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ImpAct June 2011

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ImpAct Team

Wan Jui Cheng

Hong Ngoc Nguyen Thi Hong Hanh Nguyen Sergey Erentsenov IB Student IB Student IB Student Journalist Journalist Journalist Quizzes & Puzzles

IAP Student

EDITOR Hi, welcome to our first issue of IMPACT for 2011, the magazine for EF International Academy Torquay. Each issue IMAPCT Magazine designates space for creative and expressive coverage of the College, students, events and more, therefore if you would like to contribute to the magazine please contact one of our team. The end of my first year in EFIA Torquay and what a wonderful year it was. I have so many memories studying here, not just the lessons, but also the people I have met. We have celebrated people’s birthdays, visits many places and developed our English skills along the way. I am so thankful for my time here as I have seen the many changes in my life.

Mariska Dahm IB Student Journalist

Thi Thu Thuy Nguyen A Level Student Journalist

Ronny Tang A Level Student Journalist

Andrea Zanaria IAP Student Journalist

Wan Jui Cheng IAP Student Journalist

Wing Yee Cheung IAP Student Journalist

Joao Lee IAP Student Journalist

Nien Yun Hsu IAP Student Journalist

Adrian IT Teacher

See you next year.

Editorial Support & Design

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Alton Towers & Warwick University

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Precious values of the world

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IB Graduation

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Ashcombe Adventure Centre

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Prep Course Review

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Preparation Course Graduation

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Summer Ball

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Alton Towers & Warwick University Nguyen Thi Hong Hanh (Victoria) The furthest and the most memorable trip with school was a trip to Alton Tower before our Spring Break. It brought us good times and memories after a whole busy term with studying and our January exam sessions. After a short trip visiting Warwick university we spent 2 days and one night at Alton Towers Theme Park. We were totally impressed at the atmosphere and the view here especially with colorful backgrounds .We seemed to be back in our childhood. It is a family resort with many shared-rooms. 4 students shared a room; however, it was more convenient than we first thought. The rooms had good facilities with a good sense of decoration themed around a sunny holiday destination hotel resort. The room looked totally smart and warm. From our window, we could see the whole view of the theme park. Moreover, we were also very pleased with our buffet dinner and breakfast. Just 3 words to describe: delicious, surprised and wonderful. The first reason is about the variety of food. It was filled with all nationalities from Asian to African. With really helpful staff and good service, we really enjoyed our meal. I should mention the chocolate fondue and ice cream. The weather started to be hot so ice cream was a good choice and we couldn’t ignore chocolate fondue because it was so attracting and sweet. After enjoying our meal, we had free time in the resort. Some students joined the bar with their friends dancing and drinking. The rest of us spent time in the souvenir shop or played games in our rooms and took lots of photos. We had a good night to save energy for tomorrow and that would be fabulous. The second day came and we spent the whole time in Alton Tower Theme Park. It was not so far from resort area to the Theme Park. It was the part that every student had waited for from the

Photography: Holly

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beginning of the trip. There are lots of rides and attractions in the park. They are divided into many groups: Thrill rides, Laughs and Frights, Young fun and Attraction. We can try from the amusing one to the most thrilling one such as Oblivion. It reminded me of a small country in front of us. There were lakes, pools, castles and forests. They have something really old and modern. It doesn’t matter if you don’t like these thrilling rides because you can enjoy your time in the attraction area. Going on the sky train to see the whole view of Alton Tower or playing some water games such as the Flume. You will get wet but it is supper fun. Or if you are interested in taking photos, go and find some castles, there are lots of things you can find amazing to take pictures of. What attracted boys and some of girls were the most thrilling games area. They tried all of them without a hesitation. Seriously, they were so brave. Thirteen, Air, The Blade , Nemesis, Oblivion, Rita, Ribsaw and Submission –all of them were so thrilling in their own ways. Yelling , shouting feeling ill after and during the rides but almost all of the students had fun. Thirteen: you will go backward in the darkness. Nemesis: going in a circle, it sounded interesting. Blade: you will be lifted higher and higher. Air: upside down and you will feel like “Hello! I’m flying”. Oblivion: never dare yourself to go on this with the history of heart attack because it will be very shocking and crazy but somehow it is not, just fun and challenging. A whole day in Alton tower seemed not to be enough for some of us who wanted to try some of the games several times. Nevertheless, it was time to say goodbye and see you next year. We had so much fun there with lots of laughs, scares and surprises. Thank you David and Debbie who gave us opportunities to join this trip.

