Meetings

The programme of the first transnational meeting November 14-18, 2017

Host:  IIS Newton-Pertini in Camposampiero (Padua)

Module: Art – ways to experience and appreciate your new surroundings

Title: Overcome difficulties of integration into a new society through strategies which help to get around in an unknown area thus developing a sense of appreciation of the cultural richness in the new surroundings

  • learn basic vocabulary of communication in the new language
  • learn how to use local public transport
  • become able to read maps to find one’s way
  • know the names of works of art, learn about their background and realize their importance in the place
  • become familiar with the cultural frame in your new surroundings to feel integrated and at home in the end

 

14th November 2017

The first meeting of the Erasmus plus project took place at IIS Newton-Pertini from 14th November to 18th November.The participants were in total 39, 9 teachers and 30 students from the 4 partners countries.The partners arrived from Germany,Poland and Greece and all were welcomed in Padua in a“ welcome date“ at 5.30 pm. The Erasmus students, included the Italian ones, with their teachers, met all together to know each other and to exchange the first impressions about this 5-day project in Italy.The students were enthusiastic to meet their new friends and the teachers were proud of being part of this project.The meeting lasted until 8.00 o’clock. After the meeting, the students went back the host families and the teachers had dinner together.

15th November 2017

At Newton-Pertini school in Camposampiero, all the students and teachers met at 9.00 a.m. and they were welcomed by the Italian students and teachers with an initial greeting in the guests‘ languages made by the Italian students, a welcome speech of Newton-Pertini school headmistress and a presentation of the towns (Camposampiero and Padua) with their monuments and surroundings introduced by the students of the 2th and 3rd year of the tourist course. Thanks to these activities, the foreign teachers and students learnt more about Newton-Pertini school and the surroundings of Camposampiero and Padua. The foreign students introduced their school and hometown too. Then, the participants were divided into two groups: teachers and students. The teachers met all together and analyzed the program of the entire project planning the activities and the method to use to carry on the all project. Besides, the new activities that each team had to do from now to the next meeting were presented. Concerning the students, they started their meeting forming 5 mixed groups to work together on the activities about integration agreed in the project.In the afternoon, during the visit of the town, both students and teachers were received by the mayor of Camposampiero and her town councillors at the town hall. The foreign participants were so informed about the organization and the activities of the municipality and how the  town of Camposampiero deals with the new migrants. It has been also a great opportunity to make the Erasmus plus project known by the citizens because the local newspapers would have published the news about the meeting.

16th November 2017

All the group composed of teachers and students went to the trip to Padua where the foreign students  would have known the Italian territory experiencing the use of the Italian language in local contexts (at the railway station, bars or museums) they had learnt the day before. The Italian students became the real tourist guides illustrating the foreign teachers and students the landscape and the most impressive landmarks of Padua. All the group left Camposampiero in the early morning and went to Padua by train.  In Padua, a real tour with the visit of the Cappella degli Scrovegni, Saint Antony’s  Basilica and the Palazzo of the Reason represented a glance of the Italian culture in Veneto. But also other places, like Prato della Valle and Bo‘ University, were introduced by the Italian students to let everyone know how the town is structured and where the places of interest are settled.

17th November 2017

In the morning, the visit to Venice, accompanied by the Italian students of the class 3D, gave the chance to all the participants to know more about the Italian culture and architecture. For all the day, the foreign students considered as „migrants“, had the chance to be plonged in the Italian life. They went to see the most beautiful parts of Venice asking information about the places, ordering food and buying souvenirs in the shops by using the Italian language. In the evening, the students and the teachers enjoyed the social atmosphere in a typical Italian restaurant.

18th November 2017

This was our last day of our project. Students and teachers worked separately in two groups as on the 15th of November. Students worked on the interactive map of the first experience in Italy while teachers discussed about the activities done in Italy and prepared the next meeting in Poland in April.

 


The programme of the second transnational meeting April 23-28, 2018

Host:  Zespół Szkół Ogólnokształcących w Grudziądzu, Polska

Module: Music – Creation of a music  performance with   different instruments

Title: Overcome difficulties of integration into a new society through music by singing a composed song and creating own instruments.

