May 20th-24th, 2013

The third Comenius project reunion took place in Zabrze, Poland, May 20th – 24th, 2013. Our school was represented by the teachers Anastasija Dimitrijeva and Irina Jeremejeva and the students Darja Filipska (Form 7) and Olegs Kanaškovs (Form 11).

Thanks to our Polish partners and their effort to show their country with its culture at its best, their skills to carry out the activities within the project and perfect organization, this stay in Poland was a unique experience full of unforgettable impressions and amazing events.

On the first day of the reunion the students of all the schools involved in the project presented the Power Point presentations on the topic "Natural Beauty of My Country", where they got to know a lot about the most picturesque places in each partner country. Latvia was successfully presented by our student Darja Filipska and her fascinating story about Gauja National Park.

The students and the teachers had a chance to attend and observe the Polish language classes and discussed the differences and similarities of Slavic languages trying to find words and phrases with similar sounding in order to create an international Comenius phrasebook. The students also participated in handicraft workshops, embroidery, art and drawing classes, where they learnt a lot about Polish and foreign customs, habits and traditions.

Everyone enjoyed taking part in numerous sport activities organized by the Polish team – an international volleyball match, aerobics, aqua aerobics and swimming classes.

In addition, the whole Comenius team went on some educational trips. We were taught a real history lesson at Auschwitz-Birkenau – the death and concentration camp, where with every step and every guide’s word the shocking history of holocaust and extermination of people during the World War II was revealed. George Santayana’s words: “The one who does not remember history is bound to live through it again” could not have been ignored. These words made us realize how important it is for us, the ones willing to protect the future generations from atrocities of war, to learn such history lessons.

We hardly know anyone who has ever been to a real mine, but we managed to visit two of them ourselves – the salt mine in Wieliczka and the historic coal mine ‘Guido’ in Zabrze. These two extremely interesting tours broadening our knowledge about mining industry and achievements in mining technologies resulted in a discussion on the importance of saving the natural resources and nature protection.

Finally, a trip to Krakow, one of the oldest and most beautiful Polish cities, was highly appreciated by everyone, who likes travelling and experiencing nice touches of history, culture, art and customs of the place being explored.

This wonderful reunion in Zabrze finished with a traditional farewell party with typical Polish dishes being enjoyed, gifts being given, friends parting and promising to keep in touch and, of course, gratitude to the Comenius project for having given us a great opportunity to travel, to communicate, to share and to obtain!

The impressions by Irina Jeremejeva, the slideshows prepared by Anastasija Dimitrijeva.