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: https://ist.ee/school-life/good-to-know/

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 paul.senosi@nullist.ee 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 info@nullist.ee.

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, paul.senosi@nullist.ee

Communication Policy

We have completed our Communication Policy, and you can read it here: https://ist.ee/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/IST-Communication-Policy.pdf


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!




Dear IST Families

Albert Camus once wrote: “Autumn is a second Spring when every leave is a flower.” The landscape around us is turning into magical hues of burnt orange, pumpkin, flaming reds, mellow yellows and various shades of brown, while winter apples are blessing us in their splendour. Cherish these times with your loved one and contemplate the summer past while preparing for a snow-white winter season.

We take this opportunity to thank those parents who attended the first Parent Meeting of IST for the new school year. It was heart-warming to see you all on this bitterly cold day. Some of you could not make it, and we believe that you would if you could. We shared important information with parents, and in return, we created ample opportunities to ask questions directly to teachers and management.

We express the hope that the attendance will grow and that you will all help in growing the IST Community, Our Community. Your contributions are what help shape the culture of IST, and it helps to give your children, our students, a sense of belonging.

Minutes from our Parent Meeting

The minutes of the meeting can be found here: IST Parent Meeting.docx and the presentation on IB schooling by teachers Lisa and Devyn here: https://prezi.com/view/1Zhmh5w9CgMOL1eiTEns/. Annual Plan: IST Annual Plan 2018-2019 School Year (003) and Communication Tools: IST COMMUNICATION TOOLS (003).IST


We are happy to announce the appointment of our Aftercare teacher. Her name is Golikova Evgeniia, and she started on Monday, 1 October. Her abridged CV is attached. The daily schedule starts at 14h00 and ends at 17h00. The price is 60 Euro per month. A snack is available from the canteen at 0.65 cents per day. You can read more about her and the programme here: https://ist.ee/new-aftercare-teacher/


Visual arts class. (Art styles and techniques, craft projects, sculpture, collage, bookmaking and illustrations, recycling design)


Fun science experiments and “Around the world “- countries for kids (geography, traditions, food, clothes, learn 2-3 words)


Animation class. (We will learn all stages of cartoons production: idea, story developing-script, characters design, animating, sound, editing)


“Kids favourite topic” and “Book club”-reading short stories together and analyse them (tricky words, characters, main idea, problem solution, draw illustration)


Animation class.

Different animation techniques, pixilation, stop motion, drawing and experimental animation)

All classes will include different games – an icebreaker, team building, energetic and relaxing. We will also walk in the park when the weather permits and visit museums.


5-6 –Year-Old PYP Class (Preschool)

We had a request from parents about the availability of preschool, and after some consideration, we realised that there is indeed a need for a preschool class. It will go a long way in alleviating the stress of the lack of availability of places for 5-6-year-old children whose parents are left in no man’s land due to the high demand for places in English Nurseries. Classes will take place every day from 09h00 till 14h00. The cost is 530 Euro per month (an additional 70 Euro per month for daily lunch)

We have completed our curriculum which is based on an integration of the Estonian National Curriculum for Pre-school Child Care and the Early Years Foundation Phase Statutory Framework for the UK as well as input from the Finnish Early Childhood Curriculum.

The goal of our pre-school programme is to support the children’s individuality, creativity and learning through play through combining different child-centred active learning methods such as Montessori, the Waldorf method of teaching, Reggio Emilia, language immersion as well as research, entrepreneurship and outdoor learning.

We are busy preparing our room, and we are hopeful that we will start with the class latest at the end of October. We have found a wonderful teacher for the position in the person of  Natallya Svuetsouva who joins us with a wealth of experience as a qualified art teacher as well as a fully qualified and experienced Early Childhood Educator. More information will follow very soon.




The extra-curricular programme has been finalised with Emily school. The following codes still have slots available:

We have the following activities:

Robotics for advanced is not opened yet, because Emily School had only four students interested. If we get more students, we can open the group. Nutigeen provides classes at 40 Euro per month, and they can provide us with an English teacher. http://nutigeen.ee/

Children yoga has four places for age group 7-10 on Tuesdays from 14h55 till 15h40. Price – 25 Euro per month.

Art class (age 7-9) can take five students and takes place every Wednesday from 14h45 till 15h45. Price – 35 Euro per month.

Sports class is full, but we think about opening a second class depending on demand. It includes volleyball and a variety of other indoor sporting codes.

Capoeira (age 7-10) can take three more kids. It starts at 15h00 till 16h00 every Thursday and the price – 40 Euro per month.

Ceramics is full, but we had a word with the ceramics teacher, and she is ready to open a second group in English if we wish to have a group. Her price is 30 Euro per month.

Our music teacher has offered to teach one-on-one piano lessons as part of extra-curricular. If you wish for your child to learn the piano, then let us know, and we will make the necessary arrangements. More details will follow as soon as we have the number of students who are interested.

Most of our activities are in Estonian – so it is good for your kids to learn some Estonian.

Please write to paul.senosi@nullist.ee to confirm the participation of your child in any of the activities above by latest Monday afternoon.

New developments at IST:

Due to the growth in numbers at Gr1 and Gr 2 levels, we decided to split the two classes.

The IST Family is growing, and it is vital that we maintain healthy relationships in our day-to-day school life and build a great community. We regard our parents as an important part of making IST a great school. We understand that many of you are professionals in your fields and would like to contribute to building up our young school. We kindly ask you to fill in the following questionnaire and send it back (by Tuesday, 16 Oct): https://surveer.com/s/MGRYHM9B