“Hallo, hello, bonjour” … or the 3rd International chemistry workshop of Clausthal-Zellerfeld

Hallo, hello, bonjour, or shall I just say.. well, greetings everybody, I am Peter, and in the next few lines I would really love to share with you a few ideas of mine that came straight up to my mind when I was given the opportunity to represent the 3rd ICW of CLZ by way of this report.

Chemistry can be fun...

Firstly, let me just give you a quick insight to what I’ve been (and will be) talking about right here – the ICW. The ICW (International chemistry workshop in Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany) is a educationally-oriented meeting of high school students interested in chemistry and this year it took place from 19 of February to 25 of February.  It is organized by Robert-Koch-Schule in CLZ and Technical University of Clausthal and as the word workshop already says, the meeting is closely connected with the participants being interned in the practical processes of creating actual things, in addition to getting new theoretical knowledge. What that basically means is that we were given a whole lot of opportunities in terms of widering our practical skills in the fields of chemistry, which is a great thing, considering you don’t get that just somewhere, right? Of course this isn’t just a thing you get to attend randomly – Clausthal is a twin town of Spišská Nová Ves, and our school has a partnership with the Robert-Koch-Schule in CLZ, which hosts this workshop every year (first 2015), inviting students from partnered school all around the world. That being said, students of our school weren’t obviously the only ones participating –  the workshop also hosted students from Metzingen, Osterode (Germany), L’Aigle (France), Oborniki Ślaskie (Poland) and Kalyani Nagar (India). How exactly my journey started, we’ll get to see in a moment.

As any person, distillation needs attention, or it will feel lonely. Right?

It’s all begun sometime in November, when we were given the information that something like this is happening in a few months, and that was the moment when I knew I would love to attend. So I went on to sign in and some time later, an email with the first information, starting with a multicultural “Hallo, hello, bonjour” (that’s why the title) arrived. Jumping over a few months’ time, we took a 20-hour train journey through 2 countries and at the end managed to accomodate ourselves in the Academy of sports (probably a university dorm, as far as I know). The first day we went on to meet all the people whose names we, until that moment, could only read in the caption of e-mails we received. Our manager, Mr. Franke, came up to be  as expected from the style of writing, a very nice and friendly type of guy who, even against the language barrier, tried to satisfy all our needs and calmly went through any hardships that came out during our stay. In the evening, all the participants met with the lecturers, sponsors and managers of the workshop in a restaurant, where we had dinner. The next day, the real workshop started, as we were introduced to the Institute of Anorganic chemistry, a few hours later also to the Institute of Organic chemistry, where we worked on many different experiments. The first few days were basically in the “nice to meet you all” mood, as we had to adjust to the new environment, get to know all the new people around, etc. That was the times when we actually could see the language barrier, mostly among our teachers, whose desire in chemistry is not always met with desire in foreign languages, and then humorous situations can occur. Similarly, slowly getting into speaking English on a daily basis, I found myself speaking English even to Polish participants, whom a standard Slovak can easily speak Slovak to. My teacher haven’t found it hard to understand and even less difficult to speak to them in Slovak, that wasn’t my case, though. So as I started speaking English to them, that became the language we used in our conversations, even though we live maybe 500 kilometres apart and our languages and very similar. See, that’s how ridiculous the world is. The workshop continued as expected, but we also (undesirably) got to see a bit of the town by way of having to walk everywhere, and when I mean everywhere, the town didn’t have any kind of public transport service so I suppose you can imagine what I mean. Apart from walking, the managers of the workshop also intended on not giving us any free time by any means necessary, so we were, overworked and exhausted, dragged all across the town once to play bowling, antoher time just to have a nice walk in nice evening weather (by nice I mean the typical London-ish “if it doesn’t rain, it rains” which was probably the motto of that week’s weather in Clausthal). A great idea on Tuesday evening was Potluck – a dinner contest in which the participants were expected to prepare their country’s typical meals and present them to the others, eating it all afterwards. We had lots of fun that evening, I must say. On Wednesday, a tour in a chemical company was prepared for us, a very interesting one, as the company was nothing else than Sympatech, which offers services in particle measurement, being a unique one on the market. On Friday night, we had a farewell  Chemistry-show, prepared by our manager, Mr. Franke (otherwise, a chemistry teacher).  We left on Saturday morning, visited Dresden on the way back, and after the long journey, came home, bringing lots of new knowledge, foreign friend contacts, but most importantly lots of new experience on how the things are in foreign countries. I certainly learned a lot, improved my language skills and also had a lot of fun, which is always important. I really loved to be a part of such a programme. To see how it all went, I am attaching a few pictures from the workshop.

