2011 Fall Edition - ES International School


2011 Fall Edition - ES International School
ES International School
Fall 2011
Welcome to The Review
Steven Gnagni
Design Editors
Alice McGinty
Noa Nederpelt
Hao Han “Jimmy” Xu
Max Andrews
Raphaël Coin
Carlos Donat
Dante Hart
Thomas Hulme
John Marc Knight
Welcome to the first issue of The Review, formerly the Schiller News. We’ve changed the name of the magazine with the renaming of our school to ES International School.
For those of you who don’t know, this magazine is wholly
written by students from ES International School. The journalism course is an elective course, and we work in the first semester on learning the newswriting process.
That means our students are making their first forays into
reporting, and it’s a fascinating process to watch. Students really
get a chance to test their English skills when they ask questions—and take notes—in front of live sources.
The students I have the pleasure of working with are listed
at left, and appear in the picture below as well. They come from
different cultures and continents, just like the subjects of our cover story (see pages 14 and 15). That is what makes ES International School so special in my eyes. It is globalization at its best.
We will strive, in this and coming issues, to bring you many
different perspectives. I hope you will also learn something new
with each issue—whether it is placing a face with a name you
already knew or learning more about the school and academy.
I hope you enjoy the magazine.
Maria Matskevich
All my best,
Alice McGinty
Steven Gnagni
Noa Nederpelt
Journalism Instructor
Yutaka Obi
Hao Han “Jimmy” Xu
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Table of Contents
DELE Exam. Three students pass certification exam.
Fitness Expansion. Soccer fields, running track added.
A Lesson With Emilio. Student Earns Private Lesson.
Student Council Elections. Full results, speech excerpts.
Staff Cycling Trips. Summer adventures of staff members.
University Fair. Inaugural college fair draws 12th graders.
Profile: Sergi Bonillo. Manager of the restaurant.
Nationalities. A look at the many cultures at our school.
New Bungalows. Residences upgraded.
Emerging Scholars. Program seeks to challenge high
achieving students.
Profile of a Coach. Mariano “Nano” Albert.
Thanksgiving. Photo essay.
U.S. College Visits. The journal of a 12th grade student.
Profile: Joan Ribas. Sports psychologist.
Successful Student-Athletes. Carlos Donat Arjona,
Aswin Lizen, Dakota Mamola.
The Future of Technology. Committee seeks to improve
technology at ES International School.
Working Tennis Muscles. Best workouts.
ITF Tournament. Students have success.
Class, Faculty Photos
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Students Pass DELE Exam
Students Can Bypass University Language Credits with Diploma
By Maria Matskevich
Class of 2014
Last semester, three students
from ES International School took
the DELE (Diplomas of Spanish as
a Foreign Language) exam. Vlad Herescu, 13, from Bucharest, Romania,
Noa Nederpelt, 14, from Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Max Andrews, 17, from Manchester, England, all passed the exam.
The students took the DELE
exam at Instituto Cervantes, a language learning center in Barcelona.
The students took the exam in May
2011. Herescu took the basic version
of the DELE, and Nederpelt and
Andrews took the intermediate test.
The exam is divided into five
sections: reading comprehension,
written expression, listening comprehension, grammar and vocabulary, and oral expression. In total it
takes a half hour for the oral part of
the exam, and three and a half hours
for the written exam.
In order to earn the diploma
Max Andrews
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students need to pass all parts of the
exam. Students also pay 165 euros to
register for the test.
All three students have been at
ES International School for at least
three years. Herescu has been
studying Spanish for five years, Nederpelt for three years and Andrews
for four years. When asked why the
DELE was important, all students
Noa Nederpelt
said that the official diploma could
help them earn credits at university. fessional world becomes more and
All the students agreed that the more difficult and more competititest was challenging and that you ve,” she said. “If you want to have a
good future, taking the DELE exam
can really help you, because it is recognized internationally.”
Rodríguez said that the best
way to prepare for the exam is
through the special books that she
provides in advance. They help students gain an idea of what the testing
will be like and in which areas of the
language the students will need to
Vlad Herescu
should study a lot in advance—
around two months with special preparation books. “It was a challenge,
but nothing I couldn’t handle,” said
“I would really
encourage students to
Do the students recommend
take the test if they
that others take the test? “I would
think they are ready for
really encourage students to take the
test if they think they are ready for it,
it, since it saves you a
since it saves you a lot of work in
lot of work in college...”
college and job applications,” said
—Noa Nederpelt
Spanish teacher Yolanda Rodríguez agreed: “Each year the pro-
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Fitness Campus Expands
Academy Adds Soccer, Baseball, and Running Areas
By Noa Nederpelt
Class of 2015
For those who like football,
baseball, and running, the new addition to Academia Sánchez-Casal’s
fitness area will benefit you. Behind
the squash courts, an open area has
recently been reformed to serve as a
football field, baseball field, and running track. Christian Luque, a fitness
coach at the gym, answered a few
Football fields in the new fitness area. Photo: N. Nederpelt
questions about the new addition to
people coming to train at the acade- ready for use when summer camp
the fitness installations.
my, and due to the lack of space, opened. They started building it in
The fitness area is composed
they decided to create these new April 2011 and finished in early June.
of a gym, two volleyball courts, three
fields. The fields will mainly be used
The academy did a great job
multipurpose squash courts, a basfor games, such as baseball and foot- renovating it. The fields are compleketball and handball area, a small
ball, according to Luque, but now tely covered in fresh grass. Antonio
grass baseball field, and now two
they are busy finishing a dirt running Miguel, a maintenance worker, worextra large fields that will serve as
track. The only thing that is missing ked on the project. “We needed a lot
football, baseball, and aerobics spaare the distance marks.
of equipment,” he explained.
ces. The reason the academy decided
The fields were completed just “Making a field might sound like an
to build these new fields is because
in the summer, there are many new before this summer—they were easy job, but it was hard work.”
“The fields really help us with
the summer camps, since there are a
lot of kids, and it allows us to do
new activities that before we weren’t
able to do,” said Luque. The field
will mainly be used in summer. During the year, the field will be used
for some workouts, like running.
Another view of the new fitness area. Photo: N. Nederpelt
The students seem to have enjoyed the field over the summer.
“The new football field is great for
playing games,” said Dante Hart, a
student at ES International School.
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Hristo Hristov’s Prize Lesson
Student Won Private Lesson with Emilio Sánchez Vicario
By Carlos Donat Arjona
Class of 2015
While the TTK Warriors Tour
International Master tournament was
being played in the academy on the
weekend of October 29-30, 2011,
another major event happened. It
was a tennis lesson between Emilio
Sánchez Vicario and ES International School Student Council Vice President Hristo Hristov.
The lesson lasted one hour and
15 minutes. They first warmed up
and then did some controls, which is
when each player stays in one specific location on the court and the players hit the ball back and forth. Finally they played one complete set, after which Sánchez Vicario explained
to Hristov what he had to improve
on the tennis court.
Emilio Sánchez Vicario and Hristo Hristov after the lesson. Photo: S. Gnagni
There were two main points everyday by the tutors and this lesduring the first lesson: one was that son was a prize,” Sánchez Vicario
Hristov must learn how to play the said. “Hristo was also challenging me
important points, and the other was so that’s why we played points.”
that “the length isn’t the power,” as
Hristov was very happy and
Sánchez Vicario said, which means excited before he went onto the
Hristov is Bulgarian and came that power isn’t important in the
here four years ago without knowing shots—the most important thing is court—after all, it’s not every day
you get to play with someone like
how to hold the racket, because he how far you play it.
