Olaines 1.vidusskola is a secondary school just 24km from
our capital city Riga. There are 964 students aged 5- 19
and 86 teachers at our school. We offer a pre-school
programme for 5-6 year- old kids and a comprehensive school
programme for a primary and secondary school pupils. Olaines
1.vidusskola realises the state educational standarts in
primary and secondary school. The educational programmes
that are currently realised at school allow the students to
enter and study at all higher educational establishments
after leaving the school. We are Eco school only from
September 2014. During the teaching – learning process the
great part of attention is paid to the creation of the
physical and psychological school environment, to work with
high motivated students to develop their knowledge. A
special attention is paid to students with special needs –
learning and discipline difficulties and their integration
into normal class environment. Our school takes part in
approbation of new learning approach – Competency-based
learning. We are one of the pilot schools in Latvia The
project days in the elementary and primary school are
carefully planned and selected. Our school is situated in a
post soviet industrial city, about 40% of the inhabitants
are Russian speaking. Since we got independence in 1991, a
lot of children from Russian speaking families come to study
in our school, some students come from poor social
background. For the last 3 years we have got a special programme
for students with learning and behaviour difficulties. This
programme is realised for students of Elementary and
Primary school. Our school takes an active part in
different international projects – Comenius, Nordplus,
Erasmus+, Youth in action. We have got 10 years experience
in it. Students of our school show very good results in
state exams and state subject olimpiades. They take an
active part in different after school activities and
workshops – folk dance groups, ensembles, sport workshops,
drama workshop, schooll newspaper etc. Our folk dance
groups take part in Latvian School Youth dance and song
festival that takes place every 4 years and it is one of
the most important events in the cultural life of Latvia.
Students’ Parliament takes an active part in school life
and try to make everybody’s life at school more interesting
and memorable . Taking part in this project gives an
opportunity for students to learn how people live in Europe,
widen their horizon, improve their language and IT skills.
It also gives them an opportunity to work in team, be
responsible for their own task, speak in front of the
audience, get acquainted with other cultures. It also gives
a great chance for teachers to discuss different educational
and environmental problems in different European countries.
How the previous Project has influenced our schoolwork...
We have organized an Eco school corner, where work, activities, goals and achievements of Eco-School can be seen. The information is updated everyyear. We have started active waste recycling in our school – there are special containers in the hallways and boxes for it in the classrooms. Students have become more economical. The idea of healthy food has been actualized – the school takes part in the state programmes “Fruit for School” and Milk for School”, also different activities had been organised –days of vegetables, workshops using recycled materials, etc.
Our school Eco Committee was easier to start Eco-School programme, because all the Eco-School Themes had been worked out during the previous project. We have got a lot ofexperience in cooperating with partnership schools. It was very important in previous Project that a team of the Czech Republic had arranged thoughtful, accurate hometasks, because it was easy for us to involve in fulfilling them not only students who took part in a Project but also others.
We have received the World Green Flag for the fourth time what is the highest valuation for our work. The Project has given stimulus and motivation to live green, focus on green lifes tyle.
Our expectations of the ITTC Project
We are looking for interesting meetings, cooperating opportunities for students and teachers both our school and partner ship schools. To gain new ideas for developing Eco movement in our school, expand students’ communicative skills.