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    NEWS 2014

   SUMMER 2014

 

Dear parents! AZBUKA is now closed for summer holidaysuntil 3rd of September.
We wish you all a very nice summer break and hope to see you at AZBUKA next academic year.

 

AZBUKA FOUNDATION
RUSSIAN-ENGLISH BILINGUAL EDUCATION for LONDON

www.azbukafoundation.org      visit our Azbuka Foundation website

http;//www.facebook.com/azbukafoundation    Facebook page

Seeking the best of all worlds – Azbuka Foundation
The first London Russian Nursery (est.2000), School and Club is expanding into the full time Russian-English bilingual education project.

The expanding of Azbuka (London based Russian Nursery, Saturday School and Club, est. 2000) into a full-time Educational Project will take place under the unique umbrella of Azbuka Foundation. It means that three parts won’t be run as three separate activities of Azbuka, but shall be closely intertwined and linked in as part of the joint bilingual curriculum. Azbuka Foundation aims to become a successful bilingual education model for other language groups in England, Russia and abroad.

 

NURSERY AND SCHOOL WAITING LISTS

Please note that we currently have a very long waiting list for both AZBUKA Nursery and AZBUKA School
For those of you who wish to go on the waiting list please send an e-mail to office@azbuka.org.uk with

1. Waiting list in the subject field
2.
Specifying Nursery or School
3. Name and date of birth of your child
4. Valid contact details (telephone numbers, e-mails)

You then must receive a confirmation e-mail to confirm you are on the waiting list. You should save and print it out as a confirmation of your place on our waiting list(s).

We will contact you when a place becomes available.
Children attending Azbuka Nursery and siblings take priority. The rest of the places are available to all other families and Club members.

 

 

CLUB EVENTS THIS YEAR

 

Another amazing year at AZBUKA SCHOOL has come to an end. Following our wonderful tradition AZBUKA students and teachers presented yet another theatre production to the wide audience of parents and friends. This time it was the famous Russian tale “The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids” followed by “Fables”. What a success it was!

   

 

ANDREY USACHEV - one of the Russia’s most famous and well known contemporary children’s poet and writer has written for Azbuka Foundation the following magnificent poem. [Andrey Usachev is also Patron of Azbuka Foundation]

РУССКО-АНГЛИЙСКОМУ ФОНДУ «Азбука»
TO RUSSIAN-ENGLISH FOUNDATION "AZBUKA"

Конечно, это нагрузки
И детям, и их близким -
Полдня говорить по-русски,
А после - полдня по-английски…

Зато огромное счастье -
Будь то Москва или Лондон -
Что могут дети общаться
На двух языках свободно.

Зато на любом континенте,
В какой бы ни жили стране -
С таким багажом наши дети
Будут умнее вдвойне.

А внуки – раза в четыре,
А правнуки – в целых восемь,
Что важно в будущем мире
С будущим многоголосьем…

И хор Вавилонской башни
На всех языках поющий,
Простится со днем вчерашним,
Приветствуя день грядущий!

Пока же простая работа
Проводится нашим фондом:
Чтоб между собой свободно
Болтали Москва и Лондон!

      

 

Special visit to AZBUKA school by Olympic Champion in rhythmical gymnastics - Ekaterina Serebrianskaya.

Ekaterina Serebrianskaya is a Ukrainian former individual rhythmic gymnast. She is the 1996 Olympics gold medallist, the 1995 World All-around champion and a two time European All-around champion.

      

 

February 2014
Amazing Petr Zubarev Russian theatre "Yellow Window" visited AZBUKA with two perfomances

    

 

"Что там, в школе?"
спектакль школы Азбука

Our last Club event this academic year was the School theatre production.
This year’s AZBUKA School annual theatre project production was built around the history of Russian School. It was based on the stories of Russian classics as well as contemporary writers.
As always in our AZBUKA Studio – the whole production has been prepared by, designed and conducted by the children themselves (with a little help from AZBUKA teachers). Every Term during the ‘art Studio’ (which is part of our curriculum) they become musicians, actors, directors and producers – all in the Russian language, having creative fun!

      

 

 

4 May 2013 - AZBUKA Club held Russian Easter celebration. Children painted eggs and made different Easter decorations.

         

 

 

We organized The Science Club this Spring.

    

 

 

We had a wonderful SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PRODUCTION

         

                            

and we hosted the NEW YEAR PARTY for our children as well.

 

 

ACCORDION AND BALALAIKA

Children from Azbuka school and club met musicians who play russian instruments - accordion and balalaika.

