February 2023


NOVA Hosts CEESA Middle School MathCounts Tournament

2/3/2023

After a three-year break NOVA is hosting its first international tournament. Six schools in total, coming from Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Turkey, and Albania will compete in this year’s tournament. MathCounts activities consist of various Kahoot games and interactive workshops that build students’ problem-solving skills and force them to think “outside of the box” by combining mathematical, technical, and artistic abilities. #NOVAInternationalSchools encourage all participants to rise to the occasion, exhibiting the best of their abilities. We wish them successful participation in the competition.

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Kahoot Literature-related Games and Pajamas Read-outs to Wrap Up This Week’s Month of Reading Celebration

2/3/2023

Is there a better way to enjoy an exciting story and understand its moral than being tucked in a warm blanket, wearing your favorite pajamas? At NOVA, we understand that learning and fun go hand in hand, which is why this week’s Month of Reading Celebration finished with Elementary and Lower Secondary school students reading their most beloved books over a cup of hot cocoa. Furthermore, to inspire students to read, learn, draw conclusions, and become independent thinkers, interactive, a digital Kahoot quiz was organized by the language teachers across both divisions, related to books students have read and analyzed. The Month of Reading Celebration is a beautiful initiative established at #NOVAInternationalSchools to boost the thirst for knowledge and resourcefulness by meeting various authors, participating in poetry jams, playing reading games, swapping books, and exchanging ideas. Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) Presents Its Programs

2/2/2023

An informative session about the ACT’s programs, the application process, scholarship opportunities, and easy access to affordable accommodations was hosted at NOVA to learn more about its curricula, admissions process, and life in Thessaloniki. The institution, accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, offers four different business areas of interest students can choose from Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Business Computing, Psychology, Political Science & International Relations. The students and academic advisors could ask questions, learn about the admission process in detail, and share a joint commitment for future collaboration.

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January 2023


Children Author Kalina Maleska Encourages Reading Curiosity among NOVA ES Students✨

1/31/2023

NOVA had the pleasure to host Kalina Maleska, acclaimed author, translator, university professor, and researcher, who read stories from her book “Arno Ama” in front of the second and third-grade students. The book, one of our students’ favorites, represents a collection of modern short stories about the adventures of her titular characters, Damjan and Marko, based on the author’s children. During the event, Kalina shared that she draws inspiration from her childhood experiences and her daily interactions with young children. The moral in each story focuses on issues and problems children face in their everyday life, their kindergarten or school experiences, and games played in the local neighborhood. Through a well-adapted narration, the author highlights the importance of openly discussing loneliness, exclusion, the lack of care for the environment, and finding true friends. Maleska’s visit is part of the Month of Reading Celebration initiative at NOVA. This week’s activities include daily guest readers in each classroom, including staff and parents who enjoyed playing the role of teachers and getting excellent feedback and innovative, original questions from our young students. #NOVAInternationalSchools builds a strong community of inquirers and learners, open to different experiences and learning methods! Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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NOVA 5th Graders Learn Classical Waltzes Practically and Interactively

1/30/2023

10-year-olds Luka Dimovski and Ana Kolevska, members of the “Ritam +” dance studio, paid a visit to our 5th graders and showed them how to dance the English and the Viennese waltz professionally. The lesson demonstrated the dancing technique while comparing the two types of ballroom dances; the aim is to learn and practice the importance of partner skills, the following-leading routine, the slow and fast rhythm, and the characteristics of each specific dance. Moreover, the students focused on appropriate footwork, spatial orientation, and correct body posture while performing. Questions were being asked and answered, and dancing inspiration filled the entire ES auditorium. #NOVAInternationalSchools makes learning fun and useful, enriched by applied examples and best practices! Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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Third Graders Create The Wall of Kindness to Tackle Bullying

1/30/2023

A project based on anti-bullying developed by third-grade students focuses on raising awareness about bullying and encouraging our young learners to find different ways to make a positive change. The students came up with the idea of setting up the Wall of Kindness as a reminder of the harmful consequences caused by bullying and of appropriate and acceptable behavior. The project was part of the study unit “Sharing the Planet,” which represents an exploration of our rights and responsibilities as we try to share finite resources with other people; as well as an inquiry into the notion of communities and the relationships within and between them, such as access to equal opportunities, peace, and conflict resolution. #NOVAInternationalSchool implements a transdisciplinary approach to learning. The central idea in this specific unit was that, globally, children face various challenges and risks related to their rights to a healthy and safe environment.

