Ice Hockey in Slovakia

Ice Hockey in Slovakia

Unfortunately, we didn’t get tickets to an ice hockey match, but the students told me about this popular sport. Many children start to play hockey from an early age. In Bratislava, the most famous hockey club is Slovan. The Slovan hockey team competes in KHL. It is the continental hockey league with teams, such as Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Latvia, Slovakia, Croatia, and Finland.

The Slovak men’s national ice hockey team is one of the most successful national ice hockey teams in the world. The team’s head coach is Vladimir Vujtek.

In the last sixteen years, Slovakia has won four medals at the World Championships, including a gold medal in 2002 in Sweden. In winter Olympic games, Slovakia’s highest achievement is 4th place in Vancouver 2010. In the tournament they won against favourites, Russia and Sweden, and lost against Canada in the semifinals and against Finland in the bronze medal game.

Slovak national team members and great players include Marian Gaborik, Marian Hossa, Marcel Hossa, Jaroslava Halak, Zdeno Chara, Lubos Bartecko, all playing in the NHL in the USA.

Here’s the photo of the Slovak Ice Hockey Team:

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If we had been able to get tickets, I would’ve watched a match between Slovan and another team in the modern Ice Hockey Stadium in Bratislava. This is where the 2011 World Championships took place.

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And this is me in a Slovan sweater. If I went to a hockey match, I’d wear it…

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This is all for now.

See you soon,

Tedd

 

 

 

 

One typical and one not so typical school day

One typical and one not so typical school day

Hello everyone,

Today I found out about a typical day of the students at the Hungarian school in Bratislava. The students told me that there were not many differences between Slovak and Hungarian kids; the only difference is the language they use at school. Here the teaching language is Hungarian, whereas in all the other schools in Bratislava it is Slovak. Of course, students at this school speak perfect Slovak too. But the students’ everyday life, school subjects, extracurricular activities are pretty much the same.

Students of year 9 told me about their typical day at school and showed me around.

The day starts in the cloakroom. Students have to change their shoes and leave their coats here.

Lessons start at 8.30 in the morning. Each lesson lasts 45 minutes and there are breaks between classes. The longest break lasts 20 minutes and it is after the second lesson. After lessons, students can go for lunch in the school canteen. I must tell you, the food is excellent here! They make healthy and tasty food here every day.

The school day ends at 2 p.m. Some students have lessons in the afternoon. Of course, there are many extracurricular activities, such as drama class, puppet theatre, decorative ceramics club, music club, football, basketball and many other interesting study groups. Smaller kids can go to the school club and stay there until their parents pick them up, sometimes until 6 p.m.

I attended some lessons with the students today: PE, English and Chemistry. And of course, the joy and happiness after school lessons ended…It was so much fun!

Check out the photos we took today:

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On 3 October, we celebrated the World Smile Day at the school. There were jokes told on the school radio all day and there was something special outside, a big surprise for the kids…This school won the competition for the collection of used oil among Bratislava schools, so the school got a present. It was a bounce house, a big one for the older students and a small one for the smallest pupils. I absolutely loved it!!! On one of the photos, you can see the school head teacher, Ms. Katalin Morvay (on the left), the English teacher, Ms. Judit Young (on the right), and me, of course.

We smiled and played all day. What a day! Everyone was happy and smiling. Love was in the air all day long….

Enjoy the photos from this amazing day:

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Much love,

Tedd

 

 

 

 

Tedd’s participation in the ESFALP project

Tedd’s participation in the ESFALP project

 

Hello my friends,

I have to tell you about a special day in the nature in the outskirts of Bratislava. I participated in an international project called ESFALP – European Schools for a Living Planet.  On 2 October, school students and their teachers from 11 European countries celebrated River Action Day by organizing simultaneous events near their local rivers. They included river cleanups, eco-parades, exhibitions and lectures on the importance of clean rivers. Local communities in Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine also participated in the festivities. The activities were planned and lead by approximately 1,000 students from 33 school classes.

River Action Day is the outcome of the    European Schools for a Living Planet (ESFALP)initiative that trains students in environmental topics and activism. ESFALP was held for the sixth time this year. It is organized by WWF Austria and the WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme in cooperation with  ERSTE Foundation.

The students created River Action Day during the final ESFALP event in June 2014 in Romania. I was told that this school was represented by Mrs. Judit Young, English and Russian teacher and Mate Nagel, secondary school student. The common slogan they chose was „Together for Rivers“. The festivities successfully engaged local communities and raised awareness of the situation of rivers and the necessity of their protection.

It was a very important event and I was amazed how actively all these students contributed to the campaign and participated in all the competitions, quizzes, cleanups and many other activities.

I enjoyed being outside all day and loved the nature in the area around the Danube River.

Here are some photos from that day. You know, everyone wanted to take a photo with me.  Enjoy!

Love, Tedd

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