Sánchez Vicario—but when they
had never played tennis.
During the lesson Sánchez Vi- started playing you could see that
Sánchez Vicario said, “Hristo cario did not lead Hristo through Hristov was getting very nervous and
advanced a lot because when he drills, which is something unusual in Sánchez Vicario even asked him if he
came he had a disadvantage of hours a tennis class but it had its clear ex- wanted to stop playing the set.
with the other kids.”
planation: “The drills are made “If you don’t do something you are
Hristov won a lesson with
Emilio in the student scavenger hunt
competiton on the first day of
school. He also won a lesson last
school year, though he never cashed
—EmilioSá nchezVicario
in on that lesson.
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enjoying, then it is better to stop it,”
said Sánchez Vicario. Hristov,
though, overcame his nervousness
and started playing well by the time
the lesson ended.
Sánchez Vicario taught Hristov how to play the slice, how he
had to turn his shoulders to play his
forehand, and he also showed Hristov why he lost most of the games,
because, as he said, “if you give presents at the end you lose.”
During the set they played,
Hristov made almost 20 errors. Sán-
Above: Hristov serves to Sánchez Vicario during their set.
Left: Sánchez Vicario shows he
hasn’t lost his serve.
Below: Sánchez Vicario explains, using a drawing of a tennis court he made on the clay
court, the concept that length
doesn’t necessarily mean power.
chez Vicario says that’s where you
can see the difference between the
players with more experience and the
ones who haven’t had enough experience to know when to avoid errors.
Once the lesson ended, Sánchez Vicario asked Hristov when
they would meet again for their next
lesson. Hristov said he wants to have
the second lesson once he improves
in all the areas in which Sánchez Vicario coached him during the first
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Student Council 2011-2012
All Students Voted for President, VP, Treasurer; Grade Reps Too
Here are some excerpts from
Student Council member. “There is a
lot of work that takes place daily to each candidate’s speech.
Class of 2012
get everything organized,” Smith
said. “These student-athletes are gi5th and 6th grades Candidate
On October 13, 2011, a very ving up their time—even lunches
special event took place in “La Carpa many times.”
Grande.” At 12:45 p.m., all students
“I am serious about this election, but
Smith introduced Elemiddle
were asked to meet here so they
I also like to have some fun.”—
Principal Lee Hendricks, who “is
could listen to the speeches of candiFrancesca Jones
one of the key people to help with all
dates who were running for the ES
International School Student Coun- this” because he serves as Student
7th grade Candidates
Council Faculty Advisor.
cil. The Student Council is an organiLater, Hendricks took the mization created by the school in 2003
and is comprised of one student re- crophone to explain the things that “I hope I will make the school better
presentative from each grade from were accomplished by the Student and I will try to do it.”—Daria
Council last year: Spirit Week, with Kurovskaia
Elemiddle and High School.
Mental Mania and Spirit Day; the “I will try to do my best and my 100
As Head of School Michael
organization of the trip to Val percent for the Student Council.”—
Smith explained in his introductory
d’Aran; holiday cards; and the fund- Stanislav Nepomnyashchiy
speech, “what the school is trying to
raising of 900 euros, which all went
do is to provide the students with a
to charity.
voice” in order to improve some as8th grade Candidates
The candidates then were
pects of the life in school.
allowed to give a short speech.
However, it is not easy to be a
“I know that changes are hard to
make, but together we can make a
big change in this school.”—Vlad
By Raphaël Coin
“I think I can be a representative of
the 8th grade because I am very active and I try to show people that I am
the best in everything, in my life, in
school and in tennis.”—Aleksander
9th grade Candidates
The candidates wait to make their speeches. Photo: N. Nederpelt
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“I would like to wish a lot of luck to
the other candidates because it is
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hard to stand up here in front of
everybody.”—Carlos Donat Arjona
Secretary (10th Grade) Candidate
“It is important for us to learn to
take care of our school and have respect for ourselves. As Marcus Aurelius, a Roman Emperor and philosopher said around 150 A.D., ‘the Universe is change, our life is what our
thoughts make it.’ I would like to
help every single one of you.”—
Giacomo Adoncecchi
Vice President (11th Grade) Candidates
“During my last year in the Student
Council, my goal was to create a
team. But this year, I will try to go
further and create a family.”—
Hristo Hristov Hristov
Students, faculty, and coaches listened to the speeches.
Photo: N. Nederpelt
By now, I should pretty much know
the system. We can’t really do the
job alone. And I am quite an easy
person to come up to—I don’t bite
normally—and we need to work together to make this place better.”—
Daniel Harris
the school trip, or vote for what activities to do on Spirit Day.”—
Yasomie Ranasinghe
The day following the
speeches, all the students were asked
to vote in class meetings in order to
“As a President, I would make sure elect each representative of the Stu“One of the reasons why I want to
that people can suggest their ideas, dent Council. The results appear bebe vice president is because I want
vote for things like where to go for low.
to look forward and try to improve
the school condition. I have many
ideas in my mind already. I believe
that everybody has a dream--some
people want to become tennis players, some others want to go to a
good university. I promise you that
I’ll work as hard as I can to make
President: Daniel Harris
you smile every day.”—Francesco
Vice President: Hristo Hristov Hristov
Secretary: Giacomo Adoncecchi
President (12th Grade) Candidates
9th grade representa,ve: Carlos Donat Arjona
8th grade representa,ve: Aleksander Ovechkin
“I have been pretty much through
everything that the academy can give
you: tough work at school, a lot of
tennis tournaments, lots of injuries.
7th Grade representa,ve: Daria Kurovskaia
5th/6th Grade representa,ve: Francesca Jones
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A Real Trip
Three Staff Members Took Major Cycling Trips This Past Year
By Hao Han “Jimmy” Xu
Sandilands loved everything
about her trip. She is a true bike loClass of 2013
ver and she loves to travel with her
bike alone. In 2010, she went to
Over the summer, we students Ghana. So this year she decided to
had a lot of fun back home. We tra- travel again, alone with her bike.
yed in a “warmshower,” a type of
motel for bike riders. Other nights
she stayed in a tent. As she said, “it
was a low budget trip.”
Sandilands said she also likes
to travel on small roads. This might
be one reason why she had some
trouble finding the right way. Sandilands remembers pretty clearly that
she lost her way on the July 19 in the
lower Alps. “It was dark, and a lot of
uphills—there was no one around
either,” she said.
In Italy, she had better luck.
She said “people are so nice to you
when you are riding a bike.” When
she arrived at her destination, she
felt great and proud. Her advice to
those of us who would like to try this
in the future: “Don’t think too much
Adela Gavozdea on her bicycle.
before you go, don’t plan too much,”
she said. “Things will go well, and
veled, we went to tennis tournaThis year, in just one month’s the most important thing is to have
ments, and so on. But some of the time, she crossed two countries—
school staff members also had a lot France and Italy. She started in TouWhile Sandilands was in the
fun over the summer, tending to louse and her final destination was
their own hobbies.
Greece, to join a
Three of those staff are Ha- poetry festival. To
rriet Sandilands, who teaches litera- get to Greece, she
ture at ES International School, Dr. had to take a boat
Tracy Power, who teaches science, from Venice.
and Adela Gavozdea, the school’s
In total, she
administrative assistant.
biked 1,600 kiloAll of them went on bicycle
trips, and all of them went through
France. But they all went for different reasons, and all of them had a
different route.