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NOVA 10th-grade Students Create Art Through Dance

1/27/2023

Transdisciplinary inquiry and exploration are one of the core aspects of the International Baccalaureate programme at NOVA. Articulating this knowledge in a form of an artistic expression is the desired result as defined in the IB learning outcomes. For this purpose, 10th-grade students taking the dance class explored different movements through contemporary artistic concepts and transferred their gained knowledge to charcoal paintings. The unit they explored combines several artistic disciplines, such as art, dance, and music. The purpose of this lesson is learning how choreographers use the compositional aspects when creating a performative piece; thus, the students used various movement techniques, combining different dance elements while drawing inspiration from personal experience or abstract reasoning on a certain pressing issue. During this process, they demonstrated their collaborative skills by working in pairs in a limited space and had the chance to develop and use their creative thinking skills. #NOVAInternationalSchools strongly believes in the interdisciplinary learning process and will continue to support each student on their personal journey. Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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Festivities for Lunar New Year at NOVA Have Commenced!

1/26/2023

With a set of different activities best depicting the Chinese 15-day celebration of the Lunar New Year, the observance of this important annual turning point took place at NOVA. Upper Secondary students were able to learn about the traditions surrounding the celebration of the beginning of spring where the whole family is involved, starting from designing paper-cut decorations to placing lanterns and posting blessings and good-luck wishes posters on front doors. Setting off fireworks and firecrackers is an inevitable part of the celebration since it is believed that loud noise and red colors will scare away the legendary monster that, according to the legend, would attack villagers at the start of every new year. Grandparents give money to their nieces and nephews in decorated red envelopes; food such as chicken and fish is prepared and consumed believed to bring good luck, and respect is also paid to elder or deceased family members. The detailed presentation was followed by a calligraphy workshop conducted by Chinese language teacher from the #ConfuciusInstitute in Skopje, and a presentation of tai chi ch'üan and southern broadsword kung fu wushu was rendered by the members of the #Taiminggong organization specialized in martial arts. At #NOVAInternationalSchools, diversity is not just a statement but an integral part of our learner community! Checkl out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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Nova Student Receives Prestigious Margaret Sanders Scholarship

1/25/2023

 We are proud to announce that our 12-grade student Nora S. has been awarded the highly prestigious Margaret Sanders Scholarship, presented each year to a graduating high school senior that meets the strict criteria consisting of academic achievement, intrinsic motivation and organization, and a genuine commitment of service to the community. The Association for the Advancement of International Education presented Nora S. with this highly competitive award for her demonstrated excellence in all areas of interest. We congratulate Nora, knowing that the best is yet to come for her and from her. May she boldly follow her dreams and professional interests! 

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NOVA’s PTA Morning Coffee Focuses on Bullying and Ways to Tackle It

1/25/2023

An interactive workshop and an in-depth presentation on the forms of bullying, its consequences, and the proposed ways forward how to handle it in the learning environment was the focal point of the latest PTA morning coffee gathering, facilitated by the NOVA student support services team. Bullying is identified as a pressing issue faced by students around the globe and research suggests that the best way to tackle it is to develop a collaborative model where students, friends, teachers, and parents work together involved, in addressing concerns, thus avoiding more severe outcomes, such as anxiety and depression. Moreover, an open discussion took place where school counselors and parents shared strategies to support children best. Also, a distinction was made between the types of bullying, stressing the dangers associated with the current trend of cyberbullying and harassment. An important point was made about why it happens, i.e., as a coping mechanism for children with an unaddressed specific existential need. NOVA provides continuous support for its parents and faculty related to its students’ most pressing issues, providing coping practices. Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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Macedonian Judge at the European Court of Human Rights Explores International Legislature with NOVA Students

