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PORG International School Ostrava end of school year 2019

End of school year 2019

All across the Czech Republic today, school children celebrated the end of the school year and the start of the summer holidays. At PORG it was no different, as we invited the children one by one to stand up and receive their final reports from their class teachers.

It is easy to begin every post on our Past Events page with the words 'our best year so far' and yet it is so often the case. As our school grows, so the new children bring new energy and qualities which in turn bring new levels of motivation and enthusiasm to the other pupils and the teachers as well.

This year we have had the greatest mix of nationalities in the school, which has firmly placed English as the language the children use outside of lessons. In an international school it is important that even children of the same nationality speak English together at breaktimes and after school clubs, without thinking about it. It would be easy for those with a common first language to form their own groups outside class and the fact that we have grown from a small beginning means that each new pupil will join a school where this does not happen.

The larger class sizes have motivated the children to improve themselves, as they naturally look around and see the standards others can achieve and try to be better. At the same time, the classes are not so large that those who joined later in the year, with weaker English, cannot have plenty of attention from the teachers to help them catch up.

We have continued to develop and broaden the curriculum, with a strong theme of critical thinking and practical experimentation to help the children learn the skills they will need to adapt to the fast-moving world which they will graduate into in the future.

We have been inspected and approved by the Council Of British International Schools and the Czech Ministry of Education. Both reports commented on the fact that our children are comfortable to voice their opinions, enter into debate and learn from failure in class. We believe that these qualities will build strong, confident characters with enquiring minds, young people who will not accept what they are told without question and who have the experience of growing up with a wider world view.

Finally we must thank the parents, whose enthusiastic support has grown with the school. They work hard with us in helping the children to improve their standards and they are always deeply involved in our events. 

So we wish all our children and parents a wonderful summer holiday as we end 'our best year so far' and we look forward to welcoming them all back in September, along with our new students for what will surely be 'our best year so far'!

PORG International School In Nature 2019

School In Nature 2019

What a week! Five days of learning out in the real world. For those of you who have never heard of 'School In Nature', it's a big thing in the Czech education system. The school moves out of the city to somewhere in the beautiful  Czech countryside and the kids follow a program of applying what they have learned in the classroom to the real world.

Our theme this year was 'Outdoor Olympics' - so we planned to mix traditional sports with skills for staying comfortable, warm, dry and well fed outside of civilisation. Mother Nature had other ideas though and the temperatures were high all week, which meant we had to modify the program to include a lot less running around and a lot more water activities.

Luckily, our accommodation at the Vitkovice Recreational Area had a swimming pool and was only a couple of kilometres from the reservoir in Horni Becva, so staying cool was not difficult. The only problem was that we couldn't stay in the water all the time! There was a Czech school staying at the same site as us and it was very nice to see our international kids joining in with games of football, using English and the Czech that they have learned without fear of mistakes - just kis who want to play together.

With activities planned around the worst of the heat, we had lessons demonstrating the practical use of maths, geography, science and English with activities using maps, finding rivers, building cooking fires, looking at bugs and leaves under microscopes, learning how to avoid heat sickness and writing diaries to show parents when we got home.

One day of the week, we headed out into the hills for a walk which for most of the kids was the furthest they had ever walked in their lives! Our goal was to find a mountain campground and cook lunch there but the terrain proved impassable for the kids, with fallen trees and waist-high bushes on an extremely steep slope. We still built a camp fire and cooked sausages though, so it was a big adventure for all of us!

Everybody's favourite was probably the visit to the reservoir. There are plenty of shady trees, a nice recreation area and the water is very shallow. We saw fish and ducks and how different plants grow, depending on the moisture, shade and type of soil. Of course there was a lot of swimming and water-fighting as well which is very educational indeed.

All in all, it was a character building experience. Everyone had fun and looked after each other and some who were afraid of being away from home grew up quite a lot with help from their friends. Not every country has a program like School In Nature, so we are happy to live in a country which does and we look forward to making it even better next year!

Planetarium

Our Friday trip to Planetarium was really amazing. We had a great chance to see a night sky full of planets and stars as well we were explained almost each constalation and moon position. What's more we watched an exciting movie about the Life of a Tree. That was a great day!

PORG International School kids with presents celebrating Children's Day

Children's Day

On Friday we celebrated International Children's Day with a slightly relaxed afternoon timetable - and presents provided by the parents who do such an enthusiastic job supporting all of our activities.

Gifts included a mechanical fan to cool overheating brains now that the warmer weather seems to be us more regularly. Perhaps the Key Stage 2 classes will get a test of what they have learned in Technology by guessing how the mechanism inside works!

After lunch, we had a range of activities run by Mr. David before everyone went off to enjoy their weekends and hopefully arrive fresh and raring to go on Monday.

Stramberk Primary School visits PORG International School

Visitors from Štramberk

We finally got the chance to repay the wonderful hospitality of our friends from the Primary School in Štramberk when they visited our school.

They joined us for a morning of lessons where we exchanged ideas and knowledge. They started by giving us their presentations on the International Days theme and then joined in some maths and science classes.

Days like this give all the kids from both schools who take part the opportunity to see how much we are the same, even though we all come from different cultures. Our kids were excited to show their friends around and introduce them to the school and classes and activities. For their part, our friends had many questions, comments and suggestions and it was fantastic to hear so many kids from different backgrounds mixing and chatting fearlessly in English, not worrying about mistakes or grades, just communicating like normal people.

The end of term is fast approaching and there may not be another chance to visit before the summer holidays but we stay in touch online and hopefully some will get the chance to meet up over the summer and keep this fabulous friendship alive!

PORG Internal School International Days Project

International Days

The final exhibition of our International Days project was held at the end of April in the International School. Parents and teachers came to see the results of all the hard work put in by the kids and learn lots of new information.

The theme was 'Country In A Box', where each pupil decorated a box on the theme of the country which they chose and displayed with it the information they had found out. As visitors walked around, they were treated to some very knowledgable and professional presentations as well as a number of wonderfully prepared dishes typical of those countries.

Each continent was hosted in a different classroom, with each room taking on a cultural ambience. Nearly everyone was wearing some level of traditional clothing from their chosen country and nearly everyone had learned some greetings in the country's language, so the general effect was very authentic!

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