About Us

The School

Setting

British International School in Tivat: the brand new Arcadia school is nearby the Tivat airport on 5,000 square meters of beautiful, secluded land. The school is situated in a green zone with surrounding non-urbanized land and access via a private road.

Only minutes away from the Adriatic Sea and UNESCO protected historic towns, the school embraces learning through creativity and inspiration.

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Design

Based on scientific research, it has been established that there is an explicit relationship between the physical characteristics of school buildings, and the spaces within them, and educational outcomes.

The school’s design is based on principles of how natural environmental conditions, both internal and external, directly influence learning and development of the child. In order to achieve, this the school has been designed around creating outdoor learning spaces and bringing natural elements into the classrooms.

Read more on the latest scientific principles of how design impacts learning skills.

British International School: Why Montenegro?

Is there a better place for a school than Montenegro? On the door step of Europe, a place that nature has blessed and that overwhelms us with her beauty. Montenegro welcomes and offers us a unique, magical environment for children to develop and learn at their own pace.

Team

PATRON

HRH Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia
HRH Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia is a member of the Royal Family of Yugoslavia and a great-niece of HM Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and 100th in line to the throne of England.

HRH Princess Katarina was born in London, the daughter of HRH Prince Tomislav of Yugoslavia (the younger brother of the last King of Yugoslavia, Peter II) and HRH Princess Margarita of Baden. Her father, Prince Tomislav, was the second son of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia who married Maria, the daughter of King Ferdinand I of Romania. Princess Katarina’s mother, Princess Margarita, was the daughter of Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark, the sister of HRH Prince Philip. Her maternal grandmother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, was the granddaughter of Princess Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse, the second daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Maria’s maternal grandfather was Prince Alfred, the second son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Therefore, Katarina is related to the British Royal Family from both her father and her mother’s side of the family.

HRH Princess Katarina’s patronage of Arcadia Academy is very much in keeping with her efforts to promote education around the world and reaches back to her family ties to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. We deeply appreciate her effort in helping Arcadia Academy reach its goals on both a Montenegrin and international level.

SCHOOL BOARD

Mrs Galina Couture, Managing Director, Founder, Member of the School Board
Galina Couture graduated with honours from the Faculty of Philology, University of Moscow, Russia. She was the marketing director of Cyscom Limited, an international software technology company specializing in cloud based business applications. As mother of two children growing up in a bilingual home with very different cultural influences, she has a deep understanding of the educational challenges and opportunities for children integrating into the global environment.

 

Mr Milija Bozovic, Head of School / Academic Director, Member of the School Board
Milija acquired the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Degree from the University of Cambridge in the UK, where he studied English and Applied Linguistics. He is currently studying for a PhD in Empirical and Applied Linguistics at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster in Germany, where his research is on corrective feedback in ASR-based computer-assisted pronunciation training (CAPT) programmes. He specialized in Education and Pedagogy and taught in the UK at EF International Language School – Clare College Cambridge, later at the Educational Centre Momentum and at Knightsbridge School Montenegro, before stepping up into leadership at Arcadia Academy.

Professional organizations and societies:Cambridge Society of Montenegro (President); UK Alumni Association of Montenegro (MAUK); University of Cambridge Alumni; St. Edmund’s College Alumni; Cambridge Linguistic Society; DPLCG – Applied Linguistics Society of Montenegro; Sigma Tau Delta – International English Honour Society; CALICO (Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium); EuroCALL (European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning); TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Mr Prem Couture, Financial Director, Member of the School Board

Graduate with BA Honors in Sociology, specializing in social statistical sciences from Carleton University and University of Toronto, Canada. He is the founder of several international internet software businesses including co-founder to J2C the first UK B2B portal. He was the Chief Architect that developed and brought to the market a comprehensive Cloud Computing Platform and applications to major IT service companies such as Hewlett-Packard. He has designed and deployed 14 SaaS applications in a range of verticals – Finance, Education, IT services, Real Estate, Oil and Gas, Wholesale and Retail.

STAFF

Mr Mark McLaughlin,  Head of Academic Programme
Mark has a Master of Philosophy Degree from Manchester University (UK) and an Advanced Certificate of Education from Leicester University (UK). He has a wealth of educational experience gained over many years which includes Head teacher, Executive Head teacher and School Principal in the UK and the Middle East. These roles have been complemented by becoming a Local Leader of Education, School Improvement Partner, Leadership Development Consultant, School Improvement Advisor & Professional Development Trainer/Facilitator.   He has successfully completed a number of complex educational leadership challenges in the UK and the international setting.