1/25/2023

Under the political science unit dedicated to the protection and the promotion of human rights, the 11th graders had an excellent opportunity to be part of the discussion with international judge Margarita Caca Nikolovska on how this pressing issue is being addressed on a global, regional, national and local level. Judge Caca Nikolovska made excellent points on how human rights are treated in theory and practice, highlighting the intrinsic link between these rights, the rule of law, and the constitution of democracy. In an open, interactive session, the renowned judge shared her impressive professional experience in the national and international judicial systems, as well as her work with the current organization she presides over - the Institute for Human Rights, stressing that the non-governmental sector has the ability and the agency to act and make concrete steps in terms of changing and amending public policies. During her visit, she focused on international law, the degree to which different countries abide by the rulings of international courts and internationally ratified legal provisions, and how aligning the international legislature to the nation takes place. We at NOVA aim to provide a most impactful education to our students by exposing them to guest speakers who are proven experts and professionals in their respective fields. Chewck out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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Renowned Children’s Author Biljana Crvenkovska as Guest Speaker at NOVA

1/19/2023

As part of the Month of the Reading Celebration, NOVA hosted one of the most prolific children’s authors in the country - #BiljanaCrvenkovska, the person behind Bibi and Bobi, Dina and Dodo, The Girl Who Danced with the Spring, and many more. During her presentation in front of fifth-grade students, she shared her personal experience about what drove her to write, where she finds inspiration, her thought process when writing a new book and how she constructs her exciting and unique characters. Furthermore, elaborating on her book What Did Santa Clause Dream About, she focused on her personal experience and techniques or items mentioned in the book influenced by her cultural background. The students were delighted to have her answer all their questions, enjoying her literary marvels. The Month of the Reading Celebration is an excellent chance for Elementary and Lower Secondary students to meet authors, participate in poetry jams, enjoy read-aloud from guest readers, play reading quiz games, and do book swaps.

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NOVA Students Learn about What Makes a Successful Journalist Story

1/17/2023

As part of the Why Do Under-reported Stories Matter? unit, 8th grade students at NOVA had the opportunity to learn about the nature of social and mass media to grasp the difference between misinformation and disinformation and to get hands-on advice on how to write a solid, research-based and argumentative article. Guest speaker #AnaZafirova a journalist and communication expert in both traditional and digital media, held an interactive lecture about what stories are worth telling and shared helpful tips and tricks with our students. Realizing the danger of mistakenly/falsely shared information and its consequences, the students were immersed in her presentation and gained practical insights into the subject matter.

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NOVA to Host Lunar New Year Festival

1/16/2023

 The Year of the Rabbit will be celebrated at NOVA International Schools on January 25, with various activities such as a lunar new year presentation, martial arts performance, and calligraphy workshops.The event is organized by our 12th-grade student Isabella Lastomirsky to celebrate cultural diversity. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about this eastern tradition and be part of these festivities!

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NOVA Secondary School Students Raise Awareness about Their Impact on Environment

1/10/2023

Ninth and tenth graders took part in a Service-as-Action activity, which was planned under the “One Planet for All” unit, guided by the German language teacher. The students organized an eco-flea market to exchange objects they find obsolete, thus reinforcing the concept of recycling and reuse. Furthermore, the students prepared informational posters about environmental issues and solutions, emphasizing the contribution everyone can make to preserve the environment and safeguard the planet.  

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NOVA Elementary School Winter Performance The Wizard of Oz Featured on Nasa TV

1/4/2023

NOVA Elementary School Winter Performance "The Wizard of Oz", will be broadcast on Nasa TV on Friday, January 6th, from 11:00 am and 8.00 pm and it will be rebroadcast on Saturday, January 7th, from 9:15 am and on Sunday, January 8th, from 11:45 am. Let your family and friends know so they can enjoy watching their loved ones render this wonderful performance.

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December 2022


ES Winter Performance 2022

12/29/2022

📚Impactful education occurs when we grow academically and personally, learning that teamwork, inspiration, creativity, and commitment make the whole better than its parts. At yesterday’s winter performance, the NOVA community proved just that! 🎭Elementary school students, teachers, and parents came together by planning, practicing, organizing, and ultimately succeeding in producing a wonderful rendition of the Wizard of Oz, showing that they've grasped the essence of the story and its important takeaways, such as that there is no place like home, that perseverance will take you to your planned destination and that we should all be acceptant of others’ differences because that’s what makes learning both substantial and fun! Enjoy and experience the magic created on stage! And remember - miracles work because we believe in them!

