PRIMARY STUDENT HANDBOOK 2020 - 2021 RESPECT EMPATHY EXCELLENCE CHALLENGE - British ...

 
PRIMARY STUDENT HANDBOOK 2020 - 2021 RESPECT EMPATHY EXCELLENCE CHALLENGE - British ...
PRIMARY
  STUDENT HANDBOOK
  2020 - 2021

RESPECT   ·   E M PAT H Y   ·   E XCELLENCE   ·   CHALLENGE
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Contents

Introduction                             4
    - Our Vision, Mission and Values
Academic Calendar 2020-21                5
After-School Provision                   6
    - Extended Supervision
    - After-School Clubs
    - Extra supervision during breaks
    - BISL Summer Club
    - Registration
Assemblies                               7
Attendance                               7
Birthday Celebrations                    7
Class Allocation                         8
Communication                            9
    - Contact Details
    - Office Hours
Daily Routines                           10
    - Drop-Off & Registration
    - Pick-Up
    - Parking
    - Public Transport
    - Snack
    - School Lunch
Early Years Foundation Stage             12
Electronic Resources                     12
Enrolment                                12
    - Deadlines & Annual Cycles
    - Spreading the Word
    - Concerns & Complaints
Glossary                                 13
Grades & Reports                         13
Health & Safety                          14
    - Sickness or lateness
    - First Aid
    - Head lice
    - Infectious Diseases
    - Medical History & Regular Checks
    - Pets
    - Security

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House Points System                                                                                      16
Homework                                                                                                 17
iPads                                                                                                    17
Key Contacts                                                                                             18
Languages                                                                                                20
Library                                                                                                  20
Meetings with Teachers                                                                                   21
Parent Teacher Association                                                                               22
Physical Education                                                                                       22
Policies                                                                                                 22
Stationery & Other Essential School Supplies                                                             23
Student Council                                                                                          23
Teaching & Learning                                                                                      24
Trips                                                                                                    25
   - Residential Trips
Uniform                                                                                                  26
   - Early Years Foundation Stage
   - Primary
   - Physical Education
   - Hair
   - Book Bags
   - Ordering Online

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Introduction

Welcome to the BISL Primary Student Handbook.             This version of the Handbook is dated 14th August
This document is intended to help students, parents       2020.
and staff to understand the way our school functions      Please check online for the latest version, as it may
by providing valuable information.                        be updated periodically throughout the year. Printed
Sections are listed in alphabetical order.                copies will not be issued by the school, and in the
                                                          interests of environmental sustainability, please think
                                                          twice before you click “Print” at home.

Our Vision

We aim to inspire lifelong learners and caring global citizens, in a community where everyone feels
encouraged, supported and challenged.

Our Mission

We provide a high quality British style international education in English, balancing tradition and innovation.
Our passion is creating a positive, safe and nurturing learning environment in which everyone is valued as
individuals, empowering them to be versatile, motivated and caring people.
We will endeavour to create opportunities to develop creativity, collaboration and critical thinking skills
through an inclusive and personalised experience.

Our Values

RESPECT                                                   EXCELLENCE
We learn at school by showing respect to everyone in      We strive for excellence in everything we do.
the community.

EMPATHY                                                   CHALLENGE
We develop empathy for those around us.                   We embrace a challenge as it enriches our learning.
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Academic Calendar 2020 - 2021

Orientation Day                      Friday, 21 August 2020
Block 1 Begins                       Monday, 24 August 2020
Block 1 Ends                         Friday, 25 September 2019
Block Break (School Closed)          Monday, 28 September - Friday, 2 October 2020
Block 2 Begins                       Monday, 5 October 2020
Block 2 Ends                         Friday, 6 November 2020
Block Break (School Closed)          Monday, 9 November - Friday, 13 November 2020
Block 3 Begins                       Monday, 16 November 2020
Block 3 Ends                         Friday, 18 December 2020
Block Break (School Closed)          Monday, 21 December 2020 - Friday, 1 January 2021
Staff Training Day (School Closed)   Monday, 4 January 2021
Block 4 Begins                       Tuesday, 5 January 2021
Block 4 Ends                         Friday, 5 February 2021
Block Break (School Closed)          Monday, 8 February - Friday, 12 February 2021
Block 5 Begins                       Monday, 15 February 2021
Block 5 Ends                         Friday, 26 March 2021
Block Break (School Closed)          Monday, 29 March - Friday, 2 April 2021
Public Holiday                       Monday, 5 April 2021
Staff Training Day (School Closed)   Tuesday, 6 April 2021
Block 6 Begins                       Wednesday, 7 April 2021
Public Holiday                       Tuesday, 27 April 2021
Block 6 Ends                         Friday, 14 May 2021
Block Break (School Closed)          Monday, 17 May - Friday, 21 May 2021
Block 7 Begins                       Monday, 24 May 2021
Block 7 Ends                         Thursday, 24 June 2021
Public Holiday                       Friday, 25 June 2021
Staff Training Day (School Closed)   Monday, 28 June 2021
Staff Training Day (School Closed)   Tuesday, 29 June 2021

