year 2014



Steps to Czech and Pre-school Children (Saturdays): BOOKS - CZ [PDF]
3. třída (3rd year): Michaela Sanytrová, STORIES - CZ [PDF] + COMICS - CZ [PDF]
4. třída (4th year) and 5. třída (5th year): Veronika Korytáková and Pavel Stanislav, TOWNS, MAPS, REVOLUTION - CZ [PDF]
STEPS TO CZECH [London, Sundays]



DráCzech in July had a theme of fairy tale "O veliké řepě". It was only one workshop this time, that is why we had to make our big group of children into three smaller ones. One group, with the youngest ones, were making the scene for our fairy tale. The second one was making simple paper puppets and the third, recording the script for the show. During two hours were children not only focusing on art part of the workshop, playing games where they gain their Czech vocabulary and had fun but mostly met knew friends.




As you probably know, the Czech School Without Borders in London is not just about learning, it’s about having fun and spending time together doing interesting things. This year the Czech School is running a project called Living Museums, which includes 16 workshops for children, held at the British Museum. We’ve held two of them already. So how did it all go?

On the morning of Saturday 5th of April, we collected six little children at the entrance to the National Museum and led them into a world of ancient Greek gods. As it was the very first workshop, no one really knew what to expect. The children began by learning a little about the Greek gods – who they really were, why people worshipped them and which animals represented them. This was followed by a few tasks to test their memories. Judging by the way our little explorers were searching excitedly for mythical creatures on old vases and eagerly trying to identify the faces of the gods on the sculptures, we guessed that they’d enjoyed themselves.

Our assumptions were confirmed at the next meeting, on Saturday 5th April 2014, when twelve little explorers turned up. During snack time we had to repeat what we’d learned during the previous visit for the new children, and after regaining our strength we set off to explore another part of the museum. This time the children learned a little more about the everyday life of the ancient Greeks, in particular what sorts of dishes they used and what they were for. Although it wasn’t easy finding the right information among the vast number of exhibits, the school children managed to deal with the tasks with the help of various worksheets, and were able to start creating their own paper vases. In order to feel a little closer to those ancient times, we also browsed through an ancient temple and as we left we made sure to wave goodbye to the stone lion that guards the ancient relics.

Hopefully we’ll see the lion and everyone else again soon and discover another of the secrets that the museum holds.

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The visit to the British Museum in May continued to discover the culture and art of the Ancient Greeks. We learnt about Parthenon, the temple of the goddess Athena, and we took a detailed look at the marble panels that decorated the temple. The panels depict a procession of people bringing presents to Athena. We were asked to look for details that can be found on the panels so that we could learn what commodities were rare and valuable in the ancient times. We took a look at one of the most well known scenes - the fight between Lapith and centaur and described it. As most of the statue’s hands and legs and heads didn’t survive, we tried to imagine how the statues could have looked like and sketched them in. And as the panels weren‘t just as grey and pale as stone, we colored them in and brightened them up.

In the second half of our museum wandering we reminded ourselves about the Ancient Greek legends – Odysseus’s escape from Ithaca, Theseus and Minotaur’s fight, and one of Heracles deeds – Heracles chasing the hind.

A presentation from our pupil Aimie Korn - [PDF-CZ]  



Though there were just a few of us at the June Living Museums, we had a lovely time talking about Ancient Rome which has a lot in common with Ancient Greece which we talked about last time. We have already discovered the story of the founding of Rome and we know how far its borders stretched – even in Britain to this day we can still find traces of the Roman civilization - the town of Bath and Hadrian and Antonine Wall are great testimony of Roman culture here in our country.

Roman baths, in general, were an inportant meeting place for the Romans. Current swimming pool complexes actually remind us of these, however the Roman ones were beautifully decorated. One of the most difficult jobs was creating mosaic. We also tried to design a mosaic picture using tiny pieces of colored paper ourselves. It is a really meticulous job that requires a lot of patience!

As well as all this, we learned the names of the planets in our Solar System and even that some of the names of our classmates were derived from the names of Roman Gods. We also now know, that understanding Latin is a piece of cake because English has a lot in common with it!


LIVING MUSEUMS PROJECT - BRITISH MUSEUM  [three Sundays, 12-19 October and 2 November; Activity weekend 8-9 November 2014]

The Czech School without Borders was chosen to participate in a series of exclusive workshops organized by the British Museum. The main topic of three Sunday workshops was Rudolf II, his times and inventions characterized by the fabulous mechanical golden clock called the Nef. Our children met the British storyteller and author of children´s books Sam Gayton. He was leading the workshops together with the assistants Emma, Alice and Lorna who helped to create the great atmosphere.

