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The Global Classroom

28 May 2015


Global Orchestra
Our three Global Orchestra students are: Hoda Jahanpour (Year 10), who will take on the prestigious role of Principal Cellist for the Orchestra, Jason Wang (Year 11) who will play Oboe, and Minkyoung Jenny Choi (Year 9) who plays violin. They will depart in just under a month’s time for the world famous Juillard School in New York to participate in the first Nord Anglia Education Global Orchestra.

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This event will take place from 24th June to 1st July 2015. The Global Orchestra will be made up of students selected from our extensive family of schools (a maximum of 3 students per school).  Students are already preparing for this event, and we look forward to sharing their adventures with you later in the term.

As you will be aware the Global Classroom Debate League has been running during the school year. We have had teams from Primary and Lower and Upper Secondary participating in the Leagues and there have been a terrific number of good quality posts made.
We are delighted to announce that one of our Lower Secondary Teams – King Khaled’s Minions – has successfully fought its way to a place in the finals. King Khaled’s Minions – comprising of Year 9 students Jacob, Alex, Igor and Khaled – will debate against the Madinat Mavericks from Madinat Khalifa, Doha. The quality of the debating from King Khaled’s Minions is reflected in the League feedback of the last round which says that “You wrote some very persuasive posts in this debate, and made the debate quite personal. The examples you used were excellent and you picked up points about money, education, race and gender all being hurdles that can be overcome …. you persevered throughout the debate and built a strong and convincing case. Well done.”
The motion for the debate is ‘We should only eat food produced in the country in which we live’ and the Minions are the proponents for the Debate. The Expert Judge for the final is Richard MacDonald, former National Farmers Union General Director and current chairman of the UK Government’s Better Regulation Task Force on food and farming. He is also a non-executive director of Moy Park, Dairy Crest and NIAB, chairman of SALSA, a governor of the Royal Agricultural College, and a trustee of the Earth Trust and Farm Africa. He has extensive knowledge of the food and farming industries and government relations. With such a wealth of knowledge and experience, Mr MacDonald will be well qualified to judge the responses of our debaters!
We know you will join use in wishing the four members of the team ‘good luck’ in the final debate. We look forward to sharing with you later this term the news on how they have done.

We are delighted to inform you that the Primary Debating League Team, Great Debaters of Bratislava has been recognised as one of the most improved teams in the third round!
For the Lower Secondary debates, The Formidable Ladies were also awarded with the title of Most Improved Team, as well team Bratislava 1 for the Upper Secondary debates… Well done Bratislava! Many congratulations to everyone in all three teams.

Young Journalists
Congratulations go also to Year 13 student Anna Kindyakova who has been participating in the online Young Journalists Academy via the Global Classroom throughout the year. This participation – which has always been of a high standard – has been in addition to the challenging workload associated with the final year of the IB Diploma. It is a sign of Anna’s commitment to journalism that she has contributed to the Academy at such a high standard. Those assessing the most recent course within the Academy note that Anna’s opinion piece ‘was a great read. It was really well put together - it was clear, punchy and your example of Slovakia's politicians was illuminating and well judged.’ As Anna moves forward with the rest of our graduating Class of 2015 to pursue her future studies and career, we wish her well and thank her for her commitment to the Young Journalists Academy.