The survival course

We met at the schoolyard on Monday at 7:30 am. After a few minutes, that we spent waiting for latecomers, we finally set off. In an hour we arrived at Porač park. We were accommodated (the lucky ones in new, recently reconstructed cottages) and then we almost immediately started.


We were divided into small groups of people and everyone had to accomplish all 6 disciplines: first aid, shooting an air gun, climbing, civil defence, archery and topography. Mrs.Salajová showed us basic medical methods of healing injuries. Mr. Dovčík taught us how to shoot an air gun accurately and we managed archery with Mr. Roško, too. Luckily, we didn’t have any injuries. Then we put our lives in Mr. Brovko’s hands whilst climbing on a climbing wall. Mrs. Toporcerová told us how to manage emergency situations from natural disasters such as a fire and a flood to military attacks. We will never get a chance to get lost in the woods thanks to Mrs. Pemčáková. We did our best, although it was a little chilly and rainy on Tuesday, but we just gritted out teeth and carried on (the truth is we didn’t have much a choice).

Anyway, this is how we spent majority of our first day and Tuesday morning. But we also had a lot of free time that we spent socializing. Some of us did sports like football, tennis and volleyball. We went swimming or we just relaxed in the spa. We played bowling, billiards and we were sitting by the fire in the evenings. On the last day we took our ”final exam”. It was a quiz consisted of theoretical questions in order to test our knowledge from past 2 days. I’m sure we all passed, but only the best ones could win.

Time flew by so fast, that before we knew it, it was time to head home. It seemed too soon to go back on Wednesday morning, but everything has to come to an end. I think we spent 2 amazing days full of fun, new opportunities and great experiences. Great thanks to our teachers for their time and energy.

Zuzana Švačová a Katarína Gardošíková (3.E)

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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.

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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