Year 3/4 Healthy Restaurant
On the 23rd June 2011, Year 3 and 4 opened up their 'Healthy Restaurant' providing a wonderfully colourful range of delicious food in a buffet arrangement. The children have been studying the IPC topic 'What's on the menu?' where they learnt how important a balanced diet is to their health. Before we tucked into the food, Year 3 provided some entertainment with Sofija playing her harp while Mila, Natalia and Kaja responded to the music in ballet style dance. This was followed by question time where both year groups answered a variety of questions on the year's IPC topics. The food was then served and it soon became clear that it was all delicious by the comments made by everyone. The children, needless to say, headed straight for the muffins and chocolate chip cookies, whilst the adults indulged in sushi, fajitas, crudite and dip, guacamole and spicy pita bread, fruit kebabs and various other delicacies. The plates were soon cleared and the restaurant deemed a great success. Thank you to parents for contributing the healthy plate of food designed for them by their children.
- Stephanie Pojak, Y3 class teacher
Year 3/4 Biotechnical Faculty trip
On 25th May 2011 Year 3 and 4 went to the Bio Technical Faculty to learn about honey bees. They were able to see inside a special hive and inspect at very close range a drone (the male bee). Some volunteers even got to hold the drone on their hand as it does not sting! Pupils were treated to a special program about the lives of the bees and how they work together in their hive looking after their queen. They heard a recording of the noise inside a hive and to top it all the children each made a candle with a strip of honeycomb. It was all fascinating and consolidated a lot of the work done in class while learning about communities earlier in the year. The people at the faculty were most welcoming and commented on how enthusiastic about learning the BISL children were. While at the faculty we had the additional treat of meeting some exotic animals, including a lizard, two snakes and a tarantula. A wonderful and very educational time was had by all.
- Stephanie Pojak , Y3 teacher
On Friday 6th May Year 3 and 4 went to visit Ljubljana Zoo to support their IPC topic on Habitats. We wanted to find out what kind of habitats the animals lived in, in the zoo and whether it imitated their natural habitat. At the Zoo we were met by Assim Krdzalic who is an expert on animals and with him we were able to learn a great deal about and handle a small python and a Madagascan hedgehog/tenrec. We were thoroughly entertained by the sea lions at feeding time and Assim told us many funny stories about some of the animals including Ganga the elephant and the tiger.
- Stephanie Pojak, Y3 teacher
Y9 eBook Project
In Slovene the last 2 months we were working on a project that was put together by the Ministry of Schools and Sport. We had to make an e-book and the topic was 2. World War. 70 years ago Slovenes decided to rise against the occupiers.
During the project we had different assignments such as to read a story, a poem, watch a movie and go on a field trip connected to the theme. The people involved were David Weiss, Anna Šmejkalova, Jack Flannigan, Karianne Hoff, Jay Westgate, Clare Charlesworth and Fatmir Behadini. The project wasn’t fully reserved only for Slovene, we also did some sketches in artto put in the e-book. We wrote all kinds of texts based on our experiences.
Among other things I also recited a poem in Baza 20 when the temperature was about -3 degrees Celsius.
We all learned a lot during these 2 months. In the end all of the hard work has payed off. We have made a beautiful e-book and it is available to anybody that would like to buy it. The money will go to a charity called Sight Savers.
We all like the book very much and every single word in it is special due to hours of work put into it.
- Fatmir Behadini, Y9
Visit by Bishop
We were pleased to welcome the Anglican Bishop of Europe, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Rowell, to discuss with our Year 12 students the challenges facing the Christian church in the 21st Century. After this session, he enjoyed a mental change of gear to visit our Preschool to read them a story. Whilst our school does not promote or observe any religious affiliation, Bishop Rowell's visit to Ljubljana provided a great opportunity for our most senior students to engage in discussion with a respected academic and to question their own spiritual convictions.
Baza 20 visit
Our Year 9 students thoroughly enjoyed a visit to Baza 20 in Kočevski Rog on Friday, despite the biting cold. This was a Partisan base, hidden in the forest above Novo Mesto, which was a vital part of the resistance movement's logistics, medical activities in Slovenia during the second half of the Second World War. The students were shown the huts around the forest and the guide explained the activites that took place there. Afterwards, over a welcome cup of hot thyme tea, Year 9 asked questions and also filmed an interview, in preparation for their eBook project, submitted to the Ministry of Schools and Sport as our entry in their current competition. As the icing on the cake, our students were thrilled to see fresh bear paw prints in the snow just outside the visitor centre!
Y2 Holiday Memory Museum
On Monday 31st January, Year 2 took great pleasure in inviting their parents and the other primary classes to visit their 'Holiday Memory Museum'. The museum was part of the Year 2 topic of Holidays being studied this term. The children in Year 2 began this project by bringing in souvenirs from some of their holidays and introducing them to the class. This was a great indication of how well travelled the children are and they really enjoyed sharing both photographs and souvenirs they have collected.
