Second semester

Hello everyone!

it’s now March, I know I haven’t been writing for a couple of month. Second semester started with new classes, new teachers, new classmates…but I better start where I finished last time, so the rest of the first semester. My classes were really good and the subjects interesting. We had a few more projects to do in fashion, like making a dress out of a pillow case, sewing a little cosmetic bag with a zipper or recycling a piece of clothing to make something totally different (for example I made a dress out of a skirt). Usually we have an exam in every class at the end of the semester, but not in fashion. Instead, we could choose a final project. I made a handbag which turned out really nice. In music, we beasically just practiced new songs on our instrument. In this class we also had no exam, just a final playing test. In math, we had an exam, but that was easy. I was done after about one hour. In cooking we also had an exam. It wasn’t that easy but it was ok. Our last unit after soups was sandwiches. It surprised me, what things you can all learn about sandwiches and that there is actually a technique for making a high number of sandwiches…and then there is my favorite subject english… yeah…the exam was probably the hardest one. We had to write an essay and answer questions to three types of texts in just 2 3/4 hours! Our marks on all the exams weren’t on our report card, but I also didn’t ask. I knew I passed all my classes and that was good. My report card was pretty good I think.

But that was enough to my classes. There was also a lot going on beside school. At the beginning of december was at school the „art week“ which involved a music concert, an improv / dance show, a fashion show and the drama plays. It was a busy week for me, since I was involved in the concert, the fashion show and the drama. But it was really much fun. In the concert were the choirs, vocal ensemble, the school bands and lots more. The fashion show was organized by my fashion class. I was together was lots others a model. It was the first time, that the school did a fashion show, but evrything went good a lots of people were coming. We had the theme of „fashion through the ages“, where we did a project on earlier. We had dresses from 1920 to 2000. The music teacher was our DJ and played music from that time period. After we had a little snack with desserts, the cooking classes made, so I basically baked for myself. We also baked for the drama plays. The plays were lots of fun and we had great audiences. And of course, desserts after. Besides of that we had the Christmas Dance at school. Everybody looked really elegant in dresses and suits. It was fun.

Of course Debbie, who organizes every kinds of activities for the exchange students, did a lot of things and trips with us. We did a trip to Quebec City in November for three days. We stayed in a hotel with pool, where we could swim in the evening. We did some shopping (or a lot of shopping 😉 ), but also visited the old city and the area around Quebec. One day we also went to a hockey game. When winter finally started (and oh my god we get a lot of snow here) we did some winter activities like skating, skiing, ice fishing, snowshoeing, and hopefully one day also dog sledding (it was already cancelled two times).

The winter here is still not over. Through the whole time we got quite a lot of snow days (what means, school is cancelled, because of snow storms). That was nice though right now we have lots of snow. I just took a picture today, where the snow wall next to our driveway is even higher than me. When we get snow storms, we often get like at least 20-30 cm of snow. Sometimes, I can’t even get out of the house, because there is just too much snow in the driveway. It’s really crazy with the snow here. But the snow days are making it better 😉

At the end of January, we had a multicultural supper in the youth center here in Bathurst. Every host family and exchange student had to bring two meals, one the favorite dish from their home country and one from their new favorite canadien dish. This supper was also to say farewell and goodbye to the exchange students who left in January/February, like the chinese students and the brazilien students. Though most of the exchange students stayed for the rest of the year. In february, we also got four new international students, three from China and one from Korea.

