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The new edutech shop is online now

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 Buy the tools that H-FARM Education division uses for its programmes with kids and teenagers.

You can now buy the tech tools that H-FARM Education uses for its programmes at the new e-shop, in partnership with Magnetic Media Network. We’re happy that everybody have the opportunity to keep learning in a fun way as kids do in H-FARM Education’s Digital Camps.

These items are available at H-FARM Campus and online, with tools and toys designed for children and teens to explore their skills through coding, electronics, making and much more. Among the products you can find: micro:bit, mbot, Makey Makey, Sphero, Cubetto and Lego Mindstorm.

Shop online here.

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The growth strategy of H-FARM Education division continues

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The Vicenza and Rosà international schools are part of the education program developed by H-FARM Education.

We are pleased to announce the acquisition by H-FARM of two centers of education excellence in Italy: the Little English School in Vicenza and the English International School in Rosà (Vicenza).

The Little English School is home for 190 children of the nursery, primary and middle school years. These paths include the integration between the British National Curriculum and the Italian Ministerial Program.

The English International School, founded in 1992, is a member of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS), and today it has about 300 students aged 5 to 14.

“The schools of Vicenza and Rosà are motivated to embark on a new path that will lead them to offer their students the skills to face the many challenges of our ever-changing world.”, said Riccardo Donadon, H-FARM’s Founder and CEO. “Their acquisition is not only a further development of our operation on the territory, but also an important step to both test our innovative education model and attract the most competent and valuable people in this sector.”

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Meeting with Little English School

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The first occasion to open our doors to the staff and families of the school which recently joined our family.

On June 20, 2017 we hosted a meeting with the staff, students and families of the Little English School, recently acquired by our Education division.

Yesterday was a valuable moment to get to know each other and explore our programmes. Not only we took a tour of our venue, but also shared our vision, plans for the future and activities at H-International School.
This collaboration marks an important step towards the creation of a unique educational offer that will boost innovation and digital opportunities for the younger generations.

We’re glad to start this new experience, welcome on board!


End of the School Year Party: entertainment for all ages

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BBQ, ice-cream truck, music, funny games and sports: the school party was a success.

Last Saturday we hosted the End of School Year Party in the incredible venue of H-FARM.
After a fantastic year full of achievements concluded with the Primary Years Programme 5’s and Middle Years Programme 3’s exams we couldn’t wait for this day of amusement organised by the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA).

Among clowns, funny games, a tasty BBQ and even a pit ball, students, parents and teachers enjoyed a valuable time. It was also a networking time for parents and our staff, that share with our students the amazing project of H-International School aiming to become a recognised center of education.

And soon, off on well deserved holidays. See you in September!

How to Help Your Child Prepare for a Boarding School IB Education

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To attend an IB boarding school like H-International School is an exciting opportunity for students. They’ll get to make new friends, study subjects they find fascinating, and enjoy living and studying on H-International School’s beautiful state-of-the-art campus located in the Italian countryside.

Even with so much to look forward to, though, it can be natural for some children to feel nervous about going to a boarding school. Students with specific dietary needs, for example, might be nervous about eating at the school dining room. Other students might be worried about whether they’ll be able to make new friends, or about how they will keep up with things going on back home.

While the staff and facilities at our school do an excellent job of accommodating the needs of different children, and foster an atmosphere of fun and inclusion for all, there are also a few ways you can prepare your child for boarding school. Here are some helpful tips that can help you ready your child for this exciting new chapter in their education.

Are You From Far Away? Visit H-Campus & Italy Before Your Child Starts School!

Studying at a boarding school in another country or region is an exciting and fun opportunity. However, it can also involve a great deal of change in scenery. To facilitate your child’s adjustment to the new surroundings at H-International School, consider taking them on a trip to visit before their studies in the IB curriculum begins.

