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November 2019


The official neswsletter of the

International School of Ruhr




Issue 02: November 2019

Letter from the Editor ADRIAN EHRENBECK, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Hello Readers, We are now a little bit further along into the school year and I have noticed this because of one particularly annoying thing: I keep hearing the same jokes over and over again. It’s like with all of the homework we are given, there is less and less time to pick up something new. One topic which has been important to the ISR community over the past few weeks is saving our world. For example, the SY took a field trip to the Fridays For Future protest. I know it doesn’t seem like anything BIG to many of you, but wrap your heads around this: We started living on this planet as monkeys, and if our brains were a little less developed and the monkeys were a bit smarter, we might be living in jungles right now. They would be tossing their banana peels into the ocean like we are doing with our plastic. This past month has definitely been a reminder that this planet is not only for us, and protecting it might not be the worst thing to do. In fact, it's our only option. Best Wishes, Adrian

EDITORIAL BOARD Editor-In-Chief Adrian Ehrenbeck Editors Agastya Kantawala Joseph Ticar News Reporters Christina Lamprecht Hannah Gesing Vedant Kundlikar Daniel Pena-Vega Aniol Bruy Daniel Brünglinghaus Columnists Luca Wistuba Manning Harper Photographers Mona Zanjani Beatrice Staunovo Marketing and Design Greta Stracke Tim Stracke Mickey Losch Marko Rand González Monthly Contributors Ms. Genevieve Chavarria

IS Ruhr's Journalism class Not pictured: Daniel Brünglinghaus and Luca Wistuba

Since our problems have been our own creation They also can be overcome. George Harrison, The Beatles

ENTER AND BE AMAZED Adrian Ehrenbeck

Have an itch to try coding? Try Scratch! Vedant Kundlikar

Want to build a computer program? Coding on Scratch might be for you.

Open day is an event that the school community looks forward to, and this year was no different. This annual event showcases our school and the extremely rich and varied subjects that the students can take as part of the International Baccalaureate and IGCSE programmes. During the event, most of the rooms are set up with information about the different subjects. Since teachers are in charge of their own space, this makes sure they have full creative control over the information that is presented, leading to some very interesting and varied rooms. Teacher creativity truly comes to light during this event, featuring large scale projects such as entire Kahoot games, videos, posters, charts and many more things being created by students. The purpose of this is to help inform parents about the subjects that their children are taking, provide the opportunity to have a one to one chat with teachers, and also potentially attract new students who may wish to join the school. Since this event is an open door event, members of the community are invited to walk in and have a chat with our friendly staff and enjoy the hospitality that the school has to offer.

It’s truly easy to code using Scratch. It's a visual-block based Coding website. This means that you use blocks to code sprites, (characters) and make them do things. The newest scratch version is called Scratch 3.0. It's online and you can also download the offline editor. There are pre-made tutorials, and you can make multiplayer games by adding things called cloud variables which can be challenging, but practise makes it easier. My experience with scratch is really good. Once you master the beginners it is becomes easier to make things like games. It is all about logic! Scratch has made it easier than the older versions of scratch. The new versions are a lot easier than other programming languages. Check out Scratch here:

The rooms set up this year were sure to impress many and included Math, English, German, History, Economics and Business. We also had a room with combined Spanish and German as a foreign language. The science lab was also open with Ms. Jen showcasing the work our LPs have done so far. This year’s open day was a resounding success, and a bit thank you goes out to everyone who had a hand in making it possible!

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Ms. Genevieve Chavarria

We recently caught up with Justus Schwagereit, a former student of ISR, to talk about life after high school. What are you up to now? Justus: I am currently studying Physics at Heinrich Heine Universität in Düsseldorf in the 5th semester. After that I am going to study in Japan, probably in Tokyo for one semester. Think about where you are now: what’s the biggest difference you’ve noticed versus your experience here? Justus: University is a lot less focused on the individual,. It is your responsibility to come to the lessons and lectures. It’s very anonymous. Very impersonal. The work you hand in you put in a letterbox. You search for it in a stack of paper after it’s been graded. What surprised you the most about yourself? Justus: I was kind of surprised afterwards how much resilience I showed at university because the first few weeks were really hard. I have to get up at 6 in the morning, get home when the sun is set and do homework. University also tries to filter students out. The first few lectures were very complicated and I'm surprised that I didn't give up. I thought several times that it was too much for me and that I should find something easier to study but I stuck with it.