Second semester started in February. I have now new classes. After some changes I now have music (vocal), pre-calculus (which is math) and music (rock band) in the morning and after lunch same as in first semester cooking and english. This time I’m taking cooking grade 11, because I can’t take the same class twice in a year (I took cooking grade 12 last semester). My classes are lots of fun. In my first music class, singing, it’s probably easy to find out what we’re doing. We sing, but also worked on a project, where we had to create a commercial. In my other music class, music rock band, I play keybourd and learn new songs there. Math is easy. We’re working on rational equations at the moment. In cooking we are baking. We already did pancakes, bisquits, cinnamon rolls, an apple loaf and a lime cheesecake (because it was Saint Patricks Day yesterday). In english, I got a new teacher, I don’t know why. It’s my homeroom teacher. She is pretty nice. For the whole term (a term is half of a semester), we are doing something that’s called „independent novel study“. We have to read a novel, make annotations, write an essay about it and do a presentation. Most of the time, we are just reading the whole class, but right now we have to write the essay.

Of course, I still do activities outside of school or classes. I’m still doing choir, vocal ensemble and concert band, but not drama. That’s because of the musical production. We started rehersing for the musical, so there is no time for drama anymore. This year the musical is „The Addams Family“. Since I’m an international student, I’m just an ensemble member, who just sings and dances. But it’s still lots of fun. After the shows of the musical, the drama will start rehersing again for the drama festival, which takes place in Fredericton (capital of New Brunswick) in may. In may is also the New York Trip. Every member of the music or art department had the possibility of going one week to New York, and of course, I’m doing that too.

Ok, that was a lot. But that was evrything for now. Bye, Luisa

Hello again

Hey everyone,

I know it is a long time ago I wrote something but now I think I have to. It is now beginning of November, a few days after Halloween. Halloween is a bigger celebration here than in Germany. Lots of pumpkin carving, decorations and lots of people going around for „Trick or treat“ (also „older“ people in my age!). Although, I didn’t go. Halloween is nothing for me and I have enough sweets at home 😉

School is now part of my allday life. I take the bus in the morning, because it is getting colder. Four days after school I walk home, because I have something after school and the bus just drives at one time. But is is ok, as long as I have a warm jacket.

My classes are all very interesting and I learn a lot of new and very useful things (like cooking or working with sewing maschines.  At the moment, we are working on aprons in my Fashion class, and before that, we made cellphone cases. I added a picture. In music, we basically just work on different songs like Jingle Bells at the moment. I tried out Bass Guitare and it is really fun. Math is easy. We just finished quadratic functions and relations and are starting now with geometry. We have a lot of tests there like nearly every week or second week! But it is okay. In Culinary Tech or short just cooking, we finished our unit „soups“. We made lots of very delicious soups and of course tasted them. This ia always the best part of the class 😉 I also made some of the recipes our teacher gives us at home. In Englisch, my last class of the day, we worked with two poems and wrote an essay about them. After that we started with a drama and also watched the film. It was about a jury, which has to decide over the guilt of the defendant. At the beginning, I thought it would be boring, but it was really interesting. Ok, I think that was everything to classes.

Beside the school, I also have drama, where I play a cat, Band (I play Bass Guitare), Girls Choir and Vokal Ensemble (this is something like a mixed choir). I decided not to join the dancing club. And there is also the musical. The rehersals didn’t started yet, but I already know, which part I will play. 3 Weeks ago, there  were auditions for the major roles, but I didn’t get the role I auditioned for. Now I play something like a minor role, who just sings and dances (who has no text). The musical name is „The addams family“ and will take place in april. Then there are also my dancing classes Jazz and Lyrical, which I have not in school. After a first class, I decided not to do Hip-Hop, because I wanted to try something new. I really love my classes and it is lot of fun there with some people I already know from school.

At the weekend, Debbie (host coordinator) always do something with us, whether is is hiking, pumpkin carving, watching a speed car race, canoeing or just go swimming. In 2 weeks we are going to Quebec City for three days. I’m really excited, because I know already a little bit of this city and I know how beautiful is is. We will miss two school days, which is also good 😉 I’m just joking, school is really cool. My friends in Germany had autumn holiday, but me not. But it ok, I don’t need holiday already.

