IST Opening Ceremony 2 September

Dear Parents

It is almost time for the first day of school and we are excited to welcome you all back, old and new. In order for us to make the first day of school as smooth as possible, we would like to share important information with you.

Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony will take place on Monday, 2 September at 10h00 on the second floor of the Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences, Suur-Sõjamäe 10a.

The ceremony lasts for 45 minutes after which students and their respective class teachers go to the school building. Parent will stay behind for the General Parent Meeting.

The agenda of the General Parent Meeting includes the practical information about the school, introduction of the IB programmes, voting for the Class Representatives and conducting a Parent Survey.

Parents, students and staff will jointly celebrate in the school building from 12h00 with refreshment provided by the school and at 12h30 there is an opportunity to join us on a guided tour of Ülemiste City. The tour is one hour and thirty minutes and will give you a complete overview of the owner of the school, the current situation in the city and the future plans. Those parents who are not able to join us on the guided tour may take their children home at 12h30. Please register here for the Guided Tour by Thursday, 29 August latest:


Due to an increased demand, we are now able to offer French, German and Russian at all levels starting from grade 3 to grade 10.

New Staff

Our pedagogical team has grown considerably over the summer. We will introduce our new teachers to you at the Opening Ceremony.  



Class Teachers

Preschool – Latifat Igbin

Grade 1 – Iryna Kozii

Grade 2 – Lisa Parker

Grade 3 – Amber Parker

Grade 4 – Ryan Calupas

Grade 5/6 – Devyn Allen

Grade 7/8 – Martin Tamm

Grade 9/10 – William Parker

Grades 1, 2, 3 and 4 were combined classes before, but after the phenomenal growth over the summer period, we are now able to offer these as separate classes.


The General Timetable for the school is nearly ready and we will send it to you before the first day of school. The Extra-Curricular Timetable will be finalized after we have completed the list of activities on offer.

Entry Cards

We have different entry cards for parents and students. The entry card for parents is available from Tuesday, 3 September at our front desk. The entry card for students, the e-student card, is not only an identity document, but also an interactive access card that gives access to the building and may be used on public transport like the Tallinn Green Card.

Student cards can be ordered through the Valnes system with the Estonian ID-card:  or by e-mailing Enely at the front desk A digital document picture of the child is needed. The card costs 4.50 Euro and is available in September.


The school has migrated from E-kool to Stuudium as the study database. The teacher responsible for managing the database on behalf of the school is Eve Oro. Parents will be guided on how to register and use Stuudium. More information will be shared with you on Monday during the General Meeting.       

Stationary List

The stationary list is updated and we encourage parents to make use of this week to finalise their shopping for the necessary school supplies. The list can be found here for all students from Preschool to Grade 10.


Aftercare is available from 14h00 till 17h00 every day at 60 Euro per month. In the event that you need this service only for a few hours per week, then the cost is 30 Euro per month. The name of the teacher and the room number will be announced soon. Aftercare will start from 4th of September.

Registration for Aftercare and Extra-curricular activities will take place on Monday, 2 September at the General Parent Meeting.

General information

The daily lunch starts from Tuesday, 3 September.

Indoor shoes should be brought to school from Tuesday, 3 September.

The Preschool class is on the second floor.

The school address is Keevise 2. However, the entrance for parking is not on Keevise street, but on Suur-Sõjamäe street, around 50m before the Keevise street turnoff. See map.

We advise you to leave home a little earlier on the day as parking on the school premises might be limited on the day. IST and Emily School both have their opening ceremonies on the same day. Alternative parking can be found on the open parking grounds of Ülemiste Shopping Mall.

Welcome Back to IST for the 2019/2020 School Year!

Dear IST Parent(s),

We take this opportunity to welcome you to the IST community for the coming school year and beyond. We are grateful that you have chosen IST as the educational home for your children, in return we commit ourselves to ensure that your children will grow and prosper under the guidance of our professional and caring team of educators.

Soon we will see you all back in the school building and in order for us to adequately prepare, we ask that you take a moment to familiarize yourself with the program for the Opening Day on Monday, 2 September at 10:00 in the Mainor Hall, Suur-Sõjamäe 10a.

We will have a short program, which includes welcoming words from Mr. Olavi Otepalu, our school director. You will also get an opportunity to meet the staff, old and new. At 12:00 we will move to the school building where parents and students will meet each other and their respective class teachers.

