Foreign Language School Simeon Radev The fairy tale of knowledge… The Story Begins • The foreign language school “Simeon Radev” starts its tradition 15 years ago, thanks to a group of teachers, whose project for modern European education manages to overcome some difficulties caused of the conservatism of the educational system in the town of Pernik, often described as industrious, during the years of economical and political transition. • Тhe school was officially established on 08.11.1991, but in the course of its working activities it was forced to change several buildings. The new school 1991/1992 year was officially opened on the main city square with lots of flowers, a ceremonial speech given by the director of the school and The Beatles‟ song – Let It Be. On the 17th October 1991 the building of the school is changed for a last time to its present location, situated in the east part of the city. • Gradually the school forms its teaching traditions and cultural values. On the 19th January 1992 the first patronal festival was celebrated in honor of the birthday of the famous Bulgarian writer Simeon Radev main guest of it was the son of the writer, Trayan Radev. • The first preparatory class, in English, was organized by the teachers Stefka Parvanova and two English men. An year later the classes became 3 (two in English and one in French). However, soon they grown to 2 English, 2 German and 1 French, which itself pointed a great success. All United In the history book of “Simeon Radev” we can find the names of many foreigners, who contributed for the wholesome development of the school and its students. Such are – Pamela Cox, Ryan Bell, Rene Kafero, Mary Whinier, and so on. • The American teacher Ryan Bell has a special place in the history of “Simeon Radev”. He was a son of the Texas‟ major, moreover a grandson of the inventor Alexander Bell. He wanted to become a congressman, but his destiny sent him in Pernik, and he shows enormous potential as an ecologist and lover of the Bulgarian nature. He goes back to America in 1998, and soon publishes his book for Bulgaria. • In 1994 the French classes take part in The National French Festival in Plovdiv city, and they manage to receive a diploma for excellent performance as a whole, and a second prize for female acting given to Galia Plamenova. Irelands in Pernik (06.02.2006) A group of Ireland „ mummers‟ came in our city and visited our school in order to be exchanged experience between them and the students. • The students of this school have always shown great results in many exams, and have won plentiful scholarships in many universities in Bulgaria and abroad. • Our school has many published books written by teachers or even students. Our anniversaries are always extraordinary and special. They show our natural gift for studying and entertaining at the same time. • We have a library of our own- there are not only Bulgarian books but even English, American, French,German, and many more. They have been helping our students throughout the years and are still inspiring many young people. • We own a couple of computer cabinets which we are famous for, because we are probably the school with best developed technologies in Pernik. During March 2005 The Deputy Prime Minister Nikolai Vasilev opened 2 new computer cabinets equipped with high technological machineries. • Of course we have specialized classrooms for German, English, Biology, Physics, Chemistry- because our pupils are not only keen on languages. Let’s have fun! • There are many celebrations organized in honor of our school anniversaries. We celebrate even the foreign feasts such as Halloween. We make competitions and give away beauty awards. It‟s not just the studying here, it is the atmosphere that surrounds you and makes you feel as you are at your second home. “ If you feel like real Bulgarians, you will be good Europeans.” The President of Bulgaria congratulated the teachers and the students of the School on account of its feast. Let’s Sport Sport events are organized, too. Annually our students win plenty of prizes in volleyball, football, tennis, basketball and many others. Mrs. Margarita Ruseva proposed the idea for the opening of our school 15 years ago. She also developed the block – system, used instead of the usual studying system. This itself contributed for the wholesome development of “Simeon Radev ” School, and for the high quality of education here. From the beginning of February 2007 we have a new director – Mrs. Temenujka Anachkova. She is responsible and open – hearted person, who continues the fairy tale of knowledge started by the previous director. To be Among The Best The Bulgarian chart for secondary schools placed us at the 21st position among many other schools in the country. One Big Happy Family • Today more than 750 students enter the school doors every day and about 52 teachers and inspirers are trying to give us the best education and personal experience leading us to the brightness of knowledge. • THIS IS OUR CLASS – 12a. AND IF YOU WANT TO BE AMONG THE BEST – YOU ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US!