Max's Dinosaur presentation to Year 3
Max Charlesworth from Year 10 gave a brilliant presentation to Year 3 all about dinosaurs and their "close cousins" to enhance their learning in the IPC topic "Footprints from the past....". The children sat with gaping mouths at the facts Max told them e.g. some of the sizes of the largest dinosaurs and their eggs. Thanks Max.
BISL has a new interim Principal
Orbital has appointed Mrs Shirley Beckett as the new interim Principal of the British International School of Ljubljana. Shirley is Deputy Principal of the Baleares International College, Mallorca, a member of the Orbital Group. She has long experience as an educator and as an academic leader having led schools in both the UK and abroad. During the year 2012/13 Shirley acted as Principal of the Balearic College.
Mrs Beckett started her new role on 23rd February. She is well-known and widely admired within Orbital Education and is ideally placed to guide the school through the next phase in its development as it is embedded within the Orbital group. She has the knowledge and experience to ensure that both junior and senior schools take full advantage of the additional opportunities that are now available to BISL as an integral part of Orbital Education.
Shirley managed a variety of schools in Kent before moving to Mallorca in 2002. She has enjoyed many responsibilities including as a member of PRIME (Primary Initiatives in Math's Education)-designing and developing maths investigations for publication and as a KS1 SAT´s Moderator for 5 years, overseeing SAT´s testing procedures and advising a school in special measures. One of her most enjoyable experiences was as a SCITT math's lecturer (School Centered In-Service Teacher Training) when she trained student teachers to teach maths.
Shirley is currently a NABSS inspector (National Association of British Schools in Spain) and travels all over Spain undertaking inspections of international schools.
Year 6 excursion - Making the News
Last Thursday, Year 6 went of an excursion as part of their IPC topic, Making the News
. We visited two of the major news reporting organisations in Slovenia, POP TV and DELO.
At POP TV, students went behind the scenes, exploring the 24 news studio, posing as news anchor men and women, and they even got to try out the professional video cameras. We also saw the wardrobe section where the presenters get prepared every day, apparently, they never wear the same clothes twice (or at least not without letting everyone in the make-up department know about it!) We also saw the main television studio, where several stages were being constructed for upcoming feature programs of the station. Did you know it takes up to 3 months to construct the more elaborate stage sets?
Next, we went to the DELO printing house, where DELO and Slovenska Novice are published daily, amongst other periodical newspapers. Here the students marvelled at the speed of the printing press, which runs at 40-50 km/h at full speed. We were astounded to see the huge rolls of recycled paper they had in the paper storage which they printed the news onto, one roll we saw was 25 km in length and weighed one tonne! We also learned how they print the newspapers, and witnessed how they carry out quality control.
Finally, we went to the editorial office of DELO, and had an insightful Q&A session with one of the senior news reporters at the newspaper.
Overall, the students were very impressed with the trip, and they brought home a lot of insight about the news industry.
Chris Bishop, Year 6 Class Teacher
Pierogi (Polish dumplings) by Year 3
Year 3 made these scrumptious Pierogi (Polish dumplings) under the guidance and tutorship of Mrs. Andryszko during 2 Literacy lessons on the Instruction genre. A huge thank you to Mrs. Andryszko for her help, providing the ingredients and for the major clean up aftermath. After they made the pierogi the students ordered the photographs of their cooking and wrote instructional text for each photo. Come and see our display to find out how to make these yummy dumplings
Tanya Charlesworth, Year 3 Class Teacher
BISL becomes a member of Orbital group
We are delighted to announce that orbital Education Ltd now controls the future development of the British International School of Ljubljana.
Orbital is a wholly British owned and managed education group. It has a growing portfolio of British Schools worldwide and a strong reputation for securing the stability and success of many schools like BISL. It is also a strong company financially and is thus ideally placed to guide and support the future of the school. Orbital has an experienced team of international education specialists based at the head office near Manchester but continually travelling to the schools in the group to monitor and advise.
The British School is now a member of a vibrant and successful group of similar international schools. The community of students, parents and staff can look to the future, confident in the knowledge that the dream of the school’s founder Jeremy Hibbins remains very much alive.
