A personal success for Quincy Janssen at the 2018 Junior Speaking Contest Finals

Amersfoort, 10th April 2018

Supported by family and friends Quincy Janssen in T3u took to the stage of the Lieve Vrouwe Theatre in Amersfoort on Tuesday to compete in the national finals of the Junior Speaking Contest 2018 in the category third years. The Junior Speaking Contest is organised each year by the TTO organisation, Nuffic.

Feeling a little nervous but keen to make a good impression, Quincy took her place among the other candidates. Although the atmosphere was tense, there was lively contact amongst the groups. Second and third year pupils from TTO schools around the country were represented each with their own unique topic on theme: “Living your Fantasy”. These were diverse ranging from Star Wars to a courageous speech about a parents’ divorce. The performances of both the second and third years was exceptionally high showing both passion and authenticity in their deliveries.

Quincy combined the personal with the educational as she described what happens to the brain during moments of fantasy or fantasising, showing her natural talent for presentation. Her hard work and preparation did not go unrewarded and was highly commended by the judges who presented her with the runner-up prize: a beautiful trophy, a voucher, three certificates and a roze!

We congratulate Quincy with her achievement and hope that this experience has paved the way for successful future presentations.

Lucy Massaar

TTO teacher

CAE & CPE teacher

Mentor

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Excursie T2: Monolieten en CLORPT in het International Soil Research Centre

Op 6 maart en 15 maart zijn de leerlingen van klas T2t en T2u voor het vak Aardrijkskunde (Geography) naar de universiteitscampus in Wageningen gefietst. Daar hebben we het museum van het International Soil Research Centre (ISRIC) bezocht, waar de leerlingen monolieten (een monoliet is een ‘uitsnede’ van een deel van de bodem) van over de hele wereld hebben bestudeerd, onder deskundige begeleiding van Stephan Mantel.

 Voorafgaand aan het bezoek hadden de leerlingen niet al te hoge verwachtingen – een museum over bodems, met alleen maar zand, is dat niet enorm saai? Maar eenmaal binnen bleek er zeker het een en ander te zien: bodems in allerlei kleuren, met allerlei lagen – de bodems in ons eigen land bleken al allerlei kleuren te bevatten; en de bodems uit gebieden verder van huis waren ook de moeite van het bestuderen waard. Een van de bodemmonolieten bleek bovendien een zekere gelijkenis te tonen met de huidige president van de USA…!

 

Stephan leerde de leerlingen hoe bodems gevormd worden door verschillende factoren – afgekort als ‘CLORPT’, waarin de O voor organismen staat – en liet vervolgens aan de hand van een filmpje over termieten zien hoe er onder onze voeten enorme termietensteden kunnen ontstaan. Ook bleek uit zijn presentatie hoe belangrijk de bodem is voor het landschap erboven, hoezeer het belangrijk is om bij het aanleggen van een spoorlijn rekening te houden met de (slappe) veenbodem eronder om treinen op snelheid te laten rijden en hoeveel functies de bodem wel niet vervuld voor mensen!

 

De leerlingen gingen daarna zelf aan de slag en kozen allemaal één bodemmonoliet om nader te bestuderen. Er werd goed gekeken, driftig gefotografeerd en genoteerd en Stephan en de meegereisde Aardrijkskundedocenten (Mevr. Van Nuland, Dhr. Castrop en Mevr. Nijenhuis) werden bestookt met vragen door de leerlingen die meer wilden weten voor hun portfolio-opdracht. Na afloop bleek het museumbezoek – ook in de ogen van veel leerlingen, zo blijkt uit de inmiddels ingeleverde opdrachten – een leukere en leerzamere ervaring dan zij van tevoren gedacht hadden!

 

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Indigenous Market at Marnix College: EIO in T2 made practical

Last week our T2 students presented numerous countries at the indigenous market. Not only did they present the culture and history of each country, they also presented a cultural element.

Students were very creative and painted their faces, made beautiful masks, extraordinary houses and even beautiful jewellery. In this way European and International Orientation was made practical. Well done everyone!

