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since September 2015 @Spectrum.edu.kz

Our new school logo Following our school name change last month, we are delighted to present to you our new logo which we believe perfectly reflects

our school’s mission, philosophy and core values. We feel this logo unifies us as a school. The colours of the Spectrum represent each individual member of the school community, culture and multiple intelligences involved in the learning process. A number of representative core values form a single beam of light made up of a combination of many colours called the Spectrum. We are one family that is united by many individuals regardless of our differences. Together as One.

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School online address changes Subsequent to our school name change, we have amended our school web site, EduPage address and social media accounts. You can now visit us online at our web site at www.spectrum.edu.kz. We will continue to post essential information about the school there as well as latest news and events. Our school management system EduPage is now available at www. spectrum.edupage.org and you can access it using your old login details. We would like to assure you that all data has been safely migrated to the new address so all of the records relating to students and staff will be available as before. Please do not forget to follow us on our social media accounts including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. When you are online, please check these accounts.

It is called a challenge for a reason. It requires high-level engineering and programming skills. You cant’t also join the competition as a lonely wolf, it requires at least two or even

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Жаңалықтар

• Білгенге маржан: Қардың түрлері • Мұқағали Мақатаев • Қысқы универсиада • «Сен білесің бе?»

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Kazakhstan Robotics Challenge (KRC) KRC is a robotics challenge involving robo-engineers and programmers all over Kazakhstan, using LEGO EV3 MINDSTORM products. There are many sections; Sumo robot, Line follower and major one, the ‘Missions Challenge.’

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three people on a team. My adventure started when I decided to join the Missions Challenge. Team name: RoboSpace. It was me and my teammate, Bekzhan from 10th Grade. I started the construction of the robot. The key role in it was it’s high speed and light weight. I also needed Bekzhan’s help for its design and motor placement. At the end, after many retries on the robot’s design, somehow two robonerds managed to agree at some point, and the SpaceBot was born. Simple design; 2 wheels and bar-like legs infront. At the competition,it was difficiult to manage programming issues and general SpaceBot performance, due to lack of time. However, we did our best. We got 26th place out of 57 teams, and it was something to be proud of. We competed against many teams from different regions of Kazakhstan, and most importantly, even more important than victory, we had fun, and we got one step closer to our dream of professional robotechniсians. For all those robot fans out there: My recommendation would be to follow your dreams, and whether it is just a hobby, or a simple competition, try hard. Keep trying until you master. Viktor Bora Yuceil Grade 8A

Pre-school

• Creative Scrap Book for you, Mom • “I do and I understand” • Art is Fun! • Shining Stars group activities

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News

• Grade 8th Class Show • Why is breakfast important? • Hats off to you • Student Council events

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History and Geography week

• Steam workshop of PBL in Humanities week • Humanities week 2017: Wonders of the World

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News

• Nazarbayev University field trip • Science Exhibition • Why IELTS Pretest? • Chocolate factory at our school • Being Bilingual Changes the Architecture of Your Brain • Recycling and reusing materials • Little inventors • Safety rules for the daily life of a scientist • Spectrum Bowling Activities


Білгенге маржан

SPECTRUM ЖАРШЫСЫ

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Сипатын көр, тосып ал да, Жапалақтап жауса қар. Таза тексер, көзді сал да, Қандай оның түрі бар? Шәкәрім Назарларыңызға қар туралы қызықты мәліметтерді ұсынамыз. Әлемнің ең мықты деген ғалымдары жасаған з е р т т е у жұмыстары жер бетінде бір-біріне ұқсас қарды таппаған. Әрбір қардың 95 пайызы ауадан тұрады. Сондықтан да оның құлау жылдамдығы өте аз болып келеді (0,9 км/сағ). Қар түсінің ақ болуы себебі ауаның көптігіне байланысты. Тарихта өзге де түсті қар жауған кездер болған. Мәселен, 1969 жылы Жаңа Жыл мерекесі қарсаңында Швейцарияда қара қар, ал 1955 жылы Калифорнияда жасыл қар жауған. Антарктиданың биік тауларында алқызыл, күлгін, қызыл, сары түсті қарлар кездеседі. Қарды суға салғанда біртүрлі қызық дыбыс шығарады. Ғалымдар бұл дыбыстың балықтарға ұнамайтындығын айтады. Су мекендеушілері суға

түскен қардан қашатын көрінеді. Қыстыгүні қар күнсәулесінің 90 пайызын қайтарып тастайды да, жерге қыздырынуға мүмкіндік бермейді. Әлемдегі ең алып қар 1987 жылы 28 қаңтар күні АҚШтан табылды. Оның диаметрі 38 см-ге жеткен. Қардың сықырын -2 температурада аяқпен басу арқылы естуге болады. Жер планетасының жартысына жуық елдері қарды өмірлерінде көрмеген. Кәдімгі қардың әрбір қалаушасында табиғат кереметтерінің мөрі бар. Жай көзімізбен қарағанның өзінде әрбір қар түйіршігінің бір-біріне ұқсамайтынын көруге болады. Ғалымдар 1 шаршы метр қарда 350 миллион қар түйіршігі бар деп жобалауда. Бұлардың әрқайсысы әр түрлі симметриялы ою-өрнекпен безендірілген хрусталь тәріздес алты бұрышты пішінде екенін білесіз бе? Қар түйіршіктерінің бұл ғажайып сыры соңғы 100 жылда ғана белгілі болды. Уилсон Бертлей өзі түсірген 5300 суре­ тің ішінен бір-біріне ұқсайтын екі суреттің кездеспегенін таңғала айтады. Расында да, қар – табиғаттың әсем жаратылысы. Халық түсінігінде қар жауса ауа тазарып, ауру-сырқау жойылып, жердің құнарлануына

