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With the end of the summer vacation, another academic year has arrived. Staff and students have returned to IAS, as usual from different parts of the world. There are new faces in many grades and also amongst the teaching staff. Joao Luis of Grade 9 expressed a common view when he said he was "happy to see his friends again", having spent most of the vacation "on the beach" in Portugal. Principal Mark Sanderson commented that he was "glad to see a growth in student numbers" and "welcomed new arrivals from as far afield as Mongolia, Iran, Turkey and Brazil". Although all students face the challenge of a higher grade, some are also embarking on new exam courses such as the I.B. Coordinator Andrezj Cichy told IAS times that he was happy to see Grade 11 full and perceived a "positive attitude" amongst the students. Those continuing with the course in Grade 12 will complete their final exams next year. The course incorporates a new level of study and the additional pressure of community work and the "Theory of Knowledge" - a philosophical module on the nature of learning. After a month of the new year, Tim Murphy observed that "the work is difficult and there were a lot of expectations" while Alex Sowa predicted that high level Math would prove "tough"!. Many of the students have already participated in a Model United Nations conference and new staff member Katie Zimmerman reported that they had acquitted themselves well. Another major development for the school this year is the appointment of Steve Johnson as VicePrincipal. When IAS times caught up with Steve supervising art club, he said he was "excited to be part of the IAS Administration" and to "have a wider influence on the school". When asked about the differences between Dembego 18 and "the small school", he commented that "Unbelievably, it's quieter! But I like change and its good to have had an experience there and an experience here." Steve also spoke about the school clubs, now running on Monday and Wednesday. After seeing the energetic dancers in the cafeteria, he said that he "didn’t realize there so much talent within the school". Referring to the "mini cricket" club, Steve explained that the Grade 5 students had improvised the game themselves, using a tennis racket instead of a cricket bat! Mohit told us that "we love cricket and we will play it anywhere because it is our national game!" We at IAS TIMES wish all the students the best of luck for 2007-8, with their academic, sporting and other endeavours!

PRODUCTION TEAM Layout & Design: Slim Paul Supervising Editor: NB Productions Contributing Writers: Diksha Amarnani, Dominika Kaczkowska, Divya Amarnani. Thanks to everyone that contributed to this issue and to Dr. Hussaini for supporting the project!



With Diksha

International and Multicultural Day On 17th of June 2007 our school celebrated International and Multicultural day at the Palace of Culture in central Warsaw. The event started with multicultural festival and was attended by hundreds of students and family members. During the festival, people from different countries present their stall with traditional food and drink from their country. After this festival our international program began. Magda Kukulska and Greta Hussaini were the hosts. Students from prekindergarten to 6th grade performed many shows. At the end of was the fashion show and an impressive dance performance. On this day there were many TV reporters covering the event. After the show ended they interviewed many parents, teachers and students. Principal Mark Sanderson described it as " the big school event of the year" and important because it "gives an insight into other cultures and brings us closer together." IAS teacher Alex Tsolka noted how "exicted the students had been about performing." Art teacher Iwona Napi贸rkowska thought the show was "very professional". Credit must go to all those involved, especially our hosts and Mr. Razvi who worked very hard behind the scenes. New Vice President This year Mr.Steve Johnson was chosen as the vice-president, as announced at International Day. Mr. Johnson is one of the most experienced English teachers in the school. Mr. Johnson is very friendly with the students and very strict about the school policy and rules. On 11th of September he gave a fantastic speech on the remembrance of September 11th.

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Review : The Bourne Ultimatum Going to see the third movie of the “Bourne Trilogy”, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It had gotten great reviews, but then again most “threequels” tend to be just bearable enough to watch the first time. I had been very fond of the first two parts, so I gave it a try. It turned out, as I had already speculated, that it was the same as the other two parts. Jam-packed with action sequences, car chases, explosions, and of course the prolonged mystery of “Who is Jason Bourne?”. Matt Damon’s latest blockbuster fulfilled my expectations. In this action movie, Jason Bourne (aka David Webb) searches desperately and willfully to uncover his past and find the source of what had made him a spy/hitman in the first place. He retraces his steps with help from fellow spies Julia Stiles and CIA operative Pamela Landy. Throughout the movie, Bourne gets closer and closer to finding the answer of his past. All the while he is being chased by the CIA deputy director’s agents who plan to snuff him out. I don’t want to give away the ending. However, I do honestly suggest that if you liked the first two parts you should see this one. For people who haven’t seen them however, this movie may be quite hard to follow. Angela Murphy

AFI's top 10 movies of the year: Films in alphabetical order: "Babel" "Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan" "The Devil Wears Prada" "Dreamgirls" "Half Nelson" "Happy Feet" "Inside Man" "Letters From Iwo Jima" "Little Miss Sunshine" "United 93"


coffee decreased. It might not be a reason of joy for such gigantic producers. It is for sure a reason why up to 74,000 struggling coffee Ethiopian farmers have lost their jobs. It’s a paradox. The reason is that the coffee is going through too many different companies, and every time the price is going up and up.

“Have you ever thought how the coffee is made?” If someone asked me a few years ago, what is the second most valuable trading commodity after oil, I would never guess its coffee. I would laugh. I’m not laughing any more.

In the film we see a man: Tadesse Meskela, the manager of the Oromia Coffee Farmers Co-operative Union. We see his struggle as he gives the small free bags of Ethiopian coffee to world producers on important meetings.

I could suspect that the price of coffee is established in London and New York, far away from people who harvest, crop and pick it up. One kilogram of it can make up 80 cups, which in Europe or USA, is worth 230$. An Ethiopian farmer, from whose lands the best coffee in the world is produced, gets 23 cents per kilogram!

