02 Oct

ПРОДЛЕНКА в Русско-английской школе АЗБУКА для детей из других местных школ!

AZBUKA Russian Afterschool Club for all

Please scroll down for English.

ПРОДЛЕНКА в Русско-английской школе АЗБУКА для детей из других местных школ!

Вторник 16:00-18:00. Стоимость £20. Возраст 5-11 лет.
Дорогие друзья, мы рады вам сообщить, что с 27 сентября мы открываем Группу продленного дня при Русско-английской школе АЗБУКА (Studland Hall, Studland St, W60JS) для детей младшего школьного возраста 5-11 лет (подготовительный – 6 класс).
Продленный класс будет работать пока только по вторникам 16:00 до 18:00. Стоимость £20. Язык – русский.
Программа продленного дня будет включать:
? полдник
? настольные, подвижные и ролевые игры
? арт, лего, пазлы, свободную игру
? прогулку
? ужин
Чтобы записать вашего ребенка на группу продленного дня, отправьте запрос на admin@azbukafoundation.org
В своем емайле укажите:
✅ Полное имя вашего ребенка
✅ Дату его рождения
✅ Номер телефона родителя
Спешите записаться, места ограничены!
***
AZBUKA Russian Afterschool Club for all.
Tuesdays 4-6 pm. £20
AZBUKA School is happy to announce the opening of the Afterschool club!
From 27 September 2022.
The club will run on Tuesdays only for now, from 4 pm to 6 pm. The cost is £20 per session per child.
The club welcomes children from other local primary schools and is available to children going to Reception class and up to 11 years old.
Children take part in games, arts and crafts activities, homework club and play with their friends. They will also be provided with a healthy snack and hot dinner.
To sign up, please email to admin@azbukafoundation.org.
In your email, please include:
– Your child’s full name
– Date of birth
– Parent’s contact number
Priority will be given on a first-come-first-served basis. Places are limited.
01 Jul

Первый выпуск русско-английской интернациональной школы АЗБУКА в Лондоне

Graduation of first cohort of students from AZBUKA Anglo-Russian international School in London

Friday 24 June 2022 was no ordinary day for the Azbuka community. The school hall in a beautiful Victorian building in West London was packed with children, teachers, parents and friends, and with emotions: happiness and achievement, pride and humility, smiles and tears, sadness and reflection as they moved on.

The first cohort of students was graduating from Azbuka Primary School, signalling an important milestone in the success of the Anglo-Russian international primary school in London, and for bilingual education in general.

A small group completed Year 6, bringing to an end their studies using a pioneering 2-way immersion bilingual and multicultural education curriculum. They were all well prepared to move on to a range of highly regarded state and independent secondary schools around London.

Azbuka Primary School, the UK’s only independent Anglo-Russian primary school, built on the Azbuka Foundation’s oversubscribed Nursery school (est. in 2002), complementary Saturday school and education centre created two decades ago. The Primary school opened in 2016 and now offers full-time bilingual curriculum from nursery/reception through to Year 6.

The journey towards a full-time bilingual school has been long, exciting and challenging. Inspired by the vision of the founding members, it was formed as charitable foundation, independent from either Russian or British government funding and focussed, to serve the linguistic, cultural, social and academic needs of its own multicultural community. Over the years, Azbuka has attracted families, trustees and supporters from many different backgrounds, nationalities and cultures.

All of its students benefit from a fully immersive curriculum and rich extra-curricular activities taught in both Russian and English, drawing on the best traditions of both cultures. They speak 15 languages and comprise a thriving multilingual community with many mixed families and teachers with origins in the cultures of Russia, England, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, USA, France, Spain, Estonia, Italy, Sweden, Latvia and China among others.

Azbuka school has recently also offered a number of places to children arriving from Ukraine, with extra curriculum support for English, Ukrainian and Russian languages.

Maria Gavrilova, founder and headteacher, said: “I’m thrilled to see our first students graduate. On the 24th June my dream came true. 2022 marks a really exciting milestone for Azbuka school, which our dedicated staff have been building with innovative approaches to bilingual pedagogy to prepare our children for the future in the best possible way, building on tolerance and understanding.

The gift of another language and culture is truly unique: from the early childhood it opens the doors to another way of comprehending the world, granting a gift of true understanding, love and compassion as well as wider academic, cognitive and economic benefits. In our world torn by division and confrontation, the very idea of a bilingual educational space – where children and teachers of very different cultures learn, play, make friends and work together – is becoming more important than ever. Every day at Azbuka brings more convincing proof of the humanitarian and unifying value of bilingual education.

