In 2011 my son Antoś was 3 years old and I was looking for a preschool that would face the challenges of the 20th century. I was looking for a place that would be friendly for my little man but at the same time have high educational standards and teach open-mindedness towards other people. I was convinced we can learn this through interactions with members of different cultures and nationalities and English as a global language of communication. When I failed to find such a place, an idea of opening my own playschool was born.
This is how the International Playschool, an English-speaking preschool was founded, with its primary location at 49 Wietrzna St in Wrocław, Poland.
Today, IPS is a group of facilities offering international education, certified to follow the highest educational standards, with English as a language of instruction. It consists of IPS Nursery, IPS Playschool, IPS School and the IPS Music School.
The IPS Music School is our youngest IPS “offspring”. As Plato said, “music gives a soul to the Universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything”. Without music, education, development and leisure would not be complete. Naturally then, we decided to prepare a broad offer of the afternoon classes for the IPS students as well as students from other schools.
In the IPS Music School we provide lessons of guitar, piano, violin, percussion as well as singing. Our younger and older students can choose to have individual lessons or participate in small (up to 3 people) group classes. All classes take place Monday through Friday in the afternoon. There is also possibility to organize classes on Saturdays.
Our Music School manager comes from South Africa and is a great and skilful piano master with a long experience in the best music and international schools. Every IPS Music School teacher, whether instrument or vocal, is an experienced and qualified educator with music schools and Music Academy diplomas. As the only Music School in Wrocław, we have the possibility to conduct the classes in English.
In the IPS Music School we know that learning to play an instrument has a positive impact on the structure of the children’s brain and boosts concentration and decision making. But first of all, it is a pleasure and recreation.
For that reason, in our Music School, we focus on a positive atmosphere that would support creativity among all of our students. The players have opportunity to present their skills during numerous IPS Music School concerts.
We are convinced that the contemporary education involves very important challenges of modelling well-educated, conscious and sensitive citizens who will become future leaders of values such as openness, tolerance and respect for other people.
If I was to put everything that makes us different in one sentence, I would say that in IPS we truly like people. Of course there are more distinguishing features than this.
We are a family-friendly place. We strive for the IPS Nursery to be safe, joyous and always open, not just for the children, but also for their parents.
We are international and multicultural – it is enough to open the world atlas to find places on every continent, that our students and teachers come from. The Music School’s hometown, Wroclaw is called a meeting place, the junction of culture, the city of tolerance. IPS is a place of the same values.
We are socially conscious. In IPS we know that education is not just studying books. We appreciate engagement, activeness, social awareness and we try to imprint these values into our students.
And, last but not least, IPS is simply a great fun. Education, as well as our work should be a pleasure as only in a pleasurable atmosphere we can succeed. We do our best to spend each day with a smile on our faces to be able to say “I’ve had a great day today!” every evening.
Welcome to IPS