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After-School Provision

All after-school options are presented to parents in     Ballroom), Sports (Skiing, Football). Some clubs may
Week 1 and start in Week 2, after the registration       also run during the weekend and/or school break.
deadline.                                                Extra supervision during breaks
Extended Supervision                                     Supervision for BISL students during the school
We offer extended supervision daily and childcare for    holidays may be offered at an additional cost,
students in:                                             depending on demand. Parents are notified of this
•   Early Years from 14:55-16:30 (except for Pre-        option in advance.
    Nursery below the age of 3);                         BISL Summer Club
•   Year 1-6 from 14:55-15:40.                           BISL Summer Club is offered during the month of July
Students engage in various activities such as drawing,   for internal and external students and run by qualified
reading, homework time, board games, free play           staff. More information is available on the school
and outdoor games. Parents are welcome to pick up        website.
students at any time during the supervision period.      Registration
After-School Clubs                                       In order for students to participate in any of our after
Free after-school clubs are run by BISL staff on         school programmes, parents need to register their
selected days and times during term time. Clubs          children in advance.
offered for particular age-groups may include Sports,    For any activities or clubs where student numbers
Scouts, Cooking, Art, Drama and Dance. Students          are limited, places will be filled on a first come, first
registered for these are expected to attend the clubs    served basis. Places are reviewed termly and parents
regularly, or they may lose their place.                 notified on availability.
Specialised clubs are offered at an additional cost.     In case of a delayed pick-up or emergencies, parents
These are run by external qualified staff on school      must notify the school reception before/at the end
premises or in the nearby community throughout the       of the school day, for their children to be put into
school term. Examples include BIMS, Horse-Riding,        extended supervision until they are collected.
Arts and Crafts (Digital Art), Dancing (Hip-Hop,
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Assemblies

There is one assembly per week in which various             concern, or stimulus for personal reflection. This is
themes are presented by different teachers or               often tied into the school’s Vision, Mission and Values,
students. The Assembly is also devoted to distributing      the Topic Personal Goals or a common theme.
various certificates to students and classes for their      Although religious festivals may be the focus of
academic, behavioural or social achievements during         an Assembly, there is never any religious worship
that week. House points for the week are collected          element to it and there are no prayers or hymns
and the winning House announced, followed by a              involved.
celebratory activity.
                                                            After this, a minute’s silence offers an opportunity for
Whatever the content, the intention is to provide a         reflection.
thought for the day, a reflection on a recent event,
                                                            There is a whole school assembly on the last Friday of
a discussion about a matter of common interest or
                                                            each term.

                                                                            DID YOU KNOW?
                                                                            An attendance level of 90% means your child

Attendance                                                                  is missing 1 day of learning every two weeks…

At BISL, our expectation is that attendance will not        Requests for absence during term time should
fall below 95% in order for students to take full           only be made if absolutely necessary and are not
advantage of the educational opportunities available        automatically authorised. Permission should be
to them.                                                    sought in writing from the Principal using the Leave of
For any requests regarding holidays during term time,       Absence Request form.
parents should refer to the school’s Attendance Policy
on the school website.

Birthday Celebrations

Birthdays are announced during primary assemblies           should communicate any plans to the Class Teacher a
each week.                                                  few days in advance.
Should parents wish for their child to celebrate their      Parents need to be mindful of the school’s no
special day with their classmates (e.g. provide a treat,    peanuts policy and be aware of any allergies when
birthday cake etc.) during a primary break, they            bringing in treats from home to share.

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Class Allocation

Each applicant is considered individually in light of    In certain cases, following a two-week review period,
previous educational experience. Based on best           we may decide to place a student in a different class.
practice, we do not generally advocate putting           It is our policy to involve parents in this process and
students in classes in advance of their age group.       to explain our reasons for suggesting such changes.
Accepted students are allocated to a class based on      Primary Class Teachers are allocated provisionally
the following criteria:                                  at the end of each academic year and parents are
•   Age according to UK schools’ criteria;               informed before the start of the new academic year.
                                                         The School reserves the right to amend this list if
•   Academic background (e.g. having already
                                                         necessary.
    completed a specific Year in the British system at
    a previous school);                                  For further information about Class Allocation, please
                                                         refer to our website.
•   Special circumstances based on observations
    and for specific social/emotional (non-academic)
    reasons.
•   Other relevant information/evidence.

