G9 Service Nepal: Developing Sustainable Energy in Chitwan

This year the Grade 9 class traveled to Chitwan to work with the Tharu community. Our service objective was to build a biogas digester for several families. During the trip, we learned about the various stages to develop this sustainable digester. To begin, we were separated into two groups in order to dig separate holes. That day we battled both the sun and the earth. We had to dig a 5-foot hole with the tools provided to us: shovels, pickaxes, hoes and our undying will to succeed. We ended the day and we had conquered the hole. However, we still had a long cycle that lied in wait.

The next morning after a nice hot beverage, we were back full pedal to the metal. This day we needed to create some cement and place some bricks on the cement. Another long day of working lay ahead, but we were ready. Sunscreen on, water bottle filled, and shovel in hand we began working. In the blink of an eye, it was complete. After a night of good sleep, we awoke to another 20KM bike ride. We biked along the serene Chitwan roads until we arrived at the destination. The dome of destiny lay dormant waiting for its construction. We got straight to work. The day passed by, the morning dew became one with the clouds above. The sun rose from its dormancy and showered us with its harsh light. After we wiped the sweat off our brow, it was complete.

What happened in between all this work was a lot of bonding. We had many opportunities to see Nepal in a completely new light and had many deep conversations. All in all, I’m sure we can all agree that this trip was truly therapeutic.

By Aditya and Aarav

On behalf of the grade 9 class

P1/G1 and Senior Collaboration

The year-long collaboration between the Lincoln Seniors and students in P1 & G1 continued last Friday with an afternoon filled with excitement. The P1 students showed off their literacy skills by reading with their grade 12 buddies. After this, the students displayed their acting skills by playing charades with their Senior partners. A lot of fun was had by students young and old!

Twistable Turnable Man – Theater Intensive Weekend

This last Saturday and Sunday, Lincoln School had the pleasure of hosting two theater professionals, hailing from New York City, to host a 2-day theater intensive workshop. Around a dozen secondary students dove headfirst into a fast-paced devised theatre workshop with a focus in training the brain, the body, and the collaborative spirit. This experience culminated in a short performance on the last day that was created and inspired using the poetry of Shell Silverstein.

Day one, students learned devising games and exercises that helped them become more comfortable on the stage and develop the group as an ensemble to create original moments of theater. These activities were developed in groups, pairs, and solo moments on and off the stage.

   

Day Two was spent shaping these moments into a final showcase that highlighted the students’ talents and original composition.

A big thank you to our workshop facilitators Jonathan Taylor and Rose Schwietz for bringing out our students’ theatrical abilities!

 

Lincoln Hoops: Boys Show Their Class at Invitational

The Lincoln School Boys’ Basketball Team stepped up its preparations for SAISA at our local tournament this past weekend. With four teams competing for the trophy, our skilled and experienced players swept all other school opposition aside before meeting their match against the sharp-shooting Kirtipur Club team. In what would be a tight contest, the boys lost to a three in the final minute, but were pleased with their performances.

This tournament was also a wonderful experience for our JV squad, who got some valuable time on the court in game situations. Congratulations to the coaches and student-athletes on their efforts!

Lincoln School Seniors Host Bachchhaladevi Secondary School

This past weekend, Lincoln seniors connected with students from the Bachchhaladevi Secondary School as part of an ongoing service project in conjunction with Service Nepal. This was the 7th visit of Bachchhaladevi students to Lincoln. The senior class, along with a few juniors, crafted a weekend experience for the village students that included English and Science lessons along with health classes, sports, a cultural tour of Patan Durbar Square and more bonding. Lincoln students also planned and cooked the meals for the participants, over 60 people in total. Both Lincoln students and the visiting students slept at school for two nights and continued the lasting relationship between Lincoln School and Bachchhaladevi Secondary School.

