we also get the fast-food and what not. There
are more fast food chains here than in Romania. The weather here gets really hot though. This
summer it went up to 50c and made life hell. But then again if you can adjust to the conditions
you’ll have a good time.
Is studying at your university in India a huge change from school life here in Bucharest at IBSB?
Yeah, it is. Life at university is much, much harder over here. I mean,
the level of education is much higher and the unfortunate part is,
you’ve got to do most of the work yourself. Unlike a school where
teachers run after you and badger you to do your homework, here if
you don’t do your work in time you will get nicely busted in the end.
Things in school were much easier, and slacker. Here I have to submit
4 lab reports every week and on top of that about 12 assignments a
month and the competition here is so tough that it’s hard to keep up.
I mean 140,000 people on average take an entrance exam to get into
the college I am in right now. People here are trained since a young
age to excel in school and so trying to match them is nearly impossible. I gave my friend my A level
Physics paper and he did it in 20 minutes!
By Zandra Den Hartog (year 11)
Christmas with the Kranks
A Christmas Story
Holiday Movies and Books
Christmas with the Kranks is a 2004 comedy film directed by Joe Roth
and starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis. The screenplay by Chris
Columbus is based on the 2001 novel Skipping Christmas by John
It is an amazing comedy staring Tim Allen. It’s about a family who decides
not to celebrate Christmas as their daughter is not coming for the
holidays, but then she decides to come. The family tries to make everything
perfect for when their daughter and her fiancé come. Throughout
this time they discover what Christmas is all about.
A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy film based on
the short stories of author Jean Shepherd, including material from his
books. It was directed by Bob Clark. The film has since become a holiday
classic and is known to be shown numerous times on television during
the Christmas season, usually in a 24-hour marathon.
“A Child's Christmas in Wales" by Dylan Thomas
This is my absolute favourite Christmas storybook. It is basically a
celebration of Dylan Thomas' childhood and especially Christmas in a
small Welsh town. It contains some of the most charming and endearing
stories ever written on the subject. There should be a mandate
to make it compulsory for everyone with childhood memories to
read this delightful piece of lyrical writing at least once every Christmas.
Holiday Movies and Books
How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss's small-hearted Grinch ranks right up there with Scrooge when it comes to the crankiest,
scowling Christmas kill-joy of all time. For 53 years the Grinch has lived in a cave on the side of a
mountain looming above Whoville. He finds the noisy holiday preparations and infernal singing of
the happy little citizens below extremely annoying so he decides this frivolity must stop. His
"wonderful, awful" idea is to don a Santa outfit, strap heavy antlers on his poor, quivering dog Max,
construct a makeshift sleigh, head down to Whoville, and strip the cheerful Whos of their Christmas
First Noel by Jan Pienkowski
This is an absolutely amazing book that made many people gasp with surprise when I opened it, so
unexpected was the beauty, craftsmanship and presentation of its contents. What was an even bigger
surprise is that it isn't really a book at all, but a Christmas carousel that springs to life as you
bend the spine until the hard covers meet at the back. Then you hang it up as the extraordinary
piece of art that it is, telling the story of the Nativity through five exquisite cut-out silhouettes with
words from the King James Bible.
By Alexandra Lulache (year 11)
Key Stage 3
Some students (fewer than 100) are having trouble lining up for a school production.
� When they line up in 3s, two people are left over.
� When they line up in 4s, three people are left over.
� When they line up in 5s, four people are left over.
� When they line up in 6s, five people are left over.
� How many students are there in the group?
Key Stage 4
� The numbers in the 4 lines making the W shape add up to 14, 14, 13 and 13.
� Can you make a Magic W with each line adding up to 13?
� Can you find more than one solution?
� How many ways can you make a Magic W total of 14?
By Alexandra Thomas
The Maths Challenge is now available on the Maths Department Website
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
The Ice Demon
Is that the sound of frantic rehearsals and cardboard trees? It must be Christmas Show
time again! Keystage 2 are staging a Christmas Musical called The Ice Demon, with much
more festive cheer than you might guess from the title. It will be performed at the
Țăndărică theatre, December 9th. Here are David (Eric) and Flavia (the Ice Demon) to
show you around…
John Nosowski (Director)
The rehearsals are very good, the actors are trying their best to please Mr. Nosowski, the
director. There are in total, 26 children in the show.
The story is set in Norway, in a village where there is no Christmas because the Ice Demon
steals children. At one point, a child called Olaf is caught by the Ice Demon. His sister,
Maya, is very sad and goes off to find him. For the rest of the story, you must go to the
show and see what happens! Will Olaf be saved? Will Maya find him? And if so, will the Ice
Demon let them to go back to their home?
Ms. Elizabeth and her prop-crew are doing the props. They have made a throne for the Ice
Demon, trees, a crown and many more fabulous things that you will see in the show.
Hope for a happy ending, but remember:
“He’ll freeze you, he will squeeze you,
He’ll chill you to the bone.
He’ll take you to his icy den and never let you
By Flavia and David (Year 6)
The Ice Demon
Ileana (Elvar): ‘I like the Ice Demon dance, written by my friends: Flavia, Maria and Elena.
Claudiu (demon posse) : “I like the show because it is scary and the rehearsals are fun!!”
The Ice Demon – Flavia
Deputy Demons – Elena, Maria
Demon Guards – Nico and Bianca
Eric – David
Olaf – Petru
Maya – Anna
Edin and Anna –Alexia, Shirin
Olga and Elvar – Andreea, Ileana
Mr. and Mrs. Lindgren – Kiki and Ken
Mr. and Mrs. Olsen – Octav and Ioana
Old women of the wood – Luiza, Laura, Irina
Mrs. Petterson - Eva
Demon Posse/ Frozen children
Tamara, Phoebe, Irina, Liam, Claudiu, Andrei, Mara, Angelo, Mario G, Marius
Feature Student: Alex Vlad (ACTOR)
As you have seen before, we at TIV are trying to establish this permanent
feature about students that do things out of the ordinary, or
simply admirable, surprising things which we can use as models and
This issue’s Feature Student is Alex Vlad and I’m sure all of you know
him. As he proved on many occasions, he is one of the brightest students
in our school, last summer passing seven IGCSE exams with
straight A*- pretty exceptional! However, he takes it all in stride and
expands his activities to an intriguing and almost opposite domain:
acting! Moreover, he is doing this extremely well, and having seen
his memorable plays with my own eyes, I was stunned. Therefore, I
thought it most worthwhile to hear his opinions.
