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Pinewood Participates in ACMUN 2014!
Sunday, 23 February 2014 12:32

The 9th annual ACMUN has gotten off to a great start with our students representing Portugal, Thailand, Mexico and Morocco.  We also have two charing positions, two ICJ seats, a Historical Council position and Marco Bustamante is the President of the GA. 

The students worked very hard to prepare, and have spent the first day brushing off the nerves and insecurities.  The broad range of topics from pharmaceutical rights to the Swat Valley, and black markets to the IMF seem to somehow all intersect somewhere in the myriad of human issues. 

To see high-schoolers tackling the issues on this kind of level, with the pressure of public speaking, is truly inspiring.

Another year of ACMUN has come to a close. This year's conference produced a memorable crop of successes for Pinewood, not the least of which was a highly successful performance as the President of the General Assembly by our very own Marco Bustamante. Elisavet Chartampila, Kostantinos Kehriotis and Savvas Sfairopoulos added to the success by each garnering 'Best Delegate' awards in their respective committees. Andrea Arivella continued the noted success of our delegates by getting an 'Honorable Mention' for his outstanding work in the EU Council. Christina Constantinou, and Tony Pilato both rounded out the Pinewood experience by showing great effort and leadership as Moderators and chairs in their committees. One of the smaller schools at the conference, we attended with 19 participants, ranging from 4 year seasoned veterans, to 9th Grade 4 1st time delegates. I would personally like to congratulate all of you on a wonderful performance; you should all be very proud of yourselves.

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Iam Harrington
MUN Advisor

 
Host Country Studies Trip to the Museums of Byzantine Culture and the YMCA Basket Ball!
Friday, 07 February 2014 11:14

Visiting the Thessaloniki Museum for Byzantine Culture is a true cultural experience. In 1989, the Museum’s architect, Kyriakos Krokos, wrote: Iwanted a space within which movement would create a feeling of freedom, stirring up the senses, and where the exhibit would be a surprise within the movement. I believe, that as we walked around the Museum with our students, we had many pleasant surprises. The floor and wall mosaics in the first Early Christian Period Room, attracted everybody’s attention, the Byzantine tunics with their fine embroideries were eye-catching, the icons and the intricately enameled bracelets in the Middle Byzantine Period Room were definitely noticed by our students. Finally, as we were leaving, one last surprise, a beautiful Post-Byzantine golden eikonostaasi, one last startling work of art to ponder about.

Thessaloniki is considered by many scholars, to be a Byzantine city with many first-rate monuments, particularly Byzantine Churches. We continued, however, our day-trip with something entirely different. We visited the YMCA (ΧΑΝΘ) Basketball Museum. Our students were amazed to find out that Greece was one of the very first countries in the world to introduce Basketball as a sport and organize Basketball National Tournaments. Mr. Yorgos Bousvaros, the YMCA President and one of the most important Basketball coaches of Greece, guided us around the Museum, making us feel the excitement of the Game. It was a full, fun day!

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Amalia Spiliakou
Host Country Studies

 
P.E. Winter Olympics
Friday, 07 February 2014 11:10

A few days prior to the opening celebration for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, we took the opportunity to educate our students during their P.E. classes. Students studied the Olympic flag and we spoke about the colours of the Olympic rings and what they represent. They recognized and named most of the winter sports and they were able to view some of the sports equipment like ski boots, skis, ice hockey sticks and ice skating shoes. We look forward to watching the Winter Olympics, and as always, encouraging our students to participate in winter sports!

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Mrs. Niki Tzivanaki
PE teacher

 
Grade 2 Celebrates Chinese New Year
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 18:30

Grade 2 celebrated the beginning of Chinese New Year by investigating the traditions and origins related with the Chinese culture.  As a part of this, the students created their own Chinese dancing dragon to parade and visit other classrooms on the first day of the New Year. Even grade 5 got involved by 'feeding' the dragon their New Year wishes.

Emily Johnston and Meg Wilkins

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