MEREWADE COLLEGE – GORINCHEM
LICEO CLASSICO RAFFAELLO - URBINO




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The Liceo Classico “Raffaello” of Urbino       has also this     year organized the
exchange programme with the “Merewade ...
MEREWADE COLLEGE   LICEO CLASSICO
                  RAFFAELLO
       GORINCHEM                                   URBINO

 ...
ANKE PHILIPPENS




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22 September 2003


Do you still believe that storks deliver children? Probably not, but if you still have
some doubts, im...
It was exciting to be present at a real Parliamentary Assembly and see members
from all over Europe discussing and debatin...
A view of Gorinchem: the typical Dutch windmill


Gorinchem is a small town which developed from a fishing settlement on t...
even more important city. Nowadays it is a smallish Dutch town of about 30.000

inhabitants. It is situated 40 Km east of ...
In 1998, Gorinchem became the cultural city of the year. It would be nice to see a

lot more art in this place, that alrea...
We couldn’t have imagined that the Dutch were so kind, friendly and

welcoming! Before arriving there, we thought they wer...
Just as in Italy, also in the Netherlands there are many different kinds of houses

(flats, villas, boats..), but the most...
The Dutch have a real strong sense of hospitality: during the whole exchange,

every time we were at home, they always spo...
25 September 2003

After a few days, finally.... our dream comes true… We are going to Amsterdam!!!
We are excited, impati...
embarassing!
But the best is still to come, we are given some free time and so, now we can
discover all the secrets, the w...
We went to Amsterdam twice: the second time we visited the Nemo museum and

Anne Frank’s House.




                   The...
Inside the Nemo

The morning at the Nemo was amusing but not the afternoon spent in Anne

Frank’s House… her hiding place ...
The diary was found by her father, the only person who saved himself from the

terrible holocaust, when he went back to

t...
29 September 2003

What a surprise to discover that magical place!

Who would ever imagine that a simple chain of windmill...
In the past windmills were used to avoid flooding in the polders, pieces of land

taken off the sea and protected by dikes...
After the visit of the famous mills of Kinderdijk, we left to Den Haag.

When we got off the bus we immediately looked for...
first thing we noticed was that everything was made of wood, there was a big

throne and a huge quantity of ensigns on the...
27 September 2003



8:30 a.m. The teachers, with their usual energy, are on the bus: destination
Rotterdam.
Now you can w...
From here you can enjoy the view of the harbour, which is the most important and

busiest in Europe. Also the Italians hav...
possible to see the view of this port with its countless containers and cranes.

11:30 a.m. A jump into history …

During ...
The first time we arrived at Merewade College we were surprised because it’s a

very modern building, with a lot of differ...
lessons and spend the rest of the morning in really long breaks, changing their

classroom for each subject.

Rooms have w...
1 October 2003



During the whole week all the people had been talking about this exceptional

event and we, the Italians...
Thanks to these four (even handsome) guys, the mythical “Stupid toads”,

everybody danced and jumped all night long, even ...
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Merewade College (Gorinchem) 2003

