Thanksgiving at GBN

přidáno: 27. 11. 2018 1:43, autor: Jakub Malý   [ aktualizováno 27. 11. 2018 5:14 ]
Student´s point of view:

This year on the 21st of November our school hosted a fun evening filled with various activities. Everything happened because of our friend Tara, who has travelled from the USA to be with us for the whole year. 

Most of us have never experienced a Thanksgiving feast so we didn’t know what to expect. The evening began at 5 PM with a play about the Pilgrims meeting the Native Americans. Students in this play showed how kind the Native Americans were and how they helped the Pilgrims with their struggles. The play was followed by Tara’s speech about the meaning of Thanksgiving and then all fun activities started. 

You could try everything you had ever thought of. For example, you could listen to a thrilling story about Native Americans with an intense atmosphere. And if you felt like doing something competitive you could try some of many games that were there that night. 

When all of these activities finished our grand feast began. You could find everything you ever wished for in our auditorium. Everything tasted extremely good because all the food was made with love. 

The biggest surprise of this wonderful evening was a delicious turkey made by professor Hana Škoulová. During the feast we could watch episodes of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. with a Thanksgiving theme. And for those of us who felt grateful there was an opportunity to write a short thankful note for some of our professors.

Everybody enjoyed this evening because when we were sitting around the table it has almost felt like we were one big family. 

Thank you everyone!!

Johana Čechová, Agáta Karmazínová

Tara´s comment:

Hello! My name is Tara Sennott and I’m from a small town outside Boston in the U.S. and I’m here for the year as an English teaching assistant here at Gymnázium Benešov. I’ve been in the Czech Republic for almost 3 months, and so far, I’ve been really impressed by my students’ enthusiasm to speak English and learn about American culture. Last night, the English teachers organized a Thanksgiving celebration, with activities, games, and a big feast with a delicious turkey. The conversation club I’m running at the school wrote and performed a Thanksgiving play which re-imagined the Pilgrims’ first feast in the New World. I built a Native American style tent in one of the classrooms and told a story by a (fake) campfire.


It was so beautiful to see all the students and the teachers gathering together, eating food and enjoying eachother´s company on a chilly evening in late November. The warm, familial spirit of Thanksgiving filled the school and I felt so grateful to celebrate this piece of home with my new Czech friends. Don’t tell anyone… but my Thanksgiving in the Czech Republic is one of my favorites I’ve ever had!
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