Ақиық ақын Аязды ақпанда дүние есігін ашқан айтулы жандардың бірі алаштың арда ұлы, ақиық ақыны Мұқағали Сүлейменұлы Мақатаев. Ол 1931 жылы 9-шы ақпанда А л м а т ы о б л ы с ы , қ а з і р г і Райымбек (бұрынғы Нарынқол) ауданының Қарасаз ауылында дүниеге келген еді. Аспанмен таласқан ақбас шыңдардан шабыт алған ақынның жырлары тереңдігімен, сыршылдығымен, асқақ лебімен ерекше. Ақын қай тақырыпты жазса да жалған сезім, жылтырақ сөзге әуес болмады. «Поэзия менімен егіз бе едің?» деп өмір бойы өзін өлеңнің сыңары еткен қаламгер қазақ өлеңін мазмұн,

ықпал болатынын дәйектейтін деректер көп-ақ. Сондықтан қар халық танымында тазалық, пәктік, нәзіктік нысаны ретінде бейнеленген. Қар түрлеріне тоқталатын болсақ ақпарат көздерінен мына бір қар түрлерін ұсынамыз: Ақша қар — жаңа жауған таза қар. Ала қанат қар — бір аумаққа жауып, бір аумаққа жаумай жерге ала түскен қар. Анжыр — қардың еріп қатуы. Қарғынға аралас қатқан қарлы мұз. Боз қырау — күзгі күні тоңазудан болатын шық. Жапалақ қар — ірі түйіршікті жапырақтап жауған қар. Жылбысқа қар — ери жауған қар. Көбік қар — жерге түскенде астыңғы қабаты ери беріп, беті көпіршіген жұмсақ қар. Күпсек қар — қалың жауған ұлпа қар. Күртік қар — беті қатқан, жаяу жүргенде ақсақ ойылатын қалың қар. Қасат қар — ұзақ жатқан қалың қар. Қиыршық қар — жентектелген түйіршік қар. Қылау — ауадағы су

буынан немесе салқын тұман тамшыларынан түрлі зат бетіне, ағаш бұтақтарына қонатын мұз қабаты. Қырау — суық күзде тоңазыған дымқыл ауанып бір нәрсеге қар тәрізді ағарып қонған түрі. Қырбық қар — жұқа жауған қар. Мұздақ қар — үстін мұз торлаған, көкшіл түсгі, беті жылтыр сырғанақ қар. Омбы қар — ат бауырлайтын қалың қар. Сонар қар — алғаш жауған қалың қар. Сүрі қар — ерте түсіп ерімей, қыс бойы қалыңдаған, тозаң топырақ сіңіп беті күлгін тартқан нығыз қар. Сіреу қар — ұзақ мезгіл мызғымай жатқан аяқ бастырмас, көлік жүрісіне бөгеу қатты қалың қар. Ұлпа қар — түйіршіктері үлбіреген жеңіл үлпек қар. Үйме қар — боранды жел сырғытып, бір жерге тау-төбе үйілген қар. Үрме қар — жел үрлеп, жиынтықтаған тығыз . Ақ ықпа және боран деген мағынаны беретін ақпан айында қарлар ерігенмен ұзақ жатқан қасат қар ерімейді. Интернет желісінен алынған

Қысқы универсиада

пішін жағынан түрлендірді. Мұны ақын өзінің «Қара өлең» атты шығармасында «Күпі киген қазақтың қара өлеңін, шекпен жауып өзіне қайтарамын» деген жыр шумақтарымен де білдірді. Күнделігінде ақын: «... Жылдар өтеді, жаңа ұрпақ келеді, біздің әрқайсымызды солар өз орнына қояды. Мен өз жайымда мынаны айтамын: мен – ХХІ ғасыр ұрпақтарының құрдасымын, бәлкім, одан әрідегі ұрпақтың туысымын да» деп жазыпты. Заманынан оза туған асыл азамат, шынында да, қазір қалам тербеп жүрген талай жастың бет түзер шамшырағы. Қаламгер қырық бес жыл ғұмырында біздер мен болашақ ұрпақ үшін қалдырған сарқылмас сезімге, өр рухқа толы қымбат қазынасымен мың жасамақ. Дәнеева Гүлжайна Қазақ тілі мұғалімі

Биыл 8-ақпан күні Алматы қаласында 28-ші Дүниежүзілік қысқы Универсиада өтті. Универсиадаға 57 мемлекеттің 2000 спортшысы қатысты. Бұл ойындарды әлем халықтары телевизия арқылы тамашалады. Біздің ұлттық құрама команда 2-орынға қол жеткізді. Біздің спортшылар ел қоржынына 36 медаль салды. Оның 11-і алтын, 8-і күміс, 17-сі қола. Бірінші орын Ресей командасы жеңіп алды. Ресей елінің еншісінде 71 медаль, оның 29-ы алтын болды. Үшінші орын 21 медальмен Оңтүстік Кореяға бұйырды. Қазақстан командасында фристайлдан Жанбота

Алдабергенова мен Бағлан Іңкәрбеков, Жібек Арапбаева, биатлоннан Алина Райкова, мәнерлеп сырғанаудан Денис Тен, шаңғышы Иван Люфт универсиада чемпиондары атанды. Универсиадаға 20 елден 3000 ерікті спортшы қ а т ы с т ы . Спорт сайысын тамашалауға келген қонақтар Қазақстанның жақсы мемлекет екенін көріп, риза болды. Келесі Универсиада кезегін Ресей Красноярск қаласы алды. Универсиада елдің даңқын көтерді. Универсиададағы Қазақстанның жеңісі құтты болсын! Құтым Ақбілге 6-сынып оқушысы

«Сен білесің бе?» Колибри жүре алмайды. Адамдардың 97% жаңа қаламды бастағанда, ең алдымен өз есімдерін жазады. Құмырсқалар ешқашан ұйықтамайды.

Ең алғаш «SOS» дабылы әйгілі «Титаник» кемесінде қолданылыпты. Хамелеонның тілі денесінен екі есеге ұзын. Балықтардың есте сақтау қабілеті – үш секунд.

