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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A Very Special Visit!

Our school has another important milestone in its 150-year long history. On Thursday (January 21, 2016), the current Slovak President, Andrej Kiska, visited us during his official visit in Spišská Nová Ves and thus became the first head of state to enter our school.

 

The President greeted the students and staff and attended an informal debate with our fourth graders in the assembly hall. Mastering the art of public speaking, Mr. Kiska managed to impress us with his motivational speech, good mood and sense of humour.

Among other things, he advised us not to take the easy road, but to choose colleges and universities of good quality. “The level of a college you choose, will define whether or not you will find a job and how you’ll find your place in society. Nowadays, there is a lot of colleges in Slovakia. Many of them, however, have a poor quality.”

Mr. Kiska thinks we should consider not only the Slovak schools, but also those abroad, in Czech Republic, Austria or the United Kingdom. “Don’t be afraid to go to Vienna, London, New York. Explore the world, but don’t forget to come back home.”

The President admitted he was very fond of our town and often visited the town square, the zoo or one of the restaurants. He also shared a story from his youth, when he was a student in Poprad. The then President visited his school and predicted that one of the students might become a President one day. Young Andrej only laughed at that thought and couldn’t imagine himself be the head of state.

“It was a really amazing opportunity to shake the President’s hand and to hear him speak to the 4th years. I appreciated that he answered questions from teachers and students after his speech. The President of the U.S. would not take questions from students unless the questions were approved beforehand. I also was happy that he commented on the refugee crisis.”

Ashley Clark

Mr. Kiska was asked to leave a message for the generations to come after us. “Everyone wonders what’s here for us in twenty, thirty, fifty years. I will try until the end of my life for Slovakia to become a country where people want to live. To be a home, open arms, where it is worth forgiving and asking for forgiveness… I would like to know if it is likely to happen.” 

Lenka Stoláriková, IV.E

 

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Euroscola – Quality of life in the EU

Probably not in a very attractive time of the week, on Friday at three o’clock in the afternoon – exactly on the 8th of November 2013, the finale of series of three discussions took place. They were all a part of our project European days of our schol. This time, Mrs Anna Zaborska, who is a member of European parliament, came to visit us and share her experiences.

Though the more modest conditions, the last of the debates was very interesting. In contrast with the first two, at this one we realized many things by which we were taken aback or unpleasantly surprised. How else should we react to the fact that we still live in a community, where there is not enough food for every one? How should we feel about inappropriate dealing with women? This debate made us even more enthusiastic about our work. Now we are sure that we want to change the world around us, so the European Union wouldn’t have to deal with problems like discrimination or poverty. Even though the series of discussion is over, we are still motivated to keep on working for a better world.

 

Viki Koosova, 4.A

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