The school Dame Inglesi was founded in Vicenza in 1837 by Emperor Francis I of Austria, who wished to have an institution in Italy capable of educating middle-class women of the time, based on the model promoted by Mary Ward. Vicenza was chosen above all other options. The school, in its current condition, has upheld through the revolutionary upheavals of 1800, the secularization imposed by the Italian government at the end of ‘800, and the two world wars. The last of which also offered refuge to people fleeing because of racial laws. Currently, the school is open to all and boasts more than 170 years of rich history in the spirit of its founder and his work in education. Dame Inglesi is directed by the Sisters of the Institute Blessed Virgin Mary, now Congregatio Jesu, founded in 1609 by Mary Ward. It is fitted in context of the Italian religious order province Congregatio Jesu (www.congregatiojesu.it), whose headquarters are in England (www.congregatiojesu.org), and from which are coordinated all the initiatives of the Sisters inspired by the example of Mary Ward, present all over the world.
The guiding principles for the formation of personality are based upon the foundress Mary Wards beliefs and morals which include:
- love of truth
- freedom of clear conscience
- the sense of personal responsibility
- the ability to enter into relationships with all
- the core of the person and the appreciation of differences
- solid initial training and integration of all children, which allows them to exercise their right to learn throughout life
- organizational flexibility aimed to enhance all students’ resources
The educational continuity
The school Dame Inglesi offers an integrated course of education from 3 to 14 years, according to a coherent development logic. Central to the educational process are the following objectives:
- the use of skills acquired in the previous grade
- integration in classes next school order
- coordination and continuity of the educational objectives
There are special projects and workshops to introduce the little ones to the higher grade, with the active participation of older pupils.
The school is not only an educational learning site but a community in which the pupil will gain experience and the ability to coexist. School Management, Teaching Staff, and Families, while respecting their roles, share responsibility in the education of pupils. It is possible to consult the School Family Pact Co-responsibility by following the link below: Co-responsibility pact of the School – Family.
The school Dame Inglesi is a private school, Catholic-inspired, made up of three teaching orders:
- nursery school
- primary school
- first grade of secondary school
The Institute is in Vicenza at Contra San Marco n. 49. It is centrally located and easily accessible by public and private transportation.
The nursery school represents the first step in the educational continuity path (Childhood – Primary – Secondary) as designed by School Management. Our school aims to be a welcoming place for each child, which is accompanied by teachers to discover themselves and the world with their companions. It is also designed to stimulate the development of each individual, unique and unrepeatable, and encourages active participation in relationships with others.
A typical day takes place at the following times:
8:15 to 9:00: entrance hall and reception, prayer and snack
9:15 to 11:30: educational activities and workshops
11:30 to 12:30: Lunch with children and educators in the school canteen
12:30 to 14:00: recreation and games
14:00 to 16:00: rest for toddlers, educational activities and workshops; snack
16:00 to 16:20: exit
Students are allowed on the premises from 7:30 till 17:30.
The primary school includes a training course of five years in which the child grows in the aspect of teaching and relationship building. Primary school is the center of the continuity project that brings the student from childhood to secondary school level. This level provides a teacher and a full school day, allowing the growth and the gradual development of each individual pupil. In a child’s formative years it is important that they follow a coherent development plan in terms of methods, objectives, and fundamental educational values. Based on the idea that “the school is for the person” the Institute seeks to develop a program to help the student to grow free from constraints in order to fully carry out his plan of life and express his creative abilities. Culture and growth which is understood as “knowledge for life,” has a fundamental role in this process when it is permeated by the values that give meaning to the child. Therefore the educational planning is based on the previously announced guidance and specific points of the Institute, stated for the Primary school. The school calendar meets regional requirements adapted to educational and teaching needs in the spirit of autonomy of the school. The educational activities for primary school are organized full time from Monday to Friday. It is possible to request that students stay late with surveillance from 16.45 to 17.30. Early this year the school offers the opportunity to take advantage of optional courses in physical activity (eg gymnastics, multi sports, mini-basketball).
The secondary school consists of a two-year teaching period and a third year that completes the disciplinary path and ensures guidance and connection with the second cycle of the secondary school.The educational project is inspired by the values proper for school in the formation of personality, drawn from the foundress Mary Ward’s beliefs: the love of truth, the freedom of a clear conscious, the sense of personal responsibility, the ability to connect with everyone. Besides mandatory classes, optional educational activities are organized and are offered frequently in the afternoon with the opportunity for assisted study.
The activities deal with diverse approaches and methods which are designed to bring out each individual students abilities, their own interests and their own attitudes. In line with the innovations introduced by the reform of the Italian school system, as well as in response to the real user interests, our institution aims to improve the ability to study autonomously as well as foster the formation and the integral growth of the student’s personality. Our will is to guide the children to education and advanced training with the technologies of today. Starting from the premise that in society and in the labor market information technology and foreign language skills are increasingly becoming an advantage for those lucky enough to possess such skills. Our Institute has included in its curriculum teaching of German as a second foreign language.
We emphasize the relationship between school and home action by implementing the electronic register. It’s a methodical tool that enhances and optimizes organizational, educational and didactic of the school service. It is not a simple transposition of the traditional digital paper trail, but a new procedural system involving teachers, parents and pupils.
The school calendar meets regional indications adapted to educational and teaching needs in the spirit of autonomy of the school. The educational activities for the Secondary School of First Instance is divided from Monday to Friday with two falls and three mandatory curricular falls optional for laboratory or study assisted by the School 1st grade Secondary.
In summary, the school week is structured as follows, classes are Monday to Friday at the following times:
- from 7:55 to 12:55, on Mondays and Thursdays;
- from 7:55 to 13:50, on Wednesday;
Two afternoons are planned, from 14.30 to 16.30, Tuesday and Friday (lunch is included). It is possible to use the assisted study service from 14.30 to 16.30 on days when there are no classes; a teacher assists children in the performance of homework and study. Students are allowed to arrive as early as 7.30 and leave as late as 17.30.