‘Pust’ – Carnival Celebrations

On Tuesday, 16th February, PYP students enjoyed ‘Pust’ Carnival celebrations, and the events took place in their homeroom classrooms. Kindergarten festivities lasted from morning till afternoon. The children presented their costumes, danced in the gym, crafted masks out of paper and ate doughnuts. All the other students’ (1M – 5M) their parties went on during the afternoon care programme. Children dressed up, played different games, presented their costumes and crafted masks out of various materials.

Community Project Presentations

The final event of the Community Project process on Tuesday, 16th February, saw a plethora of high-quality presentations from our MYP 3 students, who shared their work through their multimedia supported talks on their chosen Community Projects. Students of 8i and 8m showcased their skills ranging from research skills to self-management, culminating in communication skills, which were seen in their confident and engaging performances. We had some tune-ins from students via Teams, as well. The collapsed day was a lively and inspiring event. Questions from the audience showed that our students acquired critical thinking, and it was heart-warming to see their peer-support for their classmates.

Congratulations to all the presenters, and well done for completing this important step on their journey in the IB education.

Ms Mateja Kores
Community Project Coordinator

Kindergarten – Traditional Slovenian Carnival – ‘Pust’

On Thursday, February 11, our Kindergarten students had a cultural day, and the theme was Traditional Slovenian Carnival – ‘Pust’ masks.
We listened to stories and watched videos. In the end, we made Traditional Carnival – ‘Kurent’ masks which wasn’t an easy task, nevertheless, we managed, and we are delighted with the end result.

MYP – Sports Day

On Friday, January 29, the MYP students participated in a Sports Day.
Here are some of there comments about the day:
“I really enjoyed it.”
“I completed three tasks and walked 4 km.”
“I enjoyed this walk because it was a beautiful view from the top.”
“In my free time, I will go there again.”
Denis Divjak

INFORMATION DAY AND ENROLMENT AT GIMNAZIJA BEŽIGRAD

 

All grade 8 students (MYP 3) and their parents are invited to participate in the Information Day at Gimnazija Bežigrad on Friday, 12th February, at 10:00 CET.
Because of the COVID-19 regulations, the information day will take place online via Zoom. You will be provided with information on MYP 4 and 5 and the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme, as well as enrolment procedures. Below you can find the information for the meeting.
Mirko Mrčela is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Mirko Mrčela’s Zoom Meeting
Time: Feb 12, 2021 10:00 AM Budapest
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81968062310?pwd=UXJzbHZ4aERYSkZKRnF1V3hkL3pMdz09
Meeting ID: 819 6806 2310
Passcode: 350391
As this is a school activity, there will be no lessons for grades 8 (MYP 3) on Friday, 12th February.
Those students and parents who are interested in enrolling in Slovenian secondary schools should contact Mr Damjan Beton (betond@os-danilekumar.si), the school’s psychologist.

7M – Cultural Day – Storytelling

​Students of 7m had a Cultural Day, of Drama – Storytelling. However, they didn’t just write and talk about the stories; they were walking outside, listening to the soundscapes of a sound artist: Manja Ristić – ‘Ontology of Negligence.’ Students learned about Post Modern and Contemporary Theatre practice; a sound walk, where there were no actors, instead the public became actors of their own performance. This performance is an imaginary world, based on emotions which emerge through sounds.
After the walk, the students had to write a story that ran through their minds while on their walk.
Here are some pictures of their walk, searching for abandoned spaces, which became a performance scene.
This Cultural Day was in cooperation with ‘Zavod Cona’ – an Institute of contemporary art, therefore we would like to thank Mrs Irena Pivka and Mr Brane Zorman for their willingness to cooperate with our students!
Students’ reflection: Students were very pleasantly surprised by the experience. They liked walking outside and focusing on an audio art form. They felt a range of emotions, making them observe many details and interpret them to alter in storytelling. Many said that, especially during online learning, they wish to have more days like this, where the surroundings outside turn into a classroom. Listen to some of their reflections here – (1)  (2)  (3
Mateja Kores (Drama teacher)

