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Halloween 2012 18 December 2012

Posted by Ryszard Oślizło in Great Britain, Holidays, Student Drawer, Symbols, UK.
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On October 31st, students at Wojciech Korfanty High School celebrated Halloween. The celebrations included a special lesson about this holiday and typical customs which were presented as a multimedia presentation full of music, images, videos and interactive activities. The lesson had been prepared with the Flow!Works software.

Afterwards students were asked to write reports some of which were rewarded with an A and one of the students wrote a short text about Halloween itself. It is published below for everyone to read and enjoy. It’s illustrated with a few pictures taken during one of the lessons.

Halloween by Justyna Kulesza I c LO

Halloween is annually celebrated on 31 October. It’s the time of pumpkins, candies, ghosts, witches and much more. This pagan festival celebrates the return of the souls of the dead who come back to visit places where they used to live.

In the evening there are lots of Halloween parties or fancy dress parties. People dress up as witches, ghosts, devils, cats, bats, hunters or anything scary. Houses are decorated with pumpkins with candles put inside.

Some children from UK follow the American custom called “Trick or Treat”. They knock at your house and ask: “Trick or treat?”. If you give them some money or some sweets (a treat), they go away. Otherwise, they play a trick on you like squirting water in your face.

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

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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.

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Halloween Winners! 31 October 2010

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The proud winner of the Think Halloween contest is Ewa (IVb T). The second prize goes to Kasia (IIb LO) and the third prize is for Adrian (IIa LO) and Ania (IId LO). All four excellent Halloween wallpapers you can see and download from here, by clicking on the pictures:

Think Halloween Wallpapers:

by Ewa

by Kasia

by Adrian

by Ania

The winners were rewarded with scary DVD films and a book by Graham Masterton (Blind Panic a.k.a. Armageddon).

Congratulations!

Happy Halloween! 19 October 2010

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DID YOU KNOW?

Halloween is celebrated each year on October 31 and the day is full of scary and creepy Halloween characters: witches on brooms, swooping bats, skeletons, jack-o-lanterns, haunted houses and more.

The History
The history of Halloween is not clear, but it most probably dates back to 700 B.C. to the Celts from northern England, Ireland and Scotland. November 1 was the first day of their new year and the end of the harvest season. It was also thought to be a day of the dead.

The Colours
Orange and black are two Halloween colors because the former is associated with harvests and the latter with death.

The Costumes
To drive away the spirits and to tame the dead, on October 31 the Celts dressed in costumes, lit bonfires, and offered food and drink to masked celebrants.

The Name
Christians made November 1 All Saints’ Day (or All Hallow Day) and the night before was called “All Hallow Eve” which was later shortened to Halloween.

The Holiday
Halloween is a mix of ancient Celtic practices, Catholic and Roman religious rituals and European folk traditions. In the 19th century, Halloween gradually became less religious and more secular community-based children’s holiday.

The Traditions
The two best known Halloween traditions are trick-or-treating and jack-o-lanterns. They were brought to America in the 1840s by the Irish escaping the Great Potato Famine.

Trick-or-treat
On Halloween, Irish peasants begged the rich for food and they were given cookies, candies, and fruit. Those who refused were “tricked” somehow by the poor peasants.

Jack-o-lantern
Jack-o-lanterns go back to an old Irish story about a man called Stingy Jack. He wasn’t allowed to enter Heaven so he wandered the world and lit his way with a burning coal in a hollowed out turnip. In fact, the first jack-o-lanterns were carved out of turnips but when the Irish came to America pumpkin carving became much more popular.

See how to make your own
Jack-o-lantern!

Interested in more fascinating Halloween facts? Check out the History.com website:

HALLOWEEN at History.com

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Your Turn!

1. Go to the History.com website where you will learn lots of facts about pumpkins. Then decide which of the following 7 statements are true and which are false and paste your answers here: CLICK AND PASTE YOUR ANSWERS! Don’t forget to correct the false answers! Only one person will get the points for the task!

1. Pumpkins originated in South America.
2. Pumpkin has no fat.
3. Each pumpkin has lots of protein.
4. In 19th century people believed that pumpkins could cure freckles.
5. There is the World “Punkin Chunkin” Championship every year in Delaware.
6. Connecticut field pumpkin can’t be used to make jack-o-lanterns.
7. Someone may steal your pumpkin from your porch on October 31.

2. Go to the History.com website where you will listen about vampires. Then decide which of the following 6 statements are true and which are false and paste your answers here: CLICK AND PASTE YOUR ANSWERS! Don’t forget to correct the false answers! Only one person will get the points for the task!

1. Belief in vampires comes from bats.
2. Vampires were first linked to bats in 16th century.
3. The explorers in Central America said they had been bitten by vampires.
4. Europeans believed that some dead people could come back as vampires.
5. Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula” was first published in February 1896.
6. Dracula’s victims were innocent women.

St. Patrick’s Day 17 March 2010

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DID YOU KNOW?

The Patron Saint
St. Patrick is one of the most popular saints and every year on March 17 people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all over the world, even though he is Ireland’s patron saint. St Patrick's HatBorn around A.D. 387, he was the missionary who is said to have converted the Irish to Christianity. His real name was Maewyn Succat and he was the son of a rich landowner in Britain.

The Slave
When Maewyn was 16 years old, a group of pirates raided his village. They captured him and then sold as a slave. For six years he had to herd sheep and when he finally escaped, he went to France. He became a priest and adopted the name Patrick.

The Missionary
Patrick decided that his life mission would be to convert Irish pagans to Christianity. When he returned to Ireland, he set up monasteries, schools and churches all over the country and successfully converted lots of people to the new religion. He continued his mission for thirty years and died on March 17, 493 A.D. This date was later chosen as Saint Patrick’s Day.

Saint Patrick’s Day
At first, St. Patrick’s Day was a Catholic holiday but gradually it has become popular with more and more non-Catholic people. Nowadays, it is celebrated all over the world as the day of Ireland’s culture, when everyone becomes Irish, wears green and goes out to party.

Pick up the St. Patrick’s Day e-card!
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Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit!
(Happy St Patrick’s Day)

A BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF IRELAND

10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DUBLIN

THE NATIONAL ANTHEM OF IRELAND

TRADITIONAL IRISH BLESSING

Your Turn!

1) St. Patrick’s Day Vocabulary Lesson:
Watch the lesson and write 3 sentences of your own with the following expressions:

  • as luck would have it
  • rain on your parade
  • just around the corner

2) Ireland is full of interesting sights and places – choose up to 3 of them and describe shortly in your comment.

3) Do you know any famous Irish people? Search the Internet, find some of them and share their names here along with short notes about them and/or their achievements e.g. in literature, music, film, art, sports, science, politics, history, etc.

4) And don’t forget to send your own St. Patrick’s Day card to your friends all over the world! We recommed to choose and send one of these e-cards, because every time a FREE Care2 eCard is sent, a donation is made to help important organizations!

YOU can also send YOUR OWN e-card
to all THINK ENGLISH users to
think.english[at]op.pl
and we will paste the link here
so that everyone could enjoy
your St. Patrick’s Day card!

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