IST Newsletter – March 2020

Dear IST Families,

The month of March is filled with cultural and educational activities and events we would like to share with you. Have a look at what’s to come.

UPCOMING EVENTS

On Monday, 16th March, grades 7 to 10 will attend a performance of Othello by the American Drama Group & TNT Britain. Students will leave school escorted by Mr. David, Mr. William and Ms. Tracy at 12:30 to go to the theatre at Mustamäe Kultuurikeskus Kaja. Students will be dismissed after the performance.

La Journée de la Francophonie is a series of events organized by Institut Français Estonie throughout the month of March to celebrate French language and culture. Mr. Remi and Mr. Nicolas would like to invite French class students in grades 3 and 4 (and their families) to attend one of these events. Our French teachers and pupils have prepared a song to take part in the “Concours de chants” (song contest). This is just one of the many activities arranged for that day. The event will take place on Saturday, March 21st, at Gustav Adolf (Vana-Kalamaja 9), Kotzebue building, from 11:00 until 16:30. Admission is free.

Ms. Merily, our music teacher, has arranged a performance with a renowned music group from Estonia: Trio Comodo. The three musicians play classical music and renditions of popular contemporary songs on classical instruments including the violin, cello, flute, among others. The trio has agreed to an exclusive performance for IST pupils in March – the date will be confirmed soon.

We would like to invite all pupils to attend. We’ve recently had many students enrolling in violin and piano lessons, and we want to encourage more students to take an interest in music (classical or contemporary). The concert will be in our assembly hall and the price of admission per student is €5. Information regarding payment will be sent in the email confirming the date of the performance.

OVERVIEW OF RECENT EVENTS

ESTONIAN INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION

Just before our February break, our students, teachers and staff got together to celebrate Estonian Independence Day. We sang the Estonian national anthem and our director spoke about the importance of this date. To celebrate Estonian culture and its connection with music, we sang two folk songs lead by Ms. Merily, who organized the celebration. Some students made their own instruments to play and sing along.

IST would like to thank Mr. David, and the following students for performing during the event: Eva, Stella, Aryan, Maraam, Naoshaba, Luisa, Charlotte and Michelle.

99 MATH TOURNAMENT

On February 20th, our school welcomed a team from 99 Math, one of Estonia’s most promising startups, to participate in a mathematics tournament through their online game. All grades got together in our assembly hall and played several rounds of the 99 Math game, from simple addition to complex division/multiplication. Some students made it to top 3 in their groups and all students received a certificate.

We are very proud of our students for their performance in the tournament and happy to hear some teachers have found the game useful to increase student engagement in math. IST would like to thank the 99 Math team and our teachers who helped organize this competition, as well as students Lia and Eva for additional help with the certificates, and all of grade 7/8 and 9/10 for helping our little ones set up for the game.

Remember to always check our newsletters, Facebook posts and email communication for information about upcoming activities. See you in the next event!

Kind regards

IST Staff