Secondary Adventure Weekend
There was undoubtedly more adrenaline pumping around between the 56 students present than there was water in the whole of Lake Bohinj – which, with 107 cubic kilometres of fresh alpine water, is the biggest permanent lake in Slovenia. Just as well, because our lot jumping into it repeatedly from cliffs of up to 12 metres made quite a splash. Not only was each activity imbued with impressive numbers, but indeed the sheer number of activities meant more action going on per minute than your average Bond film. There was canoeing, kayaking, canyoning (jumping and sliding off rocks into white water), white-water rafting and swimming (sometimes intentional). Beyond the life aquatic, students took to the heights with flying-fox (otherwise known as zip-lining or death-sliding), hiking, mountain-biking and rock-climbing. Nobody was left stony-faced, even if they had pressed their cheeks up against a sheer vertical drop twenty metres up before abseiling to the applause of their peers (and sometimes flabbergasted passers-by). And all that teenage energy was still spilling over by dinner, where students socialised and played card games before recharging to the max. And recharge they did: all bushy-tailed on Monday, ready to take on any mere exercise of thought; minds now so keen that they might well know gusto from verve.
Of the many winning themes, however, camaraderie was the winner. It made all of us chalkies so proud to see the compassion and encouragement unconditionally given by all toward one-another, so that they might – and did – push their limits past the stratosphere as one. Bravo and bravissimo, BISL Secondary section!
- Dan O'Brien, Year 7/8 form tutor
Y2 Post Museum Visit
On Friday 21st October Year 2 students went to the Museum of Post & Telecommunications. We went by coach, which the children found extremely exciting: for some of them it was the first time they had been on a bus. Once there we had a wonderful tour by Katarina about the history of the post from the Ancient Greeks till now. The children really enjoyed having a turn on the Communication devices such as the Morse code machine, Teleprinter and (our favourite) the old fashioned turn the dial phone with the phone box. At the end of our trip the students watched a silent movie about a postman trying to deliver a letter to the best-behaved boy in the town, but the letter has no address and all he can find is naughty children. The postman ends up not delivering the letter and stamps it return to sender! Both the students and the teachers saw the humour in this, although perhaps the students have a few new ideas.
- Tanya Charlesworth, Y2 class teacher
Walk for Truce with Lord Michael Bates
Our Year 10 and 11 students were privileged to join Lord Michael Bates for a few kilometres as he passed through Ljubljana on his 4000km Walk for Truce from Athens to London. Lord Bates is aiming to highlight and rekindle the Olympic Truce. More details about this remarkable initiative on his web page. The students had an opportunity to talk to Lord Bates and ask him about his trip and about the truce.
Y2 Cycling Proficiency
As part of the IPC Topic "From A to B (Transport and Travel)" the Year 2 students brought their bicycles to school on Thursday 22nd September. The students had a lot of fun riding their bikes and showing the teachers what they could do on them - riding in straight lines, looking behind them as they rode, indicating left & right, and braking suddenly to name a few. It brought a real smile to the Year 2 teachers to see the children indicating right and left when they are unsure which way is left and right and not running over our Golden Card Snake!
Y1 trip to Ljubljana centre
The IPC topic Year 1 have been doing is 'We are what we eat (Food)', so the morning was spent visiting all the different food stalls at the market in the centre of the city. For some it was the first time they had been on a bus, so that was really exciting too. First we went to the fish market, which the children found fascinating because of the different shapes, colours and the slimyness. The meat market was next, where we looked at the model of the cow and realised that the red meat is actually the muscle of an animal. After that we did a tour of the bread and cake stalls which made them all feel very hungry.
We then watched the clock at the puppet theatre strike the hour with the donkey and the peasant coming out of the door and disappearing. Then it was the fruit and vegetable market to look at and occassionally sample as there was some free time for mothers and children to wander round. We walked back to the bus stop along the river, past the beautifully restored Kongresni trg, and caught the bus just in time to return to the school for lunch.
The smiles on the children's tired faces said a thousand words. I, for one, am really looking forward to the next school trip, the children were so well-behaved and happy, the whole trip was a pleasure from beginning to end. Thank you to all the mums for coming.
- Liz Sparks, Y1 class teacher
Y5/6 visit to Rakov Škocjan caves
As part of their IPC "Going with the Flow (Rivers)" topic, Milepost 3 had a great time exploring the caves at Rakov Škojcan. They walked deep into a cave system observing stalactites and stalagmites. They then courageously turned their torches off and listened to the eerie sound of water droplets echoing in a subterranean world of total darkness.
- Robert Blease, Y5/6 class teacher
Y3 Chocolate factory visit
As part of their IPC Chocolate topic, Year 3 visited the Rustika chocolate factory on the 13th September 2011 and were welcomed by the manager, Sanja and Simon the chocolate artisan.
The expectations of the excited children were very high and they were not disappointed. As soon as we arrived we were shown how the famous Rustika chocolate screws are moulded in half and then stuck together by hand. All 16 children were given one to eat there and then. We were shown how to make a chocolate lollipop (which we were also all given to eat!) followed by a stage-by-stage demonstration of the milk, white and dark chocolate bar making. After eating a 100% dark chocolate button, some of the children decided that they actually quite liked it. We were then offered a variety of other products to sample and Simon was very happy to answer all our questions. It was an enormously valuable experience for the children to see, on a small scale, how hand made chocolates are produced. The children and teachers in year 3 can now highly recommend Rustika chocolate!
- Stephanie Pojak, Y3 teacher
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.