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meters. She rode
about four to
eight hours per
day. At night sometimes she sta-
An excerpt from Sandilands’ journal
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south of France, Dr. Power biked
across the north of France—not alone, but with a friend of hers. Part of
the reason she chose that area is that
she wanted to visit her sister and her
niece, who both live on a small island just north of France.
It took her 12 days. This also
wasn’t the first time Dr. Power went
on a long bike trip. Last year, she
went to the north of Spain and she
really liked it. She enjoyed the weather, the people, and also the culture.
A view from Dr. Powers’ bicycle trip.
Dr. Power also had one bad
experience. She got separated from
her friend in a forest, and Dr. Power also low budget but that this brought other way to get into the village otwas the one who had all of the pho- her closer to nature and the natives. her than canoeing or hiking.
nes. They were separated for two
She also had a scary story to
“I love to travel by bike—I
hours, until her friend found someoprefer to cycle, it makes you enjoy share. One night, while camping in a
ne and asked to use his phone.
the travelling,” she said. And as she tent, they choose the wrong place to
Another staffer who went on a went on bikes and canoeing she stay. Gavozdea’s friends were asleep,
bike trip this past year was Gavoz- went to so many places where other but she was still awake. She heard
dea. She went near Montpellier in a people can’t reach. For example, the- some animals walking next to her
national park called Cevennes. What re was a place in the mountains ca- tent. She heard the sound of the leamade her trip special was that it lled Saint Jean du Gard. It was a vi- ves being stepped on. “Kuch, kuch.”
wasn’t just riding bikes—she also llage that was completely preserved In the end, she wasn’t sure what aniwent canoeing. She said her trip was from Middle Age times. There is no mal it was, and because of the animals, she couldn’t go to sleep for the
rest of her nights.
Nevertheless, Gavozdea said
“it was a amazing trip. France is a
beautiful place, it is clean and it does
have a great environment.”
She said she felt more relaxed
after coming back from the trip, and
she felt refreshed.
Adela Gavozdea cycling through the French countryside.
She would definitely do a trip
like this again, but she hopes next
time she will have more time. Two
places that are on her list for the future are Norway and Mongolia.
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College Knowledge
University Fair Attracts International Students From Barcelona
excited to be chosen as student am- Lausanne in Switzerland, for exambassadors. Their main role was to ple, has 1,700 students on campus.
Class of 2015
“ask questions and help the universiDiablo Valley College in Calities out,” as Komar said.
fornia, on the other hand, has 22,000
On October 20, ES InternatioThe rest of the school’s 12th students, with 1,300 on campus.
nal School hosted its first university
grade students attended the fair at
Philip Cefai, admissions officer
fair, with 28 universities from North
4:30 p.m. and explored the for Richmond University in London,
many universities. “I haven’t said, “We go hundreds and hundreds
decided my future yet,” stated (of fairs) every year around the UniNika Dolidze, 12th grade.
ted Kingdom and Europe.”
By Carlos Donat Arjona
Science Teacher and
Guidance Counselor Daniel
Green was the coordinator
for the inaugural Barcelona
International School Association (BISA) University Fair.
“We go to 5 or 6 fairs per year,
like in Turkey, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Tunisia, Morocco...” explained Kathleen Kennedy from
Diablo Valley College.
Many students from those uniThere were two other versities live on campus for the first
11th grade students Jett Cash and David Alabo
people who worked with him and second year but once they make
learn about one of the universities.
closely to plan the fair—ES friends with other students they live
America, the United Kingdom, Spain International Head of School Mi- in an apartment off campus so it
and the rest of Europe represented. chael L. Smith and Alethea Young, won’t be as expensive.
The fair gave 11th and 12th grade the learning coordinator of the Ame“It was a great opportunity to
students, as well as students from rican School of Barcelona. Green
see my future,” said Jimmy Xu, Class
several other international schools in was very pleased with the fair becauof 2013.
Barcelona, the chance to start thin- se “students were going to see more
king about what they would like to o p p o r t u n i t i e s . ” H e
study once they graduate and where thought that there were
things to improve for fututhey might like to study.
re years, like drawing more
Three 12th grade students— American universities with
Daniel Harris, Yasomie Ranasinghe strong tennis programs—
and Oleg Komar—spent the whole and they are already worday as student ambassadors. They king on recruiting for next
had the opportunity to meet student year’s fair.
ambassadors from the seven other
The size of the unischools and had the opportunity to
have lunch to discuss what they versities varied. The presti- 12th grade student John Marc Knight speaks with
would be doing. All three were very gious Ecole Hôtelière de
one of the college representatives.
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Serving Student-Athletes
Restaurant Director Caters to the Needs of Tennis Players
By Max Andrews
around the buffet and restaurant
areas. If you don't know him already,
Class of 2013
he is short in stature, has graying
hair, and always looks very energetic.
All players from the academy, He has been managing the restaurant
whether they just play tennis or go to for over 11 years.
school here, come and meet
Before working at the Masia
everyday for lunch in the Masia. It
plays a huge role in the daily life and he worked as general manager at
progression of tennis players at the Conde & Carreras, a luxury catering
academy. Also, it provides them with service that have even served the
the energy they need to carry out the King of Spain. He only came to
work at the Masia after being apday’s activities.
proached by the academy with the
project of running the Masia’s restaurant. “The rest is history,” he said.
A great deal of the produce
comes from the surrounding area
and fields. Many of the chickens that
we eat are a local delicacy and come
from nearby farms. The rest of the
food for the restaurant is bought at
Mercabarna, Barcelona’s huge wholesale marketplace. Food for the speSergi Bonillo
cific needs of tennis players—such
The restaurant is open from 7
a.m. until 10 p.m. every day. All of
the students living in the academy
full time will eat breakfast, lunch and
dinner there.
as protein bars and isotonic energy
drinks—has to be called in and delivered by van.
The academy has three different menus: a daily menu for the
buffet and set menus for the restaurant and bar.
The menu in the buffet is catered to suit the needs of full-time athletes. It provides them with all the
necessary vitamins and minerals to
be successful and have energy on the
Everyday the players are served with a variation of pasta or spaghetti for carbohydrates, there is
always meat or fish on the menu,
and of course there is always salad.
When asked if it was difficult
to serve for the needs of athletes,
Bonillo responded by saying that “it
is a special challenge and the menu
changes regularly because of this.”
Normally on the menu for
breakfast is an array of cereals, different hams and cheeses for baguettes,
and two times a week there is bacon
and eggs. There are over 20 employees working in the restaurant, and it
caters to over 100 people everyday.
The restaurant is managed by
Sergi Bonillo, 36. He is often seen
Behind the scenes in the restaurant. Photo: M. Andrews
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ES International School is home to students from 40 countries.
Here’s a look at what makes our school so international
By Raphaël Coin
Class of 2012
One of the very first things we notice when
walking around ES International School for the first
time is probably the unique cultural diversity, bringing students from many different countries, representing in total six continents.
Looking closer, 40 nationalities are represented in the school—an impressive number conside-
ring that our school “only” has 109 students.
Interesting fact: the country most represented in the school is Russia, with 16 students, with
Spain taking the second place (11 students), very
close to the United Kingdom (10 representatives),
which completes the top three.