Ақ аюдың терісі қара. Ал, жүні түссіз. Сіз қай күні туылсаңыз да, әлемде сізбен бірге, бір уақытта жиырма миллион адам туған күнін тойлайды. Чарльз Осборн есімді

американдық 65 жыл бойы үздіксіз ықылық атыпты. Байғұс кісіге ештеңе көмектесе алмапты. Адам денесіндегі ең мықты бұлшықет – тіл. Интернет желісінен алынған


Creative Scrap Book for you, Mom As Women’s day Celebration is fast approaching. The kids

engaged themselves into an interesting activity that surely will help them to become more creative and innovative to do certain tasks. Making a scrap book is one of the

ideal presents they could give to deliver their gratitude and love for their mothers. Each one of them was diligently f o c u s e d on their individual work. Some of them were busy coloring pictures, and while the others were pasting something on the scrap book that was added to make it more beautiful and fantastic. Writing a short letter and a poem were also part of the activity.

It helps them to know the value of expressing feelings through words and symbols. They learned to write their messages without tracing but by simply following each letter in every word. It takes time to finish one short letter, but it was all worth it. Therefore, this activity will help them to enhance completions attitude and perseverance. Not giving up on a task and seeing it through is also a trait developed by a kid engaged in handmade crafts,

handmade art, and creative tasks too. It was indeed one of the fun

and exciting moments we shared together. Miss Candy A. Abogada Sunshine kids Homeroom adviser

“I do and I understand” Push and pull is one of our topics in science. Learning about forces and motion will help you to understand the world around you

Art is Fun! learning. Confucius said “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” And based on learning pyramid the average

student retention rate of practice doing is of 70%. Thus, being effective in teaching is to let the children actively participate and have in something learned. Miss Ashiela Machon Precious Kids Homeroom kindergarten Teacher

Children naturally love art. Painting, drawing, coloring…. In my group before we start our art craft activity I asked my kids if they were ready. Why? Because I do love to hear their answer: “Yes,Ms. Rowena, We are ready”. And I noticed that they are happy and proud of their activity. Every art craft activity was related to our daily lesson. This time they made a big bee for an oval shape lesson in Mathematics. I put their artworks outside the classroom. That way, kids feel that their creation is important. Mrs. Rowena Kabigting Rainbow Kids Homeroom teacher

Shining Stars group activities Pop The Number After!

Zeezo the Zebra

In Mathematics, one of our lessons is numbers that come after. To make the lesson enjoyable, I challenged my kindergartners to play with balloons. Two teams competed and they were asked to look for balloons with the correct answer and pop them. It was a hilarious activity because it took some time for them to pop the balloons. The Shining Stars had so much fun!

In Science, the children were introduced to zoo animals and so when it came to learning about the letter Z, they were very happy to make a craft about a character they knew so well – Zeezo the Zebra. Miss Marilyn Lobo Homeroom teacher - Shining Stars

On, under or next to? The children are now learning about prepositions and what better way to teach them than to play “Simon Says”? As per Simon’s instruction, the children stood on and next to their chairs – they even went under. They had so much fun that they asked to play the game again and again. Part of the children’s challenge for this term is the speaking activity. Our lesson in English provided the kids an opportunity to use the prepositions they have learned. They played an instruction game with a partner wherein one player gives an instruction and the other will follow.

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and how things work. Hence, to teach this concept, the children should understand that a force, such as pushing and pulling, can move an object. When we push something, we are moving it away from us. When we pull something we are moving in closer to us.

Then, provide different activities that allow them to practice pushing and pulling objects, like demonstration. Learning by doing also helps the children to learn more because they are physically involved a n d understand t h e scientific concepts more deeply. Even in their sport class, I asked the teacher to integrate the pushing and pulling concept for continues learning process. Thus, they enjoyed the relay game of pushing and pulling. They are very happy at the same time they are

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Grade 8th Class Show Grade 8 organized a spectacular talent show called Spectrum on February 8th,2017. The show was the first of its kind bringing

matched their steps in rhythm to the music. The games organized were also quite funny and interesting. The show ended with a beautiful moral

forth the new name of the school, Spectrum International School. The show had many fun elements that tickled the bones of the audience. There were also beautiful

skit that touched the hearts of the audience. The Grade 8 show was the culmination of many endless hours of practice put in by all of us. Our heartfelt thanks to Ms. Aikorkem

Why is breakfast important? Are you lazy to wake up in the morning? And when you check the clock you are late for school! Busy morning makes us skip breakfast, which is the most important meal of the day. Do you know that our body is like a car it needs fuel so that it will work continuously every minute of the day so without breakfast it’s like starting a car without petrol? Study has shown that a student who usually eats breakfast everyday gets higher order thinking skills. Breakfast can improve their memory and cognitive skills. It also boosts their concentration at school. Children who eat breakfast are likely to get high grades in class. Our brain needs energy to work fast and keenly like other organs in our

body. So with the right amount of nutrition that we eat in the morning it makes us more attentive and smarter. Our body is like a food factory it secrets gastric acid needed for digestion. When we skip our breakfast the gastric acid goes to the highest concentration and this may cause serious problem like abdominal pain. Skipping breakfast is bad for the heart. A person who skips breakfast increases the possibility to have hypertension and other cardiovascular problems. But we can prevent all of this by eating breakfast. Easy! So grab your bowl of cereals! Fill in your glass with milk and eat breakfast everyday! Miss Katrine Magno

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musical performances. The parents too actively participated with a scintillating song and dance performance. The whole class

and Mr. Timur for helping us to make this event a great success. By Nanda Shiju Grade 8B

