Grade 2 Shares Their Expertise

Over the past several weeks, the Grade 2 students have been working with a partner and reading many books on the same topic to become experts on a subject. To wrap up the non-fiction reading unit Grade 2 invited the wider Lincoln School community including other elementary classes, parents, and secondary biology students to the class for the “Learn from the Experts” celebration.

The Grade 2 students shared their knowledge on a variety of life and earth science topics.  Although excited, they did admit the secondary students were very big and asked some tough questions. Grade 2 students came away from the experience not only having learned about a topic in depth, but they had the experience of sharing their knowledge with the broader academic community of Lincoln School. Way to go Grade 2 students!

Grade 2 had a packed house!

 

SAISA Badminton

(Above: Lincoln’s Hardika Kashyap and Areez Khan compete against the other Lincoln girls doubles team of Ritisha Mukherjee and Jeongyun Kim for Gold and Silver medals in the doubles consolation bracket tournament.)

Despite a change in coaching this year, the SAISA Badminton team continued to grow as individuals and a whole team. The season started off a little slow with many of the returning players feeling a little rusty and wondering who the last few people to complete the team would be. As the season continued, the rust was shaken off and everyone started to develop their skills and game.

SAISA was fast approaching and practice time seemed to be getting shorter and shorter. The travel team was at last selected as we closed in on the final stretch of practices before we left for Colombo. After a long day of travel, we landed in Colombo and were shown to our hotel for the night. The next day we relaxed on the beach and mentally prepared for the first day of the tournament.

Sri Lanka’s beautiful beaches!

We smashed the first day in winning both of first two team competitions against schools Karachi and OSC B team. The next day we lost an extremely hard fought match up against Chennai, losing 6-10. Afterwards, we faced a tough Bombay and ISOI team, and although we lost both games, we had fun competing and met many new amazing people.

Coach Char give the boys’ doubles team a pep-talk before their matches.

The last day of competing finally came around for the individual tournament and boys and girls doubles tournament. Lincoln did very well throughout with the Lincoln girls coming 1st and 2nd in the consolation finals for doubles and one of the boys’ teams coming 4th. Additionally, Jeongyun Kim finished 3rd in the consolation bracket, matching her best finish from last year.

Below: Jeongyun Kim competes in the singles consolation bracket in which she finished third, winning a bronze medal.

The last day came to a close and so did the tournament. The whole team met tons of new people and made many new friends throughout the electrifying event. Regardless of our result, we all had so much fun competing in the event and hopefully, we’ll be even stronger and have even more fun next year!

Both Girls Doubles teams before their final matchup against each other. Way to go Lady Snow Leopards!

 

The Boys stay warm between matches by playing a humorous game of “hand-badminton.” The girls agree to officiate the heated matchup. Now that’s some team camaraderie right there!

Grade 3 Visits the Donkey Sanctuary

This year Grade 3’s service learning passion is to help animals in Kathmandu. We weren’t sure how we could help, so we packed some snacks, a lunch, and hats and off we went to Animal Nepal’s Donkey Sanctuary to find out about an organization that focuses on educating owners of donkeys, mules, and horses that work in the brick kilns. We learned more about how staff at the sanctuary identify animals that might be mistreated, how they educate the owners, and what we can do to help. We had so much fun petting the animals and asking all kinds of questions We even got to see how people make bricks in Nepal! In the end, it was hard to leave all the animals behind, but we have some more ideas of how we can help now.

Anaphora, Epiphora, Epizeuxis!

AP Language and Composition class has been studiously preparing for their May exam and needed a boost to move beyond merely identifying “repetition” in their rhetorical analysis; so, we created “Repetition of Classic Rhetoric Bingo.” We had a lot of laughs and deepened our understanding of repetition. Commoratio, epimone, symploce!

Lincoln Snow Leopards Win 5th SAISA Boys’ Football Title on Home Soil!

 

KATHMANDU, Nepal. — This group of footballers that I am proud of to be part of has grown as a team, a unit, and a family. The process of learning and development did not just occur this season, but for the past three years as this core group of players have grown and improved.

