IST Newsletter – November 2019

Dear IST Families,  

October and November were exciting months for our school! We organized parties, competitions, and took part in one of the most important events connecting technology and education in Estonia. There is more to come! Here are the events we’ve planned before the end of 2019 and an overview of what has happened recently.

UPCOMING EVENTS

IWCT CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

The International Women’s Club of Tallinn Christmas Bazaar is happening this Sunday, 24th November, at Kultuurikatel (Põhja pst 27a) from 13h to 18h. For the second year, our school has a table reserved for selling foods and crafts that have been offered by IST families. We invite everyone to join us!

The IWCT is a non-profit organization that supports women and children. All proceeds from the bazaar go to charitable organizations aided by the IWCT.

Admission is free. There will be more than 20 embassies and local businesses selling food and beverages, plus a kids’ corner for the little ones. Find out more at: http://www.iwct.ee/christmas-bazaar/

Let’s get together to help a great cause!

IST CHRISTMAS CONCERT

This year’s IST Christmas Concert is scheduled for Thursday, 12th December, starting at 17h. We have yet to book the venue, which will be based on the total number of attendees. Parent representatives are collecting this information for each grade level. Please be sure to confirm with your Parent Class Representative(s) how many attendees your family will have. We will follow up with more information as soon as we have the numbers confirmed.

OVERVIEW OF RECENT EVENTS

HALLOWEEN PARTY

On 31st October, students, teachers, and parents gathered to celebrate Halloween at IST. The party started with a flash mob by our 9th and 10th grade students, followed by an afternoon of activities including pumpkin carving, wand painting, and other themed crafts. It was great to see everyone in costumes! After a two-week long Hogwarts house competition, we announced the winners: Congratulations Gryffindor!

We would like to acknowledge our student Michael (grade 8), who pitched the idea for a Harry Potter themed Halloween, the house competition, and provided much of our decorations!

You can find the Halloween party photos here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/kcz2o0xqp8rv6vt/AAA_ZcrUxp97eg5gX_j90iB9a?dl=0

We would like to thank all staff and parents who came to participate. Special thanks to the following teachers and students for their role in organizing the event:

Ms. TracyAnne for arranging pumpkin carving and the flash mob

Ms. Iryna for offering many ideas on activities and crafts

Karl and Oliver (grade 10) for volunteering to do magic tricks

Varvara (grade 9) and Kaiyi (grade 10) for aiding in pumpkin carving

Sofja (grade 10) and Faseeh (grade 9) for face painting

Stella (grade 7) for aiding Michael in preparing the Hogwarts idea

Thanawat (grade 10), Kuzey, Anna and Adrian (grade 9) for doing set up and clean up

And all students in grades 9/10 for participating in the flash mob!

See you all for another spooky celebration next year!


PARENTS’ SOCIAL GATHERING 

IST parents had their first social gathering of the year at Decanter, last month. We chatted and got to know each other over great wine and cheese. As an IB candidate school, we believe parents’ engagement in both school life and with other parents is an essential part of building a strong community.

We would like to thank all parents who were able to attend and hope many more will join us next time! Special thanks to one of our school parents, Paul Senosi, for arranging the venue!

 

FATHER’S DAY COMPETITION

Our P.E. teacher, Ms. Ada, organized an afternoon of activities to celebrate Father’s Day. Ten challenges were given to teams composed of father and child(ren) to show their strength, speed, and teamwork. Congratulations to our top three teams:

1st place – HTM (Mitt family) 

2nd place – The Toucans (Casagrande family)

3rd place – Trend Setters (Oolo family)

All participants did a terrific job and we hope to see you all for another fun competition next year! You can check the photos here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/mCFL2ph3SpQL4hEi8

Special thanks to the volunteers from grades 7-10 who helped organize the event!

 

HACKATHON

IST had the privilege of hosting one of the most relevant events connecting technology and education in Estonia: Garage 48’s EdTech Hackathon.

This is a 48-hour development marathon where participants (developers, designers, students, etc.) pitch ideas for apps, webpages, and technological solutions for problems in education. Participants gather in teams to create and present a prototype in a livre-stream pitch session. This year we had more than 150 participants across 20 teams. Ideas ranged from a platform helping students with speech impediments to the creation of a financial aid system to access higher education.

The projects we saw this year show great potential, and IST was privileged to be the venue where these ideas were first developed. Congratulations to all participants!

Here are some photos of the event (photos by Ramus Kooskora): https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1pbi7b7z7kgi3qc/AADbFMPcdM1FUw9gf4F_9_fCa?dl=0

We are proud of all we have accomplished so far and are thankful that so many IST families have been present in these events. More on December activities and other information will be sent by email very soon. See you at the next event!

Kind regards

IST Staff