IST Newsletter – October 2019

Dear IST families,

We are one month into the new school year and we have already organized and participated in several meaningful events. Here is a summary of what we have done so far.


On September 21st, we got together to clean up the streets of Ülemiste City, in the World Cleanup Day – a global event spearheaded by Estonian startup Let’s Do IT World. Staff, parents and students did an amazing job and we are happy to share some photos taken by Takashi Shimabucuro here:


The 9th/10th form students were invited by Tallinn University School of Educational Sciences to attend a ROBOMATH workshop on Tuesday, September 24th. After a presentation of current robotic technologies which are being used in Estonian primary schools by graduate students, the IST students were divided into teams of three students and asked to solve math problems using robots. The students were asked to program the robots to perform basic geometrical tasks that were plotted on GeoGebra. The students gave the graduate students feedback on advantages and disadvantages of using robots to teach geometry. 

Our students enjoyed the challenges of programming the robots and interacting with University graduate students. We would like to thank our teachers Tracy Wenzinger and Billy Parker for leading this team. 


Supported by the European Commission, this year’s Sports Week was scheduled from September 23rd to 30th. Our PE teacher Ada Lestsenski organized a week of demonstrations and training activities to introduce students to new sports. Guests were invited to demonstrate Capoeira, Taekwondo, Lacrosse, Ice Hockey, Kung Fu, Football and Water Sports. 

Our lunch breaks were also active: teachers and students organized dance-based exercises that were a lot of fun. 

A team was formed to run the Relay Race at Kadriorg on September 25th and we wrapped up the week with an Award Ceremony where individual students and teachers were honored for their achievements throughout the week. You can find a selection of photos and videos here:

We’ve also made a video compilation of the Sports Week. You can watch it here:

We would like to thank all staff for helping our students understand the importance of being active and healthy. To all our students and future athletes: great job!



We are happy to inform the addition of three extracurricular activities to IST. From next week, students will have access to Indoor Football lessons on Tuesdays, from 16:00 – 17:00. Coach Christos Patsias is having lessons at our school gym.

Registration is open for Swimming lessons at MyFitness Ülemiste also on Tuesdays, from 16:15 – 17:15. Instructor Diana will meet students at IST main entrance at 16h to guide them to the pool. 

Teacher Laura Liisp is offering Spanish lessons twice a week (Mondays and Fridays), from 15:00 – 16:00. Students from grades 3 to 8 can join.

We also expanded our Robotics class: now there are two groups (one on Mondays and one on Tuesdays) from 14:00. Robotics teacher Vahur Orrin extends an invitation to new students who would like to join. We want to visit Robotex this year and increase IST experience of robotics overall. 

To sign up for any extracurricular activity, please send an email to

More extracurricular activities are in the works and will be announced soon! 



Summative week is here and teachers are assessing students’ learning progress over this first unit. Also, we would like to remind all parents that school break is coming up: school is out from Saturday, October 19th until Sunday, October 27th. Enjoy your week off!

October is Halloween month and we are planning a Harry Potter themed celebration including decorations made by students and an academic competition, all leading up to a Halloween party on October 31st during school hours. Staff are organizing a series of fun activities including a costume contest, so get ready! We look forward to seeing all students coming to school in their nicest or scariest costumes!  More information coming soon.

Our class representatives would also like to invite all parents to a social gathering on Friday, November 1st at Decanter (Uus 7) at 19h. As we have new students joining us regularly, this is a chance for parents to get to know each other and form a community. Let’s chat and share experiences over good wine!

We thank you for your support and hope to have more amazing experiences to share soon!

Kind regards

IST Staff