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.
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 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
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
Year 1 trip to Liubljana market
On Thursday 10th March 2016, it was great sunny morning after so many wet days. We as the Year 1 children set off on No.1D into the city with our teacher Ms Williams. Initially, we were accompanied by Ben and Natasha and Miss Marion.
Then we met Emma and baby Lola under Mr Pešeren's statue when we arrived in Ljubljana.
We all brought some money so that we could enjoy the whole shopping experience from making choices of what we wanted to buy, using our money to pay for these items and collect the change.
First of all, we went to the Fish Market where we thought it smelt a bit like the seaside...! We saw many different fish and also brought prawns, sardines and sea bass. We will cook these on Friday for our snack.
The ladies in the indoor market were very kind, as they gave us some freebies to taste from the various delicacies on sale, such as dried fruit, nice bread and walnuts. We even collected a pair of chicken feet on the way!
In the outdoor market, we saw nearly every fruit possible and many vegetables. As boys, we decided that we were not going to buy vegetables as we didn't like them and all closed our mouths in protest!!! As girls,we wanted to buy everything...!
We had a wonderful time and think we let all the stall holders and other customers that we were from BISL in the nicest possible way. We really tried to be so polite and everyone seemed very impressed.
As a special treat, we even had small pancakes to eat before the bus arrived and we came back to school.
We are now planning our next trip... maybe a picnic in the park.
Preschool at the Baker's
On 8 March Preschool paid a visit to the bakery. Each had 2€ in a specially made wallet, and chose an item, which they paid for, and brought back to the Preschool. We have made a bar chart showing how much each of us spent in the shop!
- Simon Irving, Reception Teaching Assistant
Year 6 Trip to Revoz
Last Wednesday Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 visited the Renault Revoz factory in Novo Mesto at the invitation Mr Haettel. Students had a tour of the production line where we saw the stages of production of the Renault Twingo and Smart ForFour models. We were especially gracious as BISL was one of the rare schools to visit the site. Indeed the workers were almost as interested in seeing our students as we were in watching them work.
We toured the body shop, metal press and production line areas. The students saw first-hand how robots and humans work together in symphony to create a new car every one and a half minutes!
A big thank you goes out to Mr Haettel for arranging the trip and the friendly and informative staff who guided us around the plant. It can definitely be said that both students and teachers were very impressed and amazed by what we saw.
- Chris Bishop, Year 6 Class Teacher
Year 3 & 4 Residential Trip
»In early February Year 3 and 4, along with Mr. Kokalj, Miss Evans and myself, went on our first Residential Trip. We went to Medvedje Brdo, Slovenia, for three days and two nights. The first day it rained, but on the second day we woke to sparkling snow. It was a wonderful chance for us all to build our relationships further. Check out the photos to see what fun we had!« - Mrs. Charlesworth, Year 3 Class Teacher
»I learned a lot about Astronomy from the astronomy lessons and I loved when we went sledging because when every time we went sledging on the bonebreaker I always did 5,0000 forward rolls.« - By Lourenço, Year 3
»We did many things that we don't do at school, like shooting bows and arrows and cross country skiing.« - By Lotta, Year 3
»We were peacefully playing in the snow like any other kid until... Mr. K splashed us with snow. The next day Mr. K was playing in the snow, you know like any other regular teacher until .... We got our revenge by holding him and throwing snow under his jacket. I was magnificent.« - Ieronim, Year 4
Visit from Mr Flisar
Thursday, February 11th,was a very special day for BISL staff and students! Evald Flisar, a Slovene writer, playwright, editor and world traveller came to visit us. His books are translated into more than 35 languages and he visited more than 90countries worldwide. He told us that he is a terrible speaker, but great at answering questions, so we got a chance to ask him whatever we wanted to know. The students were very curious and so we found out about his childhood, his recent visit to India, about his 8 year old son and even about his terrible maths skills! What a memorablestart of the day. – by Neža, Year 13 Student
You will be able to read a full interview with Mr Flisar in the next edition of BISL Life Magazine.