As we all know, detention was implicated to our school as a method of teaching self-control and responsibility.To determine its efficiency and understand people’s genuine opinion we have asked some teachers and students to share their thoughts. Here are some of their interesting points of view: “I think it is an excellent idea to keep students accountable for their homework. In my classes I have had very few students not doing it after we have implemented after-school detentions.” “It is a wonderful idea, because those who do not do their homework cannot be a role model for their peers. Therefore, taking their free time is the best way to encourage students to start studying properly, be more organized or to wake up earlier.” “One of the reasons why detention is beneficial is that this can help students to complete their homework without any distractions and ask teachers to explain if they did not understand something.” “I think detention is a good idea. Hopefully it will motivate students to hand their homework

in time. There are some cases when students understand only a stick and not a carrot. Also, this gives an opportunity to catch up on other work if they are struggling to balance their school life and home life.” “In my personal opinion, it is a good way to push students to do their homework, but I think as a leading person that stands behind students should be the one from whom they can ask a question. For example, if a student stays at a subject of history, then Mr. Craig could be there. It can also be arranged throughout the week so that from one certain subject student can go to detention not after lessons that day, but at particular day of that subject, which should be mandatory.” “Detention should be taken in constructively positive manner so that students are reminded that not doing their homework is not the right thing. It is just a corrective measure, but it should be eliminated on its own, because kids will start realizing that this is not something which is good and will stop.” Zhuldyz Kapysh, 11A


Hats off to you Call him Zhangir, 12 years old and like any other boy in Kazakhstan, he enjoys playing football so much. At any given day, you’ll find him practicing the sport with his brother. At this age, he already has a lot of medals and trophies, but I think, he will do even better in the future. His father loves the great outdoors and takes fantastic photos. His mom is a stay- at- home mother and takes care of two younger siblings. Zhangir says that he has a favorite football player that he looks up to and wants to be like when he grows up. Needless to say, he trains on a

daily basis and takes part in school competitions. I am very proud of him and I believe he is on his way to becoming a well-known football player if he keeps working like he does now. He admits though that he isn’t really sure if he wants to turn his hobby into a career because he believes he doesn’t really have what it takes to be famous like other football players. Just the same, his dedication to the sport makes me admire him. I have nothing but only the best wishes for him. Zhamilya Mukai Grade 9A

Join our new Volunteering Club Would you like to make the world a better place? Would you like to contribute to society and community? Volunteering club will help you to do this together. From now on, with the approval of School Administration and under control of the Student Council, it will be open for everyone. Extra things that we might not need, may be essential for others. By collecting them, organizing charities,visiting the nursing homes or orphanages a huge step towards the brighter future can be made.This is extremely important for international organizations such as United Nations, UNESCO. Spectrum International School was also always taking part in different philanthropy events, bazaars and

will continue to participate along with the Volunteering Club. Each member will be given the certificates for assistance and kind intentions. Not only this will encourage kids, scholars to take care of the others and environment, but at the same time will give them an opportunity to mention it in their applications for colleges, increasing chances of getting admitted. It is well-known that universities very appreciate students with high values, as well as our school. To sum up, if you want to become a member, share your ideas or ask any questions, we will be more than happy to respond, so please feel free to write to us. Zhuldyz Kapysh, 11A

Student Council events Dear students and parents, This next week our school council with the help of the school administration is opening a playroom for your convenience during large breaks. There are some sofas, PlayStation 4, monopoly, table football and some puffs as well. It is located in block A. (Ask your tutors for more information)

Moreover next week we are starting our basketball training sessions. All students who have applied for trainings to me are kindly asked to participate with no excuses. First training will be on Thursday at 16:30 in the school gym. Furthermore, next week school council is organizing a movie night. Activity will be hold on Friday

in the Auditorium at 16:30. During the next week I will be coming to your classes and giving you survey papers and by the end of Thursday I will collect it and announce what movie we will be watching. You are also allowed to bring snacks and drinks from canteen. In addition, please don’t forget that by the end of the movie everyone must clean up after themselves.

Finally, very soon we are having our first Spectrum Voice show. In this show students will be showing their talents in singing. All students that wish to participate connect with Alizhan Askargaliyev. More information about this event will be announced on Monday after first class. Alizhan Askargaliyev Grade 11A

Student-teacher interview This month Ernis Malabayev from Grade 11 interviews Mr Paul, Head of Science. A Spectrum lifer, Mr Paul has joined us from Wales and has a special place in his heart for his new Kazakh home. Are you a bona fide patriot? Yes, particularly when it comes to Welsh sports matches, I strongly support them. I am proud to be Welsh, but I am also proud to be British. What is a major discrepancy between Wales and other British

countries? Language, I suppose. People say it’s a dying language, but it can not seem to be true. We are also very welcoming, but also a bit noisy sometimes. Do you think that there are some similarities between Kazakh and Welsh cultures? I think the openness, people tend to be a lot more open than, let’s say British. They want to know about people’s business. On the other hand, as I was told by my

Kazakh friends, there are also a lot of differences. We share a more Western culture, where Kazakhs still have a bit of Soviet mentality in them. How can we significantly improve the relations between Wales and Kazakhstan? Well first of all, we should know each other a bit better, that would help. To be aware of each other’s cultures. I think that’s the key. Ernis Malabayev Grade 11A

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Steam workshop of PBL in Humanities week

During History and Geography week 2017 Humanities department held project based learning in our school. In PBL classrooms, students were divided into small groups of 6-8 students. In their groups, students presented an authentic problem that does not have one correct answer. The objective was to identify and choose your own “wonder of the world”. As the teachers we were very surprised by students’ approach of achieving their goals. Students generate hypotheses about possible solutions for their problem using searching and investigating skills. Furthermore, students determined what information they need to collect to solve the problem. This step allows students to identify knowledge deficiencies in regard to the problem and to begin searching for this information. As a result, learning is student-driven, which allows them to engage in self-

directed learning processes. The teacher works as a guide and coach, in contrast to the traditional teaching where the educator assumes the role of knowledge transmitter. After collecting the needed data, students share their ideas, construct their knowledge, and solve the issue. PBL strengthens students’ selflearning. For instance, since the problem has more than one correct solution, students use their critical thinking and logical reasoning to come up with the possible ways to solve the problem. Creativity and hardworking process is triggered by the essence of the problem and works as a motivating force that drives the learner to engage in self-directed learning. Students rush on a real goal, which increase students’ engagement in the learning process which motivate students to learn. As students continue their investigation, their knowledge is continuously modified