Mr Aleksandar Perovic,  Administrator
Alex finished the School of Shipping, Shipbuilding and Waterway Civil Engineering in Belgrade. Here he gained knowledge in transport, mechanical engineering and metal working, and civil engineering and geodesy. He holds an ECDL certificate (European Computer Driving License), physical protection certificate from the Montenegrin Ministry of Internal Affairs and has completed the First Aid training at Azalea Maritime Training Centre LLC. He has worked for the Yugoslavian Navy and on different trade ships.

 

Miss Brankica Markovic, Preschool Teacher
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Miss Nicola Nielson, Year 1 and Preschool Literacy Teacher

Nicola was born and raised in England and after graduating a top leading performing arts college she went on to have a 16 year career dancing and teaching in theatres all over the world.  Through a love of teaching performing arts she decided to obtain a TEFL certificate in the USA, after which she decided to become a TESOL/EFL teacher.  Nicola went on to teach English in Belgrade Serbia then moved to Montenegro in 2010. She has taught  English to kindergarten toddlers’ all the way to business level adults. To keep her theatrical side alive Nicola has also been teaching Jazz, Ballet and Fitness to all ages in local dancing schools. Being a very versatile and dedicated teacher Nicola believes in creating an effective environment for children to learn and have fun, so each child can reach their own wonderful, individual potential.

Miss Jasna Vulevic, Year 2 Teacher
Jasna has received her Bachelor`s Degree at the Department for English Language and Literature at the Faculty of Philosophy in Niksic, Montenegro and she completed her Specialist Translation Studies at the Institute for Foreign Languages at the University of Montenegro in Podgorica in 2009. Since then she has been improving both translating and teaching skills with an aim to remove cultural and language barriers for the better understanding. Jasna is very interested in researching the educational system of second and foreign language.

 

Miss Becca Tickner, Year 3 Teacher

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Mr David Grieves, Year 4 Teacher

Mr David joins Arcadia Academy from the United Kingdom where he received his Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Newcastle University and has taught across Key Stage One and Two (students 5-11 years old). For the previous two years, David has been teaching in China where he became skilled at teaching English as an additional language. He believes in a student centred approach to learning and that educators are responsible for creating informed and curious citizens of the world. David enjoys outdoor and adventurous activities such as climbing and canoeing.

 

Miss Rebecca Peters, Year 5 Teacher and Primary Literacy Coordinator
Rebecca received a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from Nottingham Trent University in the UK in 2009 and since then has taught in the UK and Mexico as well as here in Montenegro. Rebecca is passionate about the importance of reading and became our Primary Literacy Coordinator in 2017.

She believes that classrooms should be inviting places where students feel valued and safe to take learning risks.

 

Miss Ruth Burns, Year 6 Teacher
Ruth is from London and joins us from Jordan where she was working as Year 4 home room teacher. Ruth graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and originally pursued a career as an accountant, before her love of teaching took her on a different path. Over the past 10 years, Ruth has worked as home room and specialist EAL teacher in London, Egypt, The United Arab Emirates and Jordan. Along with experience of the Cambridge Curriculum, Ruth holds Category 1 and 2 Primary Years Programme certification and likes to use enquiry based learning strategies to ensure her students are lifelong learners.

 

Mr Gojko Ostojic, Spanish, ESL, Global Studies Teacher, ESL Coordinator, Exams Officer

Gojko has received his Bachelor’s Degree at the Department for Business English at the Faculty of Foreign Languages – Mediterranean University in Podgorica, Montenegro. At the same university, he finished his Specialist Studies at the Department of Teaching English and English literature.

Gojko also obtained a certificate for teaching Spanish in elementary and high schools from the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade, Serbia. He has been improving his Spanish through different courses, and his main aim is to make his students ”fall in love” with the two most popular languages in the world, using modern and creative techniques. In 2018, he finished the Master’s Studies with the highest mark at the Department of Education and English Literature (Mediterranean University – Podgorica).

Miss Bojana Djukovic-Barakovic,  English Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Secondary Literacy Coordinator
Bojana received her BA in Education with an emphasis on teaching English as a Second Language from Arizona State University. She graduated Suma Cum Laude. Upon completion of the BA degree, Bojana was accepted to Arizona State University to study Curriculum and Instruction in Education.

