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

Summer School

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:





Year 6 Moving Up Day

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”.

BISL is moving to Črnuče in the summer

The British International School of Ljubljana is delighted to announce it will be moving from its current premises in Vič to an exciting new location in Črnuče for the start of the 2016-17 school year. The new site will offer better on- and off-site facilities and environment and will enable the school to grow over the coming years.

Further details will be available very soon and an information evening for parents and prospective parents will be held on 8th June at 3:30pm.

Places are available for the coming year, and interested parents should contact the Admissions Officer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Preschool trip to the Botanical Gardens

On Tuesday 10 May Preschool took a trip to the Botanical Gardens, where they got to know even more about exotic plants as part of their 'Growing' topic - They even got to take home one that they'd planted themselves!

– Simon Irving, Reception Teaching Assistant

Year 3 Market and Central Bank Trip

Year 3 had a wonderful trip to the Ljubljana Market and Central Bank of Slovenia as part of their learning towards the IPC topic Money and Trade (Young Entrepreneurs). At the Market they looked at where different products are produced. We were very surprised to find that all of the flowers at the Market at this time of year are from the Netherlands. We compared the prices of bear meat at 120 euros per kilogram to pork meat at 4 euros per kilogram and discussed supply and demand. At the Central Bank they learnt about the origins of money, how money is made, the roles of the Central Bank and how to determine whether money is counterfeit or not, just to name a few, all while sitting in the Board Room where the Governor occasionally sits!

– Mrs Charlesworth, Year 3 Class Teacher

International Day

International dayInternational Day was a fun afternoon to share and celebrate our more than 30 nationalities at BISL.

The opening parade brought the students to stalls, food and games from several of our countries and the Primary students were soon busy finding out about them to get the stamps to fill up their special 'passports'. Later, many sang songs or read poems from their various home countries.

Lots of parents and other guests from the BISL community came, and it was especially nice that our Patron, the British Ambassador, Ms Sophie Honey was able to join us.

Congratulations and thanks to the PTA, students and staff who made it such a wonderful afternoon.

- Mr Wilkinson, Principal

The play has inspired me to visit the theatre

On Sunday April 17th BISL students from Year 8 and Year 12, along with teachers and parents, were privileged to experience “a completely unprecedented theatrical adventure”. This unique event was a performance of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet at Ljubljana’s National Theatre, performed by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre company; one of the final performances of a two- year tour, called Globe to Globe Hamlet, which has had the incredible aim of taking Hamlet to audiences of every country in the world. With excellent performances all around, the actors took the audience smoothly and expertly through the complex, disturbing tragedy of Hamlet whilst also creating a sense and vision of the actors themselves as world-travelling performers.

The tour began on April 23rd 2014 to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, and finished in the UK on April 23rd of this year, the 450th anniversary of his death. The travelling players performed on every continent, in 195 countries, with performances for all manner of audiences in all sorts of circumstances, including shows in five refugee camps. Many awards were won along the way, including one by UNESCO “in recognition of the tour’s engagement with local communities and promotion of cultural education”.

Here are a few words from our Year 8 students on what they thought of their experience of seeing Hamlet performed live:

‘Great atmosphere created by actors.’ Adrian

‘Such an emotional play. Excitement and tension!’ Iva

‘A very interesting, engaging performance.’ Iza

‘A very well summarised play with great actors who showed the right amount of emotion and engaged with the audience throughout the whole play. The play has inspired me to visit the theatre more often.’ Kaja

C4C Animal Food Donation Drive

In March our Caring for the Community team organised a donation drive in order to collect food for the Animal shelter in Ljubljana. Everyone who donated contributed to their Houses in order to help them get house points.

It was down to the fine wire, with absolutely every kilogram counting towards the final results.

Third place went to Sapphire with 33.4 kilograms - awarded 5 house points.

Second place to Hessonite with 104.536 kilograms - awarded 10 house points.

With less than a kilogram separating the two houses we had equal first place to Onyx with 148.37 kilograms and to Zircon with 149.1 kilograms - both awarded 20 house points.

Adding all our donations from Preschool, Primary, Secondary and Staff we had a grand total of.....

over 500 kilograms

for the Primary C4C team to take to the Animal Shelter in Ljubljana.

Another huge Thank you to all those who have contributed, from the C4C Team.

Mrs. Charlesworth, C4C Coordinator

Luka's presentation to Year 8

A big thanks to Luka from Year 12 for coming into Years 8 and 9 this week to show them how he has been working in his home studio for his A-level coursework. They have been studying digital recording and electronic music this block. They have explored how to mix loops, midi instruments and audio recordings in the software StudioOne3. They watched with amazement what Luka had managed to do with some more time and equipment in the same software.
– Mr Gustavsson, Secondary Music Teacher

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