The birth, survival and growth of bilingual education demonstrates a profound truth: humanity transcends conventional political, cultural or linguistic border. Connection and understanding are at the very depth of the human heart.”

Anastasija Royce, parent of one of the graduates, said: “We were lucky with the timing: our son was in the first year the school started and is one of the first graduates. The incredible journey over the past 7 years was as exciting and fruitful as it gets in a caring and engaging educational environment.

Azbuka is more than a school, it is an extended family to us and I am sure to all the children that attend the school. On behalf of myself and other parents I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the head teacher and all teachers and staff for their professionalism, dedication and care, which made an extremely important difference to the lives of our children. May the School continue its success over the years to come.”

Paul Hume, head of English department and deputy head, said: “I am so proud to have had the privilege of teaching this cohort from Year 4 to 6. The journey they have made, their progress both socially and academically, is testament to the quality of the school’s bilingual curriculum. It gives me great pleasure to see them graduate with fantastic results and I wish them every success for the future.”

Dr Vally Lytra, an Azbuka governor and academic, said: “Warmest congratulations to the class of 2022! As a new school governor, I had the opportunity and privilege to recently witness the Year 6 cohort in action. I was impressed by their confidence and their openness and curiosity about making connections across languages and cultures.

I was equally impressed by the children’s welcoming attitude towards a new refugee classmate from Ukraine, who have joined the school. Its inclusive pedagogical approach and rigorous curriculum alongside an ethos of care and respect creates a nurturing environment for all children to grow academically, socially and emotionally and equips them with the knowledge and skills to succeed and make a positive contribution in a multilingual and multicultural world.”

Jelena Rosenberg, said: “As a class teacher and Head of the Russian curriculum at Azbuka school I have witnessed and played my part in our school’s development and growth, from a single class intake of just three student to the full primary school setting of today. Azbuka has grown as have its students, who together with their teachers and parents began an exciting journey into the world of bilingualism all those years ago. I am very proud of our Year 6 students’ achievements and results.

Opening Azbuka school was a daring though well researched idea, the realisation of a dream for our founding members, who have managed to build a strong and enthusiastic team of teachers around them, who have poured all their knowledge, skills and creativity into the project.

It was a leap into uncharted waters for many of us. The big idea, whilst founded on strong theoretical principles, needed to be brought to life – a bilingual curriculum. This was a challenging task for both English and Russian teachers. With our students’ interests and developmental needs uppermost in our minds, once the year one topics were carefully chosen; English and Russian linguistic objectives set; Peterson’s Maths programme launched; and supportive literature in both languages ordered – the learning began.

Six years on, Azbuka school has developed a broad, culture rich, comprehensive and unique curriculum for all classes. Along with English, Russian and Maths we teach History, Geography and Science in both languages, covering a wide range of interesting topics.

All Azbuka school children have opportunities to apply themselves in art, dance and song, and to develop drama and circus skills. Our KS2 children participate in Spanish, practical Science and IT lessons provided by specialist teachers. In Azbuka we strongly believe and actively promote cultural interaction with the wider world beyond the school premises. Educational visits to museums, galleries, theatres and other cultural venues are supplemented with talks by invited speakers are all considered very important and therefore a compulsory and hugely enjoyable part of our curriculum.

All school staff work together in the education and development of our students to help them to become not only confident users of language and maths but also beautiful, kind and openminded individuals.”

The school is an integral part of the bilingual education movement in England, as a member of the Independent Schools Association (ISA) and a founding member of the Bilingual Education Alliance (BEA), a network and association of bilingual and international schools within the UK.

16 May

Прием в начальную школу и Детский сад АЗБУКА

AZBUKA Russian-English International Primary School & Nursery in London. Admissions 2022-2023

Продолжается прием в Русско-английскую интернациональную начальную школу и Детский сад АЗБУКА в Лондоне [русская версия текста – внизу]

Please note limited space availability in some year groups.

