PROF LAURA PREMRL
Prof Laura Premrl was born on 9th March, 1950 in Renče, close to Nova Gorica, in Slovenia, and died on 29th August, 2009 at Mary Potter in Kalvary, Adelaide.
Education: Teachers College, majoring in French, German and Chinese languages.
Laura taught at various schools and concentrated on languages.
She also taught at the Slovenian Saturday school at the Holy Family School in West Hindmarsh in 1978.
Classes were held at the primary school in Hindmarsh. In the first year, there were more than 60 students enrolled. Laura liked to assist at the Holy Family at ceremonies on various special days and prepared the cultural programme.
When celebrating the historical event of the blessing of the Adelaide Slovenian church’s foundation stone, and other ceremonies, she carefully prepared speeches and assisted at concerts.
The Slovenian school had a junior class (lower primary school students of 4 to 9 years of age) which was taught by Mrs Laura Premrl, an excellent teacher. Laura taught for many years at the Slovenian school. She was an accomplished teacher of French, German and Chinese.
Laura was a significant contributor to the South Australian Slovenian community with her activity in
teaching, radio broadcasting, presenter at events such as Cultural Day (often with her son Davor), editorial (Slovenian Club
Adelaide 40th Anniversary book 1957-1997) and lyric writing (Slovenski Dom).
Laura was a teacher by profession, she taught at Aberfoyle Park High School, and her lifelong passion was learning
languages and imparting this knowledge onto others. In total she spoke an amazing seven languages: Slovenian,
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Chinese. She started studying the most difficult of these
languages, Chinese, at the age of 40 by taking her baby son Davor to China for 10 months and studying the language
there. Totally immersing herself in Chinese culture. In South Australia she was a member of the Chinese Language
Note: A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.
Dober učitelj je kot sveča – iztrošti sebe, da razsvetli življenske poti drugih.
Her personal message:
All I can do is endeavour to make the best of what you gave me, and that I promise to do.
(From SLOVENIA South Australia Newsletter, 2009, p. 11)
More information about Laura as a teacher of the Slovenian Language School, the school’s curriculum, children’s work, and many more photographs can be found in the book by Draga Gelt: Chronicle of Slovenian Schools and Slovenian Language Teachers in Australia pp. 596-597, available as well online from the NUK (National University Library in Ljubljana), Digital Library of Slovenia.
Storytelling by Laura Premrl and Marta Skrbis (sound recording):
The white queen snake (in Slovenian and English)
Slovenski dom (music) by Jadran Vatovec and Laura Premrl
German School Film Project
Later Years Category South&West Australia
Schools Name of teacher Year/ Level Film
Mannum Community College Eva Daddow 9/10 Invasion Gras
School for the German Language Gabriele B. Fitzgerald 10 Attacke der Boffins- Terroristen Revolution
Gladstone High School Iris v. Düffel 11 Die Glühbirnentragödie
Loxton High School Margot Kranich 10 Intelligentes Essen
School for he German Language Gabriele B. Fitzgerald 9/10 Die Zeitrenne
Adelaide High School Eva Wilhelm 10 Zeit, Licht & Raum (Chris)
Adelaide High School Eva Wilhelm 10 Zeit, Licht & Raum (Maria)
Aberfoyle Park High School Laura Premrl 10 Weihnachten ist noch zu weit