Toy horse from recycled materials

Horse, wooden toy is a traditional toy in area around Zagreb called Prigorje. It's colored black and white with some red elements. 

The small wooden horses are prepared for the exibition in participants schools.

Exibition of students work from recycled materials-St.Marks church

Students led by Gabriela Dominović, Art teacher, made a sculpture of St.Marks church in Zagreb, the most beautiful roof in Zagreb. They used recycled paper, cardboards and plastic corks.

Students visited Croatian Conservation Institute in Zagreb

Group of students accompanied with teachers Gabrijela Dominović, Bojana Trivanović and Marina Renić visited Croatian Conservation Institute and saw the modern methods of conservation of art work, and the Cathedral which is in restauration  for the last 20 years.

Legends of Zagreb-lesson plan record

Legends of Zagreb-ecranisation of the lesson plan made by Marina Renić, history teacher. Students included in the class are 6th grade.

Tajne europskih prijestolnica

Video lesson ''The Legends of Zagreb''

Monuments in Zagreb
Zagreb has a great number of monuments so, in the second year of the Project, we decided to show only monuments connected to the legends of Zagreb.
Monuments in Zagreb.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.1 MB

The Black Queen - Movie

The Black Queen came to life again in our school film.

Actors: Antonela Vidmar, Krešimir Betzler, Ivan Petrašević, Dominik Prelec, Lea Brišar and David-Dominik Radić

Narrators: Marko Čičak and Lucija Tolić

Screenplay: Boris Bakarić and Noemi Ajduković

Director: Krešimir Petrak 


The peasant needed some water to slake the lime so he looked for a bucket to bring the water. He found a bucket which was usually used for bringing food to pigs. Then, one of the sows saw a man carrying “her bucket", and she immediately rushed toward him.

Jakob got scared and started to run, but the sow caught him and pushed him into a haystack. As he had a cigarette in his mouth, it didn’t take long for the hay to catch fire.

The fire quickly spread to all the haystacks and the wooden farm buildings.

Unfortunately, it was windy that day, so the fire spread very quickly and it engulfed the rest of the town and the tragedy was complete. The whole town of Varaždin became a big bonfire and it burned completely.

The ruined town could not be the Capital anymore. It could not be The Headquarters of The Croatian Royal Council and The Center of Administration and Croatian Government. So Zagreb became the Capital of Croatia.

Jakob Verček was brought to justice, and there was trial against him. He was punished by 12 public lashes in the town square, and another 12 in his village.


Students and teacher Marijan Fitz found the text and translated the legend about the first Croatian capital city.


Varaždin was the Croatian capital from 1767 to 1776, and one legend says that the town lost its status because of a sow.

A peasant from Sračinec (the small village near Vatraždin), Jakob Verček had to slake lime on borough property on 25 April 1776. The property was very large, with farm buildings, gazebos, haystacks and sties. Jakobhad a bad toothache and he tried make the pain go away. He thought that smoking would help, so he lit a cigarette.

We saw the magic of Zagreb and its Legends

The 5th, 6th and 7th graders visited the sights related to the legends of Zagreb on Saturday, April 23rd 2016.
The Tourist attraction "Zagreb Time Machine" enabled us the better view to the legends.
On our way we met Manda and the Ban, the Knights of the Order of Silver Dragon, Dora and Pavle, the City Guards and many others.
First, we visited Manduševac. Manda and the Ban told us how Zagreb got its name. We also found out everything about the name of the most famous male clothing item - a tie.
Then we were walking along the longest Zagreb’s street Ilica. We climbed the stairs to the walls of Gradec. We visited the Stone Gate, where the knights of the Order of Silver Dragon consigned the Ban’s flag.
At noon, the Grich cannon scared us. It fired from the top of the tower Lotrščak. The cannon’s shot signaled us that it was perfect time to go to The Bridge of Blood Road.
We were a little disappointed when we saw neither bridge nor stream from our legends, but in spite of that, we agreed that Zagreb is one of the most beautiful towns.
After the lunch break, we went to the slopes of Medvednica to Medvedgrad. In that old town and its walls, we dreamed about the time of queens and knights.
We are looking forward to the next trip to our first capital - Varaždin.




Calendar 2016.

Students from 5th to 8th grade prepared and translated 5 legends of Zagreb. They illustrated them and the art works were used to print the calendar for the year 2016.

Bojana Trivanović, our Informatics teacher presented the use of Prezzi presentation and the ways to implement them to make classes more representative. All teachers in our schoolwere informed about the use of Prezzi.


The Legends of Zagreb

Students from 5th to 8th grade prepared and translated 5 legends of Zagreb. They illustrated them and the art works were used to print the calendar for the year 2016.


How Zagreb Got Its Name


Long, long ago, the place which we now call Zagreb, had been ravaged by the Tatars. After the devastation, heat and drought engulfed the land.

At that time, a young girl named Manda lived in the town. She had blond hair and blue eyes and was the most beautiful girl in all the land.

One day the Ban and his army were travelling by. He saw Manda and asked her to fetch him some water. Manda told him that all of the springs had dried up. The Ban drew his sword and touched the dry spring saying: ''Manda,  my dear, draw some water!'' and water began to flow up through the earth creating a small stream!


Not only did the local townspeople draw water at this spring but even the bears came down from mount Medvednica to drink from the stream, thus giving it the name Medvešćak or Bear Stream. The town was named Zagreb, meaning to draw water, because Manda had first drawn water from this spring.


