Here comes the flashback to the last two exciting weeks at EIS in the form of the 5th issue of our Heads-Up Newsletter. Enjoy reading about the PYP Exhibition, celebrate our victories at the Olympiads with us, look back at some of the events we hosted, and... do not miss the part about how forgetting is just as important as remembering in the mysterious and fascinating mechanism of our brain called "memory". Have a great day!
On April 20, we hosted our 4th session of our newly launched EduChat Café, and it was a blast again! Our library was filled with parents from various grade levels. Our psychologist, Ms Luguveca, skillfully led the parents through a very valuable information session, preceded by reflection and meaningful sharing and discussion. There were many smiles and even some tears shed, as the topic of "Emotional Communication in Parent-Child Relationships" seems to be the greatest blessing but also the greatest curse of parenthood
Tune in to our next EduChat sessions, come to discover and discuss while having a coffee!
Semifinals of the "FIZMIX Eksperiments" Competition
Congratulations to our Grade 9 students Arseniy, Andrey, Aleksandrs, Valery, Denisand their physics and science teacher Kristaps Dzilna for reaching the semifinals of the "FIZMIX Eksperiments" erudition competition! The contest aims to promote interest in exact sciences, educate students about the safe and efficient use of electricity in everyday life, show how theoretical knowledge can be applied in practice, and inspire them to pursue future careers in engineering and technical professions. After months of active participation and learning, our students are now preparing to solve practical, complex and tricky problems on various physics topics at the competition's finale. We couldn't be more proud of our students and wish them the best of luck!
3rd in Nordic Baltic Physics
2nd in Math State Olympiad
We're absolutely thrilled that Olita, our Grade 12 student, brought home the bronze medal and placed 3rd in team Latvia at the NBPhO — XXI Nordic-Baltic Physics Olympiad! This achievement not only recognizes her hard work and dedication but also entitles her to represent Latvia at the IPhO in Tokyo this July. A big round of applause goes to EIS physics and IT teacher Sergejs Bratarcuks for supporting and guiding Olita throughout her academic journey.
If this is not exciting enough for one student, our Olita has also achieved a remarkable success by winning the Silver Medal in the State Math Olympiad. It is a great honor for our school and an achievement that fills us with pride! We thank her math teacher, Cosmina Lascu, and the rest of the staff for their guidance and support provided throughout her journey.
The Sports Logo Project
On May 21, our Grade 11 students, Isabella and Iurii, presented their CAS project on sports culture at EIS. As a first step to nurture that, they decided to create a logo for the school teams. To make this a collaborative effort, they've set up a contest where students can submit their designs for the logo. Currently, there are not many submissions, so no decision has been made yet. To ensure a diverse range of options, everyone is encouraged to submit their logo designs to either the students or the principal.
Brewing Brilliance: the Grade 11 Extended Essay Café
On April 20, our Grade 11 students showcased their progress on the Extended Essay project (EE), which is a compulsory part of the IB Diploma Programme.
The Café was an interactive and engaging event where the Grade 11 students presented their research, analysis and writing strategies for their EE projects. They shared valuable insights about their respective topics and provided guidance on the writing process.
The Grade 10 students and teachers actively participated in the conversation, asking questions, providing feedback, and learning from the experiences of our Grade 11 students. It was an excellent opportunity for everyone to gain a deeper understanding of the EE process and get inspiration for their own projects.
Overall, the Grade 11 Extended Essay Cafe was a great success, and we look forward to the final submissions from our talented Grade 11 students.
Empowering Our Future Leaders: Our Students Shine at Model United Nations Conference in Istanbul
We are excited to share with you the achievements of our students who participated in the Model United Nations Conference at Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey, under the guidance of Mr Stephen Walker, our MUN Director.
Our students took part in the conference with over 600 participants from around the world, where they engaged in rigorous debates and worked together to create resolutions aimed at solving real-world issues.
