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PORG International School Dental Hygiene Day

Dental Hygiene Day

Smile and say ‘cheese, it’s Dental Hygiene Day in school!

We have just had our annual checkup by two wonderful dental students from Olomouc University who visited the school to give us a little professional advice on cleaning our teeth.

Prevention is always better than cure and although there are some excellent dentists in Ostrava, it’s better not to have to visit them too often!

To warn us of the importance of dental hygiene, we saw some scary pictures of rotten teeth and images of plaque so that we can recognise what we don’t want to see in our mouths. Now we all know what will happen if we don’t brush properly.

Our two dental students then painted everyone’s teeth purple and sent us off to brush. After brushing, any purple stain still left shows areas where we need to clean our teeth better – so now we know!

Thank you to Olomouc University for sending us their students. The International Teeth of PORG are shining brightly and we will work hard to keep them that way.

PORG International School Science Classes

Scientific Expeditions!

Over the last couple of days, pupils from PORG International Primary School have been taking part in scientific expeditions to the countryside at the edge of Ostrava and one of the many green spaces within the city.

In a city the size of Ostrava, with its public transport network, you are never that far from the countryside. It seemed a bit of a shame to study nature from a textbook when our school is so close to the real thing, so while the weather was nice, we took our classroom outside.

The Key Stage 1 science class, that's Years 1 and 2, walked to our local inline skate park. There are field and forest sites inside the skating track which are perfect for looking at plants and insects and all the other little wonders of nature which we walk past and never notice. You can see pictures from their trips here on our Facebook page.

Key Stage 2, Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 went a little further to the forest park on the western edge of town. They wanted to see some of our science topics in real life and bring back samples to study later in the semester when the weather will not be so nice. 

On the first day, our young scientists searched for samples of plants, flowers and seeds. They  learned about how plants live and reproduce, and searched for different kinds of seeds to see how they travel to find new places to grow.

On the second day, they did a little geology. They tried to work out how a rock is made and test their theories by finding as many samples as they  could. Then they studied the samples through powerful magnifying glasses and tried to work out which category each rock fitted into.

Of course they  had time for a little fun as well, using the exercise stations built around the forest park for some PE classes. They also did a little English and maths revision by pinning questions to trees and having a race to see who could get all the right answers the fastest. You can see pictures from the Key Stage 2 science trip on our Facebook page here.

Science makes a lot more sense when you get close to it and experiment and we believe in starting right at the beginning. In primary school science, we can just enjoy seeing a little bit about how our world fits together. There will be time to study the details later in school or university but primary school science is the time to get interested!

PORG International School Annual Book Fair

Book Fair 2020

Books, books, beautiful books!

We have just had a wonderful day of books here at PORG International School, with a visit to Ostrava from our friends at EduCreate Europe.

They have always provided a sensational range of books for our annual book fair and this year was no exception.

A bonus for our 2020 book fair was the range of publishers on offer. Although Usborne Books are rightly famous for their range and quality, they are not alone. This time, they were joined by many other companies, all offering books which will educate, be loved and kept for a lifetime.

Colours, characters, pictures, all combined to bring our children an adventure or help them learn a new subject. The worlds of programming, chemistry, physics or robotics are no longer secret places, closed to all but the students in a university. These topics are shaping our future right now and the books available make them accessible from primary school upwards.

Worlds of fiction fire young imaginations far more vividly in a book than on a screen. New words, new ideas, new dreams all spring to life when a child opens a book. For the children of our International School, this is so important not only for their development generally but to help them to understand and use English in the world they are growing in to.

In this Age of the Internet, it is all too easy to turn to the search engine of your choice and click on one of the top three results. What will the world be like when this is the only choice? With the books on offer at the book fair, there is a whole world of adventure attached to the learning! Will there come a day when no living human knows the feel and smell of a good book? Not as long as we have Edu Create and our annual book fair at PORG International school!

PORG International School Carnival On Ice

Carnival On Ice

We have just celebrated the carnival season with our annual Carnival On Ice.

Children from the International Primary School and the Bilingual Primary School walked down the road to the Ostravar Arena where we had the Multifunctional Arena all to ourselves for two hours.