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Communication

Please use the following means of communication as        Please ensure that school has your up-to-date
appropriate:                                              contact details.
•   SMS or telephone – for notifying Reception of     Remember, we need to be able to contact you too,
    lateness or absence – including if you are going to
                                                      so it’s vital that we know about changes to email
    be late for pick-up.                              addresses, phone numbers or home address. This is
•   Email – the preferred means of general contact as essential in case of an emergency.
    we can keep a track, forward etc. as appropriate
    to communicate between home and school.
•   Facebook – for social updates and school news.
    Not for contacting teachers or notifying us of
    anything relating to your child.

Contact Details
Contact Details:
Address: 		            Cesta 24. junija 92, SI-1231 Ljubljana-Črnuče:
Website:		             http://www.britishschool.si
Academic Calendar:     Available on our website here.
Email:			              enquiries@britishschool.si
Telephone: 		          Mobile +386 (0)40 486 548
			                    Landline +386 (0)83 825 920
Skype: 			             britishschool.si
Twitter: 		            @britishschool
Facebook: 		           @britishschool
Office Hours:		        Term Time: 08:00 - 16:00
			                    School Holidays: 09:00 - 13:00

Financial Details:
Company name:          Britanska mednarodna šola v Ljubljani d.o.o.
DDV/VAT:		             SI 62676156

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Daily Routines

Drop-Off & Registration
The Drop-Off window is between 07:15 and 07:45 at        The parking spots in front of Early Years are reserved
the drop off area. We ask all parents to respect these   for Early Years’ parents accompanying their children
times. The drop-off area is marked with a blue square    to/from the Early Years entrance.
in the car park by the playground.                       Registration is at 7:50.
If parents need to come into school with their child,    Students arriving after this time will need to enter
they may park in the public car park and use the         through the main entrance and register at Reception.
front entrance.                                          If students arrive late, they will miss out on Assembly
For safety, please follow the painted foot steps or      or class circle time, an important feature of our
traffic cones where applicable to make your way          programme, and this will appear on their school
through the car park.                                    record.

Pick-Up
The school day finishes at 14:45.                        playground) not from the Reception area.
Pick-up is between 14.50 – 15.00.                        The school playground equipment is locked outside
Students are to be picked up by parents/guardians        of school hours and should not be used without staff
from the drop-off area (blue square near the             supervision.

Parking
Parents are asked to park their cars in the public car   The speed limit on site is 10 km/h.
park only.

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Public Transport
There are two public bus lines operating in the             Bus line #6 runs between Dolgi Most and Črnuče
vicinity of the school.                                     through the city centre. Get off at “Kolodvor Črnuče”
Students from Year 2 and above can use a monthly            and then it is a 10-minute walk to school.
bus pass Urbana Card which costs 20 EUR/month.              Bus line #8 runs between Gameljne and Brnčičeva
An ID should be presented at the LPP office in order        through the city centre. Get off at “Elma” and then it
to apply for a monthly Urbana pass for Primary school       is a 6-minute walk to school.
children.                                                   This link can help you plan your travel with Ljubljana
                                                            city buses.

Snack
Fresh fruit bowls are available for students daily. All     We also ask students to bring with them a water
students should bring a healthy snack with them for         bottle, flask or sealable cup, labelled with the
the morning break. This might include:                      student’s name.
•   Sandwiches                                              We appreciate:
•   Cubes of cheese                                         •   No sweets (candy) or chocolate.
•   Fruit                                                   •   No food that needs to be reheated or
•   Cereal bars                                                 refrigerated.

•   Savoury biscuits                                        •   No drinks in cans or glass bottles for safety
                                                                reasons.
•   Small pieces of cooked meat
                                                            •   No PEANUTS because of allergies of other
•   Cut-up carrots/cucumber/cherry tomatoes
                                                                students.
•   Small plain cake
                                                            •   No sugary or energy drinks, e.g. Red Bull, Coke.
•   Small tubs of yogurt (better just in cooler weather)
                                                            Thank you in advance for your co-operation.
•   Juice/water

School Lunch
Lunches are prepared by an external catering                When lunches are ordered, they will be charged for
company, SuperCatering d.o.o.                               unless the Receptionist has notification via SMS by
                                                            08:00 in the morning (+386(0)40 486 548) that the
The menu for each month is sent out by the 23rd of
                                                            student will be absent for the day, irrespective of
the previous month. Orders should be submitted
                                                            whether the student actually eats the meal which has
by the 28th of the month, indicating which choice is        been ordered. Refunds for the cancelled lunches will
selected for each day.                                      be credited with the next month.
There is always a vegetarian option. For students with Food should not be taken out of the Dining Hall.
special dietary needs, please contact the Catering     These arrangements apply equally to packed lunches
company directly via email.                            brought from home and lunches provided by the
                                                       catering company.