Three years ago in Chennai, we were a very young team, perhaps the youngest team in the tournament, and were comprised of players who were just getting a taste of SAISA football, a completely different level from lunchtime football, or the physicality that is present in local opponents. We had Eskil, in 8th grade, who had suffered a nagging injury and Alex, who is even younger. We mostly had 9th grade athletes like Avi, Avinash, Riwaj, Sheshank, Vishesh and Mateus who didn’t have much SAISA football experience. We had Sangho and Prasant in 10th grade just starting to mature as players. During this tournament, we got the worst results in the Davis coaches’ history in Lincoln. We thought perhaps that we could not carry on the strong tradition of Lincoln football; that we weren’t good enough. We were wrong. There were only two new starters on the team this year compared to then: Tenzing and Sauharda. Now the members mentioned above were the core members of the team that just achieved the 5th SAISA championship for Lincoln.

In the bus ride from the airport, we memorized the moments and pain from that tournament in 2016, but we knew that in the future the clouds will fade and the sun will shine again. We would just have to wait until that 5th star is shown in the sky. We were up for this challenge of finding that star.

Time passed, and the team grew older, stronger, and wiser. We learned what it would take for us to achieve success, when we won other sports tournaments (basketball and volleyball) both locally and in SAISA. From this success in other sports, we knew that we were strong athletes that had the tools to be successful, but we never knew if we had enough for football.

 

 

 

When we heard that football was to be hosted here in Kathmandu, we were excited that we would have the home crowd cheering us on. We were confident that we would have the best chance due to the teams having to adjust to the different conditions in Kathmandu. We had performed well in the NISSA league, finishing 2nd and winning five of our seven matches. Although we only finished 3rd in NISSA tournament, we learned from our mistakes and warmed up for SAISA with matches against the U-16 Nepal National Team and the Armed Police Force. It was when we only lost 2-0 to this A-Division club that we knew we had the skills and know-how to defend anything that SAISA could throw at us.

The long awaited first game of the tournament against Colombo started with the whole secondary school cheering us on at the Armed Police Force stadium. It was our team’s first time playing in front of such a big crowd, so we were a bit nervous and hesitant to begin with. However, our Snow Leopard support cheered every touch we made and that helped us play to the next level. In the end, we defeated Colombo 2-0 with two precisely calculated goals from Sauharda and Avi.

The next game was against Karachi, who had good midfielders that opened the game up for the two fast forwards. The game was tough, but with a powerful header off a corner from Sheshank (which he promised beforehand), and two great saves by Alex, we defeated Karachi by 1-0, keeping another clean sheet.

The following game against Dhaka was the game that we had anticipated the whole season. In the last two seasons, we had been defeated by Dhaka by margins we would rather not mention, and with the Lincoln team being close with Dhaka from other tournaments, we didn’t want to lose the game in front of our home crowd. We took the lead early from an excellent Eskil free kick that hit the bar and went in off the keeper, and then defended well as a team until Avi put the ball in the back of the net after a brilliant defense splitting pass. When we defeated Dhaka, we knew that we were much better than we really thought. This match not only sent us into the semi finals but also gave us the belief that we could be champions.

In the final group game against Lahore, our team rested some of our starters knowing that we were through to the semi finals. However, less than two minutes into the game, Prasant scored a perfect goal that had us playing with confidence and our subs working hard. Unfortunately, Lahore’s best player equalized in the 2nd half, taking our clean sheet roll, but we didn’t let it get to us. Within a few minutes, we had a taken the lead again after Avinash was played through and finished under the keeper to make the final score 2-1.

The semi finals against Jordan were thought to be an easier game, as Jordan only had 10 players on the pitch. It was a mistake to think so, as ACS defended compact, not conceding many chances. We did have our opportunities against them, hitting the post twice and forcing their keeper into great saves, but it didn’t seem like the luck was on our side at that moment. Time passed quickly as Jordan repelled our attacks, and we went to extra time and then to a penalty shootout. Even though we were disappointed to get to penalties, and Jordan was ecstatic, our coaches refocused us for the shootout. All players were calm when they stepped up to take their penalty and we slotted each one passed the keeper and into the corner of the net to win 5-4.

The final was against TAISM, who seemed to be an unstoppable force in pool play, winning all their games and not conceding a goal on route to the finals. Also, being in different groups, we had not seen them play all tournament, and from what we heard, TAISM was going to be a tough fight. Before the game, the coaches calmed us, affirming that we are stronger than we think. We have an awesome keeper, Alex, in the back; we have two great fullbacks who keep running in Riwaj and Vishesh; we have two experienced center backs that played with each other for the past three years in Sangho and Mateus; we have creativity and power in the midfield three of Sheshank, Eskil, and Sauharda; we have two fast and skilled wingers in Avinash and Tenzing; we have a multidimensional striker in Avi; and we have subs coming off the bench that can bring energy and change the game. We had all the tools that we needed to be successful.

