“The right hand of the LORD has struck with power; the right hand of the LORD is exalted. I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.” The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. By the LORD has this been done; it is wonderful in our eyes. Ps 118:16-17, 22-23
May the celebration of Easter open our eyes to the light of the Risen, so that our lives may reflect the hope that he bestows upon us! Felix Alleluia!
The Story Behind: The S6 have decided to do a virtual walking challenge during the month of January to continue our fundraising for the British Heart Foundation! Together, we will complete 3500km by the end of January, which is the distance from Wellington School to our partner schools in France, Slovenia, Germany and Belgium! We will be tracking our steps to calculate the distance we complete and if you would like to support us, donations are greatly appreciated. Although it may be even more difficult now to fundraise during this time, we are determined to do everything we can to make a difference!
Latest Update: The S6 pupils have now completed 2,255km (over 3 million steps) and have just left the second partner school, St. Stanislav’s Institution in Slovenia and are currently walking through the picturesque village of Althofen in the Austrian Alps on their way to Dortmund, Germany! Our friends in Slovenia gave us a lovely warm welcome! /Susan Coontz/
We are happy to announce that a new Erasmus+ project Future€nvironment has been launched with the Mallinckrodt-Gymnasium (Dortmund, Germany) as the coordinator and the following partner instiutions: Sint-Jozefscollege, Torhout, Belgium, Institut Saint Dominique, Mortefontaine, France, SUGS Georgi Dimitrov, Skopje, Northern Macedonia, Wellington School, Ayr, Scotland and St. Stanislav’s Institution. Project coordinator at St. Stanislav’s is Alenka Battelino. The project starts on 15.12. 2020 and ends on 14.12. 2022.
The short description and the aim of the project run as follows:
The environment, sustainability, global warming, biodiversity – these are topics which engage young people across the world; yet while many are ‘talking the talk’, they are not all ‘walking the walk’. This project aims to capture the interest of our students in the natural world and the environment and help them to make changes that will ensure the sustainable future that they are campaigning for. Although young people are worried about the future of our planet, many are not making the small changes in their lives that would help to safeguard the planet. Food waste, conspicuous consumption and reluctant recyclers are present in our schools in Belgium, France, Germany, Northern Macedonia, Slovenia and Scotland (UK). This project will encourage the small steps which can be taken by everyone for the good of all. /Alenka Battelino/
“Christmas involves different aspects and contextual elements of celebrating – humanity, family, peace and friendship, new hope and great expectations to a rich Slovene cultural tradition as well as a general need and desire for a family celebration. /…/ We wish all who strive for peace, justice and freedom, prosperity and mutual aid in society and worldwide an abundance of God’s blessings and success. For everybody, Christmas is a celebration of fresh hope and new strength in friendship and love.”
/The first Christmas greetings in public media in Slovenia on Radio Ljubljana, was given by Alojzij Šuštar, Ph.D. on December 24th 1986./
This year we commemorate the 30th anniversary of independence of the Republic of Slovenia and the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alojzij Šuštar, Ph. D., Archbishop Metropolitan of Ljubljana, who legislatively re-established St. Stanislav’s Institution for education by a decree on November 13th 1992.
In the spirit of both anniversaries, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Prosperous New Year 2021.
Anton Česen, M.A., director of St. Stanislav’s Institution
What happens when 230 young singers and 5 conductors join forces to convey their feelings in these strange days? Yes, one could say that science fictionhas become reality, but not for the singers at the Diocesan Classical Gymnasium in St. Stanislav’s Institution. The fact is that singing is a common sight at this school nevertheless, we are particularly proud to announce the release of Strange Days as devised by students under a careful supervision of their conductors. All five school choirs, namely The First-Year Girls’ Choir of DCG (conductor Marjetka Kozmus), The First-Year Boys’ Choir of DCG (conductor Tine Bec, who also prepared the song for polyphony singing), (Re)Mixed Choir of the DCG, St. Stanislav Girls’ Choir of the DCG (both under the baton of Helena Fojkar Zupančič) and St. Stanislav Youth Choir of the DCG (conductor Damijan Močnik) participated in the project. They made a cover of Strange Days by The Strunts featuring Robbie Williams.
In a month and a half students prepared their audio and video recordings, took part in individual vocal lessons to brush up their voices, uploaded the recordings in Teams, the conductors listened to each of them, the band prepared the instrumental accompaniment, video and audio editing followed and voilá – the cover is out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGAw2SZqrcE
Congrats to everybody who contributed to its making! Indeed every little thing that you do goes along, long way. /Lily Schweiger Kotar/
Each year the entire school community celebrates St. Stanislav’s Day to mark the feast of the Institution’s patron. This year it is under the title of Fulfilling God’s Will which was the motto of Alojzij Šuštar (1920-2020), the Archbishop of Ljubljana between 1980-97. The centenary of his birth is being celebrated this academic year. Inspirational figure of Archbishop Šuštar serves as the guideline for these festive days, as well as the entire school year in terms of his endeavours in the development of the Church in Slovenia and his contribution to democratization and independence of Slovenia.