Scheduling a tour of the campus will let you and your child get a firsthand look at classrooms, the dining room, and labs that your child will have access to while at boarding school. It’s a great chance for your child to get a feel for their new environment before the boarding school programme begins. In fact, you can even visit other nearby destinations like Venice, the Dolomites, and the Adriatic coast!

Take Small Steps to Prepare Your Child for Independence During Their Boarding School IB Education

For students who haven’t spent extended periods of time away from home, attending boarding school can be a big transition. They might worry that they will feel homesick, or that it’ll be difficult to make new friends. Fortunately, boarding schools like H-International School foster a friendly environment, helping all students feel welcome and included.

To help make your child’s transition to boarding school even smoother, you can encourage them to take small steps towards greater independence. A sleepover at a friend’s house or a few weeks away from home at a summer camp can all be great ways to help your child get used to time away from home.

Establish a Schedule for Staying in Touch Throughout Your Child’s Boarding School IB Education

Many students at boarding school find it reassuring to have a plan for regular communication with their loved ones at home. For this reason, consider creating a regular schedule for keeping in touch while they are away.

The specifics of this kind of plan can vary greatly from child to child. Some children might just want a weekly email and an occasional video call, whereas others might prefer a nightly chat on the phone before bed. What is important is that the arrangement should be something that both you and your child are happy with. Consistent communication with loved ones is a great way for your child to stay in touch throughout their boarding school IB education.

Of course, that doesn’t mean surprises can’t also be great! A fun gift sent through the mail, or even just short off-schedule messages, are easy but great ways for you to keep in contact while your child attends boarding school.

Are you considering International Baccalaureate programmes for your child?

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How Assessments Are Scored in IB Courses

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The International Baccalaureate offers a forward-thinking curriculum and teaching style, helping students gain knowledge and skills that will ready them for their future studies. One of the key components that contribute to this is the scoring method employed in assessments.

Each of the different IB programmes—the primary years programme (PYP), middle years programme (MYP), and diploma programme (DP) uses its own specific process for assessing students. For the DP, instead of a more typical percentage-based system for grading students, the programme relies on a level system where students can be placed between the levels 1 (low) and 7 (high) for their work. The number that is awarded is meant to be an appropriate reflection of a student’s achievements and development.

Do you want a deeper look at how assessments work in the diploma programme? Here’s a look at some of the important steps involved in creating and administering assessments for DP students.

Assessment Models Are Created for Each Level of Each Subject in IB Courses

There are many different courses available to IB students—everything from English, to mathematics, to computer science, and more. Each subject has a standard level and a higher level option. For each standard level and higher level course offered, a specific assessment model is used. This helps to ensure that assessments for different courses:

  • Are at an appropriate academic standard
  • Don’t overlap too much with other courses, but rather complement them
  • Are manageable for students, teachers, and the IB programme
  • Do not duplicate existing assessments

From there, guidelines for exams, quizzes, assignments, and other kinds of assessments are created for the classes. This level of specificity and guidance ensures that assessments are academically rigorous, fair, and effective for all courses. Your child can pursue different subjects (three standard level and three higher level) while completing the international baccalaureate diploma requirements, feeling confident that each course will have been carefully planned to ensure great development.

Each Level on the 1-7 Scale Indicates a Different Level of Achievement

For every course your child takes while completing the International Baccalaureate diploma programme, the specific established guideline will have a corresponding scoring system. This scoring system outlines the specific qualities a student must demonstrate in order to attain a particular grade.

For example, to receive a score of ‘4’ in a language course, a student should be able to offer responses that are “generally valid in analysis,” demonstrate “satisfactory” ability to communicate, and complete their tasks to a generally acceptable level. For a score of ‘7,’ a student would need to offer “consistent” or “perceptive” analyses, have a high level of ability in expressing themselves, and complete their tasks to a sophisticated level.

Every course has similar guidelines for each level of the 1-7 scoring system, ensuring there is ample guidance both for your child to achieve a high grade, and for the instructor to grade their work fairly. Working in this system can provide students with accurate feedback for future improvement and allow them to make amazing progress while preparing for their future studies.

