This year, November 12 - 14 our school students and teachers had an opportunity to live through an interesting experience - Jelgava State gymnasium had a health week that was organized by the Comenius project participants. During these three days we were able to refresh our knowledge about healthy eating, learn something new and pamper our taste buds.
The first day of health week started with presentations that were made by the participant students of the Comenius project. The presentation was about the healthy food pyramid and with the help of the website’s www.ploome.com calorie counter we were able to calculate how many calories a person burns per day with various exercises. The girls also mentioned a lot of interesting facts, like, for example, that a human being needs to consume 32 different kinds of food per day.
On the second day of health week our school had an event ‘’Let’s eat healthy!’’, that’s why all the students got to taste various fruits and berries as they arrived at school. After that 7 to 9th grade students were invited to school hall where they participated in interesting strategy tasks. The participant of the Comenius project Aivita (form 10d) explains : „Ten groups were established, there were made five stations and five intermediate stations. They were made as stop points where you need to solve various tasks. You got to get points at every station, but the intermediate stations weren’t necessary, however, you could’ve got additional points. I was on one of the stop points at which students had to draw fruits that were illustrated on a separate paper that the students had to pick out. It was interesting to watch how they tried to deal with the task.”
The third day was the last day of the health week. On that day a famous nutritionist Lolita Neimane was visiting our school. During the 6th lesson she led a lecture for 10- graders about what is healthy eating and how unhealthy food influences body shape and how much calories are in fast food. The subject about how food influences your body shape was the most topical for the students. The nutritionist was on the one hand talking seriously but on the other hand a little bit humorously: „When I read the questionnaires and saw that a lot of you think that you’re overweight, I thought, that I’m going to meet a bunch of fatties!” Lolita Neimane stated: „Of course, people can pamper themselves with sweets, but you need to know when to stop. ”
And that’s how these three days passed – in an interesting way and getting some advices. I think that the Comenius project’s developed health week left a big impression on the students. Even our school’s teacher, who had the opportunity to participate in the project, had something to say. The English teacher Ilvija Rikmane gives her opinion: „The health week was successful. The students had the opportunity to participate and to do different kinds of activities. We were planning to make a salad and let people taste them, but, sadly, we didn’t have any time left for that, because we were busy preparing games and tasks.”
At the end of the week we were receiving some positive feedback and it is just the start. We’re going to wait for more events in Jelgava State gymnasium!
The article was prepared by students of Jelgava State gymnasium, participants of the Comenius project:
Dana Lošaka 10d
Aivita Beinaroviča 10d
Alise Niparte 10c
Teacher: Kristīne Pugeja
Almost in all of antiquity, and in all cultures, people have organized their lives according to the laws of nature. The passage of time and the succession of the seasons are behind of a lot of the dates, parties and events that take place in urban cities and rural areas today.
One of such celebrations in Latvia is Martins’ Day on November 10. This event has changed its ways of celebrating over time, but luckily, it didn’t disappear. In fact, Latvians still celebrate this date all around the country.
The real reason to celebrate this date was to mark the beginning of winter in the calendar. All rural works should be finished and the crops harvested by Martins’ Day, just before the start of the long Latvian winter and the ‘indoor’ activities.
One of the annual traditions of Martin’s Day organized at Jelgava State gymnasium is a Martin’s Day fair. Students of our school can sell hommade foods, drinks and juices and even handicrafts made by themselves. During the Fair, which is held in school’s assembly hall, the members of Students’Council organize different folk traditions characteristic to Martin’s Day. This year we had folk dances, pillowfights and many other interesting activities organized. There was even a fortune teller telling us our future life secrets …
Alise Niparte 10.a