New Aftercare Teacher!

New Aftercare Teacher!

We are happy to announce that our Aftercare got underway this week under the guidance of our new Aftercare teacher, Evgeniia Golikova.

Evgeniia is a respected animator with work experience covering several years with AtomArt animation studio, Creative space (​​) -animation school for kids.
During summers she enjoys being a summer camp teacher and workshop leader working with children in groups or one on one, depending on the needs of children and the subject matter or with Huvikool Tee Tulevikku ​hobby school.
Her volunteering experience with AIESEC took her to Mysore in India where she worked with orphans as well as the Springer Loretto Girls’ School in Gorakhpur.

Evgeniia holds a bachelor degree in textile design and a Masters degree in Animation from the Estonian Academy of Arts.
She studied Artistic bookmaking at KIT, Trondheim, Norway and attended KASK-Royal Art Academy in Gent, Belgium.

Her programme for the week:

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

Tuesday :
Fun science experiments and/or “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)

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

Animation class.
Different animation techniques, pixelation, stop motion, drawing and experimental animation)

All classes will include different games – an icebreaker, team building, energetic and relaxing. Walking and playing in the park is a standard part of the day (weather permitting).

The price is 60 Euro per month and afternoon snack at 0.65 Cents. For more info contact:

Meet our Music Teacher

Merily Heinmaa

As the lyrics of a well-known ABBA song goes, “My mother said I began to sing long before I could talk.” I believe this was the case as my childhood memories are mostly related to music – attending music school, taking part in song contests, singing choral songs etc.
After finishing high school, it seemed obvious to me to go and study music.
I finished university with a bachelor’s degree in Music and a master’s degree in Music Education.
I have been a schoolteacher and a children choir conductor for 10 years. Working in the International School of Tallinn since January 2018 has widened my perspective and shown me what it means to be a part of an international community. I am sincerely glad that my road has taken me to this school.
My educational philosophy lies in the understanding that the teacher is the one who must strive to support the students on their path, focusing on and developing their talents. I strongly believe the idea that all people are musical.

New member of the management board

This week we introduce you to our new member of the IST Management Board, Professor Eneken Titov. A BIG welcome to you and we know that together we are building something beautiful in the Estonian International Education landscape.

Education is my love and muse. I am dedicated to the development of education in Estonia, and up until today, I have been connected mostly with higher and vocational education, in particular, the academic affairs at the Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences. I am still participating as an expert in different educational projects like Edu & Tegu (development of entrepreneurship education at every level of education in Estonia, a programme funded by the EU and Ministry of Education and Sciences).

Despite my dedication to higher education, I am in touch with the developments in primary and secondary education. I come from a family of teachers – my grandfather was headmaster for 50 years, my parents were teachers – father taught physics and was headmaster for more than 30 years, and my mother was a teacher of Estonian language and Arts, even my mother-in-law is a teacher of Math? …and I am a teacher too.

I have been teaching teachers in the fields of study methods, pedagogy (especially entrepreneurship pedagogy), study organisation and school management for more than 15 years. Now I am teaching mostly master level students and adults via different training programmes. I have been participating as an expert in many different programmes and projects who’s target groups are secondary school teachers or management – school accreditations and quality assessments, teachers appraisal and assessment, creation and implementation of different competence models, training, teamwork development programmes etc.

I hold a PhD from Tallinn University of Technology in Business Administration and Management, and I am a professor of Management in Estonia Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences.

My educational philosophy is that “every child is capable of learning, every child is a talent”. Teachers’ role is to find and open this talent, and school management needs to create a supportive and creative environment for that.

Our School Director, Olavi Otepalu

This week our focus is on the school management and we take the opportunity to introduce you to our school director:

Olavi Otepalu

Director, International School of Tallinn (IST) 
I am honoured to have been chosen by Mainor as the founding director of the International School of Tallinn (since 2016). I have been working at top management level in the Ministry of Education and Research, being responsible for coordination of the issues related to the international education and visiting various international schools (mostly IB) across Europe.

