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Public Speaking Competition 2010

El miércoles 28 de abril, Las Cumbres participó en el Public Speaking Competition organizada por el English Speaking Union (ESU) que congrega a los colegios bilingües más importantes de nuestro país.

EL English Speaking Union (ESU) es una organización internacional fundada en 1918 con el objetivo de promover el entendimiento y la camaradería a través del uso del Inglés. http://www.esu.org/index.asp

El tema de este año fue Speculation on our Future. Este año el ESU ofreció en el mes de Marzo un taller para profesores y alumnos dictado por dos especialistas en el arte de la oratoria en el Reino Unido: el Sr. Can Okar y la señorita Eve Hibbert – Keene del que participaron profesores y alumnos de Las Cumbres.

La elaboración del discurso de este año en Las Cumbres fue un trabajo en equipo sobre el tema de la solidaridad y las redes en el que realizaron valiosos aportes tanto docentes como alumnos del colegio integrantes del equipo de oratoria a quienes les damos un caluroso agradecimiento. El tema antes mencionado fue elegido por la representante del colegio en este 2010, Milagros Vago Otero.

Milagros presentó su discurso en la embajada de Gran Bretaña junto con 29 competidores de otros colegios. Su desempeño fue brillante, expuso sus ideas con seguridad, pasión y un elevado manejo del idioma inglés. Nos enorgullece que Milagros haya representado al Colegio mostrando que el trabajo en equipo y la búsqueda de la verdad son herramientas para llegar más lejos, más alto.

¡Felicitaciones Mili!


Mili’s speech

Last year I attended a charity workshop at a church near my house called Socorro’s Parish. I went to hospitals and single mothers’ homes, where I looked after young children so that mothers could complete their daily work. This was new, it was different, it was refreshing.

Have you ever felt important, like…YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE? Something inside me changed back then.

There, every look is brand new, every eye tells a different story; and when you stand in front of them, and take a deep look…you realice that by being with them, by giving them your time, you are taking an active role in their lives and in the process of changing your role too.

“Don’t you ever wonder, maybe if you took a left turn instead of a right, you could be somebody different.”

Ladies and gentlemen I’m here today, because I have a plan. My plan…offers the possibility of experiencing the unique feeling of empowering others. Of making a new and different choice that will eventually transform us and what surrounds us. But, mind you, it’s a hands-on experience. Because each of us sitting here… CAN BE THE CREATORS OF OUR OWN FUTURE. I realize that alone I cannot change the world, but by changing a small part of it I’m already helping.

So, let’s take a chance; “impossible is nothing”, right? We can make ourselves independent from promises and the actions of others; there’s no need to sit or wait; no need to say “SOMEBODY ELSE WILL DO IT”. The tools that bring about change are no longer solely in the hands of our leaders.

These figures call for immediate action. The poverty rate in our country last year was 31.8%, that’s 1 in 3 argentines struggling throw every day. How many of them did you meet today? How many of them would you have met if you’d gone to the right places, or should I say the wrong palces? But most importantly, what happens when you meet them?

We all leave our problems to be solved by our government. But today, with the advent of technology and a rapidly shrinking world both poer and responsibility lie with us. Cute proposal, nice ideals… very 16-year-old some will say. This is not just a nicely put speech. This is possible because this is already happening.

The internet allows us to mobilize groups of people across our country and across the world. Be it facebook, twitter or MSN. As I stand speaking to you now I’m getting three event invitations, four twits and there are half a dozen friend requests waiting for me… in this room alone I have more that 10 facebook friends, who are probably friends with other friends that know my friends and MOST LIKELY my cousin; and who at the same time, know peopleI don’t but I’m still connected with. A single post written in a blog by somebody in a remote place, is then read by thousands upon thousands of people, who then start to raise their voices.

So ladies and gentlemen, let’s take the first step. If each of us embraces our new independece in this way and starts doing something the actions are bound to spread. If I write about my experience with the children of my parrish in my blog, my story reaches people and it spreads. Being contacted by people we know, makes us more willing to get involved rather that when we are contacted by a faceless organisation. And what if, just one of my friends friends was affected by my story and decided to do the same, wherever they might live?

I’m a 16 year-old girl and I often speculate about my future. The past years have been especially tough thinking about decisions to come. It’s not easy to start. One would not want to go wrong. I think I have some of the answers about how things could change and I know that I have the chance to do something about it. However, one thing is true, if I get things wrong it will be because I did, because I got involved, because I took this new opportunity and because sometimes I took a left instead of a right.

Thank you very much

Milagros Vago Otero – S5 2010

La educación es un acto de fe

Fe de los docentes, en que una buena clase es la posibilidad de un buen camino para el futuro de sus alumnos. Fe de los padres, cuando eligen nuestro proyecto educativo para sus hijos (el proyecto más importante de sus vidas). Fe de los alumnos, que al dar cada día el "presente" nos están dando su palabra. Fe en Dios que nos guía y sostiene. Docentes, alumnos, directivos y padres, creemos en Las Cumbres. Y como comunidad educativa sabemos que para la construcción de un país sólido, la educación es la puerta grande. Estos son nuestros Principios y Objetivos.