3-5.06.2019, Zilina

It is said that ‘all’s well that ends well’. The same must be mentioned, without any differences about the Project ‘Sport – then and now’ of Visegrad Fund. After three study visits (in Budapest, Wisła and Žďárský Potok), the time of the fourth and final stage has loomed. This time the students of our school together with their counsellors and colleagues from the schools of Haviřov, Žilina and Budapest took part in a three-day trip to Slovakia.

Our adventure began on 3rd June. On this day we set off and took the students of Haviřov, and then we went to the partner school in Žilina altogether. There, the headteacher and the students welcomed us, afterwards the whole group was underway to the camp site in Varin which is situated at the foot of the Malá Fatra range. Students from Budapest joined us in the afternoon. In the evening, there were some football and voleyball competitions, also some students could ride kickbikes (these scooters are very popular in Slovakia, where they are called ‘koloběžka’).

However, we experienced the most of attractions the next day. First thing in the morning we went to the village called Strečno. This place is famous for its flamboyant, medieval castle, unfortunately there are only ruins of it nowadays. In Strečno we were separated into two groups. Some people took part in rafting down the Vah river, while the other group went to the extremely popular raft dinghy there, in other words rafting on the river on a dinghy. Both of the attractions provided the participants a lot of fun and joy. It was not only the opportunity to experience rivalry, but also we were delighted by the the charm of the surrounding nature. We admired the beauty of the castle hill and sang songs too. All the activities were important to strengthen the relations between participants of particular countries.

After a short rest on the camp site we set off to the mountains, where we followed the trail called ‘Jánošíkove Diery’. It wasn’t a piece of cake to go this route. And suddenly the weather made a prank on us because there was a short downpour. Nevertheless, we were satisfied and smiling when we finished the trip. As if there were not enough attractions, at the end of the day an integration campfire was organized, combined with a shared feast. Singing songs and collaborative conversations seemed to be endless that evening.

Unfortunately, after experiencing such attractive time, there was the time to say goodbye on the third day. After breakfast, we felt thrilled and began our return journey.

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Žďárský Potok, 13-15.03.2019

In a time when many are waiting for a spring to come and look out for every sun ray that comes by thier windows, the students from Building Schools in Cieszyn and their friends from partner schools from Havířov, Žilina and Budapest, went on 13.03 to 15.03 to the village Žďárský Potok in Czech Republic, to continue realising project ”Sport yesterday and today” suppotred by the Visegrad Fund.
The main topic of meeting with our neihbours was „LYŽOVÁNÍ VČERA A DNES” (which means: Skiing, Yesterday and Today). We began our visit with a meeting. We met headmasters from a school in Havířov. Then we were selecting our ski equipment, that was necessary to realise the plans of march meeting. When every student and teacher had adjusted their ski or a snowboard, depending on their skills and preferences, we began the journey to our destination. Kilometers passed but it seemed like there would be no proper weather to ski, but in the village we were happily surprised that the weather was full of winter and there were magnificent conditions on the slope. The first evening spent together was all about multi language disco, at which students had a dress code that was a callback to 70’s XX century. Everyone had a great time but even then the major was thinking about the slope and skiing that came the day after. Skiing lasted full day with gaps only for dinner and meeting in the afternoon, the point of the meeting was to present to the participants of the project how skiing changed throughout the years and moreover how many disciplines you can do on skis and snowboard. The most joy was seen on the faces of teenagers when they watched the film about ski ballet, that forgotten discipline was in 80s and 90s of XX century an Olympic discipline, in which Norwegians had spectacular achievements. At the end of
the meeting organizers remainded everyone about sport success of polish ski jumpers with Adam Małysz on the top and amazing success of Czech snowboarder and skier Ester Ledecká, who had won two golden medals at Olympic games in Pjongczang at two different disciplines. After the end of the meeting there was a time for regeneration, just before skiing in the evening. Students of our school spent this time at sightseeing the surroundings. Time went relentlessly fast and three days of our meeting just started but on Friday morning we headed back to Cieszyn and needed to say goodbye to our friends from Czech, Slovacia and Hungary. Fortunately next meeting is planned in June in Slovak Republic

Wisła, 8-10.01.2019

“It’s amazing” is a sentence that, in just three days, has been spoken countless times, not only in English but also in Czech, Polish, Slovak and Hungarian. Everybody was amazed with the beautiful winter, which came to Cieszyn and Wisła, as well as withthe organization of the second meeting within the “Sport then and now” project (financed from the Visegrad Group fund).

Under the slogan “Our grandparents’ games”, the pupils from schools in Budapest, Cieszyn, Havierzów and Žilina came to Wisła, on February 8 – 10, to discover the heritage of their ancestors and share it with their friends from partner schools. The guests started their visit in Poland from the meeting with the headmaster Adam Wojaczek in Technical and Vocational Building School Complex in Cieszyn.Afterwards, theywent to Wisła, where the first game was waiting for them –  sleigh ride.Intense snowfalls caused that everybody was delighted by the views, especially when the sledge moved into the forest covered with snow.

The forenoon of the second day was full of games: chess, board games, card games, French skipping and many, many others. Some of the teachers, Mrs Szweda, Pawlowska and Cader were the most active participants there. The game called “kuliczki” (marble in English) caused great interest. It wasbrought by the pupils and teachers from Hawierzów. Although each of the games was exciting, nothing was better than  a snowball fight, in which teachers also actively participated. After a short rest,we continued the implementation of the project “Sport in the past and today”, this time on the bowling alley. After the equal battle, our priest Jakub Kuliński won the game. The day was full of emotions and we ended it with a bonfire.

Thursday morning wasthe time to summarize the meeting, play the last games and exchange the thoughts among young people and teachers. Although the meeting in Wisła has come to an end, the project is still going on and in March we will meet again, this time in Czech Republic, in Jeseníky to develop the skiing skills on the slopes.

Budapest

Within the project ‘ Sport Yesterday And Today” realized with the support of Visegrad Fund,a group of students from our school  had the opportunity to go for three days trip along with their Visegrad Group friends to Budapest.

On Tuesday 25th September 2018 the first project enterprise began. After a long trip and a short greeting in Budapest School, students from partnership schools took part in the lecture concerning history of football. Afterwards they competed in a miniquiz. It was the first chance to integrate and make new friends.

On Wednesday our hosts organized football contests. After a forcefull competition, the first place went to the students from Slovakia, second place got to the students from Poland ,the third one was for the Czech Republic, our hosts came in fourth place.

The last day in the capital of Hungary we spent visiting all possible places of interest including museum of sport. We all were under a great impression of this amazing city.

Within the project another three mobilities were planned:

-three-day batch named “Games and Plays of Our Grandparents” in Wisła,

-three-day ski getaway in Jeseniki,

-three-day kayaking in Slovak Orawa