November 2022


Global Entrepreneurship Week at NOVA

11/28/2022

On Friday,  November 21st, as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, we celebrated the power of entrepreneurship by hosting our event, “Youth Entrepreneurship Day” at Nova International Schools! Our 11th-grade students fully organized the event as a part of their Business Management class. It included a panel discussion on the topic “Is starting a business an option if you don’t pursue higher education?”. At the second part of the event, our 12th-grade students were pitching marketing campaign proposals for ten companies. By encouraging our students to think entrepreneurially, we can bring them closer to the opportunities within their community and inspire them to be confident in their abilities. Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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Guest Speaker from the World Health Organization

11/23/2022

Third grade students are learning about the variety of risks that children worldwide face and about the ways in which world organizations and nations work together to protect them from risks. As part of the unit "Sharing the Planet" NOVA ES invited a guest speaker to talk about the work of WHO. Mr. William Graham gave answers to many of the students' questions that emerged from the inquiry process that took place in our classrooms. Furthermore, he impressed the students by sharing his personal stories about his work in Ethiopia, Horn of Africa back in 2016-2017.   Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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NOVA-Boris Trajkovski Scholarship Program

11/15/2022

NOVA International Schools is happy to announce the 'Boris Trajkovski - NOVA 2023' scholarship program! For more information please visit: https://nova.edu.mk/bt-scholarship.aspx

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CEESA fall soccer tournament 2022

11/15/2022

NOVA soccer boys team had an intense CEESA Soccer Tournament in Istanbul.  The trip to Istanbul was safe and comfortable, and after 12 hour's drive, the team arrived at the hotel in Istanbul.  On the first day, after the starting ceremony, our boys had a great start with two wins, both high in goal difference against the International School of Latvia and the International School of Belgrade. On the second day of the tournament, we suffered several injuries, and it was impossible to keep up the same pace in the following games.  Consequently, we lost two games in a row by the international schools from Warsaw and the first team from Bucharest. On the final day of the tournament, despite the injuries, the challenging weather conditions, and the great 40km/h wind gusts, our team managed to finish 3rd by winning 2:1 against the second team from Bucharest. Our players, Damjan Koneski and Petar Projkovski, were selected for the "All-Star Team," meaning two of the 12 best players in the tournament. The trophy was a big reward for our team's dedication and energy spent on the soccer pitch for the whole season. Thank you for watching the games through the live stream and for your endless support. Until next soccer season! Check out the photo gallery from the tournament on the following link  

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Grade 2 PYP unit "Where we are in place and time"

11/15/2022

As part of the PYP unit "Where we are in place and time", the second grade students welcomed our very own Mrs. Venera Novakovska. As our guest speaker, she spoke about the changes that have occured in Skopje over the past 40 years, focusing on how it has grown and why. She also gave the students insight about the city's origins as a settlement way back in the Neolithic Era. Mrs.Venera showed various photographs of different landmarks in Skopje and spoke about how the city changed after the earthquake. Last but not least, she focused on Nova and informed the students about how and when our school was founded as well as the ways in which it will continue to grow and develop. Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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CEESA cross-country tournament in Sofia

11/15/2022

A group of ten students took the opportunity to participate in this year's CEESA cross-country tournament in Sofia. The HS boys’ team secured third place, which reflects their motivation and resilience. The two-day tournament held at the Anglo-American School of Sofia offered a chance for our students to show their preparedness and compete with another four CEESA schools from the region. On the first day, the HS boys ran the 5k race, while the MS boys the 3,5k and the MS girls ran the 2,5k races. Both students and the coaches are eager to see how the following year’s cross-country season will develop, and they are ready to display the gained skills and experiences further. The couches are very proud of our students! Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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Grade 3 Project: " Who We Are"

11/14/2022

As part of the lesson" Who We Are", the third graders created a project based on the wall painting technique. The idea was to encourage thinking about how to achieve equal food availability and the importance of healthy food. Sharing and caring inspired the third graders to create their vision.