See pictures below for an impression of this event:

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Roald Dahl: Cross-curricular studies at Marnix TTO

Many of our students read popular books in the  Dutch language whilst at primary school. Think of The Witches by Roald Dahl, Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling  or The Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. At Marnix TTO we focus on project-based learning and we get the chance to read novels entirely in English. Our students have now been able to look at the characters, themes and events in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda. But we also like to take it one step further and for the extra challenge our students also studied some elements of Charlie and the Chocolate factory in the French language. We also looked at words that are very similar in French and English (as the English language has of course borrowed the French words).

The good news? If you increase your vocabulary in English it will help you with your French and vice versa.

Check out the pics to see what we are doing …

Veel van onze studenten lezen populaire boeken in de Nederlandse taal op de basisschool. Denk aan De heksen door Roald Dahl, Harry Potter door J.K. Rowling of Het leven van een loser door Jeff Kinney. Op Marnix TTO richten we ons op projectmatig leren en krijgen we de kans om romans volledig in het Engels te lezen. Onze studenten hebben nu de karakters, thema’s en de verhaallijn van Charlie en de Chocoladefabriek en Matilda kunnen leren. Maar we gaan ook graag een stap verder en voor de extra uitdaging leerden onze studenten ook enkele onderwerpen van Charlie en de Chocoladefabriek in de Franse taal. We hebben ook gekeken naar woorden die erg op elkaar lijken in het Frans en het Engels (de Engelse taal heeft natuurlijk Franse woorden geleend).

Het goede nieuws? Als je je woordenschat in het Engels verhoogt, zal het je helpen met je Frans en omgekeerd.

Bekijk de foto’s om te zien wat we doen …

Beaucoup de nos étudiants lisent des livres populaires en néerlandais à l’école primaire. Pensez à Sacrées Sorcières de Roald Dahl, Harry Potter de J.K. Rowling ou Journal d’un dégonflé de Jeff Kinney. Au département TTO nous nous concentrons sur l’apprentissage par projet et on a la possibilité de lire des romans en anglais. Nos étudiants ont étudié les caractères, les thèmes et l’histoire de Charlie et la chocolaterie et Matilda. Mais nous allons un peu plus loin et pour avoir un défi, ils ont aussi étudié quelques sujets de Charlie et la chocolaterie en français. Nous avons étudié les mots qui se ressemblent dans la langue française et la langue anglaise (l’anglais a emprunté des mots français).
La bonne nouvelle ? Si on améliore notre connaissance du vocabulaire anglais, notre français s’améliora, et vice versa.

Regardez les photos pour voir ce qu’on fait.

 

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INVITATION! INFO EVENING TONIGHT!

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TTO and Science: ik kom kijken TVWO Science 6 December

Last Wednesday we organised an afternoon for new TTO-students. This time we focussed on all subjects related to science. Mini-classes were taught and experiments were executed.

Most people believe bilingual education is focussed on language acquisition. This assumption is only partly true. Did you know that most of our TTO-students choose a science-related profile in year 4? So the interest in Biology, Maths, Technology, Physics and Food Issues is high. And all of these subjects are taught in English!

We have a  unique science-laboratory in the main building which is used for experiments and research. The new students used microscopes here to see layers of onions, spiders and small flies.

They visited the well-equipped Technology classroom where they made their own photoholders and they also solved some difficult English Math problems.

We hope everyone enjoyed the ‘ik kom kijken’ TTO science. We hope to see you all back on January 24th at 19,30 hrs. for the general info evening on TTO.

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Chocolate is the answer, who cares what the question is…

TTO first years have been working on a CHOCOLATE project! They developed their own new ideas for a chocolate bar. They learned about how chocolate is produced and they read books associated with chocolate including fiction and poetry.

They worked on their presentation skills to present the new products. And most importantly, they tested the and tasted the chocolate. They are true chocolate investigators now!

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TTO 2 Poetry Project

In the past few weeks our second years have been busy composing poetry.