Chemist in his natural habitat

And for the end, the whole crew!

 

Peter Hron 3.C

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Speaker’s Corner

Hi !

My name is Kate and in this article I would like to write about competition called “Speaker’s Corner”.

I attended this competition together with my friends Annamária Salanciová and Simka Denešová on 9th February of 2017 in Žilina. We represented our school in this English competition in public speaking full of young and ambitious students from whole Slovakia.

From left to right: Simka Denešová, Katarína Gburíková, Annamária Salanciová

Contestants could choose if they wanted to speak for or against the statement and the commitee expected that the students of every age were able to use meaningful arguments in their speeches. After each speech, the committee asked the contestant up to three questions.

We could choose one of  5 topics. The girls chose the topic “If you want to succeed in life you should become a good liar.” and my topic was “Teachers should be more like parents to students rather than authorities”.

Just to give you a quick insight of how the speeches ended up being like, I am attaching a full version of mine. My speech was:

Dear judges, students, teachers and listeners,

My name is Katarína Gburíková and today I would like to tell you my opinion about the topic which I have choosen for today’s competition : “Teachers should be more like parents to students rather than authorities”. I have choosen this topic, because  I think about and discuss problems of students and teachers very often, and even more because I am member of the  student council of our school. And I truly believe that one day teachers and students will have the best relationship that they can have and they will  make awesome progress together. In my opinion, the job of a teacher is one of the most important professions.

Firstly, teachers play a key role in the education and also student’s life. Only the person with proper vision, experience and an educational degree should be able enter the teaching profession. Teaching is a great responsibility. It has a great impact on the growth and well-being of the nation. Teachers in addition to parents play an important role in molding students. Students are to be handled with affection and courtesy. Students’ points of view should always be considered once before a teacher applies his opinion on them. An ideal teacher should be impartial, courteous, not affected by student’s disrespect or insults. Further, he must make them aware of better universities and colleges to get higher education. Many students do not know about possible options for future studies. If a student has some problems with behavior or studying, then the teacher’s role is to help him overcome the problem by showing special affection and attention to the student.

Furthermore, a teacher can solve many students’ problems in respect to his thoughts, behavior and carreer . I’d say : Give respect and take respect is the phrase for society. But in a student and teacher’s relation… It becomes give affection & attention and take respect and regards from student. A teacher should be like a parent to the students. He should try to see if students are satisfied, healthy and active. Encouraging students to take up some extracurricular activities and also welfare programs with the support of his colleagues is welcome. Children really need adults who help and listen to them. They see kids during their growing up much more often then parents do. They must have passion for teaching them. They have to do a lot of different things.

Even researches show that the quality of a teacher is dominant factor in how successful students will be at school. They must get to know their students, understand who they are, where they are from, what kind of interest they have, and many more things.

Dear teacher, please, be pushy, make the lessons relevant to our lives, be consistent and firm, believe in us, explain, explain and then again explain and be good example for us. If teachers teach us the way I said, students will be given much bigger possibility to get to the university and if teachers are a good example for them, they can became not just successful but good people full of kidness.

Every speech was full of great ideas and thoughts. We had inspired each other. If you want to know the results, well, I ended up on 4th place, Simka on 5th and Anne on 12th. We really enyojed this day and we hope that next year we will repeat this experience again.