Thank

you

Andy,

Mandy, Bob, Muriel, Holly and Oliver for taking care of us during this long trip. We will remember it as the most wonderful time this school year.

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Photography: Holly

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Precious values of the world Caring and sharing Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy (Christina)

Source: www.bbc.co.uk.

Our world has 195 different countries and each country has their own culture and history as well as political views. Moreover, each country has lots of different ethnicity. However, even with this wide range of diversity all over the world, all mankind always share some precious values such as caring, loving and sharing which live quietly among us every day. Those priceless values help to connect the world together as a whole big family, help each of us to understand the meaning of being a human among others, and above all they assist by giving us strength to move forward through difficulties and challenges. More specifically, those values have clearly demonstrated its importance through some disaster our world has gone through over times, and most recently the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Caring and helping each other through difficulties: On Friday, 11 March 2011, a terrible natural disaster happened which led to lots of traumatic incidents from earthquake, tsunami to nuclear crisis. Thousands of houses and buildings have been destroyed, also not even mentioning the Page | 7


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loss of thousands of human lives. Many Japanese lost their families as well as friends; countless drops of tears have fallen. Facing that dreadful situation, the Japanese people and government were not standing alone; it seemed like the whole world were standing by them, sharing the wounds and the lost people who were trying to deal with the disaster. Just after less than a week from the start of the disaster, there were more than 128 countries and 33 international organisations such as the United Nations, the European Councils and also the International Committee of Red Cross asking to assist Japan to recover from the tragedy. Millions of dollars have been donated from all over the world and sent to Japan. By creating websites and lots of organizations, money has been gathered in many ways from fundraising to auctioning. Specifically, US $120 million has been donated by American Red Cross, and also S$3.15 million from Singapore Red Cross. Not only did Japanese receive material but also spiritual support, many volunteers and relief teams have been sent to Japan just after the earthquake in order to find the missing people, construct the temporary houses, clean up the area, and also help the civilians setting down to start a new life. Source: www.bbc.co.uk.

The question is “why do countries all around the world do that?” and “why do we care?” It seems to be awkward to ask like that because the answer is so clear and obvious. Because we are humans that we care for Japanese, because this world is a huge family in which every member cares for each other in difficulty. If a family member is hurt, the whole society feels the pain. That is the reason why many hearts in this world have beaten the same beats as Japanese in that tragedy, the reason why many people have felt the same pain as Japanese feel. Not only do people care for each other in that specific incident in Japan, our history has proven that humans care for each other all the time, not just in global disaster such as Katrina storm in USA a few years ago or recently the Tsunami in Indonesia, but also in simple little things happening around us everyday such as giving someone a lift, holding the doors for others. Those simples things thought seem to be meaningless, they are proving that human always care. Simply, caring shows that we are members of the whole big family- the world. Sharing even if you have nothing to share: I wonder if you have ever heard of the story about a little child with nothing but still want to share with a poor old man. In this moving story, a poor beggar has insisted a little child give him some money; though the child has searched everywhere, he still did not have any pennies. With a sad face, the boy hold the beggar’s hands, crying and say that “Really sorry but I don’t have anything to give you, really sorry”. That saying Page | 8


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has shined the beggar life when knowing that there is still somebody in this world sharing something with him, sharing the love, the pain he has to go through. The same story has happened in real life not just in some moral stories people say to teach children. In the Japanese disaster, the pictures of all citizen queuing orderly, and quietly to have supplies has made lots of people awake. No fighting, no noises, just order and respecting elderly or poorer people to have supplies first even when even some of them had nothing left after the earthquake, no home, no money, no food, no water and even no family.

Source: www.bbc.co.uk.

