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GIMNAZIJA CELJE – CENTER (GRAMMAR SCHOOL CELJE – CENTER)

CONTACT:

Gimnazija Celje – Center

Kosovelova ulica 1

3000 Celje

Slovenia

Phone:        ++386 3428-57-00

Fax:             ++386 3428-57-25

E-Mail:         Gimnazija.Celje-Center@guest.arnes.si

Website:      www.gcc.si

STAFF AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsible for the entire school:

Headmaster: Mr. Gregor Deleja

Deputy headmistress: Mrs. Saša Ogrizek

Responsible for each area:

Head of the Grammar school:  Mrs. Barabara Arzenšek

Head of the Grammar school (Art department): Mrs. Darja Poglajen

Head of the Preschool teachers’ programme: Mrs. Barbara Arlič Kerstein

SCHOOL DESCRIPTION – LOCATION

The building which houses Gimnazija Celje – Center (Grammar School Celje-Center) was designed by the Austrian architect Richard Klass from Graz and completed in 1912 in the secessionist style. The school is situated almost in the centre of Celje, the third largest city in Slovenia, in the history known as the City of Princes and Counts.

From the very beginning the building has hosted different educational programmes. It all started with a boys’ school, continued from 1949 until 1989 as a Teacher’s College and finally since 1989 as a Grammar school. At the moment there are three different educational programmes carried out under the same roof: Grammar school, Grammar school – Art Department (Painting and Fine Arts) and Preschool teachers’ programme.

THE VISION OF THE SCHOOL

We strive to respect and help develop positive values and personal characteristics of our students and teachers, share useful knowledge, build a safe school with good communication among all its participants in the educational process, and spend time together in numerous extracurricular activities.

There are three educational programmes at Gimnazija Celje – Center. Besides the standard grammar school programme there is also a preschool education programme and for the seventh year also a grammar school art programme. Students are distributed into 35 classes, of which 11 belong to the preschool education programme and 4 to the art programme. In the school history a 100 % success at the external state examination (matura) has been achieved several times.

Only the best students from the primary schools in the region continue their education at our school. Together with our teachers who are all experts in their fields and who can listen to the needs of young people the success is guaranteed.

The school also has a great tradition. Three years ago we celebrated the 60th anniversary of the grammar school’s existence. The school is well equipped with the latest educational technology and modern laboratories to help research in subjects such as chemistry, biology and physics. We are proud of our library, sports hall and our bright and tidy classrooms. Different flowers and plants decorate our halls, students can take a rest on cushioned benches and there are many paintings and photographs on the walls. We also take care of our environment and have been awarded several times by the Tourist Association of Slovenia. Athletes, dancers, musicians and researchers have special benefits. We encourage them and we are very proud of their achievements. The students’ community organises a lot of entertaining social events every year. The biggest event of the year is our prom.

We are trying our best to make sure students see grammar school as the best period of time in their lives.

OUR SCHOOL IN NUMBERS:

There are over 900 students at Gimnazija Celje – Center, aged 15 to 18. Classes consist of 28 to 30 students. Around 80 members of staff are employed at the school, all of them experienced and highly qualified in their subjects.

BODIES

According to the current law regulations the school has the following bodies and boards: Headmistress (leader of the school education and manager of the institute), the deputy headmistress, School Board, Parents’ Board, Teaching Staff, Class Teaching Staff, Teachers’ Councils and Students’ Community.

HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

In Slovenia the grammar school education (as well as education at other secondary and vocational schools) begins after the obligatory nine year primary school education. The grammar school education takes four years and is completed by the external state examination – matura. The exams include five subjects: Slovene as a mother tongue, mathematics, a foreign language (English, German or Spanish) and two elective subjects. The knowledge of the students is tested in a written and oral form.

LESSONS

The school year normally begins on the first working day in September and continues until 20th of June. Each school year consists of two semester halves. There are no lessons during national public holidays, in the summer holidays (June and August), in the autumn holidays (end of October), in the Christmas holidays (December 24thuntil January 2nd), in the winter break (one week in February) and a couple of days in the spring (end of April and beginning of May).

TIMETABLE:

1st YEAR

PERIOD

TIME

0

7.10 – 7.55

1

8.00 – 8.45

2

8.50 – 9.35

3

9.40 – 10.25

4

10.30 – 11.15
Break (20 minutes )

5

11.35 – 12.20

6

12.25 – 13.10

7

13.15 – 14.00

8

14.05 – 14.50
2ND AND 3RD YEAR

PERIOD

TIME

0

7.10 – 7.55

1

8.00 – 8.45

2

8.50 – 9.35

3

9.40 – 10.25
Break (20 minutes)

4

10.45 – 11.30

5

11.35 – 12.20

6

12.25 – 13.10

7

13.15 – 14.00

8

14.05 – 14.50

 

4TH YEAR

PERIOD

TIME

0

7.10 – 7.55

1

8.00 – 8.45

2

8.50 – 9.35
Break (20 minutes)

3

9.55 – 10.40

4

10.45 – 11.30

5

11.35 – 12.20

6

12.25 – 13.10

7

13.15 – 14.00

8

14.05 – 14.50

CURRICULUM

Number of lessons, each lasting 45 minutes, per week:

SUBJECTS YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3 YEAR 4
SLOVENE (Mother language)

