Student life

Support team

School support staff play an important role in ensuring students are learning in a safe and supportive learning environment. They can foster positive, trusting relationships with students and improve school climate by encouraging parent and family involvement in education. Because students connect with school support staff on many occasions throughout the school day, support staff can model positive behavior and send positive messages to students.

Psychologist
Natalya Lugoveca
natalja.lugoveca@exupery.lv

Works with students, teachers and parents, advising them and helping them to understand difficulties, their causes and mechanisms, look for new solutions, be aware of their strengths, understand their life goals and aspirations.

Helps resolve emotional experiences and conflicts. In the process of solving difficulties, a psychologist helps a person to discover and use his or her own internal resources.

Provides information about the peculiarities of the child's development. Advises parents, students, teachers individually. Adheres to the Code of Professional Ethics and ensures client confidentiality. Counseling children only after parental consultation and signed permission to work with the child.

Special Education Needs teacher
Ilze Krukle
ilze.krukle@exupery.lv

The special education needs teacher, in cooperation with other educators and support staff, analyzes the child’s learning, psychological and adaptation problems and helps to identify teaching methods for solving them or suggests a possible way of help.

Performs individual work and provides support to students with specific learning disabilities and other special educational needs.

Organizes individual or group special correction work with learners in order to strengthen learning skills, create motivation to learn and develop cooperation and communication skills. If necessary, helps to find adjustments so that the child can better acquire the necessary knowledge and skills.

Provides consultations to parents and teachers. Informs parents about the student's learning difficulties and looks for ways to overcome them.

Speech therapist
Anzela Gurjeva
anzela.gurjeva@exupery.lv

Speech therapist is a specialist with pedagogical education and a teacher's speech therapist qualification.
Activates the child's interest in the mother tongue, stimulates his motivation to overcome speech and language disorders.
Speech therapist works on:

  • Prevention of sound pronunciation disorders;
  • Development of phonemic perception;
  • Vocabulary enrichment and activation;
  • Related speech development;
  • Acquisition of lexical topics of the language;
  • Prevention of agrammatism in speaking, reading and writing;
  • Improving writing skills;
  • Improving reading skills.
  • The speech therapist is responsible for the course of speech therapy work, involving other specialists in the correction work, if necessary, as well as maintaining confidentiality regarding the information obtained about the student.

    Our Afterschool
    Activity Philosophy

    Exupery International School’s ASAs are designed to integrate productivity with joyful exploration and memorable, hands-on experiences. Our program roster runs the gamut with regards to specialization and fields of interest, which are described below:

    Student clubs
    Hip-Hop

    Our hip hop classes are important for children to follow their passions. It helps them to be more confident and open-minded to other genres and cultures.

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    School Projects

    Plastic waste collection project

    Exupery International School is proud to develop a sustainable, ecologically minded culture through community action projects and initiatives. We recently launched a plastic waste project with the help of the Exupery International Summer School (EISS) to help show how much plastic we use over the course of just a few months. We invite everybody to donate their plastic waste (meaning cups, cutlery, straws, and bottles) to the metal structure outside the school, as it will later be used to create an art installation in Riga. Let’s go green together!

    Cat Care Presentations

    Philanthropy is a cornerstone of globally conscious citizens. Our Grade 7 students, led by Miss Chloe and Mr. Rex, recently embarked on a joint venture with Cat Care Community, an organization that creates and installs shelters for the cats living on Riga’s streets.

    Vermiculture Composting

    Wondering what vermicomposting is? So were the students! Vermicomposting, the students learned, involves the use of earthworms to compost the food waste which comprises about 1/3 of our household waste. Mr. Artūrs Jansons, a directing manager at homo ecos, brought a special kind of earthworms, California red worms, to help educate the students and kickstart their classroom composting project.

    Archaeological Digging

    For anthropology class this week students learned about archaeological methods, and then put them into practice with Mr. Drew. They found some interesting artefacts during the excavation!

    Visual Learning

    One of EIS's guiding principles is a firm belief in visual learning. In keeping with this philosophy, EIS features a set of grade-specific boards in its main corridor where students can arrange their work from unit-spanning projects, presentations, and excursions. These boards develop vibrant, thought-provoking final products to inspire every learner who walks past them!

