Recently, Year 6 entertained an important visitor from Belarus – Mikolai – who is currently staying in the UK as part of the Chernobyl Children’s Life Line (CCLL). He is spending just 4 weeks in the UK, living with Mr Thorns and his family, in order that he might be able to live a healthier and happier life.
Mikolai comes from a small village called Azyaty, in Belarus. Azyaty, like many towns in that country, has been exposed to radiation (from an accident where a nuclear reactor exploded in the nearby town of Chernobyl and this dangerous radiation came seeping out covering miles around). All of that radiation affect people who live near it – it makes them ill, very tired and gives them other health problems. Mikolai coming over here for just one month can help to extend his life by another 2 years. Usually Mikolai goes out on day trips with the charity, but on this particular day, he visited Anne Dale!
To start off in the morning we started by saying ‘strasvoyateya’ (‘hello’ in Russian) and he said ‘allo’ back! After that Mikolai played checkers (very popular in Belarus) with Maddie J and thrashed her in both matches! In break time, Mikolai played catch with a few of Year 6 and played a bit of football too – he wasn’t as good at football as checkers!
During the next lesson, Mikolai joined T6 for an Art lesson, doing some great drawings of plants and flowers, just like us for our Georgia O’Keefe work.
For lunch, we ate outside (as it was very sunny) and Mikolai joined us for a picnic. After this, we played catch once again and a bit more football. I think Mikolai seemed to be enjoying it – particularly the adventure trail.
After lunch, it was time for Mikolai to go back to Mr Thorns’ home, looking VERY tired (this is another side effect of the radiation in Belarus – it can make children very easily tired). We hope that Mikolai really enjoyed his time at Anne Dale and we look forward to him returning soon!
Here is some Russian(in case you see Mikolai around school again before he leaves to return to Belarus):
My name is : Mn ya savoot
How are you? : Kak dyela?
Thank you: Spazeeba
Written by Ben T and Mr Thorns (T6)