Mission & Philosophy Statement
The International Department at Danila Kumar International School was founded to facilitate the lives of foreign families in Slovenia by offering two reputable International Baccalaureate programmes: The Primary Years and the Middle Years Programme (first three years). We offer a high quality education that stimulates lifelong learning, develops skills and globally relevant concepts, generates good learning habits and promotes positive attitudes. Within these programmes we offer a comprehensive, inquiry-based and student-centred approach to teaching and learning. We focus on the total growth of the developing child – intellectual, physical, emotional and social, which we monitor and scaffold with rigorous and holistic assessment.
Beyond intellectual rigour and high academic standards, strong emphasis is placed on the ideas of intercultural understanding and respect, responsible communication and citizenship, as well as cooperation with schools and institutions both in Slovenia and abroad in order to create a better and more peaceful world.
Working together with the IBO
Danila Kumar International School is one of more than 3,665 schools in 146 countries around the world, that are members of the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), a non-profit educational foundation based in Switzerland that works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education with rigorous assessment.The IBO offers the Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students aged 3 to 12 years, Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students in the 11 to 16 year age range, and its Diploma Programme for students in the final two years of secondary school preparing for entry to university.
Teaching and Learning
The teachers at Danila Kumar are very cognisant of the philosophy promoted by the IBO. Teachers regularly attend training conferences organised by the IBO and the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) to learn about new learning systems and class management techniques.
At Danila Kumar, competency and learning in English is further reinforced by the inclusion of a full-time native-English speaking Language Assistant, who collaborates with the specialist teaching staff to encourage and develop fluency and accuracy of the students’ use of English. In addition, parents of students at Danila Kumar, are active in co-operating with the school through extra activities such as reading lessons and through the Parent Teacher Association.
The aim of the IBO programmes is to help students develop attributes that characterise successful learners. These globally-minded young people are:
|Inquirers||They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.|
|Knowledgeable||They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.|
|Thinkers||They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.|
|Communicators||They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.|
|Principled||They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.|
|Open-minded||They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.|
|Caring||They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.|
|Risk-takers||They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.|
|Balanced||They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.|
|Reflective||They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.|