LEARNING THE ROPES: Preparing for Middle School

As one school year ends and we prepare for a fresh start, we may feel excited, nervous and perhaps a little unsure.
Moving from Primary to Secondary School, in particular, is one of the biggest steps you take in your school journey.
We take special care in guiding you along this path. For our 5th graders moving up to Secondary School, our teacher Paola Cirelli, has been giving students a crash course in “LEARNING THE ROPES”.
In this project, our soon-to-be Middle Schoolers have been developing study methods; a vital skill for their next steps at Smiling.
They looked at how to conduct research, how to create maps from text and also how you learn from videos, to name just a few.
The children shared ideas and resources, which culminated in this fantastic website! It’s a great resource to refresh what you’ve learned so far, or, if you missed the crash course, you can check it now!
Click and play around; discover the lessons and valuable resources on there. You’ll stride into Middle School with confidence and determination!

VIDEO DIARIES: Life in a Pandemic

Are we back to normal now? What does that even look like after a pandemic?

It’s undeniably true that we may soon forget how oppressive full lockdown was here in Italy.

When we were in the middle of being trapped inside all the time, this is how students of Smiling processed the experience.

Take a look at the video diaries of some of our 11th Grade students. Thanks to our Business Studies teacher, Ian Browne, for proposing the project.









Reflections: School During Lockdown

Now that we are emerging, blinking in the sunlight, we look back on what we have experienced these past few months.

It’s been a school year like no other. Far apart, but learning together. Doing all we can to feel close and connected.

In 2nd Grade, the children wrote down their thoughts and drew pictures to reflect how they got through this trying time.

This project was dreamed up by their teacher, Giulia Bottura, who is so proud of how much they’ve grown. Despite the challenges they’ve faced, they show maturity and wisdom far beyond their years.

Read the inspiring and humbling examples below.



Business Studies: Brand Placement

To tell a story is to market a product or a service.

In these videos, Smiling’s business students show their marketing skills through chef demonstrations.

Teacher Ian Browne cooked up the idea, as he wanted to go beyond the books. So, with this project, he prepares them for the workplace they’ll enter in their future.

Take a look at some tasty examples below. Their presentation skills and confidence in front of the camera are impressive; that’s not easy to master!




Children of the primary school have been flexing their writing muscles. Here, we share some of their marvellous storytelling.

Our bright students let their imaginations run free and produced some gripping tales. What’s more, thanks to the guidance of their teacher, Elena Berveglieri, we have created a virtual library!

Browse through the short stories here to transport you to another world. Maybe they’ll inspire you to get writing too!

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