My week at C.S. Lewis Bilingual High School
You probably have not noticed my presence for a couple of days in the month of December, when I quietly stood in a corner and observed, as a foreigner, how the life of students and teachers looks like in one of the prestigious high schools in Bratislava. Maybe I would not have visited Slovakia very soon if it hadn’t been for one of your students, who pushed me intro trying this new experience and visiting her beloved country and capital city. Something I will never regret, for sure.
As a fellow European student, one cannot be extremely surprised with how a high school functions, even if we talk about quite different countries, such as Romania and Slovakia. What I have to admit, though, is that I was particularly intrigued to enter the world of C.S Lewis Bilingual High school, having heard very positive opinions from one of my good friends, Beba Gertli.
What I appreciated the most was how keen the students were to actually come to school and start the week in a place that they love and take care of. It is no easy task to make pupils enjoy their school days, but your high school has managed to create a genuine community, where everyone has its position and feels needed, wanted, valued. Even the layout of the rooms and relax areas made the whole atmosphere warm and welcoming, whereas a normal school is usually much more dull and conservative.
Because, in fact, that’s what I felt described about the institution that I got the opportunity to visit: innovation. Many of the aspects that define the climate of „Bilgym” looked to me as state-of-the-art experiments, trying to reinvent the traditional meaning of school. It was enriching to get to experience by myself everything you have to offer and to see a new, cutting-edge perspective on the process of teaching and learning. I cannot say that if I were to design the perfect school it would look exactly like this. Still, I would integrate many of the characteristics that make your high school such a renowned and appreciated learning institution.