Audentes International School had a busy semester
To enrich everyday school life, we started organising events to support studying at our international school in early September.
As the first event of the semester, we spent an exciting day at the Rakett 69 science laboratory. More than 100 students who hadn’t had the chance to get to know each other yet formed groups to start exploring and solving exciting tasks. Workshops on optics, force and gravitation helped our students work together and form a united and curious family.
As part of International Music Day on 1 October, Tanja Mihhailova-Saar and Peter Põder held a great concert at our school.
On Teacher’s Day, the traditional roles were swapped: senior students tried their hand at being teachers while teachers became the students. Senior students confessed they found it very difficult to give a 90-minute lesson: you have to pass on knowledge, maintain an atmosphere that supports learning in the classroom as well as be kind to students, all at the same time. The students were also responsible for preparing their lessons in advance. Teachers were able to take part in fun team games to support learning.
In November, our students visited two exciting companies, Cleveron and Clevon. Cleveron is one of the world’s innovation leaders developing robot parcel lockers and last mile click-and-collect solutions. Its subsidiary, Clevon, aims to develop and produce vehicles that save energy, protect the environment and help create a more climate-neutral economy. Students of our Business Management programme tested the capacity of the machines, closely analysed the activities that led to the company’s breakthrough, learned about the principles and practices of supporting a community, considered joining the company and enjoyed the nice, comfortable environment in the offices.
The annual practical chemistry day organised by Mectory’s science laboratories was also exciting this year. Students were able to carry out experiments in the laboratory, which gave them a special feeling and put their knowledge and skills to the test. Perhaps this is why the practical chemistry day has become one of the most memorable school projects among chemistry students over the years.
The Juvenes Translatores translation contest took place in schools located in the European Union that made it into the contest on 24 November. Audentes International School was selected as one of the participants of the contest. Our team of five students began translating a text from Estonian to English at 11:00. The students had to submit their creatively translated text to the contest’s website within two hours.
In November, the European Parliament Liaison Office in Estonia announced a project competition for finding the best ideas to celebrate Europe Day. Our team of ten students joined forces to develop their project over several days. After finishing their project, they submitted it to the competition. Less than a week later, it was announced that they had won a trip to Strasbourg to visit the European Parliament in January as part of the Euroscola programme.
In December, our school welcomed foreign visitors. As part of the Erasmus+ programme’s “United Colours of Young European Businessman” project, we hosted students and teachers from Portugal, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Spain, North Macedonia and Sint Maarten. The foreign guests were introduced to local companies and business models and received an overview of the importance of social entrepreneurship in organising social life. Together, we also enjoyed the beauty of Estonian nature as well as learned about the sights of the Tallinn Old Town and local culture.
In cooperation with Dr Natalja Antonova, our students were able to raise nearly 4000 euros as part of the charity project “Christmas Miracle”. This money will be used to perform a Christmas miracle for children who have to spend their holidays in the hospital due to illness.
Of course, our list of events does not end here. During the first semester, our students also took part in various conferences, presented three art exhibitions, organised a poetry competition, movie nights and our first winter ball, published the school newspaper, went ice skating together and even studied a little.
Before the holidays, we will hold a concert ceremony where we shall present letters of commendation to the nearly ten students who finished the semester with only excellent results, take a look back on the semester, cherish all that is good, think about charity opportunities, enjoy the lovely concert and finally, go on our well-deserved Christmas break.
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