Visit of Erasmus+ Partners in Corfu and Athens 7-13 December 2014
All partners arrived in Corfu on Sunday, December 7th. The families took at home the students they were to host and teachers settled at the hotel and then had a common dinner in a restaurant in the city centre.
On Monday, December 8th in the morning all the students and teachers came to the 7th High School and were guided around. Then all the teams gathered in the school hall, where they participated in introductory acquaintance games. After the break there was a reception ceremony for the guests. The headmistress of the school gave a welcome speech; then the headpersons of the partner schools gave short speeches. Thereafter the choir of the 7th Gymnasium presented a programme with contemporary Greek songs. After the celebration the students and teachers were offered treats made by mothers of families who were hosting foreign students. After the break, students from all schools presented their work on classical and Roman art. The first to start was the 7th Gymnasium, then followed the presentations of the other schools. After the presentations of work the students had sports activities, basketball and volleyball, in the schoolyard. When school finished, students, host and guests, went to families. In the afternoon there was a meeting of the teachers of the programme, held in the 7th Gymnasium. There they discussed the planning of the next mobility in France (March 2016). Teachers also discussed about the common educational tools that had been decided at the transnational meeting and confirmed that they would be used before and after every trip (questionnaires, evaluation sheets). In the evening, teachers had dinner together.
On Tuesday, December 9 teachers and students gathered in the hall of the 7th Gymnasium. The space was rearranged, with work tables, so everybody worked for two-hours-creating elements for the installation “Tama”. Then the guests toured the historic center of Corfu. At noon the students and teachers were welcomed by the Mayor of the city in the Ionian Parliament Hall. At night the Greeks and foreign teachers and students entertained themselves in a music restaurant.
On Wednesday, December 10, 2015 students of all groups attended the first hour of classes at school. After the break the visitors toured the archaeological and historical sites around the school (Temple of Artemis, Kanoni, Vlacherna, Mon Repos Museum, Ancient Agora, Early Christian basilica). In the afternoon they all gathered in the church of St. George in the Old Fortress of the city and attended installation "Tama".
On Thursday, December 11th hosted schools departed for Athens, accompanied by five teachers of the Greek pedagogical team. In Athens the guests attended the programme that the Greek group had prepared for them. So, after arriving and settling in the hotel, they visited the Archaeological Museum, where they were guided either in their mother tongue or in English. Then they toured the center of Athens. In the evening they had dinner at an Athenian tavern in the area of Thissio.
On Friday, December 12 in the morning, the groups visited the Foundation "Hellenic Cosmos" and watched the online tour of the ancient market of Athens. Then they were toured to the sacred rock of the Acropolis. Afterwards there was a visit to the Acropolis Museum, where teachers and students attended the programme for foreign students: “The Acropolis through the Museum”. After the Museum they toured in the Ancient Agora and Monastiraki, where they had lunch. In the evening there was a farewell dinner in a typical tavern in Plaka.
On Saturday, December 13th everyone left for their countries.
From Monday 9 to Friday 13 March 2015 Erasmus + “European Identity through Art and Architecture College André Malraux – Compiègne - France
Monday - Welcome
We presented through a slide show some typical French clichés: French lovers, baguette and other symbols of France. Then the French students had prepared a slide show on the history of France, the Gothic and Romanesque art and a final slideshow on food tasting.
We made our partners visit the college, the most beautiful rooms of the Imperial Palace and its gardens and the Cloister St Corneille to discover the most beautiful remains of Gothic and Romanesque architecture in Compiègne. Then, the students of Lycée Charles de Gaulle made us visit the city center and the remarkable buildings of the city. Finally, to end the day, we were received at the town hall by the Deputy Mayor Ms. Francis for a warm welcome.
Tuesday - departure for the visit of the fortified castle of Pierrefonds, medieval style, rebuilt in the nineteenth century by the architect Viollet-le-Duc.
