March 20th 2014 marked another milestone in the history of the British International School of Ljubljana as David Cooksey, Principal and Director of BISL and Jorg Kosler, Director of Impakta Holding, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which will guarantee a new home for BISL at Cesta v Gorice 34, Ljubljana, from August 2014 (for more pictures click here).
On behalf of Impakta Holding, Mr Kosler expressed his delight at the company’s involvement with such a prestigious institution as the British International School. Mr Cooksey, on behalf of the school community, expressed his pleasure at being able to continue the dream of Founder and Headmaster, Jeremy Hibbins, and to lead the school into Phase 2 of its development. The school has a stated aim of balancing tradition and innovation and that aim is now carried through into the structure of the building itself with its own balance of tradition and innovation. Sarah Higgins, Jeremy’s sister, spoke of her delight that Jeremy’s dream was alive and well, and so obviously flourishing.
The agreement allows all sections of the school to be on one site for the first time since it opened in 2008 in part of the Vito Kraigher Primary School in Ljubljana with 22 students. The school will now be housed in 2250 m2 in one of the most technically advanced buildings in Ljubljana and plans include state of the art science facilities and a roof-top Art department. As well as dedicated Sixth Form facilities, a dance and drama studio and music room, the school will have 900 m2 of outside play area and the new building and grounds allow scope for further expansion of the school in the future.
Our school is housed in three buildings in the same neighbourhood.
The Primary Section (Years 1 to 4 and 6) share a building with Dr. Vito Kraigher School ("VK") in Bežigrad (Trg 9. maja, which is behind the Plečnik stadium on Dunajska cesta - see map below), in the northern part of the city centre.
In addition to our own dedicated spaces, our Primary Section also shares Vito Kraigher's sports hall and outdoor play spaces.
The Secondary Section has classes nearby in Podmilščakova ulica 18 (which we call "ZP" after the owners, Železopromet). Here the students have learning spaces for English, Geography, History, Science, Art and Mathematics.
Both Primary (Y3 and above) and Secondary Section students also use central facilities in our newly added building, known as "HQ", at Podmilščakova ulica 24, which include a space for assemblies, music and dance and modern languages. HQ also houses our Preschool and Year 5 class, as well as the school administration.
The timetable is organised in 15 minute "slots" and lessons are arranged, where possible, to minimise transfers between buildings during the day.
We also use sports facilities at Športno društvo GIB, which is about 10 minutes' walk from ZP, and at Staničeva 41 (just behind HQ, about 50 metres' walk, not along the road) for PE sessions.
Hot lunch is available for all students in their respective bases. This is prepared off site by AgroBar d.o.o. and delivered just before it is served. There are two menus daily, one vegetarian, with the menu design overseen by one of our staff who is an experienced nutritionist.