FunSports 2009

On Friday 6th November we held our second FunSports event. It was great to welcome back Mrs Sarah Newman, who organised the event last year, to lead our students through a range of team challenges. Balls, hoops, cones and bouncy frogs all featured in the activities, in which teams taken from the complete age range of the school competed.

This was also the occasion on which we launched our new Houses. Again, these include the whole age range of the school, with one of the oldest students as House Captain of each. The Houses are provisionally named Blue, Green, Red and Yellow, but we hope to come up with more inspiring names in due course!

A very big thank-you to Mrs Newman for her time, expertise and enthusiasm.

Hallowe'en shenanigans

The school enjoyed a selection of performances of scary songs by the Primary Section children at Assembly on Friday 30 October. The youngsters arrived at school in their Hallowe'en costumes and had their faces painted by the adults. Various games and activities followed during the day.

Cricket success

Congratulations to the BISL Cricket team who competed in their first competition last Sunday 25th October against Ljubljana elementary schools. Despite BISL having some of the youngest players in the League, the team came second in their division. The team had a great time and played well together, exhibiting wonderful team spirit, with some of our students even playing for other teams in the league due to their lack of numbers. Our BISL cricket team is already practising for next year thanks to the Ljubljana Cricket Club, who have generously donated a Kwik Cricket Set; and hoping to beat Nove Fuzine, the finalists 4 years in a row.

- Tanya Charlesworth

Canadian Governor General

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada (the Queen’s representative to Canada and de facto head of state), made an official visit to Slovenia, from October 21 to 22, 2009, exactly one year after the State Visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Her Excellency hosted a Youth Dialogue on "Young People and Peace Building", during which she met with young Slovenes to discuss the importance of empowering youth to build peace and solidarity in their communities.

Having made youth one of the priorities of her mandate, the Governor General inaugurated the Youth Dialogues series in 2007, providing youth in Canada and abroad with a space to voice their opinions on social issues and to pursue their dialogue with other young people on the Citizen Voices website. The Governor General’s Youth Dialogues are part of a series of national and international high-energy discussions that focus on galvanizing youth across the country and around the world to become catalysts of positive change. Her Excellency then shares the ideas and perspectives presented during the dialogues with decision makers. Eight of our students attended this event and had the privileged opportunity to have an exclusive dialogue with Her Excellency during the reception, as well as posing for a group photo (due to arrive soon). I would like to thank these students for sharing in my “Canadian enthusiasm” and in representing our school.

- Tom Majer, Year 1 teacher

Trick or Treat!

Our Primary Section students were invited to the US Embassy for Trick-or-Treating in advance of Hallowe'en, which is just a week away. After having make-up applied, the twenty scary zombies from Mileposts 2 and 3 travelled with their teachers by public bus (which attracted some comments!) to visit our friends in Prešernova ulica. They were rewarded with generous quantities of treats from the Embassy staff. A big thank-you to Vedrana Mandić and colleagues for making our children and their teachers feel so welcome.

Visit from Dr Dušan Petrač

We were honoured to receive an impromptu visit from Slovenia's most eminent space scientist Dr Dušan Petrač yesterday lunch time. Dr Petrač, 77, who worked for many years for NASA and ESA, came to look around the school and enjoyed meeting and chatting with the students and teachers. He wished everyone well and told us to "Keep trucking!".

Milepost 2: Post Museum

As part of their IPC Topic on Communications, Milepost 2 had an exciting time traveling to Polhov Gradec on the regional bus. Once there we had a very short walk to the Polhov Gradec Castle, which houses the Museum for Post and Telecommunications. We were pleasantly surprised that we were the first English speaking group ever to come to the Museum. Our guide was great and took time explaining all the telecommunications in the museum, such as the morse code machine, the telegraph and old fashioned systems for phones. The students loved having a go on the equipment, but our favourite was the set-up which demonstrated how the telephone exchange works. One student would go into the telephone booth and the other would turn their back to the booth and face the telephone exchange which was laid out floor to ceiling. The student in the booth would dial a particular phone number and the other student would with absolute delight wait for the phone in front of them to ring, and then the conversations would begin.

Primary Section Hiking

Despite the weather forecast, Milepost 1, 2 & 3, along with many parents and primary teachers, took a coach to Katerina to brave a walk. The day turned out perfectly and the fog lifted during our walk up the beautiful hill. Thanks to Mr. Nino Kokalj, we were very pleased to meet two of the teachers from the school at Katerina who became our guides, along with some of their students on the walk. The scenery was picturesque as we passed by rolling fields, farms with animals and fruit filled gardens. Despite the long walk up and down, the students were still full of beans and played running games with Mr. Majer and many of the parents when we returned to Katerina's school's playground.
A big thank you to all of the parents who came along with us and to the students and teachers at Katerina, who were so giving of their time.

Otroški bazar

We had a stall at the annual Otroški bazar (Children's Bazaar) event at Ljubljana's exhibition halls between 10th and 13th September. With several thousand visitors, this is one of the city's premier events for providers of everything for children, from bedroom furniture to books, from police dog handler demonstrations to a climbing wall.

We handed out a thousand bright green balloons filled with helium and printed with the school's logo, which proved immensely popular with the youngsters. We also had an opportunity to meet dozens of parents who were interested in exploring alternative solutions for their children's education. We will be holding an Open Day on Wednesday (16th September) afternoon, during which the people we met are invited to come and meet the teachers and see the school in action.

Milepost 2: Cycling

Milepost 2 had a great time demonstrating their cycling proficiency last week as part of our IPC Unit on Transport. On their own bicycles and wearing their safety helmets, students performed a number of different tasks such as manoeuvring around witches' hats (cones) and stopping just short of Baby Bjorn; thus demonstrating control over their bicycle and the ability to stop quickly.  

Understanding blindness

Ms. Erika was kind enough to join Milepost 2 and give a talk about blind people and the tools they use to make life easier for them. Our students thoroughly enjoyed this, especially having a chance to be blindfolded and walk in our classroom using a cane for blind people. Ms. Erika taught us the correct way to help a blind person cross the street. The tools Ms. Erika brought in were very interesting and included - a braille type writer, playing cards, adapted chess board and pieces, a ball that rattles, a talking clock and a cube for different games. Ms. Erika concluded her talk by giving us each a copy of the Braille alphabet and a booklet with hints and tips on how to be kind and courteous to blind and short sighted people.

Garden Party

On Wednesday 2 September the British Ambassador, His Excellency Andrew Page, who is the school's Honorary Patron, very kindly hosted a Garden Party at his Residence in Rožna dolina for the school's teachers, parents and children. 80 people came and enjoyed tea, coffee, juice and cakes, whilst the children particularly enjoyed being shown how to play croquet on the lawn by the Ambassador himself.

In a short speech to those present, Mr Page said how pleased he was to be asked to be our Honorary Patron and said that he looked forward to regular visits over the coming years, to get to know the staff and students better. Headmaster Jeremy Hibbins thanked the Ambassador for generously hosting the Garden Party and presented him with a school fleece in readiness for the impending cooler autumn days.

The following day, the Headmaster delivered to the Embassy an enormous yellow Thank You card which was made by the Milepost 2 children.

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