4

4

4

5

MATHEMATICS

4

4

4

5

1st  FOREIGN LANGUAGE

3

3

3

4

2nd FOREIGN LANGUAGE

3

3

3

3

3rd FOREIGN LANGUAGE (optional)

-

3

1,5

HISTORY

2

2

2

2

SPORTS

3

3

3

3

MUSIC

1,5

-

-

-

ART

1,5

-

-

-

GEOGRAPHY

2

2

2

-

BIOLOGY

2

2

2

-

CHEMISTRY

2

2

2

-

PYSICS

2

2

2

-

PSYCHOLOGY

-

2

-

-

SOCIOLOGY

-

2

-

-

PHILOSOPHY

-

-

2

-

COMPUTER SCIENCE

2

-

-

-

OPTINAL SUBJECTS*

-

2

-

-

MATURA OPTIONAL SUBJECTS

-

-

2

6-12

TOTAL:

32

32-33

31-32,5

28-34

OBLIGATORY ELECTIVE CONTENTS **(per year)

90

90

90

30

OPTIONAL SUBJECTS IN THE 2ND CLASS:

3rd foreign language (German, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian), environmental education, training for public performance.

OBLIGATORY ELECTIVE CONTENTS

They are offered partly as obligatory programmes, some of them can be chosen freely.

The obligatory offer includes civics, library rules and regulations, computer science, health education, education for family, peace and non-violence, sports and hiking days, cultural events.

The school catalogue of elective contents is very comprehensive and everyone can make a choice according to their own interests. Each school year the last week in September is planned for obligatory and elective extra curricular activities. During that week regular classes are not held.

Students of the fourth year go on multi-day excursions, students of the third year complete obligatory programmes, and students of the first and second year choose programmes according to their interests.

The most popular activities are: tennis, table tennis, riding lessons, aerobics, martial arts, Pilates, yoga, hiking, rafting and paintball, silk painting, glass painting, sculpturing, computer workshop, beginners’ courses in Swedish and Finnish, psychological workshops on the promotion of creativity and self-esteem. In addition, shorter and longer excursions to the European capitals are organized as well.

Students are also offered three different work camps: the language work camp, science work camp and skiing work camp.

FOREIGN LANGUAGES

We find developing and promoting foreign language skills of our students extremely important because we are aware of the european growth and the globalization of markets.

The foreign languages offered at the Gimnazija Celje – Center include:

First Foreign Language: English (continued from the elementary school)

Second Foreign Language:German orSpanish (from thefirst class onwards)

Third Foreign language (as an optional subject from the second class onwards): German, Spanish, Italian, French, Russian.

As part of the elective contents, we also offer introductory courses in the Swedish and Finnish language.

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

WORKING GROUPS

Our school offers students a wide variety of activities that go beyond the normal classroom.Working groups serve primarily to satisfy tastes and preferences of our students in music, sports and other fields:
With national and international successes boast:

THE GIRLS CHOIR

The choir was founded thirty years ago. Since 1995 about 50 girls have sung under the guidance of Professor Barbara Arlič Kerstein. The choir is very successful in numerous competitions both at home and abroad. The performances of the choir are continuously awarded the highest prizes. The choir is particularly proud of its performances in Neerpelt, Linz, Budapest, Rhodes, Riva del Garda, Warsaw, Madrid, Bad Hofgastein, Prague and Malta. It is one of the best in its category in both Slovenia and in Europe.

Oktet 9

Under the artistic guidance of professor Gregor Deleja, the group consists of present and ex-students of our school. It was established in the school year 2005/06. The popular singers are common guests at many events in the city and the distant area. They give concerts at home and abroad. They have had successful tours in Great Britain, the USA, a three week tour across Australia and concerts on Malta.

FaVoZa

A group of young singers – an offspring of the older Oktet 9. Established in 2009.

Debate club in the Slovenian and English language

The debate club of Gimnazija Celje – Center can praise itself with many achievements, which prove that debaters are smart, hard-working intellectuals, with many innovative ideas and of great talent and knowledge. The team members represent Gimnazija Celje – Center at many competitions in the region, country and even on the international scale. There they achieve only the highest ranks, which gives them a constant position and makes them a vital part in the national team of Slovenia, which has attended many world schools debating championships (WSDC) in South Africa, Singapore, Peru, Germany, Canada, Korea, the USA, Greece and many others. They achieve high results in individual and team ranks alike.

Also active at the school:

– The Šlager’s (an occasional music band)

– The History Club

PROJECTS:

– UNESCO school

– Celje- the city of my youth

– Golden apple

– Eco -school

– Education for social justice

– COMENIUS

– Enjoying science

SPORT

Due to the good spatial conditions (two gyms), the sports life at the school is very intense. In addition to the regular PE lessons in the curriculum, students have the opportunity to expand their sporting skills in the school basketball and football league.

Other sports activities are hiking days, sports days (athletics) and participation in many sports competitions in both the region and nationally.

SCHOOL FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

Festivals and social events regularly take place after a long stage of strenuous school work. They are meant to bring relaxation to all participants of the educational process or to take stock of the achievements and present them to the students or to the public.

During the school year  the following events take place: the Christmas concert of the girls’ choir, winter serenades, the prom, the final academy, the graduation party, etc.

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