  • basic understanding of  a song in English
  • transfer the refrain into an unknown language with  the help of a native tutor
  • learn how to sing the refrain
  • become familiar with different easy instruments (e.g. drums) and create a performance
  • be able to differenciate various types of rhythms
  • find one’s individual approach to play different drums
  • integrate oneself into a common performance

 

Monday, 23rd April 2018

In the late afternoon the project partners gathered together to take part in a music evening at school. The headteacher of the Polish school greeted all guests. The program of the meeting was presented  and teachers, students and Polish students’ parents participated in a music performance; students  presented the meeting song created for that occasion and all of the guests and hosts could sing some wellknown and typical pop songs. The Polish rock band “Megaraż” gave a special performance.

The aim was to integrate young people through the music and songs. The meeting lasted until 10 pm.

Tuesday, 24th April 2018

The participants got to know the aim of the meeting – create an international song and build instruments to use during the performance. Polish students had prepared the music and the lyrics in English for the project song. The song has two verses and refrains.

Students were divided into four mixed groups which consisted of Polish, German, Italian and Greek students. Their task was to translate the refrain in groups into one of the languages of the participants of the project. In each group there were leaders: group 1 – two Italian students translated the refrain into Italian and taught other students in their group to sing in Italian language, group 2  – Polish students translated the refrain into Polish and taught other students in their group to sing in Polish, group 3 – two Greek students translated the refrain into Greek and taught other students in their group to sing in Greek , group 4 – two German students  translated the refrain into German and taught other students in their group sing in German.  So in every group students had to act as the tutors for the group. They had to translate the refrain/ chorus part into their mother tongue with a help of their native teachers and teach the others how to pronounce – later  to sing this part of a song. With the help of a music teacher they practiced to sing the song and prepare to perform it at the last day of the meeting: the verses in English and the refrain in the language of the participants as they worked in groups.

That activity gives a chance to each newcomer to feel more comfortable in a new surrounding. Because the base of the song is English that probably every young person knows at an elementary level. A newcomer can understand the message and will be able to transfer the song into the  own native language. Thus music helps to feel as an equal member of a new community.

The second part of the task was to build handmade instruments. They could use metal cans, plastic bottles, adhesive type, color papers, paints, paper tubes, peas, rice and groats. They could also play instruments such as guitars, keyboards and drums.

Wednesday, 25th April 2018

There was organized an all-day trip to the Tri-City with the aim of integration through music. First we went to Sopot to visit the molo/ pier and have a view at the Baltic sea coastline. Then we went to Oliwa to attend an organ concert in Oliwa Cathedral.

After that the participants were taken to Gdańsk where they visited the Old Town and they had a chance to see the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Statue of Neptune. Polish students prepared some short information about each seen place to share it while sightseeing. They  had a chance to order food in a restaurant and buy souvenirs in the shops with the help of Polish students thus learning Polish language in basic communication. During the bus travel music accompanied the participants while  singing  popular songs which was much fun for everybody.

Thursday, 26th April 2018

At 9 o’clock teachers and students had a meeting in the city center of Grudziądz.

They visited the city in groups (Klimek Tower, Graneries, Botanical Garden, Water Gate). Polish students prepared short information at different stops. In the afternoon they  finished their work on the musical project. Students and teachers worked separately in two groups. Teachers discussed about the meeting and the activities in Poland, the project evaluation and the use of  the Mobility Tool system.

Students created colorful instruments to use them for making music. They took photos of each step how to make the single instrument  so that a newcomer who doesn’t speak the language of the new surroundings understands how to create it too.

 Friday, 27th April 2018

That was the last day of our project. During a last getting together the students presented the song and used the instruments they created. It was an amazing experience for all of them, because they had the chance to sing both in English which is well-known for all of them and in a foreign language they had to learn. They also could check their musical skills by  playing instruments. The performance was recorded and is available for all project participants.

