Director's Welcome

Message from the Head of IB Programmes

It is an honour to welcome you to European School.
European School has been an IB World School since 2009. For the 2020/2021 school year, we have an increasingly diverse student population of around 400 in the Primary Years Programme (6-11 year-olds), Middle Years Programme (11-16 year-olds) and Diploma Programme (16-18 year-olds).
True to the IB philosophy, our core business is to not only instil in our students the knowledge that will make them better learners and better people, but to also equip them with the skills they need to grow and develop in a successful, happy way.
Our priorities include further raising the quality of instruction, student achievement and student motivation, as well as optimizing parental involvement. We understand that great instruction alone will not yield the results we desire for our students. That is why we pay close attention to the overall learning environment as well. We strive to maintain a positive classroom climate and culture, an environment where students feel safe and look forward every morning to a day of productive learning.
Our key asset is a team of teachers, with proven lifelong learning skills, who truly care about students and do not believe that quitting on them is ever an option.
Our students are also exposed to a multitude of opportunities: Interaction with experts in various fields, international competitions, study trips, sports, arts, exchange programmes, conferences, service, bespoke university counselling, to list a few.
Beyond the grades and certificates, our hope for all our graduates is for them to become confident individuals, responsible global citizens and effective contributors who do not forget to turn back and help the next one in line, after reaching their destination.
We look forward to meeting you in person and sharing with you other aspects of what we offer that words alone may not describe accurately.

Welcome to European School.

Dr. Brice Bomo
Head of IB Programmes

Welcome letter from the Head of Middle Years Programme

I would like to express a warm welcome to the MYP community. European School is a wonderful educational organization that offers great learning experiences and opportunities to our students.
Our life has dramatically changed and brought us new challenges to overcome, to find new solutions and resources for meeting “new realities” where the educational sphere is under massive reconstructions.
In all the uncertainties of the present days, we found that teaching and learning in the IB are islands of stability. European School is proud of the MYP staff who is eager to collaborate together to develop systems and provide high-quality teaching and learning. This approach supports students’ conceptual development, constructs meaning and makes sense of the world.
We devote our professionalism to the interplay of asking, doing and thinking, to fully implement IB MYP Standards and Practices that lead towards open, democratic classrooms. We empower our students for a lifetime of learning, independently and in collaboration with others. It gives us the opportunity to prepare a community of learners to engage with global challenges through inquiry, action and reflection.
European School teachers structure units of inquiry to consider prior knowledge and experience, students’ own curiosity in order to involve them to the most effective provocation for learning that is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant.
This academic journey is supported by various extra-curricular activities, Service as Action initiatives, InterDisciplinary learning and various subject projects. Being an IB school means to foster creativity and imagination. It offers our students opportunities for considering the nature of human thought and for developing the skills and commitments necessary not only to remember but also to analyze one’s own thinking and effort—as well as the products and performances that grow from them.
Through inquiry, action and reflection, we develop a range of competencies and dispositions that include skills for thinking, for working with others, for communicating, for managing self and for research.
We open our hearts, use our professionalism and experiences to create the environment where our students become the generation of lifelong learners who will make a better world.
This academic year will be inspiring, engaging and productive as our community of students, parents and teachers is strong and committed. I am proud to be at European School and look forward to the 20-21 academic year!

With best regards,

Oxana Akimova
Head of MYP

Welcome letter from the Primary Years Programme Coordinator

Welcome to the European School IB Primary Years Programme for 2020-21. While our year has not begun as expected, our teachers have already adapted are ready to deliver an authentic PYP experience for you this year whether in person or through a distance learning model.  We will be using the guidance of best practices and will offer your children agency and voice in their learning using the inquiry cycle model and applying concepts important for success in the future through various Units of Inquiry.  You will see your children researching, communicating, problem solving, and becoming independent learners led by a specially trained facilitator of learning in the PYP in the form of your homeroom teacher.

During the Primary years of learning it is essential to foster creativity and a desire of knowledge of the world and an intrinsic drive to keep inquiring and discovering more.  The IB PYP model was created with a focus on students being the center of their own education.   They will acquire skills they can carry forward into the MYP and beyond to be successful learners and global citizens.  Our teachers give the students room to explore, be risk-takers, thinkers, and support the students to take action on their own ideas or solutions.  We pride ourselves on creating a caring environment that promotes reflection, respects students, and challenges them in a fun and genuine manner.

Our team is looking forward to collaborating with you and your children as we navigate and explore this year together.  I am thrilled to be joining the PYP team as the coordinator in the European School and look forward to working with you all.

Best,

Rachel Lugo
PYP Coordinator