My experience in International Education was anchored when I was afforded the opportunity to become the Founding Director of Tallinn European School, building it up from its very foundations to a successful school in Tallinn.

I have gained experience in the field of innovation and technology as an Estonian Biotechnology Programme Manager at Enterprise Estonia, establishing and implementing a national strategy to support the development of biotechnology in Estonia in collaboration with entrepreneurs, research institutions, governmental and international organisations. Previously I was involved in school management and teaching at several Estonian high schools.

I hold a Master´s Degree in Sociology and have a pedagogical qualification from Tartu University. I also went through the Master´s studies of a joint programme of various Estonian universities in the field of International Relations. I have taken many courses in school management including two full-time programmes in Educational Administration, led by the British Council (partly in the UK) and University of Tallinn. I obtained strong expertise in quality management system assessing the schools, companies and public organisations.

My educational philosophy emphasises the following principles: an individual approach to every child, technology use and entrepreneurship mindedness, use of best pedagogical practices.

Opening Ceremony

Dear families of the International School of Tallinn,

We take this opportunity to welcome you once more and keep you updated about the latest developments after our previous newsletter.

The Opening Ceremony will take place on 3rd of September starting at 09:00 in the Assembly Hall on the 4th floor. Families are kindly asked to arrive at the school between 08:45-08:50 and pick up the school access card. The access boom for parking will be open, and you are welcome to park your car in our parking lot. The assembly hall will be opened after 08:50 when rehearsals are done.

The Ceremony will not last longer than one lesson (45 minutes).

After the Opening Ceremony, we invite all parents to join us in the school canteen for light refreshments where families may address any questions to the school management.

Students will continue with the school day with their respective homeroom teachers, and after the lunch hour, they continue with subject teachers. Students are requested to bring their school bags with school supplies with them on the first day. We do not have lockers, but there is a place in the classroom for pupils to keep their belongings. Parents are expected to pick up their kids after their lessons end.

The school has no uniform. Please dress your children festive for the occasion.

School documentation. We have drafted some new policies including School Rules, Assessment Policy and Language Policy. School Rules are obligatory to all members of the school community including pupils, teachers and parents. You can access the documents on our website.

The cloakroom is located on the 3rd floor on the right hand immediately after entering the third floor. All pupils are also expected to bring with and use indoor shoes from the first school day.

eKool. All parents need to join the eKool system to consistently monitor the progress and study results of their child on a daily basis.

Please read the guidelines at the eKool portal for access rights to join eKool and for advice on how to use the portal. Should you have any questions, please contact our eKool coordinator Eve Oro:

Lunch. Our canteen will provide lunch as a buffet with several options. This enables every child to collect an appropriate amount of food with preferred ingredients. The meal is already included in the tuition fee. No hassle to parents for additional payments.

Grade 1-2 split. As we have been receiving more applications for Grade 1-2, we have decided to split Grade 1 and 2. As soon as we complete negotiations with potential teacher candidates, Grade 1 will have its own primary homeroom teacher. Ms Lisa Parker will be responsible for Grade 1-2 until the arrival of a new teacher; thereafter she will continue with Grade 2 alone.

Aftercare. We are waiting for responses from Grade 1 and 2 parents to make sure that there is a sufficient need for aftercare. We are expecting some critical demand in order to open the aftercare.

Extra-curricular activities. The school will conduct a survey to identify the preferences of families for afterschool activities. An Estonian private school Emili located in the same premises will also open the access to their extra-curricular activities in order to broaden potential options. We will inform families soonest.

Student Cards. All students may apply for the International Scholar Identity Card (ISIC). The ISIC card is the only internationally recognized student ID, and ISIC cardholders are members of a truly global club. There are more than 125,000 student discounts on offer, including 1,000 in Estonia. Please read more about ISIC cards and find the application form on their web page

Allowances. In some cases, families may be eligible for allowances like Grade 1 support or childcare compensation in the kindergarten (also provided by most of the municipalities around Tallinn).

School diaries. We are not using diaries in the school at this moment. Should our homeroom teachers want, our pupils to use diaries we will inform on time.

For more information contact