NURSERY - KIDS' ART CLUB & CZECH SCHOOL [London, Saturdays]
STEPS TO CZECH [London, Sundays]
CZECH THROUGH PLAY [Harpenden, Wednesdays]
DRÁCZECH DRAMA CLUB [five sessions]
During five sessions of the Drama Club DráCzech (the first drama club for the Czech children in London) we put on a show based upon a traditional Czech fairy-tale called Hrnečku, vař! (Magic Mug). With the concession of the theatre Drak from Hradec Králové, we rehearsed their version of the eponymous play. Children studied dramatic speech and created their very own original puppets as well as the stage setting.
THE HOLIDAY DRAMA CLUB DRAGON [three workshops]
This three-day workshop was dedicated to English-speaking children aged 5 although and it was opened to all nationalities. The theme of the workshop was "The heritage of my ancestors’ country". In the course of three days, children met new friends and learnt about characteristics of the countries their families come from. Children were introduced to dramatic speech and taught how to express themselves on the stage. They made puppets together, the stage backdrop and props followed by a rehearsal of a show. The workshop ended with a small performance for parents and friends.
ICE AGE - BRITISH MUSEUM - Living Museums Project [16 February 2013]
Did the prehistoric people know the days of the week? Probably not, what we can surely say is that on one beautiful Saturday morning our brave explorers set off to ice age themselves. They equipped themselves with some snack and a great deal of courage. And not to scare the mammoths off, we split up into small groups and begun our adventure. As proper explorers, we were armed with worksheets. And in case somebody got lost we all had a small badge with a sign of a mammoth.
What did Europe look like in ice age? Europe was largely covered with glaciers, so you can imagine that we rather stayed at places with milder climate. Most of all we liked wandering across Moravia, between Dyje and Morava rivers, in the region of Dolní Věstonice.
First of all our expedition stopped at the “Lion man”. We sought a name for him and we were trying to establish what was extraordinary about him. Then we were drawing variations of half man and half animal. Our little explorers came up with plenty of ideas such as unicorn, koala, bear in combination with wolf and they also talked about their creations’ features.
Do you think that you know all about female beauty? Our explorers would prove you wrong. We examined the statue of Vestonicka Venus and compared her to a Czech supermodel. We talked about what differences are between the two of them. We were also trying to guess what the two of them would talk about if they had met. Our explorers were interested in the curvy shapes of our Venus and also that she didn’t have legs or arms. They pointed out that she was much larger than our supermodel and therefore she could manage to hunt for a mammoth.
What do you need to take when you go mammoth hunting? As well as armour, talismans were also important. Our explorers observed typical features of the prehistoric time talismans and they also tried to make some themselves, such as magical bracelets, necklaces, brooches.
Imagine that you went on ice age holiday. Would you know how to use prehistoric tools? Our explorers went on an independent treasure hunt for items they were interested in most and that they could use nowadays. Their notes and sketches are an evidence of the fact that ice age was characterized by exceptional inventions and that prehistoric people appreciated beauty.
We completed our exploration with cave painting. This led into creating a colourful wall full of animals, ornaments, mammoths which could easily compete with the real prehistoric mammoth hunters’ paintings.
At the end we all agreed there could hardly be a record of ‘cheer’ that certainly accompanied mammoth hunting. We couldn’t reach any conclusion, as in what it could sound like; we decided to leave that for the next expedition to uncover.
NOAH'S ARK WORKSHOP [14 and 21 April 2013]
MAGIC FLASHLIGHT [1 June 2013]
The Czech School Without Borders London, in cooperation with the Czech Centre London and the Embassy of the Czech Republic in London invite you on literary-art workshop with Olga Černá, the author of the book Magic Flashlight. The workshop will be held at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in London on Saturday, 1 June 2013 from 11am to 2pm and is suitable for children older than five years and their parents.
THE LITTLE MERMAID [10 November 2013]
A young mermaid comes of age with dreams of the surface world. To be with a handsome prince whom she saved and fell in love with she strikes a terrible bargain with a sea witch. Stunning imagery evokes the magic and terror in this great cinematic in this great cinematic Hans Christian Andersen's adaptation. To be followed by an art workshop for children. Part of Made in Prague: Czech-O-Slovak Film Series 2013.
