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St Patrick’s Day 2012 – students’ reports 3 May 2012

Posted by Ryszard Oślizło in Great Britain, Holidays, Student Drawer, Symbols, UK.
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On March 16th, the day before the actual date of St. Patrick’s Day, the students at Wojciech Korfanty High School celebrated the National Day of Ireland that is so well known all over the world. This year the celebrations included a special lesson on Irish culture and customs which were presented to students as a multimedia presentation full of music, images, videos and interactive activities. The lesson had been prepared with the Flow!Works software.

The images of the presentation itself may be downloaded from here:
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After the lesson students were asked to write reports the best of which were rewarded with A’s and “SurPrizes”. Now, these reports illustrated with a few pictures can finally be published for everyone to enjoy.

Aleksandra Surmiak I a LO
It happened on March 16 when we were at school. During our English lesson we learnt various facts about the Republic of Ireland. Then we took a trip to Dublin. It was fantastic! I really want to see Dublin Castle. After that we heard the charm of Irish music. These songs were very catchy. Later we read and listened about St Patrick’s Day. Afterwards we checked our knowledge about Irish symbols and customs. I remember that Daria did an exercise on the interactive whiteboard (see the picture!). In the end we learnt how to make St Bridget’s cross. It was very difficult but I did it!

The English lesson was really interesting. I liked the Irish music most. I would like to have more lessons like this.

Patrycja Hojbach I a LO
On Friday, March 16, during our English lesson we talked about Ireland and St Patrick’s Day. At first, our teacher asked us to pose for a photo by the whiteboard, cause we were all dressed in green. Then he showed us a multimedia presentation about Ireland and its traditions. Later we solved some tasks and answered questions asked by the teacher. In this way we learnt a lot about the country. Our next task was to make St Bridget’s cross – with nine drinking straws and four rubber bands. It was quite funny because no one knew how to do it though our teacher kept showing and explaining. Once we completed this task, he rewarded us with “plus points”.

I would like more lessons to be like this, cause by playing we can learn more and there is always a prize. This lesson I will remember very well, with a smile on my face.

Emilia Zachraj II a LO
Last Friday we had a fantastic lesson in school. All second class met in classroom number 106 at 10 o’clock and our teacher started his lesson.

First, we learnt various facts about the Republic of Ireland. We got to know a lot of interesting things. Then we took a short trip to Dublin. This show had been prepared very well. We felt as if it was a real trip. Secondly, we saw the beauty of Irish landscapes and we listened to Irish music. In my opinion Irish music is not for me. I don’t like it. Then we read and listened about St Patrick’s Day. The teacher checked our knowledge about Irish symbols and customs. I was surprised because we could answer all the questions. After that we learnt and practised some expressions connected to St Patrick’s Day. In the end, we learnt how to make St Bridget’s cross. This thing was really difficult but now we can make this cross.

This lesson was really interesting and funny and we learnt more things than during a normal lesson. We want a lot of such lessons.

Paulina Citak II a LO
A few days ago my English teacher really surprised us. We had a very interesting lesson about Ireland. We learnt a lot of facts about the Republic of Ireland.

We listened to the national song and we saw the flag of this country. The flag of the Republic of Ireland is tricolour: green, white and orange. Next, we took a trip to Dublin. Dublin is the capital city. This city is very beautiful. There are interesting places to see, for example Samuel Beckett Bridge, Trinity College and Dublin Castle. We admired the beauty of Irish landscapes. There are a lot of green meadows but the cliffs are one of Ireland’s most impressive landmarks. These cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean offer spectacular views. Next, we listened to beautiful Irish music. I also learnt about Irish symbols. Shamrock is one Ireland’s symbols. At the end of the lesson we read and listened about St Patrick’s Day. This is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March. The day is generally characterised by the attendance of church services, wearing of green clothes, public parades and processions. We also learnt how to make St Bridget’s cross. St Bridget is the second most popular Irish saint.

The lesson about Ireland was very exciting. I think that there should be more such lessons.

Kamila Paczkowska II a LO
Nine days ago I had a lesson about Ireland and St Patrick’s Day. The Irish flag has three colours: green, white and orange. Irish climate is similar to that of Poland. The largest city is Dublin located on the east coast of Ireland. The river Liffey divides the city into two parts. Dublin has very beautiful monuments. St Patrick’s Day is celebrated on 17 March. On this day people wear green clothes. During this lesson I learnt how to make St Bridget’s cross.

This lesson was very interesting, I know now a lot of interesting things and I look forward to other such lessons.

Magdalena Grębska II a LO
On 16 March 2012 our English teacher gave us a lesson on St Patrick’s Day which is celebrated on 17 March in Ireland.

First, we watched a movie with a beautiful scenery of the country. Later I learnt what the Irish people are like, what the currency is used in Ireland, what the most visited places there are, what people wear and how they behave on St Patrick’s Day. He is not the only patron saint of Ireland – another one is St Bridget, whose feast day is celebrated on 1 February. On this day the Irish make St Bridget’s crosses of rushes. They believe that these crosses will protect their houses from evil things.

