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160 students and teachers participated in the NewMUN virtual conference 2021

Our NewMUN 2021 annual conference took place on April 24th and 25th, and 160 students and teachers from different invited schools in Lima participated in this conference. It was a wonderful experience in which our 23 delegates, from 6th Grade to Form V, put their organizational skills to the test to carry out an event of this magnitude virtually.

Some of the issues under debate were the measures to be taken for the post-pandemic economic relaunch and the conflict between Israel and Palestine. The novelty for this edition of NewMUN was the creation of a committee for newcomers, which received excellent comments for the dedication and patience that the committee leaders showed with the new delegates, whom they motivated throughout the two days of debate.

We thank Mr. Vincent Ringenberg, Head of the Political, Press, and Information Section of the European Union Delegation in Peru, for giving the opening speech at the inaugural ceremony of this important event. We are sure that our delegation will continue to strive and demonstrate its level of preparation and professionalism at the next MUN conferences throughout this year.


How to Boost Early Math Skills

In a board game, players roll dice and move their tokens around a board, but when young children play a number-based board game, something exciting happens they experience magnitude in a hands-on, concrete way:

  • Spaces marked with higher numbers are physically farther in the number line.
  • Moving your token to these locations requires more moves.
  • It takes more time to reach spaces with higher numbers.

Different studies have shown how this number sense, the intuitive appreciation of how many numbers represent and how they are ordered, predicts long-term achievement in mathematics. So, why not pick up a board game tonight?


“Happy Tummies” Programme

“Happy Tummies” is a programme of OLI Foundation, which aims to raise funds to feed through sub kitchens thousands of Peruvians living in extreme poverty in Villa Maria del Triunfo.

To implement their kitchens and to bring this help to more people, the Oli Club invites you to participate in the “Hands to the Pot” campaign, a project that focuses on the collection of kitchen utensils that will be used in the preparation of the food. You can bring your donations until May 15th to Calle Los Álamos 595, San Isidro, from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm, or drop them off at the school (Gate # 4, behind the Sports Centre).


Learning through Technology

Technology is a tool that allows students to access information and find solutions, thus taking on challenges that transcend subjects. Through the different types of electronic devices, students explore and expand their questions and inquiries, generating endless opportunities to expand their curiosity beyond the classroom.

Technology makes it possible to communicate and share knowledge. In the case of our Early Years pupils, a clear example is the use of the new Seesaw platform, which fosters a learning community where everyone can share what they inquire and discover, and where we all learn from everyone.


Storytelling that fosters creativity

Our 6th Grade students will be working with English-speaking storytellers from around the world as the English Department has invited ‘Dream on Productions’ to bring the magic of storytelling into their Zoom classes. This activity will enrich students’ learning experiences during their second unit “Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends”.

The interactive workshops will help to develop students' language, creativity and imagination in addition to exploring key techniques for telling an engaging story. Students will be exposed to new cultural influences whilst developing their skills to write and create their own children’s stories in English class.


Curiosities about World Language Day

Do you know why World Language Day is celebrated on April 23? This celebration is a tribute to the genius of Spanish letters, Don Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. This date is the anniversary of his death and coincides with the date of the death of the most prestigious English playwright and poet, William Shakespeare. Another curious historical coincidence is the fact that the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, a renowned Peruvian writer and historian, also died on April 23, 1616.

On this date, we celebrate the life and work of these authors and seek to highlight the importance of language as a heritage of our cultural identity


Physical activity improves mental capacity

It has been shown that the regular practice of exercise favors the secretion of chemical substances that stimulate and control neurogenesis, or the creation of new neurons, and that it causes small structural changes in the brain, improving memory and associated mental processes.

For this reason, using games and movement is the ideal formula to improve mental abilities and influence motivation and predisposition to learning. In this respect, merging learning with movement is not only legal and possible, but it is presented as the most natural and biologically appropriate path for the human being.


Early Years: Developing autonomy in virtual classes

Due to the new temporary modality of virtual classes, parents have become active agents in the teaching process of their children, since they must now accompany them closely and permanently in their learning, which can sometimes be a challenge.

Therefore, it is important to stop for a moment and reflect on what is the most effective way to accompany our children, so that we help them to strengthen their autonomy and independence. Here are some recommendations to take into account during this period of time.


Physical activity improves academic performance

There is strong evidence worldwide that regular physical activity boosts academic performance. In a study that we will share with the Newton community soon, we have confirmed that this relationship also happens within our school.

This analysis considered 608 average grades between 2015-2019, in students from 1st Grade (PYP1) to Form VI (DP2). Some of the findings indicate that 81% of the students with average grades between 18 and 20 carry out sports activities at school; and that the greatest decrease in average grades coincides with the time of lowest participation in sports between 5th Grade (PYP5) to Form I (MYP2).


2020 LCM Examinations Results

As every year, in the first week of November 2020 our violin, guitar and cello students took the rigorous London College of Music exam. LCM is a British institution specializing in music and theater, part of the University of West London, which offers a wide range of international certifications.

