National Winner of Juvenes Translatores 2018 Comes From Diocesan Classical Gymnasium

Ana Šubic national winner of Juvenes translatores 2018

Ana Šubic has joined twenty-eight other students from all over Europe for winning the 2017-2018 translation contest for secondary schools ‘Juvenes Translatores’! Ana translated from English into Slovene. Two other students from the DCG, Ana Schrader, who translated from German and Martin Rode, translating from Spanish, received a special mention for their translation. The 60th anniversary of the signature of the Treaty establishing the European Community was the topic of the texts which young translators from across Europe had to translate.

We all agree that Latin, which all of the above-mentioned competitors have been learning now for the third year, contributed to the excellency and accuracy of their translations. Alenka Battelino, the teacher of English at the DCG, is Ana Šubic’s mentor. In April 2018 Ana will travel with her to Brussels to collect the award for the most accurate translation of Slovenia. This year The Diocesan Classical Gymnasium has competed for the fourth time in a row and won the competition three times! Well done indeed!

The Contest in Numbers

For the 11th time since 2007, over 3000 students from across the European Union translated texts, this time on the subjects of languages and translation. They could choose from any of the 552 possible combinations between any two of the EU’s 24 official languages. Students used 152 language combinations. All winners chose to translate into their strongest language or mother tongue, as the official translators in EU Institutions do.

The Commissioner Günther Oettinger, responsible for Budget and Human Resources at the European Commission congratulated the winners, parents and teachers, pointing out that “This is a great initiative combining two of Europe’s greatest values – language diversity and youth talent.« The aim of the contest is to promote language learning in schools and give young people a taste of what it is like to be a translator.

The Slovene Context of Juvenes Translatores

On the national level, there were 35 students competing from eight Slovene high schools. There were six contestants from the DCG, translating from English, German and Spanish. Peter Jakša, Language Officer from the Representation of European Commission in Slovenia, congratulated warmly the students, mentors and the headmaster Simon Feštanj on the outstanding success of the school. The obligatory languages taught at the DCG are Latin and English, some students take also classical Greek, but all have to choose a third foreign language from German, French, Spanish or Russian. /Lily Schweiger Kotar/

DCM Guatam Rana Visits St. Stanislav’s Institution

Mr Rana enganed in discussion with the DCG students

St. Stanislav’s Institution was honoured by the visit of Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. Gautam Rana from the Embassy of the United States in Slovenia. He paid a visit on 31st January 2018 and firstly addressed the pupils of Alojzij Šuštar Primary School and afterwards engaged in the panel discussion with the students of the Diocesan Classical Gymnasium. The topics considered were wide-ranging and complex. To start with, he presented his job of Deputy Chief of Mission and daily work schedule and then we moved to the article by Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times which we were advised to read and was connected thematically with St. Stanislav’s Institution annual slogan “Where are you going?”. After that, it was time for students’ questions, which were well prepared and pertinent, as Mr. Rana pointed out. Some of them were actually tough to answer. The conversation went on about world politics, the rise and dangers of AI and robots, relations between the US and rest of the world, migration issues, the EU policy. What positively surprised me mostly was his optimistic view that humankind has never had it so good and only our pessimism or ignorance are holding us back. That is why Mr Rana accentuated the utmost importance of education and knowledge, as two key elements that constantly change the world we live in. It seemed this interesting conversation could continue on and on, but we were sadly time limited. All in all, we enjoyed the good atmosphere brought about by Mr. Rana’s nice, relaxed and knowledgeable attitude. The students were definitely not left empty-handed. /Amadej Pavšič, year 4/

Amazing Success at International English Competition

Mark with Headmaster Simon Feštanj and his English Teacher Tatjana Jarc

Mark Loborec (year 2), the student of The Diocesan Classical Gymnasium was awarded second place at an International English Competition Best in English, which took place on 30th November 2017. There were 17. 612 high school students from 29 countries participating in the competition, which consisted of three parts: grammar, listening and reading comprehension. The competition was organized by a not-for-profit organization Institute for Competencies Development with the help of a language school AKCENT International House Prague. Mark found the competition interesting and said he was lucky, as the tasks seemed to be quite easy. He had a hunch that he would be successful, but was not quite sure about such a good result. Mark’s mentor was Tatjana Jarc, teacher of English at The Diocesan Classical Gymnasium.

