KATHMANDU, Nepal. — Last Saturday, Lincoln School celebrated International Day with a diverse array of cultures, cuisines, musical performances, and service initiatives. We are proud of how we embrace our diversity at Lincoln School and were so pleased to see many of our families join us for the event and participate in the Parade of Continents and International Luncheon, as well as observe students present some of their service-learning projects and musical performances. Finally, a special note of thanks to all the families who brought food for this event, the Board candidates, and especially to the LSPA for everything they did to make the celebrations such a success.
MUMBAI, India. — The SAISA Girls’ Football team traveled to a hot and humid Mumbai last week with water bottles in hand. The girls kicked off the tournament with a 4-0 win and then equalized in the dying moments of their second match to tie the host school 1-1. The Snow Leopards then lost a tight game to defending champions and eventual winners, TAISM, but still qualified for the semi-finals by finishing second in their group. In the semis, the girls lost a heartbreaker to the AISD Tigers, who scored off the post in the last minute of their match. However, the girls showed great character to come through the Bronze Medal match with a strong effort, eventually winning on penalties against the Overseas School of Colombo. This amazing team of young women battled their way through 3 days and 5 games to bring home the third place trophy! Congratulations, ladies!
Service Nepal provided many opportunities for each student to grow and develop with team building activities, as well as intrinsic individual growth. The Service Nepal trip kicked off to a thrilling start with rafting as the first hurdle of our voyage. We geared up for rafting and were taught how to paddle and the different actions to take in different situations. Rafting was a very exciting experience for us, as most of us had never done it before. We rafted for about 3 hours and it was extremely tiring. When we finally arrived at the campsite, it was difficult to carry all the dry bags and school supplies to the site, but we managed.
We went to Gandaki Primary School in Gorkha District where we painted and taught the students PLUM lessons and basic Water Safety. The children of Gandaki and the Lincoln students enjoyed the interactions and grew strong bonds with the younger students of the Gandaki primary school. The journey to Gandaki Primary School also proved very challenging as the school is on the summit of the hill, however the LS students pushed through this difficult journey carrying supplies such as paint, buckets, and brushes to the school.
Through this trip we saw the true beauty of Nepal and Nepal got to see the true beauty in us (care, love, and compassion). If we have learned anything as a class about this trip, it was that we must not only think about ourselves, but our social responsibilities too. Our class was able to experience a trip in a joyful manner through dancing, singing, and enjoying the campfire with each other. We ended on a good note and the experience was everything we hoped and more. We were able to jump out of our social media and our comfort zones and experience the trip and nature as a whole.
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.
Our Grade 11 students stepped up their preparations for Service Nepal by kayaking in our heated swimming pool. This was an opportunity for our students and teachers to meet their river and kayaking guides, while practicing important kayaking and water safety skills in a controlled environment.
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 theatreworkshop 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!
On January 16th, Prakriti, a Lincoln School senior, organized and hosted a Maternal Health Camp as part of her year long Senior Project. She named her Maternal Health Camp, Ama Ko Maya, which translates as A Mother’s Love.
From 10am to 2pm, four doctors and twelve nurses attended to over 60 pregnant woman, many of whom brought along their children. During the course of the day, Prakriti organized four sessions: general female health, nutrition, mother craft and breastfeeding, and antenatal (prenatal) care. After successfully hosting the Maternal Health Camp, Prakriti says she felt “relieved and ecstatic. Relieved because the sessions were successful and ecstatic for the positive impact we made on the female’s lives.”
On January 25th, Anne McGuinness presented Lincoln School’s service-learning program during the LSPA Coffee Morning. At Lincoln we believe that service-learning is a partnership that addresses genuine community needs and includes continual reflection and analysis. Our service-learning program strives to foster in our students empathy, inspiration, and the ability to selflessly serve as compassionate global citizens and leaders who actively engage within their communities.
Successful and meaningful service-learning requires the support, involvement, and shared commitment of all stakeholders. As Lincoln School community members, you can support our service-learning programs by connecting us to your networks; we are looking to build long-term sustainable partnerships. You can lend us your expertise; our students and student-led initiatives can benefit from your mentorship.
We encourage you to get in touch with Anne (email@example.com) if you are interested in getting involved or learning more about Lincoln’s service-learning program.
COLOMBO, Sri-Lanka. — The Lincoln School Girls’ Volleyball team 2018 conquered obstacles and rose to the SAISA challenge despite losing key players from our team last year. The blend of youth and experience, as well as a strong work ethic, steered the team to numerous victories throughout the tournament. We definitely had our ups and downs throughout the process, but as a team we grew stronger and stronger and never let our fighting spirit fade.
We knew participating in a round-robin, nine-team volleyball tournament was going to be very challenging and exhausting, as we played four matches each day. However, that didn’t break our focus, nor our hunger to succeed. Fighting against the heat and humidity in Colombo, we played all our games to the best of our abilities, or in other words till the ball had dropped.
In the end, we finished fifth in the tournament and with big smiles on our faces in the knowledge that we are ready for the years to come. As a team, we have earned many good experiences for the future and countless incredible memories. After back to back SAISA championships and an amazing run of five consecutive finals appearances, Lincoln girls’ volleyball is ready to rise again!
AMMAN, Jordan. — Winter may have begun in Jordan, but the Snow Leopards were smoking hot at the 2018 SAISA Swim Meet at the American Community School in Amman last week, breaking records and bringing home golds galore in three action-packed days.
Lincoln School finished the meet as champions in the 13-14 boys and 15-19 girls categories, placing 3rd in the boys and girls overall, but the story doesn’t end there. Our small school in the Himalayas ran away with the leaderboard, shattering 16 of the 25 SAISA records broken at the meet, and taking home 34 of the total 86 gold medals! Isabella M and Nasir H notched 6 SAISA records each, with Isabella becoming the first girl in SAISA history to clock a sub-28 second 50-freestyle and Nasir cleaning up with 10 of 10 gold medals. Tisa S ran away the 15-19 girls breaststroke, IM and freestyle races, coming home with 3 individual SAISA records, and smashing the four-year old 15-19 girls 400 free relay, along with her teammates Oshina B, Akshara S, and Ayushma T. Newcomer Aaditya S came home with 9 golds, 1 silver and 3 new school records in the 13-14 boys category, while young veteran Ashwini S recorded several best times, multiple golds, and medaled in all her events for the 10-12 girls. Each of our age groups had strong point scorers, and the team was led admirably by seniors Dane, Jarrah, and Oshina.
We had tons of record-breaking swims, but those were far from the only highlights of the meet. Every single swimmer recorded at least one personal best during the meet, and several of our newer team members swam up in a big way for the team. Lincoln School may be small, but all of Jordan heard us roar this week.