Many Assessments for IB Courses Are Marked By External Examiners

Internal assessments, or assignments evaluated by your child’s teacher, will be a part of the many courses your child will take. There are also, however, a number of assessments in the International Baccalaureate diploma programme that are marked externally.

Around the world, thousands of examiners work on coursework and exams submitted by students in IB courses, grading them according to the assessment guidelines established for each piece. Students’ work will be graded by teachers who are not affiliated with the school they attend, and multiple rounds of grading are used. The obvious benefit of this practice is that your child can expect fair and impartial assessment for much of their work. This is an important cornerstone of the high academic standard the International Baccalaureate is known for.

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Teams of outside examiners are used for a number of assessments to ensure grades are fair

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3 Elements That Make IB Programmes Uniquely Impactful for Students

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For some, school is simply a means to an end. They see school as simply a way to help students pass important tests and gain acceptance to university. International Baccalaureate (IB) schools are a little different. They focus on encouraging personal growth, on promoting true understanding, and on fostering a lifelong desire to learn. While it is an excellent pathway for achieving great scholastic results, it also helps students realise their potential as individuals, too.

Wondering what makes the IB such a uniquely impactful programme for students? Here’s a look at some of the elements that make it such a rewarding opportunity.

1. IB Programmes Teach a Global Perspective

Globalisation has created many opportunities for individuals who are able to communicate with others from different backgrounds, and who are accustomed to considering the global impact of events and ideas. For that reason, one of the most important and rewarding elements of the IB is that schooling is rooted in international-mindedness and global thinking.

This approach is manifested in several different ways. Students learn to communicate in a second language. They also explore the interconnectedness of the environment and society through subjects like history, economics, and more. By the time they graduate, students have a unique perspective on the world and the people in it. They’ve also developed a healthy curiosity which helps them explore the world in greater depth throughout their lives.

2. IB Programmes Focus on Creating Lifelong Learners

Today, technological and cultural change is happening faster than ever. In fact, it’s thought that many modern professionals will need to continuously acquire new knowledge and skills throughout their careers. Studying in international baccalaureate degree programmes helps students prepare for this reality, because a main focus of the programme is on teaching students to be lifelong learners.

During their time in IB, your child will be encouraged to explore personal interests, question the information they encounter, and try new things. What’s more, our school’s particular emphasis on digital technology—with course offerings that cover topics like computer programming, information technology, and more—can help your child develop the skills needed to quickly adapt to any new technology they might encounter. By the time they complete their studies, they will be quite capable of adapting to new developments as they continue to learn and grow.

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Our tech-centric programme can help students learn to adapt to new technologies

3. Teachers Play an Important and Valuable Role in IB Programmes

Teachers in IB schools play a special role. They are encouraged to contribute to the development of school curricula, to attend workshops and conferences dedicated to IB programmes, and to maintain an exceptionally high standard of instruction in the classroom, placing emphasis on encouraging critical thinking and intellectual exploration.

This component of the IB has contributed greatly to the development of the programme over the past few decades, and is a main reason why IB is widely considered to be among the best education systems around. Around the world, students who complete the IB diploma programme are more likely to graduate from great universities than students who do not, and are more likely to possess the critical thinking skills that lead to university success. If you want to give your child the best chance at a great education, choosing the instruction available in the IB is an excellent move to make.

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Teachers hold an important position in IB and help make it a stellar educational opportunity

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How SL & HL Courses Compare in IBDP Programmes

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An important advantage of the International Baccalaureate is that it offers a diverse selection of classes to its students. Subjects include standards like English, mathematics, and physics, and also more specialised coursework dealing with topics like environmental systems, computer programming, economics, and more. It offers a great variety of different subjects, and provides excellent grounding for students.

All students in the IB diploma programme are expected to take three higher level (HL) courses and three standard level (SL) courses. Both levels help students develop strong critical thinking skills and deepen their knowledge of a particular topic. However, despite their similarities, there are some differences that set them apart.