AL: Hello Alex. First of all, how much consideration do you have for your grades?
AV: Well, I care enough in order to work.
AV: Because I can. (Big grin and hands on hips)
AL: What would be your path in the future?
AV: It would be directed towards acting, though I have considered the slight, slight possibility of
AL: Why do you act?
AV: (After a long narcissistic depressing though amusing monologue) I think acting will make me
happy and It’s a good way to influence people.
AL: Describe your lessons. (Alex’s theatre group, by the way, is one of the best in Bucharest).
AV: A lot of sedentary action:
� I wash the floor.
� Work for 5 minutes.
� Listen to sudden stories from our teacher.
� One day before the premiere, we make a play.
3 hours before the premier, we change the play completely.
AL: How does acting help your “inner self”?
AV: It helps me discover different ways to handle different social situations.
AL: Do you have any other similar plans for the near future?
AV: Well, actually I should start singing and dancing lessons- I need to be the new Zac Efron!!
AL: Any other comments?
AV: Thank you for this delightful deviation from my shallow and pedantic features of daily life. Life
By Alexandra Lulache (year 11)
C.A.S. - About Hope and the Future
with Mrs. Linda Barr
Mrs. Linda Barr approached our school last year representing a Scottish charity that
operates in Romania, The RAP Foundation. The aim of this organization is to provide
support for children and young orphans. Ever since I first met her I have been impressed
with her determination, enthusiasm and dedication.
In her 20 years of charity work she has inspired many people to join her cause and
bring relief and joy to the young people from the “Cămin” day care centre. Three teenagers
from the Maxwelltown Highschool in Dumfries that visited our school last year,
have become local heroes and winners of the prestigious Volunteer of the Year 2010
Award. They received this for their efforts to help the orphans with severe physical and
psychological disabilities have a holiday at the seaside, here in Romania.
Mrs. Barr, by your work you have given many the opportunity for life-changing experiences, the possibility to do
something worthwhile and to be proud of. Can you please tell us, how did you choose Romania for your mission?
I had just completed my Psychiatric nurse training in 1990 and saw in my nursing journal an appeal for help for
“Romanian Orphans” after the Romanian revolution of December 1989. I had always wanted to work voluntarily for
some charity in Africa, but with the world wide appeal showing horrific images to help children in “orphanages”, made
me change my mind to volunteer for Romania.
How did you realise this was something you wanted to get involved in?
In the beginning I thought I could help in a little way to give some of my experience, love and support to these children
in need. When I first walked into the orphanage I was shocked by the decay of the building. There were 210 children in
this institution, but there were no sounds from them. There was such a sense of hopelessness. I immediately connected
with some of the children and staff and felt I could never walk away from them. We all need hope, no matter how
small, if we have no hope, then we have no future.
I was so lucky because I could walk away at any time over the past 20 years to my comfortable lifestyle, but I chose not
to. Working as part of a team with other volunteers and Romanian staff is so rewarding. To see the children grow in
their abilities is such a buzz and I want more! Now I feel like I’ve had the luxury of working with such wonderful people
over all these years!
What gives you the energy and the drive to continue and to recruit others to support your mission?
When you work with the young people from the Institution, you can see almost immediately the results of your work.
The great friends that I have made over the years, the trust, the openness, respect but most of all, the love that comes
from the children in the orphanage is profound.
Could you share one of your biggest challenges or one of the experiences that gave you most satisfaction?
Challenging the stereotypes of people towards individuals with disabilities has always been hard. Getting them to accept
that the children/young adults we work with have abilities too, despite their obvious handicaps was hard, but it is
happening slowly. We have been taking youngsters from the “Cămin” on holiday to the seaside since 1997, it gives
them one week in the year to feel valued and praised by the staff who work with them, the public and our volunteers
from the UK. It is so exciting to see the general public interacting with the youngsters from the “Cămin,” because in
earlier years the public would ignore or avoid them.
I was so fortunate to be awarded an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen on her Honours list of 2006, as recognition for my
work in Romania. I was so delighted to accept this award as recognition for the hard work and commitment of everyone
involved with me in our work with the “Cămin” in Bucharest and other projects we have here in Romania.
It has also been so satisfying to secure funds from the UK to allow us to buy and refurbish an apartment in Sector 2 in
Bucharest where 5 young men from the “Cămin” are now living almost independently, working in real jobs in the community
and moving forward with their lives. That’s just been fantastic to see the change in their lives and the opportunity
they have to grow and develop.
Why do you think it is good for young people in particular to become volunteers in various community projects?
I believe it helps them to understand all the different challenges that all people have in life, not everyone has the same
opportunities, so many people are trapped in disabled bodies, but their minds are sharp and they have feelings too of
sadness, happiness, fear, pain and love.
Don’t take yourself so seriously, create awareness, understanding and see that we all have something to give in this life.
Everyone CAN make a difference to better someone else’s life, no matter how small the action is… “a small stone
thrown into the water, creates a big ripple that goes far and wide.“
Visit www.rapfoundation.com for more details about Mrs Linda Barr’s work.
In the background — Narcissus flowers by Daniela Chirea, a resident of the “Cămin” Spital
Hello! We are Mara, Raluca and Nojdar (y 12-13),
volunteering at the IOMC Hospital. We love spending
time playing with the little ones, and we also
raise funds for medication and other needs.
The Intensive Care Hospital Unit we visit has currently
25 abandoned little patients from newborn
to one year old. Considering that a baby needs at
least four diapers daily, we’ll let you do the math
for the monthly necessities!
