LEARNING – Classes
A typical day at Gimnazija Vič begins at 8am and continues through until 2:15pm although many students stay later due to extra activities. Every class lasts for 45 minutes and there is a short break of 5 minutes between each class. Students have the chance to have something to eat during the morning break and lunch is available after classes have finished for the day in the school canteen.
Within the classroom, classes have a range of formats and use a variety of different sources and appropriate technology. Teachers prepare presentations, discussions, experiments, and debates in order to challenge their students and ensure a deeper understanding of the subject involved. Away from the classroom, there are opportunities through the four years of school for students to experience a different style of learning through field trips and camps. These take place both in Slovenia and in other countries.
Teachers are encouraged to use contemporary sources in their classes so that lessons are as up to date as possible and so students are comfortable in dealing with issues of the modern world. In addition, opportunities are available for teachers to further their own knowledge by attending courses organised by national agencies and international organisations. At our school there is a focus on cross-curricular classes and projects. These give students the chance to see how theory can be put into practice and to be aware of the connections between their different subjects. Both students and teachers have the chance to regularly work alongside the members of teaching staff who are native speakers of the languages taught at our school. This can be through presentations, discussions, team-teaching and through the organisation of special events through the school year.