Welcome to the webpage of the Bulgarian School Chuchuliga (Skylark) in Croydon!
Our School started its first classes at the beginning of September 2016 and now for the third school year we continue our work with parents and children living in Croydon and the neighbouring boroughs of South London.
Teaching at the School is done according to Order № 90 of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria concerning the activities of Bulgarian schools abroad; our School acts in full compliance with the regulations of the Bulgarian Ministry of Education
Since the start of the new academic year 2018-2019, the Bulgarian School Skylark has been included in the Register of the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science (under No. 24) and its work is overseen and monitored by the ministry; the School gets some financial support from the Bulgarian ministry for its activities
In our School, in addition to making many new friends, you will also well learn Bulgarian language, the history and the natural beauties of Bulgaria, and will have every opportunity to plunge into the magnificent cultural heritage of the Bulgarian people.
Starting 2018-2019 academic year, the School opened a second branch in Caterham where we have classes in the classrooms of Soper Hall Community Centre, address: Harestone Valley Road, Caterham, CR3 6HY
We enrol new students for the school year 2018 / 2019
Teaching at the Bulgarian School Chuchuliga (Skylark) is done in accordance with the requirements of the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science while following the official curriculum and syllabuses in the school subjects of Bulgarian language and literature, Bulgarian Culture, History of Bulgaria, and Geography of Bulgaria. We run classes for children and students from pre-school to primary to secondary and up to high school age.
For those children who don’t speak English yet, we organise special English classes, and for those who don’t speak Bulgarian, we also offer special Bulgarian classes.
The Bulgarian School Chuchuliga follows both the Bulgarian and the English school year: according to the Bulgarian school system, we have two school terms (not three), the first starting in September and finishing in end-January, and the second starting in February and finishing in end-May or in June (depending on the school age of the students); and according to the English school system, our School observes all school breaks as they are defined for the schools in England between the three school terms.
September 2018: 15, 22, 29
October 2018: 6, 13, 20
November 2018: 3, 10, 17, 24
December 2018: 1, 8, 15, 22
January 2019: 12, 19, 26
17 teaching weeks for the first school term
22 – 28 October 2018 – school break between terms for the English schools
16 December 2018 – 4 January 2019 – Christmas break
February 2019: 2, 9, 16
March 2019: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
April 2019: 6, 27
May 2019: 4, 11, 18, 25
June 2019: 8, 15, 22, 29
18 teaching weeks for the second school term
18 - 24 February 2019 – school break between terms for the English schools
8 - 22 April 2019 – Easter break (according to school calendar in England and Wales)
27 May – 2 June 2019 – school break between terms for the English schools
Pre-school children (age 4 to 6/7) and the primary school students, year 1 to 4, finish school on 25 May 2019 (31 teaching weeks), year 5 to 7 finish on 15 June 2019 (33 teaching weeks) and year 8 to 12 finish on 29 June 2019 (35 teaching weeks).
Celebration of the Day of Bulgarian Enlighteners with the children of the pre-school and 1st and 2nd grades
Chuchuliga's Christmas celebration
Chuchuliga’s school life is interesting, it includes various school activities. Learning is pleasant and is always accompanied by games and free activities. During the breaks between classes we always organise different games and activities in the school yard, weather permitted, or in the classroom; the students can also have their snacks during the breaks.
The School is headed by an experienced teacher and is run by several subject teachers, and its work is also observed and supported by a Parents’ Council.
Neli Kozhuharova is the founder and the head of the School.
She has had a rich 25-year-long teaching experience in all educational grades of the education system of Bulgaria, from kindergarten and pre-school to primary and secondary; she has had a substantial amount of experience in the system of higher education as well, both at national and international level, as a teacher of Bulgarian language and Bulgarian history in Bulgarian schools and at the Russian Christian University of St John the Theologian in Moscow (2003-2007). Nelli is the author of the book “And his Kingdom was well blessed”, dedicated to the celebration of 1,100 years of the death of the Bulgarian king St Boris the First; she is also the author of articles and other research in Middle Ages and Contemporary Bulgarian history.