Many questions about the place, and the rooms (gun room, torture room, courtroom, etc ...). Then we went to Amiens. Our first visit: the Museum of Picardie. Remains of the past, the guides told us the particularity of the Museum of Picardie: the building was designed to display artwork while most other French museums were residential buildings. Finally, we visited the cathedral Notre Dame d'Amiens. Stained glass, angels, maze, a lot of discoveries and details!
We went to l’Ile de la Cité to visit places illustrating our project around the Gothic and Romanesque art. We visited the cathedral Notre Dame de Paris. The comparison between Notre Dame d'Amiens and Notre Dame de Paris was interesting: the surface, height, stained glass, etc. Then we went to the Conciergerie, with its columns and arches in white stones. But when the students learned that it was the last home of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, they imagined the living conditions of the prison. Then we visited the Sainte Chapelle. As soon as we entered, the eyes widened : so many colors on the walls, the vaults, the stars on the ceiling. So much light through the stained glass moved us. We had a pic nic on the Ile de la Cité, on the banks of the Seine. And to end this beautiful day, we did a self-guided tour around the Basilica of the Sacré Coeur and the Place du Tertre, famous for its painters and caricaturists.
We headed to the Museum of Modern Art, by the Seine and the Eiffel Tower. We visited the museum and especially the rooms where the works of Robert Delaunay are exposed. We discovered huge canvases, full of bright colors! His painting of the Eiffel Tower seems to bring down the building. European and French students, accompanied mostly by their Art teachers, were able to discover and observe the techniques, the spirit of the works of Delaunay. Then a cruise on the Seine, in the open, where we had the chance to pic-nic on the boat while discovering the most beautiful Parisian monuments. The cruise ended, we then climbed to the third floor of the Eiffel Tower: Impressive and beautiful view of Paris! We could not end the day without walking down the Champs Elysees and buying Parisian souvenirs.
Friday: Last day of our European Week
We spent the day together at school. Each country presented a slideshow or video on the theme of Romanesque and Gothic art in his country. We could discover that in every country, there are monuments with architecture similar to ours. Two workshops were proposed: a pétanque workshop (a French cliché!) and an art workshop. One group went to Bayser park, close to the college. A football match was also improvised. And in the other group, the students had the opportunity to create a design on a fabric bag in the style of R. Delaunay. The observation of the work of Delaunay helped the students create or reproduce the paintings on their bag. A great celebration was organized by the students before parting. But everyone exchanged emails and Facebook to keep in touch.
This week was fantastic! The French Students were actually delighted to meet teenagers from all over Europe. They discovered new horizons and cultures. And the whole team of the Collège André Malraux in Compiègne is proud to have participated in the Erasmus + project
PORTO VIRO 20 – 24 April 2015
A real adventure. An adventure that involves, fascinates and can only make melancholic.
As it draws to its end. It is not easy to describe the experience of the week Mobility Erasmus +, which ended last Friday with the appreciated final concert of the choir and orchestra the Comprehensive Porto Viro, followed by the exposure of the six striking portraits produced during the art workshop of Land art. Our gratitude to the Porto Viro families who have attuned their willingness to accept the thirty young from France, Portugal, Czech Republic, Poland and Greece.
Sunday, from the early hours of the afternoon, arrived in Porto Viro the five delegations that were received by Massimiliano Beltrame , Paola and Silvia Fregnan. The bustle and excitement for the families ready to welcome young guests, so a big commitment for some of the teachers who have turned to accompany European colleagues at several hotels, also striving as taxi drivers all week.
Monday: After a brief moment of game, strictly in English, sixty students from six different nationalities were able to share with peers their own experience, so telling of themselves, their families and their interests. At the end of this "ice breaking" activities, at the institute assembly hall have thus gathered students and teachers involved in the project, welcomed by the manager school and the local authorities present on the occasion.
