2 Language Day, 29 th of November Reflecting the Society of today, our school is an enormous and beautiful mixture of nationalities, religions, customs and languages. It is this diversity that Silverline wanted to celebrate! We, as Language teachers, think that the most important aspects in learning languages is to accept the differences and to consider all languages equal. In three lesson periods: The Early Years section learned the basics of Russian, Dutch, Croatian and Spanish. The Primary section discovered Hebrew, German and Belarusian. In five periods: The Senior section made some research and prepare activities about Idioms of the world, Etymology, Tongue Twisters, Body Language/Sign Language and Unique words. On the day, the youngest children were dressed in their allocated country colours. After some Language activities, the time came to present their work and knowledge to the other groups and sections. It was the occasion to see how beautifully the classrooms were decorated, the rhythmic songs and the large range of activities offered. The children and the teachers had a lot of fun! The overall objectives of this celebration were to raise awareness of: the world s rich linguistic diversity, which must be preserved and enhanced; the need to diversify the range of languages people learn (to include less widely used languages), which results in plurilingualism; the need for people to develop some degree of proficiency in two languages or more to be able to play their full part in democratic citizenship in the world; to be aware of the similarities and the differences between languages. A huge thank you to all children, to the parents who taught their own language to Early Years and Primary and to all the Silverline teachers and TA s for their hard work.
3 Trip to Omodos It was a lovely sunny day, perfect for a school trip. All the Greek students waited for the bus to arrive. Everyone was eager to go. It was a long bus ride but we finally arrived after having Mrs.Yiota as a tour guide. The first place we stopped off was a place called LINOS WINERY, where they made wine and shushuko. Some of us tried to sneak some wine but later found out the owner was a retired policeman. It was quite interesting seeing how all the wine was made. Everyone had lots of fun, especially when they could try the shusuko. After that it was time to leave and head to the village of Omodos. It was around a ten minute bus drive and we finally arrived. We headed out and walked into the village. It was a lovely sight with very happy locals. We all walked to the church and looked at its beautiful interior and then the teachers gave us some activities. The first activity was to find out about the history of the place. We were given papers and they asked us a question. The first team that found the paper and run up to give to the teacher would get a point. Everyone found that very competitive. After a short break for a snack we continued looking around. We talked to one of the villagers who was selling lace. We all then walked up to where the monk s rooms were and looked in each room. One had a really old bed that was over one hundred years old. The rest of them had paintings of different people and villages. The paintings were really mind blowing and just took your breath away with just how much detail the painter used. We all then walked together to visit the ancient mill Linos, where we learned how old it was and how it was used. Everyone found that very interesting. The final task we had, was to interview and ask questions to one of the villagers. They did not know much about the history of the place but they answered most of our
4 questions. Then we turned the page of our activity booklet and had to choose what we liked the most about the village and draw it. At the very end we were all starving and looking forward to lunch. We all ordered our food in Greek, (well most of us) and then ate. The food was yummy and everyone enjoyed it. Overall the trip was wonderful, the weather was great and the places/activities were really fun and we learnt a lot. We all had a great time and hope there will be another trip soon. Anthony Michaelides Year 10 Here are some photos. At the winery Linos
5 At Omodos village At the museum
6 At the ancient pressing mill At the Greek restaurant
7 Congratulations to Mrs Barbara, our very own J.K Rowling on the publication of her first book! Once upon a time in the mix and match woods, where magic lives, there also lived a small boy named John, who was born with a challenge. One of his legs was shorter than the other, making walking uncomfortable. John found it difficult to keep up with the other children, and this made him sad and lonely. But then he met the wise old elepig, a creature whose elephant head and pig body meant that he faced his own challenges with fitting in. And on that magical day, John made a new friend, who would take him on the adventure of his life-an adventure to exotic places, but most importantly, to a place of acceptance of himself and others. Written in simple and direct language, Mix and Match Wood was created to nourish a child's love of adventure and to inspire a love of reading. It is a story of love, acceptance, and tolerance for all beings and a celebration of diversity and difference. Mix and Match Wood seeks to encourage children to be their best, look for the best in others, and embrace all the many things that make people unique and special. Knowles/dp/ /ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid= &sr=1-1&keywords=Barbara+Knowles
8 Silverline and Aspire Camp at Polis Year 7 and 8 Students were invited to participate in an overnight camp at Polis campground by Aspire Students. The camp and the scheduled activities allowed students to build social ties and fostered teamwork between members of the 2 schools. Year 7 and 8 enjoyed the experience which included, swimming, beach games, a torchlit walk and a firewood competition and weathering an overnight storm! The next day was spent enjoying the scenery and a huge meal on Paphos Harbor before heading home. Whilst the Year 7 and 8 students were having a fun time, the aspire and Silverline Duke of Edinburgh Award students were successfully hiking their way around the Polis area - well done!