 

 

SUMMER 2012

1 JULY 2012 AZBUKA SUMMER PRODUCTION
RUSSIAN FAIR AT AZBUKA

Yet again we had a fantastic end-of-year production at AZBUKA School. This year the students of AZBUKA School presented a performance entitled "The Russian Fair", as a summer project of the Theatre Studio. The children and audience certainly enjoyed the beautiful Russian folk songs, dances, folklore, crafts, music and traditional refreshments. The whole cast performed magnificently, with lots of energy and enthusiasm. The costumes, backdrops and props were all very rich in design and colour, all of this helping to bring a small part of the rich Russian culture and history into the school. As usual, the performance was prepared, designed, staged and played by our children, with a little help from the AZBUKA teachers. Every Saturday our children become musicians, directors and producers in the Theatre Studio. All of this being the merry process of theatre preparation for the big day that was carried out in Russian. Well done to all for a fantastic production!

Come and join us! Become a Club member!

   

 

AZBUKA CLUB LATEST EVENTS:

AZBUKA SPRING QUIZZ - February 2012

Azbuka club hold Spring QUIZZ for school and club children.

 

 

RUSSIAN CULTURE FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

Last year AZBUKA Club visited few English primary and secondary schools with educational talks on Russian Ballet and Russian language. Similar community events are organised annually by AZBUKA Club together with the local schools on a non-profit and voluntary basis.

   

   

 

“AZBUKA NEW YEAR PARTY” – 18 December 2011

AZBUKA New Year party on 18th December 2011. For 10 years Azbuka
School has been arranging a beautiful New Year party for our Club
members. This is an immensely popular event with interesting, unique
artistes from such theatres as The Puppets' House from St. Petersburg,
the Puppet-show of the Nativity of A. Gref, and many others. This time
we enjoyed the New Year programme presented by young artistes from
the Tallinn Youth Theatre, Estonia. And, of course, there were Santa
Claus, Snow Maiden, home-made refreshments, book fair, lottery with
special prizes, discothèque.

      

 

12 MONTH - December 2011

Yet another end of the year – and another exciting AZBUKA school theatre show!

This year our annual theatre project was based on the famous Russian “winter” play by S.Marshak – ’12 Months’.

As always, AZBUKA children and teachers had real joy (despite being hard and exhausting at times) producing this show – discussing, acting, reading, writing, drawing, making props, playing and acting– all in Russian.

    

 

 

RUSSIAN BOOK FAIR - DECEMBER 2011

New AZBUKA Club event

Many interesting types of books were presented to Azbuka families. Children could take part in story-telling, writing and reading Russian books for all ages. But don’t forget – this was also, as usual, just another fantastic Club event at AZBUKA – with refreshments, Club photos, games and “Russian BISTRO”, prepared and presented by our older children.

    

    

 

 

RYAN CHILCOTE VISITS AZBUKA - November 2011

Ryan Chilcote, well known TV journalist and presenter, visits AZBUKA with a very interesting, informative and educational talk for children and adults.

New Bloomberg TV programme Ryan’s Russia can be found and viewed on youtube.

 

 

AZBUKA RUSSIAN THEATRE WAS INVITED TO PERFORM AT FESTIVAL OF LANGUAGES, KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

AZBUKa School children took part in a very exciting event at Kings College London – College annual Festival of Languages. They presented parts from the School summer theatre production PEPPI!

 

 

AZBUKA ANNUAL SUMMER TRIP - SUMMER 2011

    

 

AZBUKA RUSSIAN NURSERY IN THE CONTEXT OF ENGLISH
PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION SYSTEM

AZBUKA Nursery school has won its two-year battle with DfES over EYFS  legislation and its Language in the Curriculum policy for pre-school educational settings.

Please read on. . .

http://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/1072648/Russian-nursery-stay-EYFS/

 

 

ANDREI USACHEV VISIT TO AZBUKA SCHOOL

Andrei Usachev, Russian famous contemporary children writer visited AZBUKA School in April 2011. We have been using his poems, stories and songs for children a lot at our School  - incl theatre productions (see SOBACHKA SONJA – in last year’s summer play).
He read his poems, sang songs, and unswered children's questions.

      

Easter Club Event followed in the second part of the day. Children learnt about Easter, coloured eggs and pots, and played some games.

    

 

RUSSIAN ARTIST SVETLANA RUMAK INTRODUCED UNUSUAL PAINTING TECHNIQUE TO CHILDREN OF AZBUKA SCHOOL

Moscow artist Svetlana Rumak came to AZBUKA School in March 2011. She introduced to children her works and unusial painting technique.

 

MUSICIAN AND VIOLINIST ANETE GRAUDINYA VISITED AZBUKA SCHOOL

Latvian teacher and musician conducted the lesson/MASTER CLASS with children in March 2011. The CLASS was part of the program "Different types of music".

    OUR PREVIOUS EVENTS

THE NEW YEAR PARTY IN AZBUKA

The New Year Party was conducted with The School Concert as a celebration of Azbuka's tenth anniversary.

 

Annual AZBUKA School Theatre Production
As always in our AZBUKA Studio – the whole production has been prepared by, designed and conducted by the children themselves (with a little help from AZBUKA teachers). Every Term during the ‘art Studio’ (which is part of our curriculum) they become musicians, actors, directors and producers – all in the Russian language having creative fun!