                                                       Reception: +386 40 486 548 | Email: enquiries@britishschool.si
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

General information in this handbook applies to Early Years as well. In addition, parents will receive a welcome
pack from our Early Years team with specific EYFS information before the start of the academic year.

Electronic Resources

•    School website                                       •   Uniform - International School Uniforms
•    Key Documents, including fees, academic              •   LPP (public transport)
     calendar, application form, terms and conditions,
     policies etc.

Enrolment

Deadlines and Annual Cycles
The school accepts enrolments throughout the year,        If you expect that your child will be leaving us at the
subject to availability. We operate waiting lists where   end of the academic year, please notify the school by
necessary.                                                31st March.
Thus, the “annual cycle” of enrolment practised by        If your child is returning for the next academic year
the Slovenian public education system is not entirely     and staying throughout the academic year, you
appropriate to our needs.                                 needn’t do anything – there is no “Re-enrolment”
We need at least a full term’s written notice if your     requirement.
child is leaving the school, as explained in our Terms
and Conditions.

Spreading the Word
We are very grateful to our parents for spreading the     If you know of anyone who may be interested in
word about our school.                                    enrolling their children, please direct them to our
                                                          Admission Manager’s (admissions@britishschool.si)
                                                          and let us know that you have done this.

Concerns & Complaints
Please refer to our Concerns and Complaints Policy,
available on the school website, to raise any issues.

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Glossary

There are some terms we regularly use here at BISL.
These include:
•   Block: a 5-week teaching period. There are seven      •   MFL: Modern Foreign Languages. We currently
    of these in an academic year.                             offer Slovene, French and German as part of this
•   EAL: English as an Additional Language, for those         programme.
    students who need additional language support to •        PTA: Parent and Teacher Association.
    access the curriculum.                            •       SEND: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
•   DSL: Designated Safeguarding Lead.                •       TA: Teaching Assistant
•   KS: Key Stage refers to the specific stages of        •   Topics: our curriculum is topic-based, which is an
    a student’s education according to the English            approach where learning in linked through various
    National Curriculum.                                      themes.
    •   EYFS is Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery     •   Year: the equivalent of “Grade” in the US system,
        and Reception).                                       but numbering is different as the UK system
    •   KS1 is Years 1 and 2.                                 begins with Year 1 at age 5 (equivalent to US KG
    •   KS2 is Years 3 to 6.                                  or IB KG2), and continues to Year 13 (US 12th
    •   KS3 is Years 7, 8 and 9 (Lower Secondary).            Grade or Slovene Gimnazija 4. letnik).
    •   KS4 refers to Years 10 and 11 (Middle
        Secondary)
    •   KS5 is Years 12 and 13 (Upper Secondary).

Grades & Reports

In Primary school, we produce 3 brief written reports   We do not give aggregated grades and we do not
through the academic year. These are followed by        administer the UK government’s SAT testing system.
Parent/Teacher Meetings. The second report focuses      In line with internationally established best practice,
purely on specialist subjects.                          we place more emphasis on formative (on-going)
The reports consist of a section for each subject, with assessment and involve the students in assessing their
an explanation of the material covered by the class     own progress.
and an evaluation of the individual student’s progress, Find out more information about our most recent
and a closing comment by the Class teacher.             outstanding PTM and PTE results here.

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Health & Safety

If your child is sick or if they are going to be late
If a student is unwell, please do not bring them to        notifications regarding student absence, lateness or
school. In general terms, students on a course of          change in pick-up arrangements are sent via email to
antibiotics should not come to school; we will not         reception@britishschool.si, or by texting/phoning
normally administer prescription medication.               040 486 548, as teachers may not be able to access
Please note that our policy is that students should        emails until later. Our Receptionist will then pass on
stay at home if they are at all unwell, to minimise        the information directly to the teacher/relevant staff
the risk of infection and because their ability to         member.
concentrate on their learning is impaired. Generally, if   If a student becomes ill during the school day,
a student is unable to go outside to play, they are too    the class teacher or Receptionist will contact the
unwell to come to school.                                  parents (or, if we cannot get one of the parents, the
If your child is unwell and will not be coming to          emergency contact listed on the Application Form)
school, or if you are going to be late dropping off        by phone to explain the situation, request that the
or picking up, we ask that any last minute/same day        student is collected, and indicate where the student
                                                           should be collected from.

