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From the Inside, Out!

We are truly excited to bring you this first edition of KSI Montenegro’s newsletter, “From the Inside, Out!”

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Montenegro is a learning place! Each person involved in the school is engaged in some way or another in learning. After all, KSI’s mission is to cultivate the intellect, passion and imagination of every learner inside our school community! Teachers develop units of inquiry which are based on central larger ideas and with essential questions that beg to be explored. Students construct new understandings and challenge their ideas through experimentation,discussion and investigation learning from the inside, out. Parents are also learning about the International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes and how best to support the school. For many, the internationally recognised IB curriculum and exposure to KSI’s global community of schools is a new experience. Again, this is learning and growing from the inside, out!

KSI Montenegro has been in Tivat for three years now and has developed a solid learning programme for learners ages 3-11 years. In refurbishing our facility, within the former arsenal, KSI has established links throughout the community. Montenegro and its citizens have a strong, proud history which we also want to reflect in our vision, and learning programme. We believe, working as an international and inclusive community will help support our learners in becoming global citizens who value and respect diversity. We hope you enjoy this first edition of our newsletter, do take a look and see what we’ve been up to.

Season’s Greetings!
Corine van den Wildenberg Head of School

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An Inter-Cultural Exchange
hristmas festivities at KSI they quickly learnt to gesture and Montenegro kicked-off with a demonstrate in order to work and group visit from private Russian play together. school, Bakalavr, based in Budva. Students from both schools gathered “ This collaboration is wonderful for to enjoy an assortment of each other’s the children. It fosters a connection musical performances. To follow, to another learning community and students settled down for an arts and broadens their understanding of how crafts workshop to make Christmas people learn. Building intercultural tree decorations. bridges is important if we want to develop globally-minded citizens who As the day developed it became hard value and respect diversity,” to imagine that these two groups of children had never met before explains Corine van den Wildenberg, – overcoming language barriers Head of KSI Montenegro. KSI Montenegro plans to organise similar events to further facilitate inter-cultural exchange and help develop relationships with other schools in Montenegro.

Visiting old friends - Tivat Music School

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n 6th December, a group of KSI Montenegro students and staff went on a visit to Tivat Music School. The music school, which previously neighboured KSI in the former Arsenal, recently moved to a new purpose-built facilty in Gornji

Kalimanj. This was a fundamental move for the school, providing its award-winning students with a more sophisticated environment in which to progress their skills. During the visit KSI were treated to a tour of the new school and a short

festive concert. After a couple of rousing Christmas songs, there was time to catch-up with old friends and enjoy some refreshments before heading back to school for the final lessons of the afternoon.

KSI supports Charity Christmas Bazaar

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or the first time KSI in Montenegro participated in the annual Christmas Bazaar, organised by the International Women’s Club of Montenegro. The 10th edition of the bazaar took place at Podgorica’s Delta City shopping centre, Saturday 8th December. KSI spent the day selling handmade crafts at their stand, which was festively

decorated as a Santa’s sleigh. Teachers and students prepared many items to sell, from colourful bags for shoes bags, phones and iPads, Christmas decorations and KSI 2013 calendars. Overall, KSI collected €400 which will be donated to the Oncology Department and the Emergency Ward of the Clinical Centre of Montenegro.

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Learning English as an additional language
idya Permanand, English and Special Needs Coordinator from Knightsbridge School in London, spent a week with KSI Montenegro teachers developing EAL (English as an additional language) learning strategies. Despite thinking in their mother tongue, they will immediately begin to develop basic oral skills to communicate with their teachers and other students. EAL classes are offered to provide direct access to the vocabulary and cultural understandings needed to progress more quickly. In addition, parents were also invited to an EAL workshop during Vidya’s visit, where they received an overview of language learning and tips on how to help nurture their child’s English skills at home. If you missed the workshop and would like information on how best to support your child learning English please contact Marija Djukic at KSI.

With English as the language of instruction at KSI new-to English learners are immersed in learning the language from the moment they start their studies.

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