Curious about how standard level and higher level courses compare? Here are a few of the key differences.

HL Classes Offer Greater Depth of Subjects Covered in the IB Curriculum

Whether your child completes the SL version or HL version of a course, they will be challenged by in-depth coursework that broadens their knowledge of the subject in question. However, HL courses offer additional exploration on top of the demands that come with SL courses. Whereas students are expected to complete an SL course with high levels of comfort with and mastery of the subject, HL students are also expected to complete their course with an appreciation for deeper, more nuanced elements of the material.

For example, the goal of the mathematics SL course “is to introduce students to [mathematical] concepts in a comprehensible and coherent way.” The outcome of the mathematics HL course, on the other hand, is that students are able “to develop insight into mathematical form and structure, and should be intellectually equipped to appreciate the links between concepts in different topic areas.”

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HL courses delve deeper into subjects than SL courses do

In effect, HL classes are an opportunity for your child to customise their IBDP programme. They allow for the development of even stronger ability in chosen subjects, and offer the opportunity for your child to explore topics of interest in even greater depth before they begin their university education.

HL Classes Require More Class Hours Than SL Classes

Because the HL version of a class explores subject material in greater depth than the SL version would, students will spend more time completing an HL course. Over the course of two years, an SL class will take a recommended minimum of 150 class hours to complete, whereas the HL version of the class will take a recommended minimum of approximately 240 hours.

Because they will spend so much more time on their HL subjects, your child can benefit greatly from choosing HL subjects relating to a university programme they intend to pursue after graduation. Using the longer course duration to achieve an even deeper understanding of material can be great preparation for success at university after the International Baccalaureate degree programme.

HL Examinations Are More Challenging Tests for Students in the IBDP Programme

To reflect the greater depth covered in HL courses, exams taken at the HL level are more demanding of students than those taken at the SL level. This will manifest in different ways depending on the kind of class taken at HL. For example, the math HL exam tends to incorporate more calculus than the math SL exam. With a class like English, on the other hand, analysis questions might be similar (or even the same), but the HL will require students demonstrate a greater level of understanding or insight with their answers.

Though the expectations for SL and HL exams are different, preparation and dedication are all it will take to succeed with either kind. To help with this, your child can expect plenty of personal attention from instructors. This helps ensure they have all the guidance they need to find success and achieve their full potential.

Are you looking for a school that offers a unique IB curriculum?

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3 Time Management Strategies Your Child Can Use During IB Training

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In the interest of helping them develop into well-balanced individuals, students in the international baccalaureate diploma programme are expected to maintain a balance of studies, extracurricular activities, and leisure time throughout their education. While it can be challenging to maintain a good balance with multiple priorities, employing useful time management strategies can help your child ensure that they are easily able to handle all these different elements so that they both enjoy and feel challenged by their studies.

Curious about where they can start? Here are a few time management techniques that can help your child manage their priorities so that they can smoothly navigate their studies.

1. Students in IB Training Can Avoid Distractions so That They Make the Most of Study Time

It’s one thing to sit down with the intention of working or studying, but the potential for distraction is often high. Things like mobile phone alerts, the temptation to browse amusing websites, and other interrupting influences can all reduce the amount of attention your child devotes to their schoolwork. This can prolong the amount of time they take to produce their work, making it harder for them to manage their time effectively.

To avoid this problem, all your child has to do is avoid distractions during dedicated study time. Putting phones on silent, installing web page blocking software like “Block Site,” and doing work in a quiet location can help your child reduce the amount of distractions around them so that they can work more efficiently.

2. Planning Out Major Assignment Milestones Can Also Be a Great Help

Students at H-International school explore many different subjects in their international baccalaureate courses, learning about everything from English to business management, computer programming, and beyond.

To ensure they stay on top of all their assignments for their various courses, it’s a good idea for your child to write down any upcoming deadlines in a calendar or agenda. This can help them stay on top of the work they will need to do, and help them plan their study time so that they are well-prepared for upcoming priorities. Diligent tracking can be a hugely effective way of getting work done well and on time.

