There are also two branchschools in the village Kokra(with only 6 students) and inJezersko (with 36 students).Most of our students arecommuters. They come toschool by bus.Dear friends, we are pleasedto be a part of this Comeni-us project. We are aware wecan learn a lot from you andwe are happy to be yourhosts you next spring. Comeand meet us, our school, ourvillage and our country!Slovenian Comenius TeamYou are reading the secondissue of our newsletter. Stu-dents and two teachersfrom Matija Valjavec Prima-ry School put quite someeffort in it in the lastmonths. We wrote the arti-cles, gathered the articlesfrom other participants, putin the photos and designedthe pages. And this is thefinal version. We like it andwe hope youll enjoy readingit.About our schoolOur school is located at thefoothills of a great Slovenianmountain Storžič that is2132 m high. It was built in1966 and completely reno-vated in 2004. There are 340students and 35 teachers atschool. Besides all the tech-nical stuff we have a dentist,who takes care of our stu-dents’ dental health.We are very proud of solarcells which are spread allover our roof and with themwe contribute to the produc-tion of green energy. 65,000kWh of electricity is pro-duced in a year.We are surrounded by beau-tiful nature and our studentsspend a lot of time outsidein the school yard, evenwhen it snows or rains. Theycome before the lessonsstart in the morning, duringthe main break and after thelessons finish. They playfootball, basketball or justwalk around and sit on thebenches.Next to the school there is anewly built wooden energy-efficient kindergarten with140 children and 16 teach-ers. We have two small kin-dergartens in the nearbyvillages in Bela and Jezersko.Welcome to the second Comenius Newsletter!Issue 2Special points ofinterest: Welcome Devils forest An interviewwith Davo Karni-čar Holland Lucasreflections My trip toAlmelo Penicuik HighSchool Dear friends Hockey Match Recycled sportsmaterials Active breaks Eco farmMay 2013 Comenius Newslatter
In Potoče near Predd-vor there were livingtwo farmers. Theywere arguaging all thetime, because of theforest under themountain Zaplata.Once, one of the far-mers said: »If theforest isnt mine, letthe devil take it! «That night was a verystrong storm with lig-htning and thunder.In the storm the devilcame and took theforest on his sholders.He was running overthe mountain Zaplata.Suddenly, the churchbell ranstarted to ringearly in the morning.He was frightened, sohe dropped the forestin the middle of themountain. This forestis very special. Becau-se of it, the mountaingot the name Zaplata,which means a patchand the forest is calledthe Devils forest.Marija Okršlar, 7.atle, my parents taughtme to ski and later on Ilearnt about mountain-eering and alpine climb-ing with the help of myolder brothers and sister.So I started to set goals –I knew I was good at ski-ing and climbing, so Icombined the two sports.And my goals becamehigher and higher. Thatis why I skied from thehighest mountains inSlovenia, Europe and1. What do mountainsmean to you?I cant imagine my eve-ryday life without moun-tains. They are a greatopportunity for spendingour free time.2. Why did you decideto ski from the high-est mountains of allthe continents?I had a special luck be-cause I didnt have tothink which sport tochoose. When I was lit-last, the highest moun-tains in the world.3. How did you feelwhen you were skiingform the highestmountain in the world– Mount Everest?Every time I ski from ahigh mountain, it is dif-ferent than other sports,where we are relativelysafe. In football, for ex-ample, we score a goaland we have time to behappy. But when skiingDevils forestAn interview with Davo Karničar, a world-class extreme skierPage 2Issue 2Students returning from a field trip to Zaplata and the Devils forestA view to our village andour school from ZaplataZaplataDavo Karničar
we must be focused allthe time and we mustn’tdo a wrong move. Onlyone mistake can be fatal!The sense of concentra-tion is the only sense wefeel while skiing of amountain. We can jump,be happy, clap our handsand relax only after weend that journey.4. Did anybody inspireyou for extreme ski-ing?I got a lot of inspirationfrom your previous headteacher, my older broth-er Luka, who had done itbefore and he taught mea lot. And when I wasyour age or a bit older Iwas reading books aboutpeople who did thatsport in France. Thecombination of skiingand alpine climbing be-gan to develop early inthe parts near MontBlanc. So while I wasreading these books, Istarted to dream thatone day I would do thesame. But the basic mo-tivation came from myhome and my olderbrother.5. Have you everthought about