Bojana taught in several high needs schools in the Southwest United States, and was recruited for the position of the Language Acquisition Specialist in the middle school. In this role, Bojana focused on teacher professional development in the area of second language acquisition where students speak more than 25 languages, and come to the United States from various countries. Bojana was promoted as the district level English Language Learners Program Coach, at the largest elementary school district in Arizona. In this position, Bojana worked on preparing and delivering training not only for the teachers, but also for the principals, and district level personnel with the focus on second language acquisition.

Mr Chris Burns, PE Teacher and School Coordinator
Chris is from England and graduated with BSc Honours in Sports Science from the University of Bolton in 2004 and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from the same University. He coached youth football for 5 years in the USA where he was co-founder and head coach of English Premier Soccer Camps and Clinics in Massachusetts. Chris has many years experience teaching whole school physical education across British Curriculum and International Baccalaureate schools in the UK, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Jordan. Chris likes to make lessons engaging, challenging and fun.

 

Mr Bozidar Bukilic, English and Global Perspectives Teacher
Božidar Bukilić is an IB and IGCSE English teacher and examiner. He has a BA in English Language and Literature (graduated summa cum laude) and a joint double MSc degree in Computational Linguistics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the University of the Algarve. He has been teaching English in Spain and Peru in international British colleges. He has a passion for learning languages, child language acquisition, and forensic linguistics.

 

 

Mr Mladen Begovic, Secondary Maths, IGCSE Maths and Physics Teacher
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Miss Ana Nikolic, Secondary Science, IGCSE Biology and Chemistry, Global Studies Teacher
Miss Ana obtained her university degree from the Natural Sciences Faculty at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia. After being involved in numerous scientific projects with respect to the exploration of flora and fauna, Miss Ana moved to Montenegro where she taught Biology, Chemistry and Healthy Lifestyles in various primary and secondary schools. She joins Arcadia Academy to teach Biology, Chemistry and Physics at the Secondary and IGCSE level and is eager to inspire the students, spark their interest in Science and foster discovery in the Science lab. In 2018 Ana’s IGCSE students had their first IGCSE Biology exam and 60% of them scored A or A* which was a big success for the school.

 

Miss Tijana Luksic, German Teacher
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Miss Aleksandra Filipovic, French Teacher
Miss Aleksandra obtained the French Language and Literature degree from the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade. During her studies she spent a year in France, Paris, living with a French family. After several years of working in public and private language schools in Belgrade, she has decided to come back to her hometown Tivat. Aleksandra enjoys working with children, they make her a more knowledgeable person.

There is a saying “You give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. You teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Miss Aleksandra believes this must be a philosophy of a good teacher.

Miss Maja Dobrovic, Music and Arts Teacher

Maja graduated from the Johns Hopkins University, Peabody Institute of Music, Baltimore, USA. She also studied at the Belgrade Academy of Music and USC School of Music. Maja played with various Symphony and Concert Orchestras, chamber groups and attended master classes by many world-renowned musicians and conductors. Maja played for various movie and theatre music recordings, ethno, jazz, rock and experimental bands.

Maja enjoys working with children and has experience in Early Childhood Music Education teaching and workshops. She joins Arcadia Academy to teach music, choir and history of art. As a violin, viola and piano teacher she worked at the International School of Music in Washington DC and Columbia Community Music School. Maja currently also teaches violin at the Tivat Music School and conducts children’s choir of the Holy Martyrs of Prevlaka.

Vacancies

Our school is a vibrant and dynamic place to work and we are open to a wide range of applications from qualified teachers all around the world. We are currently accepting applications for the following positions for the school year 2018-2019:

Key Stage 1 Teacher
We are seeking to appoint a qualified and creative primary teacher able to teach a range of subjects (primarily English, Maths and Science) to Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2, age 5-7). Ideal candidate should be a native speaker of English, willing to relocate to Montenegro and familiar with the Cambridge Primary Curriculum Framework. You must have the ability to inspire our pupils and help them become active thinkers and learners. This post would suit a newly qualified or experienced teacher.Further details and an application form may be downloaded from below.
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Key Stage 2 Teacher
We are seeking to appoint a qualified and creative primary teacher able to teach a range of subjects (primarily English, Maths and Science) to Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6, age 7-11). Ideal candidate should be a native speaker of English, willing to relocate to Montenegro and familiar with the Cambridge Primary Curriculum Framework. You must have the ability to inspire our pupils and help them become active thinkers and learners. This post would suit a newly qualified or experienced teacher.Further details and an application form may be downloaded from below.
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