26.5.2018 Empress Maria Theresa Gymnasiums Network

26.5.2018 Empress Maria Theresa Gymnasiums Network

300th Birth Anniversary Empress Maria Theresa – Joint Postal Stamp

Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia, Ukraine 13.5.2017

Post of AustriaPost of Croatia, Post of Hungary, and Post of Slovenia

are supportive to the Empress Maria Theresa Gymnasiums Network.


Latest news: Unveiling of the statue Franciscan with the Growing Book in Novo mesto 12/16/2022
Latest news: Gymnasium Memory ePlaque
Members & Representatives
Contact person
Links to the Associated Schools
Links to the Schools Associations & Networks
International Contacts Group
Network’s Actions
Links to the Empress Maria Theresa
Other links
Internet Memorial to the Citizens of Novo mesto 1745

Franciscan with the Growing Book. Jernej Mali, M.Sc., Academic Sculpture.

Latest news: Celebration of the 550th Anniversary of the Franciscans in Novo mesto: Unveiling of the statue Franciscan with the Growing Book 12/16/2022

Invitation to the unveiling of the statue Franciscan with the Growing Book on Friday, December 16, 2022 at 11 a.m. in the Franciscan Church: Novo mesto City Municipality, Cultural Heritage Committee and Novo mesto Franciscan Monastery.

Addresses at the unveiling of the statue

Dr. Miha Japelj, Professor, President, Novo mesto Cultural Heritage Promotion Committee & Regular Member, Engineering Academy of Slovenia
Gregor Macedoni, M.Sc., Mayor, Novo mesto City Municipality
Dr. Janez Gabrijelčič, Member, Novo mesto Cultural Heritage Promotion Committee & Idea Leader, The Growing Book
Dr. Milček Komelj, Associate Professor, Regular Member, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts – SAZU & Regular Member, European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA)
Msgr. Stanislav Zore OFM, Metropolitan Archbishop of Ljubljana
Tomaž Hočevar, Guardian, Franciscan Monastery Novo mesto

Cultural program: Aja Koncilija and Jurij Dović, Students, Novo mesto Gymnasium
Leader of the Opening Ceremony: Tomaž Koncilija, Advisor, Novo mesto Gymnasium

Details in Slovene are available at Celebration of the 550th Anniversary of the Franciscans in Novo mesto.

Latest news: Gymnasium Memory ePlaque

On November 25, 2019, the members of the Novo mesto Cultural Heritage Promotion Committee met at the meeting and decided to initiate an action by exploiting information technology (Internet) to the benefits of the City of Novo mesto and Gymnasium Novo mesto.

All Novo mesto Gymnasium documents have been digitalised and are available at Digital Library of Slovenia – dLib.si. For example, the anniversary books (see below). Considering the wealth of digital data available, the Committee members have adopted the guidelines for the implementation of an action named Gymnasium Memory ePlaque as follows:

On the Internet Memory ePlaque, the names of the graduates, teachers, and principals of the Novo mesto Gymnasium will be listed.
The basic data set is a list of the graduates of a certain year indicating the name & family name, date & location of the birth of each graduate.
For each teacher and principal, also duration of her/his involvement (year-to-year) is indicated.
The available photographs of the gymnasium graduates, teachers and principals are an integral part of the Memory ePlaque.

At the portal, the introductory text on the Memory ePlaque with the user instructions will be published in Slovene and English. In case of any other gymnasium participating in the action, the introduction & instructions will be published in the language of the respective country too (Croatian, Hungarian, German, or Italian).
The Gymnasium of Novo mesto is the caretaker of the portal at which the Memory ePlaque data is installed and maintained.

The portal will provide various search options based on the following key words: type of person (graduate, teacher, principal), family name, graduation year, birth year, birth location.
The data search options will allow for numerous data analysis opportunities.

It is expected that the portal will be implemented within one year.
The Committee members believe that this is a one-off promotion of the City of Novo mesto and Novo mesto Gymnasium.
The action is a nice opportunity to revive the important historical fact that we are all still connected by a common cultural tradition.

The Committee is inviting the Empress Maria Theresa Gymnasiums Network members to join the action and create the Memory ePlaque of their gymnasium as well.

Gymnasium Novo mesto Anniversary eBooks (in Slovene language):

Dvesto petindvajset let novomeške gimnazije. Zgodovinski oris 1746-1971
250 let Gimnazije Novo mesto 1746–1996
260 let Gimnazije Novo mesto. Utrip šole 1996–2006
270 let Gimnazije Novo mesto 1746 – 2016

Based on the Novo mesto Gymnasium experience, the Growing Book of the Grammar Schools’ Memory eBooks in Slovenia was formed in December 2019. It is open to all grammar schools in Slovenia. eCollaboration with similar groups in the neighboring countries is welcome. In case of interest, email to Joze.Gricar@UM.si.


The Empress Maria Theresa Gymnasiums Network was formed at the Novo mesto Academy at the European Year of Cultural Heritage  on May 25, 2018 with the following objectives:

  • Expressing thanks to the Empress Maria Theresa for her visionary appreciation of education.
  • Presenting the gymnasium’s history as a component of the European cultural heritage.
  • Suggesting ways of efficient cultural heritage promotion to the benefits of sustainable tourism in the local community.
  • Encouraging collaboration and exchange of gymnasiums’ students and teachers by exploiting e-technologies.
  • Suggesting possible joint cross-border project proposals.
  • Providing links to at least three gymnasium’s representatives to the network: principal/director, teacher of English, website editor.
  • Linking with eSchools networks.

