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Erasmus+ – trip to Finland /part 1/

by Karolína Gavroňová, 1.C

I with my schoolmates Matúš Prachnár, Ema Gromovská, Annamária Salanciová and Monika Klučárová visited Finland from 7th to 13th February, 2016. We had to do some tasks before we were chosen if we wanted to go to Finland. I am so happy that we were the ones who went there. That experience was really valuable for me and I am sure it was like that for the others. Here is a short description of the trip. Trust me, it is really short. We did there so many interesting things that it was almost impossible to write it shortly in this little article. I did my best.

Sunday 

The day when we flew to Finland. The flight went good and we landed in Helsinki, where we waited for people from other countries. Then we went to Moisio school in Salo. We met there our host families. I was really nervous of meeting my host family. “What if they won‘t like me?” But since the first time I spoke with them, I knew that there was nothing to worry about. They are really nice people and I am glad that I met them.

In the school we ate some Finnish food with strange names. But the food was very tasty and I was stuffed. But there were also some terrible black candies. After dinner we went home.

Monday

On Monday morning we went to Moisio school in Salo, where countries introduced themselves and their schools. Then we played some games and we made nametags. Pupils from Moisio showed us their school. We had lunch there.

After lunch we went to Stessi. It is a building for young people, where they can go in their free time. We played table tennis and some funny games there. I was a little bit shy and I didn‘t do more things, what I regret now. But still I had lots of fun.

We went to an art museum, where were controversial photos. I liked it a lot. There were interesting photos showing authors´ view of the world.

Tuesday

On Tuesday morning we were in Perniö. Pupils showed us their school and some lessons. We saw even a church, which is next to the school. Then every country did a presentation about their schools.

After the lunch in Perniö we went to the gym. We did there some exercises, at first it was boxing. When we were done with this, my arms were like jelly. Then we played a game called wallball, then was floorball and urban war.

My host took me to Narikka. It is similar as Steissi, but smaller. We played there billiard, some console games and we baked buns. When the buns were ready, we took them with us, because we had to go home. They were traditional Finnish buns and we made them tasty.

Wednesday

We met in Moisio in Salo. Then we went to ice-skating hall. I can ice-skate a little bit and I really enjoyed it, because it had been few years ago since I did it.

After one hour of ice-skating we went to Turku. We got off the bus by a church. From this place we could go wherever we wanted, so we went to a restaurant to get some food. I was very hungry. We stayed there a long time and we talked quite a lot. It was a big group of us and we couldn‘t decide where we wanted to go. So we just walked through the city and I took lots of funny photos of my friends.

The next point of program was a Finnish ice-hockey match. I like ice-hockey so I enjoyed it, but there were some people from other countries, who had never seen an ice hockey match. So it was a new experience for them. I think they enjoyed it.

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Erasmus+ – trip to Finland /part 2/

by Karolína Gavroňová, 1.C

Thursday

It was the day in Helsinki. We went to a Sibelius monument at first. It was raining. Then we rode in Helsinki in the bus because of the weather. I saw a lot of pretty buildings though.

We had a little bit of free time so we ate some food. Who wouldn´t like to eat?

Then we went to Megazone. It is a game, where you must shot other teams with laser guns and destroy their base. After a minute pass when you are shot, you can continue in the play. I liked it, even when I was killed few times. Funny moments were when you suddenly noticed you were shot and you didn´t know who or when had done it.

After the game we had some free time, so we went to an art museum. There were the most beautiful toilets I have ever seen. It has its own author. And before the museum we had been in a church, what didn‘t look like a church at all. It looked like a heap of rocks. But inside it was really interesting and pretty church.

   

Friday

On Friday we experienced a common day of our hosts. Two of all lessons were art. I can draw a little bit. When teacher saw my drawings, she began to like me, she gave me some books where I could take a look and asked me to draw something. I left the drawing there. When I was leaving, she smiled at me and she was really nice.

Nea took me to kebab restaurant after school. I mention it because I ate there kebab pizza. The pizza was simply delicious.

Friday was our last day in Finland, that´s why we had a disco in the evening. The disco was fine, but I think we didn´t know each other well enough to fully relax.

Saturday

I wasn´t happy when I got up, because it was the day when we were leaving. I had packed my stuffs the day before and this morning we just woke up, said goodbye to our host families and went to the bus. The bus took us to Helsinki airport. There we all said goodbye to each other and flew home.

This trip was something, what happens once in a lifetime. It was a great experience. It took just one week and it was the shortest week of my life. But I got better in English language (in minibus on the way from Budapest my friend woke me up and said in Slovak language: “You should call your parents, we are almost home.” I answered in English: “…yeah, I should call them…”). I met lot of new people. I have made international friends. And I have lots of unique memories.

These were pros, but there are also some sad things. For example, I think I won´t ever see most of the people who I had met there. But there are absolutely more good things than the sad ones.

And what is my advice for you? If you see an opportunity like this, catch it and hold as strong as you can and do for it as much as you can. There is some work behind things like this, but it small price. Anyway, the work itself will give you some useful experiences. This way you can´t lose, you can just get.

