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Maslenitsa festival

Festive winter farewell ceremony was arranged today at the International School of Alabuga by its pupils and teachers. The school held a children’s matinee dedicated to Maslenitsa festival.

The celebration began with a short dramatized representation organized by children for parents and guests. Head teacher David O’Brien thanked the children and their teachers for the bright and eye-catching performance, according to the head teacher, it took them three weeks to prepare for Maslenitsa festival, every day for one 40-minutes long lesson per day.

D. O’Brien presented traditional "Star of the Week" certificates to some students who excelled at school during the last week of studying.

After the performance the kids with their parents went outdoors, where they enjoyed winter fun and play — sledging, snowball throwing, tug-of-war. The culmination of the celebration was a traditional Maslenitsa festival scarecrow burning and a tea party with traditional pancakes.

As explained by head teacher David O’Brien Alabuga International School regularly celebrates holidays of different nations of the world, thus the students are introduced to other countries’ culture. “So far we do not have many foreign children, but traditional Russian holidays such as Maslenitsa allow them to get acquainted with Russian traditions", — mentioned the head teacher during the interview.

One of the guests of the festival Ali Kilic — KASTAMONU plant manager (the plant is located in the SEZ "Alabuga"), whose children also study in Alabuga International School admitted that he really liked the holiday. “My elder daughter used to come home from school and tell me with interest how they prepare for Maslenitsa — said Ali Kilic. — I have lived in many countries, but to my mind Russian Maslenitsa is one of the brightest holidays. “

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IB Student Conferences: Opportunities for Empowerment

Student conferences within IB PYP programme were held at AIS to reflect the students’ progress in academic disciplines and core competencies under the new school strategy on April 10-11.

Students of KG1 - Grade 2 and their parents participated in the Three-Way Conferences that involved three parties: students, parents and teachers. The conference participants discussed students’ progress and achievements emphasizing on the strengths and areas for improvement as well as setting future goals for the next academic year and the ways to assist in their attainment. AIS students shared their thoughts and ideas on inquiries conducted, assessed their role in inquiry activities, demonstrated the works, selected by them well in advance with the teacher’s support, and their portfolios.

The format of Student Led Conferences for Grade 3 - Grade 6 allowed the students to arrange and run conferences on their own. The student portfolio was the main focus of the conferences as it compiles many great examples from different units of inquiry. It gives the students the chance to take full ownership of their work while making their parents proud of all that they have done throughout the year.

The days of student conferences turned to be special for the entire school community and gave our students the unique opportunities for empowerment and engagement. We would like to express gratitude to all AIS families for taking the time to recognize the full worth of a strong IB education!