So, again what does this tell us? Many meaningful things can be said through this simple action of Japanese people. Many people will say that it is because of the culture of Japanese who are famous for queuing; some may claim that because they have been taught since childhood that kind of manner. Personally, I will say that yes, that comes from the culture, yes that comes from what they have been taught. However, this culture, these childhood lessons are just simply coming from one precious values spreading all around the whole society- Sharing for others. When people know the importance of sharing, they will understand respect, concessions, and above all love. Yes, it has clearly stated that those precious

values

live

among

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

us,

demonstrated themselves through some global care such as the incident in Japan in March, 2011. Now it might be the time to ask “why do they are so importance to our society?” and “what would happen if caring and sharing did not exist in this world?”. I can barely imagine how the Page | 9


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earth would be if that were real. Our warm world would turn into a cold and selffish world with no love, no emotions, as cold as the North and South Poles. Nobody would understand each other anymore, no more development would process because there would be no sharing and learning around the world. Even if there were any inventions, they would keep for themselves No need to imagine that unrealistic world, we just have to take a look at how Japan is recovering from the natural disaster in March based on the international aid. From then, vice versa, we can simply answer the questions above. Just compare two different pictures of Japan road in and after 6 days of the earthquake, you will come to realize how fast it took Japan to recover. Without helping, caring and sharing within the countries and also internationally, it would be impossible for Japan to have that magical recovery.

Last but not least, I just want to say that: Caring and sharing will open our minds, will help us to realize how meaningfull to be a member of our big family- the world. Because we are family, because we are human, we care and share for each other unconditionally.

Source: www. www.savethechildren.org

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IB GRADUATION Wyn Morgan (IB2 Tutor)

On Tuesday May 24th EFIA held its first ever IB Graduation ceremony at the Grand Hotel in Torquay. The ceremony was to celebrate the achievement of the first IB cohort of students at EFIA in completing the diploma course. Wyn (IB2 tutor) gave a speech to remember the funnier and memorable moments of the two years and David gave a speech on the next steps of the students’ academic lives. After the ceremony photographs were taken both inside and outside and then students, staff and parents sat down for a meal which was very enjoyable. Once the meal was over students said their goodbyes to each other as some were flying home the following day. Overall, it was a very enjoyable afternoon and evening and a fitting way to celebrate the IB students graduation. I would just like to take this opportunity to wish all the IB2 students the best of luck with their results in July and their journey into university life.

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Ashcombe Adventure Centre

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Wan Jui Cheng

I remember when I came here I didn’t know anyone. EFIA is in Torquay, a beautiful small town. There are friendly old people a small harbor and sea birds. You can see that here is a really good place to study English. The students are from different countries so you get to hear different languages. Rebecca was our English lecturer teacher, she taught us the poem ‘the tempest’, she read the story dramatically and we loved it. She helped us to feel like we were the people in the story. We had many trips on our course and you can travel by yourself. I have been to Edinburgh with my friends. Edinburgh is very romantic with classical building and beautiful views. Every three months we had one week for study called study week. I went to London with my friends to visit China town you can eat Chinese food, go to Chinese markets, there also have a Chinese hospital. On our school trip we went to Bath which has many museums. My favorite museum was the fashion museum with clothes from different centuries and you can see the difference between the past and modern fashion. We will celebrated people’s birthdays and we wrote birthday cards together and bought gifts and we sometimes found a nice restaurant to celebrate. Our school had a lot of parties like the Christmas party and the Summer ball. We celebrated our school life and danced and this also gave us the opportunity to dress up in long dresses and smart suits. The UK is crazy about playing football. I love Liverpool football team. If you go to a pub you can see people shouting for their team. It’s really exciting to see your favorite team score the winning goal. At the end of term we had to sit the IEST exam and achieve a minimum 4.5, this part of the course changed our timetable to English, English and more English. This sound crazy and was very difficult for us, but after a month of intensive lessons we took the exam and we were all relieved to have finished. We now wait excitedly for the results. I really loved my time here and have learned so much about studies, people and me. Page | 15


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Have a good summer break and see you in September 2011

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