A huge thank you to Mr. Kerrigan (Saša’s father) for coming into the Year 3 class last week to convert our entire classroom into a camera obscura. Miss Blundell and Mr. Kerrigan balanced precariously to cover every source of light into the classroom with cardboard, duct tape, black electrical tape and black paper. Mr. Kerrigan then made a small aperture onto the cardboard.
It’s true what they say about a picture telling a thousand words. Check out Mr. Kerrigan’s long exposure photo that he took with his camera of what we could see projected onto the wall of our classroom. Obviously we only saw in black and white and not nearly as clearly as Mr. Kerrigan’s camera could. But we were definitely awed, especially when we could see an upside down Mr. Blease dancing and waving to us in the carpark while moving along our classroom wall as if in an old Charlie Chaplin movie!
Mr. Kerrigan also brought in an older style camera to show the students what it was like to use a roll of film. When they realised that you could not delete photos on a roll of film they were mortified
Tanya Charlesworth, Y3 Class Teacher
Year 1 is learning about celebrating
Year 1's IPC Topic this block is ‘Let's Celebrate’. To introduce the topic we read the story of 'Elmer' who has a special celebration day once a year. The children designed and created their own crowns to wear at their snack party.
On another day, one of the parents talked to Year 1 about the baptism of her daughter and the importance of this event. The children really enjoyed having the opportunity of handling the different Serbian artefacts and looking at the photographic evidence of this event. They were also lucky enough to enjoy watching a video clip of a wedding. It was obviously two very beautiful and special days for the whole family
Sue Williams, Y1 Teacher
Great start to the new school year at the new location
The new school year started at BISL this week. On a sunny Monday morning, bright and early we welcomed everyone from Pre-School to Sixth Form back to school. It was exciting to see so many happy faces arriving to our new premises at Cesta 24. junija 92 in Črnuče.
We are starting the year with about 150 students, from 26 different nationalities and we are delighted that we are still receiving further enquiries for places at BISL. Parents and prospective parents are very happy with our new premises and location.
CIE results bring success for BISL students
The Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) results have been released, and we can be rightly proud of our students and the teachers who prepared them.
At IGCSE, all students achieved passing grades in all exams – a 100% success rate – of which 80% were A*-C grades and 1 in 3 was an A* or A.
At A-Level, the pass rate was 96%, with an excellent 92% being A*-C grades and 20% up at A*/A.
The Principal, Mr. Wilkinson, said “There are some outstanding results here, reflecting the hard work of our students and teachers. What is really impressive is the levels of success in British qualifications from students of such diverse nationalities and educational backgrounds.”
[note: i) Further results, from AQA examinations, will be released next week. ii) Some grades may be amended as they are subject to Enquiries.]
BISL is ready for the start of the new school year
The new 2016/17 school year will start on 22nd August at the new location: Cesta 24. junija 92, in the Črnuče district of Ljubljana.
Work at the Črnuče site continues to progress on schedule and at great pace, and we are confident of 'moving in' successfully and being ready to welcome our students to their new home on the 22nd.
There will, unfortunately, be some things which will not quite be finished before we start, but these are things we can work around. Our playground equipment and sports surface, for instance, cannot be installed until the beginning of September, but we already have an agreement for PE lessons at the Ježica sports centre.
We are fully staffed for next year, and look forward to welcoming our new colleagues as well as our returning teachers in the week starting 16th August.
Mid-August also brings to an end to our senior students’ and graduates’ nervous wait, as the results of the IGCSE and A-Level exams will be released.
Our community is one of the great strengths of BISL and our Parent-Teacher Association plays a hugely important role. We have many dedicated parents who actively help organise school events – of which there will be many in the coming school year – and we invite all parents to contact us if they would like to become actively involved in our PTA.
BISL summer holidays for students started on 30th June 2016. The school doors will reopen for all students from Preschool to Y13 again on Monday, 22nd August 2016 for a start of the academic year 2016/17.
BISL administration staff will be available for any enquiries throughout the summer and our admissions for the coming school year are open.
Law on implementation of international educational programmes
The long awaited recognition legislation was passed through the Slovene parliament and was adopted on 16 June. Yesterday, 30 June, it was announced publicly in Uradni list RS, the Official gazette of the Republic of Slovenia.