 

Katarína Gburíková 2.C

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The Big Bang, a disease

Hello terrestrials! It’s me again. I am a hundred per cent sure that sometime in your life you have ever been thinking about our universe-how it was created and stuff. Well, I guess everybody has a different theory. I took this idea and mixed it with sloths because they are cute and … well, who doesn’t like sloths? Anyway, I really hope you will enjoy the story.

„I exactly don’t know when it had started. At the beginning, I thought it was just my paranoid feeling and it is not real, but from day to day my head is getting heavier and heavier.“ Bright blue fur of Nathaniel’s body sat next to his pinky life partner Miranda. A doctor in front of them with a stupid smile listened to him.
„Sloths are getting stressed these times. Our planet has been swallowed by technology. Maybe you should take a rest of it. My medicine is: No work, no computers, just a little essence of nature and overworked brain of yours will be working properly again“ skeptical Doctor Clearwater replied. Miranda gave him that serious look. „That’s ridiculous Doctor! We live a Greenpeace life. We would never use this unnatural and disgusting electricity … Ew!“ Doctor’s head took ashamed look. He felt really sorry for the young sloth-man in front of him because he was not able to help him. His self-confidence was ruined by this fact.
„I am sorry ma’am. There is one thing I can do. I am going to pick up a phone and call to, you know … a kind of SOS number. Hope we will find a perfect way to help your husband.“
„We are not married.“

Miranda and Nathaniel left an ambulance without any results. So, they went home. It was quite difficult for Nathaniel to move. Finally, their favorite elder tree appeared. As every night they connected their spirits with primeval forest and dreamed their sweet lucid dreams.

Days passed and nothing has got better. Temperament Miranda decided to go to Doctor Clearwater’s ambulance again. She was full of power and anger because this “revolutionary technology world“ was just a useless bullshit.
„It is not his fault my love. He did what he could. Don’t blame him for the system of this society.“
Powerless Nathaniel disheartened by his heavy shoulders found last cells of hope inside him.

„Hello my green friends!“ the doctor welcomed them with successful feeling inside him because the SOS number had worked, which is a rarely thing. „If you remember, I used the SOS number on our last appointment. It worked of course and I have found this nice soul. She is willing to solve your problem if you go to her laboratory on 3th moon of our planet. Hope you will have a great adventure!“ Afterwards, the sentence was spoken and new hope was born.

The 3th moon of the planet, where life partners Nathaniel and Miranda lived, was the centre of science. Surface was bright white and subway ashy and black. It was also a graveyard down there.

The nice soul was immediately prepared to welcome life partners. They jumped out from transporting ship and met that purple sloth face with round glasses. Her smile showed black space between her teeth. They exchanged a few words and went to doctor’s ambulance. „Doctor Carrieta Drysuop“ as she introduced herself started dialog:
„The SOS number works like this: Doctor calls if he comes across an unusual case. You are an interesting case, Nathaniel.“
„Thanks doctor, it is an honour, I think.“Nathaniel replied.
„Let me solve this for you …“ Doctor Drysoup got strangely excited about it.

Final scene comes a few hours later, when Nathaniel is already examined. He is lying on a desk in the room for the most special cases of all times. He is completely powerless. He lived to see his unfortunate destiny. Doctor Drysoup’s words are exterminating his whole reality.
„I don’t think you are going anywhere, Nathaniel. Do you really think I would lose this unique chance? No, silly. Just imagine all that innocent planets inhabited by parasites with souls capable of loving. You are a universe now. Honoured by the Big Bang. A disease.“ So this is his life. He is soil and the galaxies are  flowers. Under his eyebrows, or even inside his nostrils, he feeds life by itself. A disease that occupies your whole substance called Big Bang fell in love with Nathaniel. Wow, look into the corner of his left underarm, it is our Earth!