The EIS team not only enjoyed the conference and their time in Istanbul, but also gained invaluable skills in communication, debate, problem solving, and critical thinking. They developed their research, collaboration, and public speaking skills while learning about diplomacy and consensus building.
We are incredibly proud of our students and their achievements, and hope that we can continue to provide opportunities like this for our students. I would encourage more students to join the MUN club and reap the many benefits it offers.
Good luck to our Exam Warriors: Grade 9, 10, and 12 students!
As you may already know, the exam session for students in Grades 9, 10 and 12 taking IGCSE, A Level and IB exams has already begun.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our students the best of luck in their exams. We know that they have prepared tirelessly for this moment and we have full confidence in their ability to succeed.
We would like to encourage students to take care of themselves during this time, get enough rest, eat well and stay hydrated. We also kindly ask parents to continue to support their children and help create a calm and positive environment for them to study and prepare.
Let us work together to make this exam session a success for all our students.
Field trips in Preschool and Primary
Spring is finally here and EIS Preschool and Primary students can enjoy outdoor learning. K3 students took a field trip to the Botanical Garden on April 27 to support the unit of inquiry "Sharing the Planet".
Grade 4 celebrated the end of the fourth unit of inquiry on pollination, natural resources, and biomes with a field trip to the Ligatne Nature Trail. They observed various examples of the fauna and flora of temperate forests, the biome in which Latvia is located.
EIS Nursery and K1 students are going on their first field trip to Ūdensrozes park in Jaunmārupe on May 5. It an exciting moment for all of them and we will definitely share about the experience of our youngest students.
This year EIS Primary school will organize two field trips abroad: Grade 4 will travel to Iceland to learn about sustainable energy sources, and Grade 5 will travel to Croatia to celebrate the successful IB PYP Exhibition and say goodbye to the Primary school.
IB PYP Exhibition
On April 5, our Grade 5 students participated in the IB PYP Exhibition, a learning celebration where they were able to showcase everything they had learned through the IB PYP program. This year, the unit "How the World Works" formed the basis for the exhibition. Students engaged in research, interviews, surveys and other data collection methods to gather information about their chosen topic. After six weeks of an in-depth inquiry process, students presented the results of their research. IB PYP Exhibition was a success, and the entire school community was invited to the learning celebration. The students presented the results of their research and the actions they took. There was a bake sale, 3D printing technologies and their use to protect the environment, marine pollution research, and much more. The bake sale and other charitable events raised funds for environmental organizations, making it a truly fulfilling experience for all involved.
Primary School Assembly
Last Friday, Grade 3 held a student assembly where students discussed the achievements of the Primary school and the results of the healthy food challenge. Grade 4 (Daniel) students achieved the best results during the challenge and won a culinary workshop with our chef Raimonds. Also, Grade 3 students initiated thematic Friday events in Primary school:
We invite everyone to join the fun Fridays and dress according to the theme!
We are launching ExuperyTalks, where we give a live stage to acclaimed speakers who will share their knowledge, discuss best practices and try to look at various parenting issues from a different angle.
On May 20, the first ExuperyTalks will feature Dima Zicer, educator, author of books on pedagogy, host of the "Love Not Discipline" project, director of the Institute of Informal Education and "Apelsin" school.
University counseling aimed at top world universities
Smallwood Family Professor of Mathematics and true mathemagician
TED Speaker and a voice of Slow Movement
"Food for thought"
In the hassle of our lives, we sometimes struggle to keep everything in mind. When I recently missed an important meeting just because I accidentally scheduled it on the wrong day, it reminded me of a blog post I once wrote on the topic of memory. In it, I summarize a book called "The Memory Illusion" by Dr Julia Shaw, in which she reveals the physiological mechanism of memory formation and retrieval. She explains the malleability of our memories — once formed, they can never be fully gone, but they can also never be 100% accurate. This has many curious, sad, funny, awkward, and even liberating implications that are skillfully described in this excellent book. So, in this blog post, you will first find a list of 10 practical tips and then a summary of each chapter with some additional research.