Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Move Your Body

We finished off our first week in the winter camp with one of the songs that's all about movement:
video

Monday, 7 December 2015

Holidays

There are so many holidays, but my favourite one is Christmas, because it is all about family and friends.
Christmas is celebrated on the seventh of January in our country. I love Christmas because I can eat until I can't breathe. 
I love spending Christmas with my family. Traditionally, my whole family have lunch together and after that we watch some Christmas film together. In the evening, my friends come to my place and we play a game. We stay up late. Some of my friends even crash at my house. We always ask to drink some wine, but the adults do not allow us. 
I really love Christmas, because it brings out the best in all of us. Christmas is the best in the whole world.

Jovan Radojičić, VIII1, 3 December 2015

Sunday, 6 December 2015

A Legend from My Country

Serbia is full of legends. Some of them are scary, the others mythical or with cute creatures.
This legend is about howlers. They are scary creatures from Serbia. There are not too many signs of them. Some people do not even know they exist.
In Zaječar, they have been seen a lot. A legend says that if someone sees them, that person will die the next day in huge pain.
Some howlers scream like a new born baby, and the others somewhat like a wolf or bear. Howlers look like small children, with no hair and some of them have long nails. Their skin is grey and they look like poor little children who are four years old.
If you hear a howler around your house, that means that someone in your house will die.
Today, this legend is not so scary and it is used to scare children not to stay too late outside. I think this legend is lame and interesting. This is my favourite legend so far.

Dušan Bačkuljin VIII1, 1 December 2015

There are a lot of myths and legends in my country. The most interesting for me is the legend about howlers.
A howler is a scary creature. Howlers are abandoned and unbaptized children in fact. A howler is a combination of a child, cat and wolf. Citizens and villagers say that there are a lot of them in the area of Zaječar. People describe them as white creepy monkeys. Their scream sounds like the cry of a child and barking of a wolf. A howler chooses his victims who are connected to him. He cannot be killed until he finds peace. When he screams around someone's house, that means somebody from that house will die. He is afraid of the light. He usually walks in the graveyard. He attacks his victims by choking them while they are asleep. When someone walks after midnight, he jumps on their backs and screams.
I do not believe in legends, but I enjoy listening to them.

Vlatko Vranjin VIII4, 3 December 2015

People in eastern Serbia believe in a lot of legends. They are especially afraid of the mythical creature - howler.
A howler is a small, ugly creature with gray fur and huge, long claws. It is very aggressive and angry. Its screams sound like a baby's cry and wolf's howl. 
Howlers appear at night, because they are scared of the daylight. They attack people near graveyards or in the forest. Howlers jump on people's backs, scratch their faces and pluck their hair. That sounds creepy and unbelievable!
There is no evidence of the existence of howlers. However, a lot of people are still scared of those terrible monsters.

Tijana Varađanin VIII2, 1 December 2015 

There are not too many legends in my country, but they are interesting.
Howlers are small creatures, with big claws, small eyes and really fast. According to a legend, they live in the woods around villages.
There are rumours that they sometimes live in people's attics. They always make a strange noise, like scratching and walking. 
There have been some reports of eyewitnesses and of their attacks. They are mostly active at night. 
There were no investigations about these creatures. One of the eyewitnesses said that he had seen a dog-looking creature on the road, with no hair, with big claws and small black eyes. The devious creature jumped on the car and started scratching the windshield. The person pulled the car brake, the creature fell off the car and ran back to the woods, looking for his next victim.
I was pretty scared of this story when I was a child, and I still am.

Dragan Hercegan VIII2, 3 December 2015

There are a lot of legends in my country, but I find the legend about Sava Savanović most interesting.
Sava Savanović is said to have lived in an old water mill. It is said that he killed and drank blood of the millers who came to the water mill.
In other cultures, vampires are usually plain and slim, but in my country, vampires are tall, plump and strong.
A lot of people say that they saw Sava drink children's blood and strangle young women. It is said that there are a lot of witnesses to Sava's attacks. If you ask people near Bajina Bašta about Sava, you will get the most information about him, his attacks, tragedies and much more.
Legends from my country are super interesting and full of mysteries. I recommend everyone to explore other mysteries, because it can be fun, intense and very interesting.

Lazar Turudija VIII1, 3 December 2015

There are a lot of interesting legends in my country, but I think that the most interesting one is about our very first vampire, Sava Savanović.
Sava Savanović lived in a small village in Serbia, called Zarožje. 
Legend has it that he became a vampire after his wife's death. People from the village started hearing strange noises and sounds coming from the watermill. A couple of people wanted to investigate the water mill, so they went inside. Nobody saw them again. 
Legend has it that Sava would kill and drink the blood of everyone who came to the water mill. 
This legend was so interesting that it even inspired a horror film called 'A Butterfly'.