First Aid
We have several qualified First Aiders on staff.           Parents will be informed as soon as possible and
Should it be deemed necessary by the First Aider,          if we cannot reach them by phone, we will try the
we will contact the parents and/or an ambulance to         emergency contact listed on the Application Form.
administer professional care in case of an emergency.      Please refer to our Terms and Conditions, 7(e), which
                                                           states our position on emergency care.

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Head Lice
Head lice are and have always been a common                 student will be sent home.
problem in schools.                                         Parents are responsible for following the guidelines
Students suspected of having head lice should be            and administering effective treatment at home before
treated with utmost discretion.                             their child returns to school. General guidelines and
If a parent discovers that their child has head lice, the   helpful information can be found on the following
class teacher must be informed promptly. If lice are        links: KidsHealth.org and HeadLice.org.
discovered in school, parents will be informed and the

Infectious Diseases
Parents will be informed of any cases of infectious         •   Parents may be asked to provide a doctor’s
disease at the school.                                          certificate which states that their child is fit to
•   Parents must inform the school immediately                  return to school.
    if their child is suffering from any contagious
    disease.

Medical History & Regular Checks
Upon enrolment, parents must complete an                    Please note that, as a private school, we do not
information sheet and notify the school of any              have regular school medical checks, parents are
allergies or medical conditions.                            responsible for ensuring that their child is registered
                                                            at a local health centre and that the necessary
                                                            appointments and immunisations are complete, and
                                                            have appropriate health insurance.

Pets
Pets should not be brought on the school premises
unless special permission has been granted.

Security
If you wish to visit, please call 040 486 548 in            Non-parent visitors will be issued with a Visitor’s
advance to be sure that someone will be available to        badge at Reception and accompanied to the meeting
welcome you.                                                room if appropriate.
The school driveway is closed with a barrier. Please        Any requests for visitors (BISL alumni etc.) should be
dial key-2255-key to enter.                                 made in writing to the Head of the School in advance.

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House Points System

Our House Points System runs through the whole       and announced at the Whole School Assembly. The
school. Each class is split into four houses and     winning House receives the Winner’s Cup which is
students are rewarded 1 or 2 points for positive     displayed for the duration of the next block. A special
behaviour or academic achievements. An exceptional   prize is given for the overall annual House winners at
3 points can be awarded by the Heads of School or    the end of the academic year.
the Principal.                                       In addition, teachers may use individual reward
Points are collected each week and winners are       systems in their class to monitor students’ daily
announced during the weekly Assembly. At the end     performance.
of each block, school house points are collected

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Homework

Research into the benefits of homework is                    •   We endeavour to make homework meaningful,
inconclusive but it is proven to be more effective               emphasise thinking skills rather than quantity and
with older students than their younger peers. It is              time spent, make sure the homework is accessible
seemingly most effective when it involves practice or            to all learners and has a positive impact upon
rehearsal of subject matter already taught.                      student motivation.
As a result of research, the School’s agreed practice is     •   Homework in any yeargroup level does not have
as follows:                                                      to have a written outcome. It might be a follow-up
•   We do not routinely set homework for lower                   of work done in class. It may sometimes consist
    Primary students, but do ask that parents read               of preparation for work yet to be done. It might
    with their children, both in English and in their            be independent student-led work but wherever
    mother tongue, on a regular basis and involve                possible involves practice or rehearsal of subject
    them in practical real-life maths activities.                matter already taught.

iPads

Parents are required to purchase an iPad for each           use at home by creating their own Apple ID in order
enrolled child in Years 3-6 to use in class. Since this     to monitor their child’s activities on the App Store and
is a personal device owned by the student (parents),        the internet.
the iPad is taken home on a daily basis for security        Please see our iPad guide, distributed at the start of
reasons and to be recharged. The iPad is an integral        the academic year, for more details.
part of the student’s learning equipment, as the
                                                            In school, students browse the internet through a
school curriculum is developed around using this new
                                                            secure internet connection set up specifically for
technology.
                                                            students. All teachers using iPads in their teaching
We recommend an iPad Air 1 or newer with a 32 GB            provide guidance and educate students about
memory. 16 GB will also be accepted but students            E-safety on a regular basis.
will have to manage space accordingly.
                                                            Our IT Manager (it@britishschool.si) is there to assist
It is required for students to password protect their       where necessary with technical issues, or refer to
iPads. We also encourage parents to oversee the iPad        experts for more specialist problems.

