Text by Haylie
Do you have a dream? I do. It sure is fun to have a dream. Well Mrs. Melissa (our special visitor from Friday), has a dream and she is working hard to make sure that her dream comes true, but her dream requires lots of things in order for it to come true. Melissa started out in Spain where she was teaching at an international school, and is riding her bike all the way to America, (Oregon to be exact). Mrs. Melissa plans on going through 4 continents (20 countries) in order to make her dream come true. If you were riding your bike around the world, what would you bring with you? Melissa had to solve that problem too. Whatever she brought was going to be put on the bike, making the bike heavier. What was brought isn’t much. Melissa carries lots of water, a little extra food, money she has saved up, a camera, a laptop, and a few pairs of clothes. Those are just the basics. To learn even more about Melissa and her long way home as she calls it go to www.theloongwayhome.com and get a better idea of her journey ahead of her.
Text by Haylie and Eugenio
On April 6, 1992 war between Serbia and Bosnia broke out. The war ended on December 14, 1995. During the 3 years of war, mines were placed by Bosnian soldiers in about 13,000 locations to help protect Sarajevo (the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina.)After the war ended it was demanded for the army to reveal all minefield locations, but they didn’t reveal all of them for some reason. The way we know this is because mines are still being found to this day, 20 years later.
Mines are bombs that can be placed underground, on top of trees, or even surface laid. They were used in the Bosnian War to protect Sarajevo and to ambush their enemies. Mines are usually green to help camouflage in the grass or in the ground. To this day, adults and even kids play or step on active mines. Most mines have tripwires, some jump into the air, some can be buried, and some can also have metal legs to stand on. Mines have tripwire that is almost impossible to see. If you trip on a tripwire the mine will go off immediately.
Places where children are safe from mines are places that have been cleared out from mines or never had any mines. Places like your house, school, library, a park, etc. You may find mines in destroyed or abandoned buildings, fields outside of the city, and forests.
If you ever see a red sign with skull and crossbones on it, it means there is a mine near you so does not go past. You may also see yellow tape around an area, so do not go inside because there is probably a mine. If you see a mine, you should get out of the area and report it to your parents immediately. Hopefully they will call the police, so they can secure the area. If you see a wire or a green container, it might be packaging for mines so flee the area and call the police! Remember, not all minefields are marked, so always be careful where you go and step.
If you are going on a picnic or other activity that might be near a minefield, there are lots of important ways to stay safe.
There are is one type of bomb that you can still find these days anywhere, which makes them more dangerous than mines. They are called UXOs and they can even be in your own basement. Some people keep UXOs without knowing what they are, and other people keep them to protect themselves in case war brakes out again (which is most likely not going to happen anytime soon). Nevertheless, if you see an object that you think might look like a bomb, stay away, do not touch, and call the police. Now you know how it’s like for people in Bosnia that live near mines.
Text by Liam, Sophia, and Dina
On Friday, 10th of May, the French students: Sophia, Liam, Philipp, Dina, and Adrian, are going to perform a play on the three little wolves. The Three Little Wolves is the opposite of the Three Little Pigs, because instead of a big bad wolf there is a big mean pig. And of course the main characters are not pigs they are wolves.
The play is narrated by Dina, one of the French students. Ms.Vanja, our music teacher will provide us with music in intervals and songs. She will also lend us three cardboard houses made by the seven year old class. At the play, Ms.Vanja shall draw on our face with face crayons that Sophia brought in. Then we will look more like our characters. Mr.Fuad, our French teacher, gave us a choice to vote between a play about French history and the three little wolves. All of the French students voted for the second option. He also handed out the script, supervised the acting, and produced the play.
As you already know, the story is about three wolves; Pac (Liam), Pic (Philipp), and Pouc (Sophia).Pac tells Pic and Pouc to beware of the big evil pig (Adrian). But both of them dance and sing about how they don’t care about the big bad pig and are not scared of him. Then the pig jumps in. The frightened wolves run into their houses. The evil pig blows down the first two houses and the rest … will be revealed in the follow up next week.
An amazing group of young learners, the 11YO class of QSI International School of Ljubljana.
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