Milepost 3 Changing Materials topic
(- By the MP3 students)
The Headmaster is pleased to announce that Her Majesty's Ambassador, His Excellency Andrew Page, has kindly consented to assume the role of Honorary Patron of our school. During an hour-long meeting, the Headmaster outlined the history of the school so far and the Ambassador expressed his enthusiasm for finding ways to help the school to thrive.
The Ambassador is a Cambridge Classics graduate, as well as being a keen linguist, speaking Russian, Ukranian and French fluently, along with his degree studies in Ancient Greek and Latin. He is now enjoying the challenge of getting to grips with Slovene.
We very much look forward to welcoming His Excellency to our school in the coming weeks and thank him for his kindness in supporting us.
Milepost 1 really enjoyed their trip to the Dentist! The Dentist was wonderful and took the time to explain all of the equipment that she uses as well as how to correctly brush your teeth and gums using the giant teeth model. However, the students' highlights were getting a ride in the special dentist chair and using the vacuum hose to suck up a glass of water. The trip ended with all students receiving at least one stamp from the Dental Nurse. This is certainly one Dental Surgery that all students want to go back to.
We would also like to say a huge thank you to all the parents (Tinkara, Urška, Mark, Julien) who came in to Milepost 1 classroom to explain their jobs to us. We really appreciate your time. The students learned a lot and were so excited that their parents came in. Ms. Tanja and Mrs. Charlesworth were also fascinated to learn more about the families in our class.
(- Tanya Charlesworth, Milepost 1 teacher)
“I never new counting could be so much fun” was one student response. It was great to see students enthusiastic about mental arithmetic. Today as part of a world record breaking attempt, all pupils from Year 1 to Year 10 took part in the World Maths Day Challenge. Our pupils competed against students from all over the world. The atmosphere was buzzing as fingers typed thousands of correct answers. There were sounds of joy as pupils won individual rounds. “Can we do this again?” was a popular cry as the class was ending. All pupils have improved their mental arithmetic through this competition.
The World Maths Day Challenge is an international effort to encourage pupils of school age to improve their mental arithmetic. This is done using the internet and a programme that allows pupils to compete against three other pupils across the world. A sixty second quiz then takes place of addition, subtraction, multiplication or division. We are proud to be the first school to represent Slovenia in this international competition.
UPDATE, 5 MARCH: The school's total of 32,274 correct answers (from a global total of a staggering 452,681,681) included Fatmir's impressive 5,778 and Lucy's 4,010. Rokas managed 1,271 on his 7th birthday and Maximus improved his performance by an incredible 2,150% over the course of the day. Well done to everyone!
(Iain Garioch, Deputy Head)
Headmaster Jeremy Hibbins had a really positive meeting with Dr Igor Lukšič, the Minister of Education and Sport, on Wednesday 25 February. Minister Lukšič said that he had heard a lot about our school and liked what he heard and affirmed that we seem to be very much "in tune" with his vision for developments and reforms.
The issues which the Headmaster would like to address with the Minister in the coming months are (1) a system for approving/registering international schools; (2) allowing Slovenian children aged 6 to 15 to enrol in international schools as a matter of parental choice rather than necessity; and (3) removal of DDV (VAT) from school fees, to bring us in line with all other EU private schools.
The Headmaster said that BISL's aim was to make a positive contribution to the Slovenian education landscape rather than remain marginalised as a private company which sells education to foreign children. We are already enjoying working with colleagues in the Zavod za šolstvo (Institute of Education), the Centre for Slovenian Studies and Maribor University Faculty of Education. The Minister, who was previously Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana, suggested that the Faculty of Pedagogy at Ljubljana University would also be open to cooperation.
Milepost 1 had a wonderful time on their trip to Gospa Anka and Gospod Tone's farm, where they were welcomed with tremendous hospitality. Even getting there was an adventure, as it was the first time that two of our students had ever travelled by bus. Once there, the children petted and got very wet licks from the cows. They were very impressed by the size of a cow's tongue. Our students were then taken for a short trip around the barns to have a look at the cats, goat and chickens. The rooster is the same age as our Year 2 boys. After exploring the animals, they all had the chance to sit on a tractor and beep the horn as loudly as they could. The final event was being welcomed inside the farmhouse and eating fresh home-made doughnuts called "miške" and drinking rose-hip herbal tea. The maximum amount of "miške" eaten by one student was 6!
A tremendous big thank you to Ms. Tanja Mitrović for organising the trip to her friend's parents' farm and of course to Gospa Anka and Gospod Tone. Also thank you to Mrs. Mitof for coming along and helping.
We have enjoyed reading the story of Little Lumpty and joining in all the accompanying weekly activities. We made 3D puppets and tabards to wear when we sang the corresponding songs, to name but a few.
To reinforce our investigative learning and consolidate our understanding of the story, we decided to reinvent Little Lumpty's adventure on the wall. One Friday we invited Milepost 1 to come and help to hold the safety blanket and to watch what happened next. We used two eggs (one was boiled and one was not) and threw them one by one from a great height and observed the results. Did the eggs stay whole or not?
Luckily, Little Lumpty was saved in the story by his kind neighbours who held the blanket while he jumped. Sadly, the unboiled egg went the same way as Humpty Dumpty (a distant relative of Little Lumpty)!
(- Sue Williams, Preschool teacher)
The British School is proud to be offering the International Award for Young People to its Middle School students. This scheme is known in the UK as the Duke of Edinburgh's Award ("D of E"), where it has been running for over 50 years. In Slovenia, the award is administered by MEPI. The Year 10 students were given a presentation on Tuesday by MEPI's Amy Skinner and two recent Gold Award holders, Maša & Benjamin, after which our students were able to ask questions.
We are really pleased that the entire year group has opted to join this highly worthwhile scheme, which will undoubtedly enhance their eventual university applications and which is entirely consistent with our own vision and values.
In a meeting today, MEPI's administrator Neda Kajfež presented us with some documentation, a flag and the first group's Record Books. Volunteer Gold Award holder Irena Kustec will act as our students' mentor, coordinated by our staff member Mrs Ayesha Christmas (all pictured here).
On Saturday 7 February we held our second Open Day. Last year's event resulted in our first ever enrolments, so we had high expectations for this year. On what was a particularly grey and wet Saturday, we welcomed over 50 families with children of all ages and, again, we were delighted with the response. Several families completed and submitted their Application Forms and others are arranging free taster days in the coming weeks.
The day included sample lessons, explanations and demonstrations from the teachers and presentations by the Headmaster and teachers on the school's Mission Statement, Daily Review, Slovene programme, Moodle learning platform and microscience experiments (conducted by the students). Our students led tours of the building and parents assisted with visitors' questions, as well as manning the Reception Desk and kindly providing refreshments and home-made snacks.
Feedback from our guests was overwhelmingly positive, with comments including "I am totally convinced. Congratulations!", "Very positive atmosphere and friendly teachers" and "the presentations were excellent, as is the school". We would like to thank all those who came - visitors, parent assistants and students - for helping to make the day such a success.
Milepost 1 had a wonderful time sharing and eating the food they brought for our IPC unit on "Food - We are what we eat". By bringing in food from their home countries, students were able to develop their skill of Internationalism - being able to respect one another's individuality. Our menu included: vegemite on toast from Australia; beetroot salad and meringue berry cake from Lithuania; samosas from India; poppy seed and nut potica from Slovenia; and chocolate chip cookies from the United States of America.
(Tanya Charlesworth, Milepost 1 teacher)