The whole movie is a contrast- povertywealth, farmers-officials, hard work-relaxing coffee-drinking, jobs offered in West-lack of schools-basic needs in Ethiopia; coffee contests in USA-struggle to survive in Africa. It’s sad that children have no place to learn, because there is simply no school. It’s sad that parents are ready to sell their last clothes, so children could have supper. It’s sad that farmers need to destroy coffee, to grow drugs, which sell better. It’s sad that nobody cares about this problem. And the problem is huge.

It’s not fiction but harsh reality. This you can see in a movie called “The Black Gold”, made by Marc and Nick Francis. It’s a truly awesome documentary, which got a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize (Sundance Film Festival) and was seen by the public at many other international movie festivals. The movie got lots of wonderful reviews, for example from The Guardian, The NY Times, CNN and BBC Talking Movies.

I truly wish this movie got more awards, even an Oscar. Everyone watches Oscarwinning movies. And they remember them. Nobody wants to remember about how the coffee is made. We only drink it.

On the 13th of May, I was lucky enough to see this movie. I was also honored to be a part of debate about the “Fair Trade”, which was the first debate in Central and West Europe. In debate I could see many important peopleFebe Potgieter-Gqubule, the Ambassador of South Africa, Matthew Aho, economist and expert of Fair Trade in South America; Pascal Erard, an expert in international trade.

Dominika Kaczkowska

Fair Trade is nothing more than a program of helping producers (such as farmers) in the Third World. The debate centred around what can be done to help them. Every year we drink around 400 million cups of coffee. We know that the producers make an excellent profit. So why do the farmers still live in poverty? The answer of this question can be found in “The Black Gold” movie. Over the years, the cost of


Fun & Games Q. Why did the man put his money in the freezer? A. He wanted cold hard cash!

Q. What did the porcupine say to the cactus? A. "Is that you mommy?"

Q. What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire? A. Frostbite.

Q. How do crazy people go through the forest? A. They take the psycho path.


Q. What do prisoners use to call each other? A. Cell phones.


Q. What did Geronimo say when he jumped out of the airplane?







Q. What's brown and sticky?



A. A stick.



A. ME!!!



Profiles This issue we’re speaking to Grade 12’s Maciek Harężlak and Physics teacher Kinga Slonminska. STUDENT Name: Maciej Harężlak Nationality: Polish Years in IAS: 7 Favorite Movie: "Football Factory" Favorite DJ: Axwell Favorite Website: Youtube Favorite color: White Favorite Sport: Football Plans for the future: Stamford University in Berlin What do u like about IAS? Friends What don't u like about IAS? Mr. Brown (joke), the small kids running around in the hallway

TEACHER Name: Kinga Slominska Nationlity: Polish Favourite color: blue Favourite movie: “Arszenik; stare koronki” Favourite Years in IAS: This is my second year. Why IAS? It was the first job offered and the I one I could take, it was also a challenge for me. What do you like about IAS? Multicultural atmosphere, people from different countries with different philosophies and viewpoints. Plans for the future: Learn another language.


Feature V{|ÄwÜxÇ by [âÜ|Ç uç]AeAe gÉÄ~|xÇ J.R.R Tolkien worked on this book for nearly thirty years.In "The Silmarillion" the story of the children of Hurin is brief and takes only a few pages, while here we have a whole book based on this idea. Thanks to Christopher Tolkien, son of J.R.R ,the book has been published in its "widest" version. The action takes place in Belerand in the First Era, long before the events from the Lord Of The Rings. Hurin, whose nephew was a grandfather of Elrond from Rivendell, rules Dor-Lomin, is husband to Morwena and has three children.Unfortunately he lives in times when the power of Melkor-Morgoth, the Dark Lord, is spreading. Hurin gathers an army and leaves to wage war against Morgoth.During one of the battles he is captured by the enemy and brought to the Dark Lord in Angband. The Dark Lord wants to know where Gondolin, the hidden city, is. Hurin refuses to tell him and is locked up in chains on the hill of Thangorodrim for 28 years, hearing of the world through the lies of Melkor,who has cursed his whole family. After Hurin has been imprisoned,Morwena stays with her children in Dor-Lomin. In mysterious circumstances Urwena, the daughter, dies as evil spreads over the city. Due to the situation Morwena decides to send her son,Turin, to Doriath (the kingdom of elves), hoping he will be safe there. Turin says goodbye to his mother for the last time. Turin grows up, becoming a handsome, brave man ,but he cannot escape his destiny. He repeatedly hurts his friends who are victims of his cursed destiny and some even die by his hand. Turin often changes his name, hoping too escape his destiny and start a new life. He is helped by his elf friend Gwindor, who advises: "Destiny is after you, not after your name." The book is written well, with the characteristic language of the author. It is full of excellent descriptions, which make it easy to enter the world of evil,elves,dragons - all the other familiar aspects of Tolkien's work. Brian Dam.

My Favourite Book Slim Paul, 9th grade: Perfume Tommy, 5th grade: Harry Potter Liliana, 6th grade: Cinderella Klaudia, 8th grade: Finding Alaska Hyerin, 5th grade: Harry Potter Ariuka, 11th grade: Genghis Khan’s history Raphael, 13th grade: Harry Potter

Reporter: Divya Amarnani



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9.4) IAS Times Issue 2  
9.4) IAS Times Issue 2  

The International America School of Warsaw student magazine. IAS Times issue no. 02. Publication year 2007