  • UK’s leading Russian-English International Primary School
  • More than 15 languages spoken and cultures present
  • We welcome applications from children – refugees from Ukraine (Ukrainian or Russian speaking) and consider special bursaries for these families. We support the Ukrainian language in the curriculum
  • Full member of the ISA (Independent Schools Association)
  • The only school in UK implementing a unique Russian-English bilingual curriculum
  • 22 years of growth and development
  • High ratings across all areas examined by Ofsted
  • Culture rich broad curriculum including extensive music, arts and sciences
  • Holistic approach to education and learning
  • Small classes (8-10 children)
  • Successful transition to British independent, state and international secondary schools

For more information on Admission, Curriculum and AZBUKA Project please go to our website www.azbukafoundation.org

email: office@azbukafoundation.org

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/azbuka_foundation/

Telegram: https://t.me/azbuka_school

Продолжается прием в Русско-английскую интернациональную начальную школу (дети от 5 до 10 лет) и Детский сад АЗБУКА (2-4 лет) в Лондоне.

  • Лидирующая в Великобритании русско-английская общеобразовательная начальная школа для детей 5-10 лет и Детский сад для детей 2-4 лет
  • Наши ученики – дети разных национальностей и культур
  • Мы принимаем детей из Украины и рассматриваем возможность финансовой помощи по программе особой стипендии
  • Единственная школа в стране, где используется программа двустороннего языкового погружения, совмещающая английские и российские педагогические и культурные традиции
  • Фонд АЗБУКА существует и активно занимается развитием русско-английского двуязычного образования с 2000 года
  • Преподавание ведется на двух языках
  • Количество учеников в классе 8-10
  • Индивидуальный и целостный подход к образованию и воспитанию ребёнка
  • Школа АЗБУКА предоставляет обширную, культурно-насыщенную и академически сильную учебную программу, включая музыку, искусство, науку, испанский язык и танцы

Подробная информация доступна на сайте www.azbukafoundation.org

email: office@azbukafoundation.org

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/azbuka_foundation/

Telegram: https://t.me/azbuka_school

11 Mar

Официальное заявление Фонда АЗБУКА о ситуации в Украине

We support and will always stand by the children, families and people of Ukraine, and all of those who have become victims of this unfolding tragedy. 

First of all, we stress the values and key purpose of Azbuka: a British independent bilingual primary school and nursery situated in London, a megapolis that brings together so many different people from around the world. We are a small charity and work exclusively for the families of our community without operational support from either Russian or British governments. 

Azbuka offers children the chance to grow, learn, achieve and thrive in a safe, Russian-English bilingual educational environment, secure in their multicultural identity, enjoying a broad culture-rich creative and academically stimulating curriculum and achieving their full potential as unique individuals, caring friends and responsible citizens.

To be able to speak in more than one language and exposed to different cultures is a true gift to any child, family, community, country and the world at large.

People from mixed families and those brought up in a multilingual environment would never argue for conflict and war, but rather for understanding, love and friendship. This is the true miracle which reflects the unique benefits of a bilingual education embracing any languages and is the pedagogy we and a growing number of bilingual schools have promoted for over many years. That cause is needed more than ever today – for Ukraine, Russia and Britain. 

We believe that the children who have completed our programme can show us the way forward and teach us to be better people. 

These are Azbuka’s values and we will remain strongly committed to them. 

We strongly condemn war and aggression in all its forms, and more particularly, the current military conflict between Russia and Ukraine. We call on the world’s leaders to end fighting and ensure that those in Ukraine can start to heal following the pain that has been inflicted on them. 

Azbuka is an international school. We have children, parents, teachers and governors who represent many languages and cultures: Russian, English, Ukrainian, French, Swedish, Portuguese, Turkish, Bulgarian, Moldovan, Greek, Italian, Spanish and Chinese (among others). 

Ukraine and Russia share a similar language and culture, and many families at Azbuka have connections and ties in both countries. Our multinational community, especially families and teachers with family members in Ukraine, are in shock about this personal tragedy. They are grieving. The school is grieving. 

As with any grieving family, we would ask for respect for their privacy. We ask for respect of our space so that we can continue to apply the principles and guidelines to teach and protect our children, parents and teachers. 

We seek to protect them from the horrors of the current conflict as much as we can, and to allow them to study and play in the small oasis of peace we represent.

Despite our modest size and resources, in these tragic times Azbuka is seeking to make a real difference by helping innocent children and families caught in this conflict by: 

*  supporting refugees, creating school places and fundraising for bursaries for children coming from Ukraine, whether they speak Ukrainian, Russian or both 

*  supporting the Ukrainian language in the curriculum by engaging Azbuka Ukrainian teachers and volunteers 

*  extending our multilingual pedagogy by offering Ukrainian as a third family language through special clubs and lessons 

Bringing people together when everything is being torn apart, helping to rebuild bridges when they are being destroyed – these aims are at the very heart of Azbuka School. 