In order to observe and explore the different
cultural differences in our school, I interviewed six
different students, each of them serving, in effect, as
the “ambassador” of their country and continent in
What is your name? David Alabo
How old are you? 15 years old
Where are you from? Ghana
Where were you born exactly? Rome, Italy
Where did you grow up? India, Russia, Angola, Italy, South Africa, England, Spain
What is your favorite phrase in your own language? “Akwaaba” (Welcome)
What is a typical meal in your country? Rice, plantains, fufu
What is the main sport in your country? Football
What is your name? Dan Dowson
How old are you? 15 years old
Where are you from? Australia
Where were you born exactly? Chichester, Sussex, England
Where did you grow up? Sydney, Australia
What is your favorite phrase in your own language? “G’day mate”
What is a typical meal in your country? Barbeque
What is the main sport in your country? Australian Football—similar to Gaelic Football
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What is your name? Dakota Mamola
How old are you? 17 years old
Where are you from? United States
Where were you born exactly? Barcelona, Spain
Where did you grow up? Sant Pere de Ribes, Spain
What is your favorite phrase in your own language? “’Sup Homie”
What is a typical meal in your country? Hamburgers, hot dogs
What is the main sport in your country? Baseball, American football, basketball
What is your name? Francesco Migliano
How old are you? 16 years old
Where are you from? Cosenza, Italy
Where were you born exactly? Montalto Uffugo, Cosenza, Italy
Where did you grow up? Montalto Uffugo, Cosenza, Italy
What is your favorite phrase in your own language? “Forza Juve”(Let’s go Juventus)
What is a typical meal in your country? Pasta, pizza, gelato
What is the main sport in your country? Football
What is your name? Alessandra Praun Arruda
How old are you? 13 years old
Where are you from? Brazil
Where were you born exactly? Sao Paulo, Brazil
Where did you grow up? Sao Paulo, Brazil
What is your favorite phrase in your own language? “Bem feito” (Well done)
What is a typical meal in your country? Brigadeiro (A sort of chocolate)
What is the main sport in your country? Football, volleyball
What is your name? Hao Han “Jimmy” Xu
How old are you? 16 years old
Where are you from? China
Where were you born exactly? Beijing, China
Where did you grow up? Beijing, China
What is your favorite phrase in your own language? “Si ke” (Come on)
What is a typical meal in your country? Beijing duck, sharkfin soup
What is the main sport in your country? Basketball, ping pong, badminton
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Renewing Student Life
Academy Expands, Improves Bungalow Area
By Thomas Hulme
Class of 2014
This year, some students at ES
International School will have a new
living space, as new bungalows were
installed this fall. But why did Sánchez-Casal decide to upgrade the
bungalows? And what are the new
bungalows like?
The reason the bungalows
were updated is threefold: the academy thinks that the players need betThe new bungalows have a modern, attractive look. Photo: T. Hulme
ter comfort; the old ones were getting a bit old and run down; and they
think that it is a good investment.
play tournaments. Some bungalows that they will look out onto the pool.
There are going to be three are even going to be built several
While there are many advantatypes of bungalows: individual bun- meters above the ground, creating ges to new bungalows, there are also
galows, double bungalows and bun- storage space and a showering area a few disadvantages. First, there are
galows for families to stay when visi- underneath and, in the process, ra- not going to be showers inside the
ting and when their children come to ising those bungalows to a level so bungalows—instead, there will be a
showering area. The company the
Academy is working with simply did
not have the option of a bungalow
with an individual shower.
The showering area will look
similar to the one inside the residence, with a changing area and showers. However, the showering area
won’t have lockers like the ones in
the residence.
The sleeping area in the new bungalows. Photo: T. Hulme
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Another disadvantage is that
the academy is going to keep some
of the existing bungalows—the ones
that are still quite new. These bungalows will be reserved for families
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who stay while visiting.
These bungalows contain three
living spaces in each bungalow, and
because of this they are quite small.
One idea is to knock the walls out to
make it one large bungalow.
The academy thinks that the
bungalows should be completely finished by approximately January
2012, but students started moving in
at the beginning of November 2011.
Altogether there are going to
be 29 new bungalows—18 double
bungalows and 11 single bungalows.
This is a big improvement from before—there were only 14 bungalows.
They have expanded the bungalow
area by taking some land away from
the Padel Tennis area. They did this
by cutting down some trees that
were in the Padel area.
Construction lasted through the fall months. Photo: T. Hulme
The academy didn’t own those bun- wardrobes, beds and a halfgalows—they were only renting bathroom but no shower.
them—so now the academy will give
Hristo Hristov, ES Internatiothem back to the company.
nal School Class of 2013, lived in the
Apart from the new bunga- bungalows last year so he has a good
lows not having showers in them, idea of what they were like and what
What happened to the old they will be quite similar to the old to expect in the new ones. He
bungalows that were first moved to ones. They are similar size and they thought that “it is good that the acathe parking lot, then taken away? all have desks, chairs, cupboards, demy is changing the bungalows because it is a step in improving our
“Also the old bungalows had a
few disadvantages,” he continued.
“There was no good place to study
and the beds were quite small so I’m
expecting these disadvantages to be
changed in the new bungalows.”
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● 18 double bungalows
● 11 single bungalows
The lounge area in a new bungalow. Photo: T. Hulme
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Who are… Emerging Scholars?
New Program Seeks to Challenge Highest Acheiving Students
By Alice McGinty
Class of 2015
11:15 a.m. in classroom D. All eight
students entered the dark room and
were charmed by the scent of apple
In today’s competitive world
and cinnamon candles as they gathein which students are competing to
red in a circle.
get into the best universities, it takes
Sandilands, full of excitement,
more than just good grades to stand
began the first official meeting with
out from the crowd.
an intriguing question: “So why do
This is why
you think you’re
two teachers decihere today?”
ded to create the
Ms. SandiEmerging Scholars
lands clearly exProgram: to get the
plained the mee1.) Get a 3.75 GPA or above
best out of students
ting schedules and
2.) Be a cri,cal thinker
and to allow them
the role of each
to explore areas in
student in the prowhich they excel.
gram, which is to
4.) Do your own research at home
The program
show independen5.) Try your best to excel as a student
is in its trial year.
ce and to determiAccording to Lee
ne what inspires
Hendricks, Elemiddle principal, and ted for this first year of the program them—and then to take it further.
Harriet Sandilands, literature teacher, are Denise Antonela Stoica, Class of
Every three weeks, the stuit’s about providing students a chan- 2018; River Hart, Class of 2017; Vlad dents will be provided tasks. Some
ce to put their creativity to work.
Herescu and Jack Oldfield, both in possible projects for the first semesThe Emerging Scholars Pro- the Class of 2016; and Bogdan Di- ter include creating a blog or Wiki
gram was created for high achieving denko, Carlos Donat, Alice and updating a current events folstudents in the Elemiddle school. McGinty, and Noa Nederpelt, all in der/portfolio. “The students’ enthu(Depending on the program’s suc- the Class of 2015.
siasm is going to be key to the success, it may expand to High School
The first meeting took place at cess of the program because it is the
first time we’ve done it, and we need
to be flexible and open,” said Sandilands.
Stoica, 11, who hails from Romania, said,” I feel excited and proud
to be participating. I am looking forward to teaching the class!”
Another honored student is
Vlad Herescu, 13, also from Romania. He explained, “I really want to
start my business plan.”
Both advisers of the program
cannot wait to carry out this new
idea. “I am very excited because I
think it’s something that we’ve needed for a while,” said Sandilands.
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students in coming years.)
“We felt that students who
show the highest potential as reflected in their studies needed to be
highlighted” Hendricks explained.
“It would help them take risks and
think outside the box.”
Those students who were invi-
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Mariano “Nano” Albert
New Academy Coach Was 160th on the ATP Tour
By Carlos Donat Arjona
Class of 2015
When you came back in September from your holidays, you may
have noticed that a new coach came
to the academy, but what most of
you don’t know is that he was also a
professional tennis player.
