On Friday, October 27, we had the privilege to welcome two visitors from Minnesota, USA. David Melin and Greg McClellan conducted four lessons during which they had great conversations with our students. They talked about schools in the US, discipline issues, school uniform, bullying and other problems that American kids face.
On September 21, our school activists held festive events dedicated to the International Day of Peace. The day began with the traditional meeting as a sign of supporting world peace. In addition, on this very day, the students of gymnasia made leaflets and posters reflecting the calls for the peaceful coexistence of all nations on the planet. The little students of 2-4th grades amzed the gymnasia community and school guests with the impressive creative autumn handmade art pieces during the exhibition called “Autumn Peace Design”. Our students did their best to contribute to the efforts of millions of people around the globe aimed at making people not only consider the issue of world peace but also do something to sustain it. For this reason, gymnasia’s 5-10-graders have conducted a Peace Charity Fair and will direct the money raised to the people of the city who need our help most.
This year we conducted GoCamp at our Gymnasia and it was a huge SUCCESS! Over 200 students attended the English camp, where they practised their English, sang songs, did crafts, played games and had lots of fun. We had an honour to have Jean and Ray Rivers, two volunteers from Canada, who were a valuable addition to the camp. Being the Director of FCG_GoCamp, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the great team of teachers, for their creativity, love for the kids and unending source of enthusiasm!
Our Gymnasia is successfully using Jolly Phonics method of teaching at the English lessons. The children learn the language in a relaxed atmosphere using games, songs and stories. This merry approach, focused on children, is multisensory, and is based on teaching reading and writing by the method of synthetic phonics. Six of our teachers have completed an on-line course of Jolly Phonics courses and received a Certificate from CPD College, Ireland.
Cherkasy First City Gymnasia, UNESCO Associated School, is situated in Cherkasy, Ukraine.
Іn November 2015 Cherkasy First City Gymnasia marked its 135th anniversary. This educational establishment has grown from a male gymnasia, First Labour School, First Exemplary Secondary School, Secondary School #1 to a polylingual school. It offers the teaching of 12 languages, namely Ukrainian, Russian, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Modern Hebrew. The gymnasia is officially acknowledged as the Education and Science Leader of Ukraine – 2011. It is an experimental educational establishment of the national level, a member of Ukrainian Schools of the Future Association, the Ukrainian Association of Teachers of Spanish, Ukrainian Movement of Teachers for Peace and Mutual Understanding. It is a magnet school for the Institute of Pedagogy of Ukrainian National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences. Besides it is the International Testing Center of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE), an examination venue for Cambridge ESOL exams. This school is a participant of Ukrainian project “School – Human Rights Area” and the British Council in Ukraine project “Connecting Classrooms”.
The FCG body of students totals 665 pupils aged 6 through 17. The teaching staff amounts to 69 members. Among them there are 7 Honoured Teachers of Ukraine, 1 Ph. D. in Pedagogy; 6 National Winners of Ukrainian-American programs: Teaching Excellence Award and Partners in Education; 46 specialists of the highest qualification category. Outstanding graduates of the school are the writers M. Drai-Khmara, O. Lebedenko, O. Korolevych, the graphic artist V. Zamyrailo, the historian B. Krupnytsky, the academician, scientist O. Barannikov, the former Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ukraine to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland V. Khandogiy.
Cherkasy First City Gymnasia is a modern general educational school, new in its form, content, plurilingual and multicultural surrounding which provides for its students a high-quality education, developing and upbringing. Its School Parliament, Euroclub, Interact, Children’s Diplomacy Centre, English Club, language societies work effectively. The gymnasia is not only a unique educational establishment but also an effective scientific centre. In it the conception and model of a polylingual gymnasia functioning, Dialogue of Cultures scientific-methodological and upbringing program; regulations of polylingual and polycultural personality development and international cooperation centre are successfully defined, substantiated and experimentally proved.
The pedagogical staff (Principal S. Saienko) functioning is aimed at civic education and the polylingual and polycultural personality formation of its students: upbringing of dedicated citizens of Ukraine on the basis of dialogue of cultures, culture of peace and tolerance, international cooperation and partnership. The gymnasia is awarded a silver medal and the Diploma of the 2nd All -Ukrainian exhibition “Innovative Technologies in Ukraine – 2010”. In 2011 the Gymnasia became the winner of the All-Ukrainian contest-defense “The Best Model of the Education Establishment “School of the Future”. In 2010-2014 academic year 54 students became the prize-winners of the IV round of All-Ukrainian Student Olympiads. In the course of participation in the Ukrainian-American program “Future Leaders”, 82 students have become the national winners and got scholarships which cover their studying in American high schools during an academic year. Three gymnasia graduates got 200 points in English at the External Independent Assessment (ZNO). In 2012 the gymnasia was recognized the winner of the Second All-Ukrainian best website contest “Website Is The Face of Success” held in the frames of XV International jubilee educational establishments exhibition “Modern Education in Ukraine – 2012”, the Laureate of Ukrainian Production Quality Contest “100 Best Commodities of Ukraine” in the nomination “Educational Services”. In February 2013 at the International Exhibition “Modern Education in Ukraine – 2013” in Kyiv the First Ukrainian Web Rating «SWR» among educational establishments was presented according to which the gymnasia got the 1st place. The gymnasia is awarded a gold medal and the Diploma of the 5th International exhibition “Modern Educational Establishments – 2014”. In 2014 at the 4th All-Ukrainian Contest on the Best School Website the school is acknowledged as one of the winners. At the 9th Regional Pedagogical Exhibition “Education of Cherkasy Region” the gymnasia is decorated with the memorable award “The Image of Cherkasy Region Education – 2014”. In 2015 the gymnasia is awarded the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine Diploma for the 2nd place in the 5th All-Ukrainian Best Website Contest among general educational institutions. In 2015 the gymnasia gets the Institute of Pedagogy Certificate (NAPS of Ukraine) certifying the Semen Goncharenko Award in the nomination “Methods of Teaching”. In November 2015 the gymnasia was awarded the Honorary Diploma of the National Academy of the Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine.
In 2016 the gymnasia received the Certificate of the International Exhibition “Modern Educational Institutions – 2016” proving the gymnasia award with a silver medal. In 2016 the gymnasia got the 3rd place in All-Ukrainian Contest-Rating of work with gifted children “School is a Source of Talents”; two teachers of English became the winners of All-Ukrainian project “Teachers of English – Agents of Change”, and the gymnasia became the winner of All-Ukrainian project “GoCamps”. In 2015-2016 4 gymnasia students became the winners of All-Ukrainian Student Olympiad and the graduate Oleksandr Shvets got the 1st place in English at All-Ukrainian Contest-Defence of students-members of Mala Academy of Sciences research.