 

Third transnational meeting in Serres/ Greece

5-9 November 2018

Host: Γυμνάσιο Σκοτούσσας Σερρών, Greece  / Skotoussa secondary school

Module: ICT / Development of computer skills

Title: Acquisition of the basics how to use a computer for attaining necessary skills for everyday- and school life

  • become familiar with foreign letters, alphabets
  • understand how to read a keyboard  and a computer screen in a foreign language
  • become able of doing research work on the internent
  • be taught how to fill in forms and  personal data
  • learn how to communicate via e.g. email, skype

 1st day / 5th November 2018

A welcome event took place in our school from 6 to 9.30pm.  It comprised four power-point presentations which the Greek Erasmus+ team had worked on in order to practice and enhance their computer skills.  Τhe first two ppt were a description of our actions in Italy and Poland. Those dedicated to Germany and Greece were an audio-visual acquaintance with the two countries, their culture and school.

The goal of the first day meeting was to convey the usefulness of computer competence for communicating and disseminating the achievements of the Erasmus+ team project –at the beginning and in the progress of it- in informative and entertaining ways and to become familiar with high technological means.

 2nd day / 6th November 2018

Teachers and students started working on the project at 8.30 am.

Students formed multinational groups of three people in front of the computer screens . One student in each group was the tutor who taught the others the different letters of his/her mother tongue. All students were given written instructions and worksheets with four foreign alphabets, so they learned how to change the language of the screen keyboard and noticed the different letters within these languages .

Secondly, after elaborating the elements of an identity card in English, they filled in the form of their own identity card in a new language with the tutor’s assistance. The goal was to acquire the ability of filling in forms of personal information in a new language.

During a break at noon, the Skotoussa secondary school was paid a visit by the mayor of the region Heraklia, Serres and by the presidents of the Municipality  Council  who  pointed out the benefits of the Erasmus+ Project. In the afternoon students signed up facebook accounts in English and teachers finished the compilation of the evaluation questionnaire for the Erasmus+ meeting until 5.30pm.

 3rd day / 7th November 2018

At 8.30 the Erasmus+ team got worksheets with data about how to exchange basic dialogues in facebook using a new language. They sent their facebook messages to ‘newcomer-students’ who were learning the same language as them. The goal was to interact  in a ‘new’ language via facebook. Teachers worked on the dissemination methods they would follow deciding to rely on the website of the project, e-twinning accounts,  publishing articles and organizing presentations of the Erasmus+ project in progress and the final product at every school e.g. during public school events.

At 11.30am the Erasmus team left for a trip to Kavala. On the way they visited the motor racing  circuit of Serres, the Alistratis-Serres cave and the ancient Macedonian city of Philippos II. The return journey to Skotoussa was at 18.30. An article and photo of our visit to the circuit was posted.

 4th day / 8th November 2018

The activities started at 8.30.

Considering an attempt to integrate into a new society through the development of computer skills, students were asked to create  power-point presentations based on the topic of ‘ national culture and traditional nutrition’ in groups of the same nationality .The goal was to learn how to do research work on the internet and how to compose the results .

Teachers decided on the methodology structure they would follow at the handbook of the final product. At 11.30 the Erasmus+ team left school for a trip to the harbor of Thessaloniki.

 5th day / 9th November 2018

The activities of the last day started at 8:00 and finished at 12:00. Students and teachers evaluated the power-point presentations about ’national culture and nutrition ’. The questionnaire about the third meeting in Greece was answered by all Erasmus students while teachers worked on the Mobility Tool and organized the last Erasmus+ meeting in Germany. The Greek host had prepared a draft of the third meeting report.

After all actions were accomplished successfully, the Greek host said farewell to the German and Italian team. The Polish team was the last to say goodbye on Saturday morning.

 

Final transnational project meeting in Gütersloh / Germany

27 – 31 May 2019

Host: Geschwister-Scholl-Realschule Gütersloh, Germany

Module: Sport / Become a successful member of sport communities

Title: Develop strategies to integrate newcomers into a new society while participating in sports activities

  • gain orientation skills both inside & outside the new school community as well as in the local surroundings
  • become familiar with the sport facilities in the new school and adopt the behaviour customs before, during and after PE lessons
  • get to know a traditional German group game
  • understand and apply basic terms within a limited range of vocab for sport activities in the new language
  • accept and profit from the help of tutor students
  • offer your individual creativity to play an equal part among the group members in the common development of an easy sports game
  • become an equally accepted and popular member in a mixed group of newcomers and home students thus feeling at home in the new community