From now on – and perhaps for years to come – there will be few places where Ukrainian, Russian and British children have the opportunity to learn and play harmoniously in their languages and cultures.

Azbuka is now a school where these children can grow and thrive side by side in peace.

Out of the darkness will come the light. 

Governors of the AZBUKA Foundation

Maria Gavrilova
Dr Charmian Kenner
Jason Manning
Svetlana Malinina
Irina Khabibulina
Andrew Jack
Dr Vally Lytra 

20 Jan

AZBUKA Russian-English Bilingual Primary School OPEN EVENING for parents

Приглашаем всех заинтересованных родителей на ДЕНЬ ОТКРЫТЫХ ДВЕРЕЙ в Русско-английской начальной школе АЗБУКА с полной программой обучения (с понедельника по пятницу).
17 марта 2022 (четверг) в 18.30 в здании Начальной школы и Детского сада АЗБУКА по адресу: AZBUKA Russian-English Bilingual Primary School & Nursery, Studland Hall, Studland Street, Hammersmith, London W6 0JS (карта).
Для записи напишите нам Ваше имя и фамилию по адресу admin@azbukafoundation.org
Запись обязательна. Просим сообщить об участии заблаговременно! Места ограничены.
Мероприятие будет проходить на русском языке, вопросы и ответы на русском и английском языках.День открытых дверей проводится только два раза в год, не пропустите этой возможности.
“Школа Азбука – прекрасное место для разностороннего развития и раскрытия способностей наших детей. Этому способствует не только уникальная билингвальная общеобразовательная программа, но и интереснейшие занятия искусством, музыкой, танцами, наукой. Так же в расписание включено множество увлекательных экскурсий.” – родители ученика 5 класса
www.azbukafoundation.org
********************************
AZBUKA Russian-English Bilingual Primary School OPEN EVENING for parents.
Thursday, 17th March 2022 at 6.30 pm at our premises in Hammersmith.
Address: AZBUKA Russian-English Bilingual Primary School & Nursery, Studland Hall, Studland Street, Hammersmith, London W6 0JS (map)
All parents are welcome. Book early to guarantee a place. Just email your full name to admin@azbukafoundation.org
This event will be held in Russian, Questions & Answers in both languages. Please note that Open Evenings take place only twice a year.
«What makes Azbuka a unique place: The concept of bilingualism which the school embodies. Its curriculum enshrines both the Russian and English culture and language.» – parents of Year 2 Students

www.azbukafoundation.org

09 Nov

Azbuka International Children’s Orchestra – Applications now open

We are happy to announce that the Azbuka International Children’s Orchestra in London will launch in January 2022 at the Azbuka Russian-English Bilingual school in Ravenscourt Park. Azbuka is a unique educational and cultural project in the UK, the leading Russian-English bilingual school and a charitable foundation open to the wider community of families in London and beyond. Azbuka Orchestra is open to all young musicians both from Azbuka and schools in the surrounding area.

 Our aims and vision

  • All instruments will be considered for entry to the orchestra, making the ensemble unique.
  • The orchestra will be overseen and lead by professional international musicians and offers a unique experience for students to discover and play repertoire from different countries and a wide range of cultural and musical backgrounds.
  • We wish to empower our students through musical performance to reach new levels of artistic expression and to learn to work together as a team playing and performing music together.
  • We hope to bring our work into the public eye through regular concerts.

To apply for entry please follow this link to read more information and register your interest.

14 Oct

AZBUKA Russian-English Bilingual Primary School OPEN EVENING for parents

(please scroll down for English version).

Приглашаем всех заинтересованных родителей на ДЕНЬ ОТКРЫТЫХ ДВЕРЕЙ в Русско-английской начальной школе АЗБУКА с полной программой обучения (с понедельника по пятницу).

ДЕНЬ ОТКРЫТЫХ ДВЕРЕЙ / ПОЛНАЯ ПРЕЗЕНТАЦИЯ.

23 ноября 2021 (вторник) в 18.30

в здании Начальной школы и Детского сада АЗБУКА по адресу: AZBUKA Russian-English Bilingual Primary School & Nursery, Studland Hall, Studland Street, Hammersmith, London W6 0JS

Для записи напишите нам Ваше имя и фамилию по адресу admin@azbukafoundation.org

Запись обязательна. Просим сообщить об участии заблаговременно! Места ограничены. Мероприятие будет проходить на английском языке, вопросы и ответы на русском и английском языках. День открытых дверей проводится только два раза в год, не пропустите этой возможности.

www.azbukafoundation.org
www.facebook.com/azbukafoundation
www.instagram.com/azbuka_foundation

********************************

AZBUKA Russian-English Bilingual Primary School OPEN EVENING for parents.

