Texts by 8th grade students from Veikkola school
The day started with a morning assembly. Each country (Catalonia, Germany, Turkey and Finland) had their own presentation about their country. The assembly lasted about 2 hours and finnish pupils performed music performances. It was really interesting to hear about different countries and learn about them.
Later that day we had a language lab where we taught Finnish to the guests and they taught us their languages. We also tried to teach them some Finnish tongue twisters and dances. We also listened and danced to some Catalonian children’s songs.
In the afternoon we went outside to play with snow and slide down a hill. We also had a snowball fight. We had a lot of fun and especially the Turkish guests were very excited.
In the morning at 8.00 AM we went by bus to The University of Helsinki. In Helsinki we were split into two groups. Another group went first to the University of Helsinki, Department of Chemistry and the other group to the meteorological department.
In The University of Helsinki we studied different things about water and we made dry ice bubbles. At The Finnish Meteorological Institute we heard about machines used in weather research.
After that, we continued our journey by bus, exploring Helsinki. We also visited the Temple Square Church. Some people stayed in Helsinki and some went back to the school.
We went to the home economics class to bake laskiaspullas and Runeberg’s tarts. We split into four groups, each group had two Finns to guide.
QR code workshop was after baking.
Bridge building was the last job of the day. We split into groups again and in those groups we built a paper bridge.
We needed to be at school at 9:00, because we had a long and fun day coming. Our bus left 9:30. We needed to get the teachers from Mellunmäki but we accidentally went to Kontula but gladly we found the right place and day continued.
In the bus we sat next to our guests and it was fun we learned alot from our guests. Then we went to fazerila, heureka and jumbo.
Fazerila, chocolate and bread factory
When we arrived to Fazerila, we were split into two groups, the guests and the Finnish students. This happened because there was only one guide who could speak English.
In Fazerila we saw a huge bunny, that was made of eggs and other interesting stuff. Like a “jungle” in the middle of the place, where they grew cocoa beans, chili, ginger, vanilla and other exotic plants. The best part was when we got to taste Fazer’s chocolate and sweets as much as we wanted.
Heureka science center
After our lovely visit to Fazerila we went to Heureka science centre.
In the bus they gave us information of rest of the day and we could sign in to this competition, the winners were told later in the farewell party. Again we had time to talk and show stuff we bought from fazerila in the bus.
In Heureka they splitted us in two groups who went to the laboratory in different times while another group was in the laboratory we had free time in Heureka. We learned a lot while being there.
Shopping center Jumbo
As our last activity was Jumbo in Vantaa. On the way there, the Finnish students were joking, that we would only look at Jumbo because we passed it so many times.
We had 1,5 hour time to look around and do some shopping. Some of the students were so excited and almost missed the bus.
We arrived back to Veikkola around 7pm and the students were happy but tired. This day gave us wonderful memories.
We went to school at nine o’clock. We went to the auditorium to see presentations about exceptional weather conditions in our countries prepared and held by the students from each country.
We ate at school. Then we went to Haltia nature center. We went by bus and had a round there. Then we went home.
In night we had a farewell party at school. There was a lot of something to eat.
Here you can read our River Magazine:
- River Magazine. Issue nr 1 by INS La Miquela, Catalunya
- River Magazine. Issue nr 2 by Pestalozzischule Radeberg, Germany
- River Magazine. Issue nr 3 by Veikkolan Koulu, Finland
- River Magazine. Issue nr 4 by Kauno Versvu Vidurine Mokykla, Lithuania
- River Magazine. Issue nr 5 by Mimar Sinan Ortaokulu, Turkey
The first mobility was held at La Miquela School, in Bescanó ( Catalonia, Spain) from 18th to April 24th April 2016. Our school hosted 25 visiting students from our partner countries: 3 students from Finland, 7 students from Lithuania, 7 from Germany, and 8 students from Turkey.The activities and visits scheduledcarried out for this mobility are as follows:
Mobility to Spain from 18 to 24 April 2016
Monday 18: Arrival Day
All the partner coordinators and students were picked up at the airport in Barcelona and were taken to La Miquela High School where the hosting families were already waiting for them, eager to meet them and take them to their respective homes.