CARNIVAL [9 February 2013]
Traditional parade with masks.
A NIGHT WITH H. C. ANDERSEN [22 March 2013]
This year as well as the years before the children from the Czech School without Borders, London, came together to enjoy a Night with Andersen, during which everything ordinary changes into magic and extraordinary things can occur. Lights turn off accidentally and even characters that lived in the past could appear again, such as the author of many well-known fairy tales Hans Christian Andersen himself.
This extraordinary night took place in the Czech Centre, where approximately 20 children of all age came to solve the mystery without fear and enjoy lots of fun. At the beginning children were watching an episode from a series There Was One Inventor about beginnings of a book printing. Children were watching carefully how it all had happened before the first book was printed and were answering with no hesitation all our questions regarding the episode.
Then children moved to the other room where they were playing games to get to know each other and then they were impatiently awaiting what will happen next. Suddenly there was darkness in the Czech Centre and the main room changed into a detective office. There were footprints, pictures of detectives, magnifying glass and pistols hanging on the walls. Light was switched on again and Mr Andersen and detective Štika themselves appeared in the Czech Centre. They together performed a scene from which children found out that Andersen’s fairytales were stolen. On the stage there were also a cleaner, a servant, a doctor and a good friend of Andersen’s, Charles Dickens. Detective Štika tried hard to solve the mystery, but one proverb says that more minds know more, so he asked children for a help with this tricky incident.
Children were divided into 4 groups and they were supposed to go through several tasks and to enjoy lots of fun with it. At first all the children created their own identification cards with the name and a thumbprint and then they started to work hard. Each detective office had its own working paper on which children wrote down their findings, proofs, motives and found facts about robbery. A set of five footprints found in an Andersen ’ s flat, coded messages possible to be read only by magnifying glass as well as profiles and testimonies of all involved people were given to children to be investigated. Children were having fun during the investigation and were trying to come with a true version of what really happened in Mr Andersen´ s flat also with help of a table full of proofs found there. Investigation was put to an end and each detective office came with their version of a crime. There were different theories presented and as all the involved characters were standing in front of children, they accidentally revealed that they all cooperated on the robbery, so that all of them were blamed. Children started to shout, tickle and even slightly beat the robbers and they wanted them to be arrested. Robbers promised never to do it again and Mr Andersen dismissed them all.
The mystery was finally solved and the children went to clean their teeth, they jumped into their sleeping bags and for a while they were listening to "Devatero pohádek" by Karel Čapek. Good night and nice dreams, little detectives!
SUMMER PARTY [14 July 2013]
CAMP IN WINDSOR [26 - 29 October]
Children from The Czech School without Borders, London, spent four days of their half term break in a beautiful place called Dorney village near Windsor. These four days in a Czech enviroment contributed significantly to their ability to speak Czech. The mornings were full of enjoyable Czech language lessons and in the afternoon we had time to play funny games, one of which included saving a fairy, who needed children’s help. We also sang Czech songs while playing guitar, tried a scary night path of courage and thanks to very nice weather we discovered the beauty of surrounding nature. Hopefully we will keep up enthusiasm for Czech language even after coming back home!
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ST NICHOLAS [8 December 2013]
Christmas workshops, carol singing, the arrival of St Nicholas, Devil and Angel.
CHRISTMAS EXHIBITION [20 December 2013]
DON'T BE AFRAID OF BOGEYMAN - drawing competition [March 2013]
This year we took part in the international competition for children called „Painting on the net“ organised by the Czech Radio. This year’s theme was “Don’t be afraid of monsters”. Our children created and named their own original monsters, all of which were sent to Prague and entered into the competition.
THE COUNTRY WHERE I LIVE - writing competition [March 2013]
In March 2013 children from the Czech School Without Borders in London took part in the short story writing competition organised in Iceland for Czech speaking children aged 6 to 16 living abroad.
The topic of the story was “The Country Where I Live.” Year 3 and Year 4 children who entered the competition learnt what a short story was, how to write it and how to attract the attention of the reader.
Two pupils from our school received awards in their categories.