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Ministry of Defense opens boarding school for girls in St. Petersburg


The new school continues the two-century long traditions of education for women in Russia that date back to the Smolny Institute in St. Petersburg.


A boarding school for daughters of military servants was opened in St. Petersburg. The branch of the Ministry of Defense’s Cadet School for girls is located on the Island of Bychiy. 
240 students aged 10 to 14 have been enrolled out of more than a thousand that applied. In future, the school can accommodate 560 girls.

The cadets come from different parts of Russia. The boarding school will be their home for the next several years. The girls say, they will phone their parents every day, once a month they are going to have a day-off which they will be able to spend with their families, the first such day-off will be on September 29. Those who come from far away will meet their parents only on vacations. 

The opening ceremony was attended by Acting Governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Beglov, Speaker of the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly Vycheslav Makarov, Minister of Defense Sergey Shoigu and Chairwoman of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko, who became head of the boarding school Board of guardians.

Sergey Shoigu reminded that the traditions of education for women were born in St. Petersburg in the famous Smolny Institute 225 years ago, and the new institution will be building on this legacy. 
Valentina Matvienko described the boarding school as ‘a dream school’. 

The cadets are fully provided for by the state, including several outfits from jeans to a ball dress that they received upon enrolment. 

Apart from classrooms, laboratories and gyms, the boarding school has a swimming pool, an engineering park, a fencing hall, and a ballroom. 

In addition to the school curriculum, the cadets can study arts, technology, journalism, landscape design, go in for sport, take acting, singing and dancing classes. Alexander Beglov noted that St. Petersburg can open a branch of one the city’s music schools in the boarding school.