Dear Parents,

As we have finished Block 6, we are in the middle of a busy period of examinations, performances and end of year celebrations.

During this last block we have taken part in a Royal visit, digital learning day, residential trips, student projects, visit to the Mayor of Ljubljana and much more.

I was delighted that BISL was approached again to help out at another significant event in Ljubljana. Following on from the students representing our school and helping out at the 10th Anniversary of the British-Slovenian Chamber of Commerce, we were asked to be involved in the Royal visit. The British-Slovenian Chamber of Commerce, together with MEPI, organised an event to welcome His Royal Highness, The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex to Slovenia. During this event, our students greeted distinguished guests of honour and helped with the organisation of the event. We are incredibly proud of our students as they were a fantastic addition to this event and represented the school as role models with both professionalism and calmness. These opportunities give our students experience of wider skills that are essential and very much a part of the world of work they will move into after completing their education. Collaboration, communication and critical thinking skills are all a focus of the school as we plan many ways in which to help our students develop these.

In the reception area of the school, there is a wide range of student projects from our Early Years students who have recently finished their Transport topic. These are all very impressive and catch your attention when you enter the school. We are proud to have such creative students throughout the entire school at BISL!

I’d also like to show my appreciation of the hard work from the staff for the residential days which have started recently. These are very important at school and play a crucial role in helping our students explore and develop away from the classroom. The recent Year 2 trip to Grad Prestranek was extremely successful and the students had a wonderful time.

Our Year 6 students have recently finished a project using technology to plan homes and also redevelop the area of middle school in their area of the school. The level of use of IT, imagination and engagement on these activities have been amazing. I was recently interviewed as part of the process and must say how incredibly organised our students were in the planning and project management of this fantastic idea. Well done to everyone involved and I look forward to the next step of this.

We were delighted that a group of our secondary students organised a visit to the Mayor of Ljubljana to listen to his visionary ideas for the city, passions and how it is on the road to being the ‘greenest city in Europe’.

For ‘Digital Learning day’, the schools in Orbital Education worked together to create a video to represent the entire the global community. The focus of the video was to look at all the ways digital technology has a positive impact on education and young people’s lives. The final video has been uploaded to our Facebook and shared.

During this block we have areas repainted, the floors have been deep cleaned throughout, including the assembly space, and the woodland area has been checked again to make it as safe as possible. Grass seed has been added, extra trees have been planted and the area is slowly starting to come together to be a wonderful learning area for our students. The garden at the front of the school has been further developed and we are grateful to everyone who has been involved in this. Our students are asking more about the environment, outdoor projects and questions about how they can be involved. We have therefore started the process of looking into environmental awards, activities and becoming a ‘greener’ school. This is something that the students are very passionate about.

Finally, thank you to all parents for your help over the past few weeks in the strategic planning of the school and for those that have volunteered to help. We have arranged a set of meetings to finalise our strategic plan over the next month, then the draft of this should be emailed out soon. I also appreciate those that are considering to be a PTA parent representative for next year, working together is essential and having parents who are willing to join the PTA is a wonderful step forward to further improve the communication in our community. We also have created a range of surveys for all students to complete, to increase the opportunity for student voice in the school.

Hope you have a wonderful final block to the year.

Kind regards, Paul Walton