Tuesday, 23rd November 2021 at 6.30 pm.

Address: AZBUKA Russian-English Bilingual Primary School & Nursery, Studland Hall, Studland Street, Hammersmith, London W6 0JS

All parents are welcome. Book early to guarantee a place. Just email your full name to admin@azbukafoundation.org

This event will be held in English, Questions & Answers in both languages.
Please note that Open Evenings take place only twice a year.

www.azbukafoundation.org
www.facebook.com/azbukafoundation
www.instagram.com/azbuka_foundation

27 Sep

AZBUKA in the news – the case for bilingual education

Opinion Language and grammar    Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2021. All rights reserved.

Global Britain needs to improve its language learning

Better teaching methods that draw on the country’s diverse population could improve international understanding

ANDREW JACK

School pupils take part in a language class. Demand for French and German is waning, while it is rising for Spanish © Red Snapper/Alamy

Andrew Jack AUGUST 17 2021

 

In a classroom this summer at Azbuka, a London bilingual primary school of which I am a governor, the children switched easily between English and Russian as they designed colourful posters in the two languages to help learn about coronavirus, climate change and mental health.

Not all have a Russian parent, including my son, who attended its Saturday complementary school some years ago. But their ability to absorb languages and cultures in a creative and engaging way is impressive and provides a lesson for Britain’s global ambitions.

Immersive learning that draws on the strengths of different cultural backgrounds remains an exception in England. Education is focused on the overly-academic study of foreign languages and too few people are convinced of their broader value.

A high proportion of people in London speak English as their second language, says Maria Gavrilova, Azbuka’s founder, yet they live a life of monolingualism. “There is a tragic unwillingness to explore successful methodologies and programmes for teaching foreign languages or maintaining first ones,” she says.

A recent survey by the British Council found that more than half of English primary schools stopped even rudimentary language teaching in the first lockdown last year and a fifth had still frozen their activities in early 2021. State schools in deprived areas were among those most affected. Nearly two-thirds of primary schools and two-fifths of state secondary schools reported no international activities last year, such as trips abroad or hosting a foreign language assistant, due to Covid restrictions.

Since the compulsory requirement to take a foreign language until the age of 16 was scrapped by the government nearly two decades ago, GCSE and A-level language qualifications have been in decline and a number of university modern language departments have closed.

Brexit risks depressing European language study still further, as fresh costs, new visa requirements and the axing of the Erasmus student exchange programme restrict the flows of assistants and teachers from former EU partner countries, and of students travelling to the EU.

Michael Kelly, emeritus professor of French at Southampton university, warns against complacency fuelled by the status of English as an international language. “We’re due for a fairly sharp awakening,” he says. “It’s already clear the EU is speaking more French and less English, and the Chinese increasingly expect others to speak their language.”

For Newcastle University’s René Koglbauer, chair of the board of trustees at the Association for Language Learning, an overhaul of language teaching is essential. He argues for a new national policy that puts greater emphasis on the value of languages and cultures, backed with more compelling ways of learning.

There are some positive signs. Rosanna Hume, a Teach First ambassador and head of Spanish at St Wilfrid’s Roman Catholic College in South Shields, says that although demand for French and German is waning, it is rising for Spanish, with students and their parents drawn to the language through music, TV shows and holidays. “Particularly in post-Brexit Britain, it’s more important than ever not just to know vocabulary and grammar but also to appreciate foreign cultures,” she says.

A pilot programme, The World of Languages, to be launched in several dozen primary and secondary schools this autumn, aims to inspire children by drawing on their own diverse heritage and exploring the links between different languages and cultures — including their role in the development of modern English.

“The only way out of the labyrinth is to celebrate the fact so many of our kids are bilingual. Why are we not doing more to build on that?” says John Claughton, one of the developers and former head of King Edward’s School, Birmingham. “Make them the poster boys and girls of languages. There is a future for celebrating multilingualism.”

Not all families or communities are multilingual, of course, and bilingualism is not easy to maintain for those that are. But even monoglot English speakers would benefit from greater appreciation of the foreign influences on their own tongue and ways to engage with other cultures.

andrew.jack@ft.com

 Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2021. All rights reserved.