Through poetry they explore different kinds of writing styles, writers’ techniques and the art of adjectives. They dig deep into their imagination and produce some very creative poetry. Hard work but great fun and the results are absolutely amazing:

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A trip to remember | Excursie Eerste Wereld Oorlog TVWO 3 | Dag 1: Ieper, de stad van de Vrede

Hun stemmen zijn verstomd in de stilte van het verleden maar vandaag ervaarden de leerlingen van T3 een connectie met eerste wereldoorlog. Ieper, de grote handelsstad met een trots verleden als lakenstad, werd in de eerste slag in 1914 met enorm mortier geweld kapot gemaakt. Na de oorlog verrezen in de verwoesting de ‘oude’ gebouwen. Zo werd zij een voorbeeld dat er voor iedere stad die zich in oorlog bevindt weer een herbouwde toekomst kan krijgen. Je ademt hier de lucht om te herdenken, ieder van de 600.000 zielen.

Voor 38 van de gesneuvelden hebben de leerlingen en hun begeleiders een herdenkingsbeeldje gemaakt die volgend voorjaar als onderdeel van een groot herdenkingskunstwerk tentoongesteld zullen worden. Aansluitend bezochten we in de voormalige lakenhallen het Flanders Field museum, waar de oorlog op een indrukwekkende manier tot leven werd geroepen. Het verlies van leven en de nutteloosheid van oorlog werden zichtbaar door de hoeveelheid kogels, de paarden die dienden naast de verwoestende kracht van nieuwe wapentechnologie. Voordat je het museum verliet werd je nog geconfronteerd met de vele conflicten die sinds 1918 zijn uitgebroken. Welk conflict was er in uw geboortejaar uitgebroken?

 

Na hapje eten en een korte blik op de kerstmarkt in aanbouw, bezochten we de Menenpoort. Sinds zijn voltooiing in 1928 het symbool voor het herdenken van bijna 55.000 Britste soldaten uit het vasteland en de voormalige koloniën. Sinds het einde van de oorlog worden deze soldaten iedere dag klokslag 20:00 uur herdacht met de Last Post als laatste groet voor hun dienst. Met deze laatste gebeurtenis maakten we ons op om terug te keren naar ons hotel in Lille. Morgen gaan we de route afleggen van de soldaat.

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Exchangeproject ISK Ede and TTO 3: Teenagers across boarders

By: Jos de Heij and Sofie Schonewille, T3u

On Tuesday morning two classes from the ISK visited our school to talk with students from T3u and T3t. In total, we were with about 60 students who were all very different. At the moment both T3 classes are busy with the teenagers project, in this project we learn about teenagers across the whole world. The idea of this ‘exchange’ was to find similarities and differences between you and students the students from the ISK (and then we can include this in the outcome of our project). Furthermore, we taught the other students what our day looks like here, what the rules are at school and many other things! Keep reading to find out about what kind of topics we discussed!

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One of the topics we discussed was language (which was a bit ironic because sometimes it was kind of hard to communicate! 🙂 ) While discussing this topic there was one thing that really caught my eye and this was the fact that these ‘children’ spoke quite a lot of languages! Some of them spoke Arabic, Turkish, French, Dutch and a bit of English! Something else that I found very cool was that they were having trouble (sometimes) with speaking Dutch but sometimes so were we! We mostly speak English at school so while we were talking in Dutch we couldn’t always remember the Dutch words or spelling, luckily a boy from our group knew how to spell most of the words! Furthermore, we also learned some new words like ivet, which is yes in Turkish. On the poster we wrote all kinds of words, we wrote down cool Dutch words but also the word yes in as many languages as we could think of!

thumbnail_ISK1aFood was also a subject we talked about. This is the first topic that my group and I (Sofie) talked about. In the beginning, we didn’t really know what to do or to write down but eventually, we decided to write down all the foods that we find tasty and the foods that we dislike. We folded the large poster in half to make a line in the middle and proceeded to write down as many different kinds of food as we could. It was cool to see everyone’s different taste but also to see that the other students enjoy a lot of the same foods we do. However, the students in our group who were from Syria also enjoyed rice with some kind of sauce, which is something I don’t eat very often.

We also talked about traditions, for instance, what our favourite holiday was. Whereas most of the students from the Marnix college said they liked Easter or Sinterklaas best, many of the ISK students liked the Ramadan best. Although these are very different holidays, the reasons we liked them best were very similar. Exchanging gifts, being together with family and eating delicious foods are things we all enjoy!

