October 2016. On October 17th, we flew to Okinawa with 33 students. We flew to Okinawa and then transfered planes and flew to the island called Ishigaki. During this trip I learnt to be a risk taker, and to overcome my fears. I also enhanced my collaboration skills and communication skills.

I love the beach and swimming. We go somewhere hot every summer, and go snorkelling. We go on boats and on donuts behind boats and I

Mi Familia

Hola. Me llamo Sophie de Beaufort y tengo quince años. En mi familia somos seis, mi padre, mi madre, mis tres hermanos y yo. Mi padre se llama Frans de Beaufort y tiene 49 años. Mi madre se llama Suzanne Buchwaldt y tiene 47 años. Mis tres hermanos se llaman Quirijn, Jan y Benjamín. Son todos la misma edad, porque son trillizos. Quirijn más como yo, tiene pelo castaño y ojos marrones. Jan y Benjamín tienen ojos azules y pelo rubio. Mi padre solía tiene el pelo negro, pero está empezando a convertirse en gris. Somos holandeses pero  vivimos en Japón.

Tengo una familia grande. Por parte de mi padre, yo tengo 11 primos, 15 incluyendo mis hermanos y yo. Tengo 3 tías y 2 tíos. La hermana mayor  de mi padre se llama Inez. Divorció de su marido. Ella tiene tre hijos. Sus nombres son, Corinne, Kees y Ernestine, son todos mayores que yo. La otra hermana de mi padre, se llama Carine. Su nombre de los espesos es Bram. Es mi tío. Tienen 4 hijos y son todas las chicas. Están todos en el Colegio. Sus nombres son, Ina, Sanne, Lily y Wendela. Mi papá también tiene un hermano mayor. Él y su esposa tiene 4 hijos. 2 chicas y 2 chicos. Las dos chicas están en la Universidad. Un chico es mayor que yo y uno es menor que yo.

Mi hermano Quirijn corre más rápidamente que yo. Pero soy más inteligente y cómica que Quirijn. Mi otro hermano Benjamín es tan cómica como yo. Benjamin es tan alto como yo. Me gustan todos mis hermanos, pero tengo un hermano favorito. Yo soy más fuerte que Jan. Quirijn es más bajo que Benjamin.

Juliet Capulet and Romeo Montague getting Hot and Heavy…?



Juliet casually standing on the steps that lead to her garden Photo: Eileen Chen

This month we’re catching up with Juliet Capulet. There have been rumours going around about her seeing a guy… This isn’t just any guy, eyewitnesses say it’s a Montague! We wanted to get to the bottom of this, so we invited her over!

There have been some rumours going around that you’ve recently gotten married to Romeo Montague, can you confirm this? Literally everybody I meet on the streets of Verona ask me this question! Haha, I tell them that there is someone in my life right now. I’ve never really told anyone how much I love him. He is the perfect man and makes me feel pretty and worth talking to. I haven’t really had that with anyone, not even my parents.  

 We have eyewitnesses that have told us you and Romeo were together at the Capulet’s party, not only did he gatecrash the party, but our sources also mention Romeo got all hot and heavy. Is this true? Romeo was such a kind and polite man at the party. He didn’t get hot and heavy, he just asked for my hand which shows how courteous he is.  I have no idea how you got this information, but your “source” is obviously not very reliable hahah! 


“Some people just haven’t experienced it yet”

 Do you believe in love at first sight? I think we all do. Some people just haven’t experienced it.

What are you thoughts on the fight between your family and the Montagues? I think it is so unnecessary. They fight about the smallest things. Tybalt is the big fighter in my family, he hates the Montagues. I don’t know why though, they have never done anything to us. 

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You’re saying you don’t like the fight, does this mean you have a thing for a Montague? Maybe…

Your parents said you will be marrying Paris, are you cheating your secret lover? I can tell you one thing, I’ve never felt anything for Paris that is why I’m not marrying him.

Your parents obviously don’t know about your secret lover, will you ever tell them? I don’t think they deserve to know since they don’t know what true love is. They don’t know what it feels like to love someone so much that it hurts when you’re not together. They never gave me any signs of affections nor did they to each other.


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Are you close to your mum? People are talking about The Nurse helping you getting married to your secret lover, so, what can you say about that? Not particularly close, no. I mean, we talk. Mostly about how amazing, great and astonishing Paris is. Sometimes I feel like she is the one wanting to marry him. I just nod and pretend. The Nurse is the most warm hearted woman I have ever known. She is the person who cares for me most, and who I love like a mother. I’m not going to say anything about her helping me.

