School bus route
As previously announced, the school bus service will commence operation on Monday 25th August. It will start near the Bežigrad Dorm, pass by the old HQ Building on Podmilščakova ulica and call at the Railway/Bus station before travelling the length of Tržaška cesta and arriving at the school. This can be seen in the following map:
Igraj se z mano (Play with me) festival
BISL (Year 1 to Year 10) had a fabulous time at the Igraj se z mano (Play with me) festival in the centre of Ljubljana for 3 days last week. Please read ahead to find out what were the some of the students' favourite things to do.
"They made me a hairstyle." Filip (Year 2)
"Eating pancakes." Tevž (Year 1)
"Learning something different from others. Like making dolls." Kuba (Year 6)
"Walking on the tightrope." Andrew (Year 1)
"Performing." Lena (Year 2)
"Helping people who might not interact with a lot of other people, interact with other people." Maxwell (Year 9)
"When we made the stars and on the back we can make a wish and the skateboard polygon." Nastya (Year 4)
BISL wins at cricket tournament!
On Friday 30 May the British International School of Ljubljana went to OŠ Smlednik to play two games of cricket. They won their first game with three overs to spare and three wickets left. They bowled first and got OŠ Smlednik all out for a dismal total of 36. With the pick of the bowlers being Maxwell Charlesworth getting 4 wickets for 5 runs.
In the second game BISL team batted first and scored 49 runs with Maxwell Charlesworth scoring 15 runs, then forced to retire.
The BISL team then bowled out OŠ Kašelj for 36 runs. With the best bowler being Maxwell Charlesworth with 3 wickets for 8 runs.
The BISL team ended up in first place and won a trophy along with medals for each of the BISL team members (in the picture: Maxwell with the cricket trophy).
In the end everybody was able to play in a match.
Team coach: Mr Bishop. Team captain: Maxwell Y9. Team members: Maxwell Y9, Edvard Y9, Nina Y9, Siiri Y8, Ivan Y7, Maximus Y6 , Christopher Y6, Adrian Y6, Aleks Y5, Miha Y5, Helix Y5, Maks Y3, Filip Y3 and Aniket OŠ DK.
Primary School Open Day
The Primary School at BISL were delighted to welcome the parents into the classrooms on 6 May 2014 from 8:00 to 9:00 so that the children could sit and chat about the work they have done since Christmas. Exercise books were opened, computer work was shown and displays were scrutinised. The children thoroughly enjoyed showing off their best work and I think the parents enjoyed it too. Thank you to all the parents for attending.
24 Maths Competition
Last Wednesday BISL hosted students from the 3 other international schools in Ljubljana for a maths competition. Students played a game called 24, where all 4 numbers on a game card need to be used with a variety of operations to make the final number of 24.
All students who competed in the event had a great time and everyone deserves praise for their results. There were some overall winners for the competition, separated by Year levels. Year 4 saw a student from OŠ Danila Kumar narrowly defeat our own representative, Emil. Year 5 was dominated by a girl from Ecole Francais, who won the outright competition for the most points scored. One of our representatives, Joe, came a respectable 3rd. Year 6 had the most representatives from the schools and I was very proud to see our very own Christopher Charlesworth take home to medal for best in his Year level, with some close competition from a couple of other students.
This was a wonderful event and the schools have agreed to repeat the competition next year and beyond.
Chris Bishop, Primary Numeracy Coordinator
Golf comes to BISL
Ema Seršen who is 6 years old and in Year 1, is BISL's first golf pro!
Ema brought in her golf trolley and golf clubs and gave a presentation at our Assembly of last Tuesday (April 17). Ema told us what the Driver and the Putter are used for and explained that golf is a sport for any age. Even Mrs Pojak could play! We look forward to more students in Primary taking up golf in the future.
Usborne Books fair
What a fantastic afternoon we had, during our visit by Usborne Books. The books were great, the company was great and some even sampled the coffee, tea, biscuits and tasty 'doughnuts' made by Marilena Boiangiu. A big thank you goes to all the parents and staff who came to support the event, with an extra special thank you to Year 12 student Clare Charlesworth who came to assist Irena, the Usborne representative, due to the huge amount of book purchases. At the end of the day your purchases provided the school with €1146.70 to spend on much needed books for our library. Brilliant!
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.