  1. 1. MEREWADE COLLEGE – GORINCHEM LICEO CLASSICO RAFFAELLO - URBINO 1
  2. 2. The Liceo Classico “Raffaello” of Urbino has also this year organized the exchange programme with the “Merewade College” of Gorinchem, Holland. The students involved belong to the following classes: IV A Linguistico, IV E Turistico, accompanied by the teachers Zanarelli and Betti. The first part of the experience took place in Gorinchem from 21 September to 4 October 2003 and it has been recorded in the following pages witnessing the students’ personal and cultural enrichment. They have learnt to be more independent, more self confident and to accept their friends’ lifestyle together with a new cultural environment. Cooperation and friendship have favoured the awareness and the appreciation of the mutual differences which are essential qualities in order to become true European citizens. 1
  3. 3. MEREWADE COLLEGE LICEO CLASSICO RAFFAELLO GORINCHEM URBINO STUDENTS’ MATCHING 2003-2004 IV A BALLABENE FRANCESCA KELLY VERDUIN BATTISTONI MONIA ANDREW VAN WAARDENBERG BICCHIARELLI VALENTINA MARTIJN VAN VEEN BONCI ROBERTO DANIEL ROOS FERRI MATTEO CASPER VALEN FRATERNALI ELISA FERDINAND DE RIDDER FRULLA IVANA ALESSIA INGE BOTH GARBUGLI ELENA BABS SELIJ GARBUGLI LAURA LUUK SNIJDER GIULIANI EVA STEPHAN VERSLUIJS LUPI ERICA ILSE ROUBOS MANGANI VALENTINA JISKA BAKKER MANNELLO GIULIA MARJOLEIN VERDUIN PALAZZI MARTINA MARTIJN V VEEN PERINI GIULIA CHARLOTTE KROMHOUT PIERAMICI ELENA MERVE UCUNCU PIEROTTI ERICA DENISE VOGELAARS RUGGERI MONICA CATHY WIJKAMP SILVESTRINI FLAVIA SHARON VAN HOOGDALEM STEFANI CAROLINA CHARLOTTE KROMHOUT IV E DAMIANI BEATRICE FERDINAND DE RIDDER FRATERNALE LORENZO CHRISTIAAN MAAS GALEOTTI MONIA MURID SIAWASH GATTONI SONIA ROBIN HORST MAGGIOLI ELEONORA ROBIN VAN OORT STOLZINI MONICA MICHELLE BOR URBINATI LUCIA SUSANNE POIESZ ITALIAN TEACHERS: SERENELLA ZANARELLI MARIA ELENA BETTI DUTCH TEACHERS: IDA ZEEDIJK 2
  4. 4. ANKE PHILIPPENS 3
  5. 5. 22 September 2003 Do you still believe that storks deliver children? Probably not, but if you still have some doubts, imagine that in this case Strasbourg would be overpopulated!!!! Indeed, as soon as we arrived in this charming city, we noticed something unusual on nearly all the rooftops and trees; only the day after we discovered they were enormous stork’s nests. But this is not the only feature of Strasbourg, in fact a very fascinating and humorous guide showed us all the other beauties… the oldest part of the city, rich in typical Alsatian houses called “Maisons à colombages” decorated with coloured flowers, the imposing Gothic cathedral and some of the most important squares where we could spend our free time doing shopping. Obviously the most important souvenir was a soft toy stork!! After having had a pizza for lunch (the worst pizza we had ever had), we went to visit the European Parliament. 4
  6. 6. It was exciting to be present at a real Parliamentary Assembly and see members from all over Europe discussing and debating important issues. We could also appreciate the beautiful modern building from an architectural point of view because we walked around it several times thanks to our teachers who couldn't find the way to the bus anymore! Luckily we returned safe and sound to our youth hostel just in time to have dinner… Well, you need a lot of imagination to define it dinner! Before going to bed we had a beautiful surprise: at night the youth hostel was also a cosmopolitan disco where we met a lot of nice guys coming from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The following morning at 7 o’ clock we were ready, a bit tired but very enthusiastic, to reach our destination and our Dutch partners. Eva Giuliani, Valentina Mangani, Monica Ruggeri (IVA) 5
  7. 7. A view of Gorinchem: the typical Dutch windmill Gorinchem is a small town which developed from a fishing settlement on the banks of the rivers Merewade and Linge in the early Middle Ages. Gorinchem is old, very old. The town was founded at the beginning of the 13 th century. It used to be some kind of city state and the Lords of Arkel were the bosses in this region. One day the Lords decided to sell Gorinchem to the Count of Holland; a couple of months later they wanted the town back so they tried to storm it. This turned into a battle but the Lords of Arkel died. From that moment on Gorinchem became an 6
  8. 8. even more important city. Nowadays it is a smallish Dutch town of about 30.000 inhabitants. It is situated 40 Km east of Rotterdam on the north bank of the Merewade where the picturesque river Linge flows into it, through the old centre. Surrounding the town is the typical Dutch river landscape: water, green, willows, dikes and windmills that, with the tulips, represent the symbol of Holland. The old centre is both intimate and pictu-resque and is surrounded by 17 earth ramparts. The Linge Harbour In Gorinchem there are historic buildings, but also a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants can be found. Tere are important carvings in Gorinchem, among them a man holding a fish made in 1991 by Jan van Munster. Another important building is the old church of St.Vincent, containing monuments of the Lords of Arkel. The old river harbour contains many traditional boats. The Linge harbour has a big influence on the character of Gorinchem and in the summertime it is nice to have a look at the boats and people around it. From the pubs and restaurants along the water, you have a great view. 7
