Dragón (translated by Alexa Millinger)
This is the inaugural issue of the student publication at the Macchi
School, written and designed by the students of the 10th grade with
the help of their writing teacher Eugenia Cuenca de Davalos.
Life at the Macchi Institute
by Nicolas and Francisca
The education imparted in this House of Studies is distinct compared to
the other schools. Primarily, in the double shift school day that is offered, but
at the same time it has internal regulations and norms that are demanded from
students to develop their sense of respect, responsibility and discipline
throughout their time at the Institute.
School begins from Monday to Friday at 6:45 a.m. and activities end at
4:30 p.m. Students have a 15 minute break in the morning, 45 minutes at midday
and 10 minutes in the afternoon.
Each student receives their morning snack during the morning break,
lunch during the noon break and snack in the afternoon, all completely free.
Also, every year the students receive school supplies and uniforms for free.
All the classes are developed in accordance with the programs
established by the Ministry of Education and Culture, plus several additional
subjects like languages (English and Portuguese) and computer class.
Students have the opportunity to participate in the greatest number of
school hours with an excellent staff of capable teachers with success in every
by Alberto, Sergio, Cristian and Cesar
Juan Carlos Garcia Athletic Complex
In this beautiful recreational space, different forms of soccer are
practiced. The youngest practice on Wednesdays and Fridays, and Tuesdays and
Thursdays the youth league practices with the coach Andres Cano and the help of
the teacher Robert Benegas. Those players are preparing themselves for
city-wide and department-wide competitions.
The students at the Instituto Cultural Reinaldo Macchi also participate
in their physical education classes in this complex, which offers an ample
space for all sorts of recreational activities-- the 9th and 10th
grade on Wednesday and the 7th and 8th grade on Thursday
at 3 p.m., after snack.
Since 2005, in August and September the I.C.R.M.
puts on a student Olympics where all the educational institutions in Tobati and
its outskirts participate.
The competitions that are presented are soccer,
track and field races and handball. The competitions take place on Saturdays on
the field of the Club “15 de Mayo” and in the afternoon in the Juan Carlos
Soon, this sports competition will take place as in previous
years. It will be sensational!
with Ronald Garcia, President of Team Tobati
by Nicolas and Francisca
Ronald Garcia affirmed for The Dragon that Paraguayans can overcome more than anyone else in
It all started with an annual trip to Paraguay with
his parents- Dr. Juan Carlos Garcia and Dr. Lali Macchi Garcia- for the
Dr. Garcia commented to his son Ronald about all the
difficulties that a Paraguayan needs to overcome to receive a good education,
especially to get to college.
From there came the idea to create a place of
studies, especially for the young Tobati residents who are talented but have
limited economic capacity.
In 2001, the seed began to sprout with the
construction of the school that today is the Instituto Reinaldo Macchi.
It took two years, and in 2004 the future
administrator of the Institute, Benjamin Cruse, arrived. In 2005, the
educational activities with the 7th grade began, 15 students
selected from the top of their classes from different schools around the
Like that, the Institute made its first steps
towards what it is today with 60 students and a staff of teachers that work
hard for the future of these young Tobati students, who tomorrow will be those
who steer towards the happy destiny of our dear Paraguay.
stumble and to fight…
by Edith Pitta, 8th grade
In life there are stones
Stones that are difficult to pass
With them sometimes we stumble
Destroying our happiness
The barriers abound
The setbacks are never-ending
Life teaches you many things
And one of these, is to get up and fight
Life, as hard as it is
Also teaches you to fight
Fight for a new dream
A dream that one day you will reach
Message from Juan Dario Zaracho, 10th grader
It’s very important to come back for a second issue
of The Dragon to continue getting to know the Institute. Everyone has the
desire to get to know the daily activities in this institution, and because of
that, we should continue.
With the help and support of everyone, it will
return to your hands shortly.