Grich Cannon


Long ago in ancient times, the Ottomans often attacked Croatian lands, burning and destroying everything in their path.

One day, the people of Zagreb saw a large Ottoman army camped not far away. They quickly began to fortify the city walls and towers and also acquired a cannon in order to defend their city.

Once the preparations were made, the people decided to try out the cannon they were so proud of. The day was warm and sunny, it was almost noon.

At that time, the Ottoman Pasha was having roasted chicken for lunch, when all of a sudden, he heard the thunder of a cannon! The cannon ball fell right in the middle of the Ottoman camp! The soldiers were confused and there was a lot of commotion.


The Ottoman Hasan Pasha and his army fled in fear! Today, Grich Cannon still fires one shot each day at noon in order to remember Zagreb's famous victory over the Ottoman Empire. 


The Stone Gate


Long, long ago, in the middle of the night, a terrible fire broke out in the town tavern. This was very dangerous because all the houses were made of wood and many had straw roofs so that fires spread very quickly.

Manda was afraid that her beloved painting of Our Lady would be destroyed in the fire, so she took it to her godmother who lived not far from one of the four stone gates to the city The Stone Gate.

The fire had spread rapidly and destroyed all the houses. Very little was left intact. In fear, the people searched the ashes for anything that had been spared. Suddenly someone cried out: ''It's a miracle! It's a miracle! This painting of Our Lady is untouched!  The fire has destroyed everything except this painting! 


Manda took the painting and leaned it against the stone wall of the old tower and it remains there to this day. Many come to pray and bring flowers to Our Lady of The Stone Gate, our protector of the City of Zagreb. 


The Black Queen


Long, long ago in the woods overlooking the hills of Medvednica, stood the town of Medvedgrad. Medvedgrad, or Bear Town, got its name from the many wandering bears in the area. Dark, grey clouds often filled the sky while wolves and bears often filled the woods.

The nobility of Medvedgrad and especially Queen Barbara Celjska became a dark memory in the minds of their subjects which remains to this day. Queen Barbara was the widow of King Sigismund so she was always dressed in black. Because of this, they called her the Black Queen. Many feared her and considered her to be a witch.

One day, a terrible drought engulfed the land. The people were tormented by thirst and turned to their queen for help. The Black Queen still had some water in a well inside the castle walls but she refused to give any to the people. The people cursed her and turned away in search of water. The Black Queen, with a raven on her shoulder, watched them leave.

Walking through the woods, the people heard the murmur of water. They found a spring which had not been there before. They were saved!


The Black Queen was left alone in Medvedgrad and soon her well also dried up. People believe that the water from the queen's well had turned its course and now flows from the new spring. This is why it is called The Queen's Well.


The Bridge of Blood


Long, long ago the city of Zagreb had been divided into two parts, Kaptol and Gradec. The two parts of the city were joined by streets which are full of stories and legends. One of these is called ''The Bridge of Blood''.  The legend says that this is where a very important battle between the people of Gradec and Medvedgrad took place.

The ruler of Medvedgrad was Prince Grdun. He was an old, cruel and fickle man who was very selfish and only interested in getting richer. Because of this, he wanted to marry Rose, a beautiful young girl from a wealthy family.

However, Rose had already fallen in love with a young knight, Pavao, who had saved her from a terrible fire in Gradec. When Prince Grdun heard about this, he tried to kill Pavao, but he was unsuccessful.

One day Prince Grdun ordered his army to attack Gradec and Kaptol knowing that Pavao would be in the other army. He hoped that the young knight would be killed in the battle.


The two armies met in the middle of a bridge and started fighting. Knight Pavao and the Gradec army defeated Prince Grdun. The blood of the wounded soldiers flowed onto the wooden bridge and into the river. And this is how the bridge got its name, ''The Bridge of Blood''.

In our school there are 505 students divided in 24 classes (21 students per class) and 39 teachers. In the lower primary (grades 1 to 4) every class has one teacher for all subjects, except for Foreign language and Religion; while in the upper primary (grades 5 to 8) there is a different teacher for each subject. This school year we have three grade 5 classes, three grade 6 classes, four grade 7 classes and three grade 8 classes.

Our school is located in an immigrants' settlement. Most students live close to school, so they don't need to use public transportation to get to school, they go on foot. Just opposite the school there is a Catholic church. In a radius of 3 km there are five other primary schools, one secondary school and four Catholic parishes.

The school building is fairly new, as it was built in 2007, and it is architectually attractive and innovative. We work in two shifts: the morning shift from 8 am to 1:05 pm, and the afternoon shift from 1:05 pm to 6:15 pm. The school opened in September 2007. It is technically well equipped, each classroom has its own PC with LCD projector.

Schools in Croatia offer two foreign languages; the first is taught from grade 1 and the second, which is optional, is added in grade 4. German is less popular than English and some students drop out of this subject, which creates a problem for our German teachers because they lose teaching hours which potentially leads to a loss in teaching positions.

Our school has 19 special needs students. Five of them need additional support because of their medical condition, so they have an assistant. Unfortunately, there are not enough assistants, so one assistant must care for two special needs students. All our special needs students have individualised programs which are adapted according to their abilities.

Our school organises internships for students.This school year we'll have at least eight students from different european universities. We also won the European Language Label Competition.