Tuesday 19: Welcome Ceremony
The Welcome Ceremony took place at the local Theater in Bescanó. The authorities, press, students, teachers and the community from Bescanó were present in the reception. Each partner country delivered an oral presentation about their countries.
Oral Presentations per country:
Our senior students’ band called “100 Watts” played during the ceremony:
The pupils from the Primary School Dr Sobrequés in Bescanó performed our taditional Catalan Dance, called La Sardana:
After the ceremony, our students and their partners got together to carry out the first Language Lab Lesson:
Handing over the Golden Pigeon
Mr Heinze and Mrs Hobhom, the headmistress of Pestalozzischule in Radeberg, handed over the Golden Pigeon to Mr Quim Cullell on behalf of La Miquela High School staff and students. The Golden Pigeon is a symbol of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and it is given to people and institutions who have contributed to the struggle for human rights.
Wednesday 20: A trip to Barcelona
Walking around some of the most well-known sightseeing sites: Barça Stadium, Pg Gràcia (La Pedrera, Casa Batlló), the Cathedral – Gothic Quarter, Las Ramblas, Maremagnum
A group photo with students and coordinators (on the left) and a photo with the partner coordinators (on the right).
Thursday 21: River Ter Route
Water tests (pH and Conductivity) at three stops: near the River Source at Setcases, the middle zone at Susqueda Reservoir and the lower zone at La Pilastra Island.
Susqueda Reservoir Visit
We visited the Susqueda Reservoir, which supplies water to the whole population of Barcelona as well as the county of Alt Empordà in the province of Girona and we enjoyed the magnificient view from the damp.
Friday 22: Castell de Sant Ferran Visit in Figueres
We visited the Sant Ferran Castle, which is a military fortress built in the 18th century. It is the largest monument in Catalonia and it is considered to be Europe’s largest bastion fortress.
Empúries Beach on the Costa Brava
This was our last trip of an interesting and eventful week. We deserved to relax by the sea.
Hosting Families take their partner to visit Girona and get to know Saint George’s Day Tradition.
Coordinators’ Farewell Dinner at the hotel Carlemany
Sunday 24 : Departure Day
Transfer to Barcelona airport
The Erasmus+ Project “Protecting the environment is an opportunity! Not a burden we must bear” is a multilateral project in which 5 countries take part in its implementation: Finland, Lithuania, Spain, Turkey and Germany, as the main coordinator.
This project targets students of 12 to 15 years old and lasts two years and a half, that is, from September 2015 to January 2018.
As the title suggests and according to the EU education policies, this project is based on the preservation and protection of the natural environment and on the rational use of natural resources.
Throughout the duration of the project, 5 mobilities will be carried out, one in each partner country, where students will analyse different water-related environmental hotspots and will put together a compendium of good practices. The idea is to make students aware of their responsibility for protecting the natural resources and for the dissemination of the results using the ICT. Therefore, another objective is to promote the use of ICT on the documentation and dissemination of the project activities.
A third objective is to encourage the learning of foreign languages. For this reason, the TTALAs (the Teaching and Learning Activities) and workshops as well as the communications via e-mail or Skype will be held in English.
DISSEMINATION of OUR PROJECT
Here you can find the press articles by which our project has become trending topic as well as the different exhibitons we have displayed on our Project Walls in our schools.
CATALAN AND SPANISH PRESS:
- Bescanó’s local magazine: page 22 La Pilastra – edition December 2015
- EL Punt Avui – 17 November 2015
LA MIQUELA PROJECT WALL:
LECTURE ABOUT OUR PROJECT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GIRONA
On March 17th, Judit Serrats, English teacher and coordinator of European Projects in La Miquela School, delivered a lecture on the Erasmus+ Project “Protecting the environment is an opportunity!Not a burden, we must bear” for postgraduate students of a CLIL postgraduate course titled “Bilingual Teaching Methodologies for the Language School Project”, placing a special emphasis on the importance of the use of English, as a working language for learning and disseminating the contents of such a project.