We are proud of Mark’s success and congratulate him upon this fantastic achievement! /Lily Schweiger Kotar/

Merry Christmas 2017

Children from the Good Shepherd Kindergarten, Holy Family, 2017

“And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” /Luke 2:10–12/

Let the Christmas message of joy, courage and peace fill our hearts. Allow the light of the newborn Jesus to illuminate the darkness of our lives and liberate us from our fears, prejudices and wrong decisions.

Merry Christmas and a Joyful New Year 2018.

Roman Globokar, Ph. D., Director

»The feelings need to be translated, not the words, « – Juvenes Translatores 2018

Words – What an Exciting Challenge!

 On 23rd November 2017 the international competition in translation Juvenes Translatores took place in all EU member states. The event promotes language learning and translation. The Diocesan Classical Gymnasium participated for the fourth time, this year as the only high school from the central Slovene region. Five contestants were translating from French, Spanish, German and naturally English. Nika, translating from French enjoyed utterly the text itself, which was “not too difficult” as she put it. “The biggest challenge was the title, which I translated as Leaving a foreign country or going back to roots. I hope the official translators will approve of it”. Ana, who translated from German, liked the fact that “one has to be resourceful and creative while translating. The feelings need to be the same in the translated text, not the words – this has proven to be a tough nut to crack.”

 The Contest in Numbers

For the 11th time since 2007, over 3000 students from across the European Union translated texts, this time on the subjects of languages and translation. They could choose from any of the 552 possible combinations between any two of the EU’s 24 official languages. Students used 152 language combinations. All winners chose to translate into their strongest language or mother tongue, as the official translators in EU Institutions do.

The Slovene Context of Juvenes Translatores

On the national level, there were 35 students competing from eight Slovene high schools. Our school has already had two national winners in 2014 and 2016 and are looking forward to this year results.  The obligatory languages taught at the DCG are Latin and English, some students take also classical Greek, but all have to choose a third foreign language from German, French, Spanish or Russian. /Lily Schweiger Kotar/

Rounding off the Exchange with Japan

Enjoying the Slovene Littoral

The last day of the exchange was in my opinion truly unforgettable. We started quite early in the morning in one of first-graders English class. The Japanese students presented their high school and Japan, namely its inhabitants, traditions, values and history. After an interesting lesson, a bus took us far away from school and everyday worries.

From Škocjan Caves to Piran

We were taking our guests south – to the Škocjan caves. I had never been there before either, so I was just as amazed as our Japanese guests were. The caves are truly beautiful and definitely worth visiting. You can hear the river at the bottom of the caves before you can even see it and the sound is magnificent. After a long underground walk, we really appreciated the sun and breathtaking nature outside. Our next stop was prosciutto producing facility named Loka, where we were served different kinds of cold cuts that we really enjoyed, especially the traditional prosciutto – I was quite surprised to hear that Japan produces it as well. We visited the factory wearing a bit odd and funny uniforms while discussing the differences between Japan and Slovenia. I was really taken aback, when Yuka, the Japanese English teacher told me that their traditional breakfast consists of cooked rice with spices and a raw egg. Our next and last stop was, in my opinion, one of the prettiest places in Slovenia – Piran. The Japanese – like most others tourists – fell in love with its narrow streets and blue sky the moment they saw it. We took a quick tour around the city and we admired the most famous and known buildings. We were lucky, because the weather was glorious that day, which allowed us to take many amazing photos that will help us remember the good time we had together. Janez, one of the Slovene students, and the Slovene teacher Mr Puc even decided to go swimming, and rather low temperatures could not possibly stop them. In the evening, before we left Piran, it was time to do the hard thing – to say goodbye. Since the Japanese were leaving early next morning, we would not be able to see everybody again, so it was actually the last time we were all together here in Slovenia. Although it was a sad moment, I think the fact that we shall see each other again in two months, helped us fight our tears. The day ended with chatting, singing, filming and even dancing on the bus back home.