“Hit the ball
deep, no matter how
hard you hit it.”
—Mariano Albert
tennis world without going to uni- idol when he was young).
Tennis is his life, so he decided
With the support of his pa- to come to Academia Sánchez-Casal
rents and Antonio Capella, his coach “because I trust the system and metMariano “Nano” Albert, origi- in the Spanish Federation, he rose to hodology of the Academy.”
nally from Saragossa, Spain, started number 160 in the world.
He didn’t have any plans for
to play tennis at only seven years of
His major achievement was future tournaments, so he wanted to
age and his main goal was to “enjoy winning the Challenger of Sussuolo go somewhere where he could pass
and to have fun doing a sport.” He (Italy), but his dream was to win Ro- on his skills. What is his advice to
made the step to the professional land Garros, like Carlos Moya (his players who are trying to become
profesional? “Try your best, give the
maximum all the time you are on
court and most importantly, listen.”
Nano’s players admire him
because “he likes to know what
we’re doing every time, and how we
feel,” said 12th grade student Daniel
Harris. “He is very attentive.”
The players said that training
with him is very tough. “But you end
the practice feeling that you have
accomplished something,” Harris
Mariano “Nano” Albert in action. Photos: T. Hulme
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Daniel Harris and Hristo Hristov Hristov carve turkey
Paolina Romanet and Yasomie Ranasinghe
On Thursday, November 24, 2011, ES International School celebrated its first Thanksgiving.
Assem Myssyr, Matabe Akoachere, and Daria Makogonova
It was organized by Elemiddle Principal Lee
Hendricks with assistance from the Student Council, Sergio Bonillo, and the staff of the Masia restaurant. The event took a month to prepare. F o l l o wing an American historical tradition, the menu
included turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and gra-
A full dining room
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Students in line to be served their meal
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Lee Hendricks and Emilio Sánchez Vicario
The full staff of the Masia restaurant
vy. Desserts included apple and pumpkin pie.
“The biggest mission ... was getting the whole
campus involved under one roof,” said Hendricks.
“We have never had the opportunity for all departments sitting and enjoying lunch together.
Thanksgiving permitted us to accomplish that, and
this holiday is all about togetherness.”—Hao Han
“Jimmy” Xu
Carlos Fernández was one of the lucky prize winners.
Head of School Michael Smith explains
the Thanksgiving tradition.
Elizabet Faisman, Loladé Ogungbesan, and Maria Matskevich
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Searching for Excellence
The Diary of a 12th Grade Student’s American College Visits
By John Marc Knight
Class of 2012
This past September, our Head
of School, Michael Smith, gave me
the opportunity to go with him on a
trip to the United States—
specifically Florida—to visit some
colleges and universities and get a
jumpstart on my search for a school
for next year. While in Florida, I kept
a journal of what we saw and what I
learned. Following are some excerpts.
Friday, September 16, 2011
I would’ve thought today
would’ve been a little special. I never
knew how much of an impact it
would have on me to visit an American university. ES International
Head of School Michael Smith, senior Yutaka Obi and I left Naples,
Florida, at 7:30 a.m. to take a tour of
Lynn University in Boca Raton at 10
a.m. Lynn has around 2,000 students.
The men’s tennis team is strong—
University of Miami’s Tennis Center scoreboard. Photo: J. Knight
playing Division II in the National
Collegiate Athletic Association
(NCAA) and losing to Barry University in the National Championship
last year.
After an exhausting tour at
Lynn we stumbled into the car and
headed our way to the University of
Miami, hoping to arrive by 1 p.m.
We met a player named Gabriel Flores, who trained at Academia Sánchez-Casal and attends Miami. Miami is much bigger than Lynn. Gabriel took us on a tour. The school is
enormous, which wouldn’t be better
for my studies. The men’s tennis
team is currently ranked 37th in Division I.
It had been an incredible experience for me today. It’s amazing
how much you get out of it by actually going to the university and seeing
it yourself, it gave me a much broader perspective.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
The University of Florida’s women’s team. Photo: J. Knight
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We all had a long and tiring
day the previous day, so relaxing and
catching up on school work was
what we planned. In the morning
Yutaka and I had to train. It was pretty dark at 7:15 a.m., so we waited
for 15 minutes for the grim sky to
brighten up. As I stepped out of the
condominium, the humidity struck
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me pretty intensely. Yutaka and I
started to break sweat in just five
minutes of our warm-up.
Monday, September 19, 2011
There is a saying, ‘it’s hardest
at the start.’ For me, the hardest part
of the day is waking up. Yutaka and
I wanted to train before we left Naples this morning. When I hear people complain how hot Florida is for
tennis I smirk rudely inside my head.
Barcelona is hot too! Boy was I
wrong! You could see straight
through my top. After our morning
session we had to hurry to get things
into the car after our shower. When
we were all ready we waved goodbye
to Naples and made our way to
Tampa. Before we got to Tampa we
had to pick up an assistant coach
from West Virginia, Brandyn Fisher.
He would be presenting at the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) conference with
Mr. Smith—this was part of the
reason for the trip. Mr. Fisher said
he would train Yutaka and I at Saddlebrook tomorrow morning which
will be great. He is a very experienced player and coach—he has
coached elite players and a college
The exercise facilities at Lynn University. Photo: J. Knight
player, Donald Young, who is now the Sánchez-Casal tennis outfits that
professional and got to the second Sergio Casal gave us for the conferound of the U.S. Open this year.
rence. Mr. Smith and Brandyn started their presentation—about how
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
to balance studies and tennis—at 3
p.m. At 6:30 p.m. Brandyn wanted
At 8:10 a.m. Mr. Smith called to coach Yutaka and I. I felt honome—he said he would meet us red to have been coached by a guy
down at the reception area of our who has won seven national chamhotel at 9:30 a.m. (Mr. Smith was pionships as a coach. It broadened
staying at the Saddlebrook resort, my mind—I was thinking of tennis
where the conference was being differently, more calm and open.
held.) On the way, Mr. Smith told us
what was going to happen when we Wednesday, September 21, 2011
got to Saddlebrook. We had to wear
At 8:30 a.m. Mr. Smith picked
up Yutaka and I to go visit the University of Florida. I thought Miami
was huge, but Florida was humongous. We met Andy Jackson, the
tennis coach. He showed us around
the sport facilities. It was beyond my
imagination of a university. Their
American football stadium holds
92,000 people. That’s double the
size of a lot of soccer seats in the
United Kingdom in the Premier
League. It is obvious that the athletes get treated like professionals—to
be honest, I think even better. The
gym was a powerhouse. They had a
pool you could go into to do rehabi-
Lynn University’s National Champion banner. Photo: J. Knight
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litation. You could run against the
current to get exercise while preventing injuries. They had ice baths, and
small ones to put just your feet,
hands and elbow in. What I loved
most in the gym was that they had
motivational quotes everywhere. For
example, here is one I wrote down:
“Pain is weakness leaving the body.”
After a solid day at UF we travelled back to Saddlebrook and trained with Brandyn. He pushed Yutaka and I as much as he could in an
hour. I loved it. I was breathing as if
I had asthma after training.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
My legs were killing me in the
morning. The soreness from yesterday’s session with Brandyn stayed
right with me. I had to shake it off
before I went to see the University
of South Florida. The University
itself was like Florida—massive, excellent sport facility and a very good
tennis team. They are ranked in the
top 40, probably not as good as Miami but still right up there.