Doing sports is something that almost all of us enjoyed. This was also one of the few topics where there was barely any difference! Most of the sports or hobbies we do were also things the ISK students did. For example, they also like to watch movies, read books, listen to music etc. Although they do listen to different songs and watch movies in different languages it is still something we can talk about. Furthermore sports the other students do include tennis, basketball, soccer, fitness and much more!

Quite a lot of students from Marnix also practice these sports. (Including me! I play tennis!) Most of them also read Harry Potter, all of this connects us to them!

Lastly, we talked about school, a topic in which the differences were very noticeable. Students from the ISK don’t take being on time too seriously (they only get ten minutes of corvee if they’re late after all) whereas us, students from the Marnix college wouldn’t risk being late because you’ll have to do two hours of corvee. When we gave the students from the ISK a tour through our school, we learned another difference. The students were amazed at how big our school is, and how many subjects we have. They told us that their school is much smaller and that they don’t have subjects like for instance chemistry or physics. Some of the ISK students told us that they might go to the Marnix college once their Dutch is good enough to follow subjects properly. They were very enthusiastic about it, and we would be glad to welcome new students!

So in conclusion, this exchange was a great success, and we all enjoyed ourselves, even if it was because we didn’t have normal lessons. The most important thing we learned from this, is that even though we might come from different countries and different cultural backgrounds, we are very similar in for instance our interests, hobbies, and tastes in music.

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Global Perspectives TTO3: Global Issues Team Projects

In the winter months T3 students set out to explore a range of global issues in their Global Perspectives Team Projects. thumbnail_IMG_20161223_154102Devising their own project aims and outcomes, this resulted in inquisitive teamwork and unparalleled engagement. While the topics and research questions varied widely, the one thing that the projects held in common was that different cultural perspectives had to be taken into account. One team researched various global issues and reported on them in 7 brochures in order to inform and build a model of ‘the ideal world’.thumbnail_IMG_20161223_154235 15192609_388459388211590_4542519848262973376_n Another group was inspired by the question ‘is anybody normal?’ and created hand-made flyers and a Facebook page to raise awareness on people with physical disabilities. thumbnail_15590018_404662489924613_5140465731306790991_nSome of the other projects included a poster on the death penalty and life sentence around the world, a website and poster on war and poverty, a rap song featuring Trump and Obama on discrimination and racism, a website on sports and health around the world, and a brochure on how to create diversity in your organisation by focussing less on language skills. One team did extensive work by creating an digital game around the theme of drought which was introduced through an incredible video trailer. The projects were to be finished with an extended reflection on aspects like the effectiveness of the outcome in reaching the project aim, on teamwork and what had been learned from personal research.Naamloos Thus, with a focus on learning skills, the teams were able to follow their own interest, make use of the creativity of the team and set out on a wonderful and intense, but invaluable journey.

 

 

 

 

 

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Junior Speaking Contest School Finals: We have a winner! (2 actually:-)

The JSC (Junior Speaking Contest), the speaking competition in which second and third years of all bilingual schools compete, to win the title of best speaker of the Netherlands. Every year there is a theme, to which all speeches must link. This year that was as followed: ‘What broadens your horizon?’

Our school competition was on Monday the 16th of January. The microphone was set up and nerves were frayed, as our 15 speakers prepared themselves to speak in front of a jury, made up of two fifth year students and two teachers, our own teachers, and more than 70 students! IMG_3160The winners, Akash Hasan (second year) and Claudia Bron (third year) (me), will be going to the regional finals, where they will be battling against all the winners from the region, from which only one from each year can go to the national and final competition!

IMG_3147The event was well organized this year as well: a big thank you to Nuffic for taking the initiative. Nuffic not only organizes the JSC, it also initiates other activities in which all bilingual schools can participate.

Now, am I nervous for the next round? Very. But I have great support, which will help me get through it, and, after all, nerves boost your energy, which is a good thing if you want to give an awesome presentation!

All of the speakers did amazingly well, and we are sure that all of them could have been good regional finalists.IMG_3155

The school is very proud of this year’s presentations, and they have a good reason to be.

The regionals will be on February 8th, till then there will be a lot of practice.

Wish us luck!

Claudia Bron: Winner 3rd years.

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