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DP1 visits the International Center for Climate Governance

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The Diploma Programme 1 visits the Center for Climate Governance

The DP1 class is exploring the conservation of natural and historic heritage, including the State Archives and International Center for Climate Governance, in Venice.

Founded in 2009 by the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, the ICCG is an internationally recognized research center that conducts research on topics related to climate change and related government policies, and is a meeting point for economists, researchers, politicians and leaders of the private sector.

On Wednesday, April 5th, H-International School’s DP1 class has visited the ICCG headquarters and met the researchers and staff who conduct studies, experiencing what it means to work in a “research center on climate.” The students have been accompanied by Ms. Scapolan, professor of Environmental Systems and Societies, and Ms Gietz, Theory of Knowledge teacher. This visit represents an important part of this year’s educational program: this year, the main theme of the interdisciplinary project of natural sciences and humanities is, in fact, the preservation of natural and historical heritage.

Following the visit, the students have also visited the State Archives of Venice for a guided tour of the collections, view several documents concerning international relations of the Republic of Venice and explore some of the hisotrical document digitization projects..


Everybody loves jazz!

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The H-Choir will hold its first concert on Thursday, April 13th in the Hall

Spring has finally arrived…And what better to celebrate than with some music?!

On Thursday, April 13th at 6.30pm, parents, friends and relatives are invited to the Spring Jazz Concert that will take place in The Hall, at H-FARM headquarters.

Three different choirs made up of PYP and MYP students will take the stage, accompanied by a professional jazz band… Special guest – the H-International School parents’ choir.

The April 13th event will be the first official concert by the H-Choir, who will need all of your support: the goal is to make the Spring concert become an annual event.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!


Mediterranean Festival 2017!

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A festive lunch characterized by the colors, smells and flavors from all over the world (and from Italy)

Geography is not only mapsand place names, but also culture and traditions. And, of course, cuisine and typical products.

Discovery of the folklore of the countries of the world is the mission of the Mediterranean Festival, which from February 24th, for the second year in a row, will enliven the Olmi location of the H-International School.

From 12.00pm to 14.00pm, one of the classrooms will be transformed into a real food festival, with colorful stands and beautiful dishes. Organized by Mr Moll, geography teacher at H-IS, the Mediterranean Festival is managed by the Middle Year Program 1-2-3: divided into 14 teams, coordinated by the students of year 2, each team was assigned a country by lottery. France, Lebanon, Albania, Greece, and also the Italian regions of Puglia and Liguria, among others. The students then had to design their stand, study traditional recipes and ingredients of their assigned country, create a dish and describe its origins to the judges. Yes, that’s right, the Mediterranean Festival also contains a competition, in which the parents and students can vote for winners in three categories: best stand, best food and best knowledge of the prepared dishes (ingredients, history, little-known facts…).
Whoever is interested in learning more can use the tablets available on each table that shows the preparation of the dish , along with some slides that include little-known facts about the countries. To make the Festival even more lively, the students wore traditional costumers of their countries.

The winners will be announced in a few days…In the meantime, here are some tasty photos!


Digital adventures at the Children’s Carnival in Venice

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For the second year in a row, H-FARM Education’s Labs & Camps will be present at Venice’s Biennale with a special project for young students

Telling a story pixel by pixel and visually giving it form by using a simple programming language: the lab designed by H-FARM Education for the Children’s Carnival is called “Creators of digital adventures” and from February 18th to 26th, will open to elementary- and middle-school students.

The workshop will guide students through the steps of creating an animated story, an interactive digital cartoon in which they will imaginatively create using Scratch, the programming language designed for young and unexperienced users, and Makey Makey, which allows users to digitally control objects.

The main goal is to stimulate creativity and inventiveness through coding and the organization of ideas through the construction of a storyboard.

This laboratory allows students to “digitally” explore the theme of this edition of the Children’s Carnival, “The Playroom”, through the use of computers, coding and technology in order to blend together games, words, music and stories in order to create a storyline and give it life.

H-FARM Education’s labs, lasting 2 hours long, will be held in two sessions duringweekday mornings and a single session on Saturday at 11am.

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International visitors at H-International School

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At the end of February, an international delegation has explored our programs through visits to H-FARM and H-IS

Seven professionals from the education sector, hailing from all over the world, have gathered for a two-day event in the unique setting of H-FARM Education and the H-International School. The guests have explored our teaching methods, programs and school structures, in order to open up the school to international students.
On February 23rd and 24th, the education professionals visited H-FARM headquarters, the H-IS high school, the Olmi campus and the student dormitories. The agenda included meetings with Carlo Carraro, Head of Education for H-FARM, and Mauro Bordignon, Headmaster of H-IS. The group met several teachers who spoke about the didactic methods used in the classroom and the Admisssions procedures for the school. The group also took part in mock lessons, participated in a soft-skills lab and tried out the virtual reality tools used by the students.

By aiding the entrance of international students to the school, H-IS aims at creating an increasingly international and open scholastic environment that allows the students to think in more flexible ways, and how to co-exist with people from very different backgrounds, as set forth by the IB learner profile.


