International Day 2014
BISL students and their families spent an exciting afternoon last week celebrating International Day at the school which this year focused on the theme of ‘A World of Sport’. Sixteen countries were represented at the event and took the opportunity to showcase favourite national dishes, interesting facts about their countries as well as each presenting a sport that gave them a sense of national pride.
Armed with a map of the world and a quiz, students travelled around the world, crossing continents, picking up facts, freebies and plenty of treats along the way. Many of the volunteers at the stands chose to celebrate recent successes at the Sochi winter Olympics, and Slovenia in particular were able to show-case their medal-winners.
From Polish pierogis, to British afternoon tea, to good ole’ US barbeque beef, to Turkish delight, students and visiting families sampled a range of tasty and colourful dishes. In addition our talented students performed music and dances from around the world, and there was even a special demonstration of Kendo, an ancient Japanese martial art, by year 8 student, Yuto.
Photos: Stunning national costumes from Poland, Serbia and Slovenia and students try their hand at fencing at the Hungarian stand
Julie Renahan (PTA Chair)
Year 1 Paella Cooking
Year 1 worked at following Instructions and then writing these as a recipe for their work on the Literacy unit 'Instructions' and IPC topic 'We are what we eat'. They were very careful in the kitchen while preparing Paella and loved every minute of the eating stage back in the classroom, many children going for seconds and one or two going for thirds!
Tanya Charlesworth (Year 1 Class Teacher)
St David’s Day Assembly
St David’s Day is always celebrated on March 1st, in Wales and by Welsh people living in other parts of the world. Sue Williams (Preschool Coordinator) and Annie Donnelly (Year1) presented this very special celebration to all of the children, staff and parents at the Primary school assembly. Annie was dressed in a traditional Welsh national costume which is often worn by little girls to their schools on St David’s Day. Boys would usually wear a beret, shorts, white shirt and a waist coat made from welsh flannel material. Welsh cakes had been specially prepared by Mrs Donnelly and Ms Williams for everyone to have as a treat after the ‘Star of the week’ certificates were given to some of the pupils for various great achievements at the end of the assembly.
Sue Williams (Preschool Coordinator)
Caring for Community - Blind School Visits
In the beginning our trips to the Blind School (Zavod za Slepo in Slabovidna Mladino) were quite challenging for some of the C4C students, especially the youngest members as they did not know how to “meet” new people with disabilities. However as our students became familiar with the blind students, playing and completing different art and craft activities together, they began to overcome their fear and interacted well with the other children. They became quite excited learning about how the blind students learnt at school, especially when they had the opportunity to try out the braille typewriter and “read” braille books. It was wonderful to see certain relationships blossom between our students and those of the Blind School. We look forward to continuing our visits and fostering existing friendships and creating new ones.
Tanya Charlesworth (C4C Coordinator)
BISL Press Release
British International School of Ljubljana appoints new Principal
The Board of Governors of the British International School of Ljubljana has appointed David Cooksey as the new Principal following the tragic death last November of its founding Headmaster, Jeremy Hibbins. The school, founded in 2008, is the leading international school in Slovenia and is recognised as a quality British School Overseas by the UK Government. It offers IGCSE and A Level qualifications which allow its students to access top-rated universities across the world. Mr Cooksey, who completed his teacher training at the University of Cambridge, has over 20 years’ experience of teaching in schools in the UK and the Middle East and came to Ljubljana in August 2013 from his previous position of Deputy Head of the New English School in Amman, Jordan. He is passionate about ensuring that every student at the school is given the opportunity to excel. “The British International School of Ljubljana was founded by Jeremy Hibbins to provide a high-quality international education to the young people of Slovenia. I have no doubt that our school offers a real opportunity for Slovenian students to experience world class education and to have the opportunity to study at the best universities in the world.” Mr Cooksey said.
Mr Cooksey, his staff and students are looking forward to welcoming potential students and their parents during the Information Days (Informativni dnevi) to explain the courses on offer and how an education at the British International School of Ljubljana can improve a young person’s chances of acceptance into the best universities in the world. Further details can be obtained from the school by telephoning the Admissions Registrar, Nina Luznar on 040 618 356, by sending an enquiry to
or by attending one of the school’s presentations. These will be held on Friday 14 February at 10:00 and 15:00, and on Saturday 15 February at 10:00 at the BISL premises on Podmilščakova ulica 24, Ljubljana. We look forward to seeing you there!
Closure of School on Monday 3rd February 2014
Due to the adverse and unusual weather conditions and following the advice of the Ministry of Education to Slovenian schools, I have taken, in consultation with Mrs Pojak and other parents and staff at the school, the decision that we have no option other than to close the school tomorrow, Monday 3rd February. This is because we need to ensure the safety of all members of our community, especially as they travel to and from school. Many of our staff and families who live outside Ljubljana have been without power since Saturday morning and unable to travel because of fallen trees and blocked roads.
This has not been an easy decision to take but I hope you all understand the reasons. At the moment I expect the school to re-open as normal on Tuesday morning but will keep abreast of the situation and advise you all tomorrow by 7pm tomorrow (Monday) evening as to whether the school will be open or remain closed on Tuesday.
Y2 Rock climbing trip
As the Exit Point for their topic on Health, Year 2 went to Urban Roof to learn some rock climbing techniques on the climbing wall there. Our teacher, Luka, taught us how to hold on with our fingers and toes and we discovered how strong they have to be. Our arms got very tired holding on and climbing along and up the wall. We did some exercises and even took part in a competition and the whole morning was great fun. Mrs Železinger and Mrs Pojak also had a go! We learnt that taking part in different kinds of sports exercises different parts of the body and this is very healthy. We can highly recommend Urban Roof if you want to learn how to rock climb.
Applications are invited for the post of
with effect from 1 August 2014
Guidelines for applicants are available HERE
A curriculum vitae and covering letter should be submitted to the Chair of Governors, Jennifer Bray,
by midday on 27 January 2014
The school will be closed to all visitors from 13:00 on Friday 20th December 2013 until 09:00 on Monday 6th January.Opening hours for the week beginning 6th January 2014 will be 090:00 – 13:00 daily. School opens to students as usual on Monday 13th January 2014.
The Memorial Service for Jeremy Hibbins
The Memorial Ceremony to remember and celebrate the life of our founder and headmaster Jeremy Hibbins took place, on Wednesday, November 20 at Arboretum restaurant.
The school was closed for the day as a mark of respect.
Headmaster & IT Manager in accident
1965 - 2013
It is with deep sadness that we have to inform you with the tragic news that our Headmaster Jeremy Hibbins was killed in a car accident over the weekend.
Jeremy was one of life’s visionaries: he had a dream to establish an international school in Ljubljana, and realised it through inspirational leadership, energy and passion, building it from 30 pupils when it was opened by HM The Queen in 2008 to over 180 today.
All of us at the British International School will do our utmost to build on Jeremy’s legacy. It is what he would have wished.
Jeremy will be greatly missed by the pupils and by his many friends and colleagues. Our thoughts are with his family.
1986 - 2013
Tadej Prijatelj was our IT Manager from the beginning of this academic year. Tragically, he also lost his life in the same accident at the age of 27.
He was a valued and dear colleague here at the British School and all the work that he did for us was appreciated by all the staff and also the children. Tadej, although shy, always had a smile on his face and he was working his way into all our hearts. His sense of humour cheered us up on many occasions. Tadej was always proud of his achievements here and no task was too much for him. He will be sorely missed by our school community. Our thoughts are with his family.