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Riga Ostvalda Secondary School
RIGA OSTVALD SECONDARY SCHOOL LATVIA Riga Ostwald Secondary School is a state accredited educational institution. The educational programs were licensed by the Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia in 2002 year. The Education in the elementary school is accomplished on the 3rd model (there are four educational models in Latvia). At the secondary school three educational programs are proposed to the students to select: 1) Mathematical – technical: with the intensified studies of mathematics, information technologies; 2) General education: with the studies of all subjects and with the opportunity of studying the second foreign language – German 3) Humanitarian: with the intensified studies of English and German. From the 1st class pupils have possibility to study English, and computer science. The pupils of 1-4 classes can attend the group of the prolonged day. There are 680 students, qualified teachers, 20 of them have master degrees, 1 – doctor degree. The director of the school Elena Ivanova and the principal Christina Zilberte are the experts of the commissions of the assessors (VIKNVA). In the school there are two computer classes, with connection to Internet, the well equipped chemical and physical laboratories. There is huge and diversified book collection in the school library. Since 2002 the school became the associated school of UNESCO, have been participated in the international projects. Since 2005 the school has been included in the national project of the subjects of natural science cycle. The creative potential of pupils realizes in different groups of interests. Dancing and choral associations, theatre studio performs in the school. There are many interest sections: ceramics, visual skill, football, karate, correcting gymnastics and etc. The pupils of the school successfully participate in the subject Olympiads, competitions (including the program "intellect"), and different projects. The entire atmosphere at the school is directed toward the creation of friendly atmosphere, ensuring the European level of school education and contributing to the personality development of each child. Riga Ostwald Secondary School Dammes 20, Riga, LV-1067 Tel. +37167423748, +37167422819 E-mail: rovs@riga.lv http://ostvaldaskola.ciemos.lv
Riga Ostvald Secondary School, 3.d, eTwinning
Composition Nature – our house We all live in different parts of the world. But we have a single house – nature. We must protect it from people who want to hermit. If we do not, then humanity world be lost. Earth has become a lifeless desert. For living planet! Pavel Smetanov, Daniel Sadikov, Edgar Iskrov What is the nature? The nature has created all live beings: Plants, animals, birds, Fishes and people. On trees live birds and squirrels. Many different animals live in forests and woods: bears, wolves, foxes, hares, hedgehogs. On the fields live insect, but people live in houses. We like the nature very much! Katya Grebenchuk, Polina Muzikina, Eva Koshel For what I love nature For what I love nature, because it emotes and provides us with oxygen. Nature helps people and animals. I like to walk whence nature surrounds me. There is nature around all of us. But people are destroying nature. We must love and protect nature! Not to burn forests, not to chop trees. Not to harm animals and not to pluck grass mowers. Love nature and do not let others destroy it! Anastasia Kreicere, Alivia Genkina, Erika Lace The nature – my home! Without environment there would be no people on the Earth Trees, bushes, grass give the oxygen to the human being. In lakes, rives, seas, oceans is water it important and used for human beings and animals. Sun gives us warm and light. The Moon regulates ebb and flow of the tides on the Earth. Our planet is full of plants, we use for the meal. On the Earth live lots of different animals. Everything appears in the connection and cannot exist one with out another. All this is nature, our home, were we live, in calm peace. The beauty of the nature help us to live, that is why we must save and not destroy. Maria Busarova, Andrew Peterson, Vika Korolova
Riga Ostvald Secondary School, 3.d, eTwinning Week
Dirtiest rivers in the world
Latvian National Symbols
The national bird The national bird of Latvia is the white wagtail ( Motacilla alba). It was affirmed the national bird of Latvia in 1960 by the International Bird Protection Council. The white wagtail is a small, graceful, delikcate bird with black and white plumage and long bobbing tail. It is seen in the open country, in farmlands, parks and gardens and often near water. The national insect The Latvian national insect is the two-spot ladybird (Adalia bipunctata). It was designated the national insect of Latvia by the Latvian Entomologists` Society. The insect`s Latvian name “mārīte” is a synonym for the ancient Latvian goddess Māra, who embodies the power of the earth. The national flower The Latvian national flower is the daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare), which grows in the wild. In the Latvian climate the common daisy blossoms from June till September, having white petal and yellow centre, and is widely used for decorations. The national trees Lime-tree (Tilia cordata) and oak (Quercus robur) are considered the national trees of Latvia. They both are characteristic features of the Latvian landscape, greatly respected and used for medical purposes as infusions, using lime blossoms and oak bark. In Latvian folklore the lime-tree is looked upon as a female symbol, but the oak as a male symbol. In earlier times these trees were considered as sacred. Symbol of Latvia fate – the river Daugava The Daugava is considered the Latvian national river. It is the largest river that flows through Latvia and Latvians call it “Daugavina māmulina” – their mother and their fate.
Parks and Gardens of Riga
Riga is well known in Europe as a park and garden city. A guarter of the territory of Riga is the green zone, covered bu about 90 park and gardens occupying an area of 280 ha. In the territory of Riga there is also Bikernieki forest, the largest and ecologicallu best preserved forest park, which has been there for centuries. A film studio and several hospitals were built there, as well as 4,8 km long racetrack. Motor-races of national and international level are organized there.
The best photos of wildlife competition ICPA 2010
1) Japanese, or snow macaques in the national park Joshinetsu Kogen, Japan. 2) Indian rhinoceros in the national park Caziranga, India. 3) White geese during the migration from Siberia to the Skagit Valley, Washington, northern United States. 4) Skuas attacked the fledgling of New Zealand cormorants in the Falkland Islands. 5) Bonnet or Indian macaques with his mother in Karnataka, India. 6) North American wild turkeys in Mexico on the border with the United States. 7) Giraffes in the national park of Namibia. 8) Oryx at sunset in the National Park in Namibia. 9) Dragonfly - the oldest insect. 10) Pink Grasshopper - green grasshopper with an unusual genetic mutation, Illinois.
The WWF's Top 10 Endangered Species in 2010
Tiger. According to recent research there are only about 3,200 tigers left in the wild. Deforestation and poaching may cause extinction of some populations of tigers. Polar bear has become the symbol of the first victims, losing their habitat due to the climate change. Many populations of polar bears will be threatened with extinction over the next century if the warming trend in the Arctic will continue its current pace. Pacific Walrus. Pacific Walrus inhabit at is in the Bering and the Chukchi Seas. These animals use drift-ice for rest, childbirth and nursing, as well as for protection from predators. Melting Arctic ice is a threat to the Pacific walrus, so in September 2009 Fish and Wildlife Service United States announced the addition of a walrus in the Endangered Species Act. Magellanic Penguin. Due to oil spills and warming ocean streams, 12 out of the 17 penguin species are currently experiencing rapid population decline. Leatherback Turtle - The largest marine turtle and one of the largest living reptiles has been living for more than a hundred million years, but now it is facing extinction. According to recent estimates the population of this species reducing especially in the Pacific Ocean where only 2300 adult are left. Bluefin Tuna - is a large migratory fish found in the western and eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea. As Bluefin tuna is the ingridient of sushi. It’s fisheries are near collapse and the species is at serious risk of extinction if unsustainable fishing practices in the Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean are not stopped. A temporary ban on the global trade of bluefin tuna would allow the overexploited species to recover. Mountain Gorilla - mountain gorillas are classed as critically endangered on the red data list , with about 720 living in the wild. More than 200 gorillas live in the Virunga Volcano Region, which lies across the international borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Conservation efforts have led to an increase in the Virunga population by 14% since 1987, while the mountain gorillas other habitat, the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda, has experienced population increase of 6% over the past decade. Despite this success, the mountain gorillas status remains fragile. Monarch Butterfly - every year millions of delicate monarch butterflies migrate from North America to their winter habitat in Mexico. A well conserved and protected reserves of pine and spruce forests in Mexico is essential for the survival of the overwintering of monarchs, which has been recognized as an endangered biological phenomenon. Javan Rhinoceros - listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List (2009), the Javan rhino is considered to be one of the most endangered large mammals in the world with only two populations existing in the wild, for a total number of less than 60 animals. Giant Pandas are also near the disappearance. The quantity of their population diminishing constantly. Scientists suppose that there are approximately 1,600 individuals remaining in the wild.
Latvia Eko City Amatciems
Eko City in Latvia The unique ecocity «The Sun City» was build on the hilly land in neighborhood of Cesis city (Latvia). The aim of this ekocity is maximally to save wild natural environment. In the process of the ecocity creation, the general attention was paid to the maintainance of the trees, which were growing for many years and to the planting of the new trees. There are special rules in the ekosettlement, called Amatciems, which were created not to disturb life of wild animals and nature. One of the rules of the inhabitants is to behave with care to any forest plant, especially to moss, lichen and heather. Life in Amatciems allows to enjoy all the charms of nature, such as going for a walk, riding a bicycle, fishing. During the winter the inhabitants of this settlement accomplish with pleasure ski and skate on the frozen ponds. There is a lake and a forest near each house in Amatciems.
Ecology in Latvia - Environmental Performance Index 2010