and increased. Moreover, students build their own professional skills and help in the knowledge construction maintenance. During the research students think about the appropriate resources they currently have and what they need. At the end, learners clear the strategies they underwent to solve the problem, and reflect on these by listing both the advantages and weaknesses of the strategies. This process helps students improve their learning according to their experiences in solving the issues. Additionally, in their groups, students engage in a collaborative environment as well. Students learn how to increase efficiency of the work in group-centered work rather than competitive and individual-centered. Learners gain skills in teamwork and group collaboration activities. One of the PBL essentials is that working in small groups help students solve problems in a team that

would be difficult to solve alone. Especially students of 6 and 7 grades emphasized that teamwork allowed them to complete their tasks more efficiently and faster. In conclusion, the PBL teaching method promotes problem solving skills, critical thinking, meta-cognition process, and logical reasoning. Humanities teachers had a great experience of implementing PBL during their lessons and had and an efficient result of interdisciplinary communication. It means that teamwork plays crucial role not only in the learning process, but also in effective teaching. Humanities department wants to thank everyone who participated in and contributed to organize the projects exhibition. We hope that everyone had amazing time while investigating new horizons of history and geography. Teacher of history of Kazakhstan Arstan Satanov

Humanities week 2017: Wonders of the World The Humanities Department organised activities from January 30th – February 3rd exploring wonders of the world in History and Geography. In groups, students from 6A – 11A were encouraged to build a model and design a poster in one of three areas: World History, Geography and

History of Kazakhstan under the supervision of three teachers. During the week itself, the students were given the chance to present their projects to a panel of judges who were impressed with the overall standard. This Project-Based Learning (PBL) Activity helped to improve 21st cen-

tury skills and stimulate interest in the topics. It also allows the students to take ownership of their learning while at the same time incorporating collaboration, creativity and resourcefulness. We would like to congratulate everyone who took part in helping to

make Humanities Week a complete success and a special well done to the students who gained a Top 3 place in one of three categories. Prizes and certificates were handed out in a special assembly. Eurika Lipata Geography teacher

List of prize winners: 1ST PLACERS

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WORLD HISTORY “Great Fire of London” Aigun Gasanova Gupsenur Atalar Login Bukabta Anel Dudkina Kamila Sapiyeva

“Ancient Rome” Dayana Marden Maria Kucherova Danel Aspandiyarova Muhammedali Parzhan Taha Eker Halis “Stonehenge” Karina Akmoldayeva Nagima Islamova Nanda Shiju Alina Barsukova Arailym Ashirali

GEOGRAPHY “China’s Borders – Great Wall” Zhamilya Mukhai Tomiris Kaliyeva Diana Issakova Ayaulym Ashirali Kamila Kuspanova Zeynep Mesekoparan “Niagara Falls” Aidana Sagynayeva Jakub Bartak Alibek Adil

HISTORY OF KAZAKHSTAN “Golden Man” Askargaliyev, Alizhan Betul Gesen, Ayse Konys, Aituar Tleshov, Baglan Yelken, Zeynep Naz Zhumagulov, Baizhan “Yurt” Bauyrzhan Karashev Nurtai Kasymbaev Salim Suleimenov Raul Shikarov

“Egypt” Nurel Sadykova Alan Sakbay Kamila Gundogan Amalia Zaneva Sumin Kim Cennet Dilekci

“Ak Orda” Aydin Sartayev Ahsen Sena Ozturk Atina Adam Akbilge Kutym Hatice Karaca Dalilkan Kissanov Ashkat Karashev


Nazarbayev University field trip Do you know which university in Kazakhstan is predicted to be in top 100 universities around the world? Yes, it is Nazarbayev University. University was built to be one of the best universities by Kazakhstan`s president, and my school gave me opportunity to visit this remarkable place. The way to this university was very long, but it was worth it because the place is so beautiful. It is located behind Mega-2 which is going to be finished until 2017`s summer. When I came there, I saw an amazing view, but it was only the beginning. When we entered the main hall everyone was so surprised. There were beautiful

trees and large buildings inside view of the university. First place to enter was the faculty of IT. We saw a very big room with many computers. Two professors and well-educated students entered the room, and presented us their achievements and the possibility for us to study in university. Unfortunately I had to leave earlier, but it didn`t prevent me from seeing how Nazarbayev University was amazing. Your future depends on how your university is looking line, and the education level in it. That is why it is very important to choose your university carefully. Aituar Konys Grade 11A

Couple of weeks ago grade 10 and 11 attended Nazarbayev university trip. Named after Nursultan Nazarbayev, university has 3 different schools inside it. School of engineering, school of humanities and social sciences and science and technology lab. During trip students attended school of humanities and social sciences and school of science and technologies along with labs. Staff and students of university were helpful. They answered questions and students even showed projects

they worked on now or already finished working. Laboratories are clean and filled with intersting projects like robot hand or robots itself. It really feels like university is focused on science and takes science seriously. Inside the campus there were book shops and cafes. Library was huge and filled with books to read. Overall trip to Nazarbayev University was usefull, fun and interesting. Someone has even decided to study there after school. Margulan Kuantkan Grade 10A

Science Exhibition We congratulate the sister school on a 10 year anniversary and to celebrate this occasion they held an exhibition in the Children Palace and we visited them there. What they did was truly amazing and educational. There were different categories as Math, Chemistry, Biology and Physics, all of which were fantastic. By far my favorite was about bones but I am sure there were other great ones. Unfortunately my class left earlier and we had our reasons, but still it was such a pity not to finish exploring. Although we left early I am sure everyone else had good time. Ademi Mukhametkaliyeva Grade 6A

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were around 50 stands, each offering a different activity or an educational explanation about the topics chosen. There were topics such as; photosynthesis, iodine reactions, Rubik cubes, decomposition, bone marrow composition, the theory of relativity, string theory, etc. The most interesting topics were the ones that encouraged students themselves to participate. In general the science fair was mostly interesting because of the social communication amongst the people presenting their projects and the people to whom the projects were presented. In conclusion, I think science fairs should be held more often since they show students the truly stunning side of the science world. Karina Akmoldayeva Grade 8B