After USF we headed back to
Saddlebrook, where Emilio was
going to receive a trophy for lifetime
excellence—the International Master
Professional Award. Yutaka and I
The author and Yutaka Obi with Emilio Sánchez Vicario and his award.
had to take a photo with him holding
the award. One hour later Yutaka
checked Facebook and told me that
Emilio already put the picture up on
the Sánchez-Casal site.
Friday, September 23, 2011
From being at boarding school
at the age of seven, I keep forgetting
how lucky I am to have such a wonderful opportunity in the future. I
mean, to have a chance in tennis and
education. Opportunities like these
don’t happen for everyone. Today
we went to see St. Leo University,
which was about as small as Lynn—
around 2,500 students.
After we finished at St. Leo we
had to rush back to Emilio’s presentation at the conference. Yutaka and
I had to take part—we were part of
his demonstration, as he wanted to
explain and show the audience what
kind of drills we work on in Academia Sánchez-Casal.
When I was warming up I
didn’t want to look at the crowd; my
heart was pumping fast enough already. There were around 170 people
watching. I sat next to Emilio at dinner—it was the first time I really talked to him properly. He can be pretty funny, and he was also interested
in how my university search is going.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
The author and Yutaka Obi at the U of M. Photo: J. Knight
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Ten days ago I thought America would be pretty fun, but really it
was an amazing experience. I am extremely grateful to my parents and
Mr. Smith who made this journey
possible. Without them it would’ve
been nothing but a dream.
I am looking forward to coming back to Barcelona- Florida was
a great experience, and I shall be sha-
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Getting the Psychological Edge
Sports Psychologist Joan Ribas Works on Students’ Mental Game
By Alice McGinty
Class of 2015
Joan Ribas, the Academia Sánchez-Casal sports psychologist, is
originally from Barcelona. At first,
Ribas was a tennis player, he then
became a coach, and lastly decided to
specialize in sports psychology, aiming to help student-athletes overcome their psychological obstacles.
He has worked at Academia SánchezCasal for seven years.
Ribas’s motivation for becoming a sports psychologist is very
simple. It all began when he was a
young tennis player, and noticed that
his mental game was one of his biggest weaknesses. At the time, it was
rare to find a sports psychologist that
could have helped Ribas to improve
his mental skills. As a result, Ribas
developed an interest in sports
psychology. He later realised, “When
I left tennis, my goal was to be a
sports psychologist and to help people with the same problems as me.”
To qualify for sports psycho-
Joan Ribas. Photo: A. McGinty
logy, Ribas studied at the Universidad de Barcelona (UB). He earned a
master’s degree in sports psychology
at Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), and later took courses
in different subjects such as neurolinguistic programming (NLP) at Instituto Gestalt de Barcelona. Two
sports psychologists that have greatly
influenced Ribas are James Loehr
and Timothy Gallwey.
Before coming to SánchezCasal, he worked in Sergi Bruguera’s
tennis academy in Barcelona for four
years as a tennis coach and sports
psychologist. He also worked with a
private group named Excellent, and
in Tennis Gimeno (another tennis
club in Castelldefels). Ribas is an official tennis coach of the Federació
Catalana de Tenis (FCT).
Ribas previously worked with
Russian tennis professional Svetlana
Kuznetsova (while she was at Sánchez-Casal). Today, he is working
with players from the Academia who
take part in either sports, education
or both programs.
He hosts his classes in his office beside the video lab on campus.
Ribas teaches about mental skills that
are vital to improve your focus, concentration, emotional control, and
motivation on the tennis court. Often, he shows his students videos,
presenting examples of motivation
or concentration in other sports.
He also teaches the importance of relaxation before a match to
calm your nerves. At times, he plays
music and practices relaxing exercises with his students. Ribas also
likes to explore the goals of each individual students, to help them
achieve their best results.
His classes are full of enthusi-
1. Have an open mind.
2. Believe you can improve
your mental game.
3. Practice and enjoy it.
4. Be persistent.
5. Grow as a person and
6. Improve as an individual,
in school and sports
7. Achieve a balance between
body and mind.
8. Deal with situations that
cause anxiety, tension, fears
and doubts.
9. Improve aspects such as:
concentration, decision
making, self-esteem, and
10. Practice at home on a
regular basis.
asm and whenever Ribas gets the
chance, he joins players on the tennis
court to see them perform. Ribas has
some private clients too, and is open
to talk to any of the students whenever they feel that they need his help.
Ribas says that there are two
best parts of his job. “The first one
is to help the people improve in their
personal lives, as well as their sports
lives,” he says. “The other thing I
like a lot about my job is that I am
always learning new things.”
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True Student-Athletes
These Students Are Succeeding Both On– and Off–Court
By Dante Hart
Class of 2015
At ES International School,
most students juggle training, fitness,
and of course studies. And a handful
of students really excel at all three.
So who is training the best in
tennis and fitness? By looking in
with Academy Coach Victor Hugo
and Fitness Coach Eduardo Garcia
Prat and looking at academic performance, we came to some answers.
During the last semester, two
players have done extremely well in
their tennis careers. Their names are
Carlos Donat Arjona and Aswin Lizen. They have both gotten into the
finals of major junior tournaments.
Carlos Donat Arjona, Class of
2015, was the champion of the Under-14 Catalunya Tournament.
Donat Arjona won 3-6, 7-5,
6-1 and stated he was extremely happy since he won after losing the first
set. “I was very happy because I
didn’t win that tournament for four
years, and I worked really hard to
win,” he noted.
He was very nervous at the
beginning, but he was able to calm
his nerves. “First set, I couldn’t move my legs, because there were a lot
of people watching my match, and in
the second set I was ... very nervous
when he had two match points,” he
said. “To calm down I started putting all the balls in and when I got
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Who is Carlos Donat Arjona? At
14 years old now, Donat Arjona
has been going to ES International
School and training at Academia
Sánchez-Casal for four years. He
started playing tennis at four years
old. He explained: “I started at
four years old because I couldn’t
start before, I was too young.”
Donat Arjona decided to play
tennis on his own—no one from
his family ever played before.
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confident, I started moving him
Lizen admits he was nervous.
around the court.”
“I tried to take time between each
point and not go too fast, which is
Donat Arjona says one of the
something I tend to do when I'm
keys to his success was being prepared for this key match. “I came to nervous," he said.
quick, and there are no injuries
that we have to deal with.”
As for working the hardest,
the Class of 2012’s Dakota Mamola
deserves a clap.
the academy two hours before my
Lizen also has much success
“Dakota has had a really
match,” he stated. “I changed my off-court. He has made the Princi- bad injury, he went though the
shoes and waited. I waited for the pal’s List twice and the Honor Roll
process of having surgery, and
referee and my opponent!”
twice in his two years at the school.
after working hard in the gym,
Donat Arjona is also very suche has recovered and is even
cessful off the court. In three years
riding motorcycles,” said Garcia
We have also asked Eduardo Prat.
at ES International School, he has
made the Honor Roll all six semes- Garcia Prat who has improved the
Like Donat Arjona and
most and who is working the harters he has attended the school.
Mamola has also shown
dest in fitness.
Aswin Lizen, according to
consistency in the classroom.
“Aswin Lizen has impro- Last year, in his first year at ES
ved the most,” said Garcia Prat. International School, he made
“He was so skinny, slow, and the Honor Roll twice.
weak, but now he is strong,
Hugo, is one of the most consistently successful student-athletes, as
he has the most European Tennis
Association (ETA) points. Lizen, at
the moment, has 340 ETA points
and is ranked 196th. He also holds
five ITF points.