If I have some time, I do something with my ost mum. Today we were at a christmas bazar and atfter that we did some lookaround at a few stands at the mall here. Under the week, I help her in the kitchen or in the garden, but I don’t have much time, because I normally come from school at 5 p.m. and then it is already supper time. Sometimes, I help her with her online german lessons 🙂 But films we still watch in English, of course. Sunday morning, we always go to church together.

Ok I think this is enough for today. Bye, Luisa 🙂

After first school week

Hi,

I finally arrived at school. One day I made my course selection (before school started). I choosed for first semster Fashion Tech, Music, Math, PE and English. For second semsester, I choosed Singing, Hosp&Tourism, Music, Theatre and English. The first school day (Tuesday) was Boomerang Day, so first school day for Grade 9 and International Students.We did some games to meet each other and have fun. Our leaders showed us the school. some teachers were also there. We searched our rooms and met our teachers (if they were there).

Wednesday was first school day for the rest of the students. At first period, all students met in the Auditorium, were the director said some things. That took so much time, that we had just 10 minutes for our „normal“ first period. We got papers, were the units were on. In Fashion Tech, we lean, how to use the sewing maschine and other great stuff. After that, I had Music. We talked about some instruments we can learn in this class and made our choice, what we want to learn. Then, I had math. This year, we will learn some things about linear equations (what I had in class 6 or 7). It was very easy. After third period, we have a period called study block. There, we can make homework or read a book. Then I had lunch. After lunch I had PE. It wasn’t very interesting, so I changed my schedule to Chemistry. At the end of the day, I had English. We interpreted some pics. Then, school was already finished and I went home.

The next two days were also very interesting. I changed my schedule one more time from chemistry to cooking, because chemistry was boring and the teacher was a little bit strange…But cooking was great. I signed in at some clubs at school, like girls choir, Vokal Ensemble, the school band, the dancing class and drama.

Today, Debbie, our host coordinator, met us (me and the other international students) at K.C. Irving, an arena. There were some representives of clubs in Bathurst. I looked up for some dancing classes like jazz and hip-hop. Tomorrow, we will go canoeing.

This was all for this time. Bye, Luisa 🙂

Angekommen

Hallo mal wieder 🙂

da ich eine ganze Weile nichts geschrieben habe, habe ich diesmal umso mehr zu berichten. Mittlerweile bin ich mit Ankunftstag den 3. Tag bei meiner Gastfamilie angekommen. Ich bin Mittwoch, den 23.8 losgeflogen, aber erstmal für 4 Tage nach New York. Dort habe ich mit ungefähr 20 anderen Teilnehmern New York erkundet.

Wir waren in einem Hotel in der Nähe des Flughafens untergebracht. Dort hatten wir sgar einen Pool, den wir manchmal abends genutzt haben 😉 Wir sind mit einem Bus umhergefahren, sind aber auch ein wenig gelaufen, z.B. durch den Central Park. Wir haben uns gefühlt tausend Sachen angeguckt, aber zum Glück nicht nur die typischen alten Bauwerke, sondern waren auch einmal in dem Vergnügungspark auf Coney Island. Am Abend waren wir einmal im Hard Rock Cafe und ein Mal in einem Restaurant, wo es super Pizzen gab. Hin und wieder hatten wir auch Freizeit z.B. beim Times Square oder zum Shoppen 😉

Am Samstag, den 26.8. sind dann ale zum Flughafen gebracht worden und sind dann zu ihren jeweiligen Zielflughäfen weitergeflogen. Ich bin zuerst nach Montréal geflogen und dann weiter nach Moncton. Allerdings hatte ich am Flughafen von Montréal ein paar Probleme, da ich und ein anderer Junge, der auch nach Moncton geflogen ist, extrem lange im Warteraum für die Study Permit warten mussten und deswegen unseren Flug verpasst haben. Zum Glück sind wir dann am Gate umgebucht worden auf den nächsten Flug, sodass wir nur mit 3 Stunden Verspätung ankamen. Naja, aber hauptsache wir waren da.