In the end I can say, that this exchange was an unforgettable and delightful experience and I am truly grateful for this exceptional opportunity I was given. In the end, I would like to thank everybody, who made it possible and helped us carry out this exchange. ありがとう, arigatō, thank you! Special thanks go to two teachers who were in charge of the exchange at our end, namely David Puc and Milan Zeman./Jerneja Koren, year 3/



For the second time in a row The Diocesan Classical Gymnasium will take part in a English language competition Best in English. Students will have a unique opportunity to challenge their English language skills in an international competition, which will take place on 30th November, 2017.

The Best In English contest is a unique worldwide English language competition for high school students aged between 15 and 19.The level of the test is B1 – C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. So far 15 107 students from almost 683 schools from 28 countries have taken part. Our students proved last year they are really good at English – we look  forward with eager anticipation to the competition to come. /Tatjana Jarc/

Translation workshop


What is in a word?

On Tuesday, 21st November 2017, a translation workshop took place at The Diocesan Classical Gymnasium. It was led by Mr. Peter Jakša, the representative for languages from Directorate-General for Translation of European Commission. Students got to know various aspects of the work of translator, practised translating skills and were given practical advice from an experienced translator. Students believe the workshop was very useful and occasionally challenging. It was an excellent preparation for the forthcoming translation competition Juvenes Translatores, in which the students of the Diocesan Classical Gymnasium will have the opportunity to compete already on the following day.  We wish them good luck!/Tatjana Jarc/

Students from Kanto Daiichi High School in Tokio, Japan visit St. Stanislav’s Institution

Long-awaited exchange with Japanese peers

An exchange with a Japanese school in Tokyo took place from 17th – 21st November 2017 in St. Stanislav’s Institution. Nine Japanese students were accompanied by the deputy head Tadoshi Takizawa and their English teacher Yuka Marubashi.  This is how Jerneja, one of the hosts, saw the event through her eyes. This has been the first student exchange with a Japanese school ever.

Much anticipated exchange

Japan – the land of sushi, samurai and green tea 9400 km away. Homeland to a girl who will be my guest for the next couple of days. A girl from a totally unknown culture, who speaks a completely different language. You probably understand why I was nervous. On Friday, we awaited our guests at the entrance of our school, where we discussed excitedly everything we read on the internet and in books about the Japanese culture. When we saw the white school van approaching we still couldn’t quite believe that after a year the exchange is actually taking place and we are about to meet our Japanese friends. Soon we were standing face to face with 9 smiling girls and two teachers. When we all found our exchange partners, the guests went to change into their school uniforms. After that, we took them on a quick tour of the school. They were especially impressed by St. Stanislav’s Chapel and the dining hall! Then it was time for the Slovene teacher Mr Puc to explain the basics of Slovene language and history, which they found really interesting. Ana and Lucija then presented our beautiful country Slovenia – its traditions, history, cuisine and delightful hidden places. They couldn’t believe there are only 2 million people in the whole country! After lunch, when they tasted and really enjoyed tortellini, we went to Ljubljana city centre using the public bus, which was quite a shock to our guests, especially when they heard there is no underground and the only way to travel around the city is by bus. After having a quick tour of the most important sights, there was some free time for us. I took my guest to Ljubljana skyscraper to show her the view from the top, but I felt a little embarrassed when calling the building a skyscraper when I heard how tall some buildings in Tokyo are!

