In their IPC lessons, Years 3 and 4 have been learning about the meaning of the word 'treasure' and its relevance to archaeology. A great starting point was, quite naturally, a Treasure Hunt and so, in the first week, the children were invited to come to school dressed as pirates. It was a great day, some of which was spent hunting for golden (chocolate) coins in the playground with the help of a map. There were many clues to uncover and dangers to be avoided but in the end all the pirates were rewarded with gold. Later on in the term the children visited the Skofja Loka museum. After a very interesting and informative PowerPoint presentation on local prehistory, the children were able to handle many of the artefacts found around Skofja Loka. One of the most valued items seen was a boar tooth necklace that was found in the cave at Lubnik and so the children were then invited to make their own version of the necklace using clay. A tour of the museum was then conducted and the children were able to see the excavations that exist under the castle. Much to the delight of the children, the exciting finale to our day was the raising of the castle's drawbridge after which we all took the bus back to school. Archaeology had really been brought to life for the children.
- Stephanie Pojak
Preschool visit by Fire Department
On Thursday 21 October (the second anniversary of our presentation for Queen Elizabeth when she visited Ljubljana) the Preschool had a visit from two members of Ljubljana Fire Brigade and their enormous bright red fire engine. The children were thrilled by the siren and flashing blue lights and also all had a chance to climb inside and to try out the high-pressure hose.
This visit was part of the Preschool "People who help us" topic, which has included a look at the work of the emergency services as well as teachers and others.
Chocolate Factory Visit
All their wildest dreams came true when Years 3 and 4 visited the Gorenjka Chocolate Factory at Lesce. In their IPC topic on 'Significant People' Year 4 had researched the people who founded chocolate factories in Europe. Whilst Year 3, having studied the IPC topic on 'Chocolate', already knew a great deal about how and where the cacao pods grow and how the beans and pulp are extracted. After the amazing and very informative tour of the factory they were able to put the whole story of chocolate together and see how the bars of chocolate end up in their packets. But needless to say, a lot of sampling had to be done before the final packaging and both Year 3 and 4 were more than keen to oblige! Gorenjka staff could not have been more helpful and generous and each child was able to make their own bar of chocolate to take home. The staff back at school were also happy to receive two boxes of broken and rejected chocolate bars! A huge thank you to all the Gorenjka staff and to Mrs Kirn (Sofija's mum) for helping to organise the trip.
- Stephanie Pojak, Year 3 class teacher
Our school had a stand at the Otroški bazar (Children's Bazaar) in Ljubljana. We are grateful to our partners Miška for the loan of a Promethean ActivBoard interactive whiteboard (of which we have 11), providing an attractive and interactive dimension to our space, which lots of children found very engaging. We had about 50 families express an interest in visiting the school to find out more. We also welcomed coverage from the Siol.net news portal - please click here to read the article (in Slovene only). Many thanks to the parents, students and teachers who came to help out.
We are back online! After a major problem with hackers in June, we wiped our website while we considered how best to improve our website security. Thanks to Dean Marshall for his expertise in rebuilding and securing our site. The next stage is to update the content. Thanks for your patience and apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Over the summer, we worked hard to ready our new building in Podmilščakova ulica for use and, bar one or two minor details, we are now installed and enjoying the extra space. We now have 134 students enrolled, with 16 full-time teachers, 5 part-time teachers, 3 administration staff, 3 teaching assistants and a team of volunteer helpers.
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.