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Key Contacts

Our full list of staff with qualifications, nationality,   The following are our key positions of responsibility in
photo and brief biography can be found on our              the Primary school:
website.

Senior Leadership Team
Paul Walton                     Principal                          paul.walton@britishschool.si
Katarina Železinger             Head of Primary                    katarina.zelezinger@britishschool.si
Stephanie Andronikos            Head of Secondary                  stephanie.andronikos@britishschool.si

Class Teachers
Sally Rosa                      EYFS                               sally.rosa@britishschool.si
Katarina Miklavec               EYFS                               katarina.miklavec@britishschool.si
Katherine Blundell              Year 1                             katherine.blundell@britishschool.si
Laura Harris                    Year 2A                            laura.harris@britishschool.si
Lisa Miller                     Year 2B                            lisa.miller@britishschool.si
Daragh Mulcahy                  Year 3                             daragh.mulcahy@britishschool.si
Chris Bishop                    Year 4                             chris.bishop@britishschool.si
Sam Walker                      Year 5A                            sam.walker@britishschool.si
Tanya Charlesworth              Year 5B                            tanya.charlesworth@britishschool.si
Nino Kokalj                     Year 6                             nino.kokalj@britishschool.si

Assistant Teachers
Karla Kukovica                  EYFS                               karla-marija.kukovica@britishschool.si
Albina Bradley                  KS1-2                              albina.bradley@britishschool.si
Alicia Carter                   KS1-2                              alicia.carter@britishschool.si
Simon Irving                    KS1-2                              simon.irving@britishschool.si
Tjaša Predan                    KS1-2                              tjasa.predan@britishschool.si
Matej Černi                     PE                                 matej.cerni@britishschool.si

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Specialist Teachers
Anja Drofenik              Slovene Teacher                         anja.drofenik@britishschool.si
Anže Damjan                Head of PE                              anze.damjan@britishschool.si
Emina Begić                SEN / Learning Support Specialist       emina.begic@britishschool.si
Dominic Hulse              Performing Arts Teacher                 dominic.hulse@britishschool.si
Louisa Kenealy             Head of Performing Arts                 louisa.kenealy@britishschool.si
Mateja Košec               MFL Coordinator / Slovene Teacher       mateja.kosec@britishschool.si
Monika Godec               SEN / Learning Support Specialist       monika.godec@britishschool.si
Sarah Fairchild Gojković   PE Teacher                              sarah.fairchild-gojkovic@britishschool.si
Tatjana Struna Berden      French Teacher                          tatjana.struna-berden@britishschool.si
Tobija Siter               EAL Teacher                             tobija.siter@britishschool.si

Administration
Andrej Kravanja            Finance Assistant                       andrej.kravanja@britishschool.si
Ivo Čičak                  Receptionist                            ivo.cicak@britishschool.si
Katja Dinčič               Finance and HR Officer                  katja.dincic@britishschool.si
Peter Gombač               IT Manager                              peter.gombac@britishschool.si
Tjaša Sjekloča - Verhunc   Head of Marketing & Admissions          tjasa.sjekloca-verhunc@british-
                                                                   school.si

                                                Reception: +386 40 486 548 | Email: enquiries@britishschool.si
Languages

The language of all instruction and general school       With students joining our school from all corners
communication is English.                                of the globe, our English as an Additional Language
Modern Foreign Language (MFL) classes are an             (EAL) team takes on the exciting challenge of ensuring
exception, where teachers will encourage the use of      that all students are equipped with the necessary
the language being studied.                              language tools to enable them to make the most of
                                                         their time here at BISL.
Our students come from over 40 different countries
and we understand the importance of building
students’ language skills as an integral part of their
development and sense of self.

Library

The school library is currently closed for               The Primary reading bank for students to take daily
refurbishment. Our new Learning Resource Centre,         reading books home will continue to operate as usual.
which will benefit both students and staff alike, will   We are always grateful for book donations (new or
be revealed as part of the grand opening of our new      used), on the understanding that they may be sold at
building.                                                an annual library book sale if they do not fit into the
Any school library books should be returned to the       library’s collection needs at the present time.
class teacher or Reception in the meantime.
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Meetings with Teachers

We organise a cycle of Parent/Teacher Meetings,           If students have specific requirements for transcripts,
during which we aim to meet with at least one parent      certificates, grade sheets and such for the purpose of
of every student in the school at least once a year.      transfer to their next school, we will do our best to
Typically, Primary parents have a meeting with the        generate and formally validate a document which can
class teacher or specialist subject teacher after         be based on a provided exemplar.
reports have been issued, at a prearranged time.          In case you would like to discuss anything with your
Parents are additionally invited to make contact with     child’s teacher, please contact them via email to agree
individual teachers by email at any time if they have     on a suitable date and time for a meeting. You should
any questions or concerns.                                normally get a reply within 24 hours during term time.

