Hulp voor de klas vanuit Engeland

Twee weken geleden ontvingen we op school twee docenten van de CELC, de talenschool, waar we, totdat corona uitbrak, ieder jaar leerlingen naartoe mochten sturen om aan hun taalvaardigheid te werken. Of ze konden komen, was wat onzeker, omdat het kabinet verdere restricties aangekondigd had. 

Rob Barron en James Webb hebben in bijna alle klassen gastlessen gegeven over verschillende onderwerpen die de collega's Engels hadden aangedragen voor deze lessen. Zo waren er lessen over gespreksvaardigheid, waarbij leerlingen leerden een gesprek gaande te houden, was er aandacht voor culturele verschillen en examenvaardigheden. James, die ook theoloog is, heeft zelfs een les apologetiek gegeven. De reacties van vele leerlingen waren enthousiast en lovend. Heel mooi was het om te zien dat leerlingen, die niet zo'n hoge pet op hebben van hun eigen kunnen, nu 'in het echt' konden zien dat ze tot meer in staat zijn dan ze zelf voor mogelijk hielden.
We konden deze docenten uitnodigen, omdat we geld van de overheid hebben gekregen om leerlingen bij te spijkeren. Tegelijkertijd konden we twee broeders helpen die, net als hun collega's in Engeland, zwaar te lijden hebben onder de gevolgen van corona. Hopelijk kunnen we dit in de nabije toekomst nog eens doen. 

THANK YOU MARNIX
Well our week is over, our teaching is done,
For the students of Marnix, we hope you had fun.
As we look back on our time spent with you,
Our memories a happy, we hope yours are too.

As you all know, from England we came
By car, then plane and finally by train.
The weather was cold, but the welcome was warm
The smiles were sunny, despite the storm.

On Monday we arrived, ready and prepared,
Feeling excited and, perhaps, a little scared.
And so we began to teach you to speak
In our native language, for just one week.

We taught how to greet in an English style
Respectfully, of course, and with a big smile!
We showed you how to agree and to disagree
The British way of course! Nice and politely.

We taught some culture, we showed you our food –
Baked, roasted, fried, boiled and stewed.
We showed other cultures, how they’re not the same
You acted them out in a fun little game.

But that’s not all in our 1-week program
You learned how to pass your English exam.
We taught how to write an English formal letter;
As the week went on, your English got better.

You worked in our lessons, preparing your vlogs.
Some of you chose to write English blogs.
You all worked hard right up to the bell,
Our response, now in your tongue, ‘Dank u wel!’

But wait, Mr Van Der Klooster had a request
I have another challenge for our English guest.
‘Could you teach, in English, a class of RE?’
‘Absolutely, no problem, a pleasure for me!’

Our week soon finished and so we must say
A great big THANK YOU, for all that you gave.
To the Marnix staff; you’re such a great team
To the pupils we taught, you’ve been such a dream.

And so we leave, wishing you all the best
It’s been such a pleasure being your guest.
God bless you, God keep you, His love never cease
May His face shine upon you and grant you peace.

I can't believe it's already nearly one week since we said goodbye to all our friends, old and new, at Wartburg. I can genuinely say the week far exceeded our expectations and the welcome we received was just perfect.
Once again, my sincere thanks for all you and others did to make us feel welcome as well as showing us around the Kinderdijk and Dordrecht. I absolutely loved seeing both of those but even better was the amazing times of food and fellowship we had in so many different homes throughout the week. You blessed us hugely and we came away with a far greater understanding of Marnix Wartburg and a deep respect for all you are doing there.

Rob Barron & James Webb


J.C. Bakker
docent Engels en Frans