givingup, have you ever felthomesick?That is something that’salways present. Whenwe are safe at home,when the mountains pre-sent themselves in thebest light, we are bravethen and we set newgoals. We want to go tothe mountains. Butwhen we go, fears ap-pear. When we realisewe’ll have to put a lot ofeffort in it and for a longtime, there are some con-cerns. Have we decidedfor the right thing ornot? But if we have setthe right goal, then theending is a happy one. Itis the same for all thethings in life. The morewe try and the harder away seems to be, thehappier we are in theend.6. Which achieve-ments are you mostproud of?That we are here togeth-er now and we can talk.Extreme skiing is con-nected to great dangerswhich we can’t have animpact on. I’m veryproud that nature givesme a good luck and thatI deserve it. We have togive all our efforts, havethe proper equipment, afit body and the righttiming for making deci-sions. But when moun-tains are concerned, wehave to have good luck,too. Good luck that some-thing doesn’t move onthe mountain or that weare in the right place atthe right time. In othersports we talk aboutsports luck, but in thissport we talk about theluck of staying alive.7. Have you had anyinjuries?Yes, several of them, butnot in this sport. Except,I’m missing two of myfingers on my left hand. Iwas told this was not aninjury because it was aprocess. In my first try toski from Mt Everest itwas too cold, I didn’tmanage to ski and two ofmy fingers froze.8. What qualities arenecessary for a topsportsman?A top sportsman must bea complex personality.He or she takes care ofboth, the knowledge inthe mind and thetrained, fit body. Bothmust be balanced. Allsportsmen learn tech-nique well, they practiseevery day, but still, onlyComenius NewslatterDavo KarničarStran 3Lea, Maruša, Nejc and Kristjan with Davo KarničarThe more wetry and theharder a wayseems to be,the happierwe are in theend.
one wins a competition.And mostly, the winneris the one who succeededto show all hisknowledge with his met-al power. A top sports-man must be a healthyperson, mentally andphysically. Sportspeoplewho often win are emo-tionally and spirituallybalanced people and theyhave trained their bodiesto perfection.9. How much time doyou have between thehikes and expedi-tions?I have a lot of time, be-cause each expedition iscosts a lot of money. Inthis sport, one part isadventure, explorationand the other one issport. There are numer-ous things we can’t de-termine in advance. Inathletics, for example,the conditions neverchange, but in extremeskiing there are plenty ofvariables which can’t bedetermined precisely.10. Has your familyever tried to stop youor have they encour-aged you?I was extremely luckythat my parents neveropposed. They alwaysgave me some advice.Now that I’m a parent Isee how hard this is. Myparents loved me andworried about me, butthey never prohibitedanything. That was aspecial luck for me.11. What are you do-ing at present?I’d like to pass on thirtyyears of experience toother people. To peoplewho want to learn moreabout what the naturecan offer and what to doin the woods on snow.That is my priority, but Ialso want to visit newmountains. There are nolimits in my sport, onlynumerous mountains allover the world.12. You are one of afew Slovenians whosename appears in theGuiness Record Book.What does it mean toyou?My goal was never to bein that book. That is asort of confirmation formy work.Thank you very muchfor your answers.Hollanda train to Almelo.When we came there,our families werewaiting for us. Stu-dents stayed withtheir host families andteachers stayed in ahotel.I spent a week withthe Post’s family.Their house was verynice. My host was IrisPost. She is as old asme and she has ayounger brother Jul-ian. Her mother Astridwas very friendly withme and she talks ex-cellent English. Theyhave a dog called Lu-na.Page 4Issue 2Mrs Mateja Sajovec,Mrs Petra Lesjak, VitaKnavs, Vid Tavželj,Ana Ogris and MetaMekuč went to Hol-land to attend a meet-ing for Comenius pro-ject.We stayed there from5th to 9th March.On Tuesday at 7.30 wemet in front of ourschool. Then we wentto Marco Polo airportin Venice by van. Wehad to use the airportin Italy, because thetickets are muchcheaper there thantickets from the Slove-nian airport.When we came tothe airport, we wait-ed for the plane.Then we flew fromVenice to Schipholairport in Amster-dam.The view from theplane was beautiful– at first we couldsee mountains, butthen they disap-peared, because inHolland there aren’tany mountains orhills. We saw a lot ofwindmills – they aretypical of Holland.After we landed wewent to the trainstation and we tookWe saw a lotof windmills– they aretypical ofHolland.
