Nursery Teachers in Brussels

The Nursery class teachers and assistant teachers along with Auli and Paul visited the Brussels European School IV (Laeken). After a short tour around the Primary building and the premises, they were divided into different Nursery groups to observe the teaching process. Each of the teachers visited two classrooms in different language sections. This gave them the opportunity to see different approaches to the Early Education Curriculum and reflect on the practices in TES.

Greetings from the Director

Dear pupils, teachers, and parents,

Coming back to school in January, we found ourselves in a different situation – the playground was slightly smaller, the construction works have started in Keevise street and on top of that the Suur-Sõjamäe street was and still is almost entirely closed. Nevertheless, we will continue to work as efficiently as we can, despite the obstacles: Per aspera ad astra!

A school is above all a learning institution, and the school staff does everything in their power to support pupils’ progression. I would like to thank all the parents, as well as the teachers, who took part in Parent-Teacher Conference. I am confident that both parts – parents and teachers, have received a valuable feedback.

Our Secondary 5 pupil Elisa gained valuable experience as an exchange student in European School of Munich. She was the first of hopefully many to come in the future to use the opportunity of student exchanges between European Schools.

TES Student Council visited Häädemeeste Gymnasium and got useful knowledge what the pupils from other schools are doing; hopefully, they made some friends too.

For the second time, the pupils from P5 and S1 enjoyed the Winter Camp as the rest of the school had fun activities during the Winter Sports day. Curling is a fantastic game to play, isn’t it?

A Big Thank You to all participants!

The Republic of Estonia celebrates its 99th birthday on 24th February. Estonia is one year younger than a century then. At school, we celebrated Estonia’s birthday already on 20th February, and I hope that TES´ family will find a smidgen of time to think about Estonia also on Friday, 24th February.

I leave you the warm invitation from the Estonian President and all the people:

We’d like to invite you to the 100th birthday of the Republic of Estonia, taking place from April 2017 to February 2020.
We dedicate these birthday celebrations to the future, to ventures that will reach the memories of our children and grandchildren but will also give us all a better life today. We think of our people, nature, and communities. We do things on our own, uniquely Estonian way. We are simple but smart; both bold and mysterious.

Estonia – the whole world in a nutshell! 
Auli Udde

News from the Parents’ Council

  • Parents Council has met on the 26th of January. The primary focus of discussions was on Secondary progress and different ways to improve it. More information is available in the minutes of the meeting published on E-kool. Parents may also request the minutes from your child’s class representative.
  • Parents Council is looking to implement an annual activity fee starting from the next school year that would cover the costs of class field trips, entrance fees to school events and the expenses for TES parents membership in CAPEEA (Umbrella organisation for Parents of Accredited European Schools). Charity events would be funded separately on a voluntary basis.
  • TES psychologist in cooperation with the Parents Council has given a pilot lecture on challenges of adolescence. The trial lecture was given to S2 parents, and it was a great success. Another lecture will take place on the 28th of March. All the Secondary parents will be invited. The lecture will help parents to understand how to support their teenagers through this challenging but exciting period of their lives.Topics that will be taught during the lecture:
    • the specifics of the developmental period
    • usual developmental changes during that time
    • teenager`s needs, how to understand them
    • how to be there for my teenager, how can parents support

The lecture will take place in TES on the 28th of March 2017 at 17:00-19:00 and will be free of charge.

New Teachers

TES is growing and changing constantly.
We welcome our newest staff members who joined our team recently.

Sigrid Melts – Deputy Director

I have worked as a teacher and a Deputy Head. I am a professional coach and supervisor for leaders and teachers, and I have lectured socio-emotional aspects of learning in Tallinn University. I am a certified Mindfulness trainer. My views on education are that alongside academic knowledge, it is necessary for students to acquire skills and learn values in every lesson. Communication, creativity, critical thinking and cooperation are the 21st-century skills that a child should learn at school. In TES I am responsible for learning and teaching by supporting teachers´ professional development. I also see that the EB curriculum is implemented.

I am a mother of three children and family is of great value for me. In my free time, I like to be in nature, enjoy cultural events, cook and host guests. I am fond of snowboarding, cross country skiing and yoga.

Jenny Ellif – Language Support teacher

I’m from Texas in the United States.  I taught Family and Consumer Science courses to Secondary students before coming to Estonia.  I am honoured to teach Language Support classes at TES while here.

In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my family and hosting friends; I like music and love fitness.  I love to be outdoors playing games and being silly. I do CrossFit to stay in shape and to learn new gymnastic skills. I also play the piano and sing for fun.