Despite the circumstances, the distance training and the technological challenges they had to overcome, our students kept their motivation and desire to do their best. The results obtained, the quality of interpretation and the comments from the jury show us that their effort was not in vain: 16 obtained “Distinction” and 3 obtained “Merit”. Congratulations to the young musicians, their parents and teachers!


IB Diploma Success: Which universities are our students going to?

This year, our graduating Form VI 2020 students, who gained the bilingual diploma, have been accepted in some of the best universities around the world, including New York University (USA and Abu Dhabi campus), the University of Toronto, Amsterdam University, Savannah College of Arts and Design (SCAD), and the University of Manchester, among others, to follow a range of interesting careers such as Public Policy, Fashion Marketing and International Business.

They are inquiring, knowledgeable young people who are truly motivated to succeed. Good luck, Newtonians!


The Importance of Agency in Learning

Agency is the power to take meaningful and voluntary action which develops from early childhood, when children discover and establish connections with themselves and with others around them.

In the Primary Years Programme, agency is a key element for learning, because throughout the programme the students strengthen their confidence in their abilities when achieving set goals, and acquire a sense of community and awareness regarding the opinion and needs of others. Agency provides a space to learn, think and experiment within a community, as students contribute, participate and act with autonomy and responsibility towards their surroundings.


Ex-Student Daniela Mata’s Academic Success

Daniela Mata, from our 30th Promotion, completed the Diploma in 2018 and has been accepted onto the extremely challenging University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute Dual Bachelor’s Degree programme. This programme is designed to allow a student entering the JI undergraduate programme to earn two Bachelor of Science degrees from different academic areas. She is going to pursue her studies majoring in Aerospace Engineering programme.

Congratulations to Daniela for demonstrating the academic and life skills necessary to secure the double degree placing.


The importance of regular physical activity

In a world where comfort is the prevailing choice, intense physical activity provides a unique opportunity to test our capacity for endurance. Physical exertion teaches us to accept uncomfortable situations and to continue even when the brain tells you to stop. In addition to these valuable lessons in mental toughness, exercise reduces the risk of depression in healthy people. In people diagnosed with depression or anxiety, it has been shown that it can improve their clinical condition effectively.

Conclusion: Regular exercise positively influences our moods and is associated with better mental health.


Pre-Kinder Art Exhibition

During the unit "How We Express Ourselves", our PreKinder students inquired into the ways in which we express our ideas and feelings. They were inspired by the work of artists from around the world and used different techniques to express their own ideas.

To celebrate their learning, teachers prepared an art exhibition using the variety of pieces of art pupils created and last week, PreKinder parents were invited to visit their child’s virtual Art Gallery. Now, we would like to extend this invitation to all the Newton Community, by clicking here to access the different Art Exhibitions. We hope you enjoy them!


Newtonflix: Snow Bright, the Play

Our Lower School Theatre Department is pleased to invite you to the online premier of the play “Snow Bright” in our newest Newtonflix streaming platform. This play, written and produced by the Lower School Theatre Club pupils, is an adaptation of the classic tale Snow White, adjusted to current times, where the coveted virtue is not beauty but intelligence and talent.

You may access the three chapters that make up this beautiful artistic work by entering the Newtonflix platform, logging with your Newton parents account (@parents.newton.pe).


The role of emotions in learning

Currently, when young kids are still restricted to go out, the emotional well-being of our children plays an important role not only in their mood and regulation of emotions, but also in learning.

For this reason, the Early Years Department of Psychopedagogy has prepared this article to explain the role of emotions in their learning.


Musician’s Day Concert

Who does not like music? Music definitely has a great impact on our feelings. As the lyrics of a famous song by Abba recorded in 1977 say "Thank you for the music, the songs I'm singing, thanks for all the joy they're bringing...".

On November 22nd, Musician's Day is celebrated and for this reason, our Music Department has prepared a virtual concert with the participation of all the musical groups of the school, where you will be able to appreciate the result of students’ hard work and dedication during this year of virtual learning. We hope you enjoy their musical talents in this beautiful video.


Remarkable Personal Projects

This year our Form IV students have exceeded themselves with their Personal Projects. Here you will see the wide range of topics which they are passionate about, which they carefully researched, which motivated them to produce a virtual play, create a solar tracking panel, portray veganism through art. Listen to the process they used for organizing their ideas into a well structured project. We are very proud of the students' creativity, reflections and communication skills. You may read here what the viewers think of their projects.


Virtual Chess Champions

On Saturday 7th and Saturday 14th November our Chess Team participated in the Online Chess Tournament "Newton College 2020." In this event, carried out through the Lichess platform, 46 students from Hiram Bingham, St. Georges, Markham, and of course Newton College participated. Our students from both Lower and Upper School obtained first place in the category "Teams", while in the category "Individual" our representatives obtained second place. Congratulations to all the students who participated and to their chess coach, Mr. Elliot Serrano.


