SLOVAKIA, Banská Bystrica

  • Our 5th short-term learning activity in Slovakia, Banská Bystrica was held on 21 February to 27 February 2016.

    Slovakian team did the best to present their country to the partners. They welcomed the guests  at theschool  heartily on Monday.  The students prepared a nice welcome programme for their peers and their teachers. The programme was followed by some icebreaking activities to help the students from nine European countries  to get to know each other, then  all partners  exhibited the product of their students owns creation and  in the afternoon  we went sigthseeing Banská Bystrica city.  On Tuesday we went to Banská Štiavnica to the Slovak Minig museum, visited the city of Banská Štiavncia and participated in workshops focusing on traditional Slovak art. On Wednesday we went to Slovak State library where our friends  were presented the traditional Slovak folk musical Instruments, played with the puppets in the Puppet Salon and decorated the Easter eggs in Stredoslovenské osvetové stredisko. In the afternoon we went to see the public rehearsal of the theatre performance of the Theatre from the Passage in Banská Bystrica. It was a breathtaking experience for all of us. On Thursday our Vice-Mayor  welcomed our partners in our city and then we visited the Ľupča Castle and Bystrá cave. After lunch in Lopej we took the train of Čiernohronská railway to Čierny Balog and Vydrovská valley. Slovak nature is wonderful! Twe spent the last day of the meeting at our school and The House  of Mother Theresa near the school. The mentally disabled clients of this institution came to our school and sang and danced for us and with us. Then our foreign friends attended the workshops in the  House  of Mother Theresa. In the afternoon we played games in our school gym and after lunch in our school canteen we watched our partners‘  film version of the Tempest  by W. Shakespeare. In the evening we had a farewell party in Hotel Lux.

    It was an incredible week! All the teachers and students liked the meeting and the activities very much.  That is the best award for our school. Better to see once than to hear a hundred times - enjoy the photos!