This summer our Year 11 students took their Cambridge IGCSE exams and OCR GCSE Media Studies. Given that we had only three candidates, we are not going to be publishing statistics this year, but we were absolutely thrilled that all candidates passed their English 1st Language with the top A* grade and the English 2nd Language results were all A1. Well done to those who worked hard for these important exams. The IGCSEs provide a bedrock for study at higher level, and this Autumn we are starting our Year 12 A-Level programme.
150% extra space for 2010-11
We are pleased to announce that we have secured the rental of 404m2 of additional space in a building just 4 minutes' walk from Vito Kraigher School. The contract was signed today by Headmaster Jeremy Hibbins and the Director of OZ Železopromet, Milena Tratar. This additional space, in Podmilščakova ulica 18, will house the Secondary Section's classes in Maths, English, History, Geography and Slovene, as well as providing a fantastic 55m2 classroom for Year 5/6 and some off-street parking. The annexe will also be the base for the school's administration. Along with substantial additional space in Vito Kraigher School (including another classroom and cloakroom space in the roof), this will give us two-and-a-half times the space we currently have in anticipation of our growth to nearly 130 students who are already enrolled, from Preschool to Year 12 (the first year of A-Level), next school year. The Secondary students will still have their Art, Music, Science and Physical Education classes, and lunch, in Vito Kraigher School.
BISL has got Talent!
On Wednesday 5 May, the whole school (students and staff) took part in "BISL has got Talent", to raise money for Dance Club Zebra, which is a wheelchair dance group run by Petra Škofic, our Preschool dance teacher. The event, which played to a packed hall at the Cankarjev dom in Vrhnika as part of their Cankarjevi dnevi festival, raised an impressive 884 Euros.
The acts included the whole school choreographed in Michael Jackson's "Thriller"; a Peace Song written and performed by Year 7/8; Milepost 1 and 2's Circus Act; the Preschool in a song about going to the seaside; a rap by Milepost 3; Year 1 puppet song; a break-dance and two other solo vocal acts; and, as the finale, the Abba number "Thank you for the music". It was also great to have Chris Eckman with us for one number. Three professional tribute acts contributed to the evening, so the audience were delighted to welcome to the stage Robbie Williams (Matt Byrne), Freddie Mercury (Lee Wardman) and Celine Dion (Katarina Železinger, who also organised the whole event) presenting some of their most famous numbers.
A very big thankyou to all who made the evening such a tremendous success, including the PTA for refreshments and front-of-house and volunteers Michael Currie (lighting), Simon Abbiss (logistics), Marion Lintott (makeup), Petra Škofic (choreography), Matthew Charlesworth (beer), John Burn (photos), Ian Weiss (loan of equipment), Elisabeth Karlsson (assistance with Preschool backstage) and Občina Vrhnika for the use of the hall.
Another 20 photos of the event can be seen on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/britishschool, by clicking on the "Photos" tab.
Cleanup Slovenia Day
About forty of our students, parents and staff assembled at various locations around the country to help with the "Cleanup Slovenia in a Day" initiative. Thirty were involved with the clearing of the forest near the Sava river at Črnuče, just north of the city bypass. An incredible range of litter was found: car tyres, seating, builders' waste and even asbestos sheeting (which we were instructed not to touch). Countless beer cans, plastic bottles, carrier bags and other small domestic waste made up the bulk of the roadside litter. We enjoyed the adventure, working alongside people from the local community, in the warmth of the spring sunshine. We believe that there were 250,000 volunteers and that 20,000 tonnes of illegally dumped waste was collected, so we were pleased to help.
Milepost 2 have been really enjoying their IPC Topic on "Circuses". These photos show the students painting each others' faces as clowns after they had looked at varying clown faces and their depicted expressions in Art. Students needed to ask their partners what type of expression they wanted their faces to represent and then had to try and get their partners faces to express this. The students very enthusiastically participated in this and then had to guess by looking at each child's face in the class what expresssion they were showing. Please have a look at the photos and see if you can guess what their expressions are.
