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Zapis poljskih učenika o posjeti Antwerpenu

(Antwerp - 10. - 14. veljače 2014.)


   Od 10. do 14. veljače učenici: Patrycja, Sandra, Janek, Radek i nastavnici Kasia i Agnieszka, iz Škole Wychowawczy iz Starogard Gdański u Poljskoj, sudjelovali su u radnom posjetu Sint-Jozefinstituut u Antwerpenu, Belgija. Bili su gosti, ali domaćini su ih tako lijepo primili da su se osjećali kao kod kuće.

Ponedjeljak, 10. veljača 2014.



   Kad smo stigli u naš hotel Kathleen nas je već čekali i otpratila nas do njihove škole. Već na ulazu u školu doćekalo na sje iznenađnej, plakat dobrodošlice na poljskom jeziku. To je bilo tako ugodno da smo se odmah osjetili toplinu dobrodošlice. Upoznali smo se sa ravnateljem škole i nekim od nastavnika, te smo obišli cijelu školu i uživali.

   U popodnevnim satima otišli smo u razgledavanje grada, a šetnja je započela na poznatom Antwerpenskom Glavnom željezničkog kolodvora. Bili smo zaprepašteni njegovom spektakularnom arhitekturom i veličinom. To je definitivno turistička atrakcija koje vrijedi posjetiti! Potom smo krenuli na Grote Markt koji je okružen renesansnim cehovskim kućama, te smo vidjeli Antwerpensku gradsku vječnicu (City Hall) i kip Silviusa Braboa. To je bio mitski rimski vojnik koji je po predanju objavio da je ubio diva koji se zbao Druon Antigoon, a koji je naplačivao prelazak rijeke Scheldt. Naravno, nismo mogli propustiti posjetiti prekrasna katedrala Gospe, koja se nalazi na popisu svjetske baštine.

 
Utorak, 11 veljače 2014.


    Ujutro smo se osjećali pomalo nervozna jer je slijedio susret sa učenicima iz Sint-Jozefinstituut i zajedničko pohađanje nastave. Kasii se sa Sandrom i Patrycja pridružla nastavi kuhanja, dok je Agnieszka s Janom i Radekom prisustvovao nastavi obrade drva.
 
   Nastavni sat kuhanja bio je izuzetan, premda smo na početku bili uplašeni zbog mogućih jezičnih prepreka. Nastavnica je kreirala mješovite grupe: poljsko-marokansku grupu, poljsko-somalisku itd. Mogli smo birati grupu, a time i lakšu komunikaciju ! Ovo se pokazalo najboljom idejom do sada! Međusobno smo se podučavali nazivima povrća na različitim jezicima, a nakon nekog vremena započeli smo razgovarati o toliko različitih stvari. Ubrzo su se počele razmjenjivati e-mail adrese Osim toga, zajedno pripremili ukusnu juhu od tikvice i juhu od krastavaca.

   U međuvremenu su dečki napravili drvene podmetače za svoje majke, i pri tome su uživali u radu.

 

   Nakon ukusnog ručka Kathleen nas je odvela do Rubensove kuće u kojoj je slavni slikar proveo 25 godina svog života. Uslijedio je posjet dućanu čokolade, gdje smo vidjeli impresivne statue i figure od prave čokolade! Što je ljepše, uspjeli smo zaviriti i u samu kuhinju u kojoj su se izrađivale čokoladne figurice. Radek je odlučio pojesti jednu žabu od čokolade... ili je možda htio samo je poljubti?


Wednesday, 12th February

   We couldn’t wait to see our friends again and have a bike tour around Antwerp!
   This time we had screenprinting classes. Each of us was about to print their own T-shirt with Antwerp Old City panorama on it. First we learnt the rules of screenprinting. It is a very precise job which requires patience and accuracy – the features of character that some of us didn’t have at all…

   Our gorgeous T-shirts will remind us our visit to Antwerp for a long time!

   Finally, after lunch we went sightseeing using the most popular means of transportation here – bikes! Thanks to Poll, we had an opportunity to take in the wonderful atmosphere of the city. We had many stops during our ride and Poll told us a lot of fascinating stories and facts about Antwerp.

   We stopped by a new skatepark created by American Team Pain to admire some boys performing their tricks on bikes, skateboards and scooters. Suddenly, they approached us and… said ‘hello’ in Polish! It turned out they were Polish boys living in Antwerp for a few years! After a short chat we continued our bike trip.

   MAS, the biggest museum in Antwerp, allowed us to have a look at the city from the height of 60 meters. The view was breathtaking! We were also lucky to have an opportunity to see there the most expensive boots in the world: made of leather covered with gold and diamonds. Because their size was 39, we had some problems with Kasia, who was desperate to try them on

   We visited also Carolus Borromeus Church, which interior was designed by Rubens himself and the Old City. Then, we stopped at Plantin - Moretus Museum, devoted to the history of the print. Poll amazed us with various interesting stories on that matter, too.

   We were very impressed with a ride in 572m long St. Anna tunnel to the other side of Schelde River, where we saw the same panorama that we have on our T-shirts!

This evening everybody was so tired, that we fell asleep right after we came back to the hotel!

 
Thursday, 13th February


 
 
   We spent whole morning at Christophe’s and Vanessa’s classes. Sandra and Patrycja had no problems communicating with Flemish colleagues and preparing Valentine cookies dough. We talked about similarities and differences in Polish and Flemish schools. After the cookies were ready, we started decorating and wrapping them up. Boys, who had already finished building bird boxes, joined us and helped with the cookies.



   After lunch we went with Kathleen and Mimi to see Aquatopia – this was something our pupils were really looking forward to. We were impressed with numerous sizes, colours and shapes of fish and other animals we saw there (turtles, tortoises, snakes, lizards, frogs etc.)



   Radek and Janek couldn’t wait to see a shark, Kasia was moved by giant turtle, Patrycja loved colorful fish from the Red Sea and Sandra liked the diver who was feeding the fish

   This evening we were honoured to have dinner with the headmaster of the school. It was our last evening in Antwerp, so it got a bit nostalgic.
 

 

 

 
14th February


   On this day, the girls were invited to see hairdressing classes and the boys – to experience metal work.

   The girls loved being taken care of not only because of having their hair done, but also because of having an opportunity to chat with Polish girls who had lived there for a few years. They exchanged facebook and e-mail addresses and promised to keep in touch.

   Sandra and Patrycja gave Valentine cards to the boys they had met on Tuesday and liked a lot whereas Janek and Radek guided by Johan made gorgeous metal toolboxes.

   After our last lunch at school all the pupils got their certificates of internship and after a long goodbye we headed to our hotel to collect our bags and wait for our bus. Kathleen, Mimi and Poll came to the hotel to wave us goodbye. It was really hard to leave this hospitable place and these wonderful, warm people. But we had to go home



 

It was an unforgettable experience for all of us. It made our pupils more open to the world and other people, more self-confident, more tolerant and eager to learn English. It was the idea of Comenius come true

Thank you, Sint-Jozefinstituut!             
Patrycja, Sandra, Janek, Radek, Kasia and Agnieszka