Osnovna skola Vezica
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Primary school Vezica is a non-profit state school in Rijeka, Croatia which provides primary education for children aged 7 to 14 (grades 1 to 8). It is situated in Rijeka, Croatia, not far from the town centre. Currently there are 381 students (19 classes) from different social backgrounds, and 69 employees, of which 52 are teachers. Classes of compulsory subjects are organised in the morning. In the early afternoon children have optional subjects such as Italian/German/French, Computer Science, Religion, Project Citizen and Debate. Also they have many activities like: singing choir, sport (gymnastics, athletics, basketball, handball, football ), visual arts, robotics, programming, citizenship education, drama, children's forum, literary group, recitation group, etc. Within the school there is a Primary School for Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance (101 students, 15 classes). The school vision and mission is based on three guiding principals: Knowledge, Strength and Beauty. Our mission is to provide learning that will fulfill those three guiding principles and enable children to develop in well-rounded individuals. What makes us especially proud and distinguished from the other successful schools in Croatia and elsewhere is that we: - are the first school in Europe with japanese garden in front of school - are the first state school in Croatia that has been implementing iPads in every subject (1:1) - become Apple Lighthouse School in 2014. - are the first non english school on BETT 2015 as a speaker ("iPads in every subject") - have been awarded the European Language Label for excellence in language learning and teaching - have organized 1 st International haiku encounters: children haiku poetry - have final production of our art students in National Theatre in Rijeka every year - are the research center for University Rijeka in e-Schools pilot project - are the school for teacher traineers of computer science, croatian language and teachers for lower grades in cooperation with University Rijeka - share our knowledge and experience about ICT with other teachers / schools - educate our pupils computational thinking, by constructing and programming their own robots The school is very well equipped with various teaching aids: professional literature, sport and other equipment, computers, projectors, smart boards, tablets and Internet access. There is also mobile iLab with 20 school iPads for younger children and for robotics mBot robots and BBC micro:bit controllers. The school takes part in the e-Schools project: Establishing the system of development of digitally mature schools, which is financed by the European Union, and conducted by the Ministry of Science and Education and Carnet with associates. Through the project we aim to develop the efficient and transparent school management, develop digitally competent teachers more prepared to incorporate innovation into their teaching practice and digitally competent pupils more prepared to continue their education and be more competitive in the labor market.