The Carnival On Ice is a chance to dress up and have a bit of fun but we could definitely see that many of the children are serious skaters. In some cases it was hard to tell if we were looking at kids dressed as hockey players or future national team champions!

Of course, many of the children were complete beginners (not to mention some of the teachers as well!) so we were fortunate to have our sports teachers on hand to help us stand up and move in the right direction. In fact, some of the teachers were fortunate to have kids who can skate to give them some professional advice as well!

We started with an hour or so of free practice, gettting the idea of how to stand up, turn, stop and fall over with style and grace. One end of the rink had been turned into a small hockey arena and the better skaters were zooming around in a blur of fancy dress and flying ice crystals. It was terrific to listen to our newer students' English as they had to communicate with their classmates with no time to think. It's amazing what a little pressure can do!

The majority of the rink was a more sedate fashion parade. Many of the costumes were beautifully made - full of the creativity which the children display whenever they get involved in these activities.

After our practice session, the sports teachers had organised competitions in slalom skating, dribbling hockey pucks, racing and, of course, best cotume. After two hours of hard skating, it was a very quiet group of kids who received their certificates and left the ice. The ten minute walk to the areana from our school was closer to fifteen minutes going back and it very very quiet in the lunch hall – definitely the mark of a successful school trip!

 

PORG International School Ski Course 2020

Ski Course 2020

For the last three days before the end of the semester, we held our annual ski course for pupils in the International School and the International Kindergarten.

Once again, we were at Skalka Family Park in Poruba. We had the use of the nursery slope for our beginners and the main slope for our more advanced skiers, with qualified instructors from among our teaching staff.

This year, we had many kids who had never worn a ski in their lives before. The first day for them was hard work indeed, learning whole new ways of simply standing up  and walking!

By the end of the first day though, they were happily riding up the conveyor belts and coming down (mostly) under control.

The older and more experienced kids meanwhile, were up on the big slope starting to learn parallel turns. Under the guidance of the PORG instructors, they followed each other down in wide, graceful sweeping turns.

During the second day, we built of the skills of day one. The smaller kids started turning exercises, alternating between 'pizza' with the ski tips pointing together and 'chips' with the skis parallel. The older kids were noticeably more confident too. Their sweeping turns were getting straighter and many of them were beginning to bounce from one turn to the next with their skis parallel.

By the end of day three, it was as if we had a different group of kids with us. Nobody was falling over whilst trying to stand still. There was nobody sliding backwards down the slope looking confused. There was nobody, as it turned out, who actually wanted to stop when our time was up.

On the nursery slope, Monday's complete beginners were speeding up, slowing down and weaving in and out of plastic markers on the snow like they had been born wearing skis. On the main slope, the older children were coming down at terrific speeds, stopping expertly at the end of the queue for the lift before heading up to do it all again as quick as possible. One group was even practicing slalom skills on a neighbouring slope.

There were certainly a few tired-looking faces on the bus back to school but all of them happy and full of fresh air. Like most of the facilities which we enjoy in Ostrava, Skalka Family Park is only ten or fifteen minutes from PORG International School. This means that we can enjoy great events like the ski course to the full and not spend too long travelling to and from the venues.

Some of the kids are going off with their families over the Spring Holiday, so they will be well prepared. As for the rest of us, we're already looking forward to next year! You can see the photos of this year's course here on our Facebook page.

PORG International School Theatre Visit

Theatre Visit

On 5th December our students from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 went to see a play performed by students of a performing arts gymnazium from Brno. The theatre venue was at the K-TRIO Cultural Centre in the south of Ostrava, a short tram ride from our school.

The play was called 'Peculiar Children', based on the fantasy novel 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children', by the American author Ransom Riggs.

The performance was in English and proved to be a great success. Afterwards, our children had a chance to talk to the actors, take pictures with them and see how the stage and props were organised.

Performance art is a wonderful way of developing self-expression and some of the children in our school are not bad actors as well, so we hope this will not be our last chance to see a play performed in English.

The city of Ostrava is becoming more and more known as a centre of arts and performance since the decline of the steel industry. The furnaces and mines may be closed but the creativity lives on and the innovation it brings makes the city a great place to study and be inspired!

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