In addition to its academic curriculum, PSI offers a comprehensive programme of After School and Saturday Activities for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
Activities include arts and crafts, performing arts, musical pursuits, both indoor and outdoor physical activities, mother tongue enrichment, movement and dance as well as interest clubs. PSI also participates in international Math and Knowledge Bowl competitions through the Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA). The Primary School ECA football and basketball programmes also participate in local tournaments with invited schools.
There are annual musical and drama productions and performances in both Secondary and Primary during the course of the year. In addition, PSI is a member of the International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA) and travels each year to drama festivals worldwide. These activities are valued experiences in the holistic development of our students and all are encouraged to participate.
The Activities programme is divided into three seasons, each one being 10 weeks long. Some activities run throughout the year, while other activities are added and omitted seasonally to ensure a variety of activities.
The Panther Athletics and Academics of PSI facilitate the development of each student through academic, athletic, and artistic/cultural endeavours.
PSI seeks to create, promote, and foster cooperation among young adults by providing a forum for learning new skills as well as encouraging a spirit of healthy competition and collaboration.
The Panther Athletics and Academics has the following goals:
To encourage intercultural co-operation;
To develop a sense of fair play;
To understand principles of group participation and individual responsibility;
To develop a sense of self control and discipline;
To understand the importance of participation to the best of one's abilities;
To broaden horizons through travel;
To encourage socialisation;
To encourage student and programme exchanges with other schools.
The PSI Panthers Academics programme provides students with interactive activities (Model United Nation, Robotics, International Schools Theatre Association, etc.) that are closely linked to 21st Century education skills.
These skills include critical thinking, digital literacy, global awareness, social and cross-cultural interaction, and effective communication. Each Panther Academics activity closes with either an international or a local tournament / conference.
Why get involved?
Getting involved in academic activities outside of classroom time can give you new skills and help you learn about yourself — and it can be fun.
Some of the key benefits to participating in the Panthers Academics Programme:
Develop Socially:These programmes encourage teamwork, leadership skills, cooperation and social development beyond what students get when working in the classroom.
Another major benefit for participating in the programme is the fostering of a lifelong passion.
Help Transitioning:The transition from another school to PSI can be a stressful one, and one of the ways to mitigate this major change in a child's life is by participating in activities outside of the classroom.Enhance Academic Performance:The way children choose to spend their free time can have a huge impact on their academics. The programme is a good way to encourage positive use of free time.Add to College Applications:Such activities also play a part when you apply to colleges. Most college applications ask about your activities. That’s because the things you do in your free time reveal a lot about you — in ways that grades and test scores can’t. Your accomplishments outside the classroom show what you’re passionate about and that you have qualities valued by colleges.
Currently, we have the following activities in our Panthers Academics programme:
Mathcounts - Grades 6 - 8
Model United Nation - Grades 6 - 8
Knowledge Bowl - Grades 6 - 8
International School Theater Association - Grades 6 - 12
Yale Modern Government Europe (YMGE) - Grades 9 - 12
We are very proud of the opportunities that have been created for all the students who are PSI Panthers; we believe in the value of healthy living attained by participation in sports from the very young ages through the high school years.
Through sport, students develop leadership qualities. Virtues, such as discipline, sportsmanship, effort, respect, motivation and pride are emphasised and make up the core of our philosophy.
Through sport, leadership qualities are being developed and nourished from the daily experiences. Virtues, such as discipline, sportsmanship, effort, respect, motivation and pride are emphasised and make up the core of our philosophy.
PSI offers a variety of activities and sports programmes, starting from the young ages. In addition, a number of competitive sports programmes are offered to older students (Middle School and High School), providing opportunities for competitive play locally as well as internationally.
We strongly believe that our athletics and sports programmes are matched by no other school in the region and we are very proud of what we provide every year to our community. Through the years, the interest and involvement of the students are the driving force for our programmes to exist and all our efforts focus on providing the best services for them!
PSI Panthers is a proud member of the Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) as well as the Kyiv Schools Sports League (KSSL). Teams compete both locally and throughout the CEESA region.
Middle School (MS) teams train and compete on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while High School (HS) teams train and compete on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Our combined MS and HS teams train on different days to suit the needs of the students. Students are asked to commit to all practices, games and tournaments when signing up / trying out for a team.
Students who sign up for the athletics programme are given a short sleeve and a long sleeve training shirt and team uniforms to use as needed. Also, those selected to represent the school at CEESA tournaments are given their own tracksuit with name and national flag on it.
Students with 100% attendance at training receive PSI Panthers gifts for each season.
For CEESA tournaments, the cost of the flight is paid by the parents. As per CEESA regulations, students are housed with families from the host school for the duration of the tournament, which allows great friendships to be made.
PSI recognises that a student’s mother tongue plays an important part in the development of the individual’s self-esteem and cultural identity. In fact, mother tongue development remains a key component of successful learning of a second language.
The school supports and encourages opportunities for mother tongue development in the community and in the home. Parents and students have access to school resources in order to support language development at home. In the Primary School, mother tongue instruction is after school and the school actively encourages and supports these classes. The Secondary School assists students in identifying online resources for individualised study and supports the IB Diploma Programme Language A Self-Study (SSST). At both Primary and Secondary levels, the school supports Ukrainian mother tongue programmes through the Externum Programme.
The ECA programme is about fun, excitement, enjoyment and trying new things. Students starting in Kindergarten can enrol in activities to explore new areas of interest through arts and crafts, recreation, physical, and social experiences.
Examples of some recent ECAs include aikido, programming, and decorative painting.