Please click on the link below to locate our school. We have adequate parking on the Suur-Sõjamäe side of the building.

A detailed list of school supplies is available here:

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.

A time for giving

As we enter the period of the Advent, a time to take stock of a calendar year that has nearly come to an end, we reflect on the past and await new things in anticipation. “The secret of happiness, you see is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”-Socrates
From all of us at the IST family, Spread Goodwill and Cheer during this time of giving.

By now you should be aware that we have been feverishly busy rehearsing for our upcoming Christmas Concert which will take place on Friday, 7 December at 17h30 in the assembly hall on the 4th floor. We invite you to join us with festive cheer to celebrate the feast of music and dance which our students have prepared for us.

The students need to be in the assembly hall at 17h00 on Friday 7 December.

The concert starts at 5:30. It will last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

  • 10 minutes getting everything together at the beginning
  • 30 minutes for the concert
  • Twenty-five minutes for Santa to hand out gifts.

Please join us join us after the concert for some refreshments.

There will be an in-school party on 19 December with crafts, pizza, and various activities — this is a different event than the concert. More information about time and venue will follow soon.

Additional information

Study reports will be given out to parents at the Parent/Teacher Conferences and the trimester grades will reflect in the study reports

Homeroom teachers will contact parents next week to arrange a time slot for the Parent/Teacher Conference taking place on the week commencing Monday 10th December.



Early Learning English Immersion Group

Tomorrow, 30 October, we start with our Early Learners Full Immersion English Class, meant for boys and girls turning 5 years and up to 6 years old who want to immerse in the English language through organised play, having fun while learning. Our teacher, Natallya Svuetsouva, arrived back to Tallinn after spending the last 14 years in, Mumbai, India where she coordinated Early Childhood Care and Education Programmes between 2013 – 2018.
Besides qualifications in Early Childhood Education obtained in Mumbai, she also holds a degree in Art from the Estonian Academy of Arts.
We are very privileged to have her on our team not only because of her outstanding record as a teacher but her caring nature as a mother and mindful teacher will benefit every child in her group.
If you are interested to know more about this group, please contact our Director of Marketing and Communication, Paul Senosi at for a discussion or a visit to our facilities.
Skype: paul.senosi
Our doors are open.

IST Newsletter

Dear Families

We take the opportunity to express our gratitude to each of you for choosing IST as the best option for your child’s education. You and your families make our school a good place for our children. Together with the teachers is it a great place for teaching and learning.

We have come to the end of the first term, and we went through some changes during the term. We managed to start with our Aftercare Class, and from all accounts, it is evident that Evgeniia is doing a fantastic job with our students. We still have a place for two more students in her class.


The list of activities was sent to you some time ago, and we have had a slow response. Robotics in English will start on Tuesday 30 October at 16h00 till 17h15. The price is set at 40 Euros per month. Should you wish to enrol your child, please send an email to

New staff

Our new PE teacher will join us on Monday, 29 October. We are looking forward to welcoming Miguel Machado to our specialist team of teachers.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Physical Education and Sports by Instituto de Estudos Superior da Maia (Portugal) and in the last ten years dedicated his professional life to sports and teaching the youth of different ages. He started his teaching career in Portugal in middle school and spend a few more years working with kindergartens and primary schools. His first international experience was in China working with groups between 5-10 years old. He now calls Tallinn his second home coaching football in Harju JK with one under 14 group.

Our students will benefit tremendously from the experience of Miguel. Welcome to IST! ?

We are actively recruiting a new Grade 1 teacher and will inform you as soon as we find a suitable replacement for Mr Whitley. Our gratitude to Charlie for standing in during this period of recruitment.

Younger learners

Many of our students arrive in the country lagging in English, the language of tuition at IST. It is particularly true for our very young learners, and we think that it is critical to prepare them for their first experience of English education. To this end, we have acquired the services of Natallya, a young learner specialist who will work with them from Monday, 29 October.

To enrol your child and for further instruction on how to proceed, contact our Director of Marketing and Communication,

Communication Policy

We have completed our Communication Policy, and you can read it here:


We held our final assembly for the first term based on the IB Learner Profile, highlighting three values namely Caring, Balanced and Reflective which also underscores the values of IST.  We will continue with these throughout the year. We leave you with a few photos from our final assembly to end the first term. Happy Autumn Break!