Are you close to her? Yes, as I said, she is such a special woman. Everyone would want her as a mother.

Most girls would die for getting attention from Paris, why do you think he is not the one? He’s wealthy, nice and handsome, what else would you want? Paris is a good man. He just isn’t the right one for me. He is so self centered.

How is he self centered? I don’t think Paris is worth talking about to be honest.


Do you have any tips for secret lovers? The only tip I have is following                                        your heart, it will guide you to the right place, where and who you are supposed                                      to be with. 

1595, Verona. Photo: Hana Perkins

1595, Verona. Photo: Hana Perkins

Tourism Highlights

What were the top three countries in terms in international arrivals in 2014

  1. France
  2. United States
  3. Spain

What were the top three countries in terms of international receipts in 2014?

  1. United States
  2. Spain
  3. China

Explain the difference in patterns depicted by your answers of question 1 and 2.

Just because a country has a high rank on the list doesn’t it makes more money than other places on the list. I think it depends on the size of the country and what they offer.

Describe the recent trends of tourism in Africa.

Tourist arrivals in Africa have increased by 2%, around 56 million tourist visited Africa.

Describe the changes in international tourist arrivals between 1950 and 2010. (p.14)

The amount of tourists in Europe, Pacific, Asia and America have increased by big amounts. However, Africa and the Middle East seem to less popular. It increased from almost nothing to 1.5 billion

In your opinion, why has tourism increased since the 1950s?

I think that people nowadays have more money to spend. This could be because there are more jobs or the jobs could pay more. Back in the day, there weren’t a lot of ways to travel. The only way to go overseas was probably by boat. However, today we have a much faster way: flying! This makes it easier and faster to travel around.

Spanish: Mi Comida Favorita

Soy de Holanda. Comida de holanda es muy rica. Me gusta el holandés panqueques y galletas con caramelo.  



Como tres comidas al dia. Son el desayuno, el almuerzo y la cena. Sin embargo, yo también como tentempiés.  A las siete y media,  yo como desayuno. Para desayuno, me gusta comer el cereal con yogur y frutas frescas. También me gusta comer panqueque con Nutella. Yo trato de comer comida  nutritiva como las frutas y vegetales. Las frutas que me gustan son mangos, piñas y fresas. Yo como almuerzo en la cafetería en la escuela. Venden bebidas como agua, jugos y comidas como sushi, sándwiches y galletas. Las galletas que venden son es muy ricas.

A las siete, como la cena. Para la cena, me gusta comer lasaña, panqueques, hamburguesas, bistecs y curry Indio. Generalmente bebo agua para  la cena, pero con cubos de hielo. las vegetales que me gustan son el pepino, la coliflor y muchas más.

El taco es un plato de origen mexicano. es algo que es compuesto de una tortilla de maíz o de trigo doblada o enrollada alrededor de un relleno. Usted puede llenar con muchas cosas. Como: el pollo, la carne de vaca, vegetales y más. Me gusta mucho.









Es un alimento hispano que me gusta comer quesadillas. este alimento también es originario de México. Me gusta comer quesadillas con queso. Pero se puede Añadir tantas cosas como te gusta. La primera vez que comí este fue en Hakuba, Japón, donde yo fui esquí. Son es muy rica, pero se saben mejor en México!


GCD – Global Understanding: Phuket

From the very beginning, I knew I wanted to go to Phuket for field studies in grade 9. Back then in 8th grade, the only reason I wanted to go was because it was somewhere far away. Looking back at that, it was SO MUCH MORE than only going somewhere far from home…

Before our departure in October, we had some meetings in advance with the 30 students and 3 teachers. In these sessions we researched about the Thai culture, and what they value. Not only did we do that though, we also researched about the activities we were going to do such as painting a Burmese Mon School and snorkelling in the deep waters of Phuket.

The "Village"

The Village/Street

We arrived on a Sunday evening and got picked up by the British International School, Phuket (BISP) busses. I had never been in Thailand before, and was extremely impressed by everything I saw, pickup trucks with little children in the back, 3 people on a tiny motor cycle and the trash lying on the streets. Extremely different if I were to compare Thailand to Japan… We spent 5 days in Phuket. On the first two days we painted two walls at the Burmese School. This school had 40 students who came from Burma who’s parents worked in Thailand. Our 30 people group was split into 2 so one group would do something in the morning and after lunch we would switch. My group started the day off by painting the walls, so we drove to their small village and started painting. In the meetings in advance, we planned what we would paint, since we’re a school from Japan, we decided to paint a sakura with our hands as leafs.

As you can see on the right, I wouldn’t really call this a village, it was more a street with houses that did not look stable at all. There were chicken’s walking around everywhere and a lot of trash around. Since there wasn’t enough space for us all to paint, we decided that some people were going to clean around the school and we even started a garden with mango trees.



A school with 2 rooms for 40 students








While one group was painting, the other group was playing with the children who went to the Burmese Mon school. We did various activities such as playing soccer and basketball in the gym. I learned that sport is actually a universal language. Even though they did not have any subjects like PE in their school, they knew they had to do something with it to make a point. This helped us bond without having to speak each others’ language. It was so so so special seeing the children so happy by just running around and making points for their teams, I could really see their eyes lighting up. I did not know until know, how such small things can make some people extremely happy, and how their happiness could affect me in so many ways.









At the end of the second day, we had to say goodbye to the children, since we had finished our work. It really was quite sad to say bye to them. In these two days, with all the interacting you do, I really did create bonds with the children and it really did touch me when we left in our buses. Not only because I would miss playing with them, also because felt bad. They don’t complain about anything, and stay tough. However, they don’t know any different. They are used to this life. And then it’s us, foreigners complaining about most things that don’t even matter. It made me realize how extremely fortunate we are and that we should appreciate everything we have because we really do have everything compared to what they own.


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This photo on the left is when we were sorting all the donations we brought in from Japan. As a class, we did extremely well with bringing in things such as: clothes, shoes, school supplies, games, etc. It took us about 45 minutes to sort everything though it was worth the time since we ended up having 13 full bags to presents for the children.


On our last day in Phuket, orphans from the SOS Orphanages came over to BISP. We started off with playing games such as races with soccerballs, basketballs, we played musical chairs with hula hoops (it took us some time to explain how it worked but we got there eventually). We also taught them the “Mary had a little lamb” clapping game. It was super fun, because we got to dance with them and 2 boys from our grade brought their ukuleles so they played the music for us.

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Soccer race

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Musical Chairs








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Swimming with the SOS Orphans

After playing in the Gym with the SOS children, we went to the elementary school pool at BISP to swim with them. We all got a buddy to look after. This was really fun because they do not get to swim as often, and they all got really excited. Again, the language barrier was not a big problem since they knew how to swim and we just needed to look after them and play with them and we didn’t need verbal communication for that.

We only spent an afternoon with these children which I thought was not enough. It was harder to create a bond in such a short period of time, so I hope for future trips, we could make this a bit longer so we have more time with the SOS children.

(We didn’t only do activities with these children, we also went snorkelling and looked at the differences between a coral reef before and after the el niño. We also went on a hike in a rainforest and planted mangroves. Planting mangroves was extremely fun since everyone was covered in mud. Another thing I won’t forget from this trip are the countless times we have played UNO)

This service trip to Phuket really has been life changing to me. I got to know people from different countries, other communities, who value different things. They have inspired me to appreciate what I have, and to love what I have. Seeing those children to happy with colored pencils made me so happy, but at the same time, I realised how fortunate I am to be able to go to an International school, where I can take subjects like PE and Art, when these children here can’t. How I can buy my colored pencils at any time, but they can’t. It is definitely something I will never forget in my whole life.

A few days back we had the so called “Service Retreat” where leaders from the service groups here at YIS get together and talk about service. I was asked to go for the Phuket group. In this retreat we talked about service and what it really was. I am not going into deep detail, but got quotes and we had to explain it. This was mine:

“Always render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be.”

I think this will really help me continue something that I love, helping people. This doesn’t always need to be something big like travelling overseas, it could also be talking to someone who is having a hard time. Service isn’t something people are telling you to do, it is supposed to come from yourself and as the quote says, always render more and better service than is expected of you. I hope this will inspire me to keep on doing what I am doing now.

Even though the trip is already half a year ago, I still remember everything. I still talk about it with my friends and family, I am trying to convince  my brothers to go next year! It is one of the most inspiring things I have done in my life.

