Tamsalu Gymnasium

Tamsalu Gymnasium

 

Tamsalu Gymnasium is a comprehensive secondary school in North Estonia. The school itself was founded 145 years ago. At present there are about 400 students  (aged 7-19) and 40 members of staff. The school is situated in a smalltown and surrounded by rural area.  In addition, the school has excellent sports facilities and the local sports centre together with the swimming pool, walking and jogging trails and ski tracks is the main attraction among the sports facilities of Tamsalu.

The school has highly experienced staff who are open to new ideas and cooperation on international level. The students have participated in different contest on local and national level and shown good results. The school has modern facilities and and the building was renovated in 2012, thus the school meets the need of the students and teachers.

The curriculum of our school focuses on subjects such as foreign languages (English, Russian, and German ), Art, Music, History, Geography, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Physical Education, Maths, the Estonian language and literature, Psychology( Human Studies, Family Studies), Technical Drawing, Civics and Citizenship Education, Career Education, Economic and Business Studies, National Defence, Painting and drawing, Photography . In grade 11 the students have to do a research project. In preparation of this project in grade 10 all students follow a course fixed in our curriculum called Bases of Inquiry.

After graduating, a lot of our students have successfully continued their studies at different universities in Estonia.

The school has started to improve the use of ICT by purchasing tablets for classroom use  and upgrading the wi-fi coverage. The teachers have been attending courses on ICT and the use of computers in teaching. The teachers are open to new ideas and try to apply the ideas learnt in their teaching.

A number of students in the school catchment area are bilingual, which means they speak Russian as their mother tongue and use Estonian as the language of communication and instruction at school. There are about 12 students with special educational needs at our school and they are given  instruction based on their needs and abilities.

We have a project core  team of  10 teachers who are the leaders  and run the project activities (teachers of Estonian, English, Russian, ICT, music, PE, primary school teachers and the head teacher and the director of studies). The school secretary also has an active  role in organisational work.

The previous projects have had a huge impact on such areas as students’ self-esteem, attendance, academic progress and motivation. Contacts, especially with students all over Europe are very important to broaden their horizons not only by television or the Internet but by personal contact and raise their awareness of European citizenship. That’s the reason Tamsalu Gymnasium considers participation in international European projects like this highly relevant.

Tamsalu Gymnasium has an outstanding repertoire with regard to literature, modern foreign languages, art, and choral singing and is willing to share the ideas and best practices with the staff and pupils of the other two schools. The school has a 50-year-old tradition of organising song and dance festivals held each spring. In addition, we have folk dance groups at school and our students are participating in the folk dance groups at our local community centre. That makes it possible to collaborate with the community centre and involve them in activities. Our students learn how to play the national instrument – zither and their teacher is an enthusiast in this field, which contributes to our schools motivation to join the project. Story-telling and legends are part of our Estonian language instruction.

Tamsalu Gymnasium has participated in a Comenius project

“Celebrating Cultural and Linguistic Diversity” 2012-2014, and

Erasmus+ project “Choose Your Future” 2014-2016

Tamsalu Gymnasium has an outstanding repertoire with regard to literature, modern foreign languages, art, and choral singing and is willing to share the ideas and best practices with the staff and pupils of the other two schools. The school has a 48-year-old tradition of organising song and dance festivals held each spring. In addition, the school has excellent sports facilities and the local sports centre together with the swimming pool, walking and jogging trails and ski tracks is the main attraction among the sports facilities of Tamsalu.

The school has highly experiencd staff who are open to new ideas and cooperation on international level. The students have  participated in different contest on laocal and national level and shown good results. The school has modern facilities and and the buliding was  renovated in 2012, thus the school meets the need of the students and teachers.

The problem we face is the decreasing number of students, which affects the grades 10- 12.

The teachers are all ready to participate in the project and have done that during the previous international projects. We have cooperation with a school from Latvia and Finland and have a national project with a Russian school from Estonia.

We have a project core  team of  10 teachers who are the leaders  and run the project activities (teachers of Estonian, English, Russian, ICT, music, PE, economics, primary school teachers and the head teacher and the director of studies). The school secretary also has an active  role in organisational work.

As our present priority is to improve the situation with ICT in our school and fight with truancy and bullying in its different forms. We hope that the project will help the students and teaches to gain new knowledge and learn form others’ experience in those  fields and put the knowledge into practice.

The school has experience in teaching economics and organizing the work and creation of student companies since 2012. The student companies have participated in fairs selling their goods and the present student company “Lacos” has excelled in producing charcoal vegan ice cream and won popularity nationwide.

http://tamsalukool.ee/

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