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Slovenia – Koper & Izola

Anton Ukmar Primary  School – Koper

Three titles?!  Only one school! 😉 

Let’s explain a little bit. So, our hometown is Koper, which lies in south-western Slovenia, in the Istrian Region, approximately five kilometres from its border with Italy. The city’s Port of Koper is the major contributor to the economy of the city and the country. The other Slovenian coastal towns are Ankaran, Izola, Piran, and Portorož (situated along the country’s 47-kilometre coastline).

Koper and the mentioned towns are officially bilingual, with both Slovene and Italian as official languages.

Our school is a primary school that includes a primary and a secondary school with a 9-year duration. It has over 600 children (students) aged 6 to 15. Many of them are from other countries like Kosovo, Bosnia, Montenegro, Russia, Macedonia, Kazakhstan, Serbia etc. But we are not so different.  Sometimes we really like to go to school, but on certain days we would rather lie down on our couches, watch TV or hang out with our friends.

Anyway, what do we do when we are at school? So many things that we can’t even remember.  Yes, of course, we have lessons, learn thousands of things. Luckily we can join many activities: school in the nature, we can join singing and performance classes, we learn through information and communication technology, we use different materials for making useful objects, we often learn by playing and physical activities, we also cook and participate in extra sport programmes.

Sometimes we drink tea in the library, where we talk about books and life. Creating comics is a passion of many students. They also draw with computer programs. Creating radio programmes we practice our communication skills, we write scripts, make audio corrections and montages. Every year we go to field trips and take part in different national and international projects.


Vojka Šmuc Primary School – Izola

The Vojka Šmuc primary school is in Izola and is one of the city’s three primary schools. The big school complex with its three interconnected buildings built in different periods and its green surroundings and playgrounds cannot be missed. This Slovenian school celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2015. Today it has over 600 pupils. Lessons are held in neatly equipped and modern classrooms. The school’s Korte branch on the outskirts of Izola has 40 pupils. The pupils like participating in various competitions, research assignments and projects. This is reflected in their results. Each year many pupils compete for national awards, such as the Vega, Pregl, Stefan and Cankar awards, and take part in the national logic, Italian, English and other competitions.

We take great pride in the fact that many of our former pupils have been in national sports teams and have won medals at major sports competitions. Our former pupils are also very successful in other fields, such as music, film, singing, science, as well as literature, journalism, medicine, etc. With the hard work and dedication shown by today’s pupils, many more are bound to join the list in the future.