Here’s Andra, Alex and Shyam (y 13
and 12). We’ve started visiting the
Schools for Sight and Hearing impaired
and we assist the children
there in setting up a school play.
Support Light into Europe! Help us
create and sell handmade cards
Reward: housepoints, fun and new
Hi! We are Alina, Beatrice, Mia and Mihnea (y 12)!
We are helping the mothers and children at the maternal
Centre Casa Agar during our community service.
Casa Agar is a sanctuary for those young mothers who
decided not to abandon their babies despite the fact of
having no support. These women are embarking on a
one year life changing experience at the end of which
they must demonstrate they are capable of leading an
independent existence and being fully responsible and
informed parents. Also, the centre provides social support
for the mothers who have left the centre.
After all, the bonds that form in such a transforming
venture are closest to what we call a family.
“Santa’s bag of presents” (Cămara Moșului) is a project that is meant to help
the mothers and children who left Casa Agar to celebrate Christmas and have
enough food on their tables during the holidays. It may be hard for you to
imagine but many of these people have never had a proper Christmas dinner
Please help us collect food (canned, packaged, not liable to deterioration) and
deliver it on December 16 th , right before our winter holidays. Any donation, as
insignificant as it may seem, can contribute to make their holidays better.
Reward: housepoints and enjoying holiday meals more!
We’d like you to help us raise at least 500 nappies size 1, 2
and 3. Other baby care products are also welcome (soap
bars, shampoo, baby cream, baby clothes).
You could help us get 30 AA batteries for the musical devices
hanging over the babies’ beds.
Reward: housepoints and baby smiles
The Dreaded History Exam
It was Friday, 2:06 pm on October 29th -we were one minute late- when six courageous students
walked into the dreaded exam room waiting to be handed their first History paper for this session.
Unfortunately, this was only the beginning; two other papers followed on the first week back, finally
ending on the 3rd of November. In total, 5 hours of exams resulting, in my case, of 18 sides
written! What did this exam mean for its candidates and one of IBSB’s number one teachers, Miss
Crane? Well, just read below to find out.
Were you nervous before the exam?
Mihai I.: uh, no…NO!
How did you study for the exam?
Mihai I.: A lot of home study; read a lot and also worked in school.
Danny: I had a very organized program including a few evenings like Monday and Wednesday I
studied and I had Tuesday and Thursday free, and on the weekend I studied too. It was very
Alexandra L.: Oh! (laughs) How did I study for the exam? Um, um, um…I watched documentaries,
I bought movies and then we all gathered together to revise and I always had my history book with
Did you have any lucky tokens for the exam?
Mihai : No…no…no!
Danny: No, I didn’t, not really…
Alexandra: Lucky token!! Um, yes! I had this cheap pen, this really cheap pen that writes well.
How much did you write?
Danny: On Paper 2 I think I wrote five pages, I’m not sure. On the last one, Paper 1, I wrote the
least, which is not very good.
Alexandra: A LOT…too much…compared to other exams. The most I wrote was seven pages.
Do you have a special message for Miss Crane?
Alexandra: Oh, for Miss Crane? Yes, like I am trying to put this in better words than “you’re brilliant,”
or “thank you,” ummm, rock on more than you rocked before!
...and now our EXCLUSIVE interview with Miss Crane!
How did you encourage your students to prepare for the exam?
Miss Crane: Threatened them with a big stick? :P No, I told them that it would be worth it in the
future if they put all their work in now and to study hard to complete as much work as they can,
because then they’ve got more options for university and also for jobs.
Were you nervous?
Miss Crane: For them?! Yes, I was very nervous, possibly more nervous than when I did my exams
myself, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens.
Are you confident about the grades?
Miss Crane: I’m very confident about the grades as my class is extremely clever and they worked
very hard and so they should get the best results they’ve ever had…I hope…fingers crossed!
All in all, the exams are over, (THANK GOD) and although I still have nightmares about my pen not
working, forgetting everything or worse: not wearing my lucky pig necklace…we will just have to
wait and see what happens.
Another thank you goes to Miss Crane for all her effort helping us. We promise we will not let her
By Catrinel Vlad (year 10)
As you have probably seen the huge poster in the hallway, you may know our annual play this year
will be around the secluded and dark character of ‘Dracula’. It will be directed by our very own Ms.
Angela Hargett, who is delighted to have so many people audition for this play.
“The audience will be invited to wear Dracula-themed costumes, giving them a feeling that they’re
a part of the play,” she said enthusiastically.
Auditions are coming up and we will soon find out about our main characters (who will have to
learn their lines over the Christmas/Hanukah holiday). This year’s play is more brooding and suspenseful
than what we’re used to. The Drama students and Ms. Hargett continue to brew up endless
new ideas for the play, and are slowly shaping and molding the play into something special. On
their trip to the iconic Țăndărică Theater, the creative juices were flowing. The select drama group
thought of concepts relating to settings, directions and special effects. They thought of how to try
to make this play the best it can be.
Our props will be made by our own ingenious and innovative Art students; however, other students
are more then welcome to help. We hope to continue the legacy that is Dracula, and make it another
fabulous IBSB successful play.
Hope to see you all receive your wanted parts, and for the rest to support and encourage their
By Kelly and Mariana (year 10)
Welcome to our second Whiteboard of this year – The Holiday Edition.
This term has flown by in a haze of activity, shows and learning. Personally, I enjoy the winter holiday
Term, but usually a couple of weeks after it has finished. Largely because it is the longest, the busiest,
the hardest and the gloomiest as the nights get longer and the weather gets colder. This year however,
it has been spring-like and November’s weather in Bucharest was better than many summers in
England. Sadly, I am not exaggerating.
Tonight, (if you are buying this at the performance) is the summation of all the hard work and creative
endeavours of the last few weeks in all areas of the Primary School, from Pre-School to Year 6.