Why IELTS pretest? Pretests give students the opportunity to practise taking a

Cambridge English exam using genuine questions under exam conditions. After taking the Reading, Listening and Use of English papers, the pretesting students

are given scores. Writing papers are marked by genuine Cambridge English Language Assessment examiners, and candidates receive information about how they performed in the Writing test. We do not currently pretest Speaking papers. This helps students know which areas they need most practice in, and gives them experience and confidence in taking tests. For teachers, it helps highlight areas where their students might need more help. Nuh Ozdin Vice Principal

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Chocolate factory at our school Do you like chocolate? I love chocolate and I think most of you do too. But do you know how to make it? On 13th February we had an opportunity to try and make chocolate truffles for ourselves. One of our classmate’s mom, Mrs. Akmaral, who is a professional confectioner visited our Cooking Club. We made four types of chocolate truffles - with pistachio, raisins, peanuts and coconut. First we had to make different

fillings and leave them to cool. Then we rolled each filling into small balls and covered them with melted chocolate and decorated with various toppings. Of course making the fillings was the most difficult part and the decorating was the most exciting part. We even had younger students participate and have fun with us. I was so excited after the master class, so I decided to learn a bit more about truffles and found out that there is a legend about invention

of truffles. According to the legend, it was created by an accident in the kitchen of French culinary giant Auguste Escoffier during the 1920s. One day, as his apprentice attempted to make pastry cream, he accidentally poured hot cream into a bowl of chocolate chunks rather than the bowl of sugared egg he should have aimed for. As the chocolate and cream mixture hardened, he found he could work the chocolate paste with his hands to form a bumpy, lopsided ball. After rolling

the new creation in cocoa powder, he was struck by their resemblance to the luxurious truffles from the French Périgord region. Nowadays, there are numerous varieties of truffles depending on the unique appearances of chocolate truffles across different countries. At the end of the day we had tea and enjoyed our freshly made chocolates, and we even took some home so we could share them with our family. Zhamilya Mukay, 9A

Being bilingual changes the architecture of your brain “The what?” He didn’t speak Spanish. I knew that, of course. I didn’t even really speak Spanish. I had barely been able to hold a conversation for most of the six months I had just spent in Mexico. So why when I needed to do laundry, the only word that came into my head was in Spanish? “You know, the…umm…the thing that washes your clothes?” What is happening to me? I thought. How could I be forgetting English? I thought I was great at English! “You mean the washing machine?” “Yes, that!” I said, relieved to recognize a noun I had known and used for over 20 years. This momentary aphasia freaked me out when it first happened. But in the almost 10 years since this conversation—during which time I moved back to Mexico City as a grad student and then as a journalist— I’ve gotten used to it. I forget some English word or another at least once a day. I’m fluent in Spanish

now, and I’m proud of that. But has speaking a second language somehow made me less fluent in my native language? Judith Kroll thinks so. She’s a psychologist who studies bilingualism and its cognitive consequences at Pennsylvania State University. “A bilingual’s two languages sometimes converge, but often they compete,” she said this weekend during a presentation at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Washington, DC. When I speak Spanish, it’s not an effortless cognitive switch. My brain needs to actively choose Spanish every time I say a word or construct a sentence. Even after years and years of speaking Spanish every day, I can often feel that work happening. It’s tiring, and switching to English can be a relief. But when I do, my brain is still doing all the same work, Kroll said. It’s just that now I’m choosing English instead of Spanish.

Spanish is always there in my brain, forcing me to do a little extra work to find the English words, even though I’ve known them far longer than their Spanish equivalents. “Especially in immersive environments, it’s harder to grab hold of the native language,” Kroll said. “You might have a moment of panic.” But if you really want to learn that second language, you can’t shy away from that panic. You should lean into it. “The native language may take a hit during second language learning,” Kroll said. “But that may be a crucial processes in learning to regulate language.” Preliminary results from her own lab suggest that “learners who are better able to take that hit to their native language and suffer those early consequences may be better able to learn the second language,” she said. Plus, making a decision with every word you say may actually be like weightlifting for the brain. Every time I choose “washing machine” over “lavadora,” or vice versa, my brain gets a little stronger. Kroll thinks this constant cognitive challenge that bilinguals face may be responsible for an observed improvement in what’s called executive function, or the ability to filter out unnecessary information and make decisions. (Other researchers doubt that bilingualism has any effect on executive function, citing small sample sizes and a failure to replicate many positive results. You can read more about that debate here.) Of course, any bilingual person will tell you that sometimes they

don’t bother making a choice. When I talk to other people who speak English and Spanish, I often mix the languages together, saying things like, “Quieres un toast?” and

“I wanted to aprovechar the holiday and viajar un poco.” If I want to maximize the cognitive benefits of speaking two languages, should I stop mixing and force my brain through the gymnastics every time I open my mouth? In short: no. “Back in the 1980s, people claimed that language mixing was pathological,” Kroll said. “It’s actually a normal and typical part of bilingual experience.” Plus, it’s not like my brain is slacking off. I’m still choosing between languages with every word, it’s just that I’m not making the same choice every time. From the day I landed in Mexico City, it was obvious that my English was always going to influence my Spanish—in my accent, in my vocabulary, in my embarrassing false-cognate fails. But as my lavadora moment made clear, learning Spanish quickly reshaped the way I spoke English, too. I don’t have two monolingual minds operating separately in one head. I have one bilingual brain. Messy? Yes. Bewildering? Sometimes. Cognitively strong? I hope so. Michelle Duldulao Primary teacher


Recycling and reusing materials The children in 4B have been learning about recycling and reusing materials. As part of our English work we designed and built some recycled material sculptures. We then wrote sets of instructions to help other people to construct them.