Lizen, who is commonly called “Ash,” was the finalist of Tennis Europe Luxembourg. Even
though he didn’t win, getting to the
finals meant a lot to Lizen. “It felt
great to have a good result after lots
of hard work,” he says.
His opponent, Quentin Ly,
from France, who has 380 ETA
points, won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.
Who is Aswin Lizen? Lizen was
born in Ireland but lived in the
Isle Of Man until coming to
Barcelona, Spain. Lizen has just
started his third year at the
school. Lizen has played tennis
for six years, training with his
coach Antonio Pino.
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Future Tech
ES International School Making Moves to Improve Technology
By Noa Nederpelt
Class of 2015
school’s technology landscape will easier for students who are on tourchange is through the C21 Commit- nament, teachers have created websitee.
tes where they post handouts, homework, PowerPoint presentations, and
The goal of the committee is
videos. “In the 21st century, there is
to make ES International School’s
technology in every part of our lives,
students 21st century citizens, and
the committee is composed of and we want to prepare our students
teachers from every curricular area. for this era,” Smith said.
Imagine a classroom of the
future. When class begins, the
teacher starts the lesson by writing
notes on the electronic smart board
with an interactive pen. Books and The teachers who are part of it are
notebooks are nowhere to be found. High School Principal Joanne Burns,
The students whip out their Elemiddle Principal Lee Hendricks,
laptops and start taking notes. About History Teacher Domenico Comhalf an hour into the lesson, a stu- posto, Journalism/Math Teacher
dent remembers an interesting news
clip she saw the night before related
to what they were learning. She asks
the teacher and sends a link to the
clip to all of her classmates via email.
The students put on their headphones and listen to the news clip.
This may soon be what classes
at ES International will look like.
Head of School Michael L. Smith
says there are a lot of ideas already
and more ideas coming up. For example, the school is already making
strides toward the idea of transitioning the school to become paperless.
The Curriculum 21 (C21) Committee
is also working on putting other new
ideas into place.
Smith says he is open to new
ideas and suggestions, and wants to
put these projects forth as a team
effort. “Nobody has a monopoly on
good ideas,” Smith said.
One of the main ways the
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Smith believes that it is very
important that what we study and
that whatever technology we are integrating relates to the global world,
since boundaries are becoming invi-
“We want the technology to be a tool,
not that it overcomes what the student
needs to do in the class.”
—Head of School Michael Smith
Steven Gnagni, Science Teacher/
Guidance Counselor Daniel Green,
Spanish Teacher Yolanda Rodríguez,
Literature Teacher Harriet Sandilands, and of course Smith.
sible. However, the big challenge the
school is facing in terms of integrating technology in our learning is to
determine what technology we want
to use and what technology is most
This committee strives to crea- beneficial to us. “We are trying to get
te a curriculum with technology inte- the mixture of technology right for
grated in it. Imagine new technology, our school.” Smith stated.
such as computers, e-books, and
In the long term—about three
smartboards used in every classroom years from now—the school is looin the school to help in learning. king into getting rid of all textbooks
“We’re learning, but we are learning and trying to make the school papera different way,” Smith mentioned. less. This means that all the books
For example, to make things will be viewed on a laptop or e-book
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reader. This will be extremely beneficial to students who go on tournaments since they will only have to
take the laptop/e-book reader.
Also, students will have a larger learning space on a laptop, according to Smith, since you can
browse additional information on
the web and watch videos. You can
make the learning experience more
diverse and more interactive.
Finally, it is very cost effective, since e-book versions of textbooks are a lot cheaper than print
versions. For example, a hardcover
American History textbook can cost
about 102 U.S. dollars. However,
the ebook version, with all the information and links to the website,
costs about 60 U.S. dollars.
fore students can start using it, so
that every student is using the same
device. “We want the technology to
be a tool, not that it overcomes
what the student needs to do in the
Right now, the school is eva- class,” says Smith.
luating what technology the stuIn other words, the school
dents and teachers are going to use, wants the technology to enhance
but once it is finished, it will proba- learning without taking over the
bly be a two year phase-in process learning. ES International School
to get the technology completely wants to revolutionize the way learintegrated in the school. The school ning takes place and make it more
must first unify the technology be- interactive, and do things more
spontaneously and on the spot.
The school also wants to start
using more digital whiteboards to
make learning more interactive.
However, when exactly these will
be phased in is not certain, since the
committee first wants to evaluate all
the available technology.
There remain issues to discuss, but as Smith said, “Where there’s an obstacle, there’s also an opportunity to overcome it.”
High School
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Mr. Lee Hendricks: hFp://thehistoryroom.weebly.com
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Shaping Up
A Look at the Most Important Exercises for Tennis Players
By John Marc Knight
Class of 2012
Tennis muscle
tennis player. When you see ripped is because when we serve we lean
men on magazines with steel abs and backwards and forwards.)
arms, that doesn’t mean they have a
ideal core for a tennis player.
Tennis players need thin and
long muscles, not thick and short
If you already knew that this is
muscles. If our muscles are thin and
You would be surprised how
long we can endure more and are where you get most of your power
many tennis players don’t know why
less likely to get injured due to good out of your strokes then you are a
it is vital for them to take advantage
stroke ahead. A lot of players think
of their time in the gym. Okay, you
that the power comes from your upThere are different ways of
do also increase some fitness on the
court, but can you keep improving
your physique on the court? You
have to do more than just gladiator
performance on the clay.
Some of the vital reasons why
professional athletes hit the gym
is to prevent injury (stretching) , gain
muscle and size (weights), increase
cardiovascular (endurance), and
speed and agility (quick/explosive
Therefore, for tennis it is essential to have a strong core, great
Eduardo Garcia Prat helps Aswin Lizen work his back muscles.
leg power, a sturdy lower back and
strong back and chest. The best way
per body, which is why you tend to
to work the muscles of a tennis plamaking your core strong, and a core
see many talented players just use
yer is using a machine called the
workout for a bodybuilder is not for
their arms and they don’t explode
a tennis player. As tennis players, we
enough (or at all) from their legs.
have to do more high repetition
Also, hip rotation is just as imcrunches with no weight or a maxiCore
portant for gaining speed and
mum of 10 kilograms of weight.
topspin in your shots. You can hit
We also have to make sure to
This is where we get our batopspin by not using your legs but if
pay attention to endurance within
lance—the center of our stomach.
you want to make sure your oppoour situps because we also have to
These muscles have to be worked a
nent is standing a few meters behind
have flexibility in our stomach. (This
minimum of six days per week for a
the baseline, you must really generate
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the power from your legs and push
up when contacting the ball.
You can improve stamina and
strength in your legs by doing interval running, endurance and speed
and agility. When you have passed
the basics then you can move on to
weights and then the “pulley.”
Lower back
The lower back muscles tend
to be injured or weakened in many
tennis players. It is not surprising
that some people might not know
that this is a very important muscle
for tennis. It is unique. Even though
it is small, it is what makes our serve.
Without a strong lower back we suffer when we serve.
Working the leg and core muscles using the pulley. Photo: J. Kni-
and back crunches. If you have experienced pain in your lower back then
try using the Swiss ball when you do
sit ups and back crunches if possible.
Back, Chest and Arms
A basic way to make sure the
lower back doesn’t get injured is to
Of course, this is key to our
keep a good posture as you walk or tennis. To play tennis to an extreme
sit on a chair. The simple exercises level our back and chest needs to be
to do for your lower back are situps strong. No matter how good you are
you will never get away with a flabby
or thin back or chest on the professional tour. As tennis players we
need to work more on our back than
our chest in the gym. Most of us have a stronger chest than back.