The children visited beautiful interiors of the British Museum (including the places which are not open to the public) and saw lots of interesting museum objects. There was a big mystery of Rudolf´s golden Nef which was missing and the children changed into detectives, reporters of BBC news but also poets and tried to work out what happened to the clock. Apart from all this they had lots of fun.

The workshops culminated on the 8th and 9th November with the family weekend which was held in the British Museum. The visitors could watch and listen to an amazing soundtape created by Sam out of small pieces of children´s works. According to the sparkles in children´s eyes, the proud faces of their parents and beautiful arts we can say that the project was more than successful!



LIVING MUSEUMS PROJECT - BRITISH MUSEUM. As part of the Exploring Objects, Sharing Cultures project, from the Czech School without Borders London have taken part in a storytelling project based on the Great Nef in the Clocks and Watches gallery. Listen to their stories and poems about the Golden galleon. Where is the Nef!  YouTube Video - EN


LILACS OF PEACE project - Highbury & Quadrant Primary School [five Mondays, 22 September - 20 October 2014]

The Czech School without Borders prepared a series of special workshops called Lilacs for Peace for children from Highbury Quadrant School. All activities focused on the Second World War met with a big success. The group of seventeen children listened carefully every Monday afternoon to various wartime stories and they often also contributed to the discussion with admirable knowledge but also tricky questions.
Every workshop began with a short revision of the previous class in forms of games. Then there was a visual and acoustic slide show which presented new topics we wanted to talk about and mainly use them as an inspiration for pieces of art the children created. The creative part was always the crucial part of every class. During our sessions, we created trains, soldiers, lilacs, cities but also animals which could help in war. All these small parts will be finally put together to create a breath-taking battle field! The works of children are very well done and reflect the children´s point of view on this difficult topic.


LILACS OF PEACE project - Kurdish Children & Youth Centre  [four Sundays, 28 September - 26 October 2014]

The project Lilacs for peace organized by the Czech School Without Borders in London occurred in several schools and communities; one of them was the Kurdish community in Islington. We met these children during four Sunday morning workshops.
Although the topic was focused on war, the young children (5-11 years old) absolutely surprised us with a wide range of their knowledge and dedication to creative activities and challenging project.

Many of them told us stories about their own families living in the areas affected by war. For them it was a very personal topic which evoked a lot of emotion.

During the workshops we used different graphic technics and production of 3D models that children enjoyed a lot. The results exceeded all our expectations as the children created beautiful pieces of arts. By the use of thematic pictures and music we wanted to provoke living debate which was well received by the children.

And if we assess the success of the project by the participation of children, which was higher every week, the project was a huge success.


LILACS OF PEACE project - St Mary Magdalene's Church in Islington [two days, 29-30 October 2014]

After success of the war workshops “Lilacs for Peace” in Highbury Quadrant School and in the Kurdish community in Finsbury Park, we decided to organize another event with the same topic for the children from the parish of St Mary Magdalene's Church in Islington. We spent two amazing days during the autumn half term full of enthusiasm, creativity and fun!
At the beginning of our workshops, we asked the children what war, freedom, heroes and home mean to them. We were amazed by the clever answers and beautiful drawings the children created on these topics! During these two days, very interesting pieces of art were made like flowering lilacs, Russian tanks or cities destroyed during the war. What is more, the children could try to write their own diaries inspired by the famous example of Anne Frank and create colourful Sir Nicolas Winton´s train with happy children´s faces looking out of the windows. Apart from this, there were lots of social games and activities prepared for our participants or documentary about the war air forces and aircrafts. The children were leaving with lots of pieces of art they created, experience and also knowledge about this important part of history.


BABEL TOWER  [16 November 2014]

The Czech School without Borders prepared for children from St Mary Magdalene Church in Highbury & Islington a special creative and educative workshop. The main topic was well known biblical story about the Tower of Babel and confusion of languages. The children firstly watched a short film and then tried to communicate without words; by the use of the musical instruments only. During our workshop, the participants created their own systems of writing, tried to decipher mysterious symbols and listened to popular songs from children´s films performed in different languages. What is more, by the end of the morning there were lots of very original babel towers made of paper, modelling clay and wooden cubes. The workshop met with success and the children went home with beautiful pieces of art and also new experience. LEAFLET - EN [PDF]


LUCKY LOOSER  workshop and competition [30 November and 15 December 2014]

A comic fairy-tale about bad luck, good luck and a long journey towards love. Destined to have bad luck, Filip ruins everything he lays his hands on. Fed up with his predicament he sets out to look for Fortune. Travelling with a compulsive liar who doesn’t even know who he is anymore and calls himself Everyman, Filip’s journey gets muddled with all the lies before he manages to save his beloved Hanička from evil Carlos. Lucky after all.