Kosana Jakonić VIII4, 1 December 2015

In my country, there are a lot of legends and fairytales. Our most famous one is about Mark the Prince.
Marko the Prince is an epic hero who appears in the late Middle Ages. Marko was tall and well-built. He had long brown hair, brown eyes and of course his long brown moustaches. Marko wore a wolf-skin cap, wolf-skin cloak, a red dolman and black leather boots. He had a sabre, a lance, a shield and his famous war hammer. 
He also had a horse, his most trusted and loyal friend, Šarac, who was famous for his multicoloured skin. In one story, Marko gave half of his wine to Šarac before the battle. 
There are a lot of stories and poems abou Marko the Prince, like: Marko the Prince plowing, Marko the Prince and the Eagle, Marko the Prince and the Fairy and a lot more.
I like Marko the Prince because he is a fair, righteous, just, brave and amusing knight.

Marko Dejanović VIII4, 1 December 2015

Serbia is a country with a lot of urban legends and myths. Some of them are true, others are false, but there is one legend that every citizen of Serbia knows. It is the legend of Marko the Prince.
Marko the Prince was a national hero who fought Turkish people in the 14th century. He was of medium height with a lot of muscles. Some say that Marko was so strong that he once squeezed a dead bush. He had dark black hair, brown eyes, a big black beard with thin black moustaches. 
Marko the Prince was known as 'the man who could do anything.' He would carry a lot of weapons. One of them was a sword which he used to fight against his enemies. The second weapon was a mace which he used to fight against wild animals if they attacked him. If the battle was far away, he would mount his horse Šarac  and got there in no time.
Marko the Prince was everyone's favourite hero because he was brave and would help anybody.

Stefan Vujić VIII3, 3 December 2015

In my country, there are a few legends I know of. One hero who is in most stories is the best for me.
Marko the Prince is the biggest hero in our stories. He was the strongest and biggest man. He pulled trees out of the ground with his bare hands, threw stones and cut them in pieces with his sword. While he was walking he was building mountains.
Marko was the son of King Vukašin Mrnjavčević. In 1371, the soldiers from Turkey killed his family on the Maritsa River in Bulgaria.
Marko lived like a free swordsman. He protected poor, weak people.
Marko carried his mace to battles. Everyone was scared of his mace. His weapon was the strongest. 
Šarac was his horse. They were best friends.
This hero died a natural death and was buried in a Mount Athos monastery.
People say that he is not dead. In fact, Marko is still alive in rhymes. I like him and he is the hero for me and my grandpa. He is our hero.

Luka Važić VIII2, 1 December 2015

One of the most famous legends from my country is the story about Devil's Town. It is situated in the south of Serbia, in Kuršumlija. 
Once upon a time, there lived humble, happy, peaceful and to faith committed people. Devil did not like it. He wanted to destroy the harmony. So he made some poisonous potion. When people drank  it, they would forget about their family relationships and get married to their own brothers and sisters. The fairy, who some people still believe exists and protects the Town, prayed to God to stop the wedding. God sent a breeqe to turn them into stones so the sin could stop.
Devil's Town is a popular tourist attraction and a lot of people visit it during the year.

Nataša Urošev VIII3, 3 December 2015

Saturday, 5 December 2015

My Dream Holiday

I like travelling, especially to foreign countries. Some of those places I want to visit are a few cities in Tuscany.
Florence is a beautiful city with nobles' houses, churches, ancient roads, magnificent buildings and other fantastic sights. Near the Arno River is the Medici Palace, the house of Florentine Grand Duke Cosmo. In the square, there is a big statue of David, made by Michelangelo, and the museum  of the famous artist Leonardo da Vinci.
Rome is the capital city of Italy. This city is the cradle of the Italian history. In the centre of the city, there is the Colosseum, gladiators' area. The Tiber Island is a big island near the centre. In the past, you could ride a horse through the city. Rome consists of two parts, the city of Rome and the Vatican City.
The Vatican City is a town-country. It is very small, but very famous because of the Pope, the Catholics' head master. The Pope lives in a beautiful building called Apostolic Palace, or Papal Palace. People also like to visit the Castle of Saint Angel and Saint Peter's Square full of statues.
Tuscany is beautiful, but very expensive. I hope to visit it one day.

Filip Dmitrović VIII3, 3 December 2015 

Dear Noa,
I'm having a fantastic time in Paris. The weather is lovely here, so we spend most of the time outdoors. The hotel where we're staying is magnificent and we're in a room with an amazing view.
We came last Sunday and have already seen a lot of interesting places. Last Friday we went to the Eiffel Tower. The view from the top was fantastic so I took some pictures. After that, mum and I went shopping. We bought lots of clothes and great stuff. 
The Triumphal Arch is breathtaking. I've asked one man to take a picture of us together. The picture turned out great.
We haven't visited the Louvre and haven't seen Notre Dame, yet. We're going there tomorrow. I'm so excited.
We're coming home next weekend, and I can't wait to tell you everything about my trip.
See you soon!
With love,
Daca

