Imagine a school where your teachers are your friends and mentors, looking for the best within you, and helping you see strengths within yourself that you may not have known were there…
Imagine a school where helping you develop your character is as important as helping you develop your mind… where helping you be the best person you can be is as important to helping you be the most intelligent person you can be…
Imagine a school that understands that happiness comes from selfless service to others, and prepares you to contribute to building a global society built upon the principle of the oneness of humanity…
Imagine a school where you are a part of a vibrant unified community; where cliques, backbiting, and exclusivity are not accepted; where we strive for friendships that are deep and lasting…
Imagine a school that sees you essentially as a spiritual being, and nurtures the life of the spirit…
Imagine knowing your life can make a difference…
Imagine yourself at Townshend International School…
Our Vision and Culture
Townshend is entirely a private entity. It does not come under the auspices of any governmental, religious or philanthropic body, nor does it receive from or contribute funds to those institutions, including the Bahá'í Faith.
Although it is inspired by the principles of the Bahá'í Faith, it is completely separate from its administration.
For us, being 'Bahá'í inspired' means:
We see you as noble.
Our approach towards education is based upon the concept that each individual is a noble being; a mine rich in gems, which education alone can uncover. Our task then, as educators, is not to just fill a young person with knowledge, but to also unleash the latent potential in each student. We see the best in you - your talents and your qualities - and by holding up a mirror to those qualities, we help you develop the best in yourself. As one graduate put it, “Townshend helped me see something within myself that I did not know was there.” This as among the greatest gifts we give our students.
We emphasise character.
Excellent academics and intellectual development are vital, and at Townshend you will build amazing intellectual capacities. But the world has no shortage of smart people. What the world needs is more people with character – people with ethical values and human virtues. At Townshend, moral development is front and center, along with academic excellence. Our code of conduct is based upon five seminal virtues: Honor, Respect, Responsibility, Leadership, and Commitment. Intellectual development is vital, but when combined with moral development, it is “light upon light.”
We are a vibrant unified community.
The social environment at Townshend is in sharp distinction from what most students have experienced. We work to give you the skills to solve problems through consultation, to have meaningful conversations, and to be a member of the community, taking actions that strengthen unity, such as avoiding backbiting and exclusivity. As one student put it, “There are no cliques here. Everyone knows each other by name, and although not every single person is a close friend, everyone is friendly. Each person has such a big group of friends that it’s hard to classify someone as your ‘best friend.’”
We nurture the life of the spirit.
At Townshend, we take to heart the statement that “man is in reality, a spiritual being, and not until he lives in the spirit is he truly happy.” We prepare you for material success, while recognizing that material things cannot fulfill the deepest yearnings of the soul – the yearning for purpose, for meaning, for connection to one’s Creator, for love and compassion and kindness. And so, we create time to reflect on the life of the spirit. As a diverse community, we nurture spiritual expression for students of all faiths, and of no faith.
We inspire service and social progress.
Education has a purpose beyond providing outstanding credentials and a successful career. Our ultimate goal is to equip you with the knowledge, insights, and skills that will allow you to be of service to others. For it is in service to others that the deepest fulfillment and happiness are to be found. During your time at Townshend you will participate in core activities that will help you become an experienced resource in the community-building process and in shaping human affairs. Motivated by a desire to be of value and to help create a fair global society that is built upon the principle of the oneness of humanity, you will leave Townshend knowing that your life really does make a difference.
We invite you to come to Townshend… to live, to learn, and to move the world.
Created to Carry Forward an Ever-Advancing Civilization
We believe that every person has a
two-fold moral purpose in life
To pursue their spiritual, material and intellectual growth
To contribute to the well-being
and advancement of society
"..the honour and distinction of the individual consist in this, that he among all the world’s multitudes should become a source of social good" - Bahá’í writings
Board of Governors
As a non-profit organisation, the school is overseen by a Board of Governors whose primary task is to set general policy in line with the vision and mission of the school, and to guide and support the work of the School Director.
Further information on the Board of Governors can be found here.
