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Reinventing Myself with My Art

Reinventing Myself with My Art

By Debby Yip, VI Form

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs an international student with a passion for travel, I intimately intertwine my sources of creativity and originality with my experiences in foreign environments. The ideas found in my artwork are fueled by my adventurous spirit and desire to expose myself to new experiences. I always look for ways to incorporate unique compositions that reflect my personal style while giving my pieces personality through the use of color. I realized from my experiences, both inside and outside of school, that I express myself most clearly when putting my creative mind to work. I love making art because it (more…)

Awkward Moments on the Sixth Form Platform

By Jenny Deveaux, IV Form

As I walk out of the kitchen, nervously clutching my plate of cereal and clear plastic cup of coffee, I scan the dining hall at all the faces that are, as always, judging everything about what they see. I stroll over to the salad bar to pick up two knives and turn and to face my opponent: the sixth form platform. I strut down the aisle, trying not to make eye contact with anyone. “Let’s sit over there,“ says my friend, gesturing to one of the tables in the middle of the dining hall. I respond with, “This is gonna be so awkward,” and keep walking down the aisle as she peels off to sit down with some other girls and gives me a concerned glance. (more…)

Video: Expressing Specific Details and Overall Picture in History

By Jane Watts, V Form


PaineThis year is my first year taking any history at St. Mark’s. Taking two histories my junior year, it’s been hard for me to keep up with so much material that we’re given to understand each class. I feel that using art to visualize and work with the material we learn provides me with a more comprehensive understanding of the general picture. In Advanced US History, I’ve recently done two assignments utilizing art. The first assignment was for the Technology project, (more…)

The Pillars of Herakles: At the Bridge Between Europe and Africa

By Stephen Hebert, Religion Faculty

For his tenth labor, the lion-skin-wearing, club-wielding, Greek hero Herakles fetches a bunch of cattle belonging to Geryon, a monster living on an island beyond the far western end of the Mediterranean. Geryon is a fearsome creature, so fearsome that centuries later, Dante Alighieri will depict him in the Inferno as a flying manticore who embodies fraud. In order to reach this great mythical beast, Herakles must go beyond the edge of the known world, past where “Europe meets Libya,” in the words of Apollodorus. To get there, Herakles splits a mountain in two, creating a strait between Europe and Africa now known as the Strait of (more…)

Oh….Chem: The Power of a Narrative in an Advanced Science Course

By Michael Wirtz, Assistant Head of School/Science Faculty

“Negative finds the positive.” I use this phrase often. If you did not know me, you might think I was a pessimist. In fact, I am quite the opposite: I am a teacher and I believe that optimism lies at the core of any good teacher. I share this phrase, “negative finds the positive,” in my attempt to distill the complexities of organic chemistry[1] into something sticky for my students. While most chemistry students experience limited amounts of organic chemistry in high school, it is a discipline featured prominently in my Advanced Chemistry course at St. Mark’s. In fact, organic chemistry is critical to (more…)

TASP Aims To Solve A St. Mark’s Energy Problem

By Liam Monheim V Form, Erica Christensen VI Form, Sarah Robertson V Form, and Jazzy Randle VI Form

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 2.02.48 PMIn Advanced Environmental Science, we have stopped doing modules and problem sets and instead are beginning a project that will take us until the end of February. Our class is split into groups of three and four. The project is to create an Essential Question and a Challenge that we will then address and attempt to solve.

The only specification for our Challenge is that it must relate to energy. In order to help generate ideas for Challenge, we wrote down observations on the campus of St. Mark’s relating to energy. We asked administrators, teachers, and students about their thoughts (more…)