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H-International School: a new branch in Monza

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A new school will open its doors in January 2018

The educational offer of H-International School – a pillar of our Education division – grows with the opening of a new branch in Monza.

Our educational model, fine tuned in recent years and about to be exported in other cities, is based on an international, innovative and multidisciplinary programme.

Focused on empowering students to invent and create, our courses aim to foster learning through experience.
The direct contact with the most advanced technologies and the digital entrepreneurial world makes H-International School an unparalleled centre of learning in Italy and Europe.

The combination of imagination, curiosity and resourcefulness are at the core of the ideas and computational thinking mindset that the students develop in our school, and are essential features of our entrepreneurial ecosystem where students, teachers, managers and professionals exchange views in order to understand and seize the opportunities offered by digital transformation.

The H-International School of Monza will start with the Kindergarten (0-2 years) in January 2018; the pre-school, the Primary Years Programme and the Middle Years Unit will start in September 2018.

For more info about our method and the school in Monza, write to info.monza@h-is.com or contact us here.


MYP 4: London chronicles

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Pierre and Leo, MYP 4 students, narrate us their classmates’ trip to London.

This year, the MYP4 all went to London for a trip. Pierre, Leo, Edoardo and Matilde were those who didn’t go. Apart from many other activities proposed to these four students, they were also in charge of writing and collecting news of this trip to England and publish our chronicle on H-International School website, thanks to the descriptions that were sent by the MYP 4 business and economics teacher David Coppard.

  • Monday: The students are presented to their tutors and given the materials needed for the rest of the trip.
  • Tuesday: The MYP 4 are visit a factory which prints for nationally and internationally based agencies.
  • Wednesday: During the morning hours, the group of students are given free time to explore London or just to stay in the hotel room or do what they want. After their free hours, the Myp students also visit a worldwide television company called Sky.
  • Thursday: On Thursday morning, the class is  talking with a blogger. They are also talking about writing and how it can bring a lot of fame. Towards the end of the day, the students also focused on how the Big data affect our lives constantly and took part in an activity regarding this important matter.
  • Friday: This was the class’ last day. During most of it, our peers are spending their time by packing up and checking out of their rooms. They had some free time afterwards. Towards the afternoon, the class made their way to the airport and after a long week and fun week in London, the students were ready to go home.

All the chronicle on this page!

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Our teachers describe the Early Years Unit (“the school for little ones”)

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The video-presentation of H-International School’s nursery school has been published. Key word: experimentation.

In order to present their educational method, the teachers of H-International School’s Early Years Unit created a video-presentation with some images of their lessons in action and the digital tools that they use in their classrooms. The first approach to school is fundamental for children in order to teach them about curiosity and learning, how to create relationships, how to share and explore.

The Early Unit is an integral part of the IBO Primary Years Programme, and is comprised of the the first three years of traditional Italian primary school, during which the teachers, two per class (one of which being a native English speaker), create an educational programme based on “research”, or “inquiry”: starting with very simple questions, the children are allowed to freely explore the subject and to construct their personal theories and answers. “When a child has ownership of their learning, they will thrive”.

The video was produced by Lyndsay Stuttard, in collaboration witn Anna Antonini, Vicktoriya Cheban, Sabrina Marcon, Samantha McDermott, Emma Wareham and Angela Villanti.

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Drawing for Aleppo: I draw to Live

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From Syria to H-International School, friendship travels through the drawings

A sheet folded into two equal halves and a self-portrait of a child. On one hand the little kids from Aleppo, on the other one a white half-page to be completed with the features of a western child: that’s the artistic project that involves the alumni from Aleppo and the primary school’s ones from H-International School.

Enas Elkorashy is an Italian gallerist from Cairo.  She opened a gallery space just a stone’s throw from Rome’s square in Venice. It is called “Made in … Art Gallery” and it is active in the heart of the historic lagoon town since 2015.

Since always Enas has tried to represent the different facets of the Middle Eastern culture through art, and for over a year has run an awareness project to the Syrian situation.

Thanks to voluntary associations’ contacts, Enas has managed to bring in Italy over 170 drawings from two refugee camps in Damascus, where the refugees are mostly from Aleppo. These drawings are self-portraits on a folded sheet’s half. It will be up to the PYP of H-International School to fill the other half with their self-portrait.

Enas tells us that it was not easy to bring the drawings in our country; the first time they got lost and Syrian children had to redo them in secret. And then she explains: “See, the guys who drew them are older than you, but they can’t draw as well as you, because they are usually not able to go to school. They are not poor children, once they used to go to a good school, to have games and a home as you do. Because of the war they don’t have these things anymore.

Therefore, drawing on the same sheet becomes a beautiful way to feel closer, to feel that in a hateful world at least someone is a friend. And that often we are luckier than we think, we should always remember it.

The drawings will be exhibited at the Made in … Art Gallery starting from November.


High School, living a unique experience

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A new location for our boarding service in the Tenuta of Ca’ Tron, surrounded by nature and in renovated and secure facilities.

Living a 360-degree experience while studying at H-International School – courses, lessons, events and the possibility to sleep in school facilities. Our boarding service offers both an educational experience, as well as an adventure in growth.

For this academic year, we are providing brand new spaces that will host our High School students, choosing a location that is situated within the Ca’ Tron estate. The building is called the Tenuta, a large building that has been completely renovated and converted into a residential structure.

