KEY STRENGTHS OF THE BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF LJUBLJANA
1. Unique pedagogical approach
Some people think of the British International School of Ljubljana as conservative and maybe even old-fashioned, with rules and limits, uniformed students, and strict teachers who teach from an old English curriculum. However, this could not be further from the truth. There are, of course, traditional elements to the school, such as school uniform or following the English National Curriculum framework, but the pedagogical approach at the British International School of Ljubljana is not at all conservative or old-fashioned.
It is quite the opposite: the entire approach to learning is very advanced, perhaps even avant-garde: a unique blend of consistency and tradition that is ever changing as events, curriculum and school environment evolve to better meet the needs of today’s young people.
The school develops children’s sense of enquiry by encouraging them to ask interesting and relevant questions, listen to and respect the opinion of others, plan and carry out experiments, gather evidence for their claims, use experimental results to reach logical conclusions, compare their conclusions with those of others, and maintain concentration and focus on the task at hand.
2. Student centred
Students are at the heart of the school’s every decision. Although exam results are important, life is about so much more grades. The school places great emphasis on developing students into healthy, confident and independent individuals who understand their rights and responsibilities as members of a global and diverse society. This is reinforced both within the academic curriculum and as part of the school’s Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) programme.
Students are also encouraged and given many opportunities to take on a variety of leadership roles within the community, ranging from being a member of the Student Council, participating in the MEPI programme (Slovenia’s branch of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award), organising charity fundraising activities, presenting in from of peers during school Assemblies, and more.
3. Environment of mutual respect and understanding
The British International School of Ljubljana believes that children learn to be respectful through empathy, by understanding the needs of others, learning about other cultures, being responsible and friendly toward people and animals. The school encourages children to develop persistence and high moral standards by enabling them to be polite and kind, to engage in fair play, to tell the truth, to apologise when they are wrong, and try again, if at first, they do not succeed.
4. Vibrant international community
The school prides itself on its vibrant international atmosphere. And quite rightly so, with over 40 different nationalities represented among its staff and student body, BISL is one of Slovenia’s most culturally rich educational institutions. This provides a one of a kind experience for the students. By being immersed in such an international setting, children develop critical thinking skills, they learn to see beyond stereotypes, and open their mind to the opportunities offered by connecting with people from around the world. Many students choose to stay in touch with BISL following their graduation or departure from school at any age. BISL has alumni attending universities in over 15 different countries around the world, being truly global citizens and exploring the world around them.
5. Active parental involvement
Parents play a key role in the BISL community. The school’s PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) is very active and it is very easy for everyone to get involved. They work together with the school to provide the best possible experience for the students through a variety of different ways, from sharing important information about the school with other parents, promoting local activities or events for families, organising social events for the community, providing a crucial social network for families new to Slovenia, to assisting with many learning activities from off-site trips to in-school workshops.