Past events

Kids looking for aster Eggs, PORG International School, Ostrava, Czech Republic

The Great Easter Egg Hunt

We had a packed timetable on Wednesday, getting everything done before the Easter break. Lessons had to be finished, teachers had to do paperwork, kids had to make sure they had everything they needed for homework and projects... the list went on.

All of it however, paled into insignificance when the Easter Egg Hunt was announced. Paperwork was filed, boxes of project material lay forgotten in the cloakrooms and the ghosts of lessons past were swept away in a wave of excitement as everyone surged out the door into the spring sunshine.

There was a short and mysterious sorting ritual (mysterious becuase the three kids who like working together the least found they had to work together to get any eggs), followed by a multinational tidal wave of children racing around, across, over, under and nearly through parts of the school grounds and buildings. 

Disaster was narrrowly averted after we got mixed up with the kids from the kindergarden but fortunately their eggs were wrapped differently, so we managed not to take each others'. The final result was a highly satifactory win for the International School kids who each walked away with a collection of eggs that should last them several hours at the very least.

Happy Easter, one and all. We hope you all ate your chocolate responsibly and nobody was sick!

Let´s dance in African rhythms with Emongo!

Today was our lucky day! We had a drum session with EMONGO, two Congolese men who provided us with some amazing drumming, as well as a brief history of what life is like in the Congo. For instance did you know that in some villages there is one teacher to 150 students and that the most dangerous predator is a snake! We learned some African rhythms and got to sing and clap along. Some lucky students, and energetic teachers, got to perform some African dances with him.  We all got to release some pent up energy and have a fantastic time! We even came away with some small African souvenirs.

Water Rockets at PORG International School

Second Day of Non-stop Activities

On Saturday 23rd March, we held or second Day Of Nonstop Activities. Once again we all had a great time enjoying practical activities aimed at stimulating curiosity among the kids. The activities we set up are all ones which we use in various lessons to give kids the chance to see how things work in real life. Very often, they start with a demonstration of something, followed by a discussion on how it works and why.

We held a music workshop, exploring sound, rhythm and different ways of making and combining them. In the art class, the self expression took the form of finding out how different colours can flow and combine - for example coloured sweets... those that didn't get eaten first! Using washable colours meant that the kids could let their imaginations run wild without a huge cleaning bill.

A practical maths session had members estimating and recording numbers, distances and volumes followed by classifying the information in a variety of ways to visualise the relationships between them

On the technical and scientific side, for the first time, we tried an activity exploring the relationship between Rubik's Cube algorithms and the program of a robot which can solve the cube. The competition was for the kids to see who could mix the cube that took the robot the most number of moves to solve.

Outside we had a demostration of how we can use small amounts of force repeated often to move objects further than we could by brute force alone. The chosen method was water rockets - trying different amounts of air and water to see which combination shoots the rocket the furthest. In the process the kids learned that every action really does has an equal and opposite reaction and it's best not to be standing in the way of the water when the rocket lifts off!

To dry out a little, we finished off with the 'lift the teacher off the ground' competition, demonstrating the power of levers.

Once everyone had had a chance to try everything, we had a prize draw for 3 lucky participants to go home with a few more sweets and some souvenirs of the day as a thank you for making the day so much fun for the teachers.

It was a pleasure to meet so many bright and talented kids and we are already thinking of new activities for the next event. We look forward to seeing you there!

PORG International School Ostrava Ski Course 2019

Ski Course 2019

During the last 3 days of January, we held our annual ski course at Skalka Family Park on the western edge of Ostrava. The weather was perfect and the effort put in by the kids was fantastic to see.

Everybody improved their skills noticeably over the course but more importantly, the kids pushed themselves to get better. For some with previous experience, that meant going faster, turning harder or a first taste of the big hill. For others it meant putting on skis for the first time and learning a whole new set of skills just to stand up.

For everyone it meant stepping way out of their comfort zones at times. There were plenty of falls and quite a few tears but once again, nobody quit in frustration. As always, the kids showed a level of determination that is a joy to see. Long may it help them to overcome their fears and improve at every challenge they face!

PORG International School Ostrava Day of Nonstop Activities

Day of Non-stop Activities

On January 12, we held our first DNA Saturday event - a Day of Non-stop Activities. We invited children in the primary school age group to come and see how lessons at our school are taught differently compared to many regular schools. You can see some of the photos here:

Rather than teaching each subject as something separate, we believe in reconnecting the subjects we teach to the world around us, with practical examples of how the knowledge is useful and how different subjects are linked.

The activities showed the children some real-life applications of the topics. For example in art, how they can use a basic understanding of how substances and materials interact to produce new effects. Or maths, learning to visually appreciate the relationship between numbers and what they represent by looking at how to categorise various amounts of different toys and arranging them as if they were in a table.

Over in the music room, other children were getting a fun introduction to all manner of maths and physics, not to mention self-expression, as they used rhythm instruments to create beats, learn what sounds good or bad together and dance to their own music.

Outside in the snow, pairs of kids made small snow piles around plastic bottles partly filled with vinegar. As they added baking soda, atoms changed position and molecular bonds were broken and reformed in ways that they will learn about in years to come. Right there and then though, it was just fun to have their own ‘snow volcano’ as carbon dioxide frothed up the liquid and sent it flowing out of the bottles and down the sides. Soon they were all asking why it happened.

There was a Rubik’s Cube group, unconsciously applying logic and maths to what, in future years, they will come to know as an algorithm. Next door, the smallest kid in the group lifted the biggest teacher right off the floor using simple mechanics while others found out just how it is that the gears on their bikes make riding up hills easier.

Many of the children we teach now will eventually have careers in fields which do not exist yet. Some may even work in fields we cannot even imagine today. Since there is no way for us to teach them how to do these jobs, our goal is to help them learn to stay curious as they grow up - using knowledge in combination rather than isolation and finding solutions through original thinking.

Saint Nicolas Day Celebration At PORG International School

Saint Nicolas' Day

Every year on December 5th, Saint Nicolas comes to check whether the kids in the Czech Republic have been good or not. He brings with him an angel and a demon and if the kids have been good, the angel gives them sweets, fruit and nuts. However, if the kids have been naughty, the demon will carry them away!

You can't fool Saint Nicolas - he knows who has been good all year and who is trying to be good at the last minute! Fortunately, we had the same number of kids at the end of his visit as we had at the start and the kids all had a bag of sweets, fruit and nuts.

After Saint Nicolas had left, along with his angel and demon, we spent the rest of the day preparing for performances and the Christmas Market. The kids had prepared some wonderful decorations in the art and craft lessons and once again, we had some outstanding food prepared by the parents. By the end of the market, we had sold almost everything thanks to their hard work.

Following the market, we saw more of the kids' hard work in the performances on stage and finally we had the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas Tree and carol singing.

The mood is set, the festivities have started and it's now definitely Christmas Time at PORG. Thank you all for coming and being a special part of it!

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