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Skolkovo Cambridge Connection - Issue 3

From the Director

We Value our Values

CIS Russia is proud to be focussing on Values to develop our school.

Values-based Education is an approach to teaching that works with values. It creates a strong learning environment that enhances academicachievementand develops students' social and relationship skills that last throughout their lives. The positive learning environment is achieved through the values modelled by staff throughout the school and ultimately the children themselves.

Additionally, It  provides social capacity to students, equipping them with social and relationship skills, intelligences and attitudes to succeed at school and throughout their lives. A key skill required in the future  to be successful in the workplace and to be internationally minded.

it is our aim to raise standards across the culture of the school by promoting a school ethos which is underpinned by core values. These values support the development of the whole child as a reflective learner within a calm, caring, happy and purposeful atmosphere, ready for learning and collaboration.

Specifically, we will focus on respect, empathy, perseverance, teamwork, open-mindedness, responsibility, communication, politeness, happiness and equality. These values are linked to key school events and activities across all classes from Nursery to Sixth form.

This is further developed and reinforced by our Cambridge Learner Profile which inspires confidence, responsibility, reflection, innovation and engagement.

In our society, children are increasingly encouraged through the media to think of happiness as something which can be found simply in the material world. Students are generally encouraged to experience life in a world which is external to their inner selves.

As a school community, we believe that the ethos of the school should be built on a foundation of values. We do this in various ways. These will be at times addressed directly through lessons and assemblies but also permeate the whole curriculum. Either way, they are the basis for the social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual and moral development of the whole child. We will encourage children to consider these values, and thereby to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable them to develop as reflective learners and grow to be stable, educated and civil adults.

 We want CIS children to  

  • To feel secure and know clearly what is expected of them.
  • To be valued.
  • To have a balance of activities
  • To have help to develop relationships.
  • To develop self-awareness and a knowledge of the world outside of themselves.
  • To have creative experiences, including external exploration and internal reflection.
  • To be fully involved in the process of education.
  • Thank you for your positive support of our programme so far and we appreciate your discussing and reinforcing the specific value with your child at home.


    To all our teaching staff at CIS

    Thank you so much for all the hard work and energy you put into your job.

    Technology has made it easier for students to learn with devices, but nothing can come close to the experience of being taught by an inspirational teacher.

    Thank you all for your efforts and patience

    World Teachers' Day, also known as International Teachers Day, was held on October 5.


    Charities Week at CIS

    We had a very worthwhile week raising money for local and international charities.

    In the Early Years, the children had a special assembly explaining the concept of charity to them which was followed by a lesson where they thought about all the things they had to be grateful for.

    Primary children had a special assembly and they learnt about different charities. They also enjoyed the coin collection activity trying to make the longest line possible from coins. The children also bought in donations of clothes and toiletries and took part in the non-uniform day bringing in donations. Everyone had a great time helping others. 

    The Secondary also had a special assembly and Year 10 made presentations to all tutor groups on the topic. The children choose what charity they wanted to support by writing down their ideas and picking the most beneficial.

    We would like to thank everyone for their generosity and we will be distributing the donations to the charities shortly.  


    Homework Homework Homework!

    We believe that homework is an important aspect of a child’s education, as it reinforces the learning from the day and from the week.

    Homework is not hours of extra work with a tutor or extra work during family time on the weekends. Nor is it endless worksheets, memorisation or constant testing and exams.

    Much has been written about the recommended amount of homework for different key stages of development.  It concludes that tasks set to practice something that has already been learned do lead to better test results, whatever the key stage. A small amount of quality homework enables primary school pupils to develop good study habits and may include independent practice, learning key facts, study and research. This should be complemented by reading, finishing tasks and learning letters, sounds and multiplication tables. Secondary aged children should be given an opportunity to study and complete extension tasks, following on from good habits established in primary.

    As a general guide; students should spend 10-20 minutes per day plus reading in Primary. This is less for the early years and more for secondary.

    You will receive a letter each week outlining homework and an opportunity to comment on your child’s progress.


    Parking

    Thank you for cooperating

    Thank you for your assistance with parking each morning. We appreciate you not holding up traffic as the enter and exit the gates, parking in a considerate manner of others and not doing illegal u turns in front of the schools.


    From the Secondary School Head Teacher

    Another fortnight, gone! They appear to be evaporating quickly as the first terms draws to a close. We have spent the last fortnight in the Senior School pulling together assessment tasks, writing reports and planning and preparing for our school production- The Trial of Goldilocks.

    Our Upper Sixth Form pupils have been furiously writing (and rewriting) UCAS Applications and personal statements, as the application deadline for Oxford and Cambridge Universities fast approaches. Ms Chaker’s Photography competition is well underway and submissions are most certainly welcome from all members of the school community. The theme of the competition is ‘Animal Portraits’ and we look forward to seeing the talents of the Senior School and wider community reflected in the submission.

    In the immortal word of one Eddard Stark- Winter is Coming, and in true Russian style, the mercury is dropping and the radiators have been fired up. I would like to remind all parents to ensure that their children are dressing appropriately and are reminded to bring in their indoor schools to change into as the weather becomes distinctly more wet and snowy.

    Have a great weekend!


