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During a couple of weeks of October, the children were very busy creating amazing canvas paintings. Each class in Lower Primary had an opportunity to meet up with a class from Upper Primary to design and create a canvas linked to a specific country. The canvas paintings were auctioned during International Fest.
It´s important, that our children learn from early on to be solidary. A small gesture, not only gratifies the one who receives, but also the one who is helped.
On special days it is the Paglia Italiana day at Bárbara Pantoja’s house – a 5 years old and Reception student at the Barra Unit. When she comes home she goes directly to the kitchen. She mixes up the ingredients and starts working to guarantee a delicious pan of her favorite sweet. Its destination is the Bake Sale which happens every Wednesday at the Barra site.
Encouraged by her mom, Bárbara prepares everything for the following day: “I help the children who cannot walk and need a wheelchair and that other… What is it called again, mammy?” “Crutches”, answers the mother and journalist Samantha Mendes. “And I also help to buy books for the schools which don’t have that many books”, Bárbara completes. “Casa Arte e Vida”, teaches the mother.
It is with this straightforward reasoning that Bárbara now, besides preparing the sweet, also started to help selling as well. “I tell people that it’s delicious and that I made it”, she summarizes.
At the end of last year, Bárbara invited her class friends – all 4 years old – to visit a kindergarten which was created by her grandfather. Everyone brought toys and they spend the afternoon at EDI Porfirio Dias in Vargem Grande.
“I try to make Bárbara understand the importance of getting off the couch and doing something for somebody else. Not only to donate. Donating food is very easy for someone who has a full grocery stock. I want my daughter to get out of that comfort zone, to understand that she is privileged and that she is committed to humanity”, explains Samantha.
By participating at the Bake Sale, Bárbara knows that she is helping those she calls “friends”. And seeing her initiative repeated can be good for everyone. “If everyone brings something to sell we will have more money and we also will have more delicious sweets at the Bake Sale!!! Sometimes there was not Paglia Italiana when I came to buy. Now there is! And mine is the best of all”, guarantees the little vendor.
We encourage children and their parents to join and bring home-baked items to school to our weekly Bake Sale. All funds go to two local NGOs which the Barra unit supports, Casa Arte Vida and One by One.
The Bake Sale at Barra is coordinated since 2011 by the PTA Community Service Committee Head, Arlete Santos, who has a daughter in Class 9 in 2016 (Luiza Santos). Many moms help by making cakes and sweets or selling them during the Bake Sale. They also sell second-hand uniforms and books every once in a while. All procedures go to the two sponsored NGOs.
Thanks to all these moms and the Bake Sale, One by One can donate 2 wheelchairs per month and Casa Arta Vida can pay its monthly grocery expenses!!
For more information, please go to: http://www.tbspta.com.br/web/index.php/committees/community-services
In celebration of Children’s Day (12th October), we have decided to do something different in Upper Primary this year. Instead of giving our students a small gift as in previous years, we decided we would turn it into a day of helping other children.
For Children’s Day, we in Botafogo and Barra would like to buy and donate books for children in need.
This year, we introduced the additional option of the DELF Scolaire examinations, for students who wish to extend their French studies further. The examination is run in association with the Aliança Francesa, and gives our students an additional qualification that is very well recognised in the French-speaking world, on top of the IGCSE French qualification that they can already obtain at TBS.
This new, optional qualification, proved very popular, with 49 students from Urca and Barra choosing to enter the examination. Our students achieved a 100% pass rate, a superb achievement in the very first year of this qualification being available at TBS. Congratulations to all students who entered and passed the examination.
Class 2 took part in fabulous entry point activity! The entry points are not only fun but they attempt to create an atmosphere that is familiar to the students. Class 2 had fun learning that the body is the most valuable thing they will ever own and to keep it fit and healthy is a lifetime job!
Our Entry Point for the new IPC unit- Feel the Force was really fun!!! Class 1 children really enjoyed it!
Upper Primary has seen a great amount of creativity with Ms Lucy creating a display of the C5 Picasso-inspired masks, and C4 students engaged in a Papier-mâché and Gesso activity.
The C4 work has been expertly designed to link to their Learning Unit, ‘Existing, Endangered, Extinct’, and to the work they did related to food webs and invertebrates, amongst other things whilst in Paraty. Many thanks to the many skillful and creative teachers for their hard work and ideas to produce these fantastic learning opportunities.
Class 4 Barra Unit Time Tunnel Entry Point: Renaissance children giving Mona Lisa a modern twist!
On the first day, our volleyball girls played against PACA School and EARJ and won both games by 2 X 0. The following day despite giving their best they unfortunately lost to a strong St. Paul’s team but made the third and fourth places game. Unfortunately, they lost in this final game to EAB Bulls by 2 X 0 and finished in fourth place. Sophie Ramos played her best and had a positive attitude in the games and was awarded the Green Card Prize.
Futsal boys played hard games on the first day, losing against PACA and getting a tie against EARJ. The results were 7 X 1 and 2 X 2, respectively. The following day it was also tough, with some boys exhausted and others injured they lost both games. Those made them compete for the seventh and eighth places. Finally, the boys could celebrate, winning against Graded Eagles 5 X 2 and finishing in seventh position for the tournament. Claudio Chagastelles did some amazing defences and was an excellent sportsman was awarded the Green Card Prize.
The cheerleaders pushed the teams in all games and did a beautiful routine presentation and a unit dance with the Cheerleaders from other schools. Despite nobody winning medals this time, everybody had fun, played games and made new friends.
Congratulations Falcons team for representing our school!
Our congratulations go out to the students listed below for achieving the TBS Diploma Bronze level following their participation in the end of year programme 2015 and successful completion of a reflective essay based on what they had learnt from the experience. The TBS Diploma is awarded for a student´s participation in activities related to Creativity, Action and Service inside and outside school. We hope many more students will achieve the award this year and remind all to keep a constant record of their activities as they go through the year.
Maria Eduarda Rodrigues