We will have a performance of Christmas songs from our youngest children to start with. It is a little
unfair on the rest to start with the sweetest and cutest first, I know. Following them, our Key Stage 1
children will perform their usual nativity scene, this time it has a Russian flavour with Baboushka. Finally,
Key Stage 2 children will entertain you with their version of The Ice Demon. These are the special
moments children remember when they are adults looking back at their school days, not the
Maths lesson they had last Thursday. It is a special occasion and I thank all the parents for coming
along to share the moment. Maybe you remember the night you played an innkeeper when you were
6 years old?
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the children who came to rehearsals and learnt
their lines, plus the teachers who gave acting tips, dance steps and singing lessons. A special thank
you goes to Mr. Nosowski (who took the Christmas Show from Mr. Ennion after 3 years) and Miss
Elizabeth for all the props and direction of Baboushka.
We hope you enjoy, or have already enjoyed, the performance.
Next week we will have our traditional Carol Concert at the Anglican Church of the Resurrection. This,
along with UN Day, is one of our oldest traditions and we are thankful that Rev. Patrick Irwin, the new
chaplain, has opened his doors to us once again this Christmas. As before we will sing a number of
Christmas Carols together and hear some readings from our children and guests. It is a festive and
grand way to finish the term.
I wish to thank everyone in the Primary School for all their hard work and dedication so far this year.
It has been a busy term, especially the last couple of weeks as we entered the winter holiday zone.
Children are excited, teachers are tired and, if truth be told, a little excited too.
So, as we head towards a well earned rest, I wish all of our families a wonderful holiday and health,
wealth and happiness in the New Year.
See you in 2011!
Head of Primary
Wash your fruit.
In Year 2B we discovered Mongolia and
all its treasures! Check out our displays
for more information. We visited a
school similar to ours in the capital of
M o n g o l i a . C h e c k i t o u t a t :
http:isumongolia.edu.mn/. We painted
portraits of Genghis Khan, learned about
the Gobi Desert and much, much more.
Year 1 have worked hard this term. In Multicultural week we
studied South Korea. Check out our display on the stairs and
have a look at our ceramic cups in the classroom. We recently
looked at instructional language and wrote our own
instructions using BOSSY words.
Chop your fruit. Choose your fruit and put
it on a stick.
For the celebration of the
Multicultural week in our school,
Preschool and Reception children
talked about Romania. Children
painted plates in the traditional
Romanian style and they made
the Romanian flag out of paper.
They even learned a traditional
Alunelu”, which they performed
at our UN Day Show. All
children enjoyed tasting the
Romanian traditional food and they played Romanian games
throughout the week. Everybody had a great time! And we
hope everybody enjoyed seeing the little ones on stage!
During Multicultural week Year 2A
studied China. We learnt how to
count in Chinese and we found out
lots of interesting things about The
Great Wall Of China. Do you know it
can be seen from space? We had lots
of fun eating noodles with chopsticks
and creating handprint dragons.
Enjoy eating your
The country we chose to study was Mexico. We spent a long time looking
at the fascinating history of the people of Mexico and we tried to
replicate some of the artifacts found beneath the modern site of Mexico
City. We also looked at the Aztec calendar and the day signs. Did you
know that the Aztecs used to count in twenties because we have twenty
fingers and toes? When we found out about how chocolate was brought
to Europe from Mexico, we discovered that British and Dutch ships
would steal the cargo from Spanish ships and throw the cocoa beans into
the sea. See if you can find out why!
Here you can see Diandra, Anisia and Dinu working on our picture of the Aztec Sunstone. See the display
board outside our classroom for more details!
For the Multicultural Week Year 6 has made a 3D map of Australia
and a picture of the Great Barrier Reef. The map had pictures
of important cities and of Ayres Rock. The Great Barrier Reef
contained pictures with a lot of different fish. At the end of the
week there was a great show and a buffet with lots of food.
By Alex Hotea (Year 6)
Multicultural Week : Greece
The First Olympics (A Reenactment)
I feel very happy because I never had Olympics. I will never forget this day.
We had discus, long jump and a marathon run. My favourite part was the
marathon run. You had to run from the city of Marathon to Sparta and then
back to Marathon. At Marathon you fought in a battle and then ran to Athens
to shout, “WE WON”! We had to fall down exhausted after we shouted. I
loved the Olympics!
By: Fabienne Wilke (Year3B)
This term has been an exciting and fun one for Year 3.
We studied Thailand in multicultural week and found out
about the kinds of weather and animals there. We made a
delicious Thai salad in class. We are learning about rocks
and soils and weather around the world. We had some
scary and funny costumes for Halloween and we are excited
about the upcoming Christmas show!
Literacy: Greek Mythology What would you do if your teacher suddenly turned into a Cyclops?
If Miss Katie turned into a Cyclops I would jump out the window and go home crying. I would cry two
hours and then sleep. After that I would go to school with my camera and take a photo of Miss Katie
and go to the Police Centre. By Marius Meiță (Year 3B)
Who do you think will win the prize for the best display?
A Euphoric Christmas all Over the Globe
Bring on the Christmas spirit y’all!! Now, have you folks been naughty or nice? Oh, I can just
hear the Christmas bells ringing, I’m beginning to sing Christmas songs in the shower and I’m seeing
red and green take over all the shopping malls. Goosebumps are actually popping out all over my
body in preparation for the very first snow flake. Christmas trees are beginning to sell; supermarkets
are also beginning to feature all the scrumptious little Santa chocolates and candy canes for all
the sweet lovers out there.
Speaking of Christmas, don’t you just wonder HOW exactly Christmas is spent all over the
world? Well, today’s your lucky day. We’re in an International school catering to people from all
over the globe. BAM! An idea hit me like a light bulb on top of my head, to spontaneously decide to
walk around the campus briefly asking everyone from different countries how they celebrate
Christmas. I’d also like to tell you how Christmas is done and how it rolls in Malaysia (where I’m
Where is Malaysia you might ask? It’s an average sized country in the heart of Asia, the
neighbor of the scattered islands of Indonesia. Malaysia is home to exotic beaches, the mouth wateringly
extravagant fusion of various foods, and the never ending 37* of summer weather 365
days. Malaysia is amazing as it’s filled to the brim with colourful and diverse cultures. Malaysia
truly is a mini Asia; we’re made up of Malays, Chinese and Indians, hence the variety of religions
from the main religion Islam to Christianity to Buddhism to Hindu. Christmas in Malaysia is a stellar
event; everyone seems to get together all over the nation and celebrate, improvising the western
ways from hotel Christmas dinners and lunches to malls being decorated beginning in November!!!