Summer 2010
Azbuka annual Summer Trip - SAFARI

AZBUKA Club New Year Party with a unique marionette theatre from St Petersburg 2009

AZBUKA School Summer Production
THE TALE OF TSAR SALTAN

Театр БРОДЯЧИЙ ВЕРТЕП А. Грефа
"Vagrant Booth" Russian children's theatre

PETRUSHKA

Петрушка - это о-го-го!!!Девчонки хохочут

Film GUSI-LEBEDI - acted, directed and produced by children

RUSSIAN EASTER 2009

CHRISTMAS SHOW AND NEW YEAR PARTY 09

SUMMER TRIP TO A FARM

and many other events, celebrations and theatre productions. . .

     AZBUKA Nursery 2008-2009

OFSTED registered Nursery School
For children between 2yrs and 5yrs old

Tel. 0781 001 3042, office@azbuka.org.uk

Last year we moved to our new address – fantastic big premises, very conveniently located beside Richmond Station (both District Line and South West Trains/North London Line).

If you are not yet member of the nursery – do not forget to join the Club beforehand, this will provide you with access to additional resources.

     AZBUKA Playgroup - 2008-2009

For babies and toddlers up to 3yrs old

Unfortunately due to the fact that the nursery is very busy at the moment and for health and safety requirements – we cannot currently operate the ‘Azbuka Playgroup’ weekly. However we will be running a small weekly playgroup-session for a few families who will be joining AZBUKA Nursery in the future.

Also, ‘Azbuka Club’ does organise regular Club events for all ages and some of them are special events for under 3 year olds, held at our Nursery premises.  See ‘Azbuka Club’ below for further details.

     AZBUKA School - 2008-2009
     For children between 4.5yrs to 11yrs old

This Russian Saturday School has increased in size due to demand this academic year. We had a fantastic end of year theatre production "ROBOT", which was prepared an designed by the children themselves. DVDs will be ready in September.

Every year our teaching plans benefit from new exciting and effective forms of teachings, including techniques and methods acquired from international educational conferences on bilingualism. We strongly recommend attending one of our School open days when we explain in detail "WHAT, WHY AND HOW" we do it at AZBUKA.

FOR CHILDREN
Consider AZBUKA School for your child for the next academic year.
AZBUKA school is based on what has been proven to be an effective and exciting methodology of keeping up and developing a second language within a bilingual context. Let your child try it now. Read more details on our Nursery/School section of the website.

FOR TEACHERS
We are always looking for Russian native speakers to work on different projects at AZBUKA Club, School and Nursery on paid and voluntary basis.
Russian language teachers (knowledge of English essential), linguists, artists and people with theatre experience and ability to work with children.
All other Russian speaking people of different professions - we need you for different Russian projects for children.
Please send your CVs to office@azbuka.org.uk.

     AZBUKA Club - some other past events

End of 2008 year events included AZBUKA School Theatre Production ROBOTand trip to a Farm for the little ones. Join the Club and take part in all our future events and celebrations. For all ages!

Join the Club to be on the mailing list for all Club events – held regularly throughout the year.

     

 

‘Azbuka Club’ is open for all – not just for those who are members of the Nursery or School.

Once again at New Year we were fortunate to have special guests from Russia – A Puppet Company all the way from Tula, as our AZBUKA special guests – a fantastic performance  was given and the children loved it. We hope it was enjoyed not only by the children but also adults. The home made food and childrens disco was also a success. Plus of course the Christmas Lottery gave some extra presents to some lucky families.

As usual we run Club events related to theatre productions for children. Russian celebrations etc –for all people and children and not just AZBUKA Nursery and School members.

 

     Bilingual Education + Bilingual Education Conference

Knowing and being in touch with the latest research in bilingualism and bilingual education is a key component to effective methodology in teaching Russian (or any foreign language) for bilingual children. At AZBUKA we endeavour to continue to improve our education/teaching methods to the benefit of the children’s Russian language education in the bilingual context. Additionally, it helps to ensure the staff are well versed in the best and most effective educational techniques.

The recent International conference on bilingual education USA was very exciting and provided useful contribution to our teaching curriculum at AZBUKA. Join the Club and learn more. . .

     Nannies

A short message for all people enquiring about Russian speaking nannies! We do operate a small list of Russian speaking au-pairs and teachers, but we are not an agency.  Some people who are listed have been part of AZBUKA Nursery and School and this is the benefit for people – we know some of them well and can recommend them personally to other people. The list of available nannies is only open to Club members. Once you have joined ‘Azbuka Club’ we will then be able to provide, on request, details on the mailing list for new candidates.

No agencies please!


     EDITORIAL

     Welcome to Azbuka from the Nuffield Foundation

     Bilingualism in a Monolingual Environment

     Language Immersion Education for Children