Dr Valentin Kozhuharov is a teacher of more than 30 years of teaching experience. He started his teaching career in 1979 as a primary school teacher, then he taught at different levels of the Bulgarian system of education. For a number of years, Valentin has taught at the university department of Philology and that of Theology of Veliko Tarnovo University, and also at colleges and universities in Russian, Hungary and the UK, including work as tutor and mentor in Pedagogics at Teacher training courses. His PhD deals with didactic aspects of teaching at primary and secondary schools in Bulgaria. Valentin is the author of many books and articles, he is member of a number of international organisations working in the area of education and Christian formation. In the last 15 years he has taken part in more than 100 international forums with papers delivered and then published; he is also member of examination bodies to several universities, editor of specialist research journals and consultant in education and European school system at the Council of Europe within the framework of the education platform “European Commission on Church and School”, Germany.
Zory Burner is a music composer and artistic leader of the vocal ensemble Peregrina EnChantica, thus presenting London audiences to the Byzantine style of Eastern Orthodox chants (in Bulgaria arrangement), as well as to her own music works being part of her different artistic projects.
In addition to her education in music and artistic career, Zory graduated with a BA in English Philology and also obtained an MA in British Studies. One of her lessons at a Bulgarian school was recorded and then used at the Commission of Culture and Education of the European parliament in Brussels as an example of a high-level teaching methodology and teaching skills of the Bulgarian teachers.
Being not only an educator but also a brilliant artistic personality, Zory greatly contributes to both the high learning abilities of our students and their creative, musical, dance and versatile cultural development which help them preserve and enrich Bulgarian culture and traditions.
According to the regulations set out by Order No 90/29.05.2018 of the Bulgarian Council of Ministers as they apply to all Bulgarian schools abroad, since the first opening day of our school in the autumn of 2016 we have elected a Parents’ Council (PC) who supports the School’s activities. The Order clearly defines what the Council’s responsibilities are:
1. To monitor the School’s activities, including the lawful and appropriate spending of its funds;
2. To discus and offer suggestions as to how any current problems and issues be most appropriately dealt with;
3. To give any help in educating the School’s students and to encourage all parents to take part in the extra-curriculum activities with the aim of preserving Bulgarian national awareness, culture and traditions (article 10, paragraph 5 of the Order)
Paragraphs 7 and 8 of article 5 indicate that the Parents’ Council prepares an annual report on the performance of the School. The report is sent to the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science, a copy is sent also to the Bulgarian Embassy in the corresponding state; the report can be sent on paper and/or in electronic format by the 30th July each year.
The Parents’ Council of the Bulgarian School Skylark includes the following parents:
1. Mrs Svetoslava Gospodinova – head of the PC (mother of a student Year 5)
2. Mr Kostadin Iliev – member of the PC (father of a student Year 2)
3. Mrs Borislava Takova – member of the PC (mother of a student Year 3)
4. Mrs Krasimira Dimitrova – member of the PC (mother of a student Year 2)
These include acquaintance with samples of Bulgarian folk music, adapted for children, contemporary music and drama works for children and popular Bulgarian songs. Music lessons aim to present to children some examples of Bulgarian music art while forming abilities in performing them and encouraging children to create their own samples of music art.
For those interested, our School offers dance classes according to specifically adapted choreography programmes on Bulgarian folk dance performances.
Creativity and Applied Arts
Our School also offers free arts’ activities where the children create their own art works by using coloured paper, textile pieces, woollen and other type of thread, wood, etc. They try to make different items used at home, national art embroidery, parts of Bulgarian folk costumes and elements of traditional and contemporary costumes interwoven in the same dress or costume.
Our School is supported by the parents’ contribution for their children’s education which for one school year is £220 for one child or £160 for a second, third, etc. child of the same family. The fee is to be paid at the beginning of the school year and it can be paid in two installments: the first in September and the second in February.