Orbital’s Chairman, Mr Kevin McNeany, said, ‘I am delighted to be able to step into the shoes of Jeremy Hibbins the charismatic and talented founder of the British School. It is already a fine institution and it has a great future ahead of it. It is Orbital’s task to underpin and direct that future. My colleagues are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the students, parents and staff for many years ahead.'
BISL Information days for Middle and Upper Secondary programmes (14 and 16 year olds)
will be held on:
at Cesta v Gorice 34 b, Ljubljana
BISL at Informativa
From 23th to 24th January our school participated at Informativa, the biggest education fair in Slovenia. The fair was held at Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre and in two days attracted around 20,000 visitors, including students from all around Slovenia making decisions where to continue their studies.
BISL staff were presenting our Middle and Upper Secondary programmes to interested parents, students, their school career advisers, and others who were eager to learn how BISL is different from other secondary schools in Slovenia and how students benefit from completing Secondary education at our school. BISL school life and after-school activities were presented to visitors together with detailed information on curriculum, IGCSE’s and A-levels, and future possibilities for our graduates.
This event was also a good opportunity to invite prospective Secondary students to our forthcoming Information days on 13th and 14th February at our school premises.
Opening Hours this week (5-9 January)
The Admin Staff has returned to school today and were informed that during this week (5-9 January) the school power supply will be interrupted due to electricity maintenance. We will therefore partially need to be working from home during office hours (9:00-13:00).
If you plan to come to school this week please make an appointment with the relevant staff member, preferably by email - emails will be checked regularly.
We are assured that the maintenance work will be completed by next Monday when the school starts again. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year
The Admin Team
School opening arrangements over the holiday period
We gladly inform you of school opening arrangements over the holiday period.
School closes for students following the whole school assembly on Friday 19th December, as previously advised.
Normal working hours for administration during school holidays are from 9am to 1pm daily. The school will be fully closed from 1pm on Tuesday 23rd December and will re-open at 9am on Monday 5th January 2015. Students will return to school as normal on Monday 12th January 2015.
December Usborne Book Fair
Thanks to all the parents and staff who bought books at our Usborne Book Fair on Wednesday the 10th December. There were a lot of happy readers during and at the end of the event. Take a look at the photos to see.
"The books were amazing." (Sarah, 7 years old)"
Thanks for coming and selling the books." (Jaša, 8 years old)
"The pictures in the books were really nice." (Maciej, 7 years old)
Year 3 trip to the Forest
Here are some photos of the Year 3 trip to the Forest as part of our IPC topic "Saving the World (Rainforests)".
"We went to the forest it didn't have many trees. We met a forester which showed us the forest. We saw a harvester it's nickname was Bubi 31. We went inside the cabin we saw many buttons. We saw the Bubi 31 in action it had chopped a big tree. The driver of the Bubi 31 is Marijan. We sat on a log and ate our lunch. Sarah's Mum brought some food and Zoltan's Mum brought chocolate muffins. After we went back to school."
Leronim, 8 years, Year 3
Official Opening of the new premises
Monday 3rd November 2014 saw the first anniversary of the tragic loss in a car accident of the founder and Headmaster of the British International School of Ljubljana, Jeremy Hibbins. His parents, Paul and Anne Hibbins, were joined by members of the school community, Ambassadors and other guests to commemorate and celebrate, not just the life of Jeremy Hibbins but also the legacy he left in the form of the British International School of Ljubljana.
The school’s new home at Cesta v Gorice 34b was officially opened by Mr Christopher Yvon, Charge d'Affaires at the British Embassy in Slovenia and Honorary Patron of the school. Mr Paul Hibbins observed that Jeremy would have been proud to see his school in its new home and continuing to grow as he had planned. Mrs Karin Montaln spoke on behalf of the Parents Teachers Association and Mohamed Ismail on behalf of the students.
Mrs Jennifer Bray, a long-time friend of Mr Hibbins and supporter of the school read out messages of support from Jeremy’s sister, Sarah, and other former colleagues of Jeremy’s. The school offers two academic Wessex Scholarships, so named by kind permission of HRHs The Earl and Countess of Wessex, and Mr Yvon presented certificates to the two inaugural Wessex Scholars, Evelina Pelko Komljanc and Clare Charlesworth.
After the ceremony, guests were able to tour the school facilities and observe teaching and learning in action, including Year 3’s indoor rain forest and a hair-raising physics experiment with Year 11.