Danijela Lisulov VIII3, 3 December 2015

My dream has always been to visit Paris.
Paris is a lovely city. It is like the home of fashion, history, culture and more.
If I ever visited Paris, I would go to the Louvre first. It seems like a beautiful museum. Then, I'd go to Disneyland, which they call 'the home of magic' in a commercial. The Notre Dame Cathedral looked really magnificent in the picture I'd seen. I hope that is what it looks like from the inside.
Paris is the home of fashion. So, shopping in Paris seems like a really good idea.
I would also like to see the Triumphal Arch. That is a beautiful monument.
Visiting the Pantheon is a great idea too. And, of course, how could I forget, the symbol of Paris, the Eiffel Tower.
The bridges on the Seine River are made perfectly. Couples can lock their love on one of the them. I would also like to see that.
Paris is the most beautiful city and it has always been like that to me.

Ninoslava Marinkov VIII1, 3 December 2015

Dear Melissa.
I'm writing from the beautiful city of Vienna, to let you know more things about this city. I hope you'll like them.
It's very hot and sunny and I'm drinking lemonade with my family. We have been here since Friday and have already done lots of interesting things.
Yesterday we went to Schönbrunn Palace. It was so beautiful and very big, with lots of flowers in different colours and shapes around it. My dad told me the history behind this palace. It was very interesting. Then, we went to the zoo, which is located next to the palace. There were lots of animals, from small insects to tall giraffes. My favourite part was when we were feeding small monkeys and took a photo with them. They were so happy.
We haven't visited the St Stephen's Cathedral and the city centre and we haven't been to Prater Park. We're going there tomorrow.
We're coming back on Monday, so then I'll tell you everything that happened to me.
See you soon,
Daniela

Daniela Marton, VIII5

Dear everyone,
We've arrived in Venice. It's the city on water. It's fantastic here. We're going to stay in a nice hotel.
First of all we're going to do a lot of sightseeing. We're going to visit St Mark's Basilica, the church of Santa Maria della Salute, Doge's Palace and the Rialto Bridge. My sister can't wait to go shopping. There are some great shops here.
I'm going to taste as many local dishes as possible, like spaghetti, pizza and lasagna. They say the food in Venice is fabulous. 
Venice is the city of romance. You should come, too.
Talk to you when we get back,
Milan

Milan Jakšić, VIII2

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Meet Me

Dear friend,
Thanks for your letter. I'm fine, how are you?
First of all, let me tell you about myself. I am 14 years old. I live in Kikinda, Serbia.
I have green eyes. My hair is short and brown. My lips are thin.
I am above all honest. I am a good friend and very friendly person. I always help the others if I can. My friends think I am shy, just because I do not like being in the centre of attention. Sometimes I am impatient and stubborn. I do not change my mind easily. I believe that life is ahead of me and I have some time to change for the better.
There are four people in my family. My favourite person is my dad. We like spending time together.
I am a student of both Sveti Sava Primary School and Slobodan Malbaški Music school. I play the accordion and I love singing.
My school starts at 8 o'clock in the morning and at 1 o'clock in the afternoon. I come back home at 1.30 in the afternoon or 6.30 in the evening. I go to school by bike or on foot. I usually do my homework after school.
That is all about me.
Hear from you soon,
Nevena

Nevena Milovanov VIII3, 3 December 2015

Hello Steve,
My name is Igor. I'm 14 years old. I was born on 30 October, on Halloween, spooky, isn't it?
I live in a small town in Serbia. That town is Kikinda. 
I go to Sveti Sava Primary School. 
I have an older sister. When I was 3 years old, my sister was jealous, because I had a lot of toys. She stole them, so we fought a lot over them. But now, she misses me, because she is a student at the University of Novi Sad. I love her so much.
I'm a very positive and friendly person. I love dancing and singing. 
As for the bad sides of my personality, I have a bad temper and fight with all my friends, neighbours and sometimes even teachers. 
I have a lot of friends, but my best ones are Luka and Ivan. The people who mean a lot in my life are: my mum, dad, my sister Sanja, cousin Dejana and the most important person in my life is girlfriend Mia. 
That's all about me.
Hear from you soon.
Best wishes,
Igor

Igor Zagorac VIII1, 3 December 2015

Dear Pedro,
Thanks for your letter. I hope we will get to be great friends.
First of all, I would like to tell you a few things about myself. I'm 14 years old and I live in Kikinda, Serbia. My mum is a housewife. She does her best to make the entire family comfortable. My dad is the money-maker. He rents sound equipment, works as an audio engineer and a musician. I also have a baby brother, Gabriel, who is 2 years old.
My favourite free time activity is surfing the web and reading music catalogues, among other things. I like all kinds of music and the only real criterion is whether it is good or not. I also play tennis and have lessons on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.
What about you? What are your interests?
Please, write soon.
Yours, 
Kristian

Kristian Balaž, VIII2