The class of 3ème flew from GC to Glasgow the 7 March 2018. We arrived safe and sound.
We visited The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and we really enjoyed the visit.
Day 2 of our trip.
Today we had a great day.
We went for a walk along Stoneheaven beach. A local coastal ranger called Helen gave us some information about the different types of pebbles and the geography of this area. Then at 9.00 we met some students from Mackie Academy secondary school. We went for a 10k walk through Dunnator Woods and we ended our walk at the school, where we were greeted by other teachers. We were taken for a tour around the school: we saw the library, the language department and the swimming pool.
French and Spanish teachers Gemma and Greig had organized icebreakers and team-working activities so it was a win win situation in which French and English were spoken. Students seemed to be enjoying themselves. We were kindly invited to join them for lunch. We had soup and sandwiches. In the afternoon, the teachers orgianized some interesting activities which we all enjoyed. We were divided into two groups: we all went to listen to a conference about the Tree of knowledge in two different venues. We heard about the comfort zone. We were asked who made us feel good in our comfort zone. We learnt you could feel bored as well if you stayed too long in your comfort zone. We learnt we had to stretch our comfort zones, branch out and approach people on our own to ask questions to a person.
Our students learnt about the panic zone, about the the fixed mindset and growth mindset (the fixed mindset says we were born with some talents and nothing is to be done, the growth approach says your skills can change and improve throughout your life.
During the conference, the students were asked to embrace challenges, persist with challenges. They were made to realize they have to make efforts at school. As an example, they were asked to untangle two skipping ropes and all of them embraced the challenge however hard it was. They made them see the importance of grades to go to university. The message was to get the good grades and focus on their paths, so as not to let an opportunity pass them buy.
Going to Mackie Academy and mixing with Scottish kids was a real success. We would like to thank Language Travel Tours, and in particular the organiser Clare Plaister, for making this exchange possible.
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