 

 

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Memories of Ima3cooly 2015

By Alexandra Opremčáková

As it happens every year new and new students come to our school  and become a part of our “orange-gympel  family“.

Yes, the freshmen.

Those  cute little freshmen, who walk on school  corridors desoriented, trying to find the right classroom (what is still sometimes a problem for us, older students, though  :D) And…..The older students usually make fun of them .

To become a really valuable member of this „family“ they must  go through different  funny challenges and tasks which older students prepared for  them.

Ima3cooly 2015 took place in Kino Mier in Spisska Nova Ves on October, 23rd.The presenters were Matej Hovan  3rd  E class, and Klaudia Farkašovská  3rd C class, who moderated the show in a very original and funny way. The show started at 4.00 p.m. and was full of funny and crazy scenes and tasks. Our youngest students, for example, had to get through the obstacle course blindfolded, transfer coins by their lips to the lips of their partner, or taste various types of food and then guess what type of food it was. Not only students but also teachers took part in the show. One of the favourite performances was that of our American Fullbright assistant Ashley who recited the poem Mor ho! in Slovak. Videos made by our students could not miss, of course.

Here are some reactions of our youngest students:

Ima3cooly 2015

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The White Night

by Viktória Nguyenová, 4.E

 

The White night is the most visited festival of modern art in Slovakia. It was originated in Paris in 2002 and in 2013 it had more than two and a half of million visitors. This prestigious international art project is supposed to elucidate the current forms of art.

At this year’s festival, which was held in Košice on Oct 3, you could see many interesting pieces of art. For example: “Mechanical field” by Vincent Leroy, Transtrument by Gábor Pribék, Walden Raft by Florent Albinet and Elise Morin, “Intruders” by Amanda Parer, “Sevenminutes” (it is supposed to be written like this) by Róbert Farkaš, “Inverted capacity” by Onishi Yasuaki and others which you can find on official site of the White night.

http://bielanoc.sk/umelci?c=ke&l=sk

On the one hand, I enjoyed all of the art installations which I had a chance to see. Especially Light painting by Jakub Beňačka, Onishi Yasuaki’s work and “Sevenminutes”, which was light intallation placed around a small lake in the City park. It looked like there was a runner running around the lake. Moreover, there was another light installation in the park called “Mechanical field”. It was made of lightened oversized blades of grass. However, it was forbidden to walk among them, which would be very enjoyable for me.

On the other hand, there was a problem with organization, because for me, as someone who have never been on festival before, it was quite difficult to find some pieces of art in town. Furthermore, I missed the signs and the atmosphere such as during the Christmas fair when you can sense it in the air.

Therefore, as i expected it to be much more breathtaking and amusing I can’t really recommend you to go there, but as it takes all sorts of people to make a world I can not recommend you to NOT go. So in my opinion if you truly are an art lover and you don’t seek for artistic atmosphere and you don’t have as high expectations as I did, you should go. And maybe it will be better next year.

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Believe In Your Talent

By Annamária Salanciová, Orindzik reporter

My body was exhausted, but my mind was still fresh. I wanted to finish the painting I started last week.

I couldn’t’t stop, even when it was half past ten.  Almost every late evening was connected with art.  Art has often helped me to get through everyday problems. Late nights seemed to be the best times for my creativity.

However, not today. You surely know the feeling when you have to do something   completely nutty and difficult. It’s like when you’re standing on the cliff and you want to jump into the sea.  You ask yourself: “Why did I participate in this? What a crazy and stupid idea!“

Well, I felt the same way for last three weeks. The reason my fear was so close to me was because it was not my idea. “Mr. Cooper, if you knew how many difficulties I had and how much work I have to do every single day! But thank you for your strict and hopeful words.“
I used to improve my art skills to midnight.  The time when everything is silent and calm and I don’t have any more duties. The time when I sink into another world.

My deepest feelings are uncovered on paper and canvas. Brushes, pencils and colours speak instead of me. And they say more than I was ever supposed to. This was the most amazing moment that made me feel free every evening. I decided to study it.
The dark night was floating around me.  It came to my humble room and slowly filled my mind and made my eyes close. I just woke up, when the flash of morning sun stroked my face.

“Damn it! I fell asleep,”- what an angry mood. I will be late for school! I jumped from the chair quickly. My neck hurt so much and I didn’t know how I was going to handle this.
“Alice, where are you? It’s time for school,“ grandma was shouting from downstairs.  I think I have never been so fast. After my everyday morning routine I took my bicycle and went to school.I met up with Jacob in front of the school. He has been my good friend since we were little kids.