In Holland we woke upat half past six. We atebreakfast. Then weprepared lunch – weate it at school. Usual-ly we had a sandwichand a little chocolate.Then we went toschool by bike. Almostevery student in Hol-land goes to school bybike. They are verypopular there. Thefirst and the last daywe attended some les-sons at school. Afterschool we did someother activities. InHolland people go tobed quite early.First day at school wehad presentationsabout the lifestyle inour country. We talkedabout our nutrition,free time … It was in-teresting to hear howpeople in other coun-tries live.After school we wentto Almelo and didsome shopping there.Then we ate dinner ina restaurant calledZenderen.On Thursday we visit-ed the city of Amster-dam. We drove therefor two hours by bus.We went to Nemo sci-ence centre, on a boattrip, shopping ... Weate potato chips. Thenwe walked through thecity and we saw someinteresting old housesand boat houses - thismeans that people ac-tually live in a boat.When we came homewe went to sleep be-cause we were ex-hausted.On Friday we went toschool and did a groupproject about habits ofour parents andgrandparents – wecompared the resultsfrom different coun-tries. Then we cycledto Tubbergen. Wewere in fitness, playeda game in a gym andbaked our own pan-cakes. For dinner weate a typical Dutchmeal. After dinner weshowed our presenta-tions to the parentswho came there to seeus, the students andteachers from the Co-menius project.On Saturday we couldsleep long, because wedidn’t have to go toschool. Iris’s motherAstrid showed metheir village. We sawthe church, the shrine,the ice rink ...We went to the trainstation in Almelo. Wesaid goodbye and wewere sad, because wewill probably never seeeach other again.Then we went to Am-sterdam airport bytrain. We waited forthe plane for fivehours, because wecame there very early.At 8.36 we had theflight. We travelledfrom Venice toPreddvor by van andwe came home 1.10 atnight.It was a beautiful trip,because we saw a lotof interesting things,met new friends, hadfun ... And I think ourEnglish has improved,because we had tospeak English all thetime there.Meta Mekuč, 8. aComenius NewslatterIt was abeautiful trip,because wesaw a lot ofinterestingthings, metnew friends,had fun ...Page 5Slovenian team in Almelo
My trip to Almeloparking for 1200 bikes, Ihad never seen so manybikes all together, Dutchstudents dont go toschool by car but theyuse their bikes and natu-rally I did too.At school we took part inan assembly and thepresentations done byeach Comenius partnerschool were projectedand commented. Later inthe day we went to clas-ses and worked togetherwith our foreign class-mates, it was quite hardand embarassing at firstwe hardly talked witheach other we were quiteuncoordinated but thenas the hours passed itbecame easier to talkwith everyone. I finallyrealised that without agood knowledge of Eng-lish it is impossible to goanywhere. I liked thequiet and relaxed atmos-phere of the school andthe bright colors allaround.On Thursday we went toAmsterdam, time justpassed too quickly thereas we visited the NemoScience Center, itlooked like a large shipanchored on the pierand the fact that it hadbeen designed by theItalian Architect RenzoPiano, made me feelgood. The boat ride inthe canals around thecity was great and shop-ping in the centre ofAmsterdam was greatfun. Friday was the daydedicated to sport andoff we went to Tubber-gen where we workedout for hours in a largesports gym for the en-tire morning and latervisited the other StCanisius School where Imade some pancakeswhich were not bad atall for a bigginner. Inthe evening we had thefinal presentations withall host families and thefinal farewell party. Inthe evening I preparedmy little blue trolleyand Saturday after vis-iting Amsterdam againwe were off for Italy. Iwas a bit sad to leaveAlmelo and my newfriends but happy to gohome, as for my littletrolley unfortunately itrepoted bad injuries onthe flight home andwon’t be used again.Tata DavideClass I AAlvitoIt was 7:30 am of the 4thof March the day beforeour departure for Almeloand I had just closed thelast zipper,of my littleblue trolley it was readyand I was ready too ....but we left ten hours lat-er.It was my first time onan airplain and I mustsay I was quite excitedand a bit uneasy.My friends my teachersand I met in front of ourschool in Alvito ready toleave for Fiumicino air-port and of course I hadmy little blue trolley.We arrived as scheduledto Amsterdam airportmy blue trolly had itsfirst accident, nothingserious and we took atrain to Almelo, I was abit homesick but whenwe arrived at the trainstation our homestayfamilies were waiting forus and I finally met thefamily assigned to meand my schoolmate StefPaus. The next morningwe went to school and tomy surprise in theschoolyard there was aPage 6Issue 2I had neverseen somany bikesall together.
