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Archive for February, 2011

I’m back from France!!!!!

Hello, I went to France for a week (last week) and it was really cool there! I had skiing lessons and I went sledging and Ice-skating.

The temperature went up to 20degrees celsius at  midday! It was really warm.

I went there because my dad had a conference there and so we went with him. I missed a few things here but now i’m back!

I also went to Chamonix and took a telecabine up 3842m high to see Mont Blanc(the tallest mountain in Europe) I felt dizzy, sick, I had an earache, had an headache and found it hard to breathe. It was an amazing sight.

In the last day I went to Geneva (in Switzerland) it was sunny and beatiful.

I had a lovely time and I’m glad to be back at school and home, in other words is ‘I went to paradise!!!!!!!!

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Samba drumming

Wow! I’m still recovering from all the excitement of Creative and Performing Arts Week!

Early on in the week we tried out samba drumming. It was a lot of fun! Here are some photos, and if you click on the Audioboo link you can hear us in action too!

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http://audioboo.fm/boos/282369-samba-drumming

Turkish Feast!

Wow, thank you so much everyone for sending in so much delicious food! We had so many really tasty things to eat, it was fabulous!

There was:

Rose jam

Feta cheese

Stuffed vine leaves

Flatbreads

Pitta breads

Black and green olives

Halloumi cheese

Orange and date salad with rosewater

Chicken kebabs

Turkish biscuits

Hoummous

Cherry peppers

Rice pudding

Couscous with vegetables

Dates

Figs

Apricots

Turkish Delight

And lots more!!!

Here are some photos:

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Turkish Landscapes

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Enjoy our watercolour paintings of Turkish scenes! We worked very hard on them.

Well Versed Showcase

It’s tomorrow!!!

Remember to bring in:  A snack and drink for after school, a costume if you want one, any props if you want them, and your best poetic thoughts.

Target Number challenge!

In our class we sometimes have to try and make a target number using 6 other numbers. You can add, subtract, multiply or divide.

Today our target was to make the number 487 using the numbers 20, 25, 3, 30, 7 and 5, but for the first time ever nobody managed it! (not even Mrs D)

We are not sure if it is possible…can anyone out there solve it???

You can only use each number once.

Good luck! Let us know if you do it!

Turkish Facts!

Did you know…

  • The only city in the world located on two continents is Istanbul, which has been the capital of three great empires, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman for more than 2000 years.
  • The number of archaeological excavations going on in Turkey every year is at least 150.
  • The oldest known human settlement is in Catalhoyuk, Turkey (7500 BC).
  • Temple of Artemis and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the two of the seven wonders of the ancient world, are in Turkey.
  • Abraham was born in Southeastern Turkey.
  • Anatolia is the birthplace of historic legends, such as Omar (the poet), King Midas, Herodotus (the father of history) and St. Paul the Apostle.
  • Julius Ceasar proclaimed his celebrated words, “Veni, Vidi, Vici” (I came, I saw, I conquered) in Turkey when he defeated the Pontus, a formidable kingdom in the Black Sea region of Turkey.
  • Turks introduced coffee to Europe.
  • Turks gave the Dutch their famous tulips.
  • St. Nicholas, who became popular as Father Christmas, was born in Demre on Turkey’s Mediterranean Coast.
  • According to legend, Noah’s Ark landed on Agri Dagi (Mount Ararat) in Eastern Turkey.
  • The last meal on Noah’s Ark, a pudding with nearly 20 ingredients, is still served throughout Turkey.
  • The last home of Virgin Mary is in Selcuk near Ephesus
  • St. John, St. Nicholas, St. Paul and St. Peter have all lived and prayed in Southern Anatolia.
  • Part of Turkey’s southwestern shore was a wedding gift that Mark Anthony gave to Cleopatra.
  • Homer was born in Izmir on the west coast of Turkey and he depicted Troy in his Epic the Iliad.
  • Aesop, famous for his fables and parables, was born in Anatolia.
  • Leonardo da Vinci drew designs for a bridge over the Bosphorus, the strait that flows through Europe and Asia. It was never built.
  • Alexander the Great conquered a large territory in what is now Turkey and cut the Gordion Knot in the Phrygian capital (Gordium) not far from Turkey’s present-day capital (Ankara).
  • Istanbul’s Robert College (established in 1863), is the oldest American school outside the United States.
  • Early Christians escaping Roman persecution nearly 2000 years ago sheltered in Cappadocia in Central Anatolia.
  • The Famous Trojan Wars took place in western Turkey, around the site where a wooden statue of the Trojan Horse rests today.
  • According to Turkish tradition a stranger at one’s doorstep is considered “A Guest from God” and should be accommodated accordingly.
  • The first church built by man (St. Peter’s Church) is in Antioch (Antakya).
  • Suleyman the Magnificent (the famous Ottoman Sultan) was a poet who wrote over 3000 poems, some of them criticizing the greed of mankind.
  • Turkey is a long-time member of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) since 1952.
  • Turkey provides 70% of the world’s hazelnuts; the nut in your chocolate bar was most probably grown in Turkey.
  • Istanbul has a 540-year-old covered shopping mall of 64 streets, 4000 shops, 22 entrances and 25,000 workers, -the famous Grand Bazaar.
  • The most valuable silk carpet in the world, is in the Mevlana Museum, Konya with 144 knots per square centimeter. In the 13th century, Marco Polo wrote “the best and handsomest of rugs are woven here, and also silks of crimson and other rich colors”.
  • Hezarfen A. Celebi was the first man who flew a significant distance using wings across the Bosphorus.
  • Turkey receives children from around the world each year on 23rd April to “honour and cherish the freedom and independence of all people”.