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Parent Teacher Association

Our PTA exists to enhance the work of the school         •   organising various special events such as
and assists with welcoming new parents to Ljubljana          International Day and the Christmas Bazaar.
and to the school. There is no subscription charge,      •   helping in school events, projects and trips
all parents are automatically members. The PTA is
                                                         •   raising funds through various events for specific
currently seeking new committee members willing
                                                             school resources (e.g. library books, playground
and able to take on leading roles.
                                                             equipment, snacks for BISL Show etc.)
You can reach the PTA at pta@britishschool.si.
                                                         The PTA is not a lobbying or representation
PTA activities have so far included:                     organisation, since all parents have direct individual
•    organising the Family Picnic at the end of the      access to the Principal via email, telephone and
     academic year.                                      personal meetings, in accordance with our Complaints
•    holding regular Coffee Mornings for parents to      Policy.
     get to know one another – including one with the
     Principal in each Block.

Physical Education

Year 1 - 6 PE lessons and sports activities take place   All specialist Early Years PE activities take place on
down the street off-site at Športni Park Ludus.          the school premises.
Address:
Črnuče, Šlandrova ulica 11, 1231 Ljubljana-Črnuče.

Policies

Key policies required by UK British Schools Overseas standards are available on our website.
These include:
•    Anti-Bullying Policy                                •   Positive Behaviour Policy
•    Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy              •   Concerns and Complaints Policy
•    Equal Opportunities Policy                          •   School Terms and Conditions
•    Health and Safety Policy

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Stationery & Other Essential School Supplies

School provides exercise books and learning               •   Pencils
resources for all students. Writing equipment is          •   Eraser
provided for Pre-Nursery up to and including Year 2.
                                                          •   Pencil sharpener
Early Years and Key Stage 1 (Years 1-2) students are
                                                          •   Small ruler
required to purchase a school book bag, into which
the class teacher will place various reading materials    •   Small pair of scissors
on a weekly basis.                                        •   Set of colour pencils (Felt tip pens are not
For Years 3 to 6, a pencil case with the following basic      necessary)
items is required and must be supplied by parents:       This encourages students to develop their
• Black or blue ink writing pens (Base Ball pens are     organisational skills and responsibilities for the future
    recommended). NO BIROS.                              transition into Secondary school.

Student Council

The aim of the Student Council is to work in              the Chairperson in sustaining transparency of the
partnership with the Parent-Teacher Association           topics discussed and decision made.
(PTA), staff and students for the benefit of the whole    The Student Council addresses any questions to
school community, representing the views of the           appropriate members of the school community such
student body on matters of concern to them.               as the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) or the PTA and
The students elect a class representative and a           makes sure feedback is regularly given to the student
deputy at the beginning of the academic year. The         body itself.
Student Council is led by a Chairperson that is elected School Prefects in Year 6 are given various roles and
through a democratic whole-school election process. responsibilities to represent the student body and
In making sure the Council is led efficiently, there are assist in the smooth running of the school.
two officers, a secretary and a treasurer, who assist
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Teaching & Learning

We are firmly committed to an interdisciplinary           Young learners are invited to discover the world
approach to learning.                                     around them at learning stations which focus on
We believe this enriches the curriculum and allows        different areas of the curriculum and aid their physical
our learners to make connections between their            and social development.
work.                                                     In the Primary school, curricular areas are integrated
By drawing on connections from the real world and         meaningfully into a widely embracing theme, which
real-life experiences, the curriculum becomes more        changes every Block. Themes tend to focus on an
relevant for our learners and enabling the cross-         area of the curriculum such as Humanities or Science
fertilization of knowledge, skills, and understanding.    but English skills are at the heart of every theme.

This is also an approach which better allows the          Skills are practiced across the entire curriculum and
school to fulfill its commitment to meet the individual   thematic links are made in Mathmatics and specialist
needs of all learners and empowers teachers to be         subject such as Slovene, French, Physical Education,
imaginative and innovative in their daily practice.       Music and Dance but these subjects tend to be more
                                                          stand-alone in their nature.
In Early Years, the focus is on learning through play.

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Trips

Off-site visits are incorporated into the curriculum to    Information about the trip will also indicate the
enhance student learning. When students are off-site,      expected timings, arrangements for transportation
behaviour expectations are particularly high. An email     and dress code (normally uniform, but other clothing
is sent to parents in advance of the trip indicating       may be more appropriate depending on the activity).
what materials or clothing might be required.              A trip leader will be identified, and their contact
Generally, a little pocket money for a drink or snack      details shared with parents for each trip.
may be appropriate; transport and admissions charges
are usually included in the school tuition fees but
parents may be asked for a contribution.

