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Thank you letter to our foreign colleagues

31.05.2022

Dear Colleagues,

On 24th February 2022 Russia began a slaughterous war against our country. According to the statistics 303 students out of 720 were forced to flee from Ukraine and had to continue their studies and receive knowledge in many different schools outside our country.

Thank you for providing a shelter and a safe place to our children. I am confident that Ukraine will win and that our students will return back to Cherkasy, their home. We know that we will always remember your care and protection that you showed towards the externally displaced people of our country.

May peace and goodness be with you!

Yours sincerely,

Serhiy Sayenko,

Principal of First City Gymnasia, Cherkasy, Ukraine

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Reconstruction by Diana Shypovitch (Ukraine)

06.05.2022

Ukraine Special Dispatch

My fingers are sore from the cold; my coat is soaked with rain. I am clinging to the blue stripe of the flag, trying to stay grounded, keeping my thoughts under control. But they scatter. I am staring blankly at people who prepare for the approaching march, while the white noise from their excitement fills my ears.

Main street is busy during lunchtime. Some, hurried by the rain, throw a quick look at us, before disappearing in the warmth of a cafe. Some stop and scrutinize our procession. Do we look silly? Threatening? Or, perhaps, miserable? Curious, I survey the gathering. Ordinary people with extraordinary hearts—they answered to the plea in the local magazine to join the march.

“Let’s go!” someone cries out, impatient to start moving.

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Today an exhibition of the FCE students' drawings starts in the USA

24.04.2022

As we have already informed on our site, on April 24 an exhibition of the pictures of the students and internally displaced children who study in FCG https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2022/04/06/alameda-briefs-april-24-art-exhibit-to-benefit-ukrainians-in-need   will be organized in American city Alameda https://www.alamedaca.gov/Home  . The exhibition with the auction is called Sunflowers of Ukraine, the majority of pictures is dedicated to peace and the russian-Ukrainian war https://sunflowersofukraine.org .

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Project Speak Together Helped Financially

28.03.2022

For almost a year our Gymnasia has been taking part in Project Speak Together, which proved to be very successful. The aim of this English language project is to have a weekly communication with teenagers from different cities of California, learning the language and building friendly relationships. This project is appreciated by both sides a lot. A couple days ago a letter from one of the Speak Together tutors was received. The young teenager raised 200 US dollars and has a desire to donate the money to our Gymnasia. This is his letter:

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Vitalii Deputat on the invaluable impact of FLEX and “accidental” immigration to Canada

16.11.2021

What is FLEX (Future Leaders Exchange Program)? One goes to the United States for an academic year, lives with a host family, attends a local high school, and, basically, gets to know the culture and live the American life. The program covers everything.

The first guest of the Exchange Me podcast, FLEX alumnus Vitalii Deputat shares how much the exchange program changed him and how he immigrated to Canada.

Vitalii took part in the program back in 2001, going to Denver, Colorado, and studying at Chatfield High School. He’s a media buyer by profession and, as he calls himself, an immigrant by accident.


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WE GOT A MEDAL AT THE EDUCATIONAL EXHIBITION

30.05.2021

The twelfth international exhibition "Modern Educational Institutions" and the exhibition of the education abroad "World Edu" http://www.vsosvita.com.ua were being held from May 26 to May 28 in the Kyiv Palace of Sports.

They were organized and conducted by the Exhibition World Company with the informational, methodological, and organizational support of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine, the State Scientific Institution "Institute for Modernization of Educational Content".

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24.02.2021

It has been 6 years of fruitful cooperation of International University LCC, Klaipeda, Lithuania with First Сity Gymnasia of Cherkasy that lasts within the framework of the scientific-methodical program "The Dialogue of Cultures". LCC International University is a state and international Christian Liberal Arts university, established by a joint venture of Lithuanian, Canadian and American foundations in 1991. LCC International University is a permanent partner of our Gymnasia.

Thus, in mid-February, virtual presentations were organized to introduce studies at LCC to the potential students, currently 10th graders of our gymnasia who are thinking about their future university education. Lidiya Oryshchuk, Senior Admissions Counselor of LCC International University, recounted high school students the rules of admission and studies in LCC International University, which has proven to be a unique, innovative, interactive learning center, a leading Christian liberal arts university in Europe, renowned for its flourishing academic community, spiritual vitality, and global impact.

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OUR ALUMNUS HAS BECOME THE HEAD OF THE REGIONAL STATE ADMINISTRATION

30.01.2021

The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has appointed Oleksandr Skichko head of the Cherkasy Regional State Administration. The relevant decree №38 / 2021 of January 29 was published on the President's website.

"To appoint Oleksandr Oleksandrovych Skichko as the head of the Cherkasy Regional State Administration," the decree reads.

