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Regional stage of All-Russian Competition

 In Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Region-Ugra on 1April, 2014 the regional stage of All-Russian Competition of Children and Youth on literary and artistic creativity finished. The competition was held by the Department of Education and Youth Policy of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Region for developing spiritual and patriotic education of children and teenagers. The participants were the best students from 13 municipals of the Autonomous Region. The competition jury considered 60 works in 7 nominations in two age groups (10-13 years and 14-18 years). According to the results the winners are:

Nomination «Illustrations of favorite books»: the second age group (14-18 years): 1-st prize — Tatjana Baranova («Secondary school № 8» Kogalym) — 25 points.

  Nomination «Poetry» the second age group (14-18 years): 3rd prize — Tatjana Baranova «Secondary school № 8» Kogalym) — 88 points. Congratulations to Tatiana Baranovа!

The choir ensemble «Allegro», from the Secondary school 8, participated in the International Music Festival — «Young2014 Prague» which was held from 03.27.2014 to 30.03.2014 in the capital of Czech Republic. The first festival «Young Prague» was presented in 2003 and in 2014 it became the most popular event for young people from 8 to 26 years old, who are fond of music and choral singing. Every year more than 1,000 participants come to festival from all over the world to show their skills, share experiences with others and get acquainted with one of the cultural capitals of Europe — Prague. This year, 32 ensembles from 14 countries met in Prague. They were from Belarus, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, and USA.

 Festival events were divided into two categories:

 Category A — the performance in public (concerts). Participants — choirs, orchestras and musical groups, which represented 1-2 concerts.

 Category B — competitive performances. Participants — symphony orchestras and string, brass bands, jazz bands, other (pop, folk).

. The choir ensemble «AIlegro» appeared in the category of «the girls’ choir» and performed three songs in the Russian, the Czech and the English languages. The festival gave the team the opportunity to show their talent and skills. The girls also had got a chance to make new friends from around the world and appreciate the culture of other countries and people. The festival was a great educational experience for our team.  We are thankful to our sponsor LTD company “LUKOIL — Western Siberia” for the financial support and to the school administration, represented by the headmistress Ekaterina V. Bazhenova.

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Review of Mr.King’s workshops in Secondary School #8

«Do you want to learn the basic principles of effective teaching? Are you ready to understand how to develop the skills at pupils necessary for successful learning? You don’t know how to install confidence in children of taking exams successfully? Do you want to help parents to create children’s independence in learning, to learn to take useful experience from mistakes?

Then, you must visit our Secondary School #8!!!

We’ll share our bright emotions and wonderful impressions about a practical workshop for teachers, students and their parents.     We’ll tell you how we understand deeply the idea of giving our students a new type of education, the worthy one.

The competent advice of Mr. King, who is an internationally respected author, teacher, workshop facilitator, conference presenter from New Zealand, helps us in this case. Lance King believes that nothing is possible; we can overcome all difficulties on our way together with our students and their children. Thank you very much, Mr. King! You helped us to believe in ourselves, in our students and in our ability to do everything.»

Natalia Obuhova Russian Language and Literature teacherSecondary School #8

«On 29 of November 2013 in our school was held the workshop in English language for high school students «Exam Confidence». The workshop was prepared by Lance King, an internationally respected author, teacher, workshop facilitator, conference presenter from New Zealand.

I think many students have had an experience in communication with native English speakers before, but every time when we meet new people, we can get new knowledge. It is an amazing opportunity to get an unforgettable experience.

The workshop lasted for five hours but time passed quickly because it was very interesting, amazing and informative. Lance King taught us how to plan our time management before exams properly and how to organize our workplace in our notebooks, what should we do before the exams and how not to worry. He told us that we should not be afraid of anything new, even if this new is completely unknown. And the general slogan of the day was: «You should not say I can’t, you should say I have not tried to do it yet «. This slogan helped many participants to learn the basics of juggling. Lance King also introduced us three learning strategies, talked about the abilities of our memory and memory techniques.

Lance King is a very friendly and sociable person. He is ready to help everybody. When he noticed that we did not understand something at once, he tried to explain with gestures and emotions. But all in all, all material was very understandable. It was interesting and very pleasant to listen to our new teacher.