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Where We Are in Place and Time: Inventions change our lives

11/11/2022

Exploring the central idea of the unit “Where We Are in Place and Time”, Grade 1 students were discovering how inventions have changed people’s lives. During their Macedonian language class, they looked at objects that were used in the past and compared them to what they look like today. Demonstrating qualities of true inquirers and thinkers, they identified the ways in which these objects have changed and evolved and how that has affected our lives nowadays. With this activity, students are immersed in the new unit with open and curious minds, looking forward to explore the concepts in more depth. Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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PTA Coffee Morning (ATL Skills Workshop)

11/9/2022

NOVA PTA invited parents in the Secondary division for a coffee morning and a workshop-style session on the IB’s Approaches to Learning (ATL) Skills. The ATL Skills fall into five main categories: communication, research, self-management, social, and thinking skills. Ms. Biljana Atanasovska, the school's ATL Skills Coordinator, explained why these skills are relevant for the student's academic and socio-emotional development and how NOVA is working with the students so they can master these skills. We look forward to seeing more parents on campus for an upcoming informative PTA coffee hour. Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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Lower Secondary closes out the soccer season

11/7/2022

Last week, at the FC PARK Academy field, we had a football tournament for our Lower Secondary boys and girls football teams. The tournament's purpose was to successfully close out the football season and provide our students an opportunity to experience an official competition, as they weren’t able to take part in official CEESA tournaments. Our teams competed against teams from SSK (Girls football academy) and teams from FK PARK Academy. The event took place in a great atmosphere, with many chances and goals and most importantly happy moments for the students. All participants enjoyed a pizza party at the end. Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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Fifth Graders Launched into a New Unit of Study Last Week!

11/7/2022

Transdisciplinary Theme WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE AND TIME An inquiry into orientation in place and time, personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives. Central Idea: Exploration and migration is a response to human circumstances and challenges. Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link  

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We are the World Cover in 12 different languages

11/5/2022

The aim of this project is to celebrate the diversity and utilize the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community while supporting the children's spiritual,  moral, social and cultural development. 

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SS Fall Decorations Competition

11/4/2022

As a part of the Houses competition,  Secondary advisory groups participated in a fall decoration competition supported by our PTA, and earned points for their houses by decorating their classroom doors, creating fall-themed selfie frames, and carving pumpkins. Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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Parent Teacher Student Conferences

11/3/2022

It’s that time of the year when parents are invited on campus to hear from teachers about their children(s) academic progress, celebrate their achievements, and address areas of improvement. It was a chance for parents to receive more individualized feedback and for teachers to contextualize each student's needs and abilities, all with the goal of students reaching their full potential. We were excited to see parents in such high numbers back on campus and their smiling faces indicative of their child’s (rens) progress.  Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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Pre-K 3's Nature Field Trip

11/1/2022

On our Field Trip to the City Park we explored the nurture, walked around the park, discussed the changes in the trees and the leaves, collected the leaves and talked about their colors and the shapes, and had a treasure autumn hunt looking for nuts. We talked about what they see, hear and feel. We collected samples of things on the ground such as leaves, twigs, etc .We also noticed tiny acorns on the ground and even saw a couple of squirrels running around. During our Math lessons we were collecting and counting leaves and nuts and also comparing sizes, big and small, comparing the leaves which are big and which are small and talked about their colors. Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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ES Fall Festival door decorations

11/1/2022

Check out some of the classroom doors from our decorating competition! LINK

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October 2022


NOVA’s Ajvar making tradition

10/31/2022

To bring a beloved Macedonian tradition closer to our international colleagues, we organized a 'hands-on' event where we prepared our local delicacy - ajvar. Our international colleagues learned how to roast, peel, grind, stew and can the traditional dish, while socialising over the process. The process was enjoyable, but the best part was tasting the ajvar over cheese, wine, and great company. Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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First grade students visited a Military Airport

10/31/2022

First grade students visited the Military airport to get acquainted with different professions in our community (pilot, co-pilot) and learn about their responsibilities. They also got an opportunity to see a real airplane/helicopter and to hear about its functions. After the field trip, students made a connection to our current Unit of Inquiry which focuses on inventions through time. Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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Big3 counselor tour

10/28/2022

Our grade 12 academic counselor Ms. Gjorgjevska was recently part of the first Big3 counselor tour focusing on visiting research universities ( Erasmus University RotterdamUniversiteit Leiden / Leiden University and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and universities of applied sciences (Rotterdam Business School , The Hague University of Applied Sciences and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences - AUAS ) ,all of them located in three Dutch cities : Rotterdam, The Hague and Amsterdam. Ms. Gjorgjevska joined counselors from different parts of the world to learn more about the programs and admission at these institutions , while better understanding the context of location and how does it impact student life and experience.      

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School Houses Competition Day - 2

10/28/2022

This week our secondary school students had a chance to enjoy the sunny fall weather, play the Pumpkin Tic Tac Toe race and win points for their houses. There was lots of fun, laughter, comradeship and teamwork. Our school houses competition continues …. Check out the photo selection form the event on the followoing link 

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ES Fall Festival

10/24/2022

NOVA’s ES Fall Festival is just around the corner- Friday, October 28, 2022 The PTA has planned some fun events and activities for our Elementary students. Please find the poster of the event. We look forward to parents and families joining in the fun!