Gwenole Chateau – French teacher

I come from Brittany, France. I’ve studied French and Breton languages and have been teaching in several Primary schools in France. For four years I have been working with children, as well as teenagers and adults in Poland.

I enjoy travelling, living abroad and learning new languages. Apart from French, Breton, English and Polish, I’ve also started with Estonian lessons, and I have to admit – I love this language. In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, I’m crazy about independent cinema, and I also do some writing on my own.

Nanata Peradze-Hammerin – Primary 3-4 aftercare teacher

I come from Georgia, Tbilisi. I have studied Modern Teaching Technology and hold a bachelor degree in Engineering. Apart from science, I also love reading books and learning new languages – I’m currently learning Swedish.

All my free time I dedicate to my 3-months old puppy called Lollipop.

Admissions for the 2017/18 academic year

Admissions for the 2017/18 academic year opens on Monday 20 February 2017. Online application forms accompanied by the required documents can be submitted through our website: by latest 26 March 2017.

Admissions are mainly for Nursery and Primary 1- admissions to other classes depends on vacancies. We invite prospective parents to our OPEN DOORS DAY on March 9, 2017, at 15h30-17h30. It is an opportunity to visit the school and to find out firsthand how we can set free young dreams.

For more information and to register for the OPEN DOORS DAY, send an e-mail to You can also register for the event right here on our Facebook Event

Shorter day on 23rd February

23 February is officially a shorter day due to the fact that following day is Estonian Independence Day. The day will be organised as follows:

  • P1-P2 lessons according to timetable until 14:00
  • P3-S6 lessons according to timetable until 14:10
  • Nursery day will end at 14:00

Please note that aftercare is cancelled on that day.
Thank you for your understanding!

Parent-Teacher Conference

Join us on Wednesday, 25th January 2017
Time: 14:30-18:00
Location: TES
Registration is open until the 24th January 2017.

Please follow this link to sign up for an appointment with the teachers.

  • NB! Please select up to three teachers per pupil.
  • Kindly note that the timeslot allocated for each pupil is 15 minutes. We encourage you to book the earliest time possible.
  • After-care and extra-curricular activities are provided following the regular schedule.

The aim of the Parent-Teacher Conference is to enhance communication between the parents and subject teachers regarding the academic progression of a pupil in a particular subject. After having received the School Report of the first semester parents might have concerns regarding their child’s academic progress in a specific subject that they wish to discuss with the subject teacher.

Please note that during the conference you can only meet with the subject teachers. The class teachers will meet the parents of all of their pupils for progress review discussions starting from late-January. These invitations will be sent individually through e-Kool by the class teacher. The aim of the progress review with class teacher is to discuss all the aspects of the performance of a pupil, including studies, behaviour, interests and overall attitude. The meeting will be an hour long and participation of the parents, pupil and class teacher is required.

Please note that P1 and P2 class teachers (Tristan Kliffen, Christos Patsias, Oliver Golding and Rachel Heath) are not included in the Parent-Teacher Conference as they are teaching most of the subjects and will soon have progress review meetings with all the parents in their class. However, we encourage the parents of P1 and P2 pupils to meet the teachers of Music, Art, PE and L2.

The meetings with Nursery teachers and parents will take place in a separate time.

Our teachers are looking forward to sharing your children’s progress with you.

TES Art Calendar 2017

Dear TES Families,

We have captured the artwork of our pupils in a beautiful Tallinn European School Art Calendar 2017. It is available at the front desk for a small donation ranging from 5 euro to infinity…

All proceeds from the sale of the calendars will go towards the organisation of school events for our pupils.

Christmas Charity

Dear families,

It is the wonderful time of the year, a time for giving, for sharing, for showing that we care. TES Student Council invites all the families to donate items for Family for Each Child NGO (MTÜ Igale Lapsele Pere) and help make Christmas memorable to those who are less fortunate.

  • What to donate: clothes for children up to 18y, toys and sports equipment
  • When: 12-16 December
  • Where: School lobby, 1st floor

PS! Please check the lost and found boxes before next Friday, December 16th. All items left in lost and found boxes are donated to charity.

Counting on your support!


Keevise street will be closed starting from 09.12.2016

Due to tram line construction works Keevise street will be closed starting from 09.12.2016.

You can access school only via Suur-Sõjamäe street and the drop-off zone on Keevise street cannot be used. In addition to TES car park, we advise parents to park the car in front of the school gym (Suur-Sõjamäe 8a). Free parking is limited to 1 hour, therefore please remember to use the parking clock to indicate your time of arrival.

See detailed traffic plan here: Traffic_plan

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and we kindly ask you to reserve more commuting time if possible.