This week in Belgium, we worked with teams of Belgiam, Israeli and Italian peoples on a project to improve daily life. The project was about inventing a good law and improving it to deal with the day-to-day reality that politicians are going through.
On Friday we could finally present our law projects to our parents and friends, There were 8 laws with 8 different subjects. The groups had to decide how to present their laws, some made a song, others had a lot of sketches with characters. They were all very creative and wanted to impress the audience with a fabulous show, they made customs, panels and designed their own stage backgrounds.
Then it was time for the final rehearsal, the groups presented their show for the first time on the large stage for the other students and teachers. After the rehearsal we had two hours of free time to eat something and have fun with our friends.
We came back with good energy to perform the show for all our friends and family. The audience laughed a lot and enjoyed the show. Every student did his/her best and we were all were all very excited. After the show there was a reception for family and friends. It was a wonderful ending for an amazing week.
Noor Van Wulpen
On Friday morning we went to the bowling with the whole group. The bowling we usually go to moved and so we went to the new bowling in the Meiboomlaan for the first time.
After the break we left school by bike or by car. When we arrived at the bowling, we had to make groups of six persons and wear bowling shoes. Then, we all got a bowling alley assigned. Before we started playing we could choose a theme, for example prehistory/ birthday party… You could take selfies, that then appeared on the whole screen. Chatting with the other teams of six was also possible… a very nice addition in this new bowling!
After ordering some drinks, the games could really begin. You had to throw a bowling ball (you could choose between different weights) towards 10 bowling pins trying to knock them down. If you could knock them all down, you win a strike. We had 10 rounds with 2 shots each. The atmosphere was fantastic! In my group competition was high. At first, I had the most points, but I ended last in the end.
For some of us, it was our first-time in the bowling alley, but we learned quickly. My partner was even better than me and it was her first-time. We had a lot of fun and were so concentrated, that one boy even forgot to put the bowling shoes off and he left his own shoes. Fortunately, the teacher came back to change the shoes.
Amber Van Wulpen, 5LWB1
We didn’t have a lot of time to prepare the final show so we had to keep it simple and make it funny. Which I think has succeeded at. First we had to think of a scene around the law, which was not that easy to make a law about healthy food. Then we could start thinking about a script, so who says what and who plays which role. For the stage we also had to make a powerpoint with music and for some a movie. After we had had done our text, made a powerpoint and divided the roles, we could go and see what we needed for the stage in our case (group 2 G-foodies): a store car, clothes, a cassa and crocs.
Then on Friday afternoon we rehearsed with the materials and music and everything came together with the powerpoint. After the rehearsal people could give some tips and add some adjustments if needed.
Louis Spruytte and Federico Schiavini
In the morning we started with a short season on the second sketch which we will present on Friday. Around half past nine we went to the train station to visit Bruges. After we had arrived in Bruges, we we’re divided in four groups to enoyg a guided tour in the medieval city. First the guide took us to ‘Het Begijnhof’. It was a place to live for widows who didn’t want to enter in a monastery but still wanted to live in simplicity. The small village was already in use from 1245, but since 1927 it was been taken over by the monastic community of the benedictesses.
Next we went on to the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Church. This building has the second highest brick church tower in the world. Moreover, it is one of the most striking buildings in Bruges. It’s one of the most beautiful churches of Bruges with very valuable treasures like the tomb of Mary of Burgundy and the famous work of art Madonna with child by Michelangelo.
On our tour we have also visited the Old hospital from the city what was used until 1975 and at the end of our walk we came out on the large market of Bruges where the Belfry and the City Hall is situated. In the afternoon we got free time to eat lunch and also visiting Bruges ourselves.
William Verpoort, 5LWIB1
Today we went to Bruges. After the interesting tour, guided by our teachers, we had three hours of spare time in which we could eat whatever we wanted in the city. We split up into multiple groups. Some of the Flemish students went to Mr. Spaghetti, where they ate some really good spaghetti of course. The Italian students ate at Burger King, and others went elsewhere. After we had eaten in Bruges, we still had a lot of time left to visit the city, go shopping and/or drink something with our friends. At ten to three we had to be back at the big market square.
After the spare time, we had a guided boat tour of the city. The guide told us a lot about the medieval city and its impressing buildings such as the Belfort, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwenkerk and many others. After the very interesting boat tour, we went back to the train station. At five o’clock we were back in Roeselare. and this brought an end to our visit to Bruges. We all enjoyed it a lot.
Victor Vandenbroucke, 5EMT
Today we went to visit the Belgian parliament in Brussels. We had the chance to present our laws to our fellow students and hoped they would vote for it and because of that all the representatives presented their own law in an original way. They also tried to answer the questions the other “members of parliament” as well as possible. I got the chance to present our law about the use of electrical cars and it was a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget. We were lucky that a member of parliament, Mr Sander Loonis wanted to guide the discussion. After all the proposals had been explained and voted, we made a tour in the parliament and Senate. We learned Belgium has king but he doesn’t have the power the government has. You have the green room for the representatives – they approved the laws and they check the government. The Senate is the red room and it used to be for rich people in the past. That’s why there is so much gold, paintings and other art pieces. Today the Senate only has to vote if the parliament wants to change the constitution. It was an educational morning about democracy in Belgium but in this way we also know what the other pupils have been up to in the previous days.
Marie Dewulf (5WWIA2)
Pictures by Michiel
After we visited the Belgian Federal Parliament, we went to the hard rock cafe in Brussels where we took our lunch. After our lunch the group split in two. A group of Tel Aviv and a group of Roeselare. We started our tour at the central market square of the capital of Europe. Around the square we saw ancient buildings like the town hall of Brussels. Our next stop was Manneken Pis. While we where heading to the Saint Michael catedral we visited some stores in the St. Hubert gallery. The Saint-Michael cathedral was really impressive when we saw it in all his glory. We saw the royal library and visited the royal gallery. We ended the day by going back to the central station and taking the train back to Roeselare
This morning we had to gather with our parties to continue the projectwork we started yesterday. Today the law was designed and we had to convince the other parties to vote for our law while the other parties presented their laws to us. Four people were sent away to present our law while the other six stayed in the class to listen to the other parties. The discussions about our law project (price regulation of medication) were very intense and we received a lot of opposition to some of our points but through a lot of talking, debating and sometimes even shouting we convinced some parties to support our law. We also had to make some changes to the project which were suggested by some other parties. The negotiating was tough but I liked discussing and debating about the project and it’s smallest details. In the afternoon we had to finalize our law and give our opinion about the other laws. When we finished that we had to prepare for the meeting at the parliament on Wednesday. We appointed our spokesmen and prepared our questions to ask to the other parties.
Simon Bruneel 5LIWB1
Photos by Stiene en Michiel