Our students celebrated Pust (Carnival), which this year fell on the same day as St Valentine's Day, 14th February. Last week, Year 1 and Milepost 2 students presented acts from their Circus IPC Topic in front of a large and appreciative audience in the gym.
Several of our students were involved in Abba The Show, which played to a large audience at Tivoli Hall on 20 February. The children, who had been rehearsed by music teacher Miss Železinger, joined friends from Vito Kraigher School for the songs "Thank you for the Music" and "I have a Dream". After the show, the youngsters had a chance to "hang out" with the stars, which include Abba's original saxophonist, and to have their commemorative t-shirts autographed.
The Primary students went to the skating rink in Tivoli Park on Tuesday afternoon as part of their afternoon activities and clubs programme. They enjoyed a lesson with a qualified local instructor and then had the chance to practise their new skills.
World Maths Day
We did it, we helped to set a new World Record, and the students managed to answer more than 110,000 questions correctly. Congratulations to Anna for achieving an amazing 18,755 correct answers and for appearing on the leader board for most of the competition. She was squeezed of the board with only a few hours to go. At least 10 students achieved more than 4,000 points, with 44 members of the community contributing to this fantastic total. The new World Record is 479,732,613 correct answers in a 48 hour period. The World Maths Day web site is now closed. Thanks to all who participated and we look forward to a greater contribution from parents and teachers as well as the students next year.
- Iain Garioch, Deputy Head
On the final morning of term we were honoured to have a visit from our Honorary Patron, UK Ambassador Andrew Page. Mr Page joined us for a presentation from two representatives from UNICEF Slovenija to explain how the money raised by our school community will transform the lives of six Rwandan street children.
After this was our traditional Termly Review, in which about thirty photographs of events from the term are displayed on the interactive whiteboard and the Headmaster invites a member of the school community to tell everyone about the photo. One of the photos was of His Excellency showing some of the children how to play croquet during the Garden Party which he kindly hosted at his Residence in September. Mr Page kindly took part in the Review and refreshed our memories. We are grateful to Mr Page for his visit and for his generous on-going commitment to our school.
School finished at 12:00 and will remain closed until Monday 11 January 2010 at 07:30. We wish all of our visitors a very Merry Christmas and all possible health, happiness and prosperity for 2010.
Carol Singing Season
In the last week of term, our students, staff and parents had three chances to join in singing traditional Christmas Carols. On Tuesday, the Primary Section children went to visit the residents of the local retirement home to sing a selection of carols. They took the opportunity to wish everyone "Happy Christmas" in their own mother tongue. Some of these retired people have been working with our children to make decorations for our recent Charity Bazaar.
On Thursday, our Primary Section children joined their colleagues from our host school, Vito Kraigher, to sing some traditional songs in both English and Slovene. The session ended with a rousing rendition of "We wish you a Merry Christmas / Želimo Vam srečen božič" by all assembled performers and audience.
On Friday, after term ended, a group of parents, children and staff assembled in Miklošičev Square to sing to passers-by. They were treated to hot Christmas tea and one of the stall-holders very kindly agreed to put our Christmas cards on sale until the fair closes on 31 December.
Charity Bazaar 2009
On Friday 11 December we held our annual Christmas Charity Bazaar. Items on sale included christmas decorations and greetings cards, cakes, jewellery and crafts. For a small sum the visitors could pick a lucky number in the tombola, guess the weight of a cake, guess the number of sweets in a jar or bid for a lucky number. One of our Middle School students entertained us with a wide repertoire of background music to help with the atmosphere. We were really pleased with the numbers of guests - parents, families and friends, as well as some of the students from Vito Kraigher school. In total we raised 1,247.60 Euros for UNICEF
, which is a fantastic achievement for a school of 64 children in less than two hours! A very big thank-you to everyone who came and supported this and spent so generously.