9 Silverline Supports the Dancing Queen Foundation The Dancing Queen Foundation was founded by the friends and family of the late Dr Yiota Demetriou, in order to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving and to support initiatives in the field of child psychology with the funds raised by charity events. On the 3rd November Miss Jennifer and Miss Gabriella took part in the annual 10km walk from the Dolce club to Molos. After getting a few blisters along the way, they went back to school and managed to collect approximately 212 euros from staff and students A huge well done to both Miss Jennifer and miss Gabriella. This is a very worthy cause and the Senior School hope to expand their involvement next year.
10 Our Day at Charalambides and Christis factory On Tuesday October 2, students of Year 10 and 11 went to the Charalambides and Christis factory regarding our ICT and Business subject. The factory produces dairy products such as halloumi cheese, milk and yoghurt, as well as packaging their own products. We saw the different processes that they have to go through to get the finished product, the various impressive machines, and the limited workforce at the factory. The first thing we did when we entered the factory was go into a seminar room and for health and hygiene purposes we had to put on plastic bags around our shoes, a hair net and a plastic lab coat. Furthermore, concerning the rest of the trip around the factory, there were designated areas that were slightly submerged in water, allowing us to clean the bottom of the bags on our feet before entering specific rooms. There was one room where we had to take extra measures by entering a special contained room that we each had to step in to make sure we were sterilized before entering the next area. Our guide, Mrs. Elena took us through the various rooms and talked to us about each one, explaining what was done there and how it wa s done. (However, it was hard to concentrate because of the sound of the machines and the smells that were, let s say, hard to get used to!). A fact that she mentioned that I found interesting was that the factory produced tons of Halloumi everyday which would then be shipped around the world to places such as Sweden, the UK and Abu Dhabi. Moreover, we all realized that the work load and workforce has been reduced down because the factory was extremely technical and almost everything was done by machines. Overall, we must have seen around 30 workers which is strange, because you associate factories as places of high employment. Blame modern times I guess! We saw machines
11 containing the products themselves, machines packaging the products and then machines loading the products to get shipped off around Cyprus to be delivered to thousands of supermarkets, homes and families. After our tour around the factory was over and smiles were plastered on our faces with a free chocolate milk in hand, the smiles disappeared just as fast as they appeared when we realized how far we had to walk. Our teachers, Mrs. Calypso and Mrs. Lynne, used all their will power and patience to guide us to our lunch destination, Pasta Mia. With the sun blazing down on us near the end of October, (only in Cyprus) we walked for what seemed like miles and when we reached the restaurant, we were all starving. We had a lovely meal, laughing and talking and recalling the horrible smells that would be etched in our minds forever. After lunch we all got back into what was a very mini mini- bus and made our way back to Silverline School with only memories to look back on. Teya Zeinalabidin Year 11