I simply adore Christmas in Malaysia. Every shop you walk into you hear the cheerful Christmas
tunes, you see the colourful dolled up Christmas trees and decorations at literally ever corner!
What strikes me as amazing about everything is that Malaysia is actually an Islamic country but it
still manages to pull off a wonderful show for fellow Malaysians and tourists who wish to visit at
this glorious time of year. Driving through central Kuala Lumpur, lights blanket the streets in red
and green, days before the big day shopping malls are covered with people scrambling around buying
presents. Oh, it’s just so merry, and let me tell ya, the Turkey is smokin’!
So what did I get out of my little research conducted around campus? Well, Kira from Romania
says that by Christmas Eve, she’s up in the striking mountains of Romania altogether with
her entire family. The evening is basically full of food, food, laughter, food and did I mention food??
She said in the evening a big Santa Clause would come over and hand out presents to her and her
cousins and they’d party as a family until after midnight. On Christmas day itself she’d go skiing, eat
more, and simply cover herself in the family lovin’.
What goes down in Spain? Alba told me a great story about her average Christmas. On
Christmas Eve a Santa would walk down the streets of the town throwing out candy. Alba and her
friend would try to retrieve as much candy possible and shield their heads with an umbrella and
every Christmas Eve her entire family would gather at either her or her Uncle’s place depending on
which year. They’d play the piano, sing and dance all night (yes, she has a musical family indeed).
They’d eat and eat and dance until they fell asleep. The next day, on Christmas day itself, she’d
watch the yearly Christmas show on TV with her family, and hang out with her friends and go to the
BEACH! Just imagine an entire family strolling on one of the beaches of Spain in the cold of a winter’s
day all dressed head to toe in jackets and ear muffs!
How does Mexico roll? I was enchanted by Mariana’s yearly Christmas. In Mexico, on
Christmas Eve, she and her family would walk on the streets re-creating the progression of the Virgin
Mary seeking shelter. She would then go home, crack open a PINATA and a whole bunch of
sugar canes spill out. Then they apparently eat and eat and open up presents.
According to Miss Crane, (our beloved History teacher), in Britain, she’d get together with
her family in her little town, have a wonderful Christmas dinner and she’d play all sorts of board
games with the family and eat even more. Apparently she’d eat a lot of candy and chocolate as well
with all of her nephews and nieces and her little brother. Sounds good!
Ms. Carman, (our English teacher) from Canada, spends Christmas Eve with all her relatives
eating way too much and drinking special wine. The following morning, her father makes cocktails
of champagne and orange juice (Mimosas) before heading down to the family room to open all the
presents and stockings. Afterwards, everyone in the family chips in and prepares a delicious
brunch consisting of poached eggs on buttery toast, crispy bacon and freshly squeezed orange
juice. The rest of the day is spent preparing the stuffing and veggies for the Turkey dinner and it’s
all about family around the dining table catching up on the latest news. Food, family and festivities
are the order of the day.
To wrap it up, I’d say Christmas is all about family and food. It’s about giving, receiving and
sharing the love all around. All I’m going to say for now is, MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY! I hope
you have a fantastic holiday wherever in the globe you are this December. Cheers! Noroc! Salud!
Prost! Na Zdravi! Lechyd d! Egeszsegerea!
By Zandra Den Hartog (year 11)
Each year, as all of you know, Christmas is one of the biggest events
we look forward to as the end of the year approaches us. It’s a festival
that brings joy to each and every one of us as we cuddle up on Christmas
Eve with our family in different parts of the world celebrating the
birth of Christ and of course waiting for Santa to bring us gifts.
Well, IBSB also has a tradition which began over the past few years.
Being an international school, we take pleasure in celebrating the festivals
of different cultures as we have students coming from a variety
of countries. Every year IBSB celebrates Christmas with great enthusiasm
and passion just before our holidays. Each year there are students
and teachers who find themselves very eager and delighted to help
and contribute to this glorious event and make it a success. Their efforts
can be seen while they are singing melodies in the church, and
some students contribute by reading about Christmas in the church that we have been celebrating
in for the past few years.
This year, as in the past, we expect to go to the Anglican Church from the school, surround ourselves
with the joy of Christmas through melodies, gladness and sweet memories of the past and
then have a wonderful, relaxing vacation away from school.
Unfortunately nowadays, the primordial tradition of celebrating Christmas-carolling has started to
be ignored or commercialized, its amusement and joy slowly fading away.
But none of us should forget this exciting experience of carolling- spending a whole day rehearsing
songs, screaming out loud and building “sorcove” or any other objects that would be noisy and big
and glittery, making an impact. Then, walking in the cold from house to house on your street or
neighbourhood; even if you are freezing, you are cheerful and anxious and laughing all together.
This goodwill and thrill is to be further brightened as people greet you with “cozonaci” or all types
of sweets and warmth.
Therefore, this article can be viewed as an appeal to you, not to forget or ignore this wonderful
time of the year, and revive or enhance this beautiful tradition.
For anyone who is interested in going carolling, but is not sure how, when, with whom, etc. I would
like to say, that this December, a larger group of us will go in order to spread this joyful act in some
neighbourhood or on some street. If anyone is interested in joining us this year, you are more than
HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND
A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
By Aakriti (year 9) and Alexandra L (year 11)
Full Name: Mr. Scott Jamieson
City, Country: Liverpool, England
Hobbies: Football, traveling, snowboarding, and lots more.
� How long have you been in Romania? Do you enjoy living here?
Since about four weeks ago. It’s alright here.
� How has your experience at IBSB been so far?
Everybody is friendly and the weather has been fantastic.
� Where did you teach before?
In Wales, North Carolina, Switzerland and now here.
� Why did you choose our school?