I really enjoyed this lesson. It was interesting and instructive. I learnt a lot about Ireland’s saint patrons. My favourite part of the lesson was making St Bridget’s cross which we made of drinking straws. It was great fun. I regret that the lesson was over so quickly. I think it was the best lesson ever.

Aneta Cuber I e T
It was one week ago, on 16th March. I and my class were at school, having English lesson about Saint Patrick’s Day.

First, we watched a presentation about Ireland. It is a very beautiful, green country. We learnt a lot of things about this country. Among other facts, we learnt that Ireland’s patron saint is St Patrick. St Patrick’s day is celebrated all over the world as the day of Irish culture, when everyone becomes Irish, wears green and goes out to parties. Then we listened to the national anthem of Ireland. It is a very melodic and catchy song. Next we watched two short films on YouTube showing the Irish views and five best things to see in Ireland. The last thing I remember is that we watched how to make St Bridget’s cross from drinking straws. Everyone made one and then the teacher evaluated them.

I was very excited and pleased with this day. I’ll never forget it!

Sandra Nowak I e T
It was about two weeks ago. During English classes me and my class watched a presentation on St Patrick’s Day. Our teacher had told us to bring drinking straws and rubber bands to this lesson.

At the beginning we discussed the location of Ireland, top attractions and the most beautiful buildings in Ireland. Then we watched a short video which featured Irish music and scenery. In discussing the symbols of Ireland, we also learnt how the Irish make St Bridget’s crosses and hang them on the doors of their houses. They believe that this cross will protect their homes against all evil things. Finally, we could make such a cross of drinking straws and rubber bands as instructed. We were very excited because the teacher had to choose the most beautiful cross which was rewarded with a “plus”.

Unfortunately, my cross was not very carefully made but nevertheless I find the lesson successful and very interesting.

Justyna Szebesta I e T
On 16th March, during our English classes, we had a lesson about Saint Patrick’s Day.

First, we read some information about Ireland and we saw a map of this island. Next, our teacher told us about this feast day and how the Irish people celebrate it. After a while, we watched a short film on YouTube: we saw photos of Ireland and we heard Celtic music. It was beautiful and fantastic! Then we did exercises on Ireland and St Patrick’s Day. We heard the anthem of Ireland too. It ssound like a soldier’s song. Finally, we saw and learnt how to make St Bridget’s cross and we made it. It wasn’t easy for me. Those students who made the best crosses got rewards.

This lesson was very interesting and very nice. I learnt something about this feast day and I heard beautiful Celtic music. I like it very much! I’m waiting for next brilliant lesson!

Małgorzata Reguła IV b T
17 March is St Patrick’s Day. It’s celebrated in Ireland (and not only there) and on this occasion, on 16 March, during our English lesson we watched a presentation about Ireland and St Patrick’s Day.

This presentation was very interesting. First, we learnt various facts about the Republic of Ireland. We found out that:
– the Republic of Ireland is located in the west of Europe,
– summers in Ireland are cool and winters are mild,
– people in Ireland speak two languages: English and Irish, the former being spoken by everyone and the latter being confined to certain regions,
– the capital of the Republic of Ireland is Dublin – the biggest city in the country and the most friendly city in Europe.

We watched two films about Dublin. One of them showed us 5 the most interesting places to see there: Trinity College, Dublin Castle, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Kilmainham Jail and Spire of Dublin.

When we got to know what places we must visit in Dublin , we watched another film. We saw beautiful Irish landscapes and listened to the charm of Irish music.

Next, we were reading and listening about St Patrick’s Day. St Patrick is one of patron saints of Ireland. He was born in England, in the 5th century. At the age of 16 he was captured by Irish raiders and sold as a slave in Ireland. Forced to work as a shepherd, he suffered from hunger and cold. After six years, Patrick escaped, probably to France, and later he returned to Britain at the age of 22. His captivity had meant spiritual conversion. He may have studied at Lerins, off the French coast; he spent years at Auxerre, France, and was consecrated bishop at the age of 43. His great desire was to proclaim the Good News to the Irish. St Patrick’s Day is observed on the date of Patrick’s death.

After we had listened to St Patrick’s story, we checked our knowledge about Irish symbols and customs and habits. One of the habits we heard about was that tips in Irish restaurants and hotels are automatically added to the bill.

Now about Irish symbols. First, the national flag is tricolour: green, white and orange. It’s also known as the Irish tricolour. The green represents the Gaelic tradition of Ireland, the orange represents the Protestant followers of William of Orange and white represents peace between them. Other symbols are:
– the national anthem (The Soldier’s Song),
– shamrock – it’s a three-leafed clover; traditionally shamrock is said to have been used by St Patrick to illustrate the Christian doctrine of the Trinity when christening Ireland,
– Celtic cross,
– Leprechauns – they’re symbol of St Patrick’s Day. Leprechaun is a type of fairy, usually taking form of an old man clad in a green coat. They spent their time busily making shoes and stored away their coins in a hidden pot of gold (another symbol of St Patrick’s Day) at the end of the rainbow.

At the end of the lesson we learnt how to make St Bridget’s cross who is another patron saint of Ireland. We also read traditional Irish blessing.

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