W dniach 16 – 23 marca grupa 36 uczniów z klas I i II, pod opieką 3 nauczycieli (prof. Ewy Brdak, Agnieszki Matczak i Katarzyny Bogdanow) wzięła udział w projekcie językowo – edukacyjnym zorganizowanym przez Europejskie Centrum Młodzieży z Łodzi. Celem wyjazdu było szlifowanie umiejętności językowych oraz poszerzenie znajomości historii i kultury Wielkiej Brytanii. Na trasie Londyn – Kornwalia – Devon zobaczyliśmy, m.in. najważniejsze zabytki stolicy Anglii (niezapomniana panorama miasta z London Eye, rejs statkiem po Tamizie, wizyta w słynnym Tower of London). W Exeter – wizyta w ciekawym muzeum Royal Albert Memorial oraz monumentalna Plymouth będzie odtąd kojarzył się z miejscem, z którego Purytanie odpłynęli do Ameryki. Z pewnością niesamowitym przeżyciem była wizyta w Eden Project –biodomy, w których odtworzono strefę tropikalną (niesamowite rośliny zapachy – to gratka nie tylko dla biolchemu) Wyjazd był również okazją do zwiedzenia typowej szkoły brytyjskiej – spędziliśmy kilka godzin w college’u w Okehampton.
Zapraszamy Państwa do lektury „dzienników z podróży” niektórych uczestników projektu w języku angielskim. Enjoy!
Aleksandra Trendak 1a
I think London is the most beautiful place that I have seen in my entire life. I wanted to visit London since I was ten but I never thought that this city will be such an amazing place! We saw Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and Hyde Park. Personally, my favourite place was near William Shakespeare’s monuments, where many various artists were performing. I felt in love with a group of dancers who were amazing! They were so funny, and each one was perfect. I regret that I wasn’t able to see Oxford Street, Madame Tussaud’s Museum or Warner Bros Studio, where there is an exhibition about Harry Potter. I hope that when I come next time to London, I will be able to visit these places and see more interesting street artists.
These two towns we saw at the weekend. I really like them but there wasn’t anything that I felt in love with. In Exeter I really liked Exeter Cathedral, where there an amazing choir and the town was full of different shops. Plymouth had a lovely view on the sea and the lighthouse. Except that, I think there were some good shops like Primark or Waterstone’s.
In Okehampton we visited a typical British school. I enjoyed spending time there, because I met amazing students! They were about three years younger but they were so funny and lovely that I forgot about the age differences. I learnt a lot of about the school in the UK, for example that their ‘collage’ is our high school or that they have many levels at each subject. I liked history and lesson with my tutor the most. They were really interesting and… Different. I’m so happy that I met such amazing people and I hope that we will have really good contact by social media.
I had never seen something like that before – big ‘bubbles’ and inside them there were different types of atmosphere – the rain forest or the Mediterranean zone. Everything was very ecological and many exhibitions tell us about how important the environment is for people. We saw a lot of amazing, big plants and cute, little birds. Around the bubbles there were parks with beautiful flowers and plants. I really enjoyed spending time there because I learnt a lot of about environment, how people destroy it and how to stop doing it. All things were recycled and the food was supernatural and healthy. I think I want to visit this place again because I spent a lovely time with a good company there.
