Students from section 7M1, together with their homeroom teacher Aleksandra Matyushina, an instructor of English Language at ILS, took a feild trip to one of Primorye's most scenic spots, walking the ecotrail along Dardanelles Canyon.
This mountain valley, which stretches along the Tigrovaya River, features high hills on both sides and steep, rocky slopes rising to peaks resembling watchtowers. In various places along the valley archaeologists have found the remains of prehistoric settlements.
"This is a wonderful spot and an excellent place to spend time with the students," notes Aleksandra Matyushina. "Hikes and other feilds trips to places of great natural beauty are very useful for our pupils. Moreover, Dardanelles Canyon has its own fascinating legend, making it even more interesting for the children."
The Dardanelles legend was created by Primorye resistance fighters during the Russian Civil War. It was here, in 1919 on the Sitsa River near the village of Khmelnitsky, that the resistance fighters first battled against the White Guard and foreign interventionists. The site features a Red Guard camp and a monument to the brave deeds of the fighters led by Sergei Lazo.
"Our students and teachers take field trips to interesting places of historical importance in Primorsky Region on a regular basis," explains ILS Principal Olga Shevchenko. "The children are always accompanied by knowledgable guides, who acquaint them with the history of and legends associated with each place they visit. All this makes a significant contribution to the students' education."