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English Course Maredsous: 4-9 July

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Welcome to the blog of our English Course in Maredsous

Sunday: day 1

The start of our course is approaching. A tense moment for some pupils, but we are looking forward to meeting everyone and spending a terrific week together! Believe us, it's going to be a fantastic adventure. With one clear rule; we speak English always and everywhere!

Are you ready for your week at Ruysschaert?
You will find all the practical information about the course via the personal link that you received by e-mail. Don't forget to check that you have everything with you for your stay. You will also find this via your personal link. This year we need to take into account a lot of extra measures, so just to be completely sure;

  • Pupils will be divided into different bubbles and will spend the whole week inside that bubble. We have two bubbles on our English course. All contact between bubbles or with people from outside will be avoided. Nor will parents be allowed to enter the bubble.
  • We divide the bubbles up based on age and level. You were informed by e-mail about how the groups would be divided up. Each group will arrive at a different time on Sunday morning and leave on Friday evening. We expressly ask you to respect these time slots so that the different groups do not come into contact with each other.
  • Parents are not allowed to enter the bubble. For this reason there will be no opening speech with parents (on Sunday) and no closing session (on Friday). On the opening day we will work with a 'Kiss and Ride' zone. We must insist that everyone stay inside the alloted zone when saying goodbye. Parents and pupils must wear a mouth mask and keep their distance. As soon as pupils get into their own bubbles, they may take their mouth mask off.

We realise that we have to do things differently this year and that this is not the ideal way to say goodbye but rest assured that pupils will receive a very warm welcome from our whole team. We'll make sure that everyone feels at home at quickly as possible.

See you on Sunday!

PS: Are you curious to know how we are getting on during the week? We will post photos and videos every day on our Facebook page and on our blog so that we can keep you up to date about our activities. We will put the first photos on line from Monday!

Monday: day 2

What a great start we had yesterday to the English course. After weeks of having to stay away from their friends, it is clear that this is doing the pupils good. Many laughing faces and the first (albeit sometimes stilted) conversations with one another, in English. We are clearly on the way to a flying start!

Our priority on the first day was to make sure that the pupils felt at home. After a busy day with the level test and first lessons with vocabulary, sport and grammar, the students took part in their first evening activity: Meeting Game They had to solve riddles, play active games and find the right locations. All the classes were very enthusiastic!

They are showing real enthusiasm and motivation. Everyone wants to make a great week of it.

Tuesday: day 3

Now that the pupils are getting to know one another even better and are already displaying a considerable improvement, they are beginning to enjoy themselves more during the lessons and spare time activities. It was not easy for them to speak English at first, but now we can see that the words are coming more easily. And what if someone makes a mistake? That really doesn't matter. We can always learn something from that.

Yesterday, during the lessons, the students worked hard on their vocabulary, grammar and skills, but there was also time for sport and relaxation! The day ended with an evening activity packed with word games! The students had to use all their vocabulary knowledge to try to win. We played hangman, Pictionary, categories,.. Everyone was so eager and enthusiastic that all the classes got high scores.

Wednesday: day 4

Day 4, we are already half-way, but we are not thinking about going home yet! The atmosphere is good and the enthusiasm for English grows a bit more every day especially now that it is getting easier to speak it. We learnt a lot once again yesterday: the teachers provided exciting lessons full of grammar and vocabulary. Language skills were improved and the students took part in fun activities and had free time to relax.  Even though this is a very positive learning environment, it still feels like a holiday!

Thursday: day 5

Yesterday everyone gave the best of themselves, for on Wednesday we took class photos! The students showed off their best smile along with their teacher. What a pretty sight. If you didn't see your son or daughter on the previous photos anywhere, now is the time!

Friday: day 6

The last evening is always the high point of the week. During the Ruysschaert Talent Show the pupils (and teachers) could share their talents with everyone. The show was a complete success! What a fantastic last evening of a wonderful week!

Today it is already the last day of our English course. The language adventure has flown by so fast! We have laughed, played and learnt a lot. And all in a foreign language. It's a pity we can't share the closing session with parents this time, but we will gladly share all those beautiful moments in this way with our closing video.

Our sincere thanks to everyone for this fabulous week at Ruysschaert. You were fabulous!

See you next year?

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