Principles of education
The main goal of education is the ability to apply newly acquired skills and knowledge to daily life. We teach our students to cooperate, communicate, form arguments, be able to discuss different opinions, search for information and be able to critically analyze newly acquired knowledge.
At Magic Hill, we believe that students should learn skills that have real meaning that can be used during their daily lives. Students should be led to actively think about the information they receive and apply it to various subjects. We believe that the path to education as important as what lies at its end. During this path students may have to overcome obstacles, make mistakes and then get back up and push forward. This is why the goal of our teachers is not to flood students with data and information, but rather to motivate and spark the passion for education in the students themselves. It is very important to us that students perceive education as something desirable and obtainable. This mindset will therefore allow them to pursue the education they desire both at our school and in their future.
At our school English is not just taught in classes; students use it to communicate both in and outside their classrooms. They therefore have the ability to use the language in real-life situations. Through this process the students are able to gradually improve their English in an experiential way. Furthermore, the presence of English native speakers are both support and an inspiration for the students. English isn’t taught solely during English language classes, as a number of other subjects are taught in English from the first grade. We believe that there are ways to support learning of a foreign language, especially in English. Along with fluent conversations, students are led to understand the language through the study of various Anglophone cultures, literature and grammar. We have an extensive English library and an English drama club. We also offer various international study trips in English.
Students who join our grades during the school year can adapt to our style of English-language teaching very quickly. This is due to our individual approach and the fact that we divide the students into different study groups based on their progress in English. As a result, our students have high international exam achievement scores. These are taken at the end of the 4th and 8th grades.
Maintaining a positive atmosphere and a friendly climate in our classes and school is our priority. As a result of this, we focus on the overall well-being of our students and staff in general. We perceive well-being to be of high importance to both studying and teaching. This is why we believe that both students and teachers can achieve their full potential only in a friendly and positive atmosphere based on trust and interpersonal relations. We strive to improve the well-being at our school through individual and daily approaches to students and teachers. This way, we can promote empathy, positive motivation, cooperation and an open-minded and friendly climate in our school.
Limited capacity in classes allows our teachers to take an individual approach to every student, thus making it easier to track the students’ progress while fullfiling their needs. We believe that verbal formative evaluations are the best forms of feedback a student can receive in regards improvement, as these give them the opportunity to learn from their mistakes and use them to further improve their results without having a negative mindset. Thanks to this, students feel safer and are motivated to search, try and apply their newly obtained knowledge and skills to future problems.
Regarding social skills, it is our responsibility to set desired positive patterns of behaviour which allows the students to resolve their conflicts or situations themselves. We value the importance of the students’ internal mindsets as they have to be aware of their own personal ambitions and internal motivations, while being able to prevent negative actions and reactions themselves.
Well-being in our school is also supported by the freedom students enjoy on our premises. They are able to take part in numerous activities across different grades. Furthermore, school-wide projects and activities promote cooperation between different age groups as well as building important friendships. Here, teachers are partners with the students, and mutual respect is essential. Teachers and students make sure that everyone adhere to the Codex of Magic Hil.