      According to compile by Yale and Columbia Universities in collaboration with the World Economic Forum rated Environmental Performance Index 2010, Latvia ranks 21 out of 163 countries on the purity of the environment. 
     Latvian nature - is the cleanest among the three Baltic countries and the 15th on the purity of the 27 EU countries. Environmental index EPI considers 25 criteria, including environmental health, biodiversity, air pollution, water use, agricultural methods and measures used to prevent climate change. 
The leader in ranking is Iceland, which gained in the study 93.5 points out of a possible 100. Estonia and Lithuania are located at 57 and 37 places respectively. Tortured with fires Russia was on 69th place, Poland - on 63rd and Ukraine – on the 87th. 
Central African Republic and Sierra Leonine are completing the list. 

       Latvia, with the 8th place in 2008, felt to 21st in the 2010. What happened to the Latvian environmental crisis for the past two years, U.S. researchers did not specify. 
The degree of "ecological" country directly affects not only the quality of life of local residents, but also the state treasury income from ecotourism, the young, but steadily gaining strength areas of active recreation for the citizens of civilized countries. For example, recently, focusing on the data of 2008 Latvia was included in the top ten most attractive countries for ecotourism by an authoritative Internet resource Skyscanner. 
"No one counts eco-tourists in Latvia separately, but their number is growing every year-
average 3-5% per year. Tourists like to visit eco farms, which produce and sell environmentally friendly products, nature trails, "green" camping’s, and other unspoilt places of rest ", - quotes the portal executive director of the Latvian Association of Rural Tourism Elite Orninyu. 
Source: www.regnum.ru 


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