 1st day / Monday 27th May 2019

It the early afternoon we were happy to welcome our partners from Greece (7 students, 2 teachers) and Italy (6 students, 2 teachers) and later our friends from Poland (6 students, 3 teachers). We got to know each other while enjoying yummy kinds of homemade German cakes; German students introduced Geschwister-Scholl school and presented an update of the projet’s process after the meetings in Italy, Poland and Greece. Thanks to the support of the Polish group, especially to their music teacher Ela, we performed our project song. A warm greeting of the German principal, Christiane Piepenbrock, was followed by an introduction of the students from all countries. Finally German host families picked up their guests to take them to their new homes during the project week.

2nd day / Tuesday 28th May 2019

Alina presented the plan of the day which started with the formation of 6 mixed groups. The students found their names on the group desks. The first team work consisted of filling in columns of vocabulary which is used in any kind of sport activity. In this task the German students were supposed to act as tutors for the ‘newcomers’, the Polish, Greek and Italian students. The tutors picked out a certain term and tried to make it understand by the newcomers with the help of gestures, mimic, short performances or by the English term. As soon as the vocab was understood by the newcomers they filled it into the suitable timetable’s column in their mother language as a help to remember the meaning of the term. Most important, the tutors practiced the term with the newcomers in the ‘new’ namely German language. It took some time to fill in the columns. But tutors kept on helping the newcomers to pronounce the new vocab. After the morning break which all members passed together with the school community in the schoolyard the second team work began. The task was to develop a little sports game based on 3 given criteria. Each group got a snippet with the German terms from 3 columns. Again German students acted as tutors to support the ‘newcomers’ in learning the ‘new’ language. So communication and creativity were demanded to fulfill the task. Basically each group created a little sports game for approximate 28 students. At lunchtime the group enjoyed a traditional healthy meal in the school canteen. In the afternoon after a walk through Gütersloh’s municipal park, the students ‘explored’ the city center by means of a ralley. Here again the German students were told to teach the ‘newcomers’ some basic German terms in order to become familiar with their new surroundings. In between the second mayor of Gütersloh welcomed the guests emphasizing the importance of finding strategies to integrate ‘newcomers’ into a new society. The mayor was thankful to both guest and host teachers and families that the partners recognize the necessity to work on the idea that ‘we are all in one boat’.

3rd day / Wednesday 29th May 2019

This was the day of the third team work: development of a super sports game. Following the instructions on a snippet each group worked together and created a game. Again the emphasis was laid on communicating the basic terms in the ‘new’ language namely in German, but also on the students’ imagination to create an enjoyable game for a group of students. Of course it was obvious that English was spoken quite often to understand each other. But the approach of the chosen strategy was to permanently remember the tutors to encourage the ‘newcomers’ to practice the chosen terms in the ‘new’ German language. The group got equipped with a lunch packet before we travelled to Münster where we went on a guided tour through the old town and saw some of its historical monuments. The group spirit became clear as we met in a restaurant for dinner.

4th day / Thursday 30th May 2019

The day of the fourth team work: presentation of the created six games and playing them in a kind of circle. Following a timetable each group first presented its ‘invention’ before the newly invented game was practiced by each group. At the end of the morning , some German students explained the rules of a typical German ballgame called Völkerball to our foreign partners. It was great fun to play this really active game at the end of the project day which was free to everybody due to the fact that it was a church holiday in Germany.

5th day / Friday 31st May 2019

Time to say goodbye: On the last project day the students filled in the evaluation questionnaire for Module 4 of the project. Two German students presented photos of the past days showing all partners working on their tasks, getting along really well in different situations and having lots of fun together.
Teachers discussed the days and agreed on different aspects of how to present the website, final report and final product.

 


Dear European friends,

the team of Geschwister-Scholl coordinating the Erasmus+ project would like to thank you for your cooperation throughout the 2 years of common work on the project. Our students feel grateful for the hospitality they enjoyed in host families in Camposampiero, Grudziadz and Serres. Hopefully the European spirit will prevail so that as many as possible young people in our countries can profit from freedom and peace during their lifetime because it is really true that we are all in one boat!

Kindest regards to all of you!

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