We walked onto the field with much confidence, spurred on by the cheers of the home crowd. In the beginning, just like we expected, it was a hard battle with TAISM pressing hard. TAISM’s players were big and physical, but we matched their physicality and intensity. We didn’t let the physical play get in our head, and ended the first half with a great goal on the counter from Avi. Five minutes into the second half, Avi score what was the goal of the tournament: beating three players and then smashing the ball into the top corner from outside the box. Eskil then set-up Avi for his hat-trick and the number 7 then scored a penalty himself to end the game with a thumping 4-0 win!

The final was a great victory for us. When thinking about it, we took on the opponents that gave us those feelings of pains from previous years: we took down Dhaka, Jordan (who beat us in the semis last year), and finally TAISM, who beat us in the consolation final last year. It showed that we were stronger than we thought. For our team’s potential to be fulfilled, we just needed time, hard work, and encouragement from all our teammates, coaches, and supporters.

When the final whistle blew, we felt the satisfaction of achieving our goals of playing as team and performing to our potential. We knew that for some of us this game would mean the end of our Lincoln football careers, but the feeling will forever be kept in our hearts. Because we know in the end, our teammates will stay with us to tell us and show us that “You will never walk alone.”

By Sangho Yoon (Grade 12)

HS STUCO Sweetens up the day

The HS STUCO team took a new approach to the commercialized holiday, Valentine’s Day. Instead of selling individual roses, they created a fundraiser for the HS Leadership fund by selling “candy grams.”

In a self-less act of kindness, they decided to deliver one candy gram to each and every one of our secondary students, grade 6-12 free of charge to remind everyone that we are all part of the Snow Leopard family.

LOVE

Today in Writers’ Workshop, we explored the different meanings of the abstract noun “love” and then researched love poems on Poetry Foundation and The Academy of American Poets. We each selected a poem to print and read aloud, then we cut individual lines from each poem to reconstruct a new love poem. This is known as “found poetry.”  Happy Valentine’s Day!

LS Girls’ Basketball Takes Home Silver in the SAISA Championships!

CHENNAI, India. — After an impressive day 1, where the girls were able to win both of their games in convincing fashion, the Lincoln School Snow Leopards found themselves in a familiar place needing to secure a win against the AISD Tigers, who were the back-to-back champions, in order to advance. This was a back and forth battle that ended with freshmen, Ayushma, scoring the winning basket to propel LS to their 3rd straight semi-final appearance.

In the semi-finals, 8th grade post, Niamh started the team off hot to get the early lead. Then the Snow Leopards used a pressure defense to create turnovers that led to several transition baskets. All players were able to contribute on the court in this game as they defeated the OSC Gekos to advance to the championship!

The young Snow Leopard team played their hearts out in the finals against a very strong, complete ACS Jordan team, but the ball simply didn’t bounce their way. The Scorpions attacked early and often, with every shot being on point. Our girls showed what it meant to scratch, claw, and continue to fight. We are so proud of their effort, though the game was out of reach, they continued to “fight” for each other in a gutsy performance by all.

LS was able to medal for the 3rd consecutive year, the longest active streak in girls’ SAISA basketball with their silver finish. Congratulations, Snow Leopards!

 

 

The Wax Museum Comes Alive!

On Friday, February 2nd, the eighth grade Innovation Lab class hosted an exciting interactive event in the Secondary Library: The Wax Museum Comes Alive! As part of their exploration of creativity, students were tasked to develop and become a unique, fictitious character. Each of these characters prepared a short soliloquy, which they performed when visitors approached them in the Wax Museum. It was a fun, lively event — thank you to everyone who came to visit and played along!

Students in “International Relations” Visit UNRCPD

Last Tuesday (January 30th), the International Relations class visited the  United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific (UNRCPD). Director Yuriy Kryvonos, Ph.D delivered an educational lecture on the history, structure, and objectives of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA).

UNODA’s goal is to implement and promote implementation of agreements relating to disarmament and non-proliferation worldwide. The International Relations class would like to thank Dr. Kryvonos, Mr. Micic, and Mr. Humphries for their time and generous hospitality.