Assembly is an extremely important event in the life of a school. It is the time when we come together as a community, share our values and celebrate achievements.
Every month, we introduce the new Value of the Month: in assemblies in-between, teachers and classes do presentations, sing songs, and recite poetry about related themes, for example: ‘How to stay motivated with a difficult problem’, ‘courageous people throughout history’. These themes are adapted to be appropriate to the different ages, and this is why we do assemblies in the correct phase of learning: EYFS & KS 1 (Mr. Peter), KS2 (Mr. Liam) and KS3 (Mr. William) all have age-appropriate assemblies led by their Phase Leader. For example, KS3 (Years 7-9) have recently learned all about developing ‘intrinsic motivation’.
We also use the more traditional forms of ‘extrinsically’ rewarding students for displaying good attitudes to learning and positive behaviour; we do this through weekly class teacher’s ‘Star of the Week’ awards, and at the end of the month our specialist teachers give out their ‘Star of the Month’ certificates. We also share the results of any Inter-House competitions and House Point totals.
Our Houses also say something of our values: we were careful in choosing great historical figures who also represent our CIS Russia values of diversity and being internationally minded. We have personalities from the continents of Europe, Africa and America, different races and different genders; we believe it is extremely important that children grow up to value difference and encourage inclusivity.
As a Values-Based Education school, we have also recently introduced our own Festivalnaya School Creed, which is intended to encapsulate our values and foster a sense of belonging. Saying this together not only helps our children associate themselves with the values therein, but it also introduces some tricky English vocabulary and concepts, like ‘humility’ and ‘gratitude’, but also idioms like ‘never turn tail’.
We even make room for our special guest speakers who come along and impart their advice, such as recent visits by Olympian sports stars, and a talk on ‘Trust’ by a professional deep-sea scuba diver.
Our assemblies are often exciting, frequently challenging, but seldom boring; they say a lot about who we are and what we believe, and as Headteacher, I see them as being and continuing to be an integral part of all that we do.
Michael Leach, Headteacher
Welcome to Parent meeting for Gorki campus August 29! 13:00 - 14:30 – Meeting for Primary school Gorki campus parents (Nursery – Year 2) in the kindergarten. 14:30 - 16:00 – Meeting for Secondary school Gorki campus parents in the school building.
We are pleased to inform you about the opening of the part-time kindergarten for children from 2 to 5 years in CIS Tashkent. If you do not want to part with your beloved child for the whole day or are not sure that the child can easily adapt to the new environment, then this solution is perfect for you.
August 7 – 9 at 17:30 pm, the campus will host interactive family events presenting CIS Tashkent facilities.
We are glad to share wonderful news! All holidays we were preparing for the opening of campuses for the new academic year – we updated interiors, purchased equipment, created and improved academic programs and courses, selected new high-class specialists for our team. We are sure that you will be able to evaluate our efforts from the first days of study.
From 26 to 30 August, we are pleased to invite students from 5 to 12 years to spend the last days of summer vacation in the exclusive football camp.
Casey Barnes is a qualified teacher who was born in America and grew up in Ireland. He studied English Literature and Education and is currently working toward a second Master’s degree in Educational Leadership.
John Wilson is from Scotland and has taught in Austria, South Korea, and most recently he taught History and Global Perspectives for two years at CIS in Moscow, Skolkovo campus
Frank Morris is a qualified teacher from the UK with teaching and leadership experience in Italy, Serbia, Russia, and the UK.