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Tracking major deadlines in a calendar can help your child set sensible priorities

3. To Make the Most of Work Time During IB Training, Your Child Should Avoid Procrastinating

Some students have difficulty starting their work and will procrastinate until they have nearly no time left to complete an assignment. While some students can get their assignments finished in this way, doing so leaves less time to conduct thorough research, review for errors, and think carefully about exactly how they want to approach their assignment.

The urge to procrastinate tends to go away once work begins, so the simplest way to avoid procrastinating is for your child to just jump right in and begin working, even if it seems like the deadline is far away.

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Starting assignments early will help your child manage their time effectively

Exploring personal interests and applying creative thinking are both encouraged in IB training. For many assignments, your child will have the opportunity to learn more about a topic that they find fascinating or use their creativity to make their assignment unique. Taking this personalized approach to completing assignments can help make work interesting and can encourage your child to avoid procrastinating on important assignments.

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3 Strategies Your Child Can Use to Meet the IB Curriculum CAS Requirement

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In the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme, it’s not just performance in the classroom that is considered to be important. The programme also looks to help students become involved in things that matter to them, to learn to build a balanced and fulfilling life, and to be able to effectively share their interests with others.

The creativity, activity, and service (CAS) portion of the IB diploma programme is one of the main ways that students are encouraged to achieve those goals. It requires that students engage in at least two hours per week of extracurricular activity in creative endeavours, athletics, or volunteer work. Students are free to choose from many different activities to meet this requirement.

Wondering how your child can best approach this element of the IB programme? Here are some strategies they can use.

1. Your Child Can Use CAS Time to Explore Personal Interests From a New Angle

Many students have something that they enjoy doing with their free time. This might be a hobby, like playing the guitar, or a sport they enjoy playing, like handball. Other students might enjoy spending their time learning about social issues that they think are important. CAS offers a great opportunity to explore all of these areas for class credit.

Whatever interests your child has, there can be a lot of benefit to using CAS as an opportunity to explore them. Is your child a talented football player who loves helping others? They might consider volunteering their time to do skills training for other students. Are they passionate about music? They can use H-International School’s music facilities to practice their instrument alongside others. There are many different ways for your child to explore and develop their personal gifts through CAS.

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CAS can help students approach their interests from new angles


2. Don’t Over-Commit—CAS Is Meant to Be a Fun Part of the IB Curriculum!

Although the CAS portion of the IB curriculum is meant to be a challenge, it’s important to note that its goal is not to merely add to your child’s workload. CAS is meant to be a good time and not to be too stressful!

For that reason, when your child is planning out their CAS activities, they should both choose something they will enjoy and make a realistic goal for how much time they want to devote to the activity.

For example, if your child is very passionate about reading, and wants to spend time volunteering in an adult literacy programme, it will likely be best for them to commit to only volunteering one evening per week—even if they love it. Leaving room for free time will give your child more opportunity to review class work, and also just to relax—another important part of a balanced lifestyle.

3. Your Child Can Use the IB Curriculum’s CAS Component to Try Something New

Although it’s common, and even encouraged, for students to gravitate towards things they know and love when choosing CAS activities, it’s also a great idea to put some CAS hours towards trying something new.

There are many opportunities to do this. If your child decides they want to learn to play an instrument, they can make that one of their CAS activities. If they want to try an interesting new sport, they can run an on-campus league based around that sport. Or, if they encounter something in one of their IBO courses that they find interesting, they can even start a volunteer effort with that concept in mind.

CAS is all about exploration and self-discovery. It rewards students for growing by trying new things, and the staff on campus ensure that the learning environment is always open and nurturing, so there’s no need to be anxious when trying something new for the first time. Whatever your child wants to try for their CAS activity, they can expect a great deal of support.

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CAS hours are a great opportunity for your child to try new things

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