Off to pastures new ... Our trip to England!
Last week (7-4-18 to 14-4-18) our class and we went on a language trip to England organised by the international travel agency H2 and our school during which we improved our English, visited the most famous English sights and naturally, had a lot of fun. We were accompanied by our two English teachers, Prof. Jauk and Prof. Krapfenbauer.
On site we were further supported by Mark and Angie, our two friendly and dedicated English coordinators with the H2 agency.
We arrived in Seaford on Saturday (7-4-18) at about 7 p.m. The journey to our destination was really exhausting but the warm welcome of the host families instantaneously made us feel at ease and comfortable in their homes where we would be staying until next Saturday.
The next day we visited Brighton spending the whole morning doing a tour of the city with Julian Clapp, a local tour guide. After that we had a lot of free time for looking around and to have typical English lunch. At about 4:45 p.m. we were split into two groups, one went laser tagging and the other could go shopping.
On Monday we had our first English lessons at the Hillcrest Community Centre in Newhaven. First, we had to do a placement test in which our English skills were tested. In two groups we had different types of lessons: one focusing on speaking and the other on lexical and structural knowledge. The communication classes were held by a very enthusiastic and friendly teacher called Charlie and the other lessons were given by a very funny and supportive teacher by the name of Dean. School hours were from 9:15 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Monday afternoon we went on a treasure hunt in Seaford. After that we went home and spent the rest of the day with our host families dining, chatting and playing.
During the following mornings we were attending school the same as on Monday. On Tuesday afternoon we made an excursion to Beachy Head and afterwards we set out for a ramble to Eastbourne. On the walk we had several opportunities to lionise the beautiful English cliffs and the fantastic landscape.
On Wednesday our class attached importance to cricket, which I (Gergö) tried out cricket for the first time, but we also played football and in the evening we visited the Seven Sisters – the impressive, snow-white cliffs near Seaford.
Without doubt, the highlight of every one of us was the London day – naturally, we paid a visit to all the famous sights of London, such as Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and the Tower. At certain sights we even gave presentations! The mini speeches proved to be a marvellous idea because we were our own tour guides! We also strolled along Oxford Street where we (thankfully) got some free time for shopping.
On the last day, we had our last lessons. Two of us – Sarah and Lukas – were given the title “Students of the Week”. We said goodbye to our English teachers and went to Lewes, where we visited famous Lewes castle and went to the movies to watch Ready Player One.
Now that we have already spoken to all our classmates, we can say that each and every one of us had a wonderful week in Britain. Needless to say, this would not have been possible without such a great organising. So in the name of the whole class we would like to thank Mark, Angie, Mr. Krapfenbauer, Mrs. Jauk, Charlie, Dean, our host families - and last but not least the whole H2 agency at Frohnleiten - for making this trip possible and a memorable one.
17-4-18, Gergö Valyi and Zhivko Krastev, 5th form