Veronika Gregoriková I.C

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What did the ski course look like this year?

As traditionally, even this year the freshman students attended a ski course.

In this article, I would like to give you a closer look at what it looked like, and also that older students can compare it to their course and refresh their memories.

Like almost every trip it  started a bit chaotically. All the stress about luggage and later than about the room assignment. And of course the moment when right after unpacking our stuff we had to go for our first skiing lesson. Everyone was looking for their groups and professors and felt either excited or scared about going skiing. For some students it was their first time standing on ski. However, things got better in the evening when Mrs.Toporcerová informed us about upcoming days and after that we had free time to have fun and socialize until 10 p.m., when we were supposed to be at our rooms. And,of course, we were ;) . The next days looked kinda all the same. We woke up, headed down for breakfast, had our morning skiing lesson, lunch with a short break, afterwards we had another skiing lesson and it continued with the evenings – the more fun part of the course… But Wednesday was different. On Wednesday we didn’t have a skiing lesson after lunch. We were divided into two groups. The first group went to AquaCity Poprad and the
other one went for a walk to Hrebienok. I’m sure it was a pleasing variation of an afternoon and surely  a relaxing one for our exhausted selves. Days went and we didn’t even realize it was Friday, the last day of  our course. We packed our stuff, had our last skiing lessons and went home. We had an amazing week full of fun, adventures and we made a lot of great memories. Yes, we also had some accidents and other dramas ,but it all helped us to strenghten out relationships with  classmates and professors. That reminds me … I would like to thank the professors who were there with us for their patience and spirit. This course wouldn’t even happen without them.

 

Did you recognize our editor Dominika Deptová?

 

Or our other editor, Veronika Gregoriková? (the one with red helmet ;) )

Kristína Záhradníková 1.C

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The IIHF U18 World Championship 2017 – interview with Adam Žiak

As you probably noticed, our town in cooperation with Poprad hosted this years‘ U18 World ice hockey Championship. A part of the Slovak team was also Adam Žiak, a student of our school, whom we decided to make a short interview with.

 

Tell us something about yourself..

My name is Adam, I am 17 and I live in Spišská Nová Ves. These days I am in the third grade of our school.

 

How did you get into hockey?

When I was at elementary school , one of my classmates started to play hockey and I wanted to try it too. So I went on to attend my first training. I have never regretted it, because even now, after nine years I still play and enjoy it.

 

For which clubs have you played in your career? Which one do you like the most?

My first club was HK SNV, where I started and played for 5 years and then I went to play for HK Poprad, where I am now.
I like playing for Poprad more, because I have already won four important tournaments there, one of them being the Slovak National Championship in 2016.

 

What are your biggest goals that you want to achieve in your career?

One of my biggest goals is to play in a foreign country, but I still don´t know where. Until now, I have played against clubs from Switzerland, Ukraine and many others, but one time I would love to play for such a club myself.

 

Do you have any “dream” clubs, where you would love to see yourself playing in the future?

That would be surely Chicago Blackhawks, or from Europe probably Örebro in Sweden.

 

What do you plan for summer?

I don’t know, but I am probably going to spend it in Spišská, because of school, obviously, and even my personal coach is from here, so I will have to adjust.

 

Did I hear school? How is it between you and school?

Somehow, I manage to cope up. (laughs)

 

What about the latest World Championship, where you played? 

So firstly, I was very glad that I was chosen, because I had to attend qualifying games in Piešťany and in Poprad, where our coach chose 4 lines of 5 players to play at the championship. Luckily, I was in one of them. During the championship itself, we played 4 games baseline and we qualified for the quarter-finals, where we lost to Russia.

 
Would you like to earn a living by playing hockey in the future?

I would be very glad if I could.

 

Thanks for your time and we’ll keep our fingers crossed for your next games!

Thank you as well

Adam in action

 

 

 

-Interview by Lenka Plichtová & Alexandra Čupáková

 

 

 

 

 

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