“Work banishes those three great evils: boredom, vice and poverty.”

Voltaire (French writer and philosopher)

 

At Üsküdar SEV Schools we do not believe in “free time”; we believe that every moment of our time should be filled with something, and the value of time is determined by what fills it. Throughout their lives, we want our students’ time to be filled with science, art and sport, with useful and fun activities that will help them in their personal development. Club activities help to improve students' self-awareness and offer many important opportunities throughout their development. They learn to think, act, win, lose and carry on together, as a team.

Clubs allow the students to recognize and then develop their abilities and interests through participation in activities. In the clubs, they improve their self-confidence and skills. Clubs are important for the students’ social development. They also enable the students to socialize and to experience the democratic process first hand and to manage teamwork.

 


 

2019-2020 Academic Year

Üsküdar SEV Elementary School Clubs

 

*Speed Stacks Club

 

Speed Stacks is an American sport that supports academic studies. It is played by using both hands. It develops students’ hand-eye coordination; two-sided skills and the ability to use right-left brain at the same time. It also teaches students to be fast and to develop a longer concentration span.

Semestral/ Language: English/ Level: 1st & 2nd Grades

 

*Coding Club

 

In the Coding Club, students start a journey by exploring algorithms; which constitute the basis of computer programming. With the help of coding training, students develop their technological, collaborative and organizational skills. They also improve their decision- making, problem solving and critical thinking abilities.

Semestral/ Language: Turkish/ Level: 1st & 2nd Grades

 

 *Mind Games

In this club, students play such strategy games as Jenga, Goblet, Corridor, Word Hunt and Quarto to develop their problem solving, reasoning and communication skills. Primary goal of the club is to enable students to analyze the game and anticipate their opponents’ moves. Semestral/Language: Turkish/Level: 3rd and 4th Grades

 

*Ping Pong Club

 

Table Tennis provides students with the necessary tools to deal with physical and mental stress. It also helps them plan and develop new strategies. It encourages sportiness and fairness. It entertains the muscles and the mind simultaneously. It improves reflex, coordination, speed and dynamic balance. It provides students with the habit of regular exercise; work discipline; sense of responsibility and determination to fight.

Semestral/    Language: English/ Level:  3rd and 4th Grades

 

 *Cool Cultures

There are nearly 200 countries on planet Earth! Let’s explore somewhere new! The main aim of the “Cool Cultures Club” is for students to explore different cultures from around the globe through a kaleidoscope of food, games, and festivals. We hope to create an exotic spark in students and encourage them to further their desire to learn more about different cultures. Are you ready to explore, find out and learn about new cultures?

Field Trip Suggestions: 

- Japanese Garden- Korean School- Japanese School- Russian Embassy – St. Joseph

 

*Maker Club

 

In this club, students develop their decision- making and risk –taking skills. They create and design individual and unique products in a project- based setting. The main focus of the club is to raise generations that turn ideas into reality.

Semestral/ Language: English/ Level: 3rd & 4th Grades

 

*SEV Superstars

SEV Superstars is ideal for those students who are interested in theatre, acting and drama. We focus on several mini-plays throughout the term and create everything from scratch (including scenery, puppets, props, masks and costumes) This club is perfect for students who are enthusiastic about staging, organizing and directing a play.                                    

Semestral/ Language: English / Level: 1st- 2nd- 3rd- 4th grades

*Nature Sports Club

 

In developed countries, millions of people socialize through 'NATURE SPORTS’. In this club, students get a chance to learn the principles of nature activities and participate in these activities in a safe environment. They also develop their climbing skills with 'sport climbing'; which we practice on the climbing wall in the bubble located on our campus.

Semestral/ Language: Turkish/ Level: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grades

 

*Quilling Club

In this club, students use special tools to fold and curl strips of colored paper to create their own designs. Strips of paper turn into flowers, animals, people or even sceneries in their small hands! This club aims to help students develop their creativity, self-confidence and concentration span. It also provides them with a sense of aesthetics. After being displayed, student work is sent home at the end of the semester.   

Semestral/ Language: Turkish/ Level: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grades

 

*Origami Club

 

In this club, students create three-dimensional shapes by folding paper without using glue. Practicing origami helps students to develop their fine motor skills; improve their visual memory and learning abilities. It also provides students with a chance to uncover their creativity.