Skichko, 29, is the youngest politician to be appointed for this high post. At his time, Alexander finished our gymnasia with a Gold Medal.

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Project Work: the Ukrainian-Polish Project Starts

09.12.2020

A new Ukrainian-Polish initiative, the point of which is to create a cartoon Christmas card, kicks off today. The participants from both countries will attend a number of master's classes, during which they will learn to make a short cartoon-greeting.

The project is a part of the international cooperation and promotion of Bydgoszcz, Poland. Its organizer is "Slavos - the Slavic workshop of culture and dialogue". The offer came to us from the chairman of this organization and an old friend of our school Rafal Marzynkowsky.

A few years ago, FCG and the Polish Society "Slavos" implemented the theatrical project, which then turned into an international event.

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VIVAT, THE GYMNASIA QUEEN

13.11.2020

On November 12 - the day of the 140th anniversary of the gymnasia, the solemn enthronement of the Queen of the First City Gymnasia Sofia Shipovych took place. The ceremony was held in the presence of honorary guests: the director of the gymnasiua Serhiy Ivanovych Sayenko and the ombudsman of the gymnasia, the Honorary Teacher of Ukraine Valery Anatoliyovych Silenko - the latter solemnly proclaimed Sophia the Gymnasia Queen. During the ceremony, a stamp with the image of the newly elected Queen of the FCG (made by Ukrposhta on a special order) was presented to her. After her dedication, Her Majesty addressed her subjects, the students of grades 1 - 5. Afterwards, she personally visited each class and congratulated all students on the holiday.

The Queen has now fully assumed her powers, which include chairing the social and legal committee of the Gymnasia Parliament, coordinating the school charitable and the work of the Royal Post Office, as well as taking an active part in all gymnasia social events.

Sophia has become the seventeenth FCG Queen.

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The Gymnasia Principal a Attended the Conference

17.04.2020

On April 16, at the initiative of the Office of the State Service for Quality of Education in the Cherkasy region http://sqe.gov.ua/index.php/en-us/upravlinnia-derzhavnoi-sluzhby-iakosti-osvity-u-cherkaskii-oblasty the conference dedicated to the topic "Let's talk about the organization of distance learning" was conducted and presided over by the Head of the Department Oksana Anatoliyivna Kompaniets. The chairman of the Education Department of the Cherkasy Board of Education and Humanitarian Policy of the City Council E. P. Stepko, our gymnasia principal S. I. Sayenko, school #32 principal I. Y. Ovcharenko, as well as teachers from several Cherkasy schools actively practicing distance learning were invited to participate in the conference. For an hour and a half, the ZOOM platform brought together the educators to discuss an extremely urgent issue - organizing distance learning for students during a lengthy quarantine period. A meaningful and substantive conversation took place between the participants of the conference. They spoke about distance learning in terms of its experiences, risks, challenges, and achievements. Our principal even called the process a major educational revolution that could dramatically change the classroom system practiced in most countries of the world. He spoke about the experience that our teachers have gained while using Google-Classroom or communicating with students and their parents via the Oshkola project among other positive results. The conference participants emphasized that education needs to be reformed more vigorously to meet the challenges of the time and Ukraine has an opportunity to place itself among the world leaders in implementing the aforesaid innovations.

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Important Information!

02.04.2020

From March 12th to April 24th 2020, the nationwide quarantine has been announced in Ukraine in connection with the risk of coronavirus infection (COVID-19).

Secondary and higher educational institutions are closed.

The first city gymnasia works remotely with high school students and teachers.

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FCG is on Vacations

25.02.2020

From February 24 to 29 our students are enjoying the intermediary winter vacations. The decision to have an additional vacation period in the end of February was made in October in agreement with the parents of the students of all classes (confirmed during the teacher-parent meetings) and the board of the FCG as well as approved by the relevant order of the gymnasia principal. This work schedule is FCG-specific only, the rest of Cherkasy schools are studying during this time. The resolution to have the intermediary vacations was driven by the fact that the FCG had only one week of New Year holidays. Thus, to conform to the letter of law which reads that the number of mandatory vacation days in Ukrainian schools should be 30 (except summer holidays), the FCG is on holidays now. You can see the school's plan of work for the vacations on our website in the section ANNOUNCEMENTS.

Of course, while the majority of the students are resting, all teachers and support staff are 'in the thick of the battle' at work. The food service unit will be repaired by the school technicians (at the instruction of the State Consumer Service), and teachers will hold a council, and take part in a training organized by the Cherkasy Medical Academy among other events. A large group of high school students are spending their vacations with use taking language courses in England under the supervision of the English teacher A.O. Ukhan (in the photo)

ENJOY YOUR VACATIONS!

