COBIS Conference for staff development
The first COBIS Conference for Marketing, Development and Admissions Staff was hosted by the British School of Bucharest on 20-21 March. The event was well attended by 45 delegates from 28 schools in 19 countries. BISL was represented at this training and networking focused event by two members of staff, Nataša Drummond and Nina Luznar. The packed conference programme included plenary and seminar sessions on subjects such as Social media for schools, Admissions journey, School development, the Future of education marketing, all presented by expert speakers selected by COBIS. All participants were inspired with new knowledge and enjoyed the exchange of ideas and contacts with other international schools.
Caring for the Schoolyard
Joining forces! While the Caring for the Community team, Nature Club and Performing Arts Team were working hard behind the school, raking up leaves and picking up rubbish, the Cookery Club made sure they stayed hydrated by making yummy fresh smoothies for everyone.
End of Skiing season
After a very successful season, regardless of all the possible weather conditions we had encountered on the ski slopes, we came to the end of our BISL ski club. There were a lot of children with different skiing levels, from complete beginners to very good skiers. They all made good progress and showed us that we have some really talented children in our school. We had a great time and hopefully next year we can continue with this successful story.
Mitja Doljak – PE teacher & skiing instructor
Signing the memorandum
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 in the presence of Her Excellency the Ambassador of Turkey Ms Serra Kaleli, Chargé d’Affaires at the British Embassy, Mr James Hilton, nearly 100 parents, staff, students and other guests, which will guarantee a new home for BISL at Cesta v Gorice 34, Ljubljana from August 2014.
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.
BISL is moving to its new home!
Long desired plans for Phase 2 of the development of the British International School of Ljubljana have finally come to fruition! Following an intensive search for the best possible building, the Principal and School Leadership Team are inviting everyone who are interested in finding out more about this exciting new venture to join them at the Imparo Building, Cesta v Gorice 34, Ljubljana on Thursday 20th March from 4pm.
At 4.15pm Mr Jorg Kosler, Director of Impakta Holdings and Mr David Cooksey, Principal and Director of BISL, in the presence of Jennifer Bray and Sarah Higgins (sister of BISL’s founding Headmaster Jeremy Hibbins), will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding that will secure the future of the school and give it a home from August 2014. This is a momentous time in the short history of BISL and visitors will be invited to take a brief tour of the new school and to hear the plans for continuing to make BISL a beacon of excellence in Ljubljana, in Slovenia, in Europe and in the World.
Mr Cooksey, his staff and students would like to thank BISL Community for its continued belief and confidence in Mr Hibbins' dream.
International Day 2014
BISL students and their families spent an exciting afternoon last week celebrating International Day at the school which this year focused on the theme of ‘A World of Sport’. Sixteen countries were represented at the event and took the opportunity to showcase favourite national dishes, interesting facts about their countries as well as each presenting a sport that gave them a sense of national pride.
Armed with a map of the world and a quiz, students travelled around the world, crossing continents, picking up facts, freebies and plenty of treats along the way. Many of the volunteers at the stands chose to celebrate recent successes at the Sochi winter Olympics, and Slovenia in particular were able to show-case their medal-winners.
From Polish pierogis, to British afternoon tea, to good ole’ US barbeque beef, to Turkish delight, students and visiting families sampled a range of tasty and colourful dishes. In addition our talented students performed music and dances from around the world, and there was even a special demonstration of Kendo, an ancient Japanese martial art, by year 8 student, Yuto.
Photos: Stunning national costumes from Poland, Serbia and Slovenia and students try their hand at fencing at the Hungarian stand
Julie Renahan (PTA Chair)
Year 1 Paella Cooking
Year 1 worked at following Instructions and then writing these as a recipe for their work on the Literacy unit 'Instructions' and IPC topic 'We are what we eat'. They were very careful in the kitchen while preparing Paella and loved every minute of the eating stage back in the classroom, many children going for seconds and one or two going for thirds!
Tanya Charlesworth (Year 1 Class Teacher)
St David’s Day Assembly
St David’s Day is always celebrated on March 1st, in Wales and by Welsh people living in other parts of the world. Sue Williams (Preschool Coordinator) and Annie Donnelly (Year1) presented this very special celebration to all of the children, staff and parents at the Primary school assembly. Annie was dressed in a traditional Welsh national costume which is often worn by little girls to their schools on St David’s Day. Boys would usually wear a beret, shorts, white shirt and a waist coat made from welsh flannel material. Welsh cakes had been specially prepared by Mrs Donnelly and Ms Williams for everyone to have as a treat after the ‘Star of the week’ certificates were given to some of the pupils for various great achievements at the end of the assembly.
Sue Williams (Preschool Coordinator)
Caring for Community - Blind School Visits
In the beginning our trips to the Blind School (Zavod za Slepo in Slabovidna Mladino) were quite challenging for some of the C4C students, especially the youngest members as they did not know how to “meet” new people with disabilities. However as our students became familiar with the blind students, playing and completing different art and craft activities together, they began to overcome their fear and interacted well with the other children. They became quite excited learning about how the blind students learnt at school, especially when they had the opportunity to try out the braille typewriter and “read” braille books. It was wonderful to see certain relationships blossom between our students and those of the Blind School. We look forward to continuing our visits and fostering existing friendships and creating new ones.
Tanya Charlesworth (C4C Coordinator)
BISL Press Release
British International School of Ljubljana appoints new Principal
The Board of Governors of the British International School of Ljubljana has appointed David Cooksey as the new Principal following the tragic death last November of its founding Headmaster, Jeremy Hibbins. The school, founded in 2008, is the leading international school in Slovenia and is recognised as a quality British School Overseas by the UK Government. It offers IGCSE and A Level qualifications which allow its students to access top-rated universities across the world. Mr Cooksey, who completed his teacher training at the University of Cambridge, has over 20 years’ experience of teaching in schools in the UK and the Middle East and came to Ljubljana in August 2013 from his previous position of Deputy Head of the New English School in Amman, Jordan. He is passionate about ensuring that every student at the school is given the opportunity to excel. “The British International School of Ljubljana was founded by Jeremy Hibbins to provide a high-quality international education to the young people of Slovenia. I have no doubt that our school offers a real opportunity for Slovenian students to experience world class education and to have the opportunity to study at the best universities in the world.” Mr Cooksey said.
Mr Cooksey, his staff and students are looking forward to welcoming potential students and their parents during the Information Days (Informativni dnevi) to explain the courses on offer and how an education at the British International School of Ljubljana can improve a young person’s chances of acceptance into the best universities in the world. Further details can be obtained from the school by telephoning the Admissions Registrar, Nina Luznar on 040 618 356, by sending an enquiry to
or by attending one of the school’s presentations. These will be held on Friday 14 February at 10:00 and 15:00, and on Saturday 15 February at 10:00 at the BISL premises on Podmilščakova ulica 24, Ljubljana. We look forward to seeing you there!
Closure of School on Monday 3rd February 2014
Due to the adverse and unusual weather conditions and following the advice of the Ministry of Education to Slovenian schools, I have taken, in consultation with Mrs Pojak and other parents and staff at the school, the decision that we have no option other than to close the school tomorrow, Monday 3rd February. This is because we need to ensure the safety of all members of our community, especially as they travel to and from school. Many of our staff and families who live outside Ljubljana have been without power since Saturday morning and unable to travel because of fallen trees and blocked roads.
This has not been an easy decision to take but I hope you all understand the reasons. At the moment I expect the school to re-open as normal on Tuesday morning but will keep abreast of the situation and advise you all tomorrow by 7pm tomorrow (Monday) evening as to whether the school will be open or remain closed on Tuesday.