H-IS enrolment open: choose your school

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The enrollment process is now open for the H-International school: innovative, dynamic and digital

Apart from the usual school subjects, our school provides its students with the technical and cultural tools that allow enhanced awareness of their individual skills and ways to express their personal talents so that students are empowered to construct their own future. Innovation applied to the didactic model and learning techniques are two of the main characteristics of the H-IS educational path. Through the use of digital tools, we teach our students that learning is born from experimentation and that teamwork encourages growth and development of one’s own capabilities.

Innovative and engaging: Who wouldn’t want to go to a school like this? Enrol today!

After an initial enrolment period dedicated to current students of the school, enrolment is now open for all of those interested and is now possible after the planned deadline on February 6th (pending availability).
In fact, despite this deadline, it is always possible to decide to invest in an innovative, different and stimulating educational path that allows students a better understanding of the current changes that are affecting society and the world at large. Our staff is available to provide guidance to students and their families, thoroughly explaining the educational programs of our nursery, elementary, middle and high schools and we are always ready to assist families, if needed, in transfer procedures from other schools.

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H-FARM and H-IS in London for the Apple Education Leadership Summit and BETT Show

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From Tuesday 24th to Saturday 28th, London becomes the capital of innovative education. H-FARM’s educational programs were invited to the summit by the Cupertino-based company

H-FARM Education and H-International School are in London for today’s Apple Education Leadership Summit and for the exclusive event on the morning of Wednesday, January 25th dedicated to the Top Apple Schools, the most innovative schools, according to the Cupertino-based company. The Apple events are taking place at The Crystal, the modern exhibition space located in the Green Enterprise District of London’s East End, and have drawn educators and executives from the best schools and educational institutions from all over the world, with a particular focus on avant-garde systems and technologies in the field of education.

The delegation, comprised of Carlo Carraro, Head of Education for H-FARM’s educational programs, Mauro Bordignon, Headmaster of H-IS, and Cristina Varisco, Digital Knowledge Specialist for H-FARM Education, took part in the summit’s activities and, starting on Wednesday 25th, will be in attendance at the Bett Show. In fact, at the ExCeL exhibition center from the 25th to the 28th, one of the most important events in innovative education will be taking place; the Bett (British Educational Training and Technology) Show, now in its 32nd edition, attracting around 35 thousand global visitors each year and with more than 100 exhibitors (including Microsoft, Arduino and Adobe).

This will be the second year in a row that H-FARM Education will be attending Bett.
The following is a selection of photos for both events.

Ivan denisovic

From literature to videomaking

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A creative exercise using cross-media to interpret the underying themes of one of the most significant novels of the previous century

Following this month’s Art Day, the students of H-International School continue to “play with the five senses” through experiments with directing and acting. Along with their English language and literature professor, Mr. Gray Galloway, the students recently read and analyzed the English translation of one of the most important works of modern Russian literature, One day in the life of Ivan Denisovič, by Aleksandr Solženicyn (1962). This historic-autobiographical novel is set in a Siberian gulag post-World War II and has a deceptively simple storyline: Ivan, the protagonist, Ivan, narrates his experience in the workcamps and the daily difficulties and struggles of forced work.

Analyzing the themes of a novel can prove to be not as simple as one would think. So why not try to bring the main themes of the novel to life through the use of audiovisual imagery? The students’ assignment for this project was to create short films, highlighting the most significant themes of the novel and selecting the most important passages representing those themes, thus creating a hypothetical fil rouge.

The following is one of the result of the students’ work (who took advantage of the snowy weather last week to shoot realistic outdoor footage…).
We recommend that you watch the short film until the very end – there is a little surprise that helps to tone down the severity of the main themes of the novel!

The other films are available through private channel, by request, emailing


Art is for Everyone

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On January 9th, our students spent the day expressing their creativity with colors, canvases and paintbrushes

A sheet of plastic covering the floor, a blank canvas, brushes, sponges, paint cans and stereo speakers blaring music to keep up the momentum. This proved to be a truly unique “Back to School” moment for the students of the MYP 4 and DP 1 classes who freely expressed their artistic and creative talents during the Art Day. Divided up into four groups, the students mixed the sounds they recorded during their earlier Venice field trip on December 7th of last year in order to create a unique soundtrack of sounds and voices that were used as an inspiration for their paintings.

The imaginative results of the day will be exhibited at H-IS in via Sile 6, Roncade. A selection of photos will be loaded soon.


H-IS Christmas Recital: here are the photos!

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From the classroom to the stage, the students of H-International School prove to be well-rounded artists.

Our students are not only model students but also actors, dancers and singers. On Thursday, December 15th and Friday, December 16th, the students of H-International School of Olmi brought their Christmas recital to the school’s stage. The school’s auditorium was transformed into a real performance stage, boasting a wintery scenography, red and blue festive lighting and detailed costumes and makeup.
In the morning, the young students of the PYP performed their rendition of Whoopsa Daisy Angel, complete with songs and narration. In the afternoon, the student of the MYP brought songs and dances from all over the world to the stage. Between the two performances, to provide back up to the MYP chorus, was the smooth saxophone sounds of H-IS’ very own Headmaster, Prof. Mauro Bordignon.

Here below are some preview photos of the event – the entire collection of photos and videos will shortly be available through private channels.