The Imagine Club - stimulating young minds

VISIT TO POLAND
6th - 9th June 2006
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It started so casually with a simple question from a colleague in Poland. “Is there anything that you can do to help encourage the children to learn English”.

The Imagine Club responded by arranging and funding a full on 4 day visit for 16 children age 10 which included a whole day of Imagine events. With the full support of Chiddingstone Primary School, the visit took place from 6 – 9th June.

Meetings had taken place prior to the visit with the Polish school and also the British Council. The excitement was tinged with nervousness, however, a lot of planning had gone into the event and everybody was quietly confident. The actual event exceeded all expectations and has proven to be the springboard for many future activities that will continue and build on the friendships formed.

Visit to Poland - click for more picturesThe UK children were given the role of ambassador and performed faultlessly by demonstrating high levels of responsibility and maturity. The Polish children and the host school were so welcoming that it was at times quite overwhelming.

The following gives some idea of the main activities that were undertaken, however the pictures tell the whole story.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE INVOLVED IN OR SUPPORT THIS EXCITING PROJECT AS IT DEVELOPS FURTHER THEN PLEASE CONTACT JOHN GORDON-REID.


POLAND – TRIP SUMMARY

Tuesday
Met on arrival at the airport with bunches of flowers and a huge “welcome” banner.

Pizza evening in the hotel and introductions to 20 Polish youngsters and 10 teachers. Confidence building games and ice breaking activities.

Wednesday
The Imagine day – a full day presented in English (with parallel translation where required) for 60 Polish children starting with a keynote session and followed by a series of workshops around the theme of “Sound, Light and Communication”. Filmed and shown on the Polish TV news bulletin. Attended by The British Council.

Evening activities included sport challenges, theatre presentations and a “sausage sizzle”.

Thursday
A morning visit to school for the UK children with participation in Polish lessons.

Visit to a cartoon animation studio with discussion about and constructive criticism of a new film (in English) being prepared for release in 2007.

Walk around the old town square and visit to an audio visual presentation covering the history of the town.

An evening of judo, karate, song and dance. Showing of the 7 minute movie about Chiddingstone school made prior to the visit. Pancakes & hot chocolate.

Friday
Farewells at the school. Handmade gifts for each English child. Video link to the UK.

Formal presentations. Entry in the “Golden Book”.

Around 300 children waving the coach off.

Sightseeing and tram ride. A picnic in a park and off to the airport.