As part of our regular emergency preparation, Lincoln students and staff practiced an earthquake drill today. Our practice is to drop and cover, wait for the shaking to stop and count to 60. At that time teachers lead students outside to the field where our attendance procedures quickly take place. Everyone did a great job and the exercise was over quickly.
By Anushka, Grade 12
On November 15th ten LS Model United Nations Club students traveled to the Netherlands for the Leiden Model United Nation (LEMUN) conference. LEMUN is a secondary school MUN conference with approximately 450 delegates, organized by students of the Stedelijk Gymnasium in Leiden.
While at the conference students participated as delegates who represented a variety of countries in their respective committees. The conference focused on a range of global issues including human trafficking and sex workers to the Palestinian refugees along the Syrian border. The conference was extremely successful as all committees managed to pass at least one resolution.
While in the Netherlands, the students also had the opportunity to take the train down to The Hague. In The Hague, they visited the Peace Palace (Vredespaleis), saw the oldest working Parliament building in the world (Binnenhof), and explored the city. In addition to The Hague, the students also explored Amsterdam. While in Amsterdam students were able to visit the Anne Frank House as well as the Van Gogh Museum.
Sadly the trip had to come to an end. The week was definitely fun, long, and enriching and students are looking forward to returning next year!
Our SAISA Art program, “Kathmandu: Then & Now,” was a huge success this year. Featuring the rich artistic traditions of the Kathmandu Valley, students were exposed to an array of traditional and contemporary art forms in the local community. Five prominent Nepali artists of various disciplines led three-day workshops with 43 students from six SAISA schools.
Naresh Shakya, a talented wood carver, who has worked on several UNESCO world heritage sites around Nepal, led a traditional wood carving workshop.
Sudarshan Suwal taught Thangka painting. He is one of the only professional Thangka painters who continues to follow the traditional process of grinding his own pigments from natural minerals.
Vijay Maharjan, a contemporary sculptor, led a casting workshop, where students learned how to cast objects and body parts with plaster and alginate.
Mahima Singh, a performance artist and teacher, led a performance art and installation workshop, where students were pushed to develop a strong concept, think critically, and experiment with ways the viewer could interact with their art.
Lastly, Sattya Media Arts Collective, a resource center for artists, filmmakers, photographers, activists, and other creative types in Nepal, led a mural painting and public art workshop. Students collaborated on a mural design inspired by words and images that represent their impressions of Kathmandu. They painted the mural together over the course of two days.
On Sunday evening, students exhibited their projects in our SAISA Art exhibition. The Lincoln community was invited to peruse the gallery and interact with the artwork, as well as view some performance art in the theater. The culmination of student work was very impressive, thanks to our professional guest artists and the entire team who helped make the event a success.
Here are some photos from the exhibition (and check out more on our lsnepalart instagram!)
By Ishika A (grade 11)
AMMAN, Jordan. — Looking down at a sea of sand a thousand miles below me where life itself appeared impossible, I imagined the resilience of the people who seemed to be living in a terrain abandoned by life itself, and in between these thoughts Jigtral leaned over my shoulder and in an almost silent voice whispered “We’re not in Kansas anymore Toto.” Last Wednesday, my tennis teammates and I (Divash, Dorje, Jigtral, Abhi, Aisha, Coach Craig and Ms. Johnson) went on an exhilarating and breathtaking SAISA trip to Amman, Jordan, where we participated in a 3-day tournament, and between the corny jokes provided by Dorje and Jigtral, the love and care received from ‘mom’ Johnson and the many friends we made, it was without doubt one the most enjoyable experiences of my life.
On our first day in Jordan, our team, having reached a day early, had the privilege to visit what is, in my opinion, the coolest place on earth; the Dead Sea. ACS (The American Community School of Amman-our hosts) had kindly arranged for us to visit the Marriott Hotel for a quick dip in the sea as well as some relaxing by one of the 3 swimming pools, or for Abhi about 50 rides down the very cool water slide that the hotel also had. Being in the Dead Sea was like being on the moon, where gravity seemed to have no power and you could float without an effort or care in the world.
Later that day, we met our hosts and to Aisha’s absolute delight, they not only had three daughters, but also a cat! Being hosted by a family was probably the part I was most apprehensive about. Staying with a host family for three days sounded like the perfect setting for awkward scenes to play out, but being hosted by them was one of the highlights of my trip. While Jigtral and Abhi could not stop talking about the waffles that their hosts provided, Aisha and I were content with pumpkin muffins and baked oats. Coach Craig, on the other hand, was considering dognapping Cooper, his host’s dynamic pet.
The tennis at this point may seem like only a minor part of the trip, but playing from 9.00 am to almost 6.00 pm for three days, and having an array of opponents with different strengths and styles allowed me to gain experience and skill unparalleled by any amount of coaching. I had the privilege of playing against a nationally ranked player, Hiya from Jordan, and though I lost to her 1-6, being able to actually return her shots and even manage to get a game against her was one of the proudest moments of my life. I think all my teammates would agree that our skill improved immensely. Abhi, the youngest player on our team, played some of the best tennis and even won the mixed doubles tournament. Jigtral won his seed and Dorje came painfully close at 2nd place both impressing and amazing many players with their excellent game. Divash played against 4 of perhaps the best tennis players I have ever seen, being our 1st seed, and lost only twice, coming 3rd. Aisha was playing girls almost 4 years older than her and still managed to hold her known, returning shots of a strength she had never experienced before.