Because I got a phone call…
Full Name: Gabriela Istudor
City, Country: Galați, Romania
Hobbies: listening to music, reading, traveling and many other
� Why did you choose to teach this subject?
I studied Physics and Chemistry in my hometown.
� Do you enjoy living here?
Yes, I like Bucharest very much. It’s my favorite city.
� How has your experience at IBSB been so far?
I like being here. It’s difficult because I’m new, but everybody is really nice.
� Why did you choose our school?
The school chose me.
By Blanca (year 9)
As always, each year we participate in the Kangaroo Contest with different schools around
Romania. Some of the contests are important internationally and you receive a diploma for your
participation. This term we had the astonishing Spanish-French Kangaroo Contest which even the
Junior School took part in for the first time! Also, we have some more upcoming Kangaroo Contests:
� English-German (26 January, 2011)
� Maths Contest (18 March, 2011)
Here are some comments from the students who took part in the French-Spanish Contest:
Me: How was the Kangaroo Contest?
Divya (Y10): It was a different experience full of challenges which varied from the tests I normally
get from Miss Diana in my French classes.
Me: What was the craziest question, in your opinion?
Divya: In the contest I got a half Romanian half French question which I couldn’t answer because I
don’t know Romanian.
Me: How many points do you think you got in the Contest?
Divya: I’m unsure about how well I did because it’s my first time participating, but I hope I get a
Me: Thank you for answering my questions!
Divya: You’re welcome.
Me: How was the Kangaroo Contest?
Ioana (Y9): It was harder than I expected because some questions were peculiar...but I enjoyed it.
Me: What was the craziest question, in your opinion?
Ioana: There was one with a French library that had a weird formation and we had to choose the
correct shape: A) square
B) a shape of a book
Me: How many points do you think you got in the contest?
Ioana: I think I got over 70% of my answers right. Also I’m awfully curious about the results I’ll get!
Me: Thank you very much for answering my questions!!
Ioana: You’re welcome.
By Kira Hagi (year 10)
IBSB’s Teachers’ Travel Club
Thanks to the dedication and efforts of Ms. Jane Broadhurst, the new Teachers’ Travel Club’s
inaugural weekend trip to Rome was a brilliant success. The lucky teachers recently flew on Blue
Air from Bucharest to Rome (in just under 2 hours!) and spent a whirlwind weekend exploring one
of the world’s most historically significant cities. As gorgeous as the sites are, Ms. Carman was
especially delighted by the gourmet delights including Saltimbocca and Cannelloni followed by
some excellent Italian espresso and perhaps a little Limoncello. Ms. Broadhurst fell in love with a
dessert of Gorgonzola “ice cream” and Ms. Hargett savored some exquisite ravioli among other
Italian delights. It was a trip to remember!
Future trips will include Turkey, Spain and Bulgaria, so join the more intrepid members of the
staff and come along for the adventure!
A penny for the Trevi...
Gorgonzola Ice cream Saltimbocca!
Ms. Carman loves Rome!
The Tea and Chocolate Club
You might remember the posters with floral patterns and strong statements such as, “Time to suffer”.
Well, last year’s Tea and Chocolate Club is back with new philosophies, teas and popular bites
of sweet delight. As time swept by, some of the club’s members have left the occasional tea party
for university, opening insightful discussions for new members with genuine ideas and exciting conversations.
Hosted by Alexandra Lulache (year 11), Ms. Croci and
Mr. Angel, the club invites students who wish to participate
in the introspective views of today’s dilemmas.
Until now, the members have argued whether
free will is good, if we truly master it, and how some
of us consider it a crucial element in the establishment
of today’s society. The club also opened its
thoughts to the statement:’ if we are conscious of one
thing we stop being that’, in other words, questioning
if the awareness of our actions will change our decisions
of that very deed. Do we influence ourselves by
noticing the judgment our subconscious takes for us
on a daily basis? The very fact that these questions
are so debatable allows room for the freedom of
thought. These topics, along with others, are discussed
with the warming 5 o’clock tea carefully
served with pralines (sponsored to us by the most
kind La Reine Astrid shop).
In the fortunate case you are interested in joining our present members; ask Alexandra for details
about admission as the club has limited space (and tea). You are also invited to taking part in one of
our conversations to get a flavour and more detailed picture of the concepts we explore and argue
about. Maybe you also have an own thought you would like to share with us or an idea that seems
to be unjustifiable. In that case you are more than welcome. This is the club for the open-minded;
for the wonderers of our school.
By Daniel Muller (year 11)
Let’s Find Out
Christmas is when everything becomes special.
It’s really the only time of the year when anybody can walk through the streets forgetting all their
worries for a bit and become “intoxicated” by that characteristic festive spirit while being captivated
by the light of thousands of tiny bulbs adorning the boulevards. Even if just for a second,
that brief moment is simply magical. But hey, that is what is so wonderful about Christmas. People
are inspired and try to be better by putting up with an unpopular cousin, trying to behave the nicest
way possible or just by helping someone we barely know.
As I said, it’s a truly inspirational period, and in my case it compelled me to create a truly revolutionary
new style of article for our beloved TIV.
On this occasion, I’ve put a lot of imagination into this article so I hope you all enjoy it as much as I
did writing it, but mostly, I hope it will become one of your favourite sections of our newsletter.
I’ve done an open questionnaire, interviewing 12 girls and 12 boys from our school to get a close
look at the interests and opinions of the IBSB students in general. I believe I’ve covered all types of
students and honestly there are some very, very surprising answers.
“Ever wondered if the rest of the school matches your hobbies, your opinions or your lifestyle?”
Finally, it’s time to know everything, absolutely everything about IBSB students. Are you ready to
find out the most hidden secrets of the school?
Here we go!!!
Question: Who is the best musician? Lady Gaga
Guns 'n Roses
Guns 'n Roses
*The school, as a whole, likes Guns ‘n
Roses (17%) and Michael Tina Jackson Turner (13%)
17% *Boys prefer Alex Pardee
Michael Jackson (28%) Eminem and Green Day
*Girls like Guns ‘n Roses (28%) and
Jimi Hendrix 5%
Lady Gaga (18%)
SCHOOL's FAVOURITE SUBJECTS
SCHOOL's FAVOURITE SUBJECTS
Question: Which is your favourite subject?