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NOVA Winter Market in the Media

12/29/2022

             

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EEC Winter Performance 2022

12/28/2022

🩰 EEC Performance Wraps Up The Semester at NOVA, Kicking Off the Holiday Season Happy parents, content teachers, and excited students could be seen at the EEC Winter Performance. Students aged 3 - 6 finished this semester with Christmas songs, dances, and their own costumes. 🎊 As educators, we cannot be more pleased to see our core principles, such as play-based learning, come to light successfully, especially during the Holiday Season. After a 2-year break due to the pandemic, we are happy and proud to be able to offer our community an environment that brings us together, makes us better learners and ultimately responsible global citizens, which is precisely what NOVA stands for: “To seek self and others, in heart and mind, unafraid of the possibilities.” ☃️ See the fantastic job our youngest did!

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Winter Market brings NOVA’s community together

12/28/2022

At the Winter Market hosted by NOVA”s Parents-Teachers Associations, parents, relatives, students, and friends had the chance to do their Christmas shopping by considering a wide assortment of toys, handmade jewelry, ornaments, and crafted goods, made by around 20 local artisans. Home-baked sweets prepared by the PTA were also on offer. Proteges of the SOS Children’s Village visited the market, took photos with Santa, and played fun games with NOVA students. At the same time, Fluffy Pancakes contributed to the festive spirit, and Nomad coffee supplied us with enough hot beverages and natural juices to keep us going through the last week of school. ❄️However, the best gift our visitors received during the Winter Market was the gift of belonging to our international community and sharing our traditions and experiences. Most of all, we are happy that parents spent quality time with their children and their teachers, enjoying the Winter Market, and returned with fond memories and hopefully some souvenirs. 👉 Check out the photo gallery and book your place for next year!

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NOVA Graduate Secures Full Scholarship for Brown University

12/21/2022

We would like to congratulate our 12th grade student Adora for getting accepted to Brown University, an Ivy League institution, with a full scholarship. We are proud of her achievements and we are pleased that her hopes and aspirations found a match in Brown.In the application process she showed excellent skills and knowledge and demonstrated her ability to learn independently and to persevere in her efforts, especially when taken into consideration that this higher education institution is among the most selective ones in the USA, with a first year acceptance rate of only 5%. Congratulations to her and her family and may many more successes follow!

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NOVA Movie Night

12/20/2022

At NOVA, we understand that socialization happens during and outside the regular school day. This is why we consider many opportunities to come together as a community to enjoy various activities, even after school hours. One such activity was our Movie Night initiative, which we initially organized for our Elementary students. NOVA families and staff came together to watch a screening of “Minions: The Rise of Gru”, the movie of choice for most students in attendance. We look forward to hosting students along with their families for another movie screening soon Check out the video from our last Movie Night at NOVA and see what a great time we had!

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NOVA Holiday Greetings 2023

12/17/2022

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⭐️Winter Market brings NOVA’s community together ⭐

12/16/2022

At the Winter Market hosted by NOVA”s Parents-Teachers Associations, parents, relatives, students, and friends had the chance to do their Christmas shopping by considering a wide assortment of toys, handmade jewelry, ornaments, and crafted goods, made by around 20 local artisans. Home-baked sweets prepared by the PTA were also on offer. Proteges of the SOS Children’s Village visited the market, took photos with Santa, and played fun games with NOVA students. At the same time, Fluffy Pancakes contributed to the festive spirit, and Nomad coffee supplied us with enough hot beverages and natural juices to keep us going through the last week of school.  However, the best gift our visitors received during the Winter Market was the gift of belonging to our international community and sharing our traditions and experiences. Most of all, we are happy that parents spent quality time with their children and their teachers, enjoyed the Winter Market, and returned with fond memories and hopefully some souvenirs. Check out the photo gallery and book your place for next year! (link)  

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🩰 EEC Performance Wraps Up The Semester at NOVA, Kicking Off the Holiday Season

