It has been a while since we got back from our Comenius adventure, but our experiences are still very fresh in our minds. We have finally compiled our pictures and hope you enjoy what we have shared:Our%20feedback%20on%20our%20Comenius%20Trip%20final.zip
IRISH VISIT TO KRAKOW
24th-28th FEBRUARY 2014
We had an amazing experience on our first day in Krakow visiting the Salt Mines. The mines date back to the 13th century. There are thousands of steps to underground corridors and different terraces which one can walk down. The visit takes you to 3 out of the 6 galleries and you cover ~ 3kms on the tour.
Along the way there are fascinating sculptures made out of salt. For centuries, salt was picked by hand and carried up to the surface.On the bottom level is a chapel all made from salt. Just awesome, sculptures of Christ and the Apostles and even the tiled mosaic floors all made centuries ago.
We were met by host Anna and brought us to our first stop - Day ward. Here we had the opportunity of presenting a slide show on Our Lady’s Hospital school to any pupils who were available. As our Polish was limited, two of the students very kindly translated for us.
With the help of some of the students, a beautiful lunch was prepared for us under the watchful eye of Anya. Traditional Polish fare consisting of a vegetarian nut roast, salads and the most delicious borscht soup.
After meeting our Comenius partners in the morning, we were brought to the psychiatric wards of St. Ludwik’s Hospital. Here we had the opportunity to share the story of St. Patrick, (patron saint of Ireland) with the pupils (8-12yrs) of this hospital school. Afterwards, we did a craft class helping the students to make shamrock decorations with recycled materials.
After lunch, we worked with some older pupils making hanging mobiles of paper flowers from old magazines. This session was enjoyed by all.
After meeting up together in the Day ward @ 10:a.m., the students participated in a baking class led by the Irish. We made some traditional Irish savoury scones, which were promptly eaten!!
We had an afternoon full of culture and beauty, thanks to our lovely guide Andrej who leads us through the streets, the wonderful churches, the rich past history of Krakow. We visit the Jagellonian University, the coloured squares and the Wavel castle. That night we had a lovely meal in the company of our Polish colleagues.
Accompanied by some of the pupils and teachers, we visited the Jewish Quarter, where, in an old synagogue, we take part in a workshop on traditional Jewish wedding dances. Across the square, we got the opportunity to visit the Jewish graveyard and learn about Jewish traditional burial ceremonies.
Annette & Brenda
During the last week of March Franca and Elisabetta were hosted in the school of Krakow: here their diary of the days spent in Poland:
We had a very interesting school visit a fortnight ago. We received a warm welcome and were impressed by the Krakow Zespol skoli 2. We made a PowerPoint about our impressions and the many things we encountered and learned. Our impression was that the staff of the school did a great job with minimal means for students, who were very much like our own. We have been very fortunate to experience many different things and all kind of age group students in 4 days. We hope we offered something in return for all hospitality with our presence and little introductions to Iceland, our school, the Icelandic language and energy. We are very grateful to have had the opportunity to see our partner school and Krakow. We recommend anyone to visit, our hosts were great and the city of Krakow and school are worth more than one visit!!! Impressions school visit Krakow 2.pdf
Thanks a lot and hope to welcome you on Iceland one day.
Arndís and Lilianne
PS our presentations in Krakow
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