Our final day has arrived, and we are just about to depart Kobarid, where we have seen some local sights, as well as eaten some ice cream. Our ETA back in Ljubljana is 15:00.
On Wednesday, 18 May, all the MYP students visited the Port of Koper and the Škocjanska gulf nature reserve. At the Port of Koper, we learned how the port functions and how vital sea trade is for local and international business. At the Škocjanska gulf, students were able to go for a short hike with a guide, observing the natural wildlife and learning about the importance of preserving fragile natural habitats.
Mr Simon Zoretič Gajser
It was a lovely sunny day for the PYP Sports Day on Wednesday, 18 May. The students enjoyed various hikes, and the weather couldn’t have been more in our favour. Grades 1 and 2 students went on a hike to Saint Jakob, and grades 3 and 4 to Saint Miklavž above the Sava river. We all had a great time observing nature and the beautiful views.
Day 4 started with morning gym, and another 4 lessons of the PYP project, with presentations of speeches. After lunch, the students chanced their arm at scaling the heights of Dom Kavka’s climbing wall, with much success. And in the evening the last night came to a fitting finale with many activities created by the visiting schools, including, a quiz testing us on prekmurian vocabulary, a word association game, questions revealing who the lucky contestants would be to go on a blind date, and, with the highlight being the dance, in which everyone partied and reveled to regional music classics.
A breezy start met us today, as a morning session working on the PYP Exhibition awaited, perfecting opening speeches and such like. Then a splendid birthday surprise was in store for one lucky student who was treated to lashings of Birthday cake, as were the other students and the teachers too! The afternoon brought the chance to test their skills with the bow and arrow and become archers for a few hours. And to wind down the day the students were given the opportunity to sit back and relax a little with the film night feature – The Secret Life of Pets 2.
The sun greeted us on Day 2, and after breakfast we prepared for a hike to the Kolovrat outdoor museum. On the way we ascended the Kolovrat ridge, and walked a section of the walk of peace, bestriding the Italian – Slovene border. Amidst the luscious landscape we were reminded of the harsh environment soldiers from WWI endured in the bunkers and tunnels of the Italian Army’s third line of defense. When we returned to our resting place, the students were very proud to learn that all in all they had covered 9 kilometers. The PYP exhibition took centre stage in the afternoon with 3 hours on the bounce. Then, following dinner, to conclude the evening, the pupils designed comic strips with a variety of wacky and wild onomatopoeic words.
After a, happily, uneventful coach journey through a sun soaked Slovenia, we finally arrived in the serene mountain top surroundings of CSOD Kavka. When settling-in and lunch were dealt with, a guided tour of kavka cave was on the agenda. The students descended the rocky floor of the cave and discovered many hidden secrets within. Then work: the PYP exhibition, with a break for dinner, and a call to the parents in between. And to close the day, shower and then bed.
The Language acquisition team organised a collapsed day for the MYP students during which they got to know our capital city, Ljubljana. In the first part of the day, students were divided into smaller groups, and they were exploring the sights around the centre of Ljubljana. They received a list of clues written in the languages they have learned at our school (Slovenian, German, French, Spanish) which helped them find the sights and do the accompanying tasks like singing, writing poetry, drawing… In the second part of the day, the students ascended to the top of Grajski grič to enter a time machine. They travelled back in time to visit Ljubljana in different periods in time like the Antiquity, Middle Ages, Napoleon’s time… when the official language was not Slovenian but German or French. They learned many interesting facts about Ljubljana and have come up with questions for a quiz that will test your knowledge about Ljubljana. Click here to begin the quiz.
Language Acquisition Team
On Monday and Tuesday, 25 and 26 April, students of PYP (grades 1 – 5), had a collapsed day, during which they visited the House of Illusions in Ljubljana. They explored if people can really trust their senses and learn how to trick their brains. They went through the Upside-down room, the Vortex tunnel and experienced different optical illusions. It was a productive day, filled with new experiences, fun memories and great pictures.
Ms Živa Skornšek, coordinator
On Friday 22 April, students of PYP Grade 1 – Grade 5, had a science day, which theme was celebrating EARTH DAY. They explored how to REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE waste. It was a productive day that ended not only with new knowledge and findings but also with the cleanest lockers, classrooms and hallway ever.
Mr Oliver Frlić, coordinator
On 23 April, more than 100 countries worldwide celebrate World Book Day. To encourage students to read for pleasure in and out of school, alone or with family and friends, we dedicated some time to celebrating in our school as well. Students from 6m delved into the wonderful world of Roald Dahl. Meanwhile, 7m students researched books that represent their various cultures. And students from 8m and 8i discussed the everlasting importance of Animal Farm by George Orwell. As the World Book Day organisation says: “Our mission is to promote reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own.” Therefore, we encourage you to join our celebration by borrowing or buying a book and dedicate some of your time to reading for pleasure, especially outside in the wonderful days that are upon us.
Tina Frelih, Anja Dežman, Mateja Kores
On Wednesday, 13 April, 5m students visited ArtRebel, an animation studio in Ljubljana. They participated in the presentation of their work, which in this case was the process of making an animated commercial for pate: Junior Argeta. Through this experience, the students learnt about the process of 3D animation.
The students could also try VR 3D animation, which was represented by playing in a basketball team of Poli products.
Ms Anja Podreka
Nature doesn’t need humans,
But humans need Nature.
Cause Nature is our Mother,
As there cannot be another.
And how do we thank that she gave us food and water?
By giving plastic and trash to the ocean through a sewer.
We are crafting things by polluting the air,
And buying unnatural things for our hair.
We are hunting the other children of Nature,
And our Mother turns warnings into torture.
Giving us forest fires and tsunamis,
Like we were the enemies.
But it’s too late to make it right,
And the problem is that we can’t fight.
We can just wait until it’s over,
So after that, we can think it over.
Are toys worth it to make Mother Nature angry,
Or that we think about the people who are hungry.
I would choose to think about others,
And, of course, the poisoning sewers.
But not every system can work for humankind,
And this is why the Soviet Union had failed at the time.
They are saying that everyone is the same,
While they did the opposite, that’s a shame.
So, humans should know their limits,
So it could not danger other habits.
Nature is strict but fair!
(by András Pártos, 6M)
As part of Individual Commitment, one of our MYP students volunteered to translate some news into Russian to reach a wider community. As a result, we hope that we will be able to share our news in even more languages to support our diverse community in the future. (Click here to view)
We wish you a wonderful weekend!