  9. 9. In 1998, Gorinchem became the cultural city of the year. It would be nice to see a lot more art in this place, that already had an open eye for it. Lorenzo Fraternale, Bonci Roberto and Ferri Matteo (IVE – IVA) 8
  10. 10. We couldn’t have imagined that the Dutch were so kind, friendly and welcoming! Before arriving there, we thought they were a bit colder than us, but this fantastic experience made us change our opinion: in fact from the moment of our arrival we immediately began to breathe a really warm atmosphere, which made us feel comfortable on every occasion. A typical Dutch house One of the striking characteristics of the Dutch is their helpfulness; they always did their best to let us stay together as much as possible and enjoy ourselves: our partners’ parents let us go out every time we wanted, but we had to go by bike, which is the most important means of transport in the Netherlands, and we always had to use it, even if it was windy, raining and freezing. 9
  11. 11. Just as in Italy, also in the Netherlands there are many different kinds of houses (flats, villas, boats..), but the most common one is the terraced house: the typical Dutch terraced house is very small, tidy and full of strange knick-knacks and they have a front garden, too. the de Ridders The first thing you should do when you enter a Dutch house is take off your shoes in the hall and then to pet the family pets (cats, dogs, rabbits, mice, too!); after that the Dutch mother offers you something to drink or some snacks. As for meals, the whole family has breakfast together and you can eat cheese, salame, chocolate, yoghurt, and drink milk, coffee, orange juice, but they never drink water. Then they have lunch at school or at work. So, dinner is the most important meal, because it’s the moment when the whole family stays together and speaks about the day they’ve just spent and they’re not disturbed by the TV, in fact they prefer listening to the radio or soft music. The strangest thing is that they usually have dinner very early in the evening (at about 17.30), so at 8 o’ clock you are hungry again!!! 10
  12. 12. The Dutch have a real strong sense of hospitality: during the whole exchange, every time we were at home, they always spoke English to let us understand and take part in their conversation! Finally, the day of our departure, our partners’ parents drove us to school to take the coach and they gave us a present for our families, however the greatest present had been that of welcoming us warmly and letting us have such a fantastic experience which has left in our hearts a big desire to go there again!! Ballabene Francesca, Fraternali Elisa, Perini Giulia (IVA) 11
  13. 13. 25 September 2003 After a few days, finally.... our dream comes true… We are going to Amsterdam!!! We are excited, impatient and curious,.... We are "full of enthusiasm", all but one… when Francesca arrives she is totally covered with mosquito bites, Dutch mosquitoes! The first stop is at the Rijksmuseum, the largest museum in the Netherlands, where the magic paintings by famous masters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer... deeply catch our attention (luckily the guide is Italian)!!! Lunchtime: our excitement and hunger make us almost faint and the search for something edible begins: without positive results... someone in despair gives himself up to a prawn cocktail. The saddest thing is the "performance" of a homeless who wants to steal our leftovers . The Van Gogh Museum is our next visit: a very modern building full of the world's greatest collection of works by Vincent Van Gogh and his contemporaries and also full of surprises.... in fact, when we meet a group of handsome guys we start to make comments about them.... but we didn't realize that they were Italian!.... How 12
  14. 14. embarassing! But the best is still to come, we are given some free time and so, now we can discover all the secrets, the wonders and the surprises that this fantastic city hides. Our adventure starts from the Dam, then the magic atmosphere surrounds us and leads us through the numerous alleys full of typical and "strange" shops where people go in and out frantically. We are astonished and nearly hypnotized by this overwhelming city. Unfortunately time flies and we have to go back to the Dam with all our bags. However, there's still another place to discover that arouses our curiosity... : The Red Light District: an unimaginable scenery that makes us feel sadness and pity... even if a very strange and funny episode lightens up the situation: Giulia Perini has the fantastic idea of taking a photo of a prostitute, who, really angry, gets out of her window, chases her, grabs her hair and steals her camera..... after a hysterical laugh Giulia bursts into tears!!! Our adventure finishes but a small piece of that magic atmosphere will always remain in our memory. Giulia Mannello, Flavia Silvestrini, Carolina Stefani (IVA) 13
