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Meet Julieta – our exchange student

Tell us something more about yourself.

My name is Julieta, I’m 18 and I’m from Colombia. I consider myself an extrovert and I’m a joyful person. My greatest passion are the arts, I adore singing, dancing and acting.

How and why did you get into the exchange program?

To be honest since I was a very little kid I always wanted to be away from home on my own. As I grew up this feeling increased and when I reached my last school year I was just desperate to go very far away. Fortunately my mom had a close friend who was member of the rotary club which is currently in charge of my exchange.

What are your expectations?

My expectations as an exchange student are to get to know a new culture and of course to have the greatest year of my life. Also I see this year as a great opportunity to get to know myself better and to acquire more responsibility.

How do you spend your time here?

Besides going to school I attend dancing lessons in the art school and singing in a choir in Košice. Also I have been able to make a lot of friends who make my time here much more funny and busy.

What do you like the most of our country?

Until now I have enjoyed a lot of your beautiful nature and this beautiful town, I also love that people have been really welcoming and nice to me. Oh and of course, I adore Horalky. :D

Do Slovak people surprise you in some ways?

In my country I’m very used to hugs and contact with people that I appreciate, it is something really common. Something that was a little shocking for me is that people here are a little more serious, they don’t like contact that much and I’m trying to get use to it. But it has been really nice to see that the friends that I have made until now started hugging me because they know it was something I really miss.

We know that you already graduated, what do you think about Slovak schooling system?

It is not that different than in my school in Colombia. The only difference is that in Colombia we had the option to stay after class doing activities that we liked.

Do you like Slovak cuisine?

I have found that it is very different to my typical cousine, and even though I don’t like everything I can say that I love goulash and spinach halušky.

Julieta, thanks for the interview and we wish you a great year here in Slovakia with us.

Lenka Zentková (4.E)

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Ima3cooly 2016

As usual, we had imatrikuly this year, too. It took place at Kino Mier and it was organized by 3rd grade students and some teachers.

At first, all 1st graders met with their 3rd graders at school, where older creative students dressed our newcomers into plastic bags, overalls, leggins, bras and decorated them with funny quotes. Decorated like this, our freshmen walked through the streets and then they came to the cinema, where whole school was gathered.

This year, imatrikuly was in theme „Orange factor“ and it was moderated by Jakub Greš and Matúš Hadidom. It was also kind of special because of the jury, which consisted of 3 judges, who rated performance of the freshmen.

The program consisted of two parts. During the first part, our  newcomers faced „welcoming“ tasks, where they tried to complete their challenges. The second part consisted of  videos created by students, dance performances of Čačina and Art School and other interesting performances. In the end, every member of the jury chose one of the freshmen, who was given the scrimshanker – a piece of paper which can be used on one lesson when our freshman doesn’t trust himself in showing his knowledge to professor in front of the board.

 Imatrikuly of this year was unique and entertaining thanks to students and professors that spent their free time working on the preparation and also thanks to the freshmen, who spread positive energy.
We hope that our newcomers had a wonderful time and we wish them four unforgettable years at our school.

Paula Ševčíková(3.C) and Valika Mikolajová(3.A)

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Family

 Your family is the most precious thing you have. The friends that you have today may not be your friends in the future but your family will always be your family. Some people make the mistake of not giving their family much attention and taking them for granted.

Working abroad while your children are back home can be difficult. It means missing out on certain aspects and events in their lives. You literally miss some of the growing up years of your kids, no matter how regularly you try to keep in touch with them. You fear that your children will get into trouble or stop respecting your authority as a parent. It can be difficult even with your partner because you will distant from them. You will not see each other every day and there can be a problem with a lack of trust. You can start arguing about everything. Basis of the relationship are trust and communication.

Here are some solutions to family problems:

1. Communication - is the key and often the first step to finding solutions. Be calm and honest about your concerns when discussing your problems with a loved one.
2. Accept differencies – it can help you avoiding unnecessary conflicts if you can recognise that people have different ideas, opinions, beliefs and you may not always be in agreement.
3. Have fun together – even when things are difficult it is important to find the time to have fun with your loved ones.
4. Get help – you may not always be able to solve your problems by yourself so you may need to talk to your friends or parents.
5. Have some rituals – like texting „I love you“, traditions such as going to the same restaurant on every anniversary.

Think of your family today and every day there after, don´t let the busy world of today keep you from showing how much you love and appreciate your family.

Kika Hurtuková (4.C)

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Interviews with our guests from abroad!

More than a month ago we had a special guests here at our school. The students from our partner schools visited us and attended an international workshop. We decided to ask them some questions!

POLAND

Natalia Stachoň

Hi Natalia, tell us something about you.
My name is Natalia Stachoň. I am 17 years old and I am studying biology and chemisty at a lyceum.
What are your hobbies?
I play violin and bass in art school . My whole family sing, dances and plays some musical instruments so thats the reason why I love folk music. I am in a folk group.
Where do you live ?
I live in Podegrodzie. It’s about 9 km from Nowy Sacz.
Do you see some differences between our schools?
Well, your school is much bigger than ours. You have better English skills, and you study English for more years than we do .
What do you like about Slovakia ?
I like Poprad, but I like Spišská Nová Ves, too. What I like most about your city is the tower of your church. The view from the tower is incredible! I really like High Tatras, too.
What you don’t like about Slovakia?
I like everything here. But I like the most the family which is taking care of me right now, because they give me food whenever I want (smiling). I like their dog Charlie! You have really nice and kind teachers.

Patryk Faltyn

Hello, what’s your name?
My name is Patryk Faltyn. I came to Slovakia to visit your school and your city.
What are your favourite activities in your free time?
I like tours in the mountains, and I really like to do motocross.
What do you like about Slovakia?
I really like your mountains, and the family which I stay with right now.
Do you play any musical instrument?
Yes, I do. I play guitar, accordion, violin, saxaphone and bass.

Klaudia Faron

Hello, can you tell us some information about you?
I am 17 years old. I like to sing. I have two dogs, and I really like music – specifically Metal and Funk.
Do you see some differences between Slovakia and Poland?
Not so much, because we are really similar countries. But your school is prettier than ours.
What would you like to do in your future?
I would like to graduate, and then I want to study at Krakow University.

Katka Gburíková (1.C)

HUNGARY

A girl named Eszter answered some of our question. Let’s look what does she think about her short stay in our town.

How was your first impression like when you came to Slovakia?
I was impressed. Slovakia is very beautiful country and honestly, I would’t think it could be this beatufil. It’s like Hungary, but even more bueatiful.
How did you come here?
We came here by bus and it took 8 hours. We even had little accident, but everyone is okay.
What do you like the most about our school? Do you like the atmosphere?
School is very nice, but there is no big difference between your and mine school. Also students, which we spent Friday time with, were very kind and helpful. They took us to nice places. We were in Pizzeria and in tea house Alchymka, where it was very cosy. It was fun. Also we have been on church tower, where is very impressive view.

Valéria Mikolajová (2.A)
Paula Ševčíková (2.C)

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Trip to… Prague!

Did you know our very own students visited Prague recently? Well, they decided to share their memories with us!

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Kristína Dronzeková, Andrea Tkáčová, Katrin da Cruz and students from 2.D

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