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Public Speaking Competition for Grades 10-11 with the support of LCC International University

16.01.2020

On January 13th, our gymnasia hosted the first stage of the International Public Speaking Contest, which is sponsored and supported by LCC International University in Klaipeda, Lithuania. This year, the students of grades 10-11 were offered the topic “Great Leadership and the Power of Self-interest”. The winner of it is a grade 11A student Anastasia Shpak, taught by Y. K. Pais, who will represent our school at the regional stage of the competition on February 18, 2020. This year the contest is held in 8 countries: Ukraine, Armenia, Albania, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia and Georgia. The winner from each country will receive a ticket and will be eligible for 3-week intensive English language course worth 600 euro at the English Language Institute in Klaipeda. We wish Anastasia such confident victory at the next stage as well!

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The Gymnasia Delegation Participated in the Officer's Ball

29.12.2019

For three years in a row now, our educational institution has maintained partnership with the 503rd Marine Corps Battalion in Mariupol. The cooperation began with the regular visits of the gymnasia's traditional festive events by the military unit commanders and deepened in 2018-2019. Several students from our school have even gone through combat training at the marine corps base and received the right to wear their berets.

Today, the Battalion officers occasionally come to assist the teacher of the Fatherland Defense course in conducting his classes and bringing them closer to reality. In addition to that, three times a year, gymnasia students gather and send the marine corps soldiers various goodies and small gifts for the holidays.

At the beginning of December 2019, the command of the military unit honored our input by inviting a delegation from the gymnasia to participate in the traditional officer's ball, which has been held since 2017.

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The Gymnasia Language Center has been recognized

20.12.2019

On December 18, the official reception of partner schools and non-governmental educational institutions cooperating with the Cambridge University of Testology "Cambridge Assessment English" took place in Kyiv. Our Principal S.I. Sayenko was present at this extremely solemn event.

One of the important factors of the high school student's performance is obtaining an international language certificate, which acknowledges the level of command of a foreign language and is recognized all over the world.

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The Royal Mail is off and running

08.11.2019

On November 7, our primary school was a lively and interesting place to visit. The Royal Mail began its work in the gymnasia; the foundation of this initiative was laid by the gymnasia principal in the spring at the royal ball.

Specially for this purpose, real postage stamps with the image of the acting Gymnasia Queen and envelopes with our school symbols were made. All primary school students were invited to the opening ceremony, at which the gymnasia principal Serhiy Ivanovych Sayenko addressed everyone with a welcome speech and presented them with a teddy bear toy named Paddington. The Gymnasia Queen Daria Khmelnitska also spoke to the juniors, solemnly cut the red ribbon, received a stamp with her own image from the hands of the Student President of the gymnasia, and invited everyone to have personal correspondence with her majesty. In her speech, she emphasized on the ancient and magical tradition of correspondence with the queen and encouraged everyone to actively participate in this new school tradition.

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One more volunteer will start working with our students

24.10.2019

On October 21, Mr. Cap Hensley, a teacher from the United States of America and a PhD from Liverpool University, began his work at the gymnasia. He has lived, taught and traveled all over the US, but for the past several years he has been living and working in America and Ukraine equally. Mr. Hensley will work with the high school students, run the English Club and help most prominent gymnasia students prepare for the Olympiads. His help is completely on a volunteer basis.

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15.10.2019

Between October 8 and October 20, 2019, a group of five educators from our region are participating in the Open World programhttp://www.americancouncils.org.ua/en/pages/13, administered by the American Councils in Ukraine and the Rotary Movement. Our teacher of Computer Study E. A. Kovalenko, his colleague from Kaniv high school T. L. Mision as well as three other young scientists from Bohdan Khmelnitsky National University (S. V. Babenko, V. A. Diduk, and V. A. Litvin) have already spent a week in Washington, where they were welcomed by the American Councils, and since October 14, the project participants have moved to Kansas, where they are now hosted by the local Rotary Club Hutchinson https://hutchrotary.org.

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Human Resource Management: Gymnasia has got a new Vice Principal

17.09.2019

 On September 16, a new vice principal working in the realm of educational activity was appointed by the order of the gymnasia principal. This position is now occupied by Olena Naumenko (eshtok2008@urk.net), who until recently worked as a teacher of English in school # 31. She is the teacher-methodologist who has the highest qualification category, is the ambassador of the international program E-twinning-plus, and the manager of the program Generation Global among numerous other achievements. She has replaced at this challenging post Nadia Ananieva, an honorary vice principal of our school, who has devoted to the gymnasium 38 years of her life and lifted the educational establishment to a whole new level in terms of teaching and learning foreign languages.

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