    Tree planting

    Our Grade 1 students recently planted trees on the EIS premises as a physical reflection of the growth they'll experience over the coming years. In this sense, the students will grow up in tandem with their trees. The students will also use the trees as a source of inspiration when learning about the delicate ecology of our planet. Trees provide our air, homes for a variety of animals, shade for weary students, and a biodegradable, renewable resource. Here's to the start of a great friendship between our students and the beautiful trees they've brought to our backyard!

    Trips

    Grade 4: York 2019

    In our final unit ‘where we are in place and time’ we visited to York in the UK. We were looking at how past civilizations have influenced modern society, with a key focus on the systems and technologies that they invented. We chose York as there are aspects of Roman, Viking and Medieval civilizations, still present within the current city.
    We visited the Yorkshire Air Museum to explore the evolution of flight, the Jorvik Centre to look at life in Viking York, and finally the Yorkshire Museum for an insight into Roman and medieval times. The students really enjoyed this experience, and had the opportunity to interact with people and develop their English language skills. As treat at the end of the trip, students went to a local Chinese restaurant. They interacted with the staff and ordered their own meals.

    Australia

    EIS's sixth and seventh graders went to Australia! Our students did everything from sleeping overnight in an aquarium to touring local schools. And, of course, they had several up-close and personal encounters with Australia's famous inhabitants: kangaroos, sharks, and more!

    Munich

    The EIS trip to Munich, Germany was a tremendous opportunity for our students in Grades 2, 3, and 4, as it offered an in-depth portrait of one of Europe’s most inventive and dynamic nations. At the BMW Museum, students witnessed the birth and continual evolution of
    an industrial giant, while also gaining first-hand experience with the components that comprise our modern automobiles. Students also visited the Deutsches Museum,
    the worldwide leader in science and technology exhibits, as well as a Sea Life Museum and planetarium. Our students were overwhelmed with the ingenuity, sense of wonder, and emergent technologies on display!

    The Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia

    Exupery International School second graders visited the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia as part of our #PYP Unit "Who We Are". We have been discussing traditions in other countries, but we realized we had questions about our country of Latvia!

    What instruments do they play in Latvia?
    What traditions does Latvia have?
    What are the examples of traditional jobs and food?

    While at the museum, we saw some new items that answered our questions. We saw canoes and nets, so we realized that fishing is a traditional job. We saw wool, a spinning machine, and weaving, so we think Latvians used to weave their clothes. We also saw a music box where people would turn the crank to mage music. Probably our most interesting finding was the yard of toys - some of the toys, like the sled, looks just like what we use today.
    We will continue going deeper with our observations and analysis so that we can understand that different cultures have things in common and that coming from different cultures shapes our perspectives.

    Charity

    Exupery Giving Tree 2020

    We are so blessed to have such a caring and charitable minded community within our school that always gives so much. This year we have introduced our giving tree which is providing gifts for 60 children in the Social Day Care Center “Kauguri” and the Orphanage "Zīļuks" in Ērgļi parish this Holiday Season.

    Thank you to all of you who are participating and over the coming months, we will look to continue working with different organisations finding ways to help and support!

    International Women's Club of Riga Charity Bazaar 2019

    This is the first year of EIS participating in this charity event that brings together non-profitable organizations and international communities for a common cause. Exupery International School wants to thank all the students, teachers and staff involved in IWCR Christmas Charity Bazaar fund-raising activities.

    Riga Ball 2019

    The Charity event Riga Ball 2019, which was hosted in the city's famous House of Blackheads, was one of the most dazzling and incredible events of the entire year. EIS (Exupery International School) is proud to support such a historic, culturally rich celebration, and is even prouder to congratulate several of our students for their involvement in the evening’s ballroom dancing.

    Exupery Cake Charity Event

    We are pleased to announce that, our Exupery cake charity event - which featured the coordination of EIS, Baltkom's Green Lamp charity program, the Ziedot.lv portal and the best restaurants in Riga and Jurmala - has collected 4 090 EUR for Markus Berzins! It’s a fantastic result! Markus Berzins, who is from Valmiera, has children's cerebral palsy, and urgently needs our help to complete a rehabilitation course and start walking!

    Visited Social Care Center “Liepa”

    On the 28th of April 2017 EIS students visited Social Care Center “Liepa”. Our goal was to increase social awareness and encourage a dialogue between different ages and social groups. This event was aimed to share and care, learn respect towards the elderly and gain an understanding of different challenges in life.

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