6th - 9th June 2006
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”.
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
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.
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.
following gives some idea of the main activities that were undertaken, however
pictures tell the whole story.
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POLAND – TRIP
Met on arrival at the airport with bunches of flowers and a huge “welcome” banner.
evening in the hotel and introductions to 20 Polish youngsters and 10 teachers.
Confidence building games and ice breaking activities.
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.
activities included sport challenges, theatre presentations and a “sausage
A morning visit to school for the UK children with participation in Polish lessons.
to a cartoon animation studio with discussion about and constructive criticism
of a new film (in English) being prepared for release in 2007.
around the old town square and visit to an audio visual presentation covering
the history of the town.
evening of judo, karate, song and dance. Showing of the 7 minute movie about
Chiddingstone school made prior to the visit. Pancakes & hot chocolate.
Farewells at the school. Handmade gifts for each English child. Video link to
presentations. Entry in the “Golden
300 children waving the coach off.
and tram ride. A picnic in a park and off to the airport.