What do miss most from your at ISR? Justus: Probably the atmosphere of the school and the relationships with students and teachers. It was very much like a family whereas now you are kind of a “nobody”. The teaching staff don’t know you at university. I miss the familiarity. What has been the most useful thing you learned at ISR (academic and life advice)? Justus: The Chemistry HL I had. What I did here in Chemistry was way higher than what I did at university. I chose Chemistry as a secondary subject at university but that was below what I had already done. My research skills were good. Some students who came from public schools were a bit lacking in that skill. Any advice for students who are getting ready to take the next step out of IS Ruhr? Justus: If you are planning to go to university the first few weeks are going to be really hard. Don’t give up. If you’ve done the IB you’ll know what it’s like to have a stressful academic life with high expectations and with lots to do. Don’t go where the money but go towards what really interests you. What’s next for you, after Japan? Justus: I would like to do a Masters Degree but I need to pick the field I want to do it in. I will have completed the general Physics course but then I need to specialise: solid state Physics, Plasma Physics, Astrophysics, Quantum Physics...there are so many fields. The options are endless.


Adrian Ehrenbeck

An ancient civilization which attacks you if you come close, which has avoided contact with other humans for the entire time we’ve been on this planet. Seems like a fairytale, right? The Northern Sentinel Islands are home to a tribe called the Sentinelese who have avoided contact to other humans for, as far as we know, the entire time we have been on this planet. The islands are found in the Indian Ocean and belongs to a group of islands called the Andaman Islands. This is not the only tribe of ancient civilization that we have on our planet, since we can also find people like these in the rainforests in Brazil. However what is special about the Sentinelese is that they attack anyone who comes near their island. The Indian government has tried flying drones to them which were attacked by bows and spears, and the Sentinelese have been described as aggressive and dangerous. There have been many attempts to contact these people, one by Maurice Vidal Portman who wanted to research Sentinelese customs and traditions. He successfully landed on the island in 1880 and him and his team searched for inhabitants. They found pathways, abandoned villages and after staying there for multiple days they managed to find six Sentinelese who they took back to Port Blair (an Indian city). This didn’t go as planned: Two of Sentinelese visitors got sick and their children were sent back to the island with multiple presents as an attempt to start a cooperation with the inhabitants. Portman ended up visiting the island multiple times, and with each visit, he left gifts for the Sentinelese.

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In November 2018 a 26-year-old missionary from America illegally entered the island and was killed by the tribe. Fisherman reported seeing his body being dragged across the island, however there is no definite evidence that the case was a murder.

The first and only friendly contact was made with the North Sentinelese in 1991 by scholar T.N. Pandit

This hasn’t been the first outsider death on the island. Two fishermen were killed in 2006, and the Indian government decided to leave them alone and not make new contact, noting that they are too dangerous. Another risk is to the health of the Sentinelese, as modern diseases and germs might kill them. There are a lot of questions and theories left open. One has to picture them as a folk who live like we did in maybe 2000 BC, 200 BC or in the early 1400s. They might have their own legends about gods that attack their islands and leave them gifts, which is essentially us. If they weren’t that aggressive and we could travel there, and it would feel like time traveling back to the early times of humanity.

North Sentinelese tribesmen

We don’t know what the Sentinelese think about us and generally don’t have a lot of information about them. However we should leave them alone, because trying to contact them can be equally dangerous for their society and outside visitors.


Hannah Gesing

On Friday, September 20, most of the SY classes went to the Demonstration of Fridays for Future. The demonstration was a big start to the International strike week organised by Fridays for Future. The students from our school went with approximately 7 thousand other students on the streets demanding for countries and politicians to reach the goal of the Paris Agreement and the 1.5 °C target. For the Fridays for Future organisers of Essen, it was a big achievement because it was one of the biggest demonstrations they have ever organized. Most of the organisers are teenagers who are the same age as Greta Thunberg who started this whole demonstration a year ago. As a 15-year-old she started to stand in front of the Swedish Parliament holding up a sign saying in Swedish “School strike for Climate.” Since that day the group of protesters grew by thousands worldwide. The LPs of our school learned a lot which later on they needed for some of their classes. For all of the students, it was a great experience and most of them enjoyed the great atmosphere and mood at the demonstration.

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Keeping up with the Grade 3s Christina Lamprecht

Muriel Rukeyser once said, “The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.” While that may not be scientifically true, the Grade 3 students are currently experiencing their first unit of Inquiry about stories. More specifically, they’re learning about how to engage with and interpret texts. To put their new knowledge to use, they work on making posters and drawing pictures to visualize their thoughts on paper. These can then be hung up in the class. Also, they’ll learn how they are created, from authors to illustrators to publishers. Meanwhile, they can develop their interests in writing, like what their favourite writing styles, genres and authors are. So far, their personal favourite is the author Julia Donaldson, who is best known for her popular children’s books like The Gruffalo or Tabby McTat. Finally, after learning about the process of creating a story, they get the chance to write their own later on in the year. What will they choose to write about? Will they go in the direction of fairytales and magic or science-fiction and action? Last year’s class went into all sorts of directions, some of them the classic prince and princess story, while others of them took a more action-packed plot involving dragons or other fantasy creatures. These activities will allow for plenty of inspiration for this year’s Grade 3 Learning Partners. With this in mind, we are excited to see what they will come up with and wish them good luck!

