On Friday 25 November the Kindergarten students presented their first UOI(Unit of Inquiry) to their parents. The children had worked really hard, creating a poster about their families. They described it to their parents and also recited a rhyme about a family. We are all very proud of them.
On Wednesday, 23rd November, the school’s First Lego League competition team attended the Super Powered robot game training session at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Ljubljana. The goal of the training session was to demonstrate the completed solutions produced by individual teams up to now, to collaborate with other teams by sharing ideas, to learn through the judges’ feedback and to have fun while assembling innovative robots and coding them. The students enjoyed it and didn’t want to leave at the end.
On 18 November we commemorated the day of Slovenian food and of the Slovenian traditional breakfast. For this reason all students in Slovenia received bread, butter, honey, Milk and an Apple. This event helps us increase awareness about local food for our health and the protection of local production and the environment. The students wolfed it down, nothing better than buttered bread!
On Friday 18th November we went to visit The House of Experiments. After the bus ride to the city centre, we had a short stroll to reach our destination. Upon arrival friendly staff greeted us and we immediately went to explore. And in no time, it was our time to say goodbye and go back to school.
Time really flies when you are having fun.
On Thursday, 17th November, the PYP (KG – grade 5) and MYP gave presentations to parents about the different features and aspects of the IB Philosophy. PYP students guided us through the whole inquiry-based learning process and the development of the 5 essential elements of the PYP: knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes and action, while the MYP students prepared stands with 12 different topics covering everything from ATL skills, assessment, differentiation, learner profile attributes, inquiry cycle, etc. Parents appeared to be satisfied by what they saw.
The second group of 6M students visited the Home for the Elderly in Bežigrad today as part of their Service as Action. The students and the elderly had to be excellent thinkers and communicators since they played various brain games such as sudoku, memory, battleship, crosswords… Both the students and the elderly had fun and enjoyed each other’s company.
This week, it was apparent that something exciting was happening on Wednesday. Instead of students, many witches, skeletons, vampires, mummies, spiders, and other scary creatures attended school. Students prepared for the Halloween party the week before and created various arts and crafts; our sewing circle made Trick or Treat bags. Also, the parents and PTA put immense effort into decorating the classrooms, including Piñatas, not to mention the fantastic Halloween party packed with games, food, and fun. “Trick or Treat” resonated through the school hallways, dome, and auditorium.
On Wednesday, 26 October, our students celebrated Halloween with a Scary Reading for the PYP department, a movie for our MYP students, followed by a great party with music, games and delicious food for everyone.
It was a really fun event, enjoyed by everyone – our students as well as teachers and parents.
Thank you all for making this day special, particularly the organizing PTA team.
Poli Hočevar Eve
The first group of 6M students visited the Home for the Elderly in Bežigrad today as part of their Service as Action. The students and the elderly first baked some cookies and then had a tea party as well as sang songs. Both the students and the elderly had fun and enjoyed each other’s company.
This weekend saw the 26th running (pun unintended) of the Ljubljana Marathon, with the Saturday devoted to shorter promotional races for younger athletes. The race distances were 600, 1350 and 1800 metres, for 1st and 2nd, 3rd to 5th, and 6th to 9th grades respectively. The keen runners braved the unpredictable weather conditions and all gave strong and determined performances to delight the assembled crowd, their very proud, happy parents, and the Headmistress too.
On Wednesday October 12th Kindergarten students visited the Ljubljana Zoo. They had a lot of fun observing lions, giraffes, tigers and even snakes. The most fun was had when the sealions were being fed. They were quite loud and funny. Since there was still some time left before the bus ride back to school, the teachers let the kids play in the playground, which was the best.
The week of cultural heritage, which will take place at our school from 10th to 15th October, is an annual celebration of culture at Danila Kumar Elementary School. This year we are merging the week with Plečnik’s cultural heritage. We are kindly inviting you to view the exhibition at the Slovenian Ethnographical Museum – Plečnik’s Lectaria. A guided viewing is organised especially for our school.
The exhibition showcases crafts from the honey and beeswax industry and furniture from two families who bear a connection with the architect Jože Plečnik.
You can find more about the exhibition at: https://www.etno-muzej.si/en/razstave/plecniks-lectarija.
You can view the exhibition at a reduced ticket price of 4€ for all visitors from our school, just tell them at the museum entrance
Guided tours are available on the following dates: 13th, 14th, 15th October at 5 pm for a maximum of 25 visitors per tour: https://1ka.arnes.si/a/01d2197f .
Address: SEM, Metelkova 2, 1000 Ljubljana.
Friday, 7 October 2022, concluded the ‘Week of the Child’, which is celebrated all across Slovenia every first week in October. On this particular day, our students spent a part of their lessons playing and participating in various fun activities, because learning can take on different forms, and playing is one of them.
The students first got to know the tenrec, centipede, and stickleback in the Tropical House. They found out who their prey and predators are, their typical visual characteristics, as well as the connections between animals and plants. The students could stroke and even hold the animals in their hands. Later we saw chinchillas, porpoises, spiders, frogs, monkeys, snakes, and other exotic animals. We also entered the room with lemurs and saw the environment in which they lived.
We spent a pleasant day in the company of tropical animals and the environment where they live.
The first lesson of the parents’ beginners class for Slovenian will take place in classroom 170 at 13:15 on Monday, 10th of October.
On September 15 Grade 7 students visited The Jožef Stefan Institute, the Centre for Technology Transfer and Innovation, whose primary task is enabling and facilitating the transfer of technologies and innovations developed at the Jožef Stefan Institute into business. Students visited several different presentations talking about matter, robotics, biology, chemistry, physics, intelligence, systems, materials and the environment. In school, students created their own basic robot hand using Lego bricks, a motor and a touch or coloured sensor. The hand created can serve multiple purposes: massager, grabber, comber, cleaner, etc. Some students even recorded their own commercial for their innovative product.
Ms Lojzka Lušin