It was three incredible days filled with back to back matches, and when we weren’t playing, we were watching and learning something from this person’s serve or that person’s backhand. Coaches from other schools often gave us advice whether it was something as small as telling us how excellent out serve was, or telling us to have a firmer wrist when at the net.
However, I think the best part of this entire trip were the friends we all made. Dorje and Divash, having gone last year, already knew a few of the players. There were even comments about the fear Divash, with his powerful play, inspired in their hearts still. We made friends with kids from Bombay, Chennai, Islamabad and, of course, Jordan. At the end of just three days of intense game play, which you would think would have pitted us against each other, we hugged each and every person goodbye having gotten to know every student and coach there and I think that’s one of the most awe inspiring things about SAISA. On the courts, teenagers, who are essentially still kids, played seamlessly without the help of any sort of umpire, calling the ball right even when their opponent thought it was out, offering to re-do points and even when losing 6-0, having the grace to shake their opponents hand and tell them how well they played. Lincoln came away from the trip with 3 S-Pins for the whole team, and Dorje, Aisha and Abhi achieved individual ones, awarded to us for excellent sportsmanship and spirit by other teams.
I think overall I would recommend SAISA to anyone considering it, not only for the experience they will inevitably gain in their respective activities, but also for the friends they will make and probably see time and time again. To quote Nithiya, a girl from Chennai: her ‘snap-map gonna be popping’ after this trip, because the friends that we formed will stay with us for life and I have no doubt will follow us out of high school and into adulthood.
The Lincoln Snow Leopards learned about a different type of animal today, WORMS!
Mr. Shreeram Ghimire, a local vermiculture expert, visited Lincoln School today to share his knowledge of worms with the elementary school.
Mr. Shreeram gave a very informative presentation on worms, but red wriggler (Eisenia fetida) worms in particular. He stressed their importance in the composting of our everyday food waste. At the end of his presentation, all the classes were invited to make their very own worm habitats out of newspaper and food waste. These mini-habitats will mirror the investigation the Grade Five students are doing on worms interacting with organic matter.
The G5 students then went to the garden with Mr. Shreeram and set up a large-scale compost bin to help Lincoln School compost food leftovers. The students set up the bin with weed clippings, newspaper, and other organic matter from the garden. It wasn’t until Mr. Shreeram showed them a giant handful of wriggling worms that the students began to squirm themselves.
Afterwards, our local expert supervised the construction of worm habitats for observation in the classroom. Thanks to Mr. Shreeram for visiting and sharing his passion for vermiculture with us!
Four-time US Olympic trials swimmer and Olympian in London 2012, Lysi Halkides, continued her stroke development clinic for Lincoln’s swimmers with a focus on mental preparation, race skills and breaststroke and freestyle technique. Lysi, who also swam for Greece, breaking 11 national records, was very impressed with our Snow Leopard swimmers and would like to come back to Kathmandu next year to conduct another swim camp. All our swimmers found the sessions valuable and will continue to streamline their techniques during the Winter season.
The first day of SAISA Art 2017 saw students from six different international schools located in five countries from across the region come together to explore some of the sacred, world heritage sites of Kathmandu. Students began the day with an information session and traditional greeting with katas and mallas in the school’s theater. Thereafter, the students toured in their groups – Thangka painting, wood carving, sculpture, video and performance, and mural painting – to Swayambhunath, where they learned some of the legends of Kathmandu Valley and were inspired by the sites and sounds of the area. Students documented some their experiences through photography and sketches before enjoying some local cuisine for lunch. Our student-artists then visited a studio in Durbar Marg containing some amazing sculptures before visiting Patan Durbar Square for yet more inspiration in and around the famous Patan Museum. The day finished with an amazing dinner in the Patan Museum and students and art teachers expressed their delight at all their inspirational encounters during their first day of SAISA Art.
The Eggstreme Engineering Exploratory (EEE) class tested the first design of their egg drop contraptions today. Much in the same way aerospace engineers design capsules to protect astronauts who return to earth, the EEE students designed and built devices to protect a raw egg when dropped off the balcony down to the stone patio below. There were a wide variety of designs with some groups opting to use homemade parachutes to slow the decent and others using popcorn to cushion the landing and others who used balloons to add air resistance and still others who tried all three techniques at once. In the end 75% of the designs were successful. Which means a few groups will go back to their drawing boards to improve their design while the others will have to decide if they think their contraptions will hold up for the next drop which will be from twice as high.
Over the last two weeks, twenty plus elementary students have volunteered their time and demonstrated their passion for helping animals. They developed slogans and created artwork to generate awareness about the plight of animals in Asia. Their art strives to support the conservation movement and protection of a variety of species. The posters were recently submitted as part of the upcoming Animals for Asia conference, an annual global event being held in Kathmandu this December.