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Fun Facts About Foreign Schools

By Cynthia Andary

  • A primary school in Phuma Changthang, Tibet, is thought to be the highest school in the world.
  • The Shishi High School located in Chengdu, China is the world’s oldest school.
  • A school in the Philippines is made entirely of recycled pop bottles.
  • The largest school in the world in terms of number of students is the City Montessori School in Lucknow, India.
  • Back in 2014, there was an elementary school in Turin, Italy that only had one teacher and one student.
  • Children in the Netherlands start school on their fourth birthday so there’s always someone new in class.
  • Meal-time in France is considered part of the curriculum.
  • Students in South Korea are expected to stay and help clean and tidy the classroom when lessons are over.
  • Kids in Finland do not start school until the age of 7.
  • In Russia, children always start school on ‘Knowledge Day’ (September 1) even if it’s a weekend or a holiday.
  • In Bangladesh, there are no fewer than 100 boat schools! 
  • In a remote area of Colombia, kids have to travel to school on a zip-line.
  • A school in Germany was built to look like a giant white cat.
  • Summer vacations in Chile start from mid-December and end in early March.
  • Kids in Japan are the most independent and disciplined of the lot.
  • It is not mandatory to attend a pre-primary or early childhood development and education class before joining primary school for children in Kenya
  • France has the shortest school year from August to June and also the longest school day.

Fall Sports Preview

By Alex Gryciuk

As the school year starts, many new exciting things occur on campus. Sports are one of the many exciting activities available to students, each available for you to try. Down below are all the sports that occur during the fall season and some important information for those interested. For general information on all sports, contact the Athletic Director, Mr. Perez, at aperez@cuhsd.org or visit @westmontathletics on Instagram. 

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This Day In History: August 10

By Cynthia Andary 

1793 – The Louvre opened in Paris, and it later became the most-visited museum in the world.

1874 – Herbert Hoover, an American politician and the 31st President of the United States, was born.

1821 – Missouri became the 24th state to join the Union.

1914 – France declared war on Austria-Hungary in World War I.

1921 – Franklin D. Roosevelt was stricken with polio.

1927 – Mount Rushmore was formally dedicated. The individual faces of the presidents were dedicated later.

1971 – Harmon Killebrew (Minnesota Twins) got his 500th and 501st home runs of his major league baseball career.

1973 – Arnold Palmer did not make the cut for the final two rounds of the PGA Golf Championship. It was the first time in his career.

1993 – American jurist Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as an associate justice of the U.S Supreme Court, becoming the second woman to serve on the court.

2003 – The First Person to Get Married While in Space

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