Year 3 Art Gallery
Year 3 Art Adventure Art Gallery was officially opened by the Principal Mr. Karl Wilkinson on Thursday the 24th of September 2015 to the roaring applause of parents, grandparents and Year 3 Teachers. This celebration was held as an exit point to the IPC Unit "Paintings, Photographs and Pictures". The exhibition held the students' art works - Picasso cubism self portraits, photographs from windows and then pointillism technique images, pet paintings in the style of George Rodrigue's Blue dog and ancient cave paintings. The students loved playing parts of an official art gallery opening, including security guards, tour guides, curator, ticket collector, waiters and waitresses. The exhibition concluded with live art pieces of poetry performances; Beans and The Bathroom Fiddler by Michael Rosen and It's Opposite Day by Ken Nisbitt.
-- Mrs Charlesworth, Year 3 Class Teacher
Usborne Book Fair 2015
As part of the festivities for the European Day of Languages BISL celebrated by having an Usborne Book Fair. Zoe, from Usborne, came with a vast amount of books and held workshops celebrating different languages and cultures for each Primary Class. Afterwards students, parents, grandparents and other family members came to browse the books. Thanks to all those who purchased, we will now have an extra 600 euros worth of books in our School.
Year 4 Treasure Hunt!
To support their IPC topic "Adventures and Explorers", the Year 4 students at British International School of Ljubljana went on an exciting trip to Urh near Ljubljana. In the spirit of adventure and exploration the students were engaged in an exciting treasure hunt around the Church of St. Urh and the Middle Age defense camp. The students had to put their navigating skills to work and read a map to find and decipher secret clues which were prepared for them. During this activity they also learnt about the historical significance of Urh and experienced exploring an unknown area.
Visit to Siddharta's studio
Year 8 and 9 were able to see a real recording session when we visited Siddharta's studio in Ljubljana's "Rock Street". About 20 bands rehearse in the same street in this old industrial area and they have built their own recording studios or rehearsal spaces there. At the moment, Siddharta are busy recording their 20th anniversary album but we were allowed to come in and ask questions of both the musicians and the producer. The students asked many questions and were very interested in what the musicians had to say. They were amazed to find out how many people actually work backstage during a performances and what long working days they have when playing concerts.
Samuel Gustavsson, Secondary Music and ICT teacher
European Day of Languages
26th September is the European day of Languages. To celebrate the occasion, the Modern Foreign Languages department invited students from The French International School of Ljubljana to visit us and to learn together about the diversity of languages inside our schools.
The event was led by the teachers Mathieu Boulay from BISL and Julia Mandet from the French school. Throughout the school day, students enjoyed completing a language project and finished it with a party for everybody!
Our congratulations to all our students who took external exams in June 2015!
We are especially proud of those students who have done extremely well. Three students achieved top grades in each of their subjects in the interim ‘AS’ exams at the end of Year 12; two of the Year 11 students have gained nine A*, A or B grades.
Overall 80 percent of all A-Level exams were graded A to C and respective 92 percent of Year 11 students passed the UK benchmark of 5 A* to C grades at IGCSE level.
At BISL we also have a 100 percent pass rate across the three Sciences at A-Level programme.
Our heart-felt congratulations to everybody and to those students who have concluded their schooling at BISL, we wish them much success in taking on new challenges in various universities and business schools around Europe and the United States.
Head of Secondary, Anda Eckman
BISL summer holidays for students started on 25th June 2015. The school doors will reopen for all students from Preschool to Y13 again on Monday, 24th August 2015 for a start of the academic year 2015/16.
On June 17th we marked the day when our Year 13 students became graduates of The British International School of Ljubljana.
The ceremony was held in our assembly hall and we were delighted to see all the families and friends of our students, some of whom travelled long hours to be able to attend the event.
The programme started with our Year 11 violinist, the talented Luka, who performed a beautiful piece written by Ernest Bloch. Following we heard supportive and inspiring words dedicated to graduates by Mrs Beckett, our Principal, Mr Batson, their Form Tutor, and Mrs Eckman, Head of Secondary.
We also had a special guest amongst us, Mr Wilkinson, our new principal, who will join BISL in August 2015.
Clare, a representative of the graduates, took us down a path of many memories, memories, which will remain intertwined between these young scholars and our staff forever.
However new worlds lie out there for our students to discover and we hope we have equipped them well so that their path towards adulthood is seamless and enjoyable.
Congratulations to all our new graduates!
On Monday 8 June, a group of selected students from Years 4, 5 and 6 traveled to Ecoles Francais Ljubljana International School to to represent our school in the 2nd annual 24 game maths competition. This competition, organised by Mr Bishop, includes all 4 international schools in Ljubljana, also including QSI and Danile Kumar.
Each school sent one representative from Year 4, two from Year 5 and three from Year 6. Competitors faced off against peers from their own year levels, one representative from each school per table.
Points were tallied and winners from each year level, school and overall champion were crowned. All students performed very well, but one of our students was awarded level champion, school champion and overall champion of the day, Xue Bai (Ariel) from Year 4!
On the first day of June our students participated in the 2nd hardball cricket tournament organised by the Municipality of Ljubljana. The tournament consisted of 5 schools who played over the course of 2 days.
BISL lost in a closely contested game but we managed to clinch 3rd place overall. It was a great day and we look forward to returning next year. In brighter news, cricket will be coming onto the PE curriculum next year so our students will be better prepared for victory.
Pot ob žici - Years 3 & 4
On Friday the 8th of May Year 3 and 4 walked a whopping 14 kilometers, when they joined the 59th Pot ob Žici around Ljubljana, as part of their IPC topic "Shaping Up." Here is what a few of us had to say:
"I was excited. My dog came with me for an hour and a half, I think she liked it." Timotej (Year 4)
"Cool." Martin (Year 4)
"I enjoyed this walk very much. We passed next to beautiful fields and forest." Arnaud (Year 4)
"I really enjoyed spending time with the students and talking, laughing and exercising at the same time." Mr. Kokalj (Year 4 Class Teacher)
"It was tiring, but it was fun." Eugene (Year 3)
"It was too long and it was fun and the stamp was good." Zoltan (Year 3)
"What a great adventure on a school day!" Mrs. Charlesworth (Year 3 Class Teacher)
Year 5 and 6 trip to CŠOD Škorpijon
Last week Year 5 and 6 students travelled to CŠOD Škorpijon on the Austrian border for their inaugural annual residential trip. Surrounded by forest, with breathtaking views, the children practised orienteering, horse riding, archery and forest survival skills. The children learned a lot about nature but even more about themselves. It was a great success.
Robert Blease, Y5 Class Teacher