I write this text as a parent of wretched student
Second day I am listening to the laments of my child, student (and probably ex-student soon) of Meridian Primary, whose most favourite teacher was sacked day ago - this Friday. I saw my child looking forward to his Czech lessons and enjoying it as any time before (sic!), as soon as to ICT lessons taught by the same teacher. My child told me, what a difference was it to have Mr. Jan (or Jiri, as his name was written somewhere, so I am not sure about his correct first name now) as a teacher in both of his/her subjects (I don’t want to be discovered because of my child’s gender, that’s why I will use neutral gender). I was told they – children – were simply enjoying every single lesson with him. In ICT they allegedly made whole book writing about pupil’s summer holidays experiences, in Czech my child wasn’t ever speaking and mainly understanding better this terribly difficult language than after about 2 months with Mr. Jan.
What is the most worrying fact, they (school director with his Turkish chief or head of primary) didn’t tell the students the fact their teacher is leaving any way, they even didn’t let my child to see his/her teacher for the last time and say GOODBYE to him. Maybe this fact hurts him/her the most. Nobody told us or my child anything, just the teacher himself supposedly responded to some student “I am not working here anymore” my child told us, that’s why he/she is frustrated. Students are confused, baffled, in shock now, as my sweetheart told me – his/her classmates have got the same meaning. On upcoming Tuesday a parents meeting is planned, I hope somebody will clarify the situation to us. I am not the only confused parent, as I found out, mainly because my child told us what the situation was like in their Czech lessons. We were waiting for their Czech language books for almost 2 weeks and after our child got them, we had to buy a copy ourselves (what is a nightmare to buy any book during first two weeks after school started), because the pupils were not permitted to write anything to this book, although it is designed as a workbook and students has to write into it. But we paid “just” 300 000 CZK tuition fees two months ago. Besides of an exercise book they are giving them just copied papers, what my son/daughter usually lost after one hour, because he/she is like me, his/her father.
If school doesn’t want the teacher, who can bewitch his students so much, that they are enjoying lessons, clearly something is rotten in the Meridian. I didn’t find any difference between how much the children were taught comparing to previous years, but I found out BIG difference in his/her interest in learning during last two months.
Mr. Jan, thank you and I hope you will find a school, where they enjoy your teaching style same way as our children.
Post Scriptum: Excuse my English, it is not on academic level any more, but I wanted my children to be taught English as soon as Czech in Meridian. Now I doubt they even know what they are doing. Probably the only reason for their business is just to earn money quickly, doesn't matter, if the children and their parents are satisfied.
BTW. Our children have to go to some other school to get Czech tests there. In my opinion there is really poor equipment for money I spent there, just one small playground for soccer, bad school canteen, please avoid this school if you want to keep your children unhurt.
Dissatisfied and unhappy father with his wretched child
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We are extremely happy with the school we found for our kid.
Main thing for us is, that our daughter always looks forward to going to school every day which is something we were worried about as kids do not always transition from home to school environment easily. We are very happy with her teachers, they are really dedicated, professional and obviously love their children. From what we could have seen it is obvious the team and management of Meridian operate on somehow family “vibe”, they make sure all kids recieve the attention they need and deserve. The facilities are nice and the environment obverall is safe and encourages the kids to develop not just their academic but also social skills.
I am very happy with the school as it is multicultural with kids from many different countries. The Head of Primary is doing a great job and my kids are really happy to go to school every day.
I apologize in advance for my bad english. The principal and the owner make the place as a business, not a school. The assistant director is Czech, does not seem to like his parents and is not qualified. The food in the dining room is very expensive and of poor quality. They wasted my money and my child's time.
Although it was promising at first, over time my experience in this school quickly turned from bad to miserable. The students that are chosen to go into this school are mostly spoiled rich kids who have no aspiration to learn at all. This creates a disastrously lazy learning environment. The teachers within this school are unhelpful apart from a very select few. It does not prepare its students for the future at all, the only realization that the people from this school leave with is that they can pay for their every misdeed in their life with money.
Would not recommend this school for the fee that it charges, even, in fact even if it were free I would not recommend it. Stay away from this place, especially your kids if you are planning on sending them there.
Our children have been going to Meridian since Year 1, a few years ago.
They are very happy about the school, their friends, their classmates, and their teachers.
At the same time, we are happy with the level and style of education, with the fact that all the main teachers are native English speakers, and with the attention the school gives to the kids education. We are also very happy with the multicultural environment in the school: it has a really diverse student body.
Finally, whenever there has a been an issue or a small problem (as it's bound to be everywhere), both the teachers and the head-teacher have been very helpful in solving it.