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GETTING TO KNOW THE NEW KIDS. Brawl Stars: Your new favourite video game Aniol Bruynew WhoOliver are the

teachers at IS Ruhr?

Brawl stars is a fun multiplayer game that involves teamwork and strategy. There are five ways to play the main game that are always active, and there is a new mini-game every three days. To play this minigame you need tickets for events that will give you chests, and in each chest there is the possibility of getting a new brawler character. There are five types of brawlers: Rare, Super Rare, Epic, Mythical, and Legendary. My favourite brawler is Mortis and my partner's is Leon. Mortis is Mythical, and Leon is a Legendary Brawler. Each brawler has a different level of damage, health, attack range and speed. The highest level your brawler can have is 9, and you can have the ability to reach Stellar, and that makes your brawler hit level 10, but it is very difficult to get to.

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There is also a mode where you can practice with robots, and you can also join a clan and be able to play with your friends. The best game mode to play with your friends are ball brawl, it's also my favourite, I like that the best brawler in this game mode is Mortis. There are also these game-modes like, called Survival, Robbery, Bounty Hunting, Ball Brawl, Siege, Solitary Star and Annihilation. Every month there is a update, and in every update there's always a new brawler and skins for the brawlers, sometimes there's new maps or game-modes. Overall, this game is very funny and I recommend it.

Try jumping. How high can you get? The average person can jump around 60 centimeters off the ground. Try sprinting up an almost completely vertical wall. You’d need to be quite athletic to get up a couple of meters. But guess what? One animal manages to do this! The Alpine Ibex, a wild species of goat, has such a liking for mineral salt, and it takes on the most exhilarating of all risks, climbing the most dangerous walls to reach salt deposits. It often walks up dams, because of the salt that the rocks in some of them contain. Another fascinating thing about this creature is that even its babies go along this crazy journey, just to reach some of the earth's salt. The reason they go that far to get salt is that their herbivorous diet lacks this mineral. Farmers supply their livestock with salt, but wild animals have to find salt themselves. Alpine Ibexes don’t just live on salt; they rely mostly on grass, twigs, and flowers although they sometimes stand on their back legs to reach tall branches with leaves on them.

The goat that defies gravity Adrian Ehrenbeck

The special hooves of the Ibex are adapted to climbing steep walls, acting kind of like suction cups. The hooves have sharp edges and a concave underside to let its grip on the wall. Wouldn’t it be cool to have the ability to climb walls with nothing but your hands and feet? That Ibex sure is lucky. If you want to find out more about him, there is a video on the YouTube page of BBC. Link is below.

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Snap poetry Author

Poetry is often looked at as a serious activity, meant only for writers, scholars and the occasional philosopher. The reality is that poems can be inspired by the most mundane of circumstances—sitting in the LA, eating lunch, playing kicker. Presented here are poems that Learning Partners have devised on the spur of the moment.

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ASK MANNING Dear Manning, Is Halloween child-friendly? Sincerely, Scared Silly

Dear Silly, Hence the name, you’re being silly. Of course it’s child-friendly! At least it is in this day and age. 2,000 years ago, one of the closest things we had to Halloween was the Celtic festival of Samhain, which took place in which is now Ireland, France and the UK. The festival would be on the first of November, a day which marked the end of thriving summer, and the start of dark, cold winter. It was at this time the transition between life and death was hazy and ghosts were believed to come back to the earth. Besides ruining good crops and causing trouble, these ghosts were good for Celts and Druids with Future Sight. To celebrate, they wore animal heads and skins and sacrificed more crops. Kind of like how we sacrifice candy to appease the kids who pound on our doors. Now, our version of Halloween is kid-friendly. What about costumes? Zombies, vampires, skeletons, oh my! They’ll probably give the little’uns a fright, but that’s why the parents and big kids will be with them: to scare off whatever monster comes their way with a single, flaming glare.  Even then, there’s many cute costumes that wouldn’t scare a fly. As Halloween last year and this year, I went as a penguin, Mr. Penguin. You all know I’m a sister, but the little kids know me as a ‘mister’. The candy and costumes are good and well, but that doesn’t mean Halloween isn’t dangerous (and this doesn’t mean it isn’t child-friendly). There’s an increased car crash fatality risk. With many people outside, in the dark, I suggest my readers avoid crossing streets as much as they can next Halloween. Finish trick-or-treating on one side before moving onto the other. Of course you all know how to cross the street, but be sure to look left and right and triple-check before you do. The chicken had to cross the road safely.  Sincerely, Manning

Welcome to Ask Manning, the advice column that answers questions from Learning Partners. Manning started this column when she was in MS3 with this quote in mind: “The world needs to hear me roar!” Submit your question by dropping it in the "Ask Manning" box in the SY cafeteria. Thanks to everyone who submitted their questions! Don’t worry if you don’t get your question answered this issue, be sure to keep reading and expect an answer next month!

P.S. I hope my readers had a good Halloween! I definitely did.

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