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The Our Place Project opens high school studies for our newcomers - students in Year 1 and is linked to almost all school subjects. This project includes familiarisation with how the school operates and with our school rules, and also training of basic study skills. Also included is the introduction to subject-specific procedures, such as mapping and geographical survey of the school and its grounds, history of a particular place near school, the introduction to physical measurements or bird watching near school.
The Water Project is prepared for Year 1 students as an end-of-year science project. Within the introductory theoretical part the students familiarise themselves with the basic knowledge on water from the point of view of biology, physics, chemistry, geography and ecology. The highlight of the project is a one-week field trip which is the practical part of the project. The programme of the field trip includes sampling and water analysis, examining characteristics of water, capturing aquatic organisms by means of filters and plankton nets, examining organisms through magnifying glasses and microscopes and their determination by means of determination keys, also water bird watching through binoculars, learning about wetland plants, examining relationships between organisms in a pond ecosystem and many more activities. This course also covers outings focused on observation and measurement of watercourses and the development of orientation skills in nature. Before the departure of the students on the field trip the students plan their menus, buy their food and during the field trip they prepare their meals by themselves under the supervision of assistants.
The Culture and Education in Antiquity Project ("Antiquity") is intended for the second half of the school year for both Year 1 classes. It aims at familiarising the students with the period of Greek culture and education in the age of antiquity. The group work of students focuses on one particular theme (e.g. clothing or theatre) and, in addition to gathering information, they make a theme-related object. The project involves more subjects (Czech language, Arts, Maths, and Civics) and it ends with students giving a big presentation in front of their parents.
Year 2 students shall be completing their project work on the Overseas Discoveries Project in the second half of the school year. Students prepare a theatre performance during which they impersonate the most famous explorers in their adventures discovering new worlds. They also pay attention to essential crew members (the navigator, the cook) and they also process information from the point of view of indigenous people. The project culminates with a theatre performance prepared and played by the students themselves. Also, each of them shall make a ship’s log book.
No school for two weeks? Yes! In the spring Year 7 students shall undertake their internships during which they will get acquainted with the world of work and will apply the acquired knowledge of economics. But it's not going to be a bed of roses – to find an interesting job, to apply for it and be hired by a company, to communicate with strangers – be that colleagues or customers, to carry out the tasks assigned and, last but not least, to prepare an internship logbook. Experience gained through the internship helps students not only choose their school leaving exam subjects, but also at times select university.
The Renaissance Project is offered to Year 2 students mainly during their History lessons. In the 2012-2013 school year web pages were the outcome of this project. They have aimed to bring quality and verified information on particular aspects of this period. Each of the students of our first Montessori class was assigned one topic and became the guarantor and the expert on the basis of their research of specialised literature and other materials. In a modified manner the work on this project still continues in Year 2 classes. The project work is concluded by a two-day trip for students to Český Krumlov and its surroundings.
Year 3 students will go on a three-day excursion to Vienna, which is a welcome supplemental activity to a history project - "the Habsburgs". During their stay they will see the main sights in the historic center of the city and they will visit for example Hofburg, Schönbrunn or Naturhistorisches Museum, but they will also go to the Prater to "have a good romp" and they will enjoy famous delicacies such as "Wiener Schnitzel" or "Sachertorte". In the Austrian capital the students will absorb a lot of new information and experience and, in addition, those studying the German language will enrich their "Wortschatz".
Year 2 students are involved in the Africa Project. This project aims to plan a journey through this continent (to find a specific route to be taken, to arrange for accommodation, to locate and describe places of interest) and, last not least, to find information on the visa obligation and on the risks associated with travel. During their work the students also familiarise themselves with culture, customs and traditions of the area they would travel through.
The Energy Project is aimed at Year 3 students and is a suitable supplemental activity of Chemistry and Physics. In the course of 3 weeks the students are expected to process information on specific energy sectors, they focus on current issues or ecological impacts related to this field. At the end of the project the students will go on excursions for example to a water or heat power plant, a biogas plant to test their theoretical knowledge in practice.
Within the first two years of upper high school Year 5 (Kvinta) and Year 6 (Sexta) students shall participate at a total of four project weeks during which they will intensely focus on themes, which they will choose by themselves.
The offer is varied and different in each of the school terms – in the past projects the students could e.g. build corporate image, build a website, shoot chemistry experiment videos, examine social networks or personality types, present own work in a creative workshop or work in a Cubo-futuristic studio. Individual projects are run both by our high school teachers and by external staff – by practitioners.