History and present day
Who we are
How it was
History of the school
After the Revolution
The school campus is located at the foot of the Bánoš hill, hence the designation SOŠ Pod Bánošom. For almost 70 years of existence the school has undergone many changes, which have copied the current situation in Slovakia. In the past, education was focused exclusively on agricultural professionals for practice. Later, new specialisations with a food industry focus were added.
After the 'Velvet Revolution' in 1989, agriculture in Slovakia declined. The number of sheep and cattle herds was declining and there was no need for intensive cultivation of the land. For parents and pupils, agricultural and food science courses became unattractive. It was time to find a new path, a new direction. The road to the 'new' form was not easy.
In 2011, the only Centre for Education and Training in Beekeeping in Slovakia was established at our secondary school. Another Education and Training Centre in confectionery and baking was added in 2014. The school has boldly entered the segment of lifelong learning and skill development. Thus, the school teaches 7 days a week so that adults who are interested can also be educated.
All our courses have been certified by the International Education Society (IES) in England since 2004. The school's latest rating is Highly erudite and professionally run educational institution and the IES certificate is a valid qualification worldwide.
What we teach, we do
School at present
School life is filled with interesting activities for the general public. We have become not only a place of education, but also a zone of rest, relaxation and fun. During the season we organise popular farmers' markets, known as the Opening and Closing of the Banoche. For people, they have become synonymous with the opening and closing of the farming season and the production of quality food from primary producers. As part of an interesting activity called Traditional Breakfast, children in all kindergartens in Banská Bystrica receive live foods for breakfast - fresh bread, butter, honey, milk, which come from our school and from primary producers in the region. Educating parents, creating good eating habits in young children, raising employment in the region - all this is behind the traditional breakfast.
Although we mention the countryside at every turn, through international ERASMUS+ projects our pupils and staff travel abroad on mobility placements. The school has successfully coordinated high-impact projects on bee care and we have achieved considerable success internationally. The BLESABEE (Blessed Bees) project was awarded a gold medal in Montreal, Canada and received the prestigious Award for Excellence from the European Commission.
Every success, big and small, is a commitment and we know we still have a long way to go. We are a school where you can have an adventure every day. We are a school where you can find your own path.