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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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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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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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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