The Law on implementation of international educational programmes of kindergartens and schools in Slovenia (Zakon o izvajanju mednarodnih programov s področja vzgoje in izobraževanja) provides the legal grounds for registering international programmes with the Slovene government and gaining recognition within educational system in Slovenia.
We expect this law will bring many positive outcomes for our school, our students and their families. The most obvious and significant one being an end to the practice of ‘home-schooling’ for our Slovene primary school students.
The Law comes into force with the start of the next school year in September 2016.
The UK Referendum - Brexit
Please see below message from Mr Kevin McNeany, Chairman at OrbitalEd:
Orbital Education is a British company, so in the light of yesterday’s decision for the UK to leave the European Union, it is natural that our stakeholders will have questions about the impact of this decision on our business.
At present, Orbital has schools in seven countries throughout the world, four outside the EU and three within the EU. We wish to reassure colleagues, parents, students and investors that we do not anticipate any change to our operations following the decision taken by the UK to leave the EU. In the longer term (up to two years), our EU schools may have to adapt to some administrative adjustments, but we expect these to be minimal.
Orbital is a growing company with an international outlook and we will continue to develop schools in the EU and beyond.
Kevin McNeany, Chairman 24th June 2016, Manchester
BISL Goes to the Grammys, 3 rd June 2016
On a sunny afternoon in early June, the BISL community took time out to enjoy our traditional annual all- school show. Featuring students from preschool all the way up to Year 11, as well as staff and parents, the show gave the audience a taste of glamour and elegance. Drama group presenters gave awards to winning acts for such diverse categories as Best Classical, Best Children’s Band, Best Swing, Best Yugo Pop, and many others. Dancers took the stage for nearly every number and everyone joined in a final medley of songs by the Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Prince. Please follow this link for the full video!
Dawn Reindl, Show Coordinator
The end of the school year is fast approaching. Want to stay at school a little longer? How about school and holidays combined into one? Here is our suggestion:
On 8th June Year 6 had the opportunity to get a taste of what life in Year 7 will be like here at BISL next year by spending the day in Secondary.
All pupils arrived ready for their busy day, properly equipped and looking smart and eager. The day began with a History Lesson with Mrs. Sparks learning about Historical Sources. This was followed with a fun packed Science lesson covering the three disciplines they will study, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Their teachers: Mrs. Gucič, Dr. Prohinar and Mr. Sim respectively. Year 6 particularly enjoyed this session and we have some budding Scientists in our midst it seems.
After a short break, Year 6 went to Maths with Mrs. Dečman Zgonik and enjoyed a carefully planned lesson developing Measuring Skills. All students were fully engaged and clearly having a great time learning.
The day took a creative turn after Maths and Year 6 headed to Music for a lesson on Rhythm using percussion instruments with Mr Gustavsson and then, following their lunch, Art with Mrs. Salt where they designed and made their own press prints after the work of Vincent Scarpace.
Feedback from students was very positive and it was clear that they had enjoyed their day very much, and are looking forward to starting life in Secondary just as much as we look forward to having them!
Thank you to all the staff that made the day a success and thank you to Year 6 for being so enthusiastic!
Presentation Evening About The New Location
On Wednesday 8th June, over seventy parents and guests attended a presentation evening about the new location for the British International School of Ljubljana (BISL).
The event was hosted by School Principal Karl Wilkinson and David Pottinger, CEO of Orbital Education which owns and operates BISL, along with 9 other schools located around the world. The evening provided parents and prospective parents with the chance to hear more about the move and see the architect’s plans for the new site. The architect presented drawings of how the building will be configured to provide larger classroom space than at the current site and improved facilities such as sound-proofed studios for music and drama. The new school site will offer more outdoor space than the current site and is adjacent to mature woodland, which will be used for “learning outside the classroom”.
David Pottinger, CEO of Orbital Education said, “We are delighted to have secured this impressive site for BISL. We are fully committed to developing the school to serve the international and local community here in Ljubljana. BISL is a key player in representing the “best of British” in Slovenia, so we are looking forward to growing the school in this new setting and continuing to nurture the talent of our young people”.