8M & 8I – Environmental Art

Students of 8m and 8i are studying and practising Contemporary art. This time, we prepared a unique artistic and conceptual challenge for them. As they were extremely successful, working independently on their ‘installation models’ at home, we believed they were ready for a real art project.
Consequently, their next topic in the field of Environmental art was: ‘Extinction’.
Students had the unique chance to meet, participate and observe an outstanding performance from the Slovenian director Jaka Andrej Vojevec. His project is called ‘Plastocen’, which describes a new human species, which became ‘one with plastic products’ and eventually became extinct. Our public is looking back to this extinct, strange human species and asking themselves how they lived, how they looked like and the languages they spoke, etc.
Thank you to Mrs Alma Selimovič – director of Bunker (organisation for Contemporary theatrical events) and Mr Jaka Andrej Vojevec for his cooperation and unique online performance.
Here are some memories of our online presentation and discussion.
Anja Podreka

6M – Growing up in the 1930s

As an introduction into their new unit, 6m students had to travel back in time and write a diary entry about a child’s school day in the 1930s. Here are some of their ‘confessions’.
Tina Frelih

PYP Sports Day

On Monday, 25 January, the PYP students had an on-line Sports Day. They were able to choose from three different activities. Some students went hiking while others played indoor/outdoor Biathlon; and on the whole, they enjoyed themselves immensely.
Denis Divjak

8M & 8I – Letters

Since the week, between the 18th and 22nd January was the National Handwriting Week, 8m and 8i students spent an English lesson writing letters. They were reporting on the topic of one of the following quotes connected to their unit and moral values:
“Being honest may not get you a lot of friends, but it’ll always get you the right ones” – John Lennon
“No legacy is so rich as honesty” – William Shakespeare
“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom” – Thomas Jefferson
“Telling the truth and making someone cry is better than telling a lie and making someone smile” – Paulo Coelho
“Honesty is a very expensive gift, don’t expect it from cheap people” – Warren Buffett
Here are some of their letters.
Anja Dežman & Tina Frelih

8M & 8I – Community Art Projects

Students of 8m and 8i have been working hard recently, on combining two projects simultaneously! These are their Community Art projects, with diverse and complex topics such as; Islamophobia, Racial discrimination, Electronic addictions, The difficulties of generation Z, Recycling and Pollution. Unfortunately, some projects are not presented here, as they are in video form. However, the reference artists were; Vik Muniz, Eva Sajovic, Maja Smrekar and Olaffur Eliasson. Students have proven that art is always possible to deliver in its best options and views no matter the situation.
Anja Podreka

6M – Letters to Fairy Tale Characters

Since this week is the National Handwriting Week, 6m students spent an English lesson writing letters. They took the role of a fairy tale character and wrote a letter to another fairy tale character asking for or giving advice or simply about their day. Here are some of their letters.
Tina Frelih

MYP Plenary – Music

The MYP Plenary unit was – “Music”. We discussed how music influences the way we feel and how music connects us during the first lesson. Everyone shared a holiday song that they liked and their favourite uplifting song. The other three lessons were dedicated to practising rhythm and singing along to Mr Adam’s song – “Good Vibes” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2E06Z_-kwzI&feature=youtu.b

 

PYP Plenary – Taking action

This week we completed another plenary unit. The PYP Plenary unit was – “Taking action”. During the first lesson, students learned about setting and achieving goals. The second lesson was just before Christmas, so it was dedicated to taking action by spreading joy with people around us. In the third lesson, we discussed New Year’s resolutions. Finally, during the fourth lesson, we learned about habits – how to form and keep good ones and how they influence our well-being. Students presented an exceptional understanding of taking action.

4M Fairy tales

Students of 4m have been learning and studying fairy tales during Art. These are their best creations. Some are the front covers of their books, which they will edit or issue in the coming days, others are primary illustrations, and some small ones are found between the text. They have made a delightful collection of ‘almost professional illustrations’.
Anja Podreka

3M Explorers of continents

Students of 3m explored an exciting part of human history during Art. ‘Explorers of continents’ and created three-dimensional maps. Each student chose a continent and made a ‘pop up’ map.
Anja Podreka

7M Stories we can tell outside

As part of Drama, students had to take some photos outside or on a walk and see if the motif could tell a story.
Here are some interesting examples. Enjoy!
Ms Mateja Kores

Commode’s thoughts

8th grade students have been reading a short story by Roald Dahl called Parson’s Pleasure. The story talks about a greedy antique dealer trying to buy a Chippendale commode cheap. Unfortunately, the commode meets a tragic end, being chopped into firewood. The students from 8.i have written down thoughts that might be going through its ‘mind’, while its life is ending.
Tina Frelih