Friday´s news

Dear Parents, Guardians, Students, Graduates and Friends of Open Gate,

The first month of the academic school year is now behind us and with it one tenth of the school year or twenty percent of the first half-term. But enough of the figures, suffice it to say that long will we remember such a glorious sunny September as the one which has just drawn to a close.

A quick reminder of another activity that drew to its close this last weekend, and that of the 22nd annual Debate league held this time once more at open Gate, details of which at:

And for the rest of the year we will keep you informed as to the performance of our teams in the competition rounds to come. The L.I.K.E team of students specialising in the skills of improvisation participated in the nationwide improvisers’ extravaganza at the Stredoskolsky Improslet at Usti nad Orlici. Here our students, under the guidance of professionals in this field learned new skills and methodologies particular to this specialist and demanding area of “entertainment,” which they immediately put to good use in front of an enthusiastic public and panel of judges, three performances in all – well done.

And now an update on the results of the elections to the Student Council held last Monday. Counting stopped at 8pm with victors being announced at 8.37 pm precisely. Congratulations to the new President Thea Kratochvilova. Also to the outgoing President, Adrian Hatla must go our thanks and appreciation for all the work he and his team performed over the past year.

The Kvinta Social Studies project came to its successful close on Tuesday – all thanks to those involved in its preparation, teaching staff and students alike.

Albeit that Wednesday was a holiday for the majority of us, the House Staff remained behind at school to look after those tens of students who had elected to remain at school. The youngest students enjoyed an all-day outing with Vojta Hanzalek and Vladka Gibalova to the Libenske Lodenice where they tried their hand at a number of action activities including rope climbing through to board games, canoe rides, all culminating with roasting sausages over a blazing fire. For more see:

On the Wednesday evening of this State Holiday Mr Chara had the honour to be invited to the CT “Pomahej s humorem”Konta bariery programme. There he reported upon the work done by our staff and students who were instrumental in the setting up of the now well-known Run and Help. This was acknowledged as being one of the most successful of charity actions helping in the course of its endeavours a whole scale of youngsters with special needs and in the process raising upwards of 1 000 000 Czech Crowns. All again reported in Thursday Assembly as being a fillip to success at study too.

On Thursday Open Gate hosted a wealth of IB workshops for the coordinators of IB accredited schools within the Czech Republic. A wonderful cooperative project proving that schools can work together in harmony to further improve their overall delivery of IB courses.

Mention must too be made of the Primary School project, “Food Festival,” held on Thursday wherein pupils and students had the opportunity to avail themselves of a taster of healthy foodstuffs they might otherwise have not come into contact with. An exceptional project, much enjoyed by all. Many thanks to all concerned.

Finally a quick look at next week -on Tuesday our German guests leave for home, but on Friday we once again play hosts to our French partners who will be in school following lessons and specially prepared outings and visits. More about all of this in the next letter.

For now, all best wishes.Peter Nitsche.