Am Flughafen wurden wir herzlich von unseren Gastfamilien empfangen worden und sind dann auch direkt losgefahren. Nach 2 1/2 Stunden Fahrt bin ich dann auch endlich bei meinem neuen Zuhause angekommen und es war toll! Ein schönes Haus, wo ich ein eigenes Zimmer habe und einen riesigen Garten. Und Meerblick 🙂 Ich bin dann auch sofort eingeschlafen, nachdem ich gegessen hatte.

Am nächsten Tag bin ich früh aufgestanden, denn meine Gastmutter hat mich mit zur Kirche genommen, wo einmal im Monat ein großes Essen für Bedürftige organisiert wird. Dort habe ich geholfen mit Decken und Servieren und habe viele tolle Leute kennengelernt. Am Abend sind wir auch nochmal losgefahren den Ort erkunden.

Heute morgen konnte ich etwas länger schlafen. Gegen Mittag sind wir dann ein bisschen einkaufen gegangen. Es war interessant zu sehen, was er hier im Supermarkt iebt bzw. nicht gibt. Z.B. Wurst gibt es hier fast gar nicht dafür tiefgefrorenes Brot!

Ich freue mich schon halbwegs gut mit dem Haus vertraut gemacht und freue mich auf die nächsten Tage, da ich noch ein bisschen „Ferien“ habe. Die Schule beginnt für mich am 5. September, einem Dienstag, da am 4. hier Feiertag ist. Debbie, mein host coordinator, also diejenige, die für die Austauschschüler an der Schule verantwortlich ist, hat mir gesagt, dass an diesem Tag auch die Kurswahl vorgenommen wird. Ich bin schon gespannt darauf, was es alles gibt!

So, das wars erstmal von mir. Ich hab bestimmt bald wieder was zu berichten.

Luisa 🙂

Es beginnt…

Hallo 🙂

ich bin Luisa, 16 jahre alt und werde bald mein High School Jahr in Kanada erleben. Ich bin auf diese Idee gekommen, weil meine beste Freundin und ihre Familie dorthin ausgewandert sind, ich eh ein Auslandsjahr machen wollte (bilingual) und dafür ist Kanada die beste Wahl! Ich habe vor 1,5 Jahren schon mal einen Austausch gemacht, da war ich drei Monate in Frankreich und mein Austauschschüler kam danach zu mir. Es war eine tolle Zeit und ich hoffe, dass es in Kanada genauso schön wird.

Ich bin einerseits durch eine Austauschmesse in der kanadischen Botschaft aber auch durch meinen Vater auf Ayusa-Intrax gekommen, der damals selbst ein Auslandsjahr in den USA gemacht hat. Ich habe mich auch auf ein Stipendium beworben, was ich zum Glück auch bekommen habe.

Neulich war ich beim Vorbereitungstreffen und es war toll anzusehen, wie sich die Ayusa-Mitarbeiter um uns gekümmert haben. Vielen Dank an euch alle! Es war sehr schön und ich habe viel Nützliches erfahren.

Letztes Wochenende habe ich dann auch endlich meine Gastfamilie bekommen. Meine Mutter hat mitr schon morgens Angst gemacht, weil sie meinte, dass sie mit mir reden wolle. Aber als sie dann dastand und mir sagte, dass ich meine Gastfamilie bekommen hatte, war ich unendlich glücklich. Ich bin auf meine Favoritenschule in Bathurst (New Brunswick) gekommen. Dort lebe ich bei einer allein stehenden Frau im Ruhestand. Ihr Mann ist schon gestorben, aber sie hat 4 Kinder, drei davon wohnen in Kanada. Außerdem hat sie viele Enkel, 3 in meinem Alter sogar! Ich freue mich schon sehr darauf sie alle kennenzulernen. Wir hatten schon E-Mail Kontakt und skypen auch bald.

Ich erzähle euch bald mehr, wenn ich wieder was neues zu berichten habe 🙂

Luisa