St. Stanislav’s Day – Mens Sana in Corpore Sano

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A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body

 

Each year the entire school community celebrates St. Stanislav’s Day to mark the feast of the Institution’s patron. We have the pleasure of inviting you to this year’s celebration which will be marked with holy mass and a solemn celebration on Tuesday 14th November 2017. Holy mass will be celebrated at 3 p.m. in the parish church of St. Vitus in Ljubljana Šentvid by the Archbishop of Ljubljana Msgr. Stanislav Zore. The solemn celebration will take place at 5 p. m. in the new sports hall of the Alojzij Šuštar Primary School. Mr.  Stanislav Pinter, assistant professor, Ph. D. of PA, will hold the official speech. This year the celebration will focus on the art of sports, which apart from Grammata and Music, was also at the heart of the curriculum of ancient schools. The course of physical education was when children practiced wrestling, jumping, running and throwing of discus and javelin. They also played team games such as early forms of field hockey and soccer. This was to make their body strong and their mind courageous. The performance will be given by children and students of all schools in St. Stanislav’s Institution.

We look forward to meeting you.

Roman Globokar, Ph. D., Director of St. Stanislav’s Institution

20 years of St. Stanislav Girls’ Choir

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St. Stanislav Girls’ Choir of The Diocesan Classical Gymnasium

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of St. Stanislav Gilrs’ Choir of the diocesan Classical Gymnasium we have the pleasure of inviting you to the concert given on 26 October 2017 at 7.30 pm in Slovenian Philcharmonic, Ljubljana.

This will be a lovely occassion to celebrate the utmost artistic year, when the choir performed at the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona – as the first Slovene Choir ever to participate in such an event. This is also the occasion of the choir’s release of their new CD entitled Jerusalem, which contains Slovene folk songs, commissioned novelties written on the occasion of the above mentioned world symposium and some other pieces. We will be honoured by your presence. It will be all about sharing our true selves, so you need to be there.

Tickets are available at St. Stanislav’s Institution call ++386 1 58 22 245.

10th European Day of Languages at St. Stanislav’s Institution

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26th September 2017 marks the 16th anniversary of the European Day of Languages. The aims of the event as declared by the Council of Europe are to increase plurilingualism and intercultural understanding, to encourage lifelong language learning and to promote Europe’s rich linguistic and cultural diversity. Thanks to cultural institutes such as the Goethe Institut, the Institut Français and the British Council, the European Day of languages is nowadays widely celebrated especially in schools.

St. Stanislav’s Institution is no exception. The event took place already for the tenth year in a row. Back then, it had all started with Diocesan Classical Gymnasium students presenting basic language skills to pupils of the Alojzij Šuštar Primary School in seven different languages taught at the DCG. This meant using English, French, Russian, German, Spanish, Latin and classical Greek. In the following years, teachers of foreign languages at the DCG devised riddles and other challenging tasks in the above mentioned languages through which students displayed their knowledge of the language as well as culture, history and geography of the respected country.

This year students had to define the origin of photographs presenting highlights from different European countries. Thus, we were trying to promote the practical aspect of this year’s motto at St. Stanislav’s Institution, which is Where are you going? Students with most correct answers received a practical award. We are still also looking forward to a short video clip by students presenting goings-on on the European Day of Languages at the Diocesan Classical Gymnasium. /Lily Schweiger Kotar/

24th Annual Concert of the Choirs and Orchestra of St. Stanislav’s Institution

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Singing Boosts Happiness

Cordially invited to the traditional concert, which will take place on Saturday, 6th May, 2017 at 6.00 p.m. in Gallus Hall in Cankarjev Dom (Ljubljana). The entire choir pyramid of St. Stanislav’s Institution, consisting of almost 500 singers, along with the string orchestra will perform at the concert entitled Song Invigurates. A variety of compositions ranging from renaissance and classicism to rock and folk music will be put on stage. The concert will include also the novelty piece by Damijan Močnik  Jerusalem/ Yerushalayim performed by St. Stanislav Girls’ Choir.

Tickets are available in St. Stanislav’s Institution (call ++386 31 708 313), or on the concert day, an hour before the beginning of the concert in the first foyer in Cankarjev dom.

 

 

Ambassador of Ireland to the Republic of Slovenia H.E. Seán O’Regan to Visit St. Stanislav’s Institution

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On Thursday, 20th April 2017, St. Stanislav’s Institution will welcome the Irish Ambassador H.E. Seán O’Regan. He will meet some third year students and have a discussion on the diplomatic relationship between Ireland and Slovenia, Brexit, a job of a diplomat and other topics. He will also take a tour of St. Stanislav’s Institution. This is his first visit to St. Stanislav’s Institution and the school community is looking forward to the occasion. /Lily Schweiger Kotar/

Merry Christmas and a Joyful New Year 2017

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Christmas Light by Rok Pogačar, Counsellor at The Jeglič Student Home

»Those who walked in the dark have seen a bright light. And it shines upon everyone who lives in the land of darkest shadows. A child has been born for us. We have been given a son who will be our ruler. His names will be Wonderful Advisor and Mighty God, Eternal Father and Prince of Peace.« (Is 9,1.5)

May these festive days strengthen our desire for the light and peace. Allow the light of the newborn Jesus to illuminate the darkness of our lives and fill us with the joy of life and open our eyes, heart and hands for the needs of our neighbours.