Koshish Nepal Talks About Mental Health in Nepal

On Thursday, January 24th, two representatives from Koshish Nepal visited Lincoln School to talk about mental health. Koshish is the first mental health organization in Nepal whose management is led by beneficiaries themselves, also known as “self-advocates”. Mr. Matrika Devkota, the founder of Koshish, and Ms. Kamala both shared their personal compelling stories in order to help us understand the reality of living with mental illness in Nepal. Koshish believes that providing self-advocates with a platform can break the silence and stigma associated with mental health by empowering those who have experienced and recovered from mental illness first-hand.

During the presentation, Mr. Devkota encouraged us to prioritize our overall wellbeing by talking to trusted family, friends, and/or teachers when we are experiencing distress.

On behalf of the Lincoln School “Movember” men and the High School Student Council initiative “Wear It Pink”, Mr. Sam Davis presented Koshish Nepal with a donation of 40,000 rupees. This money that was fundraised by students and staff was donated to recognize and support the important work that Koshish is doing to rehabilitate people suffering from mental illnesses in Nepal.

Please visit koshishnepal.org to learn more.

Badminton Squad Invites St. Xaviers to the Gym!

Last Friday, Lincoln’s squad of Badminton players invited an additional team from St. Xavier’s school for a friendly tournament. This was a great opportunity for our LS shuttlers to play some different competition. Our student-athletes conducted themselves with excellent sportsmanship, as well as clearly displaying their skills and growth. For their part, the St. Xavier’s students were very excited to play in such world-class facilities and really enjoyed the occasion.

High School Students Cleanup the Local Neighborhood

On Friday, November 16th, the student organization Project Impact hosted a cleanup in the Rabi Bhawan neighborhood to raise awareness of the state of waste in the area, and highlight improper waste management techniques. The cleanup was very successful with a number of high school students attending and participating. All recyclable trash that was collected was handed over to Doko Recyclers. Project Impact hopes to host other cleanups in the future to further spread awareness of the need for effective waste management in our local community!

Written by: Dane T

 

LS Boys’ Volleyball Team Makes It 3 Finals in a Row!

KATHMANDU, Nepal. — SAISA Boys Volleyball 2018 proved to be another special tournament for the snow leopards. Hosting the tournament at home, with a team comprised of a core group of six returning seniors, meant that the SAISA weekend was always going to be a memorable one for our team, and the greater LS community. The back-to-back defending champion Snow Leopards started off with two convincing straight set wins against the ISOI Cobras and ASB Eagles on day one. This trend continued through the rest of pool play, with similar results against TAISM Eagles and KAS Knights earning Lincoln first place in their pool, and a spot in the semi-finals. The semi-final match-up was a rematch against Karachi, which also ended in a win, with Lincoln reaching the final without dropping a set.

The final brought together the LS Snow Leopards and AISD Tigers for the third consecutive year. And while the two teams are great rivals on the court, they have also developed strong friendships as a result of the experiences that they have shared. Despite the fantastic support from the bleachers, which inspired some great play from the home team, the Tigers kept their composure and built enough momentum to earn a hard fought four-set win.

The Lincoln team would like to thank the entire community for contributing towards a fantastic tournament. We appreciate all of your support both on and off the court.

Coach Sam Davis

 

Launch of The Leopards’ Lair!

On October 12th, the eleventh grade Innovation Lab hosted The Leopards’ Lair, Lincoln’s first ever investment-seeking event. Seven 11th grade businesses entered the lair to compete for investment from the leopards.

Who are the leopards? They are high school students, staff members, and parents who had an opportunity to become investors.

Following an engaging round of business pitches in The Globe Theater, leopards were invited into the Gallery to buy shares of the eleventh grade businesses. A total of 60 shares were on sale and we are excited to report that every business SOLD OUT! Thank you, leopards, for your support!

All businesses will declare their profits on December 7th. Dividends will be paid to all investors during the last week of school before Winter Break. 

Pictured below: Excited investors!