RIS and the NACE Family

In May 2018, Rome International School joined the leading European education network - NACE Schools - bringing many new opportunities for our community. RIS students and teachers benefit from a range of annual art, sports and inter-cultural events with other schools across the NACE network.

NACE Model United Nations

NACE Academic Olympics

NACE IV Academic Olympics Banner
In November 2018, Rome International School together with Southlands International School hosted the IV edition of the NACE Academic Olympics.

Taking place over three days, from 27 to 30 November 2018, students from 15 NACE schools participated in this event and worked collaboratively with students from other countries and backgrounds. It was a fantastic opportunity for students to problem-solve, find solutions and be creative!

NACE students had the opportunity to enjoy time with host families and enjoy a sight-seeing tour of Rome.

Continue reading below to see the variety of news about this great event for NACE Schools, who share values in the name of hospitality, culture and international friendships and experiences.

Reflections on the event

Students reflect on the NACE Academic Olympics

In November 2018, Rome International School together with Southlands International School hosted the IV edition of the NACE Academic Olympics. Taking place over three days, from 27 to 30 November 2018, students from 15 NACE schools participated in this event and worked collaboratively with students from other countries and backgrounds. It was a fantastic opportunity for students to problem-solve, find solutions and be creative!

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NACE Sports Olympics

"Fantastic" and "Amazing" - VIII NACE Sports Olympics

From Monday 10th to Friday 14th June, Ms D'Alessandro together with five Middle School students - Marvin, Anastasia, Paola (Year 7); Mia (Year 8) and Anthony (Year 9) - flew to Vigo to participate in the VIII NACE Olympic Games. Ms' D'Alessandro asked them to choose one word that best described their experience. Here's what the students had to say.

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NACE Visual Arts

We are pleased to announce the results of this year's NACE Arts Competition. The theme of the competition is "Space" and the NACE jury was extremely impressed by the quality of the artwork submitted this year.

We are pleased to announce the results of this year's NACE Arts Competition.

The theme of the competition was "Space" and the NACE jury was extremely impressed by the quality of the artwork submitted this year. For each category - a first, second and third prizes have been awarded. There are also some "special mentions" for works which also impressed the jury.

We are proud to announce that Marvin S. in Year 7 who came third for the Middle School Painting category (ages 11 to 14), while Michela V. in Year 6K, received a special mention for her poem "The beauty known as outer space".

Certificates will be presented to students after the break.

Marvin S. painting
Marvin won third place in the Middle School Painting category

Michela's poem
Michela's poem "The beauty known as outer space" received a special mention from the NACE judges

The Middle and High School Art and English departments also held an interactive internal exhibition, where students were able to vote on their favourite photo, video, painting and creative writing. Very well done to Ilaria in Year 12 for getting the most votes for her piece, Personal Space. Read her piece here. Ilaria's creative writing piece was submitted to NACE for the Upper/High School Creative Writing category.

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The Middle and High Art and English departments are preparing students to take part in the NACE Arts Competition. An Art and Creative Writing exhibition of some of the students' work will take place from Monday 19 to Friday 23 November. Ms Alves' IB English B student, Cristina W., has written a piece of creative writing that has been submitted as part of the competition and will be on display next week. The theme of the competition is "Space".

Creative Writing Display by Cristina W.

The photograph [that accompanies the piece] is a combination of two black and white film photos. It was taken in the night time in Rome.

Finding interior space

It was 2am when I escaped from my house. My mother was sleeping heavily when I aimlessly walked out the door. I just wanted to go for a walk because all the objects in my room were suffocating my interior space; I needed to sort out my thoughts in a place where I felt free. While I was walking, I saw a sparkling light coming from one street. It was different from all the other streetlights and so my body naturally sat in the corner of that street. I immediately felt inspired and attached to where I was.

My thoughts began...

In the eyes of others, I was born in a wealthy family where everything was given to me. Anxiety was never even contemplated in my childhood until I reached high school. All of a sudden, I was powerless and stressed with school projects, tests, parents' expectations and relationships with my peers. I couldn't find a way to get rid of the irritability and uneasiness feeling that was in my mind all the time. I tried really hard to communicate with myself and that all the pressure was normal and part of teenage life. However, it still didn't work for me. I had to find my personal space in this world of teenagers.

I put my headphones and listened to music while watching the busy but quiet street. Breathing the frosty night air made sense to me. It gave me the feeling of venting. The night actually calmed my disturbed self and gave me a chance to finally have a voice in my thoughts. I was free and strong in that space.

And it was in that moment, in the corner of a Roman street in the middle of the night that I finally found my interior space.

I decided to write a personal journey about that night when I found my personal space.

Written by Cristina W., Year 12 IB English B student

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