History of the School + School life

History of the School + School life

RPG ‘Nikola Stoychev‘ is a preferred, well-known and authoritative educational institution. It was built on 1st June 1968 and for 50 years it has taken an active part in economic and social life in Razlog district.In autumn of 1969 the construction of the independent school building began. The result is not delayed - the retreat was finished and opened on 12.10.1978, and the school building - on 08.09.1979. Since it was built the ambition of all teachers, students and employees is to defend its prestige. The school has modern cabinets and laboratories for cooking and serving, language cabinets, modern computer rooms and library. There areworkshops for cold metal processing, lathes, drills, grinders, an electric workshop, a cabinet for machine drawing. The Chemistry cabinet is also equipped for laboratory analytical chemistry. The students make modelsand devises with which they participate in exhibitions.Practical exercise hours are held in elite hotels and restaurants.Students are given excellent conditions to developtheir creative talents.The training is conducted by high qualified teachers.

In its history, Razlog Vocational High School has traditions in creating and maintaining relationships with many universities, institutes, businesses and companies in the food and tourism industry. The popularity of the school in recent years, the high professional level of the teachers and the excellent preparation of the students makes us a sought partner in the conditions of strong competition with the other secondary schools in the area.

Since the first year the interest to school became very high. The enthusiasm and the strong desire of the teachers for working helped them to overcome the difficulties - the lack of textbooks, teaching aids and equipment. The first school tracks were ‘Pulp and paper production and forage yeast’ and ‘Electrical machines repair and equipment in pulp and paper production’.

The teachers efforts are aimed at improving the quality of the student's training. In 1984-1985 were introduced new subjects – biology and geography. And additional hours of general educational value subjects. In May 2007 the school was named ‘Nikola Stoychev’. The new realities in the country and the region require the change of profile and specialties. The ambitious and modern thinking team focuses on the priority areas of tourism and food technologies, giving great opportunities for realisation of the students.

Today 350 students are trained in 15 classes of 3 different career tracks – Restaurant Management and Recreation, Catering and Economics & IT. Each track provides students with professional knowledge, general education and language training. There is a lot of practical exercise hours in which the students are encouraged to work in community and earn a first – hand experience. Three foreign languages are studied - English, French and German.

Our school maintains international contacts with different schools. The beginning was set in 1989 when the school signed an agreement with Papermaking Institute "Aristide Merlooni" from Fabriano, Italy. A group of students and teachers from both schools made mutual visits, exchanged ideas and experiences.

Over the years RPG ‘Nikola Stoychev’ participate in many projects. Here are some of them:

⇒ European education projects within the Comenius program with schools from Portugal, France, Spain, Romania, Belgium, Turkey, Slovakia and UK. The coordinator of the European educational projects is Dr Elena Sayanova, teacher of English. For the fourth time our students are working on probation within the Leonardo da Vinci program. In 2005 students in Business Administration conducted a three-week internship in Spain, in 2007 hoteliers are trained in Florence, Italy, in August-September 2008 two groups are trained in Karlsruhe, Germany and Corfu, Greece. Before each internship students learn the language of the host country, for which they receive the certificate. They also receive a certificate of traineeship which allows them to work abroad.
⇒ ‘Ecotourism Training Course’ in 2007 with project partner SOU ‘Yane Sandnanski’ Strumitsa, Macedonia .Our school team has developed textbook, training notebook and book for the ecotourism teacher.
⇒ ‘Luck’ in 2011-2012 with project partner ‘Self-Confirmation and Preparation for European Horizons School’.
⇒ ‘Making school attractive for young people’ in 2007-2013 with project partner Operational Program "Human Resources Development", co-financed by the European Social Fund . The purpose of the project is to make sense of the free time of students in state and municipal schools including students with identified need for specific support as well as students at risk of dropping out, showing aggression and violence through participation in extra-curricular activities.
⇒ In the project ‘Healthy Eating’ a has been established contacts with the University of Saltwater, Manchester, UK which aims to create opportunities for our students to continue their education there. Our school was visited by senior lecturer William Gullam.
⇒ Our students take part in various national quizzes and competitions. For two consecutive years they have participated in trade, cookery, confectionery, serving and bartending international competitions held in Bratislava, Slovakia.
⇒ Strategic Partnership KA2 project ‘Innovative techniques in food and beverage implementations’. The project is addressed to the educational staff specialized in food and beverage services, gastronomy, catering, teachers of F&B and learners.
⇒ Strategic Partnership KA2 Learning on Display: How to Create a School Museum. The project is devoted to the educational purposes and benefits of creating a school museum along with introducing elements of Museum education into the partner schools’ curricula.
⇒ Mobility Project KA1 ‘Keeping up-to-date’. 2 flows of 14 students + 2 teachers for 2 years’ period, Duration: 2 weeks’ practical training project in Berlin, Germany., Sector: ICT in Tourism. The project aims at improving professional competences through absorption of new European working practices of Introducing ICT in Tourism.

International projects allow students and teachers to exchange experiences and ideas, to get to know different European countries and to acquire new self-confidence of aware and capable professionals able to meet the challenges of time.

RPG ‘Nikola Stoychev‘ is a member of the ‘Schools of Restaurants and Hospitality Association ’ in Bulgaria as well as of the Association of Cambridge Schools in Bulgaria.

When the direction is true the path to success is not that long.