Appointed by the Board of Governors, the School Director is responsible for the daily operations of the school, and its strategic growth into the future. The Director, together with the Academic Director and the Residential Director, make up the school’s management team, who meet daily to guide the progress of the students, faculty, and staff.
Head of Secondary
Leading the Secondary programme of the school, the Head of Secondary is responsible for ensuring that students and faculty have the resources needed to meet the high standards set by the Cambridge curriculum, and for supplementary courses developed by Townshend. Through coordinating the activities of the faculty members and the teaching and learning environment, the Head of Secondary plays a major role in the life of each student.
Head of Primary
Instrumental to the organisation and running of the Primary school is the Head of Primary. Ensuring that the curriculum is delivered in a creative and systematic way, the Head of Primary shapes and leads the teaching and learning as well as the overall structure and routine of the Primary school. During the course of the term, the Head of Primary is an accessible and pivotal point of reference for parents and students.
Responsible for the well-being of the dormitory students, the Residential Director works with a staff of dorm parents, counselors, medical professionals, and youth volunteers to enrich the lives of students entrusted to the school. The Residential Director stays in close contact with students, parents, and staff, and has a finger on the pulse of campus life.
The Educational Board is comprised of a nominee of the Director, a teacher elected by the teachers, and a parent elected by the parents. It is a requirement of Czech law that relates to our school from Grade 1 to 9. Among other tasks, the Educational Board gives its opinion on the proposals of teaching programmes and their implementation, and participates in drawing up strategic objectives for school development.
Townshend International School was founded as a non-profit organisation in 1992 by dedicated parents who had moved to South Bohemia from their home in Austria, seeking to contribute to the social and economic development of the country after the fall of communism. In a desire to provide an enriching educational experience for their then 11-year-old daughter, they opened Townshend International School, named after the great Irish scholar and humanist, George Townshend (1876-1957).
With the support of the town of Hluboka, the school started in a rented wing of the local elementary school, with 23 students spanning grades 7, 8, and 9. Inspired by a vision to combine academic excellence with character development, the school began to attract families from around the world, growing rapidly into an International School serving students from Pre-K through high school.
It soon became clear that the school was quickly outgrowing its rented facilities, and a search began for a suitable location for a dedicated school campus. Ground was broken in 1999 on a field overlooking the peaceful lakes and forests of Hluboka, and beyond to the hills of South Bohemia and Austria.
In the summer of 2001 the new campus, with its 5000 square meter building housing classrooms, laboratories, seminar and meeting rooms, administrative offices, library and dining hall, along with two dormitory buildings, was dedicated before an audience of families, friends and dignitaries from around the world.
In 2009 Townshend adopted the internationally renowned Cambridge curriculum and became an associate member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS). With the Cambridge curriculum, students receive an internationally recognized credential of the highest caliber that is welcomed in schools and universities worldwide.
Over the years, Townshend has attracted students from 106 countries and territories, who have gone on to study and work around the world.
Currently, the school serves 140 students, from pre-K through high school, with 70 boarding students ages 12 and up.
These are some of the first few words that come to mind when describing the Czech Republic and its population. If you are not from Europe, you may not be familiar with this modern nation. The Czech Republic:
Has been a member of the European Union (EU) since 2004, with a high standard of living, infrastructure, and economic opportunity.
Has more UNESCO world heritage sites per square meter than any other country in the world. It is a place with rich history and natural beauty.
Has had 5 Nobel Prize winners - 2 in Medicine, 1 in Chemistry, 1 in Literature, and 1 Nobel Peace Prize winner. Three have been men, and two have been women.
Is world renowned in the film industry, and has been the location for such Hollywood blockbusters as Amadeus, Mission Impossible, Anthropoid, and Casino Royale.
Has over 7 million tourists annually.
Has non-stop flights to 137 cities around the world (including Beijing and Seoul), and is less than 2 hours from London, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, Copenhagen, Oslo, and Berlin.
Here is a video that shows some of the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Czech Republic:
And here is a video of Ceske Budejovice, where Townshend's students and staff spend much of their weekends visiting the square, eating at restaurants, or browsing in the modern shopping centers: