Preparation for the trip
Before we headed off to Denmark we had a lot of projects and presentations we had to prepare. We first held a logo competition in our school to find the peace symbol we were going to bring to Denmark and present to the other countries, this was then displayed in our school canteen.
We researched two Nobel Peace Prize winners, Nelson Mandela and Theodore Roosevelt, their lives and messages they spread. We then made power point presentations in collaboration with the Danish students who made posters on both winners. We also made a power point presentation on Irish culture, we discussed Irish foods, music, landmarks and even taught the students some Gaeilge.
We were all super excited to go and had plenty of meetings about our trip to Denmark, we also Skyped and emailed our Danish hosts and connected with them through social media such as Facebook. When we arrived at Middelfart we were greeted with a lovely warm welcome by our Danish hosts and that warm and loving nature was shown throughout our stay in Middelfart.
Staying with Danish Host Families
When we went to Denmark we didn’t stay in a B&B or Hotel We had to stay with a Danish Family. My experience with my Danish host Sofie and her Family was a great experience. While I was there I stayed in Sofie’s room and she stayed in her mam’s room. Everyday we had dinner together the food tasted different I tasted foods like Chicken, Sausages, Pizza Bread and Meatballs called Frikadellers, they were my favourite!
After school we did things like going to the cinema, swimming, football with people from all over Europe, board games, playing the wii and going on walks around the town to see new things like Houses, Bridges, Castles, Statues, Fountains and an animal called a Porpoise.
Sofie’s Family was very kind and polite to me and they made me feel very welcome in their home. I never had any problems and I understood them very well as they all spoke really good English.
If I ever had the opportunity to go back to Demark to stay with Sofie’s family I would definitely love to go again.
On the Tuesday of our trip to Denmark we visited a city called Aarhus. It took about 2 hours to get there. We visited the old town in Aarhus. In this museum we looked at old buildings from different times in Danish history. We all had a sheet we were put into groups to go around and answer questions. I went around with Hannah and Carla with their host. The old town was really nice and there were loads of people visiting the old town. We went around the old town for about two hours
After the trip to the old town we made a trip to the museum ARoS. When we got inside of the museum we were split into different groups. The first thing we did was go up to the very top of the museum to the rainbow paronoma. We walked around it to look at the view of the city. We worked our way down to the bottom from floor to floor. We saw lots of paintings and sculptures created by a lot of different artists.
When everyone was finished looking in the museum ARoS we where allowed go shopping in the town of Aarhus. I went with the two Welsh girls Sophie and Ella and their two hosts Linda and Selma. We went and got smoothies! After the smoothie we went to some shops to look for gifts to get for our family and friends. We headed back up to ARoS museum to meet back up with everyone to go back to the school.
By Linda Tansey
Differences between St. Aidan's & Vestre Skole
There is a big difference between our school and the Danish school, the school is a lot more open than ours is. The students are free to walk around but they still get work done. The lunch hours are between 10:00 to 10:15 but they can eat whenever they get hungry. The classes are different too, they stay in 1 classroom and have multiple teachers.
The grades are also different. Students start at grade 0 all the way up to grade 9. On the last day of school the 9th graders would dress up and have a big water fight with the younger students, they also have a big football game , students versus teachers after their graduation.
The whole layout of the school is different to ours. It was so much bigger than ours they have 3 floors that different grades had classes on. They had a huge sports hall across their yard. In their yard all grades would play / there was a small playground and an astro.
Their school was located in the small town that they could access at anytime.Overall we really enjoyed our visit at Vestre Skole.