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We are happy to announce that the IB organization (http://www.ibo.org/) has accepted our application and Duhovka was included in the list of candidate schools yesterday (see attachment). From September, we will enter the preparatory period. At the end of this period (Spring 2019) Duhovka will receive the IB World School certificate and will be able to offer not only a Czech diploma but also an international baccalaureate for current students of the middle school (kvarta and younger).
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is a two-year program for students of the final two grades (septima, oktava). The IB program ends with an international certificate. Graduation with an IB Diploma opens students to a better opportunity to be accepted for enrollment at foreign universities. Studying the program with its great variety of choice, development of learning skills, emphasis on knowledge interconnection, and development of social responsibility corresponds with Duhovka’s values and matches our graduate profile.
It will not be obligatory to pass an international diploma - the student can decide to opt for the Czech maturita. Students of Duhovka will be prepared for both types of exams, the curriculum combines the requirements of the Czech maturita with the expectations of the IB. For teachers it will be (in addition to our current Montessori training) another stimulus for their development.
We invite you to the third annual Open House Festival Prague 2017! Our third annual Open House Prague Festival will open up more than 40 buildings and structures of architectural interest, thus inviting the general public to visit buildings in Prague that are not usually accessible over the weekend of 13 and 14 May. The public will have a unique opportunity to visit and explore the interiors of houses, around which they walk every day. Duhovka enters into the project with its elementary school for the second year and with its high school for the first time this year.
Duhovka High School, Saturday, 13 May
The building itself, in which our high school is located, was built in the 1920s. The aim of its reconstruction was to express its original character but also to meet educational needs. The school should be a place where seriousness and elegance of the architecture of the First Republic meet with open and dynamic present-day Montessori education.
Architects: Tomáš Bém, Vratislav Lhota a Mečislav Petrů
Duhovka Elementary, Saturday, 13 May
The reconstruction of the building aimed to create an environment that corresponds with children's natural developmental needs. Each classroom has its own colour scheme based on the concept of our school. The purpose of the reconstruction was to create a spatially varied environment with a pleasant atmosphere supporting creative activities where children feel happy.
Architects: Ateliér SAD
We are bringing you the opportunity to join us for the 8th year as we support the family festival Strings for Children!
Tickets are going to be released on March 26th, 2017.
For more information, please go to: www.strunydetem.cz.
On Tuesday, October 25, we would like to invite all Duhovka parents to meet with Betsy Coe, who is the main lecturer at the Montessori training for our teachers. During the meeting, which will take place at school and will start at 5:30pm, you will be introduced to what the training looks like, what its content is, and what impact it should have on the operation of the school. The meeting will be in English but will be translated into Czech.
As one of the partners, Duhovka brings a unique one-week workshop World Peace Game by John Hunter to Prague.
What is the World Peace Game?
The World Peace Game is an activity aimed at elementary school pupils (aged 9-15 years), which simulates decision making processes on fundamental world issues. During the game the children by themselves solve national issues, nuclear or oil contamination, species extinction, economic crises and also wars. The complete game lasts up to 12 weeks and the impacts of decisions may occur even after a long time. The children learn to look beyond short-sighted reactions and impulsive thinking and instead to think in a long-term, more consequential way. Even though it is not a Montessori activity, it is a perfect complement to our “Peace Education” curriculum.
John Hunter, the Lecture
John Hunter is a teacher from Virginia, USA. He travelled during his university studies and learned Mahatma Gandhi's thoughts during his stay in India. As a teacher, he was most interested in thoughts, how to teach children importance of peace in our violent world. He started discovering the solution in 1978, when he started teaching at Richmond High School and introduced his class to the World Peace Game for the first time. Since then he has developed and grew the game. He taught the children and also himself, how much the peace is important, and that it is really possible to achieve it. And that everyone can help with that. A couple of years ago John Hunter was one of the main speakers at the AMS conference in the USA. "It is not just a game, it is a life lesson which both pupils and teachers need", says John Hunter.
When and where?
Monday to Friday, 7 – 11 November 2016, Duhovka Institute premises, Boleslavova 1, Prague 4
On Saturday, 5 November 2016 the first Czech Montessori Teachers Conference shall take place. It is a one-day event aimed at Montessori teachers and specialists in the field. The topic of this conference is the prepared environment for children aged 0-12 years. The event is organised by Montessori Institute Prague, and Duhovka is one of its partners.
"The first aim of the prepared environment is, as far as it is possible, to render the growing child independent of the adult." (Maria Montessori, The Secret of Childhood, 1966)
During the morning block of lectures you can look forward to a talk by and experience of our methodologist Dorothy Paul who will focus on the prepared environment for children aged 3-6 years.
We believe that this conference shall be a unique opportunity to draw inspiration, to meet Montessori colleagues from around the Czech Republic and to share knowledge that we have so far acquired in our Montessori practice.
The conference programme and useful information to be found here.
When and where?
Contact person at Duhovka
Dear parents, colleagues, our dear students,
Thank you for your cooperation in the past school year, we wish you a long summer and we look forward to welcoming you again on Monday, September 5, 2016!
that due to the ongoing reconstruction of our school office hours are limited. Before visiting the school, please contact our office manager Mrs. Rutová (728 211 093) or Mrs. Klabíková (602 727 668). Thank you for your understanding!
M. Rutová, M. Klabíková