COMPETITION. We are looking for the best picture entitled Fortune and Misfortune or the best composition entitled Lies have short legs and are soon caught up with. Send your pictures / compositions with your name and return address to or to CSWBL, 116 Long Acre, London WC2E 9PE. The closing date is 15 December 2014.



A NIGHT WITH H. C. ANDERSEN [28 March 2014]

Traditions should be upheld, especially the successful ones. And so it was that a number of Czech children came to be gathered in London to experience another Night With Andersen organized by the Czech School Without Borders. The children had lots of fun, learned something new, and were even visited by some friends from the fairy tales.

The whole event took place, unlike in previous years, at the St. Mary Magdalene Church. 20 children, aged six to 11, arrived at the church on Friday evening accompanied by their mothers and fathers. The older overnight guests said impatient goodbyes to their parents and continued enthusiastically into the church with friends by their sides. After a little hesitation, the younger ones eventually plucked up the courage to follow, waving to their parents as they followed us into a night full of adventure.

To begin with, the children watched a Mach a Šebestová fairy tale, and these two magical figures even turned up in person once the last of the children had arrived. After a short scene, the children discovered that Mach and Šebestová had almost failed their geography classes and in order to get out of trouble they had decided to ask their magical telephone for help. As luck would have it, the telephone wisely chose a famous traveller called Willy Fog who suggested the couple travel with him around the world and collect as much information as possible about all the countries.

Shortly afterwards, the children received letters which told them which countries they would be travelling to that night. The children solved this task easily and were divided into four groups so their journey could finally begin. Some set off to nearby France, others to Italy, and others visited remote Mexico and even China. The stamp in their passports indicated which form of transport they would be using to get to their destination. Once they’d arrived at their designated country, or outpost, decorated with pictures and props, the children had to solve a range of tasks from educational to creative – colourful headbands were made in Mexico, carnival masks in Italy, typical Chinese dragons were printed in China and Eiffel Towers were built from a chopped up poem in France. Travelling can take it out of you so the children had to refresh themselves with a small snack so that they could solve the last and most important task - to teach Mach and Šebestová all they’d learned. It was made easy by the beautiful souvenirs in their hands and the interesting information in their heads, so Mach and Šebestová did not fail again and the story reached a happy climax and Mr Fog was able to return to his magical world. At the end, the children snuggled into their sleeping bags, we read them a bedtime story and the Night With Andersen came slowly to an end.

However, the event was not over. After having a proper breakfast and doing our exercises in the morning, we spent some time talking about Mr Andersen. Each child then read from Andersen’s famous tale, The Emperor´s New Clothes, and were asked to make a dress "that nobody had ever seen before." At the end we packed away all our things and we made a promise that we would meet again next year, perhaps with some of the fairy tale figures, and have fun just like we’d done this time.

See you next year!


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CHILDREN’S DAY [1 June 2014]

This year’s Children’s Day turned out just great! The Czech Embassy had us for a whole afternoon and we had great fun there! We left the parents sipping coffee on the terrace and went to discover the workshops that our guests, architects from Prague, prepared for us. The workshops told us about the architect of the Embassy building, Jan Bočan, who was also the interior designer, and Stanislav Kolíbal, the author of the statue that stands in the Embassy’s garden. We turned into architects and sculptors ourselves and tried to make a model of the Embassy the way Bočan did. Then we immersed into a big box full of tiny bits of geometrical blocks out of which we designed the type of statues Kolíbal made. Then we grabbed a loooong strip of wavy cardboard and made a serpentine-shaped wall, just like the one that decorates the Embassy. The best fun we had was with the blowing felt-tips which helped us decorate our own small models of Bočan’s armchairs.


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SUMMER PARTY [20 July 2014]  

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THE RUN FOR CHILDREN ́S BOOKS [21 September 2014]  

The Czech School without Borders London dedicated the last Sunday of summer, September 21st, to a charity event called The Run for Children ́s Books. This event was organised as a part of the annual Richmond Running Festival and was accompanied by sports activities and games for children. The weather was good attracting a large turnout of teachers and parents with children. They came to Old Deer Park to support our sportsmen running the official 10k race in support of the Czech School Library.
There were competitions, sports and art activities for children, such as painting of swallows and flying kites, throwing balls and chestnuts at a target, guessing objects by touching and slalom with a book on their heads. Even parents and teachers joined the games and tasks. The official race was attended by runners from "Ceske Okenko" in Wimbledon and a few Czech children ran the children's Nike Kid's Mile race. The main aim of the events for the Czech School without Borders was financial support of the Children's Czech library.
The Czech School without Borders thanks all who contributed to the enrichment of its library by buying new books for Czech children. Many thanks also go out to the runners - parents and teachers- without whom this charity collection would not have been realized.


CAMP IN WINDSOR [25 - 28 Otober 2014]  


ST NICHOLAS [6 December 2014]  

Christmas YouTube Video - CZ