The Tenuta is a characteristic country house that has been completely restored. It once served as the heart of one of biggest agricultural districts in Europe. The Tenuta has 8 single rooms, 13 double rooms and 4 triple rooms, all with their own bathroom. It also boasts communal areas, a large professional kitchen and a dining room, which is where breakfast and dinner will be served. Students also have a large outdoor area and study areas at their complete disposal.

The structure is entirely enclosed and monitored by videocameras; it also has a round the clock security service. A shuttle bus will accompany the students every day back and forth to the school, which is about 2 kilometers away.

A detailed activity program and additional details regarding the boarding service will be available shortly.


Sports Day, relay races and fun!

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Friday 19th the traditional appointment at H-International School.

Sports are important, not only for your body. Being able to face challenges, accept defeat without desponding and being humble when winning are attitudes you can learn through sports. Determination, team spirit, the will to reach your goals… are also important to make your dreams come true.

The long-awaited Sports Day, organised by our PE teacher, Mr Moll, was held on Friday 19th May at the H-International School Olmi venue. Children challenged themselves with hoops, skipping, balls and relay races. Parents also joined in the races and the PTA organised a wonderful buffet both for children and parents.

Blue, green, red and white t-shirts. Painted faces, trumpets and cheers -especially from mums and dads- and a bit of competition… which is always good. Below are some photos of the event.


Becoming a host family: a truly unique experience

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Emanuela tells her story of “adopting” an H-International School student and accompanying them on their academic path.

A big smile, a pink scarf around her neck and tons of energy. This is our description of Emanuela, the mother of Bianca, one of the H-International School students, who, along with her family, has decided to add a unique experience to this school year.
This is one of the “host families”, the families that host other H-IS students who come from “faraway” places. In this case, the student is Giulia, from the Abruzzo region.
“I have older children, one of which has already left home. The space was there and we thought it would be a wonderful experience for the entire family.”

There were several worries, of course: what if we need to go away for the weekend? What if the student has a hard time fitting in with the family? What if there are conflicts with the student’s family of origin?
It’s a choice that entails a large responsibility, but communicating clearly helps to resolve any sort of problem. Before hosting Giulia, we decided to meet her and her family, we had lunch together and we were very clear from the beginning about our family’s habits, routines and the rules to follow. Giulia’s family agreed and let their daughter live this experience.”

Not an easy experience, but a very enriching one, both for the guest and the host, for many different reasons. According to Emanuela, the two girls get along very well and each has found their own space and balance with the other. The play sports and study together, they talk and share experiences.
“Giulia shares everything with us, apart from the school holidays when she returns home, and we act as if she was one of our daughters. Of course, we take care and check up on her a bit more, but she is free to choose just like Bianca. If we go to the movies and she prefers to stay at home, she can. Or, for example, on Sunday we went to a 1st Communion party and she decided to come with us.”

After all, “We are not talking about aliens, just kids. Our kids.”


MYP at the Mediterranean Cup

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Some students from our Middle Years Programme together with Mr Moll -our PE teacher- have taken part in the traditional football tournament for international schools.

After a brilliant debut of our PYP section at the end of November -with our students winning three out of five matches and placing at 3rd best-, at the end of april our Middle Years Programme under-14 team celebrated its sixth participation in the Mediterranean Cup.

From 26th to 29th April, Mr Moll’s team competed against representatives from international schools of the Mediterranean area and won second place in the round, one sole point away from the swiss leader in Lausanne and ahead of the Berlin, Rome and Stockholm schools. This enabled us to access the ‘Elite’ round where our team got stopped. This, however, did not stop the organisers from paying a compliment to our students, who were praised for «the enthusiasm of their coach, their fair play and the amazing sportsmanship shown by the players. The group was very young and had a positive impact on the round. Qualifying to the ‘Elite’ round was a massive success!»

The Mediterranean Cup is an annual eight-a-side football competition, which gathers international schools from several different countries.

Our next appointment is for November, with the competitions for our PYP and High school students.


The PYP classes are being split in two

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Talent, self-confidence and awareness: the educational offer at H-International School is child-centred and focuses on the way children make sense of the world.

H-International School is splitting the elementary school classes (Primary Years Programme) in two. Next year’s enrolments have been increasing consistently to the point where current classes have reached their maximum number, so that new classes needed opening and more space adding to the school.

If you are interested in your children attending our school, you can visit the school premises and have a meeting with us to find out more information on our educational offer or you can sign your child up straight away.  

The staff at H-IS will provide you with all the necessary information and will support you when transferring from another school.

Discover H-IS!

On Saturday 20th May, at the same time as our event “Innovation in your classroom, due to be held at H-FARM in Via Sile, 6, we will be holding an admission test session for our prospective high school students.

During the event, parents will have the chance to take part in a short mock lesson lead by H-International School teachers. At 11am there will be a lesson for each school section -Early Years Unit, Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and High School.

Sign up to take part at a mock lesson!

Enrolments at H-International School are always open.


Everyone wants playing jazz!

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

Spring has finally come… What better way to celebrate it than with music?!

On Thursday, April 13, at 6.30 pm, parents, friends and relatives are invited to the Spring Jazz Concert, which will be held in H-FARM’s “The Hall” room.

There will be three different choirs on the stage; they are composed by PYP and MYP pupils and accompanied by a professional jazz band … Special guest: the choir of the parents of H-International School.

It will be the first H-Choir’s official concert, and we have to provide them the necessary support: the goal is to make the spring concert a certain appointment with the music and the choir of H- International School.

We look forward to seeing you all!