I wish you all Merry Christmas and a Joyful New Year 2017.

Roman Globokar, Ph. D., Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everything is Music

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Primož Bratina at the piano

The first step into an entirely new world, the first immersion into the sea of words, the first melody – everything is music …

The above verses are taken from the hymn written on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of The Music School in St. Stanislav’s Institution by Primož Bratina, pianist and piano teacher.

The Music School was established in 1996 by the then Archbishop of Ljubljana dr. Alojzij Šuštar. The occasion matches the 200th anniversary of the music education in Slovenia, which is being celebrated this year. In the two decades the Music School has left a remarkable trace and offered countless joyous music events of artistic excellence.

Today The Music School employs 25 teachers engaged in teaching and inspiring about 240 students. Apart from musical theory, sight singing, jazz singing and preschool music, 11 instruments are taught, along with music making in chamber and large string orchestra as well as the guitar ensemble. Teachers devote special attention to students’ creativity. A lot of students excel in competitions at different levels from regional to international, some take in music as a professional path in their lives and continue studies at music academies at home and abroad.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Music School several events will unfold. The solemn celebration to honour the patron’s day of St. Stanislav’ was already set up on 15th November by the staff of the music school and understandably music played an important part. If you missed it, another concert will be put on in the Slovenian Philharmonic on 1st December 2016 at 6. p.m. This will offer another opportunity to listen instrumentalists, singers, guitar ensemble and to Bratina’s Hymn accompanied by four choirs and the large string orchestra. What an appropriate was to celebrate the life of a music school  –  with music touching everybody’s heart! /Lily Schweiger Kotar/

 

English Drama Club in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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The students of the DCG from the English Drama Club act in William Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. The first night will take place on 28th November 2016 at 7 p.m. in Matija Tomc Hall (St. Stanislav’s Institution), two reprises are to follow on 2nd and 12th December 2016, both starting at 7 p.m.  Twenty-seven students, of who nineteen actors, set up the entire play in English language, providing themselves for the scenery, props, lighting and audio-visual media. They rehearsed under the mentorship of Alenka Battelino, teacher of English and mentor of English Drama Club as well as Mojca Lavrič, theatre actress and mentor of the Slovene Drama Club at the DCG.

The comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been selected to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. It is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works for the stage and widely performed in theatres. It is set in the woods outside Athens, which are a busy place on this magical night! Four runaway lovers find themselves in the middle of the dispute between the King and Queen of the fairies. What could possible go wrong? Come and see for yourselves! We are looking forward to meeting you in St. Stanislav’s Institution! /Lily Schweiger Kotar/

St. Stanislav’s Day – Life is a Road

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Life is a road

Each year the entire school community celebrates St. Stanislav’s Day to mark the feast of the Institution’s patron. We have the pleasure of inviting you to this year’s celebration which will be marked with holy mass and a solemn celebration on Tuesday 15th November 2016. Holy mass will be celebrated at 3 p.m. in the parish church of St. Vitus in Ljubljana Šentvid by the Archbishop of Ljubljana Msgr. Stanislav Zore. The solemn celebration will take place at 5 p. m. in the new sports hall of the Alojzij Šuštar Primary School. Mrs. Vlasta Doležal Rus, a long serving Headmistress of The Music School in St. Stanislav’s Institution, will hold the official speech. In the heart of our educational process is a person growing up from kindergarten children to high school and university students. Every period will be marked by poetry, music and speech, which complementary interact and establish relations, thus forming a sensible entity.

The performance will be given by the students of all schools in St. Stanislav’s Institution and they will attempt to answer the following questions: Why is school important? What advantages does a school community offer? What road does your life take? What is your next step?  We look forward to meeting you.

Roman Globokar, Ph. D., Director of St. Stanislav’s Institution

Fancy a Competition in English Language?

photo-competitionTHE BEST IN ENGLISH CONTEST is a truly European online English language competition, open to all high schools within the EU. The test is designed for high school students aged between 15 and 19. So far 10.985 students from almost 500 schools from 19 countries have been involved. The purpose of the test is to motivate students towards greater language comprehension having the chance to compare the results with other students across the world.

The next competition will take place on 30th November, 2016 and The Diocesan Classical Gymnasium is to participate for the first time. First thirty students will be able to join in the competition! The organisers of the Contest are the Institute for Competencies Development, a non-profit organisation, and two student agencies. The Test has been put together by Akcent International House Prague language school. More on: http://bestinenglish.org/ You are kindly invited to join in the competition! The contact person at the DCG is Petra Kromar. /Lily Schweiger Kotar/