Unlike previous years, all celebrations have been restricted to virtual mediums this year. Nevertheless, we have the pleasure of inviting you to follow us online. The occasion will be marked with holy mass and a solemn celebration on Friday 13th November 2020. Holy mass will be celebrated at 3.30 p.m. by the Archbishop of Ljubljana Msgr. Stanislav Zore. The solemn celebration will take place at 5 p. m.. Karel Gržan, Ph.D., a Slovene priest, will unveil the outstanding message of Šuštar’s life and work and make them resonate with the larger message in the world we live in today. The performance will be given by the students of all schools in St. Stanislav’s Institution, proving their versatility, talents and joy of sharing it all with us.
The entire event has been planned digitally so we are looking forward to meeting you online.
Anton Česen, M. A., Director of St. Stanislav’s Institution
It is an honour to announce that last year graduate of the Diocesan Classical Gymnasium David Ošlaj is to participate at the International Distributed Physics Olympiad (https://i20.mipt.ru/). The event is organized by the famous Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology for those students who qualified for the International Physics Olympiad 2020. Unfortunately, it was cancelled due to pandemic, however, the online version is to take place between December 7-15, 2020. As an exception this year the Olympiad welcomes university students who were last year high school students.
The qualifictions took place at te end of academic year 2019/20 and David qualified to join the team of five young promising scientists (S. Bukovšek, J. Kocutar, M. Malovrh, and L. Podbregar) who will represent The Republic of Slovenia. The organizers promise that both theoretical and experimental exams are expected to be tough nuts to crack.
This year mentor of the DCG physics students is Martin Čokl, teacher of physics. The entire school community wishes an abundance of good luck and inspiration to David and the Slovene team with this competition! /Lily Schweiger Kotar/
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of The Rt Rev Mgr Jim Cassin from Killkeny, Ireland, who died peacefully on Friday, 5 June 2020. He was a faithful friend of St. Stanislav’s Institution and collaborated successfully for decades with the last three directors of the Institution – Bishop Jamnik, Roman Globokar and Anton Česen. Mgr Cassin devoted his life to Catholic education and the well-being of everybody connected to Catholic schools, which is the point where he influenced decidedly certain aspects of work and life in St. Stanislav’s Institution. He had always considered schools as places of faith and learning. He was a very valuable, learned and knowledgeable advisor, in particular as a member of the Association of Management of Catholic Secondary Schools in Europe, the European Committee for Catholic Education (CEEC) and The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. He participated actively as a speaker in many conferences and symposiums organized by St. Stanislav’ Institution, the last one being in 2009 when the religious education in Slovene schools was evaluated and offered some future perspectives. Jim delivered a speech on the teaching of religion being a source for Europe.
For me, he was the most powerful figure, when in the classroom with students. I had the honour of having him occasionally in my classes, when he visited Slovenia and the Institution on several occasions. He had the gift to encourage and connect the young, was a powerful witness of Christ’s gospel and a committed priest. This is why the students so gladly listened to him. But above all I remember him with great fondness as someone who was gentle, considerate, kind and funny. Jim was such a warm person and had a kind word for everyone.
Jim Cassin will be sorely missed. In his last message with New Year’s greetings he wrote: “I am hoping to spend a good New Year 2020 and hope to see you in Ljubjana again soon.” Little did we know he would spend “a good New Year 2020” in Father’s kingdom. May he rest in peace. /Lily Schweiger Kotar/
The Archbishop Emeritus of Ljubljana Alojz Uran died on 11th April 2020. It was Holy Saturday. His funeral was held on 15th April in family circle in Ljubljana Cathedral.
Uran was born in Ljubljana and ordained to the priesthood in June 1970. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Ljubljana in 1992, and served as the Archbishop of Ljubljana from 2004 to 2009. Since 2015 he took part in many pastoral activities, but his health deteriorated in recent years and his activities were limited. Having undergone several surgeries in the last three months, the Ljubljana Archbishop Stanislav Zore noted that the late archbishop had spent his last days in solitude. “He accepted this as part of his offerings” in the line of Uran’s bishop motto ‘Yes, Father!’ .
In St. Stanislav’s Institution we feel extremely grateful that Alojz Uran stayed with us under the same roof for ten years and for the impact he left on the school and priest community. He takes the credit for the establishment of The Alojzij Šuštar Primary School, the first Catholic primary school in the country. He will always be remembered for is favourable attitude to people, fervent prayers, enthusiastic singing and simple joy he expressed everywhere he went.
The priests who work in St. Stanislav’s Institution celebrated the mass to his honour during which the director Anton Česen outlined Uran’s life and work in a form of a letter to a dear friend. He summarized his fruitful life in seven most typical aspects: finding true enjoyment in life, living pastoral eagerness in order to be an announcer of the Gospel, cherishing his love of singing and attachment to the homeland, comprehending the holy mass as a source of any priest’s life, developing brotherhood among the priests and, last but not least, the entire school community points at his kind attention to every individual.
All these and many more other features indicate that he lived his life to the full. A thought by one of the alumna of The Diocesan Classical Gymnasium summarises it meaningfully: “This man radiated benevolence. Our meetings in the school corridors were truly inspiring.” May your soul rest in peace, dear Archbishop. /adapted and written by Lily Schweiger Kotar/
Embracing his cross means finding the courage to embrace all the hardships of the present time … finding the courage to create spaces where everyone can recognize that they are called, and to allow new forms of hospitality, fraternity and solidarity. Embracing the Lord in order to embrace hope: that is the strength of faith, which frees us from fear and gives us hope.
(Pope Francis, March 27th, 2020)
Wising you God’s closeness and hope! Happy Easter!
Anton Česen, M. A., Director of St. Stanislav’s Institution