In science, we planned and carried out a fair test to investigate which material would be the best at muffling sound. We did this by placing a mobile phone into a shoe box, wrapped up in the material that we were testing. Trevor Gibson, Primary teacher

Healthy Living: Tips to live a healthier life How healthy are you? Do you have a healthy diet? Do you exercise regularly? Do you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day? Do you get enough sleep every day? Do you live a healthy lifestyle? Our body is our temple, and we need to take care of it to have a healthy life. Do you know that over 65% of Americans are either obese or overweight? That’s insane! Think of your body as your physical shell to take you through life. If you repeatedly abuse it with unhealthy food, your shell will wear out quickly. While you may look okay on the outside, on the inside, your arteries are getting clogged up with cholesterol and arterial plaque. That’s not a pretty sight! Life is beautiful and you don’t want to bog yourself down with unnecessary health problems. Today, your vital organs (kidney, heart, lungs, gall bladder, liver, stomach, intestines, etc.) may be working well, but they may not be tomorrow. Don’t take your good health today for granted. Take proper care of your body. Good health isn’t just about healthy eating and exercise — it

also includes having a positive mental health, a healthy selfimage, and a healthy lifestyle. In this article, I share some tips to live a healthier life. Bookmark this post and save the tips, because they are going to be vital in living a healthier life. Drink more water Get enough sleep Meditate. Meditation quietness your mind and calms your soul. Exercise. Not just a few times a week, but every day. Movement is life. Pick exercises you enjoy Work out different parts of your body. Eat more fruits. Fruits contain a plethora of vitamins and minerals. Do you know that oranges offer more health benefits than Vitamin C pills? Eat Pick bright-colored foods. More vegetables. Barefoot walking/ running. Breathe. Deeply Eat small meals Stop eating when you feel full. Live a life with purpose. Mr. Rodolfo Fuentes PE Teacher

Little inventors It is true that most children are only worried about playing games, chatting with friends or going out somewhere with their parents, but not these pupils in Grade 3A who have inspirational invention ideas. Inventors and inventions is one of the lessons in English, level 3 and one of its objectives is to think of something the children would like to invent and write about it. The idea of inventions with these children was developed on a paper by writing and drawing. Then, through brainstorming with group mates during collaborative learning, new ideas sparked to their minds and they finally put them into writing. Invention is a creative process. The open and curious mind of these children allows them to think about these kinds of inventions. Being a child, each imagination and curiosity is developing through the things that interest them. Malikah Nawwal is always helping her mom in cooking at home, so she arrived on her fantastic invention, “The Automatic Cooking Machine”. Bakhulan is very interested about gadgets like tablets, computers and phones. He is fond of

experimenting about his phone so he thought of his “ Oxygen Phone”. Fatma thought of making “The Pets’ Machine in Holiday” because she is always going out with her family to other countries. In her invention, she showed love and care for her pet at home. Each pupil has its own reason why they have got into these ideas and it is reflecting what kind of person they will be in the future. Mrs. Eleanor Guno Primary Teacher

Myself, an avid lego collector Everybody is familiar with LEGO, that all too familiar line of plastic construction toys that are manufactured by The Lego Group, a privately owned company based in Billund, Denmark. Generations have spent endless hours of pure joy spawned by creativity and teamwork while handling the pieces. Just think of the movies and amusement parks all over the world that bear the same name. I am Amirali, a fifth grader and at 11 years old, I have around ten lego sets and still counting. Some of them are gifts on special occasions while some were bought from my own money which I saved for months on end. I believe the motivation to save for something you really want makes all things worth it. Whenever I open a lego set, I get so excited to see the gleaming, shiny new pieces. However, the real fun begins when I start assembling the set. Whenever I have a work in progress, my mind keeps thinking about what game I could play with it. Then voila! When I am done building something I now have something to show my parents. In

addition to that, my lego collection occupies a special spot in our

home. Lego is truly a treasure. With these building blocks, our imagination is the only limit. Amirali Assylkhan Grade 5A

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International University in Spain We hosted Ms Mane Nalbandyan who is representative of IE University and Associate Director for Eastern Europe & Central Asia. It was a good opportunity for the students who intend to study at a university in European countries. Our students asked and got informed about the life in Madrid and facilities, departments

and education programs of the universities in Spain. We learned that rich diversity of IE provides an environment that gives you the international outlook needed to be successful in a global world. With over 65% of its students coming from abroad, representing over 100 countries, you will study with a truly diverse community.

What is CIE? Cambridge International Examinations prepares school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. They are part of Cambridge Assessment, a department of the University of Cambridge. International qualifications of CIE are recognised by the world’s best universities and employers, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career. • World’s largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for 5 to 19 year olds. • Over 10,000 schools in more than 160 countries offer Cambridge programmes and qualifications.

• In 2008, we celebrated the 150th anniversary of the formation of our parent organisation Cambridge Assessment, and in 2009 we celebrated the 800th anniversary of the University of Cambridge. • Cambridge Primary is taught in more than 1,200 schools in over 100 countries. • Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds. It is taken in over 145 countries and in more than 6,100 schools around the world. • Cambridge International AS and A Levels are taken in more than 130 countries with more than 495,000 entries each year. • CIE produce around 5.7 million question papers each year.

Kazakh Students from UNIST My name is Malika Gabbas. I am a sophomore student from UNIST (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology), South Korea. I and my friend, Kaznagul, who is a senior student from UNIST as

well, do promotions of our university every winter break. This winter we visited Spectrum International School to present our university and tell the students about the application process for the next Fall semester. We covered every important aspect from the scholarship criteria and general syllabus to accommodation and food. I was pleasantly surprised that students showed sincere interest in our uni-

versity and asked various questions regarding the academic and social life in South Korea. We hope that this kind of activity will enable more Kazakh students to study abroad with a full schol-

arship. We aim to acquire more specialists for the further prosperity of Kazakhstan, as well as the humankind as a whole. Students from Kazakhstan have always been showing excellent results in their academic studies. Thus, our university is more than happy to accept exceptionally talented students, who are passionate about their future career fields. Malika Gabbas

