On January 13th, our gymnasia hosted the first stage of the International Public Speaking Contest, which is sponsored and supported by LCC International University in Klaipeda, Lithuania. This year, the students of grades 10-11 were offered the topic “Great Leadership and the Power of Self-interest”. The winner of it is a grade 11A student Anastasia Shpak, taught by Y. K. Pais, who will represent our school at the regional stage of the competition on February 18, 2020. This year the contest is held in 8 countries: Ukraine, Armenia, Albania, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia and Georgia. The winner from each country will receive a ticket and will be eligible for 3-week intensive English language course worth 600 euro at the English Language Institute in Klaipeda. We wish Anastasia such confident victory at the next stage as well!
For three years in a row now, our educational institution has maintained partnership with the 503rd Marine Corps Battalion in Mariupol. The cooperation began with the regular visits of the gymnasia's traditional festive events by the military unit commanders and deepened in 2018-2019. Several students from our school have even gone through combat training at the marine corps base and received the right to wear their berets.
Today, the Battalion officers occasionally come to assist the teacher of the Fatherland Defense course in conducting his classes and bringing them closer to reality. In addition to that, three times a year, gymnasia students gather and send the marine corps soldiers various goodies and small gifts for the holidays.
At the beginning of December 2019, the command of the military unit honored our input by inviting a delegation from the gymnasia to participate in the traditional officer's ball, which has been held since 2017.
On December 18, the official reception of partner schools and non-governmental educational institutions cooperating with the Cambridge University of Testology "Cambridge Assessment English" took place in Kyiv. Our Principal S.I. Sayenko was present at this extremely solemn event.
One of the important factors of the high school student's performance is obtaining an international language certificate, which acknowledges the level of command of a foreign language and is recognized all over the world.
On November 7, our primary school was a lively and interesting place to visit. The Royal Mail began its work in the gymnasia; the foundation of this initiative was laid by the gymnasia principal in the spring at the royal ball.
Specially for this purpose, real postage stamps with the image of the acting Gymnasia Queen and envelopes with our school symbols were made. All primary school students were invited to the opening ceremony, at which the gymnasia principal Serhiy Ivanovych Sayenko addressed everyone with a welcome speech and presented them with a teddy bear toy named Paddington. The Gymnasia Queen Daria Khmelnitska also spoke to the juniors, solemnly cut the red ribbon, received a stamp with her own image from the hands of the Student President of the gymnasia, and invited everyone to have personal correspondence with her majesty. In her speech, she emphasized on the ancient and magical tradition of correspondence with the queen and encouraged everyone to actively participate in this new school tradition.
On October 21, Mr. Cap Hensley, a teacher from the United States of America and a PhD from Liverpool University, began his work at the gymnasia. He has lived, taught and traveled all over the US, but for the past several years he has been living and working in America and Ukraine equally. Mr. Hensley will work with the high school students, run the English Club and help most prominent gymnasia students prepare for the Olympiads. His help is completely on a volunteer basis.