  15. 15. We went to Amsterdam twice: the second time we visited the Nemo museum and Anne Frank’s House. The “green boat” of the Nemo by Renzo Piano The Nemo museum is a scientific museum, where you can try a lot of interesting and strange experiments: you can play with soap bubbles, or become a chemist, or play love games ; we can actually say that this museum is like a fun-park, and, what’s more, while you play you can also learn a lot of interesting things. It’s a huge building like a big ship, designed by the famous Italian architect Renzo Piano and from its roof terrace people can enjoy a beautiful view of Amsterdam. 14
  16. 16. Inside the Nemo The morning at the Nemo was amusing but not the afternoon spent in Anne Frank’s House… her hiding place during the second world war. Anne Frank was a Jewish girl, who hid there for twenty five months. She wasn’t alone, she lived with her father, her mother, her sister, another family (Van Pels family) and doctor Fritz Pfeffer. The house has undergone some modifications: it’s bare, without much furniture, but it shows a lot of documents and movies about Anne and the second world war. It’s a typical Dutch house, very small, on three floors and it was used as a store. The entrance of their hiding-place was behind a bookcase. During the day Anne and the others had to keep quiet, not to be heard and discovered! Anne was the authoress of the famous “Anne Frank’s Diary”, written during her stay in the house. 15
  17. 17. The diary was found by her father, the only person who saved himself from the terrible holocaust, when he went back to the house. Here you can see the original diary. This house is very touching and we liked it a lot, because now we better understand what “to live a war” means…and we think that every war in the world is wrong, because a lot of innocent people, like Anne, must die. Anne Frank’s house Damiani Beatrice, Galeotti Monia, Gattoni Sonia (IVE) 16
  18. 18. 29 September 2003 What a surprise to discover that magical place! Who would ever imagine that a simple chain of windmills could create such a fairy atmosphere?! A row of windmills at Kinderdijk Kinderdijk represents the typical Dutch landscape, indeed we found a huge plain surrounding the series of 19 windmills interspersed by canals.... The sky was wonderful! It seemed even bigger than in Italy, and even if the weather was cloudy , the clouds made everything more charming. High grass surrounded the windmills, and the green blended with the sky’s shades. 17
  19. 19. In the past windmills were used to avoid flooding in the polders, pieces of land taken off the sea and protected by dikes. The windmills pumped out of the polder the water filtering under the dike, then they drained it into the sea. Even if they can still work, nowadays more modern machinery is used. The place is called Kinderdijk because of an ancient legend telling of a lucky baby. During a flood, he was thrown up onto the dike by a wave, so he could escape drowning to death and he saved himself. We went for a pleasant walk along a narrow track where we risked being run over by some cyclists. Finally that landscape was the background of our photos, that will keep reminding us of this extraordinary experience! Valentina Bicchiarelli, Martina Palazzi, Elena Pieramici (IVA) 18
  20. 20. After the visit of the famous mills of Kinderdijk, we left to Den Haag. When we got off the bus we immediately looked for a postbox (or “the red box for the letters”-as our driver Mirko used to say!!) to send our postcards, but our attention was caught by an amazing building that looked like a castle of a fairy- tale. This idyllic atmosphere was torn when our ball was thrown into the lake by our Dutch partners and scared all the ducks that were peacefully swimming..... The operation of rescue was more difficult than expected; in fact our friend Matteo had to intervene and after a long fight the ball was saved. The fairy-tale continued with our arrival at the courtyard of “the Hall of Knights”. After a few minutes we entered the castle and we were guided into a room where every year the Queen makes her speech; the 19
  21. 21. first thing we noticed was that everything was made of wood, there was a big throne and a huge quantity of ensigns on the walls. But suddenly we were taken from the past to the present, back to 2003, in fact the next target was the Dutch Parliament which is completely different from the old castle: it’s a very modern building. The ceiling was blue to remind the colour of the sky and the floor was green to remind the colour of the earth. There were also big abstract paintings that are changed each season and are really out of common: they seemed to follow you while you were walking. This day was like a journey through time, lasted hundreds of years, from the fascinating age of castles to nowadays. Battistoni Monia, Frulla Ivana Alessia, Garbugli Elena (IVA) 20