*School’s favourite subjects are Art (27%) and
*For the first time in history
Boys and Girls agree!!
Question: Does appearance matter to you?
*More than a half of the school (59%) said YES.
Let’s Find Out
*Girls (64% said yes) care more about the physical than boys (55% said yes)
Question: Are you in a relationship?
A r e y ou i n a r e l a t i onshi p?
*68% of the school is not in a relationship right now.
*45% Are of the you requested in a girls relationship?
have a boyfriend when only 18% of the boys have a girlfriend.
Question: Do you like our school?
*Apparently more girls (91% - yes) than boys (82% -yes) like the school.
*Overall, an important 86% admit to loving IBSB!
By Alba Gavaliugov (year 11)
Interview with Miss Aura Bogdan
Miss Aura has been in this school since its inception, so it is only
normal that she has developed a strong attachment to it. In this
interview, the school’s Executive Director tells us a bit about herself,
the school, and what motivates her.
TIV: Can you tell me three differences between the school you attended and the one you
are Executive Director of now?
A: Only three? I was in a Romanian school and the first difference is that here, the people can have
their own opinions, and in my school, this was a problem. This is what I appreciate in this school –
students can have their own opinions, and if they have arguments they can support these opinions.
The second thing and I think it’s the most important, is that I see that most of the children come to
school happy, especially primary school students.
The third thing is that I think it’s important to have free time after school – students can do their
own activities. In the Romanian school they have to do a lot of homework and they don't have
time to enjoy extracurricular activities.
TIV: What were your favourite subjects?
A: The first was Art, but unfortunately in the Romanian system Art was not such a big deal.
I enjoyed it, but I couldn’t develop it. Also, I liked languages – I studied English, Spanish, and
TIV: What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning and come to school?
A: I think the children motivate me. I have become very much attached to this school, because I’ve
seen this school grow and I’ve been here from the beginning, so I really enjoy being here.
TIV: What was your most challenging experience in this school?
A: When I had to make this school recognized by the Romanian Ministry of Education because it
was difficult for me to explain that, here we are doing something different, because they only accepted
the Romanian way. I was also disappointed, but in the end I succeeded.
TIV: What do you consider to be the strengths of this school, and what advantage does it have
over other schools?
A: I see this school as a large family. This is the most important point because parents have to leave
their children in a safe place. If I think as a parent might, I would very much appreciate a school
which gives me a feeling of relaxation because I am sure that nothing wrong can happen.
I think this is the difference between our school and other schools. I try to know everybody and I
try to keep a close contact, and I often talk with students and parents. I like to know if there are
problems, and to help if necessary. I like to think that we work as a family here.
TIV: Thank you for your time.
By Andrei Marian (year 12)
New Separate Assemblies for Students
In an effort to create more age appropriate and interesting assemblies for our students, we
have divided the juniors from the seniors three times a month with a whole school assembly on the
fourth week. The first senior school assembly took place on Friday, November 19 th and featured
topics such as World Toilet Day (2.6 billion people in the world do not have proper sanitation)
bullying, (our new bullying information pamphlet was distributed to all students) and ended with
the school band performing led by Mr. Angel. Future senior assemblies will include guest speakers
from colleges and universities, workshops on a variety of topics relevant to older teens, musical
performances and more. The students themselves have a say in what they want and the idea is to
create a series of interesting get-togethers which benefit both juniors and seniors overall.
Miss Crane and Ms. Carman
lead the first Senior Assembly
School Band performs
It was the 5 th of November when “delegates” of nearly all the British Schools in Bucharest
gathered at the Crowne Plaza to celebrate Guy Fawke’s Day.
As it is already a tradition, the IBSB students warmed up next to the huge bonfire, savored
hot dogs (or in Sonia’s case, bread with ketchup – apparently she is a partial vegetarian) and of
course, admired the firework display.
Fortunately, I was able to officially commemorate the end of my autumn exams by burning
all my past papers, which was extremely amusing for quite a lot of British people. We were also
delighted to be later joined by Mr. Ciprian, Mr. Munteanu and IBSB’s new Spanish teacher, Miss
Aurora with whom we discussed taking pictures (preferably with us) and the classic subject – food.
All in all, it was another successful celebration, but next year, I hope to see even more IBSB
students! By Catrinel Vlad (year 10)
Alexandra and Mara present
Information on World Toilet Day
Fancy Dress Football Matches
On 5 th November we had the “Fancy Football Matches”. Every house had to have two teams (KS3
and KS4 & KS5) and on each team five players were required; one teacher, at least one girl and
whomever else wanted to play. Overall, Dobrogea won the small house games. I, as a House captain,
was very pleased that my house won and both Muntenia and Transylvania did very well, but
there’s always room for improvement. Alex P. and Catrinel were asked to answer the following
� Do you think that your teams did well or they could have done better?
Alex P.: They did well and I was really glad that many people wanted to play and that’s why I
had to make a lot of changes during the game, but I was pleased that we had great team work
and co-operation between team mates.
Catrinel: They did well. It’s football so everybody gets really competitive and it was really fun!
� You as a House Captain played as well. Do you believe you did your best?
Alex P.: No, I don’t believe I did my best; I was just really playing for the fun of it, not for any
Catrinel: It’s physically impossible to play with a tiara on your head so I think I did pretty well.
� What was the best thing about the short house games? The costumes, the fact that
we/you played football, etc….?
Alex P.: The best thing about these House games was the team spirit I received when I looked
at the members of Muntenia. Everyone was willing to participate and everybody got a chance
to play in the football games.
Catrinel: It was the tradition of having House games
By Blanca (year 9)
IBSB vs ISB Football Game
There is a saying in the football world that sums up the beauty and ugliness of the game
very succinctly: “That’s football”. This year, on the 22nd of October, the boys’ team (under and
over 16) went to the ISB Sporting Competition and they were educated in the true meaning of this
In the under 16 football game, Johnny Jabra scored late in the first half when the ISB team
was in the lead with 3 -0.
