Symposium Twelve

Symposium 12

Primorje - Gorski Kotar County: Models of Excellence


Language: English and Croatian


Schools Participating:

Primary School Frana Krste Frankopana (Brod na Kupi), Primary School Ivana Rabljanina (Rab), High School Gimnazija Andrije Mohorovičića (Rijeka), Maritime School in Bakar(Bakar) and High School Markatun de Dominis Rab (Rab)



Primorje-Gorski Kotar County is a place where mountains meet the Mediterranian. In our County one can visit 55 islands in the summer or admire the Adriatic sea from hights of ski slopes. It is also one of the most diverse counties, as it encompases people living in big cities, small towns, islands and mountain areas. Each of those environments carry specific historical and cultural context, but also a different way of life. In this symposium, 5 schools from different areas of the county will talk about their unique teaching experience and will describe different models of excellence in practice across the County.



Primary School Frana Krste Frankopana Brod na Kupi) 20 minutes

Primary School Ivana Rabljanina (Rab) 25 minutes

High School Gimnazija Andrije Mohorovičića (Rijeka) 10 minutes

Maritime School in Bakar(Bakar) 25 minutes

High School Markatun de Dominis Rab (Rab) 10 minutes


Individual abstracts:


Primary School Frana Krste Frankopana Brod na Kupi: The smallest primary school in the region of Gorski kotar - The Centre of TheUniverse

Presenters: Jelena Glad and Marija Tonković - primary education teachers

Primary school Frana Krste Frankopana in Brod na Kupi is a school with the smallest number of pupils in the region of Gorski kotar, out of which 84% are of Romany origin. They come from families that live in difficult socio-economic conditions, have underdeveloped graphomotor skills and lack communication skills. We have managed to overcome these difficulties and introduced an experimental programme called 'Team teaching' for pupils from class 1 to class 4. It is a programme which enables us an individual approach to every pupil, meeting his/her educational needs throughout every school subject. By making adjustments in content and teaching methods, and by encouraging them, the pupils are able to cope with their teaching loads, and are taking a positive attitude towards schooling in general. Likewise, numerous activities and projects have given them the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice, get to know the world they live in and prepare for their future life.

Primary School Ivana Rabljanina Rab: Working with gifted students within the project “Public communication”

Presenters: Mona Othman (librarian), Tanja Rizner (psychologist)

The project 'Public communication' in primary school Ivana Rabljanina Rab included students from fifth to eighth grade who are identified as gifted in the area of speaking skills. The goal of the project through working with students in two extracurricular activities -Debate club and Media group – is to learn and develop the skills of public communication,that is oratory and presentation skills, critical thinking and creativity, and creativity in the area of the communication culture of the students. The project is focused on the area of ​​working with children which is not covered by the institutions and / or organizations due to lack oforganization and opportunities and living conditions on the island. It includes activities such as the founding of the Children's City Council and the media coverage of its work. The importance of the project has been recognized by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport, which funded the project as part of the Tender for the implementation of the project in the context of extracurricular activities in primary and secondary schools in working with gifted students in the school year 2015/2016.

Gimnazija Andrije Mohorovičića Rijeka: Science+

Presenter: Henry Ponte, principal

For over two decades Gimnazija Andrije Mohorovičića Rijeka has been creating and promoting excellence through regular school activities and through extra curriculum activities. The aim of our high school is to stimulate and support social, educational and personal development of our students so that they can face all the upcoming challenges. The results that our high school accomplishes every year in state competitions, international competitions and school-leaving examinations rank our school as one of the best high schools in Croatia. The number of students that participate in regional competitions and the overall results that have been achieved from the beginning of the implementation of external evaluation of high schools in Croatia shows that our students have an above average level of acquired knowledge and skills. Not only is this evident on the individual level of each student, but also when observing the generation as a whole. We are proud of the fact that our students do not only achieve outstanding results in maths and science subjects, which our school is credited for, but they also achieve excellent results in languages, social studies, arts and sports. In order to ensure that future generations will continue to flourish in all of these fields, Gimnazija Andrije Mohorovičića Rijeka together with its partners is currently participating in a project called Znanost+ which will result in 15 new curricula in STEM and ICT areas.

The Maritime School in Bakar: Preparing Students for International Careers through Multicultural Projects

Presenters: Marica Kučan, prof., Juraj Bukša, prof

The Maritime School in Bakar is a four-year school offering qualifications of officers and watch personnel on seagoingmerchant ships. The main advantage of our school is that right after graduation our students can compete in the international labour market in a multicultural environment. Our educational programme is determined not only by the national curriculum, but also by the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (or STCW), which sets the qualification standards for seafarers. Also, our educational programme is in compliance with the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).In order to prepare our sudents better, we participate in numerous international projects in order to insert our students in a multicultural environment and to raise their awareness of how important it is to preserve marine environment. Some of our projects are „Upoznajmo susjede“ ('Getting to Know Our Neighbours') and the International Rowing Regatta, where our students meet, work and compete with students from other maritime schools in our region (Italy, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Hungary etc.). We also participate in South-Eastern Mediterranean Environmental Project (SEMEP), which provides an opportunity to consider environmental issues that are of common concern to countries in the region, interrelating education with cultural values. Its objective is to promote sustainable development through environmental education. It is a UNESCO environmental education project focusing primarily on the South Eastern Mediterranean sea region.There is also „Plavi dan“, an annual event which has been organized for 10 consecutive years in order to draw our students’ attention to the importance of preservation of marine biodiversity.  Our school is also a member of Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and our school boat flies the Blue Flag, while our school is proud to fly the Green Flag.In addition to the above, the Maritime School in Bakar has a Dormitory, and a school boat, ‘Vila Velebita 2’, where our students have professional practice.

Markantun de Dominis Rab High School: „OUR COLOURFUL WORLD“

Developing and encouraging creativity in “Markantun de Dominis Rab” High School

Presenter: Zoran Antunović, pedagogue

The subject of the “Our Colourful World” project is working with students who are assessed as talented and creative in different fields. The objective of this project is studying and encouraging students to detect and develop their creativity and, eventually, become open-minded, productive, flexible and able to search for new solutions. In this way we inspire students to be original, unique and spontaneous. This presentation shows various workshops and activities for the development and encouragement of creativity. A particular attention is paid to the activities of the “Kameleoni” drama group, journalist group and “KUŠ” student cooperative, which comprises creative, sports, gastronomical and other groups. The groups have been highly successful on regional and state competitions. This kind of work is particularly important when specific life circumstances on the island and the lack of different associations and institutions are considered, where students would otherwise have an opportunity to work on their talent.