First Year: the Beginning and Youth
It was the beginning! Everything was new and fresh... Youth and enthusiasm dominated, coupled with seriousness, maturity, dedication and a desire to create an extraordinary kindergarten and school. From the first day on, we were an educational system which had been created to meet the needs of every child through inclusive education and provide support for children with need for additional help in learning, as well as to those who have remarkable talents. It is safe to say that it was a year which demanded a lot of work and commitment.
Second Year: Changes
Our goal in the second year was to grow and develop according to our vision. We installed interactive boards in all classrooms, cutting edge teaching devices that created many unforeseen possibilities when working with children. As founders and owners of an educational system, we strived to create a better, more successful and contemporary school. We were led by our own educational experience and our firm belief in the importance of education.
Third Year: Professional Development
The third year was marked by getting the approval to work bilingually in Serbian and English, and our school evolving into international. We concluded that the best thing for us was to invest in people, and that was exactly what we did. Our meeting with Maria Theochari, who is a world renowned consultant in the field of education, opened the door that led to new projects that went along with our goal to develop and advance. The teachers’ professional development marked this year and it contributed to our kindergarten and school in every way (approach to children, the school’s appearance, international orientation of Kreativno Pero and bilingual classes).
Fourth Year: a New Academic Dimension
The cooperation and teamwork in the educational system contributed to the strength of Kreativno Pero. It gave a new dimension to our work and it was visible in our achievements. Everything was in balance: work organization, new projects, extra-curricular activities, performances and competitions. Together with larger number of children/students and intercultural approach, Kreativno Pero became richer for its Summer School programme and optional programmes within Kreativno Pero Plus. Finally, the kindergarten and school were in the same building at 58 Tolstojeva Street. Expansion of the multicultural spirit was helped by the arrival of children from all over the world, as well as from international schools. We were finally witnessing our vision coming alive.
Fifth Year: Cambridge Programme Licence
January 2012 is a very important date in the development of our educational system. This is when our institution became a part of Cambridge International Examinations system. As a part of an important and renowned international educational platform, we began realization of Cambridge programme and the programme of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technical Development of the Republic of Serbia. Acquiring licence made us proud, but also inspired us to be even more responsible in accepting the obligation to educate students in a worldwide recognizable way.
Sixth Year: the First Year of Implementation of the Cambridge Programme
The school year 2012/13 was marked by the efforts to integrate two significant educational programmes which became a unique trait of our institution. Students’ activity and development of critical thinking became our main focus. The headquarters of our institution was in 58 Tolstojeva street, and due to an increasing number of students, a part of school was moved to 51 Tolstojeva street. The project Flipped Classroom came to life thanks to Edmodo learning platform. As a part of this project, teachers upload various materials relevant for the topic, that would be covered in class later, and in that way encourage students to give their own opinion about the topic. Also, learning platforms are used as a research tool in this way.
Seventh year: First Primary School Prom
The first generation to finish primary school had matured with exceptional results on their finals and Cambridge exams. The whole year passed in preparations for the test of maturity, through professional orientation programmes and career advising. The very same year, the first elaborate for the opening of Secondary School was prepared for the upcoming school year and it had been initiated by our parents.
Eighth year: Opening of the Secondary School
The school year 2014/15 saw the inauguration of the Secondary School, making our educational system a whole. In this year we became a two-class school in the younger grades and due to the increasing number of students and opening of Secondary School, we expanded our facilities to 3 Cakorska Street. As the result of many years of partnership, our eighth year of existence was notable for the activities of the Parents’ Association on stimulating the cultural and public life of the institution, as well as the launch of various humanitarian activities. The Parents’ Association greatly helped to promote the importance of cooperation between parents and the institution. The bond between our children, parents and the institution became even stronger, and a new spirit of change and partnership was set in motion.
Ninth Year: Tablets in Teaching
The ninth year of Kreativno Pero ES was marked by projects that improved the quality of teaching by introducing modern technology. By doing so, we met the needs of a contemporary generation of students. The school provided tablets for them, while other projects were realized in this year as well. Apart from Edmodo platform for online learning, our students also use other educational platforms such as Khan Academy and Moodle and take part in the Gamification project and use classroom management applications such as Class Dojo and Classcraft. The successful year was crowned by winning the first place at the Republic competition of the Serbian language for secondary school students.
Tenth Year: International Projects
We are stepping into our jubilee, tenth year as an educational system ready to participate in international projects and professional development abroad. Kreativno Pero participated in CARnet Conference in Rovinj, and our teachers successfully presented their works about algorithmic thinking and a platform for online learning. In December 2016, Kreativno Pero cooperated with six european schools in order to do a project Advent Calendar, as a part of Etwinning platform.
In January 2016, Kreativno Pero became an official Cambridge Professional Development Centre and acquired the licence to train other teachers according to Cambridge standards and to issue Cambridge certificates. Our teachers showed the examples of excellent teaching at an important conference, New Technologies in Education, held in Belgrade in February 2017.
The highlight of international cooperation of the year is the participation at International Robotics Olympiad. We are preparing for the event that is going to be held in Washington in July 2017. Secondary school students are going to represent the national Serbian team. The main goal of this project is to raise awareness of the importance of STEM careers as long-term options for the future of youth and to provide support to international cooperation and exchange, which is in complete accordance with our concept and long-term goals.
The Eleventh Year: Significant professional development, improvement of thematic and interdisciplinary approach and a spectacular New Year’s concert
This school year was marked by teachers’ professional development through Cambridge Professional Development Centre in the field of Teaching and Learning. The course programme entailed 120 hours of professional development. Six teachers achieved the highest grades and were awarded certificates. We will always remember the spectacular New Year’s concert performed by our students, parents and teachers. We continued to implement various thematic approaches to planning and found that our students truly enjoy thematic days! Thematic and interdisciplinary approach helps students learn, ensures long-term knowledge and builds competences important for life in the modern society.
The Twelfth Year: Our project European Experiences for High-Quality School and outstanding results on the final exam and IGCSE and Cambridge exams
Kreativno Pero was the first private school in Serbia that had a staff mobility project European Experiences for High-Quality School approved and financed by the Foundation Tempus. We learned from the best educational systems in Finland and Estonia, integrated what we had learned into our school development plans and shared our experiences with other schools, students, through social networks and the media. Our main aim was to encourage curiosity, motivation, inquiry and creativity by making connections with the real world, learning beyond the classroom and supporting our students. We also achieved an incredible success on the final exam in the end of primary school, and our students had the best results among private schools with their scores high above the Republic average. Our students also achieved excellent results in English as a Second Language, Mathematics and Science exams. We are especially proud of our second grade high school students who achieved an average score of 92% in mathematics.