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Kindergarteners learn how to express themselves

10/21/2022

Eureka's dance group performed several dances for our kindergarten classes to help introduce our new unit, How We Express Ourselves. We will look at various ways to tell a story, and dance is one of the ways we will showcase. Students watched the dancers and then asked them several questions about how they learned to dance, their dance uniforms, and a variety of other topics. Afterward, the dance group and the kindergarten students danced the Macarena together. Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link 

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Grade 4 field trip to the EVN Matka Exhibition Center

10/21/2022

Fourth graders visited the EVN Matka Exhibition Center as a provocation for the Sharing the Planet unit on energy and global responsibility. It was a hands-on experience where students got to see the different ways energy is collected and the history of electricity in Macedonia. Afterwards, they enjoyed a picnic lunch by the river. Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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US Embassy’s Phoenix challenge

10/7/2022

We encourage our staff to challenge themselves and get out of their comfort zone continually. As such, a group of four brave staff members weathered heavy rain participating in the US Embassy’s Phoenix challenge, having to complete a set of complex and physically demanding challenges. They were able to not only persevere but also secure third place in the competition. Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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IB English Literature A & IB Philosophy

10/7/2022

Last week, Mr. Marina's and Mrs. Mickovska's classes converged for an interdisciplinary unit that drew subtle connections between Philosophy and Literature. Tenets from Sartre's lecture titled "Existentialism is a Humanism" were analyzed from both philosophical and literary perspectives, inviting a more profound interpretation of "The Stranger" by Camus. The students were asked to share their inquiry question in advance of the class, enabling them to engage in a lively and productive discussion with each other and with the teacher-facilitators, in what turned out to be an intellectually inspiring experience for all. Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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PTA Coffee Hour at NOVA backyard

10/6/2022

The PTA wants to thank all in attendance for being part of the first Coffee Hour for the academic 2022-23. Many parents, teachers, and staff members attended the event and had a productive discussion on various topics about how to improve life at NOVA and communications between the school and the parents. A follow-up session is coming soon, and a summary of the feedback will be shared at the PTA Assembly - stay tuned! Coffee Hours will be organized monthly and are an important opportunity for parents, teachers, and school administrators to share experiences and ideas. We hope to see you at the next one!   Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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Skopje Marathon 2022

10/5/2022

On October 2nd, a mixed group of 23 staff and students were out and about on the streets of Skopje, embracing their competitive spirit by participating in different distance races such as the half marathon, 42km relay, and the 5K race at this year’s Skopje Marathon. We are happy to report everyone crossed the finish line and should consider themselves winners, as they were able to “seek themselves and others at the finish line”.

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Hello to all the children of the world

10/4/2022

This music project is a part of the PYP unit "Who we are." Singing in many different languages makes us understand ourselves and others and helps us grow. We need to respect our differences and embrace the diversity around us.

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Secondary lockers

10/3/2022

At NOVA, we take great care to add color and inspiration to the spaces our staff and students inhabit. One such initiative is applying decorative foil to lockers on our 2nd floor Upper Secondary building. We hope to extend this initiative to our subfloor lockers.  

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September 2022


Club Fair

9/29/2022

The student-led Club Fair took place on September 27th in the Upper Secondary auditorium during both lunch periods and was a great community-building activity. The fair was a way for all interested student-leaders to either start or expand their club activities with the hope of sharing their areas of interest with the wider school community. The clubs at the fair included: Badminton, GSA, Monopoly Economics, Chess, Red Cross, Book, Arts and Culture, Science, Physics, Literary, Nova Times, Roblox Island, and Happy Shelter. Students from different grade levels attended and signed up as members of the student-initiated clubs. The Club Fair’s goal is to enrich the sense of community, providing an avenue for students to join clubs where they can collaborate, share ideas, and network. Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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PTA BBQ Social Event

9/29/2022

On Saturday, September 24th, the school welcomed more than 200 students, parents, and staff to the PTA BBQ social. It was a chance for new and old families to get to know one another, plan social engagements, and build a sense of community. It was a most enjoyable event, reminding us of the diversity of nations, ethnicities, and cultures that make the NOVA community unique, along with our love for tasty Destan kebab. The PTA expresses its gratitude to every staff member who helped with the event: the custodians, the admissions team, the cafeteria staff, the eager PTA teachers, the principals, and the security team. Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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Kindergarteners are Learning About Families

9/27/2022

Kindergarten students have been researching things about their families. This is part of the PYP Transdisciplinary theme, Who We Are. The children have been discussing what is similar and different about their families with their friends and coming up with questions they have to research more about families around the world. From the pictures, you can also see the students are working on their fine motor, research and communication skills. Check out the photo gallery from the activities on the following link

