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Support our Montessori garden

Where did your favorite childhood memory take place? (Pause and think before continuing to read). This autumn many of you participated in creating the parkour course for the children and cleaning up the Duhovka garden. Even though we called it work many of you seemed to have fun - we saw the smiles and heard the laughter - you can’t deny it.

We understand and appreciate that you already pay tuition - yet this will not cover the cost of the creative materials for your child’s outdoor experience in the garden.

We would like to invite you to continue your support in creating the outdoor learning environment by donating through The funds will be put in the Duhovka Society especially marked for the Outdoor Learning environment supplies and construction.  

We hope to raise CZK 500,000. Your donations will be collected until the end of January, and in support of this project Ivana and Tomáš Janeček promised that they would donate an amount that will be equal to the sum of all raised funds.

We look forward to your financial support and the swinging of the pick-axes and garden tools as they hit the rocky soil again, as you help to create a fabulous space so that your child can say with joy on their face, that their favorite memories from their childhood were from, “Duhovka school garden!.”


Duhovka with a major support of the Parents Association


A message from the owners/founders:

Dear Parents and Friends of Duhovka,

Thank you for your support! We are glad that it is no longer only us! :-)

A well known proverb says that it takes a village to raise a child. Duhovka is such a child as well. With your help, this meaningful project can be even more beautiful.

Ivana and Tomáš Janeček


Invitation to a school-night discussion about Duhovka Elementary School - First Graders
Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 5.00pm

We invite all parents who are interested in Duhovka Elementary School and think of it as a potential school for their children, to a meeting with the management and founders of the school.
These meetings are held every year in the period before admission into first grade.
Their purpose is to 1) Answer questions about Duhovka´s concept of education and school´s operation. 2) Provide information that would help interested parents discern whether Duhovka is the correct choice for their children´s schooling
At the meeting a first-grade teacher will be present to answer specific questions pertaining to the day-to-day in a Duhovka elementary classroom in addition to sharing practical information about academies in Montessori.

Looking forward to see you Jindřich Kitzberger, director, Ivana and Tomáš Janečkovi, founders


The Miss Compost competition - WE WON!

Last year, we decided to engage in an ecological project on a school-wide basis - how to properly and diligently separate waste and how to build and take care of a compost pile. In both cases everything went smoothly. The EKODOMOV organization helped us train our staff and, as we have a large garden, it was not a problem to build a compost pile. Even both our previous and current school janitors were thrilled with the idea and they were crucial to building it. You parents regularly help us keep our compost in shape:-) Pavel, who continued in Jitka’s efforts. In the autumn we decided that our efforts would deserve a reward and we could not resist the challenge of a Miss Compost competition, and guess what happened? We won the school category! We will soon receive a fruit press and other small prizes. Our children will therefore have the opportunity to try out a manual fruit press and they can look forward to having vitamins that will even be school made :-)
It is such a joy to have achieved such seamless collaboration! Thanks to everyone involved!


Winter Concert - Winter Holidays around the world

Dear Parents,

We would like to invite you to our “Winter concert”, which will take place on Wednesday, December 19th in the Dlabačov cinema. Doors will be open at 4.30 p.m. 

As is tradition with us, this year we are again going to organize a fundraising event during our “Winter concert”. This time the event is called “It’s fun to be outside”. The proceeds will go to the “Rozum a cit” foundation and “Duhovka Society” to support the construction of an outdoor Montessori learning environment (Montessori garden).

How are we going to help?
During the Winter Concert, children will sell their edible as well as inedible creations and we would like to devote all of the proceeds to the above mentioned organizations.

 How can you help?

If you are able to and have time, you can bake something with your kids at home, or with the class or other parents (on Friday, December 14th) at school, and donate the baked goods for sale.

We welcome volunteers (min. 4) whom on Wednesday from 1 pm to 4 pm will assist with the preparations for the Winter Concert at Cinema Dlabačov and from 4 pm to 7.30 pm will assist with the benefit sale in Dlabačov.

You can express your interest via e-mail:

Thank you for your support and we are looking forward to seeing you!

Duhovka Elementary


100 Years of the Republic? Yes, we celebrated!

Well, it is a great opportunity to celebrate! What better way than with a cake and a cultural event organized by all of us. Our project started with a theatrical performance on the celebration of the anniversary of our country. Roles were played not only by teachers, but also by the Director and by Míša, Deputy Director, and also by assistants Verča and Andrejka. The event was hosted by Josef, school janitor, who dazzled everyone by wearing a smart suite for the occasion instead of his usual work T-shirt and by officially opening the event with a welcome speech. The motto of this performance was that we should understand that we jointly shape the present at each point in time and we share responsibility for it. The children had already an accordion book prepared showing a timeline, and after the performance they finished its front side – of course, national symbols could not be left out.