Residential Trips
We organise Residential Trips for Years 3-6, ranging       a minimum in order to encourage all students to
from 2-5 days, once or twice during the academic           participate.
year.                                                      Please ensure that your child’s passport or ID is
These trips are in addition to the regular topic-related   up to date and that they have appropriate medical
outings and are an extremely valuable part of the          insurance prior to a residential trip.
curriculum.                                                A full risk assessment is carried out for all trips in
Residential trips are optional, as they are not included   advance.
in the school fees, but we aim to keep costs to

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Uniform

School uniform at BISL is required, as per the             School uniform encourages a sense of unity and
guidance below. Our uniform providers are                  common purpose and provides a sense of belonging.
International School Uniforms.                             All items brought into school (including clothing,
                                                           lunch boxes, water bottles and iPads) should be
                                                           clearly marked with the student’s name. Our
                                                           uniform suppliers offer name tapes and laundry pens
                                                           - we strongly recommend this as a solution.
Early Years Foundation Stage
Most of the year:                                          Hot weather:
•    White or navy embroidered long-sleeved polo           •   White or navy embroidered short-sleeved polo
     shirt                                                     shirt
•    Choice of embroidered navy V-neck sweater or          •   Grey shorts or skort
     navy cardigan                                         •   Blue gingham summer dress
•    Navy sweatpants                                       •   Summer cap
•    Grey pinafore dress or skirt                          Winter:
•    PE Kit and non-marking indoor sports shoes            •   Ski suit, hat, gloves and suitable footwear for
•    Black socks                                               outdoor play time
•    Indoor non-slippery black shoes or plimsolls          •   Fleece jacket (optional)
•    Outdoor footwear suitable for weather conditions
     and outdoor play
Primary
Most of the year:                                          Winter:
•    White embroidered long-sleeved polo shirt             •   Ski suit, hat, gloves and suitable footwear for
•    Choice of embroidered navy V-neck sweater or              outdoor play time
     navy cardigan                                         •   Fleece jacket (optional)
•    Grey trousers or skirt                                Footwear:
•    Grey pinafore dress                                   Years 1-4:
•    Black socks                                           •   Indoor non-slippery black shoes or plimsolls
Hot weather:                                               •   Outdoor footwear suitable for weather conditions
•    White embroidered short-sleeved polo shirt                and outdoor play

•    Grey shorts or skort                                  Years 5-6:

•    Blue gingham summer dress                             •   Black leather shoes suitable for both indoor and
                                                               outdoor use.
•    Summer cap
Physical Education
•    BISL sportswear - top and bottom (various             •   Non-marking indoor sports shoes
     options to choose from based on preference) this
     includes: white sports t-shirt, navy sports shorts,
     tracksuit bottoms, track top or hoodie.
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Hair
Students and adults who have long hair should have           and play, as well as hygiene issues while they are
it tied back neatly for school. This prevents potential      eating and the prevention of spreading head lice.
safety problems during physical activities, painting
Book Bags
Early Years and Key Stage 1 (Years 1-2) students are         Class teachers will place various reading materials into
required to purchase a school book bag.                      these on a weekly basis.
Ordering Online
We offer a selection of uniform samples to try on            Orders will be delivered directly to your preferred
for size. Please contact Admissions to arrange an            address, usually dispatched within six working days.
appointment.                                                 If you have any problems or questions regarding your
Once you have the correct size, please go to the BISL        order, feel free to contact ISU customer services
ISU webshop to complete your uniform purchase                directly.
online.                                                      Different family circumstances will mean different
This webshop gives you convenient access to our              quantities, but please ensure you have a sufficient
full uniform catalogue, similarly to any other online        amount for daily wear. “My uniform is in the wash” is
clothing store.                                              not an acceptable excuse.

Lost & Found
Items left in the school unattended will be placed
in the lost and found box, located in the Primary
cloakroom on the ground floor.

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OUR SCHOOL AT A GLANCE

 Exams offered -                                                English
 IGCSE & A LEVEL                                                National
 (Cambridge/AQA)                                                Curriculum

 250                                                                Languages
                                                                    taught
 Number
 of students                                                          - English
                                                                      - Slovene
                                                                      - French

 2-18          Current
               age range                                              40+
                                                                      Nationalities

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                                          Cesta 24. junija 92, 1231 Ljubljana-Črnuče
                                                                   +386 40 618 356
                                                         admissions@britishschool.si

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