12/16/2022

Happy parents, content teachers, and excited students could be seen at the EEC Winter Performance. Students aged 3 - 6 finished this semester with Christmas songs, dances, and their own costumes. As educators, we cannot be more pleased to see our core principles, such as play-based learning, come to light successfully, especially during the Holiday Season. After a 2-year break due to the pandemic, we are happy and proud to be able to offer our community an environment that brings us together, makes us better learners and ultimately responsible global citizens, which is precisely what NOVA stands for: “To seek self and others, in heart and mind, unafraid of the possibilities.” See the fantastic job our youngest did! (link)

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NOVA Is Ready to Host the 2022 Winter Market

12/15/2022

We are delighted to be able to host this special event for our students, families and friends and to be able to create lasting memories together! If you are looking for unique gifts for your loved ones, have a creative photo with Santa or you just want to take a break and try some homemade baked goods and hot drinks, be sure to visit the NOVA Winter Market that is to take place on December 15,2022! You will have the chance to see and spend time with original and inspiring local artisans who will be offering their products to our NOVA community with the aim of making your holiday shopping convenient, interesting and fun. You can choose from toys, jewelry, handmade winter ornaments, natural soaps and many more surprises. Come and add to the joy of the holiday season!🎄  

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Conceptual Learning in Kindergarten

12/14/2022

Listen to the instructional song prepared and sung by our grade K students focusing on the importance of the voice and its tone when expressing ourselves verbally.  The video was part of a music unit related to musical dynamics, i.e., the importance and meaning of the firm and soft voice (forte and piano). The students learned about four different types of voices, how to use them, and most importantly, in which situation to use them accordingly.

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The Wizard of Oz Brings Magic to NOVA's Community

12/13/2022

Impactful education occurs when we grow academically and personally, learning that teamwork, inspiration, creativity, and commitment make the whole better than its parts. At yesterday’s winter performance, the NOVA community proved just that! Elementary school students, teachers, and parents came together by planning, practicing, organizing, and ultimately succeeding in producing a wonderful rendition of the Wizard of Oz, showing that they've grasped the essence of the story and its important takeaways, such as that there is no place like home, that perseverance will take you to your planned destination and that we should all be acceptant of others’ differences because that’s what makes learning both substantial and fun! Enjoy the photo gallery and experience the magic created on stage! And remember - miracles work because we believe in them! Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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NOVA Students Learn Latin-American Dances with National Champions

12/12/2022

As part of their dance MYP curriculum, where students learn about Cha Cha and Jive dances, the 6th and 8th graders had the opportunity to learn and incorporate the tips and tricks shared by Macedonian national champions in Latin dances. Professional dancers Andrej Dimitrovski and Angela Spirovska from the dance studio “Ritam +,” assisted by the Dance teacher, demonstrated their talents, spoke with the students about their hard work and discipline and shared their experience from participating in competitions.  Take a look at our photo gallery and see how NOVA students learn practically and interactively (link)

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NOVA is Proud to Announce its Very Own Wizard of Oz Production

12/12/2022

Making miracles happen is our motto and this year’s winter performance is one such marvel we are extremely proud of. The Wizard of Oz performance proves that magic can happen when working together towards a common goal, especially when creativity and learning are put into motion. ✨  We cannot wait to show our families and friends what we have prepared! Be part of the NOVA ES Winter Performance magic on December 12th, 2022, at 6pm at the Macedonian Opera and Ballet and share the magic with us!  

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NOVA Students Win 8 Medals at Owlypia, The Intelectualls’ Challenge

12/9/2022

🥇We are exceptionally proud of our 6th-grade students for winning 3 gold medals, 3 silvers medals and 2 bronze medals at this year’s edition of the Owlypia, The Intellectuals' Challenge, held December 3-4, 2022 in Skopje. Daria Filipceva, Nikola Filipcev, Anna Li, Iva Kotevska, Alicia Graham, Hana Filipovska, Kira Popetrevska, Nikita Jonovska, and Bela Petrov practically demonstrated that they are “unafraid of the possibilities’’ by thriving in different problem-solving tasks such as writing, impromptu, debate, knowledge, and team challenges. Our students thrived and showed true team spirit, but most importantly, they showed a depth of knowledge and teamwork. 🏆As the aim of this global competition is to inspire intellectual curiosity, develop research skills, and boost academic confidence, our students showed a growth mindset and represented the school with dignity and respect. They showed what it means to be part of the NOVA’s academic community and they secured their places at the Owlypia Global Competitions to take place in Cambridge, Boston, or Dubai. Congratulations, and may their professional path be paved with much success! Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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NOVA supports National University Library

