- Published on Sunday, 23 June 2013 11:38
Comenius - Multilateral partnership
6th International meeting
Venue: Primary school Kolín II, Bezručova 980, Kolín 280 02, Czech Republic
Dates : 26th May - 30th May 2013
Scrutinising my little twenty demanding tourists, it was more than obvious to note the successful outcome of our exchange in Czechoslovakia.
The caring and tiredless presence of our two angel guides, Petra And Alena started our week abroad in an unforgettable way.
Tuesday gave the spinning off to our project , the whole day was spent at school thus giving us the opportunity to be fully immersed in a different culture. The Italian students first gave an enjoyable presentation of Italy, then late were accompanied around the school premises and finally they enjoyed their lunch at the school canteen. What rendered the day unique, was the dogball game enjoyed by the two teams which soon gave rise to a better socialising drive between the pupils..Logically this was all thanks to our HOSTESSES who did their best to achieve these fantastic results..Before lunch we had the pleasure to go to a Keep fit centre where the use of the swimming pool and hydromassage calmed our spirits down.
A sightseeing tour in Prague was organized for us on Wednesday, though our hosts could not guarantee and organize good weather conditions, I must say that we were lucky enough to have that too ! We visited the magnificent tower of. Powder from which we could enjoy a breathtaking view of the city , the labyrinth with its numerous mirrors, enjoying a wetty walk around the city to reach the famous gilted astronomical clock, St.vito and St.Barbara and last but not least we popped in the city shopping centre to do our shopping and logically purchase a souvenir or two to take back home. Our hostesses Petra and Alena thought of everything to render the day as pleasant as possible.
We spent Thursday to exchange information regarding Italian cultural events and also our typical Italian cuisine.We ended up with spaghetti with tomato sauce competing with the Czech strudel to sweeten any mouthwatering meal.
An adventurous visit to the old silver mine of Kutna was awiting the group. It was a real sight to see all these tiny pupils heading their way through these crooked tunnels each wearing a professional protective helmet on their heads and a torch in their hands to guide their way. It was simply thrilling and mysterious to go down 35 metres below ground level !!!
From the mine to the steam train. Alas!!! weather permitting we were supposed to go to a Nature Park where the pupils could have been challenged doing Archery and outdoor activities, but this was not possible because Mr. Weather decided otherwise.
Friday was our final day, wakeup call was at dawn since we had to go back home. We were dead tired but extremely satisfied with our well planned exchange.
A big thank you for Our HOST SCHOOL in KOLIN for rendering this cultural exchange unforgettable, which will surely be cherished by each and every student and will remain well engraved in their hearts for the rest of their lives. To Petra and Alena goes our deep gratitude for their perfect organization, hospitality and extreme patience in every instance of our stay. We hope that this newfound friendship will continue in future years.
All the 5th class students, Roberta, Mimma, Rosi and Marina