Open Gate School News
As the temperature outside climbs to new heights and our first graders are away enjoying school in nature, the rest of our student body is back in school reflecting on their own school in nature experiences.
The atmosphere at our school was intimate again this week after a long time. Fortunately, no coronavirus measures were to blame. Second graders, third graders, fourth and fifth graders enjoyed School in Nature.
Winter has been replaced by summer, and all classes more often than not leave their main classrooms and use the big one under the heavens.
This edition is also dedicated to the founder of Open Gate, Mr. Petr Kellner.
Before the holidays we still have a few working weeks ahead of us. We are very happy that we can have an experience with all the children.
It is great to have all five classes back this week. I am sure there are not many people who miss the sound of a Microsoft Teams call ringing out from their computer this week.
The laughter that comes from all possible corners of our area warms our hearts and souls.
Following last year's successful virtual Career Fair, career counsellors from Counselling Services and student coordinators have relaunched the event.
This greeting is addressed especially to our dear friends, because… “Where something ends, something begins, that's how it is, that's how it's supposed to be“.
This Friday letter reaches you on the eve of the Night of St. James. It has been shrouded in a number of rituals and symbolism since pagan times.
Earth Day is an annual global event organized on April 22 and aimed at promoting and supporting environmental protection.
Testing was, of course, one of the main events of the week and it was something new for everyone, but thanks to the excellent coordination, precise instructions and dexterity of the children, we managed to ensure that everything went smoothly.
“It is too early to comment on our future plans , but I can say that the Foundation has sufficient resources and that our systems are well set up to allow all of our projects to continue,” assured Petra Dobešová, a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and the Managing Director of Open Gate.
The last couple weeks in our primary school have been marked by enrollment. Even for the future first-graders, this is the beginning of their studies, and as you know, learning is a process that never ends.
With the lovely spring weather comes another edition of the Open Gate Chronicle, the school’s student newspaper.
Spring has arrived at Open Gate. I believe that with the end of winter weather so, too, is our fast over, the time in which we cannot be in the classroom with the children.
People might not feel like life is so lucky at this time. Our students have spent a considerable amount of this school year learning from home.
The present time is certainly challenging for all of us, yet there are still many happy moments around us. For example, my colleagues and I attended Friday's school-wide morning assembly and saw once again the tremendous strength, optimism and energy that the children have to overcome the current obstacles.
We are also fundamentally affected by measures in connection with the pandemic, so at the moment we are lovingly caring for only our youngest pupils in the first and second grades.
"Do you know which test in life is the hardest? The one that is happening now… " How true this quote is can be seen from several angles.
At the beginning of this Friday's letter, I have borrowed the already popular report from the school director from the film Obecná Škola. Since Monday, I have had an unquenchable feeling that it will be heard from our school radio at any moment.
Děti mají svá věková specifika, v mnoha ohledech se liší, někdy je s nimi legrace, jindy člověk ve svém pedagogickém arzenálu hledá nějaký fígl, jak lotrovinu přesměrovat na učení, ale jedno mají společné – angličtinu vnímají jako přirozenou součást školy, jako klíč k zábavné a dobrodružné výpravě do celého světa.
The end of the first half of the year, a course of which we could hardly predict in September, is here. In general pupils do not go to school to be evaluated, but are evaluated so that they can move forward in their learning. In this regard, it should be noted that when a teacher is a direct witness, not only to the control and mastery of the curriculum, but also to mutual interactions between children, the degree of their cooperation, building friendly relationships and ties, the evaluation is more complex.
I am definitely the right person to submit a regular report because not only am I lucky and can teach our students in person, but I am also a resident here at the Open Gate campus. I get up at sunrise over a nearby forest and enjoy its sunset over the elementary school building. And believe me that the view never gets old.
We cordially invite you to the online Open Day on January 21st. Those interested in studying and of course, parents, too, will be able to take part in a virtual tour of the Open Gate school campus and meet, albeit remotely, with the school management, pupils and teachers.