Tonight was amazing! We were invited to the school for a special meal with teachers, parents, children and the Mayor. The headteacher kicked off proceedings by singing a song for us X Factor style! Next the children sang and danced for us. To begin the meal, we were each given a piece of wafer. Then we had to go round the room, offering people our wafer as we took a piece of theirs. At the same time, we were wishing each other 'Merry Christmas!' The parents served us with food that is traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve. We had pierogi, which is like ravioli; stuffed pasta. Ours was stuffed with cabbage and mushrooms. We also had beetroot soup and fish, followed by cake. After dinner, St. Nicholas appeared and presented us all with our very own Christmas bauble. Then the priest gave each of us some wafer bread to take home, and a candle. Our host, Eva, presented us all with gifts from he parents; hand-made gingerbread men and women. To finish, we all got up to sing our Comenius song 'Knowing me, knowing you' to the tune of 'Silent Night'. Then each country sang 'Silent Night' in their own language. There was a live band playing traditional Polish music, and before we knew it we were up clapping and dancing along! We felt overwhelmed by the hospitality and generosity of the school, 'Zespol Szkol Miejskich'.
Yesterday we visited the kindergarten and the children performed dances and Polish Christmas songs for us! It was a great experience!!
Today we taught a class in the Polish school!
Miss Burgon read the children a story so that we could teach the children English words for animals and fruit. They were very good and by the end of the lesson some of them could say a whole English sentence!
This afternoon we took part in different workshops, where we were able to decorate a glass Christmas bauble! Above, you can see Miss Witham carefully decorating her bauble. We added paint and glitter to make it look like a real Christmas bauble!
Look at the photographs of Miss Burgon! What do you think she is doing?
Today we were invited to become judges for a Christmas Festival of performances. We watched lots of different children sing and play instruments! They were very talented! Each country chose a winner and a runner up.
Afterwards, we went for a tour around the school. It is very big! Much bigger than Pikes Lane!
Tomorrow we will teach some of the children! Check back to see some pictures!
Miss Witham, Miss Burgon and Miss Waldron
We had our first full day in Poland today and we have had a fantastic time! We have visited the old Salt Mine in Wieliczka, arrived at our hotel in Jaslo and visited the school and took part in a Decoupage workshop. We are all very tired but looking forward to tomorrow!!
We will blog again later!!
Miss Witham, Miss Waldron and Miss Burgon :)
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