12/9/2022

In the presence of representatives of government officials and the diplomatic corps, NOVA was recognized with a certificate of appreciation for donating a professional camera to the the library. The certificate was the result of NOVA’s commitment to the national institution arising from the signed Memorandum of Understanding and comes after a student team, led by Arta Kuli, class of 22, successfully organized a fundraising event and used the funds to source the equipment requested by the library. .  The fundraising event is part of the Creativity-Activity-Service component of NOVA’s IB Diploma Programme curriculum. In our continuous efforts to work together, the NULy has offered several workshops for our staff and students, including a workshop on conserving rare manuscript and paper creation. We are particularly proud of our students and we hope we will have more successful collaborations in the future.

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NOVA Hosts Annual Staff Christmas Party

12/6/2022

Check out the photo gallery of this year’s Christmas Party that was held on December 3rd in the Elementary School auditorium and see how much fun our families had. We at NOVA know that the holiday season is the perfect time of the year to get together as a community, share the spirit of generosity and belonging, and be hopeful about the upcoming new year.  But we also know that learning while having fun leaves the most enduring lessons. That is why we chose to have a series of fun activities for this year's event for both our youngest and their parents. Without exception, everyone was touched by the holiday spirit and dedicatedly worked on producing decorations and gingerbread houses, crafted cards and lanterns, played games, and created holiday-inspired drawings. Waffles, coffee, and hot cocoa were served, and chocolate packs were provided by the guest of honor - Santa, who came to visit us! Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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NOVA students get the chance to learn about university life in France

12/5/2022

Ms. Suzana Pesik, responsible for educational and university cooperation at the French Institute in Skopje, gave a lecture about studying opportunities in France to IB 11th- grade students, explaining the French higher education system and the different programs offered. Students had a chance to learn in detail about the application process, where and how to find accommodation in France, what is the student life like and what are the costs of living and studying.   Ms. Pesik was accompanied by a special guest Marko, who had studied mathematics and finished postgraduate studies in computer science at the University of Sorbonne in Paris. Marko focused on the level of rigor and quality of teaching that characterizes the French educational system, the student benefits and discounts they could use at various venues, as well as the importance of the flexibility of choice. The French Institute extended an invitation to NOVA students on its premises to help guide all interested learners through the application process.   Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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Grade 1 students visited the Archeological museum

12/2/2022

The museum guide gave a brief description of the objects and explained their use. In their Art classes, the first graders are learning about art restoration (an attempt to preserve and repair architecture, paintings, drawings, sculptures, or other objects of fine and decorative art whose condition has been negatively altered). By organizing this visit to the archaeological museum Ms.Ana contributed to their understanding of the process and their inquiry of the past and the present by observing objects from the past. Check out the photo gallery from the visit on the following link

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NOVA students are excited to welcome Christmas with early preparations!

12/2/2022

Learning and preparing for this semester’s summatives/projects/exams is so much more fun when counting down the days when the festivities and celebrations will kick off at NOVA.  The NOVA team has worked hard on many activities and events for the holiday season. Stay tuned!  Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link

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Grade 3’s donation drive with Megjashi

12/2/2022

As part of the PYP Unit, "Sharing the Planet, on December 1, 2022, Grade 3 welcomed the representatives from the First Children's Embassy Megjashi. Our students shared their knowledge about children's rights with the guests and opened a big discussion through pictures and videos about their rights. The students learned more about the work of Megjashi and the origin of its name, the story behind the mascot Bushavko and the SOS helpline. Grade 3 took action in organizing a donation week where all students collected food, clothes and toys for children in need. The initiative was promoted by the students themselves during morning meeting announcements, lunchtime cafeteria visits and promotion, and with a poster campaign around the school. Grade 3 believes that each child deserves a better world. Check out the photo gallery from the event on the following link  

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