IB Music Students’ Project

With the help of some peers, Camila Garcia -one of our Form VI IB Year 2 students- coordindated, edited and produced a classical version of the song "7 Rings" by Ariana Grande, which you can see in this video. When asked about the inspiration behind the project, she said "the idea for this project starts because of the difficult situation we are experiencing, in which we are more vulnerable to stress and frustration. For this reason, I decided to create videos of different songs played by students from both Lower and Upper school in order to break their routines and to prevent them from losing the spirit of collaboration that characterizes music students”.


What sports can do for our physical and mental health

Physical activity not only allows us to be fit and healthy, it can also have positive effects on our mind and the way we feel emotionally. To better explain how exercise can help us calm our minds, the Physical Education Department invites you to read this article.


Musical Project “Contigo Peru”

Our Music Department organized a musical meeting between Casa Blanca, a renowned music academy in Huancayo, and a group of Newton College students for the production of a video performing the song "Contigo Perú". The objective of this project is to motivate the union among Peruvians through music, giving a message of hope and courage in these difficult times that we are facing. This is the final product of this project, we hope you enjoy it!


Virtual Trip to the Three Regions of Peru

Last week our 5th Grade students “packed their bags” and visited the Three Regions of Peru from their homes. They had several immersive cultural experiences, including learning how to make ceviche during a live class with chef Rafael Piqueras, taking a guided tour of Machu Picchu, participating in a hands on workshop on quipus, and hearing stories from different communities like Chincha and the Ashaninkas.

We would like to thank all the community members who were involved in the organization of this incredible trip for our 5th Graders. We will have a full report on the trip soon.


The learning community and the inquiry process

The inquiries in the Primary Years Programme are based on aspects common to all human beings, which are relevant to everyone who is part of the learning community (teachers, students and family).

Therefore, members of this community play an important role in the inquiry process. In this case specifically, parents and other family members can support the children's inquiries in this way.


Students’ newspaper

Newton College officially has its own news website, Newston! Two Form IV students, Abril Bulos and Amanda Bacherer with the support of Ms Kitson-Evans and 9 peers (Alessandra Diaz, Alvaro Miranda, Arnav Sahoo, Gianella Espinoza, Jose Manuel Chavez, Micaela Alomia, Natalia Sansour, Stefano Zolla and Valentina Lyon) have started this project with the mission of engagingly and concisely informing Upper School students about current and major news related to different subjects. Newston has over 40 outstanding students from Form I to Form IV divided into 8 different teams. We invite you to click here to see the amazing work of these students.


Model United Nations success!

Our Model United Nation (MUN) delegation has recently participated in the "Let's MUN" conference (Aug 16th) in which five schools participated with beginner delegates. This conference was overviewed by Newton College and Form IV student, Renzo Ugarte, as part of his MYP Personal Project. Newton students won three delegate awards. Newton College also participated in the Markham MUN conference last weekend. Our students prepared thoroughly, demonstrating commitment and leadership, and seven students won commendation and awards. We are very proud of them!


The importance of inquiry

Inquiry fuels curiosity and promotes enthusiasm for learning. Effective inquiry encourages students to think, question, and expand on their ideas; It invites them to reflect and take action. Through inquiry, students develop and practice the skills of the approaches to learning and the attributes of the IB learner profile.

When initial curiosity raises new questions, inquiry extends students' learning. That is why the inquiry question is key in this process, since students take an active role in their own learning, collecting data, constructing meaning, and sharing information on a topic of their interest.


MONDAY MESSAGE

This semester we will be reinforcing in Lower School the importance of the school values through "The Monday Message" initiative. We will share short videos with students each Monday and will encourage them to demonstrate our values in fun and creative ways. Students will have weekly opportunities to share their reflections by participating in a range of FlipGrid activities. Please motivate your children to participate in these short but important activities at home in order to reinforce the school values. You can see our first Monday Message here.


GAMES AS A MEANS OF LEARNING

World Game Day was celebrated on May 28th. Playing games is considered an important activity for children throughout their early childhood, since children not only have fun or entertainment, but also strengthen their cognitive skills. Do you know the influence of games in the personality and development of your children? We invite you to learn more here.


PREPARING STUDENTS FOR 2050

In his book “Sapiens”, historian and writer Yuval Noah Harari predicts that the student of 2050 will need “the ability to deal with change. to preserve mental balance in unfamiliar situations… to invent new ideas and products… to reinvent (oneself) again and again.” COVID-19 seems to have proven Mr. Harari right.

Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills –thinking, research, self-management, social and communication– are developed intentionally through our teaching, assessments and interactions with students. Please study these skills and reinforce them in your children at every opportunity.


¿WHAT IS E-LEARNING?

Some of us understand E-Learning in different ways, but is the concept we have about it correct? Víctor Torres, Head of Technology at the school, explains in this video what E-learning methodology really is.


EARLY YEARS new programme

We have designed a completely new programme for our Early Years pupils, based on the natural curiosity of children and on the inquiry-based approach of our International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. Classes will be divided into smaller groups of five children and each group will be taught by two teachers. Our new programme places fewer demands on the adult carer at home, and allows children to advance at their own pace.

We are confident that your and your children will find this new programme stimulating and fun and it will enhance the sense of belonging to the school which will become your child's second home for the next 12 to 15 years.

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