The students that went to Phuket, could always set up a service group, and to inform the next group of students that go, so the new students can get an idea of what the journey/experience will be like. After the new students have gone, we could set up an actual group to keep on supporting the Burmese Mon School.


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With the Students from the Burmese Mon school

Social History

My perspective on Columbus has changed after watching these videos, I got a better and a more clear understanding of what Columbus did and how different historians can create different stories about history based on what they personally value the most. I didn’t know about the cruel things he did to the native Americans. My view on the Native Americans  has changed as well. I never really knew about the horrible things Columbus did and now I do. It is horrible to think about the things he has done. He used the natives as slaves and even traded little girls of age 9 for sexual abuse. Before I read things about history, I never really thought about the biases. However, now we have talked about it in class, next time I will really think about nothing is really true. All historians have different views and perspective on things so we can’t really say who was right and who was wrong. All historians value different ideas so their stories will turn our different as well. I think to be aware of these biases you need to talk about it and know that this is going on. I think I would focus on how he treated the native americans. I think people usually see him as a hero but I think the bad things about him need to be shown as well, so I think the way he treated the natives need to be shown more. The themes in my reading were mostly about the trade relationships between the old world and the new world, and how they affected each other in good and bad ways.

Bystander Effect

Diffusion of responsibility is a factor of bystanderism. This is when you’re  the only one that can deal with an emergency situation. This means that you have 100% of the responsibility to do so. However, when with other witnesses, we tend to follow what the others around us. After a lot of research, we have found out that we look to the actions of others for guidance. This is called social influence. As an example, if we see people do nothing, we may not feel that it is necessary or appropriate to do something. Sometimes we can be afraid how we appear to be and act. Sometimes people think we overreact which is known as a fear of social blunders or audience inhibition. When a situation is perceived as an emergency, so we are motivated to act in some way in order to return to a normal state. The greater this arousal is, the more likely it is that people will help. The second part of arousal is: the cost-reward model is an evaluation of the consequences of acting or not. Costs will vary from situation to situation but they might include danger, time and effort. There can also be costs to not intervening such as a feeling of guilt or criticism by others or even self-blame. For example, we are most likely not to approach an adult who looks lost and offer help, but we usually do help a small child that looks lost.

Another factor that seems to increase arousal and feelings of empathy is similarity. This means that most people are more likely to help someone similar to them. We then focus in terms of race, nationality, age and gender.

The last important factor of this post it mood. This very straight forward. Being in a good mood seem to encourage attraction towards strangers and more attention to positive features.

Psychology of Human Behaviour

There are two different theories why people help other people. One of them is prosocial behaviour which refers to any behaviour that is intended to benefit others including ourselves. This could mean that we do something that makes ourselves feel good, which is called “egoistic motivation”. There are many situations that are considered prosocial, but what psychologists are really interested in, is under what circumstances people do not help. The other theory is called altruism in other words, selflessness and unselfishness. This is some what the same as prosocial actions, but this is “without any expectation of benefits for oneself”.

The reason why people help others can be done because of many different things. The main one is empathy. Empathy is generated when a person is perceived to be in need. Then, people are motivated to help the person in need for their own sake. Empathy is not the only factor, it has also to do with sympathy, concern and warmth. It also means that people think about how they would want others to react to them if it were them in whatever the situation might be.

Very recently, I have given my seat on the train to an older woman. When I saw her get on the train, she was carrying two bags which made it hard for her to grab onto a pole. I also saw her look around if there were any free seats. These are not the only reasons why I gave her my seat. When I saw that she was older and that there weren’t any seats left, I immediately thought about getting up. I think this is because my parents raised me that way, they taught me that so it is nurture. My parents taught me to always be polite to older people and that you have to respect them. The respecting part isn’t really related to me giving her my seat but being polite is. That are the factors that made me give her my seat.

Identical Strangers

Twin studies reveal the importance of nature and nurture and whether different environments influence who they are. In this case, the two twins were separated at birth. They were adopted and both grew up in the same city, New York. Without knowing they had a twin sister, they lived their lives until one of them started thinking about her biological family, so she called an agency for more information and she found out that she had a twin sister. The other sister wasn’t searching for her. One day she got a call and found out that she had a twin sister. When they first met it was obviously a little strange since they were practically strangers but blood related, and identical. They started talking ab0ut their lives and found out that they studied the exact same thing and they had the exact same job: film critics. This shows the nature is a big role in twin studies.