Students of our school

We asked a couple of students these questions:

1. How do you like our “orange school”?

2. Is there anything what would you like to change here?

3. What do you see being the biggest difference between the elementary and high school?

4. What are your feelings about imatrikuly?

5. How would you describe your classmates?

6. Are you looking forward to the school skiing course in February?

And what were the answers?


1. Our teachers are very nice, so I’m very satisfied. 2. I wouldn’t change anything. 3. There are other teachers who have a different type of teaching. 4. It wasn’t bad, but it could be better. 5. I think we are a great team and I like them. 6. Yes, of course.


1. My expectations were worse, but I like it here. And there are great people. 2. Nothing. Here’s everything as it should be. 3. There is different attitude of teachers. 4. It was funny, but organizers could be more creative. 5. They are cool people. 6. Of course.


1. I’m very happy with that. 2. Maybe more baguettes. 3. There are a lot of people 4. The worst thing was public embarrassment. 5. They are okay. 6. I look forward to it for three years.


1. I think it is cool. 2. I would buy new  desks for the second floor. 3.We have better teachers and free lessons. 4. I think that the previous ones were much better. 5. I’m very glad to be in 1.C. 6. I’m looking forward to it. I expect there Ms. Spišiaková and a lot of snow :D .


1. I really like it here. 2. Could be more toilet paper in toilets. 3. I need to study more. 4. The worst part was the weather. 5. Some of them are a bit strange. 6. I’m really looking forward.


1. I like it here. There’s fun and I have already got used to here. 2. Probably nothing. 3. I need to learn more and I have to pay more attention during the lessons. 4. I was expecting more difficult tasks, but it was great. 5. My classmates are nice. 6. I’m really looking forward to it.

Dominika Deptová 1.C

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All about our Christmas Concerts

As you all know the Christmas Concert is coming! We, the reporters, are so thrilled about it that we decided to ask Ms. Majerníková a few questions.


Q: How many Christmas Concerts have already been at our school?

M: That is an interesting question. Let me see… I think the first one was in 2008 so this will be the 8th one.

Q: Do you think that Christmas Concert is a contribution for professors and students?

M: Certainly yes, because it is an opportunity for all kinds of students to show their hidden talents apart from their knowledge. They play various instruments, they can dance, sing… There we can see such activities, the students take outside the school.

Q: What cannot be missing at the Christmas Concert?

M: Good atmosphere and christmas songs… The whole concert is based on christmas tunes whether students dance or sing. It is all about Christmas.

Q: What should we look forward to at the Christmas Concert?

M: For various numbers. There are going to be several dance performances, thanks to Julieta. She will bring some Colombian rhythms like salsa or bachata. There are also stage dances and other figures to look forward to.

Q:  What does it take to prepare a Christmas Concert like this?

M: It is about teamwork, so apart from me, there are other professors who help with the preparation Mrs. Turcsányiová and Mrs. Repaská then Mrs. Timková with Mrs. Jedináková who take care of decorations and very helpful is Mr. Roško who helps with technical equipment. As I said, it is about teamwork and students are part of the team as well. So we all have to find some time to put it altogether, but we are all excited about it and that is important.

Q: Is something special going to happen this year at the Christmas Concert?

M:  Special? Hmmm…. Not really… Maybe some special costumes and christmas characters will be there too, but that is a secret. I can tell no more. We are still working on it. ;)


Kristína Zahradníková 1.C

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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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A closer look at Pride and Prejudice

On our English lessons we read a book and compared it with a movie.

This activity made our lessons funnier and more interesting. We had to work in groups, we learnt new words, how to use direct speech and other grammar structures. In groups everybody was given important roles and tasks to do,we worked with hand-outs, prepared facts from the story and  used English all the time, what we aprecciate the most.

That is why we recommend reading not only P and P during your lessons.

Our presentation offers intersresting facts from author´s life, differences and similarities between the book and the movie, and a lot worth of seeing….

1.C students

Austen and her P and P


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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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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!


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)


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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