Student Development

Student Development

The Department of Student Development is in charge of extracurricular afternoon activities, providing students with diverse opportunities outside the curriculum and helping them develop creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking skills.

Theater and fencing, musical classes and uncommon languages, business and psychology — these are but a fraction of what is offered at Letovo as part of the extracurricular activities.

THE STUDENT DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IN LETOVO SCHOOL OFFERS:

ECAs (extracurricular activities) — over 100 clubs, courses and interest groups in 5 different programs:
CREATIVITY AND INGENUITY
SPORTS AND HEALTH
SCIENCE AND COGNITION
CITIZENSHIP AND SOCIETY
LEADERSHIP AND COOPERATION

As well as

— Cultural trips/external adventures (visits to museums and galleries; visits to other towns and cities);

— Lectures by inspirational speakers, scientists and other well-known persons as part of the Letovo Wednesdays project;

— Student government;

— Internships in Russian and Western companies.


SCHEDULE OF EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

ECAs (extracurricular activities) begin in the afternoon after the core curriculum classes are over (after 16:20).

The range of ECA courses and their number depend on the personal choice of each student in conjunction with his/her tutor and the Student Development staff, ensuring the extracurriculars are balanced and diverse.

School recommendations:

— In the first academic term students are expected to take courses in at least 3 out of the 5 areas (it is mandatory to take one course in Sports and Health + 2 courses in other areas).

— During the entire academic year, students are expected to take courses in at least 4 out of the 5 areas (it is mandatory to take one course in Sports and Health + 3 courses in other areas).

— During the course of your studies at school, students are expected to take courses in all the 5 areas.

Student Development will help every student to create their own portfolio which will highlight both academic and extracurricular achievements, information on internships and participation in volunteer programs and major school events.

By participating in afternoon ECAs, students can take a break from academics, try their hand at something new and exciting all in a comfortable and friendly environment, meet students from other grades and interact with teachers.

HEAD OF STUDENT DEVELOPMENT

We strive to have our students develop the talents they have and acquire new interests, learn about cultural events and participate in them, maintain their physical and intellectual development in harmonious balance, and, most importantly, keep alive their curiosity and genuine interest in the world around them.
Vladimir Shmelev
Head of Student Development
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CREATIVITY AND INGENUITY

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Examples of the courses:
  • The Tiny World Theater Studio
  • Printmaking
  • The Craftsmanship of Writing
  • Web Design and Development
  • Movie Club
  • Photography Club

All students have an opportunity to attend both group and individual classes: in particular, the majority of music classes and vocal training is individual. The purpose of the program is to enable every student to try their hand at different activities, to continue developing their creative skills and to see the way the professional world of culture, arts and creativity works.

In the 2018/19 academic year, 75% of our students participated in 36 creative activities. The most popular were Graphic Design, Photography, Visual Arts and Theater. 51% of the Letovo’s first cohort took individual music lessons: piano, violin, guitar, drums as well as singing.

SCIENCE AND COGNITION

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Examples of the courses:
  • Space STEM Projects
  • Introduction to Archeology
  • Mathematics and Culture
  • Financial Literacy
  • Bioinformatics
  • Digital Electronics
  • Japanese

The purpose is to enable every student:

— to try their hand at different fields of science outside of main academic stream;

— to broaden their horizons;

— to learn about current breakthroughs in science through meeting with scientists, reviews of scientific articles and personal projects;

— to see how the professional world works in different scientific fields.

SPORTS AND HEALTH

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Examples of the courses:
  • Aerobic Dance
  • Fencing
  • Cheerleading
  • Water Aerobics
  • Chess
  • Martial Arts

We make all efforts to encourage students to participate in regular fitness and sports activities and follow a healthy lifestyle. Students can decide when they will attend extra sports classes at their convenience (e.g., they can go swimming in the pool in the morning before the start of lessons). All lessons are taught by qualified coaches and instructors.

Each student will be able to participate in contests and competitions with other schools from Moscow, other cities in Russia or from abroad (in both team sports and individual sports) and to prepare for the All-Russian Physical Development GTO Test or to receive an athletic title in the sport of their choice.

LEADERSHIP AND COOPERATION

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Examples of the courses:
  • Time Management
  • Project Management
  • Project Management
  • Psychology

Our aim is to teach every student to work in a team, solve conflicts, set and achieve goals, as well as organize themselves and others.

CITIZENSHIP AND SOCIETY

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Examples of the courses:
  • Human Rights in the Modern World
  • Russian Sign Language
  • History of Ideas
  • Charity Club

Within this field, there are three main areas: charity, community and environmental initiatives.

The main goal of the program is to help students develop empathy and a conscientious approach to the world around them, become motivated and active citizens helping others in a sincere and selfless way.

As part of the program, students are expected to participate in volunteer activities – both internal and external.