I admit that I love to do bench
press, but I know that it isn’t as crucial as doing the “pulley.” The
“pulley” should be used at least three
times a week and the weights twice a
week for your upper body.
The deltoids (shoulders) have
to be strengthened well by using the
“pulley” also. The shoulders have to
rotate as well as your hips when you
hit the ball. Your triceps are used
more than your biceps in tennis, but
you also need to have the same intensity doing bicep workouts in the
gym as you would in any other muscle workout.
To conclude, if you pay attention to all of the above areas, you
should be much more fit and less
prone to injury.
Working the leg muscles using the pulley. Photo: J. Knight
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ITF Tournament @ Sánchez-Casal
Dolidze wins in doubles, Ormeño gets to quarterfinals/semifinals
By Thomas Hulme
main draw, David Biosca Girvent, bles.
who was the number two seed, plaClass of 2014
In the girls singles she lost to
yed Ayala Hernandez, who was a Miriam Civera—the eventual chamqualifier. They both hailed from pion—who hails from Madrid.
From October 10 to October Spain. In the end Biosca Girvent
15, 2011, an ITF tournament was won.
“I was very happy with the
held at Academia Sánchez-Casal. Intournament because I played really
ternational Tennis Federation (ITF)
well,” said Ormeño Ruiz. “In the
stutournaments are for players under
girls singles, the first match that I
the age of 18.
played was my best. The match was
to the final round with his partner— very different from all of the others
Quite a few players from the and won. This despite the fact that
academy were selected to play in the he had a bad tendon in his left wrist, because the girl had a better backhand than forehand which is quite
so he was unable to play his ba- unusual.”
ckhand throughout the tournament.
In doubles, Ormeño played
His partner, Sergio Martes Gornes, is
17 years old and hails from Mallorca. with Jazzi Plews, who also plays tennis at the Academy. They reached
It was Dolidze’s first time win- the semifinals. “All of the matches
ning an ITF doubles tournament. were tough and a lot of our matches
“The tournament was quite diffi- we won in the third set tie-break,”
cult—there were a lot of good pla- Ormeño said.
yers and most of the matches we plaShe has only played three ITFs
yed were more or less the same stanin her life and she said that this one
dard,” he said.
Nuria Ormeño Ruiz
was by far her best performance.
Was he nervous? “I wasn’t that
nervous, even in the final because if
“All of the matches were tough and we lost it was not a huge deal becaua lot of our matches we won in the se I couldn’t even play a backhand,”
he said. Nika and his partner used
third set tie-break.”—
good tactics to ensure that he didn’t
Nuria Ormeño Ruiz
have to play a backhand.
main draw of the boys and girls singles. Unfortunately, no players from
the boys singles main draw passed
the first round of the tournament.
In the final of the boys singles
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In the girls singles main draw there
were quite a few players from the academy that did quite well. Eleventh Grade
Student Nuria Ormeño Ruiz played in the
girls singles main draw and the girls doubles. She reached the quarterfinals of the
girls singles and the semifinals of the dou-
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Fi#h and Sixth Grades
Front Row (L to R): Denise Antonela Stoica,
Marcel Marlon Sudzum, Alexandra Proklova
Back Row (L to R): Lauren Nicole TroFer,
Francesca Jones, Maria Batenkova, Diego
Herrera Moura
Not Pictured: Rimpei Kawakami
Seventh Grade
Front Row (L to R): Artak Knyazyan, River
Hart, Yana Leshchenko, Francesco Denicoloi, Kornel Kimaszewski
Back Row (L to R): Nikolay Polupanov, Stanislav Nepomnyashchiy, Piotr Michal Sowin̒ ski, Daria Makagonova, Daria Kurovskaia
Eighth Grade
Front Row (L to R): Aleksandr Ovechkin,
Tanya Macpherson, Alessandra Praun
Arruda, Vlad Herescu
Second Row (L to R): Ioannis Kasampoulis,
Maria Casal Grifoll, Nikol Pavlova, Gemma
García García, Miguel Romanello Joaquim
Back Row (L to R): Abdulla Al-Mahmoud,
Alejandro Odena Pérez, Tomás Aranda
Ramírez, Jack Oldfield, Adilbek Bulekpayev
Not Pictured: Anton Kropotkin
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Ninth Grade
Front Row (L to R): Alice McGinty, CarloFa
GianneFa, Noa Nederpelt, Delia Arranz
Flores, Dante Hart
Second Row (L to R): Andreas Praun Arruda, Carlos Donat Arjona, Jose Mauricio Del
Rio Hinojosa, VioleFa Kurilenko, Elizabet
Back Row (L to R): John Paul Akoachere
Ngale, Benjamin Smit, Eloy Mar,nez Montero, Petar Gazivoda, Sam Toufighi, Bogdan Didenko
Not Pictured: Dominik Domazet, Anastasija Homutova
Tenth Grade
Front Row (L to R): Alex Roberto Rus, Giacomo Adoncecchi, Assem Myssyr, Paolina
Romanet, Ririka Hasegawa
Back Row (L to R): Francisco Sánchez Lambea, Artavazd Knyazyan, Aswin Lizen, Guillem Quer Torres, Mohit Gurmukhani Gurmukhani, André Romanello Joaquim
Not Pictured: Dan Dowson, Héctor Garcia
Oliveda, Thomas Hulme, Maria
Matskevich, Vuk Vukovic̒, Jakub Wroblewski
Eleventh Grade
Front Row (L to R): Michèle Herrera, Loladé Ogungbesan, Inna Rodionova, Nuria
Ormeño Ruiz, Matabe Akoachere
Second Row (L to R): Francesco Migliano,
David Alabo, Rahul Somani, Andrija Rodic̒,
Valen,n Tereshchenko, Vladimirs Carkovs
Back Row (L to R): Dylan Lloyd Schleicher,
JeF Thomas Cash, Hristo Hristov Hristov,
Max Andrews, Artur Diyarov, HaoHan
Jimmy Xu
Not Pictured: Giuliano Buzoianu, Cos,n
Economu, Carlos Fernández Laframboise,
Marc Isaac Freiman
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Twel#h Grade
Front Row (L to R): Melis Acar, Yutaka Obi,
Andrea Retolaza Andrade, Nika Dolidze
Second Row (L to R): Danijela Krivokapic̒,
Yasomie Ranasinghe, Daniel James Harris,
Danil Yanichev, Dakota Mamola
Back Row (L to R): Oscar Torras Musolas,
Kilian Geiss, Timur Mozer, Ivan Kozlov,
Raphaël Coin
Not Pictured: John Marc Knight, Oleg Komar, Rahmaan Mir
Student Council
Front Row (L to R): Carlos Donat Arjona,
Aleksandr Ovechkin, Daria Kurovskaia,
Francesca Jones
Back Row (L to R): Assistant Principal Lee
Hendricks, Secretary Giacomo Adoncecchi,
President Daniel Harris, and Vice President
Hristo Hristov Hristov
Front Row (L to R): Marian Antuña Fernandez, Yolanda Rodriguez, Harriet Sandilands, Milagros Montávez, Dr. Tracy Power
Second Row (L to R): Lee Hendricks, Adela
Gavozdea, Michelle Foppiano, Dr. Jacqueline Boerekamps-Kanters, Eimear Wynne,
Carlos Lizardi Mallens, Steven Gnagni
Back Row (L to R): Michael Smith, Daniel
Green, James Coyle, Domenico Italo Composto-Hart, Geoffrey Greene, Paul Gaudin
Not Pictured: Joanne Burns
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