Semestral/ Language: Turkish/ Level: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grades

 

*Modern Dance Club

 

Modern dance is a means of expressing emotions and feelings through movement. It makes use of improvisation and composition. By participating in the modern dance club, students develop posture, flexibility and a sense of aesthetics through music and rhythm.

Yearly/ Language: Turkish/ Level: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grades

 

*Photography Club

 

In this club, students are introduced to the art of photography and photo shooting techniques. This club enhances students’ observation skills and helps them develop different viewpoints. Students will have a blast taking photos!

Semestral/ Language: Turkish/ Level: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grades

 

*Cake Decoration Club

 

This club aims to strengthen students’ sense of responsibility and teaches them division of labor. It also improves their fine motor skills. The focus of the club is to create different recipes.

Semestral/ Language: Turkish/ Level: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grades

 

*Little Archeologists

Archeology is the scientific study of historic or prehistoric peoples and their cultures by analysis of their artifacts, inscriptions, monuments, and other such remains. One of the main goals of the Little Archeologists Club is to help students get acquainted with different civilizations that lived on different parts of the world at different times and to raise awareness about history of humanity. What is more, this club aims to provide students with a sense cultural heritage. Little Archeologists Club consists of theoretical and practical lessons and students are expected to apply what they learn in class. During the excavation workshops that are carried out within the framework of the club, students find out about the tools/materials used by archeologists; learn how to handle an artifact; see a typical day at the excavation site and get a chance to experience the process first hand.

Field Trip: A day trip to “Aktopraklık School of Archeology” (Bursa)               

 

*SEV Virtual Travelers

You can learn a lot from exploring different places! When you start exploring different countries, bazaars, farms, etc., you get a better understanding of the people living there. Travelling can also improve your creativity. In this club, we use our imagination to travel to different destinations. One week we get to be vets to visit a farm and another week we explore the far end of the world. Get ready for an amazing journey!                                      

Semestral/ Language: Turkish/ Level: 1st & 2nd Grades

*Future Filmmakers

This club aims to introduce Gr1 & Gr2 students to a variety of video editing and video creating software. It also helps students get acquainted with the world of filmmaking. Students learn to brainstorm a story and bring that story to life. In this club we use a variety of applications and iPads. 

We present a short video (in English) at the end of each semester.

*Fashion and Jewelry Design Club

 

This club aims to enrich students’ creativity and visual experiences by helping them create their own designs via different activities. Students get to use their imagination and come up with their own jewelry using different materials such as beads, strings etc.  

Semestral/ Language: Turkish/ Level:1st, 2nd, 3rd Grades

 

*Rag Doll Club

 

In this club, students use a variety of fabrics to design handmade cloth dolls. It helps students develop their imagination and fine motor skills.

Semestral/ Language: Turkish    Level: 3rd & 4th grades

 

*Caricature Club

 

In this club, students draw charcoal pictures with a sense of humor. They get to express their emotions and thoughts in a creative way.

Semestral/ Language: Turkish/ Level: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grades

 

*Rhythm & Percussion & Drums Club

 

This club aims to increase students’ creativity and musical awareness by exposing them to percussion and melodic instruments. Students learn to follow the rhythm, repeat what is played and make their own music.
 Semestral/ Language: Turkish/ Level: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grades

 

*Basketball Club

 

Basketball is a sport that is of interest to all age groups. In this club, students get a chance to develop their eye-muscle coordination and individual skills. They also learn to work as a team; win, lose and share.

Semestral/ Language: Turkish/ Level: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grades

 

*Football Club

 

Football improves effort, team spirit, brotherhood, sharing and self-esteem. This club aims to improve individual skills and teaches a variety of football techniques.

Semestral/ Language: Turkish/ Level: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grades

 

*Fencing Club

 

Fencing is one of the primary branches in Olympics and requires a high level of physical and intellectual performance. Fencing provides students with a vision of success, failure and hard work. It also improves their organizational skills and goal- setting abilities. Fencing also teaches students self-discipline.

Semestral/ Language: Turkish/ Level: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grades

 

*Gymnastics Club

 

The purpose of the club is to improve students physically and mentally through physical activities. It also aims to help students gain proper posture by doing gymnastics and by dancing to the music. Students also learn to cooperate and work as a team. They present their show at the end of the academic year.

Yearly/ Language: Turkish/ Level: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grades