Following this the children chose 3 souvenirs each and wrote about them to provide interesting information: what the souvenir was, where it was from, how old it was and why it was special being among some of the details included. These details were typed up by the children and then stuck on card to be placed with the souvenir in the museum. Each child developed an entrance ticket for his/her parents and tickets were also supplied to all attending primary children. When 3pm came the excitement began. Children from other classes arrived first. They handed their tickets to the ticket collectors and were shown around by Year 2 children acting as their guides.
The visitors were clearly interested to find out where their peers had been and what they had brought back. Even more excitement came as parents began to arrive. Each child was able to show his/her parents around and explain what was in the museum. Parents and children, as well as the Year 2 teachers, had a wonderful end to the afternoon and the children certainly reaped the rewards of their hard work over the previous week to get souvenirs and labels completed. They now also know how important labels are for items in a museum and we're sure this will be of more interest to them when they visit museums in the future!
- Vee Westgate, Y2 teacher
We had a generously-sized stand at Informativa 11, which is the annual exhibition for providers of post-primary education in Slovenia. The two-day fair attracted nearly 15,000 visitors this year, of whom nearly 40 expressed a strong interest in our "gimnazija"-equivalent programme for 2011 and 2012 entry. We look forward to welcoming some of these for a "taster day" in school in the coming weeks, to sample for themselves what makes our school special.
A big thankyou to the parents, students and staff who gave up their time to come and help.
Primary students began our new activities this week on Wednesday. Tanya Charlesworth was lucky enough to have Year 1 & Year 2 students for Cooking. We used the VK Home Economics room, which the students felt was very official.The students thoroughly enjoyed making Australian pancakes, although they were very surprised that they were so different from Slovene & American pancakes. We stirred, mixed and poured our pancakes, getting very excited about the bubbles appearing. We promptly spread our pancakes with honey or home-made plum jam and gobbled them up quickly. A huge thank you to Debbi Trosper for assisting with this activity.
Trip to Australia!
As part of their IPC topic on Holidays, Year 2 students and teachers decided to escape the cold weather in Ljubljana and escape on 'holiday to Australia' for a morning's warmer weather. We packed our own suitcases, bringing towels, bathers, sunglasses and of course sunscreen for our enjoyment. Year 2 thoroughly enjoyed preparing their tickets, boarding passes and passports and loved the inflight entertainment from the flight staff and the refreshments. Although some of the students were a bit concerned when dealing with Australian customs officials. Once in sunny Oz, the children listened to an Australian concert and got involved in dancing, ate Australian food (Anzac biscuits, Pavlova and Sausage rolls), we tried out the didgeridoo and tried to handpass an Australian football. We of course also lounged around in the hot sun and enjoyed the beaches, reading carefully the warning signs for dangerous animals (jellyfish, sharks). And we were back in our classroom in Ljubljana in time for lunch!
Christmas Charity Bazaar
Our Christmas Charity Bazaar took place on the last afternoon of the Autumn term. Parents, staff and students of all ages made gifts and snacks for sale and a range of games from "Guess the weight of the cake" to "Tombola" helped to raise money for Društvo Ključ, which was chosen by Christmas Card Competition winner Maj Leban Vahen (Year 2).
We were pleased to raise an impressive total of 1,525 Euros, which was handed over to Ključ during the Secondary Section's End of Term Review on the last morning of term. As a gesture of thanks for our efforts, Ključ kindly offered to organise workshops for our students and adults on the theme of human trafficking during the coming months.
Y2 City visit
For our IPC topic Structures Year 2 students walked to Ljubljana from school to view lots of different buildings and structures. On the way we saw the Catholic Church designed by the famous Slovenian architect Plečnik (St. Cyril and Mehodius), the Exhibition Centre, the new shaped triangular apartments near the Railway Station and the Stone Statues in the park. We discussed what these structures were made of and why, how they were different from other buildings which served the same purpose and whether we found them appealing or not.
When we arrived in Ljubljana we viewed the different structures in Prešeren square and we learnt a little about Prešeren and his love for Julija. The students sketched the surrounding structures of their choice. The bridges were another of our structures to view and compare, we all liked the romantic locks on the Butcher’s bridge but were split on whether we liked the statues there. Ms. Anja took the time to explain about seccesion art from the start of the 20th century and how it is prevalent in city centre buildings. such as the Union Hotel and buildings opposite it. We took a look at the Cathedral of St. Nicholas to compare with the first one we saw. After this we took the funicular railway to Ljubljana Castle and ate our lunch there. The students especially loved the sightings of the dragons that we made.
We were very lucky to be invited to view a parent's 500-year-old apartment in the centre of Ljubljana, where the students were treated to hot chocolate and cookies.