Members & Representatives

Gymnasium Novo mesto

250 Years of Novo mesto Gymnasium

Pošta Slovenije

1746 – Gymnasium Novo mesto

Mojca Lukšič, Principal

Empress Maria Theresa Founding Charter of the Novo mesto Grammar School. Issued in Vienna, August 8, 1746

Theresianum Academy Wien

Association of former Theresianists 250 Years Theresianische Akademie

Austria-Forum Art and Culture, Stamps 1996


Foundation Theresianische Akademie Wien
Ministerialrat Dr. Stephan Nagler, Curator
Monika Ostrzeniewska, Assistant to the Management, Marketing

1749 – Theresianum Academy, Vienna
Stiftung “Theresianische Akademie”, Wien

Maria Theresia und das Theresianum (1)
Maria Theresia Daten und Fakten (2)

Mathematics and Nautical Sciences in Trieste

1753 Mathematics and Nautical Sciences in Trieste

Gymbasium Karlovac

1766 – Gymnasium Karlovac

Mrs Snježana Štranjgar, Principal
Mrs Vlasta Hrvat, School Pedagogue
Mr Denis Plavetić, Teacher of English Language & Website Editor

Gymnasium Vinkovci

1766 – Gymnasium Vinkovci

Mr Stipe Tomić, Principal
Stipe.Tomic3@skole.hr, Ured@Gimnazija-MAReljkovica-vk.skole.hr
Mr Daniel Rakijašić, ICT Teacher
Ms Jasna Lovrić, Teacher of English & German
Gimnazija M. A. Reljkovića Vinkovci

Szombathely Gymnasium[/caption]

1772 –  Saint Norbert of the Premonstratensian Order Secondary Grammar School Szombathely

Mrs Véghné Busics Hilda, Director
Mrs Némethné Pálfay Bernadett, English Teacher
Mrs Renata Dallos-Kelemen, German Teacher
Fr. Hancz Gábor Tamás O.Praem, Website Editor

The Short History of the Premonstratensian Secondary Grammar School

Charter of Maria Theresa on the Founding of the Secondary Grammar School of Szombathely, Vienna, 1 July 1772
Translated into English based on the 1932 Hungarian translation of Kálmán Klemm

Gymnasium Banská Štiavnica

1776 – Gymnasium Banská Štiavnica

Gymnázium Andreja Kmeťa (Andrej Kmeť Comprehensive School) in Banská Štiavnica –  History of the School

1777 – Royal College Maria Theresa, Herve, Belgium

Collège Royal Marie-Thérèse in Herve, Belgien

College Marie-Thérèse, Herve, Belgium   

Postal Service of Belgium

Joseph Bartholomé, Headmaster
Christian Jacquet, Deputy Headmaster

Public Franziskanergymnasium Bozen

1780 – Public Franziskanergymnasium Bozen

Dr. Wolfgang Malsiner, Director
Lukas Oberrauch, Professor & Deputy Director

Stiftsgymnasium Melk

1781 – Stiftsgymnasium Melk

Mag. Anton Eder, Director
Mag. Johannes Eichhorn, English Teacher
Mag. Michael Grill, Website Editor

Maria Theresa Monument Vienna

Contact person

Dr. Jože Gričar, Professor Emeritus, University of Maribor
Program Coordinator, Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the  eRegion & Editor, eRegion Portal
Novo mesto Gymnasium Graduate 1960


Edinost, Communities based, collective publishing project, Trieste
Alessio Mazzaro, Board Director

Links to the Associated Schools

Escola Secundária D. João II in Setúbal, Portugal
Ramiro Sousa, Director

Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, USA
Dr. Jeff Pooley, Associate Professor and Chair, Media & Communication

Links to the Schools Associations & Networks

Slovenia Grammar Schools Network

Slovenia Basic Schools Network

International Contacts Group

Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
Dr. Brian O’Neill, Professor & Director of Research, Enterprise and Innovation and Dean of the Graduate Research School

Informing Science Institute, Santa Rosa, California, USA
Eli Cohen, Founder & Executive Director & Initiator of the transdiscipline Informing science

Aditional links to be published


Links to the Empress Maria Theresa

Maria Theresa – Wikipedia
Maria Theresa. The Holy Roman empress from 1740 to 1780 – Encyclopedia.com
Maria Theresa. Queen of Hungary and Bohemia, Archduchess of Austria, Roman-German Empress, born 1717; died 1780 – Catholic Encyclopedia
Maria Theresa and her reforms. By Martin Mutschlechner. World and worlds of the Habsburgs. Schloß Schönbrunn Kultur- und Betriebsges.m.b.H., Vienna
What made Austria’s Maria Theresa a one-of-a-kind ruler. By Klaus Krämer (ad). DW Akademie, Germany’s leading organization for international media development, 15.03.2017

Other Links

To be published

Memorial to the Citizens of Novo mesto

October 4, 2018

We are grateful to the Novo mesto citizens
who in 1744 proposed to the ruler Maria Theresa
to establish a gymnasium in Novo mesto.

She signed the founding charter on August 8, 1746.

City Municipality of Novo mesto
October 2018

Krka, Tovarna zdravil d.d. Novo mesto
Plate donor

Responsible for the installation of a memorial (Foto: Dolenjski list)

Internet Memorial to the Citizens of Novo mesto 1745

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