He used to travel to school by bicycle.
“How long did you study for the history test?“
My cheerful mood suddenly changed into consternation.
“History test? Today?!“
“Yes, don’t you remember it?“
“No! It was supposed to be on Wednesday, wasn‘t it?“
“No, we’re taking the test today.“
“Oh , no!“
“Don’t panic! We have a free lesson today- you can study during it. “
That made me feel calm again.
“So, how about your admission exams? What’s the date?“
“The tests are tomorrow. I have been preparing for them since October. “
Why did he remind me of the tests? I was afraid again.
“I think you will master it- your drawings are beautiful!“
“And the paintings, too! “ said Eva. We didn’t notice her and she scared us. It’s her vice to scare people sometimes.
“Thank you, my friends! It would be really helpful if you were in the jury. But you won’t be there, evidently, so I have to do my best. “
“Our fingers are crossed for you, Alice!“ they said together. They make me smile whenever I need it.

While we were entering the school, the bell suddenly rang, and we had to run to the classroom. We found it, opened the door, and quickly realized that it was not the right one.
“Sorry!“ I said to the teacher and ran away. We found our classroom a bit late. The teacher was furious because we were supposed to take the test at that lesson. She was one of the strictest teachers in our school, and she always gave us the worst marks. She refused to give us the test. We were looking at our classmates and thinking how to save our marks.
“Eva! I knew this would be an awful day!“
“How did you know it?“
“I have forgotten my lucky amulet today, and the horoscope told me about this day!“
“Oh, Alice, not again. This day has just started. You‘ll see, it’ll be a perfect day!”
Honestly, it was a terrible day. The history test was difficult and I wasn’t prepared well for it. I fell on the stairs and spilled the cup of tea I was carrying. The lunch was disgusting. In the afternoon, it started raining, and I realized I had forgotten to take my umbrella. I had to go home by bike.  All this happened because of my amulet. I didn’t wear it just today and look what happened to me!

What a terrible day! And what about tomorrow? I need to have a look at my horoscope. When I found it, it was quite good. It didn’t suggest any unlucky situations. I can’t exactly say when I started reading horoscopes, wearing amulets, and noticing things like broken mirrors and black cats. My beliefs came slowly, and I accepted them all, even if the society has often judged me.

Where are you, my amulet? It was lying on the desk near the art history books. I learned much from them for tomorrow’s tests.  I didn’t know what to do for it anymore. Almost everybody knew I was terrified. They helped me and wished me the best. I could only revise some art theory, have a good sleep, and take my amulet.  I opened the books, but I felt it wouldn´t help me. Who knows what will happen tomorrow. Success or failure. Happiness or sadness. Art University or nothing.  Maybe my whole effort will be useless. I have tendencies to fail in important situations. I can’t do my best when the nervousness comes to my mind. It rules me, and I am not able to master it. And maybe that’s why I rely on my amulet. It was an old necklace with a small horseshoe.  I have believed it will always bring me happiness.
I was sitting on my bed and looking on the necklace when my grandma came to the room.
“Hi, Alice. How was your day?“

“What a great question”, I thought.
“Hm, it was quite ok, Grandma.“
“I know you’re terrified about tomorrow. I felt the same a long time ago. The only useful words I can give you now are to be yourself. Nothing more, Alice. Tomorrow will happen somehow. Don’t be afraid.“ I felt she meant it truly.
I didn’t do anything that evening. I just prepared for the exam and went to sleep.

“Good luck!“ were the last words I heard when I was leaving home.
I came to the train station and waited for the morning train. I couldn´t stop thinking about the tests. What if I pick the worst questions ever or forget how to draw? But on the other hand, I felt it wouldn´t be so bad. My horoscope wished me the best, too, and my amulet was close to me.  It made me feel safe and calm.  The landscape was beautiful, but the journey seemed to me so long. Although I was under pressure, I had quite positive feelings about today. When I got off the train I walked to the university through a beautiful park. The sun was shining, birds were gliding, and the smell of spring was in the air.

“What a nice day, I’d paint it if I had time… Wait, what is it?!“  I saw a black cat crossing the path. I immediately called Eva, because she was on break.
“Eva! Something bad happened again!“
“Oh! Did you miss the train? Or did you take the wrong one?“
“No! Something worse! A black cat crossed my path!
“Alice, seriously?“
“What?“
“Can you imagine how many black cats in the whole world are crossing paths right now?
“Yes, but…“

“All the stars, horoscopes, and amulets cannot have influence on YOU, your talent, and knowledge! A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere. You would be much better if you believed more in yourself than in all that stuff. Alice, you’re talented. Don’t allow all these things to steal your talents from you.“

We ended the call and it made me wonder.

I came to the university. It was a beautiful building.

But I was still thinking about the conversation. I have never heard words like that. All the time, people only talked about my naivety, but Eva said something awesome and gave me more courage. I saw a lot of nervous students waiting in the hall. The first part of the tests was drawing. Some professors invited us to big classrooms where the papers were lying on the desks and the pencils with rubbers were ready for drawing.

“Sit there,“ said one of them to me, and he went on talking: “You have a beautiful necklace.“
“ Thank you… but I think I won’t need it anymore.“ I put down the amulet from my neck and gave it to the professor.
“I can’t accept it. Are you sure you won’t need it?“
“Yes, NOW, I’m totally sure …

 

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