Smiling: A Year In Review 2019-2020

The end of the school year is always momentous.
It marks a threshold: growing, changing and reflecting on how far we’ve come. For our high school students, it means an emotional farewell to school life and the start of setting foot into the wider world.
This historic year is loaded with extra feeling. We continued valiantly and achieved so much, despite the challenges we faced.
The saying goes: “You don’t realise how strong you are until you have to be.” We are so proud of that strength you’ve found this year.
Take a look at our 2019-2020 Year In Review video. Don’t be shy: watch, like and share our Smiling successes!
Happy Summer, everyone!


Smiling teacher pens scientific breakthrough paper

A science teacher from Smiling International School has co-authored a seminal scientific study on fighting viruses.

Laura Lunghi worked with leading scientists from around the globe to research cell membranes. In the published paper, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, they investigated how cell membranes can be compromised. This is a factor that leads to contracting viruses such as COVID-19.

In this cutting-edge research, our science teacher and her colleagues conducted experiments, including in the laboratories at the University of Ferrara.

The objective was to discover more about cellular communication. A cell membrane acts as a natural shield, providing a barrier to the cell inside. Consequently, it can prevent toxic substances from entering, like the viruses SARS-CoV-1 and SARS-CoV-2; the one that causes COVID-19.

Ms Lunghi and the team of scientists discovered how these pathogens can trick the cell, subsequently penetrating it and causing us to fall ill from a virus.

This latest research delves into how and why this happens. What follows next is more scientific study, to better understand how to treat and prevent viruses, like COVID-19. Therefore, this work could change how we approach combatting viruses in the future, thereby saving lives.

Smiling International School is delighted with Ms. Lunghi’s involvement in this innovative work. She represents the outstanding knowledge and experience our teachers bring to our students.

The findings are now available to read in the open domain, which you can see below.


Roll up! Roll up! You can still take part in Smiling Summer Camp 2020, but hurry, there are only a few places left!

Every week we offer a veritable feast of fun and festivities. Come take part in our Treasure Hunt, Talent Show, water games and much more!

You still have 2 weeks: from 6th – 10th July and 13th – 17th July.

– For children aged 3-11 years old.
– Runs Monday – Friday, 8.30 -16.30.
– €130 for the first week
– €120 for the second week
– Safety procedures in place
– 2 campuses: Corso Porta Mare 117 and Via Roversella 2

☎️ Give us a call on 0532-757197 for more information.

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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