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Fifth Graders Learn About the Role of the Heart Within the Circulatory System

9/27/2022

Within the PYP Transdisciplinary Theme of Who We Are, with the Central Idea being: Effective interactions between human body systems contribute to health and survival, fifth graders learned about the circulatory system. Last week their lesson focus was on the role of the heart. They started by brainstorming what they already knew about the heart. Then they wrote down questions that they wanted to inquire about. (See list). From there, they worked in groups researching and sharing their learning with their peers. It was a collaborative effort and the students walked away from the activity with a great deal of knowledge about the role the heart plays within the circulatory system. Bravo fifth graders! Check out the photo gallery from the activities on the following link

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PreK 3 September Activities

9/26/2022

We do many exciting activities with our children. We were introduced to each other at the start of our school year, saying our names. We played a game where we passed the ball to someone else who needed to say their name. Preschoolers love this icebreaker game because they get to play with a ball as they learn others’ names. The children love playing in the dirt; it helps them develop tactile skills with sensory play. Mud play and other outdoor activities give children fresh air, exercise, and sunlight. Mud play is a teaching tool that can help children boost creativity, imagination, independent learning, and teamwork. We are focused on teaching children manners and developing friendships. Preschool is the age when children start making friends and building relationships with their peers. By sharing experiences and feelings, children learn how to meet their social needs. We made a colorful Friendship Wreath. Check out the photo gallery from the activities on the following link

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School Houses Competition Day - 1

9/21/2022

This week saw the commencement of the school's house competitions in Secondary. The first of many to come was the tug of war. Students across grade levels came together to pull in the same direction, and although some didn’t get their turn, there will be many other opportunities to secure points for their house. Excitement and school spirit were abundant and only expected to intensify in the coming weeks. Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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BBQ social event

9/15/2022

Dear Nova community, The school year has started, and for some of you and your children, it is a whole new journey and an exciting challenge. That is why we, the Parent Teacher Association, would like to invite you for an informal gathering where in a relaxed atmosphere over a BBQ social event, we all can meet, get to know each other, and create networks through which we can support each other through the new school year. We would love to see you there! The event is open to all Nova families, faculty, and staff. Since the number of guests is limited, please hurry up and register by using this link: https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLSdc.../viewform Here are the details: Date: Saturday, 24 Sept 2022 Time: 12 to 2pm Location: Nova School, outside ES building Food: kebabs on BBQ from Destan, fresh salad, bread, sweets Drinks: water, soft drinks, tea, and coffee Hope to see you there! Your NOVA PTA

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ES Back to School Night

9/14/2022

The face-to-face ES Back to School Night took place this week!  The specialist teachers each spent time talking about the various elementary programs of Art, Music, Dance, PE and Macedonian Language. Classroom and support teachers talked about the routines and expectations in the classroom, an overview of the curriculum, and opportunities for volunteering. Parents had time to mingle and connect with one another and the teachers. Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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HIIT fitness classes for staff and parents

9/12/2022

Last Wednesday, we had our first HIIT fitness class for our faculty and staff. We had 13 eager participants who were highly motivated to exercise hard. Trying to inspire our students to be more active while living in this time of addictive technology might be an excellent opportunity to lead by example.  The workouts will occur every Wednesday at 3.45 pm and Friday at 3.30 pm in the Upper Secondary Dance studio. The classes aim to motivate our staff to become more active, fit, energized, and less stressed. We’re planning to extend these classes to NOVA parents as well. For more information, contact our ASA coordinator, Todor Dosevski, at todor.dosevski@nova.edu.mk.

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Book donation from the Nikololic family

9/12/2022

We would like to extend our warmest gratitude to the Nikolikj Family for their generous donation of over 150 book titles suitable for our ES readers. Thank you for your continuous support and donations you make towards the school!

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10 and 20 years of service recognitions

9/5/2022

NOVA is proud of its tradition of recognizing the vital work of faculty and staff during their time with the school. This year we were proud to recognize four staff members for their 10 years, and six staff members for their 20 years of service and dedication. During their time with the school, they inhabited various roles ranging from Early Education and Elementary homeroom, PE and Economics teachers, to maintenance and security. Some have remained in their original role from day one, while others have filled a variety of positions. One thing that has been a constant for all is their ability to continuously grow and find the motivation to give their best, fully embodying the school’s mission to “Seek self and others, in heart and mind, unafraid of the possibilities.” Without their contribution, etched within the foundations of the school,  we would not have evolved to our current form, ready to celebrate a hallmark of our own, the 25th anniversary.  Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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