I had never travelledalone to a foreign coun-try and the trip to Hol-land was an unforgetta-ble experience for me. Iliked everything about itapart from the Dutchfood …. and some as-pects on their daily hab-its that seemed odd tome. I was impressed bythe fact that the Dutchstudents (my peers) aredefinitely more inde-pendent than we are andthat the Dutch schoolsare way ahead of us forcertain things: in theschool in Almelo apartfrom books all studentsused computers in classand for all their schoolwork. Dutch studentschange classes at regularintervals and go fromone classroom to anotherto follow lessons for dif-ferent subjects while inItalian schools our teach-ers will go from oneclassroom to another andstudents are in theirhome room for the wholeschool day. I was alsovery much impressed bythe general relaxed atti-tude of the Dutch par-ents in their daily rela-tion with their children,in our families we aretreated differently, ourparents are overly pro-tective and they general-ly have almost completecontrol on what we do,where we go, with whometc… my Dutch friendsare more independentand they rely less ontheir parents for practi-cal things. In my opinionwe should have theseexchanges every year inorder to enable us tohave more contacts withother students and alsoto learn about otherteaching methods. It isdefinitely an experiencethat I would repeat.Luca MartiniClasse I B , Alvitoon about our differenttrips and activiti-es. Texts, photos andshort movies will beshown and discussed.Students from the 8thand 9th grades areworking on differentactivities. Art and sci-ences teachers are lea-ding our recycledmaterial project, somewonderful ideas havealready occurred. P.Eteachers as well assenior students areorganising games andphysical activities,youngsters at schoolseem to appreciate thewhole thing very muchand are very activeStóru-Vogaskóli has avery busy and enterta-ining time. We arepreparing our annualfestival. Our 200 stu-dents are workinghard preparing movi-e s , p l a y s a n dexhibitions. Parents,relatives and indeedthe whole communitywill be invited atschool on 21stMarch. Most of themwill bake pancakes,muffins or bring somepastries.Our Comenius cornerwill have a good placeamong exhibitions andeverybody will be ableto get some informati-during breaks. Ourfridge project has thesupport of the homeeconomics teacher aswell as the majority ofthe staff at school…wecan also expect a verylong line in front of theschool nurse doorwhile size, weight andB M I w i l l b etaken. Some of ushad the idea to weightthe teachers but theresults could be catas-trophic and the propo-sition didn’t get muchsupport J.Best regardsMarcLuca’s reflectionsDear friendsComenius Newslatter Page 7Our parentsare overlyprotective andthey generallyhave almostcompletecontrol onwhat we do,where we go,with whometc… myDutch friendsare moreindependentand they relyless on theirparents forpracticalthings.
In Penicuik HighSchool, over the recentmonths, we have beenvery busy. Our schoolrecently celebrated its75th anniversary andopened its doors to thegeneral public. Formerpupils, from near andfar, were welcome totour the school andobserve our lessons inaction. We set up oldstyle playgroundgames in the PE hall,such as hop-scotch,skipping and elastics.Modern day gameswere also practiced,and our guests enjoyedspectating the compe-titive and lively gamesof volleyball and bad-minton. Everyoneinvolved in the Come-nius project took partin demonstrating thegames and the eventwas a great success.The group of pupilswho will take part inthe Czech Republicmobility are currentlycreating a game of tenpin bowling withrecycled materials.They are collecting tentwo litre bottles, whichwill be filled withwater and used aspins and many plasticbags and elasticbands, that will bebound together tomake the ball.As ‘a healthy mind, ahealthy body’ is themain theme of thisComenius project, weare also looking atwhat the ‘ideal fridge’would contain. Eachpupil in the trip hastaken a photo of theirfridges on an averageday, and these photoswill be compared withthe ideal fridge so wecan determine roughlyhow healthy our dietsare.Possibly the biggestproject was takingevery pupil in 3rd yearand getting their massin kilograms and theirheight in centimetres,pulling the informati-on together and crea-ting charts to presentthe information.Thinking about a‘healthy mind, ahealthy body’ has beeninteresting and veryexciting. Every pupilinvolved had a lot offun and we cannotwait to present ourfindings to the CzechRepublic mobility gro-up at the end of May.Penicuik High SchollPage 8Issue 2We set up oldstyleplaygroundgames in thePE hall, suchas hop-scotch,skipping andelastics.