I am very glad I have visited the workshop, because all the participants were able to get a lot of experience and positive emotions. My schoolmates and me found a lot of useful information and left the classroom really happy. Yes, the ability to prepare for the exam properly is a very significant topic right now, but I think the most important thing is the belief that everything will be OK. I need to understand it, as a graduate. Lance King helped us to become more confident, to believe in ourselves and to go further towards knowledge and the exams.»

Olga Kulikova, 11A formSecondary School #8

«We would like to thank Mr. King for the meeting with parents of Secondary School #8, Kogalym on the 29th of November, 2013. The topic of the workshop for parents is very hot. The useful information that we have got, gives all parents the opportunity to be closer to their children, help them in difficult situations, find out the roots of a problem and the solution of it. The meeting took place in a benevolent atmosphere. Parents listened to Lance King with great interest and asked him questions.

Parents got useful recommendations how to help their children and themselves to be successful through their school years; got Mr. King’s web site where they are able to find answers to parents’ questions.

We are also grateful for the wonderful concert before the meeting to the headmistress of school, Mrs. Bazhenova, school teachers and children.»

Parents of Secondary school #8

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English-Russian Conference: “English–Speaking World” in Kogalym

 29/10/2013 we had some unforgettable hours of communicating with 2 foreigners, Tracy Cincler and John Parsons. Tracy is from New Zealand, but she lives in Italy, John is from Great Britain, Brighton. We had a chance to ask them questions about all we are interested in. It was great! Tracy is a beautiful woman; she was laughing and joking all the time. But John is a serious but fantastic speaker. They said that it was wonderful experience to visit Western Siberia, Russia and communicate with Russian students. Tracy liked the question of pronunciation of Russian words and names. So cool! It was my question! I was so excited. In conclusion I would like to say that I liked that meeting. It was great pleasure for me and all our pupils to speak to people from English-speaking countries.

Anastasia Basarabets, 9M

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III International Folklore Festival “Bear’s Corner” in Secondary School #8

A week ago, on the 10 of October, our school has organized the Festival “Bear’s Corner”, which has become a traditional event. For the third time our school opened the door to many art groups and guests not only of our city but also from Moscow and Nizhnevartovsk, where they could demonstrate their talents.

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The Second Trip to Great Britain

In August 2013 teachers from Secondary School #8 Kogalym, Russia visited Great Britain the second time. The goal of their visit was to learn English and practice it in real British atmosphere.

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The trip to Great Britain

The group of 14 Russian teachers visited Great Britain in March-April this year. We studied at Eastbourne School of English. The main target was to learn and practice our English language skills. Читать далее…

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IB Consultation visit

Very important visit for Secondary School #8 and all teachers took place in May 2013.

Barbara Stefanics, IB DP consultant visited our school for two days. On Monday she met with the headmistress, DP coordinator, future IB teachers and then some students showed her the school. Pupils of the school showed to the guest their most interesting projects. Читать далее…

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Dr. Vladimir D. Kuskovski, Educational Consultant from Mumbai, India visited our school

Dr. Vladimir D. Kuskovski, Educational Consultant from Mumbai, India visited our school in March 2013.

He told in details how to write an Extended Essay in Diploma Programme IB, discussed with teachers how EE supervisors could support the students and EE process at school is organized: logistics, timelines, and responsible people.

Dr Kuskovski also paid teachers attention to the following questions:

  • International mindedness and connection to all groups
  • ToK and how it connects to all groups

At the end of his visit Vladimir had individual consultations with future IB teachers from all groups.

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Russian Chorus in Prague

The chorus of our school visited the International Festival of choral collectives “young2013prague” in Prague in March 2013. Pupils sang national songs in three languages: Russian, English and Czech. The international jury highly appreciated performing level of our chorus. Читать далее…

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A Trip to the International Festival in Prague, 2013

 I’d like to tell you about the competition “ClassInAction”, that took place in the old but beautiful city Prague. It was a fantastic competition because we saw how other students were performing on the stage. Performances that guys played on the stage were brilliant. But no one was perfect. We saw their mistakes and analyzed. When it was our turn to go we were very nervous but our teacher supported us and we started to play our performance “Alice in a Wonderland”. Another day we had some workshops. I liked them because it was interesting to communicate with other students who came from different countries. Awarding Ceremony was great. We got a nomination for the best costumes. I would never forget our disco. We had been dancing for 2 hours! It was the best time for me. 

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