Alumni voices

Hello, my dear Nurorda (Spectrum) friends! 2 years ago I was a student of Nurorda (Spectrum) International School just like most of you. I graduated in 2015. Today, I am studying at Nazarbayev University as a 1st year student, in Astana. I took a foundation year here and now I am making a major in World Literature and Languages. Probably, this was one of the most interesting decisions that I’ve ever made. I never regret about it and really enjoy the life in my new alma-mater. I spent the brightest 7 years in Nurorda and still missing t h e m . Nurorda was the place where my interest to broaden my horizons arose. Here I discovered my skills in creative writing with the help of professional teachers, who came from all of the world. They had a great patience and individual method of teaching, which helped us to have friendly relationships with them. Also, here I met people from different cultures and developed my language skills, that are really useful for me right now. In my opinion, opportunities that school

provided to us encouraged our interest in knowledge and prepared us for the further development of our intelligence. Dear current students of Nurorda, When I was like you, our teachers always told us: “Enjoy every day that you study in school”. At that time, we did not really understand the meaning of these words. H o w e v e r, now I fully realize that school days were the most exciting days in my life. So, try to appreciate e v e r y moment of your school life with your friends and teachers. You could not repeat them in the future but you will always remember them after. I hope that you could use in your future studies the learning and communicative attainments that Nurorda will provide you with. I wish that each of you will achieve their high goals and will contribute to the development of the peace in our world. Altynay Dautova Class of 2015


Mind maps. How to create a mind maps information; • presentations; • the development of memory, increase mental activity; • preparation for action; • academically, absolutely any professional field; • finding the necessary

of a structure, emanating from the center outward, gradually branching into smaller parts. Mind maps are a creative way of disclosure themes, concepts, ideas, any object of thought. Mind maps will help you in: • planning time and activities; • systematization and distribution of necessary

solutions in a difficult situation; • brainstorming; • introspection; • exploring options for various events and decisions in order to identify the best for you. The author-inventor of mind maps is Tony Buzan, a well-known figure in the field of the psychology of learning and intellectual development. To make mind maps

very easy, you can do this manually, or as a «rough notes» during breaks, or planning and meeting and when more time is available you can make a better picture quality. Tony Buzan suggests the following guidelines for creating mind maps: 1. Start in the center with an image of the topic, using at least 3 colors. 2. Use images, symbols, codes, and dimensions throughout your mind map. 3. Select key words and print using upper or lower case letters. 4. Each word/image is best alone and sitting on its own line. 5. The lines should be connected, starting from the central image. The lines become thinner as they radiate out from the center. 6. Make the lines the same length as the word/image they

support. 7. Use multiple colors throughout the mind map, for visual stimulation and also for encoding or grouping. 8. Develop your own personal style of mind mapping. 9. Use emphasis and show associations in your mind map. 10. Keep the mind map clear by using radial hierarchy or outlines to embrace your branches. The most convenient way to explain the rules for constructing mind maps with the most mind maps. Try to make some simple mind maps for training. You will feel, how well assimilated any material. I’m sure that you will understand the beauty and practicality of this tool, you will open up new opportunities in all spheres of life. Gulzhadyra Kanatkyzy School counselor

One ticket to space, please! Planning a trip to Miami? Wonderful, but what about something ridiculous and absolutely new? For example, let’s consider the Moon Express – private company with which traveling to the Moon will become possible. So many children and adults were dreaming about a space with its exhilarating adventures and now the moment came. If MX-1 lunar lander is about to be tested on a Rocket Lab Electron booster, then already by 2026, brave passengers will be able to fly officially on commercial space flights and see unexplored wonders of the universe

that were so latent and unattainable before. The White H o u s e , N A S A , the FAA, the State Department approved such novel brainchild and thus, made a huge step forwards. Humans have to progress and shoud know no limits in order

to succeed and discover more possibilites. This is only one of the missions of the Moon Express , the other one is “bringing monumental implications for the advancement of technology, science, research, development and commerce” of the Earth.

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Most of the information about the world we perceive visually, and therefore, the mind maps - this is a good visual material, which is easier to remember and easier to work with that. Mind maps are a special kind of recording materials in the form

Hopefully a lot of benefit will be brought, as primarily organization was established to mine Moon’s resources. The whole world is filled with temptation. Therefore, Moon Express or World Vide View and its co-founders Bob Richards, Naveen Jain and Barney Pell did significant job to open the new doors. Today, scientists believe that solutions to global problems are finally closer than we think. This proves that there is nothing imposible because even the word itself says: ‘I’m possible’. Zhuldyz Kapysh, 11A


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Safety rules for the daily life of a scientist Last week our little scientist had a photosession in their laboratory. It was based on the topic of safety rules in the LAB. Students showed their creativity and resourcefulness to explain

the main rules that have to be used by real scientist in the laboratory. They all were different, some of our models were funny some of them were serious. It was hard to choose best one, so we decided

Spectrum IS hosts third term PTC Another successful PTC was held last Saturday, the 18th of February at the school canteen. Just like the past two PTCs, parents had the opportunity to speak with the teachers about various concerns regarding their children’s class

to ask for the public’s opinion by voting. When students saw the photos and tried to choose the best one they subconsciously memorized the rules. Winners of the vote will have a real

photosession with a professional photographer, and photos from the session will decorate our biochemistry Laboratory. Zhuldyz Ramazanova Lab Assistant

Spectrum Bowling Activities

performance now that the third term is halfway. Despite the cold weather outside, parents’ attendance in this affair was good at 46 per cent according to the organizers. Jennifer Singson English teacher

Last February 4,2017 our school staff through the help of administration organized a bowling competition held in “HUNGRY RABBIT”. Participants are from the different department Administrators, Teachers, Teachers Assistant and School Staff. It was really exciting, enjoyable and entertainment leisure activities for us. Were all grateful for such a

good entertainment activity, all participants showed their best skill and try to strikes to earn the highest point. We believe that the purpose of this event is to relax our mind, body and have a good camaraderie, sportsmanship through sports. We are very thankful for such a great and successful activity. Larry Baes PE teacher

Second lockdown drill completed The month of February saw the completion of the second lockdown drill which proved to be more successful in keeping with its objectives and procedures. It was held on February 2 at around half past 10 in the morning. This time, despite being unannounced, no class was left unaware that there was an activity taking place. Everyone went through all the required procedures efficiently. Jennifer Singson English teacher

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