Over the next ten days, all classes in Grades 4 and 5 took part in half-hour presentations on the specific significant historical periods of our country. We had invited our pupils to participate in the presentation sessions already during our performance where we presented 1918, 1938, 1945, 1968, 1989, 1993 and important events in the timeline accordion book while being dressed in period costumes. Over the following days children continued working on the completion of their accordion book by recording obtained information at the end of each presentation.

The closing event of the project was a get-together of everyone involved, the time for sharing interesting experiences. Finally, we once again went through the 20th century timeline. We listened to the story of a real person who was born at the beginning of the 20th century, welcomed President Masaryk in 1918, obtained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In 1949 he engaged in the 3rd resistance movement and planned to overthrow the Communist government. For that he had been imprisoned for 11 years, and after that he was a storeman for the rest of his life.

Our thanks go to Alena, teacher, for the idea, the hard work and the time she devoted to the project. There was no one among kids who would not get enthusiastic over the whole project.


Open Door Day Invitation

Dear parents, dear children and friends of the school,

We cordially invite you to the Open Door Days in our Czech-English Montessori Elementary School Duhovka.

In school year 2019/2020 we open 6th grade.

You’re welcome to visit the Duhovka Elementary on November 20th 2018 between 9 AM and 5 PM.  You’ll be guided through the school by the students themselves. In the morning, you’ll have the opportunity to see actual classes taking place and in the afternoon, you can see the after-school center activities.  The tours end with a meeting with the school management, which will be ready to answer all your questions.

We’re looking forward to your visit!
Duhovka Elementary


Lower Elementary were in Nymburk all week

During the first week of October, lower elementary children and teachers went to a week-long school in nature with swimming in Nymburk. During the course, children got to know not only each other but also their own selves. Every day, children went swimming and played sports games. For swimming, they were divided into three groups. More advanced children were improving their technique or learning new styles. Beginners were playing in order to become used to moving in water. During sports games, everybody played together. Children played ball games, chased each other, and went crazy. We also enjoyed the arrival of fall in nature! We spent our evenings together. The first evening of our stay was dedicated to ice breakers that the class teachers had prepared. The second evening was spent on the first great lesson. Children watched an engaging story about the creation of the universe and the Earth. The next evening, children cheered basketball players from Nymburk who played against Opava. We were the loudest fans in the crowd! The last evening, children enjoyed the traditional Talent Show and a disco.


Upper Elementary at the swimming course in Nymburk

This year, upper elementary built on the tradition of swimming courses in October and headed back to Nymburk. The local sports center was built for the purposes of elite athletes training. Thus, not only the pool but also the playground, the gyms and the hot tubs were ready for us and they were amazing. Experienced instructors were in charge of the swimming lessons. Children were divided into small groups, so that everyone could focus on their personal development. At the time of 4th graders swimming, 5th graders were developing their sports skills and vice versa. Everyone was swimming for at least two hours a day, and you cannot even imagine how good and varied the meals for our active athletes were. We also enjoyed the evenings – the walk, the Astrobus, the disco, the Planet Czech film club.


Family Day and Duhovka celebrates 10 years!

September 15th, Hvězda-Prague 6, 10:30 amDuhovka is 10 years old! You are invited to enjoy Family Day! Music and fun by bands Bombarďák and The Fellas. Don´t miss the Forest Maze by Creative World and the Yeddo Scooter area! Free entrance. Kids, bring your parents, donť worry there is enough food and drinks for all!


School starts on September 3rd

We start on Monday, 3 September at 8:30 am. The school opens at 7:45 am.

The end of the first school day is between 12:30 pm – 12:45 pm (including lunch). The earliest possible time for picking up of your children is about 30 minutes after the above time 

The after-school center is open only until 3 pm during the first day. Since the second day it is open until 6 pm, but on Friday, September 7th again only until 3 pm, because from 3 pm to 5 pm you are welcome to join us at the Family Picnic event in our school garden. Parents are responsible for their children during the event.

New Children to our School and their Parents - Upon the arrival to school (no later than 8:20 am), parents and their children who are new to our school (first graders and other graders, too) are asked to go to their classrooms where they will be welcome to join the morning circle and meet their class teachers. At 9:10 am the parents of new children are asked to leave the classrooms and go back to the lunchroom. An information meeting with the school management will be held there from 9:15 am.

Other children and their parents - Parents and their children who are not new to our school shall arrive to school no later than 8:20 am and go straight to their classrooms. It is possible for the parents to shortly meet and greet class teachers. We kindly ask parents to leave classes at 8:30 am and thus to allow new children and their parents to get acquainted with the new environment. 

The Following Days - The other days children will follow their class´s schedule.

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