    Moving into Secondary School
    Reflections from Year 7 Pupils

    We all know that moving to Secondary School is a major step in the lives of our children and pupils. Ms Jennifer Agacy, Head of Department- Social Sciences and Humanities, and Form Tutor to Year 7B, sta down with some of here to find out what they thought about coming across from the Junior School to the Senior School.

    Leya Shulyak 7B

    Hello! My name is Leya and I am really enjoying my first month in Secondary school. I have many new teachers in every subject. All of them are fabulous and respectful. In the Secondary School, there are always extremely exciting events happening. A couple of weeks ago we celebrated International Week, it was very interesting to go around different classes with different countries as though we were going around the world. We are close to having our assessments and I am a little excited and nervous, but I am sure I know everything is going to be alright and I will show the best of my knowledge. So far, I really like being in Year 7 and I hope it will continue the whole year.

    Artemiy Truskov 7B

    I am in Secondary School and it has been so interesting so far. We have celebrated International Week, we are studying about respect in PSHE and we look forward to Science week that is coming up after the break. My favorite subjects are Science, ICT and PE. We also study the Russian Curriculum and my favorite subjects in the Russian Curriculum is Russian Literature and Russian Math.

    Headteacher Early Years

    Dear Parents,

    It was brilliant seeing so many of you and the children having fun at the Cambridge Mile, what a great event! Thank you!

    It was a lovely World Teachers Day – thank you for your flowers and wishes

    As you are aware we have commenced our Value based Education programme.The children have been busy learning about the Value of Respect as well as their regular lessons.

    Around the school this week;

    Year 1 have been finding out about settlements and using Google Earth to look at different places.

    Year 2 have been looking at familiar places and saw some lovely work about animals and zoos.

    Reception and Nursery have carried on making progress with, and practicing their phonics. All this and story times, dance, music and PE as well as learning about Values!

    In EYFS this week classes have looked at what does respect mean in the school and classroom setting, how to treat the people around you, how to respect school property. They also learned polite words, such as ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’, as well as the phrases ‘Are you showing respect?’ and ‘Is this respectful behaviour?

    Can I please remind you that teachers need to be aware of early and late collections, this is so we know where the children are, as part of our responsibility.

    Please ensure that your children attend school daily. If the children miss too much time they could find it difficult to catch up and will be missing out on actual teaching, this cannot be sent home to be caught up on! Worksheets cannot replace teachers teaching!

    As part of our programme and legistlated requirements, we  take the children outside for fresh air and natural sunlight, this is for their health and well-being. If your child is unable to go outside due to injury or illness then the teacher should be informed in writing and tye school doctor will be informed.

    If your child is unwell, please do not send them to school.

    Thank you all for the improved effort with uniform, the children are looking smarter by the day!

    Thank you for remembering to talk to the class teacher first if you have a problem, they are here to help and if they can’t - I am always ready to assist.

    I know that I and all the staff are enjoying working with the children and getting to know and work with you to give your children the best start we can and we appreciate all the support and generous thoughts and actions from you.

    Thank you for your donations throughout the week- it is important we role model care and compassion to our children.

     

    Tim Aviss


    Congratulations to our award winners in primary


    From Primary Headteacher

    As the weeks buzz past and we race to the end of term, I would like us to consider the world and our place in it. Teaching your children life skills is, in my view as important as passing on facts and skills in Maths, English and other subjects. Being self-aware helps us assimilate into society as a well-rounded individual. Our aim, as always, is to teach the whole child and not only to focus on the academics.

    To this aim and throughout the whole school, our focus is going to be on consolidating the values you teach your children at home. This month our value is: respect. This encompasses a very wide range of aspects and teaches skills that are not only essential from day to day but will support all our relationships, working and otherwise, for the rest of our lives.

    By respecting others, we show that we respect ourselves. Over the month of October, we will focus on refining this valuable aspect of our lives; asking questions that allow children to consider their actions and how these affect others.  I hope that you, as parents and adults of our families, will support us with this by consolidating this value.


    St Petersburg School Trip

    The CIS trip to Saint Petersburg saw  both schools from Moscow combing to take 28 children to this wonderful city.  This was the first trip of the new year, and it went exceedingly well.  The children, their parents and caregivers, as well as the teachers, had a fantastic time.   I had heard stories of how beautiful Saint Petersburg is, but the reality surpassed imagination.  I have travelled to many historical cities, but none of these can compare to Saint Petersburg. 

    On arrival in Saint Petersburg we were meet by our tour guides and first stop was the Italian restaurant, where the children had a great time.  They made cup cakes, mixed chocolate, produced their own pasta and gained many new skills.   Then we went to the Palace Museum.  Certainly one of the greatest and grandest places I have ever been into. It was wonderful to stand in front of  paintings by great masters like Raphael. The children were very impressed.  That evening the river cruise was cold -but enjoyable.  The light displays on bridges and buildings helps you appreciate how great the place really is.

    The next day saw us heading out to Catherine Park and the Winter Palace.  Again another Russian icon with a wealth of culture. 

    Our return to Moscow was uneventful and speedy. It would be hard to find a more comfortable or quicker train, anywhere else in the world.  

    I can highly recommend to you all.  See Saint Petersburg it is absolutely brilliant.  I can also recommend our school trips.  It is a great way for children to learn about new places and to grow in confidence and maturity.

     

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