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
After we finished our law we left for Zonnebeke, there we visited Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest English war cemetery. Over 12 thousand soldiers of the British Commonwealth are buried there. Most of them died during the third battle of Ypres, also known as the battle of Passendale. There were two main parts, the visitor center (a small museum) and the cemetery itself. It was very touching and overwhelming to see all of these graves and realise underneath all those graves thousands of soldiers lie.
Hereafter we went to the Passendale memorial museum, we learned a lot about the first world war. We walked through trenches and we saw a huge variety of original uniforms, guns and bombs from the great war.
Ypres was our next stop, we walked through the Menengate, a huge gate at the Eastside if the city. This monument was built by the British military, in order to remember 55 thousand missing soldiers. Their body was never found so they couldn’t give them a grave, but they engraved their names instead. Out of respect for all the soldiers who died, every day at 20:00, an association of volonteers are, blow the last post on the clarion.
On Monday we started with the project work. The project is about creating a new law that improves the world or community without hurting anyone. This law will be presented in the Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday. The whole group was divided into eight different parties. The groups were mixed with people from Belgium, Israël and Italy, and we were not in a party with our exchange partner. Every party alos had a chairman: the teacher leads the conversation in the group. Every group could choose between two subjects. We also had to decide on our group name and two students who would present the law to the other students on Tuesday and who would present the law in the parliament on Wednesday. In the first and second session of the day we chose which theme we would make a law about: for my group, it was healthy food. After the two sessions, we had lunch in the cafeteria and after the pause, we had one last session for the day and we specified our laws with examples and better arguments. After the conversations about the law, we had some fun activities.
Today, we took a guided tour to in the oldest section of the school. We gathered in ‘de dreef’ and went inside with the whole group. Mr. Strobbe guided us through the ancient buildings of the school and explained the history about the artefacts. First he told us about the garden which used to be at the place where the office is now located. Then we walked through a hall filled with paintings of former principals of the school. The hallway leads to the famous church. We took a look in the Augustinian church and we saw a beautiful piece of art made by the workshop of Rubens. The church was recently renovated and is now being used by the whole school community. The stained glasses and the crypt of the Augustinians were also very interesting. Then we also saw the treasure room of the school which is full of precious gifts. After we had gone upstairs, we looked into the Old library of the school which contains books of more than one hundred years old. The students of Milan and Tel Aviv were impressed by all the art of the school and went to the speeddate with a smile .
Kobe Calis 5LWIB1