 Visit to the Japanese Ambassador to Slovenia Keiji Fukuda

After that, the entire group paid a visit to the Japanese ambassador to Slovenia Mr Keiji Fukuda, who kindly welcomed us in his residence and even prepared a delicious dinner for all of us – his chefs made sushi, which I had the honour of trying for the first time. I even learnt how to use chopsticks – well, at least I tried, it’s harder than it seems! It was quite late when we were finished, so my guest Luna slept almost all the time on the way home.

 Enjoying Bled and The Soča Valley

On Saturday I showed her the traditional Slovenian breakfast that helped her discover how amazing honey on bread with butter is. After that we took the train to Bled and went on a short walk and even went up the castle, where she loved the view and the museum inside. Naturally, we had to try the famous traditional cream cake and we even went shopping for some souvenirs. When we returned home by train, we decided to watch a Japanese movie about a brave Samurai that rescues a girl in danger – Rurouni Kenshin, but we were both really tired, so we went to sleep right after having watched the movie. The next day we went on a really long walk by the Soča river, which Luna knows because of the Narnia movie that was once filmed here. We even stopped at a cafe where she tried the amazing (even though maybe not so traditional) hot chocolate. It was an outstanding weekend filled with different activities, but Luna was still quite happy to see a Japanese friend when we came to Jeglič Student Home. I think the exchange has been amazing so far and I can’t wait for tomorrow, to show Luna a few other hidden and beautiful corners of our country. /Jerneja Koren, year 3/

With Sports Through Life

Sport boosts life satisfaction

Each year the entire school community of St. Stanislav’s Institution celebrates St. Stanislaus’ Day to mark the feast of the Institution’s patron. This year the holy mass and the solemn celebration took place on 14th November 2017, in particular to celebrate the many talents and successes of the pupils of Alojzij Šuštar Primary School and the students of Diocesan Classical Gymnasium. It is also to express gratitude to the keen supporters of the Institution and Heavenly Father for all the abundant blessings. This year’s celebration was in hands of PA teachers, whose programme was a brilliant feast of mind, soul and body. The performance was given by children and students of all schools in St. Stanislav’s Institution, proving that the Institution’s mission is being admirably fulfilled.

St. Stanislaus – Reaching Your Goals With Perseverance

The Archbishop of Ljubljana Msgr. Stanislav Zore, who celebrated the mass with other bishops, many school and parish priests, spoke of the importance of finding motives to carry on in life despite failures, which are a part of it all. He offered a few remarkable examples from everyday life and from the life of Institution’s patron saint St. Stanislaus Kostka. The latter persisted in fulfilling the goal set, proving that no matter what, nobody can take away experience that fulfil our lives. St. Stanislav Youth Choir under the conductorship of Damijan Močnik and St. Stanislav Girls’ Choir under the baton of Helena Fojkar Zupančič sang at the mass. The latter performed Missa brevis for choir and percussion by Swedish composer Per Gunnar Petterson.

Changing Physical Exertion into Something Positive

The event’s guiding thread was With sports through life, which was neatly demonstrated through the acts of kindergarten children doing some folk dances and breath taking performances by rhythmic gymnasts, jugglers, basketball players, dance groups and finally the acrobats. Director of St. Stanislav’s Institution Roman Globokar, Ph. D., accentuated in his address that healthy physical development goes hand in hand with intellectual and moral growth of any individual. The official speech was held by Stanislav Pinter, assistant professor, Ph. D. of PA at the Faculty of Sports, University of Ljubljana, who encouraged the audience, in particular the young, to do sports at any point in life as it invigorates and offers an uplifting learning and competitive environment. All this helps you to embrace the positive perspective of life.

The first year alumni of The Diocesan Classical Gymnasium, who are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their maturity exams this year, pleasantly surprised the school community with presenting resources for the Needy Family Fund of St. Stanislav’s Institution. /Lily Schweiger Kotar/