On 2nd March, some2nd year E.S.O stu-dents from San Ignaci-o school, went to watcha hockey match at thePalacio de los Depor-tes sports centre inOviedo as part of theComenius Project acti-vities. We went towatch two ¼ finalsmatches: Vilanova vsVendrell, and Igualadavs. F.C. Barcelona.First, all the groupmet at Campoamortheatre. Then, after allthe children arrived,we went to the sportscentre. It took us abo-ut seventeen minutesto get there. We wentwith the two P.E teac-hers, F. Pañeda and F.Carro. We all tooksome food to eat at thematch: pastries, crispsand we drank softdrinks, like Coca-Colaor Fanta. We loved it!When we arrived, wewent to our seats, anda few minutes later,the first match star-ted. The first ¼ finalmatch was Vilanovavs. Vendrell. Vendrellwon the match 3-2.Then the secondmatch was Igualadavs. F.C. Barcelona.Barcelona won thematch 1-7. We onlysaw the first half,because it was late.When we were leavingthe sports centre, Bar-celona was winning0-3.After the first halffinished, we went outof the sports centreand our teacher, F.Pañeda, went with thechildren to Americasquare, because thechildren’s parentswere going to pickthem up there. But Idid not go with thegroup, I waited with F.Carro, the other teac-her, at the entrance ofthe sports centre untilmy dad arrived.We had a great time! Iloved going on thisComenius school tripbecause I spent timewith my friends andmy teachers outsideschool. Besides, I loveall types of sportsevents, like footballmatches, or basketballmatches. I go to bas-ketball matches withmy dad on Saturdays!It was a good idea too,because when childrensee sports matchesthey want to do sport!!Please, teachers, canyou plan more activiti-es like this?Santiago FernandezLacasaComenius school trip to hockey matchComenius Newslatter Page 9
More than 50 kidsfrom the age of 10 to14 are working on therecycled sports materi-als. Boys of the 8thclass are creating abilliards table from oldpaper. This paper tab-le has got the samesize as a normal billi-ards table. We arewondering how theboys are going to copewith billiard cues andballs and we are loo-king forward to thefirst billiards competi-tion organised bythem.Other pupils areworking on table ten-nis bats made of oldpaper and also on ten-nis racquest made ofpaper and wire. Somechildren are alsoworking with plasticbottles and they arepreparing bowlingclubs. The bowlingcompetiton will follow,of course.Boys are creating foot-ball and floorball ballsmade of paper and sel-Recycled sports materialsPage 10Issue 2lotape. There are inter-national friendly mat-ches planned for theproject meeting in ourcountry in May.Students from CzechBoys of the8th class arecreating abilliardstable fromold paper.
We have organisedmany activities in theframework of activebreaks. Pupils of the9th classes were cros-sing the Pálava moun-tains, the protectedarea with uniquenature. Our schoolalso organised HealthyWoods action. Pupilswere cleaning thewoods around theschool area, they werelearning about theplants and animalsthat lived there. Theyhad discussion aboutenvironmental issuesof their region andthey tasted healthyfood based on naturalproducts from thewoods. With snowcovering our countryanother activities rela-ted to winter sportswere organised. Pupilsof the secondary schoolcould try cross-countryskiing on the scho-ol yard during thelunch breaks. Childrenof the primary schoolhad a special downhillskiing course in theafternoons. To take arest from snow, ourpupils took part in theswimming lessons inthe indoor pool in theafternoons. Older chil-dren could spend theirbreaks playing chess,which ended up withthe whole-school tour-nament. We shouldn’tforget to mention alsoschool floorball tourna-ment named MODY2012 and sports daysfor children from lowerclasses.Students from CzechActive breaksComenius Newslatter Page 11Pupils of the9th classeswere crossingthe Pálavamountains,the protectedarea withuniquenature..
The class 6a made a veryinteresting trip in the au-tumn. We visited the eco-farm »Pri Šuštarju« in thevillage Hotemaže. Thefarmer Primož Krišelj told useverything about eco-farming and pointed out itsadvantages. He also showedus the farm where he growsvegetables (pepper, salad,beans, carrots, water mel-ons etc.) and a few animals(ducks, chicken, pigs). Thedietary expert Martina Mel-jak helped us to preparesome dishes from the ingre-dients they got at the farm.We prepared a stew, honeyapples with walnuts andraisins, canapés with cheeseand autumn salad. Every-body enjoyed the food, es-pecially the canapés.We found out eco-farming isenvironmentally friendlyand the food is much tastierand more nourishing.Students and Maja ŠenkZidarEco farmPage 12Issue 2We found outeco-farmingis environ-mentallyfriendly andthe food ismuch tastierand morenourishing.