Dear pupils, teachers and parents,
It seems like it was just yesterday, when we came back from the February break, just to go on a break again. This term we celebrated La Semaine de la francophonie, had an Open Doors Day for the new families, the Parents-Back-To School day and the Style Week. For the first time, our S6 pupils had an educational visit linked to the L2 language in the class, to Saarbrücken in Germany. The first step towards the tradition is set and next year’s S6 pupils can count on a L2 school trip.
A big thank you to all the parents, teachers and the Student Council for their initiative and willingness to make TES an interesting and open learning and working environment.
The admission period for the school year 2017-2018 is now over. There were 60 applications overall, hence two pupils for one place. We are adding one new primary 4 class as well as a secondary 7.
Tallinn European School hosted the team of two inspectors from the European School system from April 10th-14th. Their main task was to evaluate how has the school prepared for the European Baccalaureate first session which will be in Spring 2018. Oral feedback from the inspectors was fairly good, and they will propose to get accreditation for S6 and S7 classes. The final decision will be made by the Board of Governers by December 2017 the latest.
On 10th April, ten our pupils completed the French DELF exam and five of them made the exam on B2 level (Vantage). The exam results and certificates will be distributed in September by the French Embassy.
This term has been the ‘environment’ term. Primary pupils had shown their very good learning outcomes and environmental awareness by making different educational projects, such as “Less sugar”; “Recycled crafts” and shoebox dioramas of various ecosystems.
The most important project running in TES now is “Notice the spring”. I hope that all of you take a bit of time to find the signs of spring and mark them in four different languages, just like the pupils have been doing for the past weeks.
The signs of spring are:
- I saw fluffy willow catkins. Pajutibud pehmed, hallid, oksal reas on nagu
- I saw a butterfly fluttering around. Regarde, le papillon citron annonce le printemps !
- Birch leaves appear from the buds. Koivussa on jo hiirenkorvat.
- The lawn is green. Muru on roheline.
- I heard a nightingale sing. Ecoute, le rossignol chante le printemps!
- First dandelions are flowering. Voikukka kukkii.
Tulge tagasi, kevad südames! (Return with the spring in your hearts!)