Karolina Zaprawa, 2C
I DAY – London
Our trip to England began with the beautiful and amazing capital city, which is London. I was in London three years ago, but not on working days. So I unfortunately won’t forget being stuck in the morning’s traffic. It wasn’t very bad, but I’m quite impatient and was looking forward to star sightseeing nervously. First we went to a really nice Hyde Park around which lie famous monuments connected to the Great War and Second World War. Last time I didn’t notice them and this time I learned some history about them and what they represent. Mainly, I mean Wellington Arch and Victoria Memorial. Both the Wellington Arch and Marble Arch (originally sited in front of Buckingham Palace) were planned in 1825 by George IV to commemorate Britain's victories in the Napoleonic Wars. The Wellington Arch was also conceived as an outer gateway to Constitution Hill and therefore a grand entrance into central London from the west. Then I recall we went to the Buckingham Palace – Queen’s headquarters. I learned that if the Queen is inside they hang a special flag on top of the Palace. Next to it there is a monument – Victoria Memorial, which represents her best attributes. The we walked down the famous red road – the Mall. From there the next point was the centre of London – Trafalgar Square. I really liked the appearance of it and heard many new facts about its origin and creator. For example, that its parts (including four lions) were made from parts of ship , which fought in the battle of Trafalgar. Moreover, that these lion figures have paws like cats , not these of wild animals. I bought myself a coffee in one of cafes there, but unfortunately didn’t get to look around and look through some books, as it was also a bookshop. I was happy that on the way to London Eye I managed to see a bar dedicated to Sherlock Holmes. After that came an amazing ride on London Eye with its breathtaking view. I took lots of photos, but they can’t give away the impressions and emotions I felt during the ride. It lasted about half an hour, but time is passing so quickly you don’t even notice it. I will remember also information I heard about Westminster Palace and Westminster Abbey about their beautiful architecture. Of course I can’t forget about famous Big Ben. During the sightseeing I got myself a photo with famous red phone box, the entrance to Westminster Station and the representant of Horse Guards. After seeing Downing Street we got some individual learning time and I bought my parents and friend loveable souvenirs. At the end of the day there was time for group exercises in National Gallery. Together with girls from my room and two boys we did them in about two hours. It was an amazing day, but I was really tired and glad at least weather wasn’t disturbing us. The only thing I was disappointed with was the fact I didn’t have a chance to get myself a photo in the place where Sherlock show was filmed and I just passed it by, because of not having enough time.
II DAY – Exeter
The next day we went to Exeter. It’s a really nice place, except the fact that in its castle – Rougemont Castle were burnt the last living witches. I found it interesting, yet violent and primitive. Then fortunately we went to see Rougemont Gardens, which are gorgeous and beautiful. I took a lot of ‘artistic’ photos and maybe will print them to hang in my room. The next stop of the trip was Albert Memorial Museum. It has many interesting things, but I think walking around in there was too long. At least for me it got a little too bored. The cathedral was enormous and surprisingly much different than I expected (in a good way). Then we had time for shopping which was okay, because I bought some clothes. A funny part was the street, which is believed to be the narrowest in the world – Parliament Street. Exeter has also a nice harbour and ruins of an old wall which surrounded the city. I find it quite peaceful, clean and calm, good for relaxing walks.
III DAY – Plymouth
The third day was I think when I got tired the most. We visited Plymouth – I will associate this city forever with the windy and beautiful coast. There was a normal lighthouse, but contrasted with the light and green grass it looked quite extraordinary. I really enjoyed this view, I think islands, the sea and hills are characteristic for England, and I love it. The weather wasn’t so good, though, not too much sun and I felt a little cold. The Citadel looked amazing too and after doing other exercises I bought a few more souvenirs. Despite being tired I was listening carefully and with attention to the priest from the cathedral in the town in which we stopped on the way back to Okehampton. He was really nice, like most British people I met and value this in them. A nice surprise was getting a cookie from a lady in the same cathedral.
IV DAY – Okehampton
On Monday we went to a local school to socialize and get to know a little the British school system. From the beginning I was thinking that’s a great idea and was curious how it will go. I was given as a “guide” a 14-year- old girl named Bethany. She was very shy at the beginning , but I managed to find out she was born in London, even though now she’s living in a small village. We had together four lessons: Science, Measurements, Maths and French. I liked Science the most, because it is mostly like Physics in our way. I was thrilled with the lesson and fascinated with the teacher and his way of teaching. He was young, but had such a nice voice and was explaining so good, I understood everything. I talked with other students, especially liked a younger boy named Jacob. Maths was quite nice too, because of the teacher and the topic of lesson, which was connected to enlargement of objects. The worst was French, but only because I am studying German. It was great experience, I had an occasion to see how British school looks like. I really like it and think it is better in some ways. Pity we had only one day like it.