The opposition’s attempts to stop our motivational advantage came fast: 2 more goals.
A small but important drop of hope was brought by Dan C. (Bibe) when he scored at the
end of the first half.
Despite the fact that at the end of the first half the score was 5-2, the boys didn’t lose their
faith and confidence. The results: an outstanding second half with a team spirit and perseverance
that made the impossible, possible.
With Johnny like the tip of the spear, (4 goals), Thomas (1 goal), Cristi, Dan, Stergios, unsurpassed
in defence, we got what we came for: “Veni, Vidi, Vici”.
In the over 16 football game, despite having as much ball possession as their opposition,
our boys were unable to stop the ISB Team’s offensive. They got the initiative scoring a wonderful
goal in the first minutes of the first half and taking the lead at 1-0. That was the moment that
brought our boys “together”.
With “Shayan” in command, Mihnea as pass assistant in midfield, Andrei followed by
Johnny with the help of Vlad and again “Shayan” broke down the ISB defence for three goals which
put us in the lead until the final whistle.
With the first competition of the year in our pockets, how will the ISB respond? We will
have to see next year!
By Mr. Ciprian Iacob
As the posters around the school announced, the Student Council had the pleasure of inviting
you to the most glamorous party of the year: the Winter Ball, and this year was no exception.
As in past years, the Prefects and class representatives of this academic year along with Mrs.
Hingley, thought about an event which all students could enjoy and finally came up with the idea of
the second edition of the Winter Ball.
The history of this party is as simple as this: the first edition was held two years ago, on December
2008. The location was the first floor of a museum downtown with students coming formally
dressed. However this year, we as a group chose a trendier place which in fact is a club on
the Herăstrău Lakeshore, named Elements. We still kept the formal dress code from the last edition
and indeed some very nice dresses and suits were seen at the party!
The price of the ticket was 50 RON and included three free soft drinks and one non-alcoholic
cocktail along with the promise of offering an unforgettable party (which by the way we hope we
really have achieved). The DJ was there to entertain us with a wide variety of music pleasing both
teachers and students all night long, while different activities entertained the participants.
The elegant ball started at 7.00 pm and ended at 10.00 pm for those in Year 7, 8, 9 and midnight
for the upper Years 10, 11, 12 and 13. The IBSB Kings and Queens were Angeliki and Armand
for Key Stage 4, and Raluca Ciaușoiu and Andrei Marian for Key Stage 5,6.
Winter Ball Princess, Angeliki
By Raluca Ciaușoiu (year 12)
“What a bevy of beauties!”
“Dancing machine” George
With Christmas carols in the air, Christmas is a time of celebration, beauty and fun. We decorate
the houses to contribute to the gaiety and festive spirit of the Christmas holidays. We use lights,
colors, ornaments, wreaths, garlands, stars and the Christmas tree to add more and more loveliness
to the homes. The grand and magical-looking Christmas tree is undoubtedly the highlight of
these decorations. So take your cutters, papers, ornaments, glitters, ribbons and glue to carve out
your best Christmas ever.
1. Take a sheet of white paper roughly 20cm x 8cm. Fold the paper
back on itself (like a concertina) so that you finish with a
piece still 8cm long but only 2cm wide.
2. Each end of the strip of paper will form the outside of your
snowflake so you can cut them slightly rounded. Cut two small
triangles at the midpoint of the paper, making sure that you don't
cut all the way through. Tie a string around this as it will become the centre of your snowflake.
3. Make random cuts along each side of the paper.
Now all you have to do is open up the snowflake
and glue or tape each side together. For less than
five minutes work you have a beautiful and delicate
Hang your beautiful new homemade Christmas
decorations on your tree with a piece of red ribbon.
They can also be decorated using spray glue
and sprinkled glitter.
� Tempera paint and paintbrushes
� 1 toilet paper tube
� 1 paper towel tube, cut into two different lengths
� Colored paper (for faces and mittens)
� Black marker and pink pencil
� Sheet music (from a songbook or gift wrap)
� 3 child-size socks
String or raffia
1. Paint the tubes and set them aside to dry. From the colored paper, cut out oval face shapes
and draw on eyes and mouths with the marker. Use the pink pencil to color rosy cheeks. Cut out
paper mittens for each caroler too.
2. From the sheet music, trim two small rectangles and fold each in half to resemble a mini songbook.
Glue the faces onto the tubes. Then glue a songbook between each pair of mittens and glue
the mittens to the tubes.
3. For hats, trim the feet off the socks and discard them. Fold an end of each sock tube into a cuff
and stretch it onto a caroler's head. Tie the hat closed with string or raffia.
This old-fashioned garland can be strung in a flash -- and the results look good enough to eat.
� 2/3 cup unpopped popcorn
� Medium paper bag
� Dried apricots
� Dried cranberries
� Needle and thread
1. To microwave the popcorn, pour the kernels into the paper bag and loosely fold the bag closed.
Place the bag in the microwave. Cook on high for 3 to 6 minutes or until the popcorn has popped.
It's done when the pops slow to a near stop.
2. Carefully remove the bag from the oven and open it to let the steam escape. Pour the popcorn
into a large bowl and let cool. Open the bags of
dried apricots and dried cranberries and pour into
3. Next, thread a needle with about 36 inches of
white thread doubled to make the thread strong
and a workable 18 inches long. Tie a knot at the end.
Choose a pattern to repeat, for example, two pieces
of popcorn followed by a dried apricot, then two
more pieces of popcorn followed by a dried cranberry.
String several short garlands, then hang them
on the tree.
Don’t forget!!! The hottest Christmas decoration is the combination of traditional and classical décor
combined with modern elegance. It’s all about following a theme, but adding your own unique
By Alba Gavaliugov Mendez (year 11)
Happy Holidays from the
“You can teach a student a lesson for a day,
but if you can teach him to learn by creating
curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.”
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