12 The Uprising of the Milk Cookies Okay, so there s no such thing as sentient milk cookies, nor do they know how to uprise if they could think. Instead, I will be talking about the trip to Charalambides & Cristis dairy factory, the walk to and occupation of Pasta Mia (or Pizza Mia if you want to be pedantic) and finish off by juggling bowling pins!... Maybe not that last one. We started off the trip in a somewhat cramped minibus suited for the pre-schoolers, not a group of nine fourteen year olds and two very flustered teachers, Mrs Calypso and Mrs Lynne, if you re curious. We took the minibus to the factory, where we met our guide for the day, Ms. Elena Charalambous, who had us dressed up as mini lunch ladies with hairnets and special coats so we couldn t contaminate the products with our hair or fabrics. Who would want a halloumi sandwich if it had pieces of your hair in it? There may be a minority out there that does, but that s for another time. She took us through the factory, explaining how each machine worked, how the cheese smelt so bad (I m serious, it smelt horrendous! I m not sure whether that was due to the sweaty workers or the concentration of goat s milk, hopefully the latter) and asked us a few questions when we were done. She sent us off with some complementary chocolate milk (how nice!) and sent us off on our way. Unfortunately she sent us off one hour earlier than we had planned, since Pasta/Pizza Mia opened at 11:30 AM, and we had finished at 10:30 AM. Mrs Calypso suggested we sat down and wrote about our experience, then noticing our fatal glares, swiftly changed her mind and suggested we walked to Italian-Food Mia instead, since that would kill time. Nevin Mullen Year 11
13 Ποιες αξίες θεωρείς ότι είναι οι σημαντικότερες στη ζωή σου; (Which values do you consider to be the most important in your life?) Στην ζωή μας όλοι έχουμε διαφορετικούς στόχους για το μέλλον. Για παράδειγμα, υπάρχουν άνθρωποι που το πιο σημαντικό πράγμα στη ζωή τους είναι να έχουν πολλά χρήματα. Άλλοι θέλουν όταν ενηλικιωθούν να κάνουν παιδιά και να έχουν μια μεγάλη οικογένεια. Για εμένα τα πιο σημαντικά ιδανικά στη ζωή μου είναι η φιλία, η αγάπη και η ευγενής άμιλλα. Πρωτίστως, είναι σπουδαίο να έχεις αρκετούς καλούς φίλους. Ο λόγος είναι κυρίως για να περνάς τη ζωή σου όμορφα και ωραία μαζί τους. Ακόμη, να συναναστρέφεσαι ανθρώπους που εκτιμάς και σε εκτιμούν. Το να έχεις φίλους όμως δε σημαίνει να είναι πάντα μαζί σου μόνο στις ευτυχισμένες στιγμές. Ο αληθινός φίλος χρειάζεται να είναι δίπλα σου και στις δύσκολες στιγμές αλλά για να σε υποστηρίζει. Συμπληρωματικά, άλλο ένα ιδανικό που είναι εξαιρετικής σημασίας για εμένα είναι η αγάπη. Με τη λέξη αυτή δεν εννοώ μόνο το να έχεις σχέση με το αντίθετο φύλο. Σίγουρα παίζει και αυτό ένα πολύ σπουδαίο ρόλο στις ζωές των ανθρώπων. Όταν μεγαλώσει κανείς ο στόχος του είναι να δημιουργήσεθ οικογένεια και να αποκτήσει παιδιά. Η αγάπη όμως είναι εμφανής και σε άλλους τομείς της προσωπικής μας ζωής. Συγκεκριμένα πρέπει να υπάρχει αγάπη στις σχέσεις μας με τους φίλους μας, τους συγγενείς μας και τους συνανθρώπους μας γενικά. Οφείλουμε να είμαστε αγαπημένοι με όλους όσους ανέφερα πιο πάνω, διότι όταν δίνεις αγάπη, παίρνεις αγάπη. Επιπρόσθετα, όλοι οι άνθρωποι έχουν μια αγαπημένη δραστηριότητα με την οποία καταπιάνονται στον ελεύθερο τους χρόνο. Αυτή η δραστηριότητα για εμένα είναι οι μοτοσικλετικοί αγώνες. Ζω και αναπνέω με το όνειρο να είμαι ο καλύτερος μοτοσικλετιστής και να κερδίσω πολλές διακρίσεις. Το θετικό είναι πως πάντα αγωνίζομαι με σεβασμό για τους συναθλητές μου. Εκτιμώ όλους τους μοτοσικλετιστές που αγωνίζονται μαζί μου διότι καταβάλλουν τεράστια προσπάθεια, όπως ακριβώς και εγώ. Κάθε αθλητής πρέπει να προσπαθεί για διακρίσεις με ευγενή άμιλλα. Δυστυχώς, οι περισσότεροι αθλητές δε συμπεριφέρονται έτσι, αλλά μου αρκεί που συμπεριφέρομαι εγώ με αυτό τον τρόπο. Έτσι έχω κερδίσει τον σεβασμό των άλλων. Συνοψίζοντας τα πιο πάνω, φαίνεται πως οι αξίες επηρεάζουν την συμπεριφορά των ανθρώπων. Εξαιτίας των αξιών μου κέρδισα τον σεβασμό των άλλων και ελπίζω να κάνω πάντα το σωστό με γνώμονα τα ιδανικά που ανέφερα πιο πάνω. Εύχομαι στο μέλλον να κερδίσω ακόμα περισσότερα σε προσωπικό επίπεδο και η συμπεριφορά μου απέναντι στους συνανθρώπους μου να είναι είναι η σωστή. Kleanthis Tsiattalos Year 11