English, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, French mother tongue teachers
The high school department at Villa Grimani follows the Italian national curriculum and offers the benefit of providing students with mother tongue teachers. The fact that 6 hours a week are dedicated to homework within the school timetable allows students to lead an active life outside of school and continue with hobbies and activities as well as furthering their education. The high school and middle school departments at Villa Grimani are totally separate entities from the rest of the school-with separate entrance, timetable, lunch time and recreational area allowing students to solely mix with peers from a similar age. Lessons at Villa Grimani take place between Monday and Friday. The school also provides a private bus service which covers both urban and rural areas.
All classrooms in the high school are fully equipped with up to date technology including interactive white boards. The department also has specially dedicated Spanish, German, Chinese and Russian rooms.
The beautiful school grounds provide students with a football, basketball and volleyball court and a multi-purpose sports field, as well as a large grassed area in which to study, socialise and relax.
The students in the High School take the following subjects and have the choice of a third language in year 9 between those offered by the school.
|SUBJECT||NUMBER of CLASSES PER WEEK (each one lasts 55 min.)
|Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12 Grade 13|
(German / Spanish / French)
(Chinese or Russian)
|P.E (physical education)||2||2||2||2||2|
8.00-8.30a.m: students come into school
8.30-9.25a.m: First period
9.25-10.20a.m: Second period
10.20-11.15a.m: Third period
11.15-11.35a.m: Snack and break time
11.35-12.30p.m: Fourth period
12.30-1.25p.m: Fifth period
1.25-2.10p.m: Lunch and break time
2.10-3.05p.m: Sixth period
3.05-4.00p.m Seventh period
4.00p.m Home time
Discipline is a very important part of every child’s education and also in the smooth and happy running of the school. We set high standards of behaviour and respect. All children in the school are well disciplined and the school’s behaviour policy (available on request) lays down detailed rules and modes of discipline used in the school.
Assessment is part of our daily practice in striving for quality. It helps us to constantly check:
- quality and effectiveness of our teaching methods
- quality and effectiveness of our support and teaching strategies
- student’s progress
- acquired knowledge and abilities
- acquired competence
- degree of commitment given by a pupil
- sense of responsibility shown by a pupil
- reinforcement of different strong points, abilities and attitudes of a pupil
- targets to help students develop in ‘weaker’ areas
Ongoing assessment is an integral part of the school’s curriculum and commitment to every student’s progress. Teaching, learning and assessment are inter-related and the key purpose of assessment is to move students on in their learning. The school staff follows a complete assessment program for every student in the school and every child from the Nursery school upwards has his/her own personal profile document. Our assessment policy is available on request.
END OF YEAR EXAMS
At the end of the academic year high school students take an exam in order to assess their level of education gained and to establish whether students are prepared to go onto the next year of study. These examinations aim towards a better preparation when it will be time to face the Esame di Maturità.
Once the students have gained their final year exam they can go on to their next year of study.
Each student in High School has a personal tablet to use in school. Each subject incorporates the use of the tablets in class activities and projects. The use of tablets also allows students to be updated on the latest technology related resources and trends available in the education field worldwide.
In 2007 the school became a member of E.C.I.S – The European Council of International Schools-an association of the best International schools recognized in Italy. This means that the school is monitored and kept up to date with the development of international school across the globe. The school offers staff further development courses organized by ECIS.
WORK EXPERIENCE IN OUR SCHOOL
Work placements and internships give students the opportunity to develop relevant skills, knowledge and practice while getting firsthand experience of life in a real working environment.
‘Alternanza scuola-lavoro’ is one of the most important innovations of the law 107 of Buona Scuola 2015. Work experience is obligatory for all students in the last three years of study in high school and constitutes a total of 200 hours.
The objectives of ‘Alternanza Scuola Lavoro’ are the following:
- Help students become more flexible and connect theory to practical work
- Help students develop transversal skills that are useful to the work place. Including communication skills, capacity to work in a group, understand the importance of rules and deadlines, know how to treat information and resources, learn how to resolve problems, learn how to be autonomous in decision making skills, learn how to take initiative
- Help students acquire a work and cultural ethic
- Help direct students with long term career choices
- Open the school up to the local area and connect to the greater community even in Europe.
Our High School has a specific project which ensures students complete the required 200 hours of work experience in the arc of 3 years.
The hours can be divided amongst businesses and enterprises, sporting associations and voluntary organisations, cultural organisations, institutions and professional organisations in order to help develop experiences and passions of all students.
Year 1 (grade 11)
-30 hours with FAI at Villa Vescovi (Torreglia PD)
-10 hours safety course
Year 2 (grade 12)
Year 3 (grade 13)
BUSINESS ECONOMICS IN GRADE 11 and 12
In grade 11 and 12 students will also take a 10 week course in business and economics in English.
This mini course is meant to give students a basic understanding of how our economy works, as well as provide them with a rich vocabulary to be able to both understand and explain concepts connected to the Business world and Companies. A brief outline can be seen below.
Lesson 1: What does economics mean?
Lesson 2: Needs, Wants, and scarcity.
Lesson 3: Scarcity, choice and opportunity cost, and Public Finance.
Lesson 4: Economic Decision Making. Statistics and Information. Where do we get reliable information?
Lesson 5: Firms and Businesses. Agents of decision-making in a decentralized economy.
Lesson 6: Economic Systems.
Lesson 7: Considering the 3 fundamental economic questions: WHAT is produced? HOW is it produced? WHO consumes what is produced?
Lesson 8: Wealth, income, assets.
Lesson 9: Company language.
Lesson 10: Company finance, balancing books.
End of course test.
We aim to offer each class between 3 and 4 trips per school year. Trips are always linked to curriculum topics covered in class and of course, are a lot of fun!
LANGUAGE EXAMINATIONS AND EXCHANGE/TRIPS ABROAD
At Villa Grimani International School we push language development through examinations. The following are all exams we push students to FCE and CAE (in English) DELE (in Spanish) DELF (in French) OSD (in German) HSK (in Chinese) and TORLF (in Russian)
Following EU recommendations the exchange or study abroad of pupils is a useful and powerful tool in enriching the horizons of students. The very nature of our high school leads students in the direction of studying abroad adding key attributes to a student’s personal skills and communication capacity as well as self-development.
Action taken to help push language development:
-Mother tongue teachers from grade 9 in ALL languages
-CLIL (content and language integrated learning) in subjects from grade 9 (history, geography, science)
-theatre and cinema in original language
-Trips abroad (Malta, Barcelona, Prague)