Reception at the Spanish Ambassy for Gold Award Winners of National Spanish Competition

His Excellency Juan Aristegui Laborde with Gold Award Winners

The reception took place on 23 May, 2022 and Kristina Črnič /year 3/, student of the Diocesan Classical Gymnasium, a national vice-champion and a Gold Award winner of Dilo en español participated in the event. The reception for 13 winners and their mentors was hosted by the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain, His Excellency Juan Aristegui Laborde in his Ljubljana residence. In his address the ambassador thanked the winners for their enthusiasm about learning Spanish language and accentuated the invaluable aspect of teachers’ work in promoting Spanish language and culture. The president of The Slovene Association of Teachers of Spanish Ms Pavlinka Korošec Kocmur gave the awards. The reception by the pool followed with some paella, prosciutto and a light hearted chat.

This is how Kristina experienced the event: »I attended one of the most glorious events of my life./…/ In the residence garden we tried some delicious paella, congratulated each other, and enjoyed each other’s company. At that point I realized that my efforts and my dedication to Spanish over those three years were well worth it. A big thank also goes to my mentor, Bojana Tomc, who introduced me to the secrets of Spanish language and cultures. Proud of what I have achieved, I am ready for the new challenges in Spanish language.«

Bojana Tomc, Ph.D., teacher of Spanish language and literature at The Diocesan Classical Gymnasium was Kristina’s mentor. Our heartiest congratualtions on the ourstanding success go to both ladies! /Lily Schweiger Kotar/

Music to Life: From Zakopane to Krakow

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Rehearsals are an Important Part of Any Music Tour

The second reporting from the music tour to Poland runs as follows: on Monday 8th October 2018, we said goodbye to Zakopane and proceeded our journey to Krakow. In the morning we drove to Wieliczka, where we visited the famous salt mines. We could see the underground corridors, learn about the history of mines, touch and taste rock salt and even sing in the fascinating concert hall the chapel of St. Kinga. Its carved walls and floors as well as chandeliers were absolutely impressive. In late afternoon hours we finally made it to our main destination, Krakow. Some students left with their host families, while the rest of us had lunch at the hotel. We spent the evening walking down the picturesque main square of Krakow and singing to people in the streets.

The next morning the orchestra and the choir made their way to the Polish conservatory where we had separate rehearsals. Later, the Polish students guided us through the Old Town and surprised us with some interesting legends about Krakow. During our free time we took some pictures, had a cup of coffee or one of the delicious famous doughnuts, maybe took a carriage ride and keenly absorbed Krakow’s lively life. The relaxed afternoon was followed by two intense hours of rehearsal for Rutter’s Mass of the Children, which we will perform on the main concert on Saturday. The start was chaotic as about 150 energetic musicians couldn’t concentrate and just kept chatting. However, by the end of the rehearsal, some parts of the magical melodies sounded quite promising.

On Wednesday morning we had some joint rehearsals again and were excited about the progress we had managed to make so far. The Slovene orchestra and the choir got on the bus once more and drove to Nowy Sacz, where we had our third concert. Having performed versatile melodies in the beautiful Town Hall, we had dinner and returned to Krakow to get some sleep for the rest of our busy tour in Poland. /Anja Tršek, year 4/

The Mission of Catholic Schools

Lecturers at the smposium after delivering the final statement
Lecturers at the smposium after delivering the final statement

After an international conference in November 2014, we have edited and published the conference proceedings. The publication bares the same name as the conference itself The Mission of Catholic Schools – An answer to the Challenges of Today and Tomorrow.

Due to Slovenian legislation we cannot make the PDF available in the first six months after publication. If you would be interrested in a printed copy, you can contact us at [email protected]

School as a Place of Dialogue among Faith, Science and Arts

An online version of the proceedings of the Symposium School as a Place of Dialogue Among Faith, Science and Arts has been released. The symposium took place between 9th and 13th May 2013. For more details you can contact us at [email protected]

The publication contains only abstracts of lectures, with English translations.

Religious Education in the World Today

An online version of the proceedings of the International Symposium Religious Education in the World Today has been released. The symposium took place between 4th and 6th December 2012. For more details you can contact us at [email protected]

The entire publication is written in the English language.

Religious Education in Slovene Schools

An online version of the proceedings of the International Symposium Religiuos Education in Slovene Schools: Evaluation and Perspectives has been released. The symposium took place between 26th and 27th November 2009. For more details you can contact us at [email protected]

The English translations and original contributions in English begin at page 179.