  22. 22. 27 September 2003 8:30 a.m. The teachers, with their usual energy, are on the bus: destination Rotterdam. Now you can wonder where the students are!…walking around the bus like zombies because for them it’s always too early to get up!! 9:20 a.m. In front of our sleepy eyes there is a stunning skyline, in fact Rotterdam is called “The Manhattan on the Maas”. 9:30 a.m. We have arrived too soon, so with great happiness we can walk for about an hour on the “Swan”: the most beautiful bridge of Rotterdam, one of the examples, together with the Cubicle Houses, of the original modern art that characterizes this city. 21
  23. 23. From here you can enjoy the view of the harbour, which is the most important and busiest in Europe. Also the Italians have left their mark on Rotterdam: Renzo Piano is the architect of the “Telecom Building”, that, with its lights, looks like a Christmas Tree, but of iron and glass. The Telecom building by Renzo Piano 10:50 a.m. We are ready to take a trip on a wonderful, immense, well- equipped boat like the Titanic … we hope with a better ending! Today is the most freezing day of the world and we are completely wrapped up in our scarves but we want to go to the upper floor of this little Titanic all the same, because there is a terrace from where it’s 22
  24. 24. possible to see the view of this port with its countless containers and cranes. 11:30 a.m. A jump into history … During the second world war, Rotterdam was destroyed by the German soldiers. The New York Hotel survived and even now it preserves its ancient style. Inside the hotel you can walk around surrounded by old furniture, photos, miniature boats and all kinds of luggage. The New York Hotel Here time has stopped … We are in a film set in the twenties even if our clothes are a little unsuitable for the situation. 1:00 p.m. Finally we can have lunch! 3:00 p.m. To do a different thing … we go shopping! 5:00 p.m. We go back home where mosquitoes, like every night, are waiting for us…! Monica Stolzini, Eleonora Maggioli, Lucia Urbinati (IVE) 23
  25. 25. The first time we arrived at Merewade College we were surprised because it’s a very modern building, with a lot of different rooms and laboratories, and with a very big field to play sports and to relax. The best thing of the school is a very big room, the Hall, where students can do what they want: they can have a break, they can study, chat, and listen to music. In front of the door there are two screens where students can find the timetable of their lessons and their rooms, and there are many lockers where students can keep books or clothes. At the school canteen The Dutch school organization is very different from ours: lessons start at 8.30 a.m. and at about 15.30 p.m. students can go home; they have only six hours of 24
  26. 26. lessons and spend the rest of the morning in really long breaks, changing their classroom for each subject. Rooms have window walls on one side, so students can see people walking along the corridor; that’s a good way to take your mind off when you don’t feel like listening to the lessons! They have a lot of amusing subjects, like Drama, Art, Music, Sport…but in spite of this, after school, they are so tired that they need a rest all the same; sometimes they go out and meet friends until late at night. In Italy, instead, we have to study after school and most of us can go out only at weekends. During our stay in Holland the Dutch buddies organized many interesting activities for us; the best was the evening spent at school all together. It was beautiful going to school in Holland… but there was only a little problem: riding the bike! The Dutch students are used to cycling and leaving their bikes in the big parking lot behind the school… but for us it was indeed a very strange way to go to school!! Erica Lupi, Laura Garbugli, Erica Pienotti (IVA) 25
  27. 27. 1 October 2003 During the whole week all the people had been talking about this exceptional event and we, the Italians, were really curious!! The Merewade School had a great surprise for us: we weren’t the only foreign guests, but there were students from other exchanges with other countries: Austria, Poland, Spain, Slovenia and Slovakia. We had dinner all together and then, all of a sudden, four intrepid musketeers started singing songs of important rock bands (Oasis, Nirvana, Green Day…). Luuk Snijder was the singer and before his performance he was really nervous and the only thing he wanted to do was to run away. It was very funny to see his scared face!! The other members of the band were, on the contrary, really calm and relaxed, while drinking beer and controlling the sound . 26
  28. 28. Thanks to these four (even handsome) guys, the mythical “Stupid toads”, everybody danced and jumped all night long, even Mrs. Zanarelli and Mrs. Betti threw themselves into dancing. What a show!!!! Unfortunately at 12.30 a.m. the party was over. It was very late: we had to go to school the following day. So we took our bikes and we went home tired but really happy! In our mind we relived every single magic moment of that wonderful night that had been organized to say goodbye to us, a touching moment even if sad because it was time to leave Gorinchem very soon. We left Holland with the beautiful awareness that we would meet again in Italy. Erica Lupi, Laura Garbugli, Erica Pienotti (IVA) 27

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