LATVIA BALOZI Balozu vidusskola
Baloži Secondary school history stretches back to the year 1948, when after the world war 2 were established first primary school classes in the newly built village Balozi. The school old part as it is today was built in 1958, when 8-year education was introduced. Baloži secondary school was established in the year 2009, by Kekava Municipality Council ‘s decision with aim to implement general education in primary and secondary levels. The school implements 4 educational programs:
– Pre-school (kindergarden) educational program
– Primary education program from 1.-9.grade;
– Secondary education program from 10.-12.grade
– Primary education program for minorities from 1.-9.grade.
In 2011 the new part of the school was built together with modern sport facilities. The expansion of school premises allows to plan expansion of students in the next following years.
At the moment there are about 400 students and ~40 teachers.
The school implements also several interest educational programs that are affiliated to the school and complements general education programs. There are available following after school activities – boys choir, mixed children choir, bicycle safety, ensemble singing, ceramic/clay workshop, basketball, floor ball activities. Balozi secondary school is one of the schools in Latvia which implements educational programs in two languages – Latvian and Russian. In this sense it makes our school unique from cultural perspective. Students from the first grade are challenged to cope with different cultures in everyday life and learn how to tolerate them. In order to avoid the risks that can ocqure due to popular culture inevitable impact school organizes a lot of different thematic events devoted to different subjects and target groups (pres-school, primary and secondary school students), for example, environment protection day, fashion day, Poem contest etc. Thus school tries to promote that students get comprehensive overview about future career prospects, culture, different aspects of life. School organizes visits to high schools or invites representatives from different companies, enterprises to school. School staff and students have been involved in several EU program Youth In Action projects.
Participation in international projects motivates youngsters to look “above the line”.
Baloži secondary school staff has experience to raise interest between students to participate in cultural and community activities, to raise interest between students to involve into activities that promote students personal development. Some of the staff have experience to organize different cultural, sport entertainment events for different public – children, youngsters and adults.