Gymnázium Zlín – Lesní čtvrť is a secondary school which was founded in 1936 and is located on one of the many wooded hills surrounding our town. Being a grammar school educating talented students it belongs among the most prestigious schools in the Czech Republic. Every year, over ninety percent of our graduates continue to study at universities, both in our country or abroad.
There are about 950 students and more than seventy teachers in our school. The students are divided into two study programmes: an eight-year programme (starting at the age of eleven) and a fou-year programme (from the age of 15). Gymnázium offers general education where for the last two years our students also choose optional subjects to prepare for their universities and future careers. Apart from obligatory English they study another foreign language where they can choose from German, French, Spanish and Russian.
In 2006, the rebuilt school was opened and since then our Gymnázium has ranked among the most modern and best equipped schools in the Czech Republic. It offers students participation in various projects and afternoon school clubs. Apart from being a member of Global Classroom, we also co-operate with schools from abroad, e.g. Slovakia, Germany, Spain or Reunion, and organize student exchange events. Every year our teachers and students take part in Erasmus + , an EU programme for education, training, youth and sport. Our students also have the opportunity to take part in several geography / history excursions within the Czech Republic or abroad and experience a variety of sports trips and cultural opportunities.
Global Classroom Partnership is a unique international project. It is one of the largest long-term international partnerships in the world. It was officially established in 1996 and our school has been part of it since the very beginning.
At present, eight secondary schools are involved in the project (Shetland Islands, Germany, Sweden, Spain, South Africa, the USA, Australia, the Czech Republic). Groups of eight to ten senior students from each partner school share ideas and information using social networking sites to prepare for an annual Global Classroom Conference hosted on a rotating basis by one of the partner schools. The topics of the recent conferences were “The Book”, “Sharing Pasts, Shaping Futures”, “Education and the Future”, “Student Wellbeing”, “Embrace the Differences”, “Ideas Change the World”, “Activism”, “Crisis Causes Change” or “Ways of Learning”. Throughout the academic year teams of students get ready for the conference working on the assigned tasks. These usually include the main theme presentation, a media task – shooting a (fun) video based on the specified topic, a song and dance or sketch task, and last but not least a multinational task which students work on during the conference. Each conference is preceded by a few days of an ice-breaker camp and accompanied by keynote speeches, trips and excursions.
The Global Classroom Partnership emphasizes the importance of shared learning. The key motto of the project is “Learn locally, think globally”.
Eight secondary schools from all around the world have been involved in the international partnership. Despite their homelands being distant from each other, participants get close through sharing their cultures, values and attitudes.