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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”