Climax of the morning was the expected "show and tell "during which every European delegation acted " show and tell "a distinctive, characteristic of their culture. From Portuguese fado until the inevitable greek Sirtaki, dancing popular of the Czech Republic to the polka, the assembly hall of the St. Dominic Savio has so enriched the colors and traditions of the different European countries. After the live performance of the students Including Porto Viro that, prepared by Silvia Fregnan teachers and Massimiliano Beltrame, have performed in English some funny Italian stereotypes: such as “ Italian people always agree with pasta”, “Italians brag about inventing everything”, “Italians talk with their hands”.
Tuesday it was the turn of the first educational trip. Two buses started early in the morning to Venice ,a tourist destination wel known by our guests that does not disappoint thanks to the complicity of a beautifully sunny day. Guided by Anna Toscano, Massimiliano Beltrame, Monica Caniato and Vincenzo Ippolito, the European delegations walked a long way through the charming streets of Venice, crossing the Rialto bridge and thus visiting the architectural treasure of the lagoon city. At noon the visit to the Basilica of San Marco, explained to students prepared by tourist guides of the Patriarchate of Venice. Tired and sunburned, students and teachers have returned to Porto Viro for a quick shower before the convivial evening at the pizzeria The Fornace.
Over one hundred and forty people were able to taste the Italian pizza, dancing and singing thanks to entertainment of some musicians of the choir Miscellaneous.
Wednesday morning was devoted to the study of Renaissance art in each of the six partner countries. Italians students presented the artistic history of the Italian Renaissance and the Its main exponents thanks to the movie by Matthew Lunardelli the workshop led by team teachers of art formed by Mariangela Ferro, Laura Rigotti and Anna Toscano, a time of great fun and commitment that led to realization of true works of art: from the iconic Venus by Botticelli up to Raphael and others Renaissance masterpieces, each delegation has reinterpreted the picture assigned through the use of colored pebbles, stones and natural materials.
The garden of the headquarters of the Comprehensive has been so enriched by this art exhibition.
It carried out by the different European countries participating in the Erasmus + project.
Departure at 5:30 to Florence for two coaches led by Italian teachers Antonella Bartelle, coordinator of the day, Silvia Fregnan, Lunardelli Matteo , Laura and Anna Bertaglia Rigotti. At noon the group enjoyed the lunch in the Tuscan tavern "Il gatto e la volpe” as well as the visit to the city center, by the inevitable stop at Palazzo Vecchio, where some teachers were welcomed by the chairman of the council of Florence, until the beautiful Duomo and Baptistery nearby. In afternoon a stop at the Accademia Gallery which has fascinated and involved students and teachers, full of gratitude and wonder at the end of this busy day.
The climax of the week was Friday morning when it was exposed the work made by the six European delegations in the school courtyard. The gym of the secondary school St. Domenico Savio was then set up like a real concert hall for the expected performance of the choir and orchestra of the Comprehensive: a team of over one hundred students led by teachers Ferrante Casellato instrument, Marco Farolfi, Annamaria and Stefania Baldo i and Antonio Giovannini and Massimiliano Beltrame. The popular "farewell concert" was introduced by the executive school who thanked all the teachers involved in the project, starting from the coordinator Silvia Fregnan and the three Art teachers Mariangela Ferro, Anna Toscano and Laura Rigotti, allof them were given a bouquet of flowers for the great work done this week. Another feature is the greeting of Mayor Thomas Giacon who was fully satisfied and happy to have sponsored and supported the school in such a meaningful European project. The administration has thus offered to each delegation a gift pack containing local products of the Polesine area, also honoring students with honey and ocarinas of the Delta. Very touching was the execution of Renaissance-inspired songs and so fascinating in the soundtrack of the saga film The Lord of the Rings. Standing ovation for the choir who performed an entertaining medley of Walt Disney’s soundtraks, then performing a song in Portuguese. Welcome surprise run anthem Erasmus + "Twelve stars", composed for the occasion by the teacher Massimiliano Beltrame.
To end the stay in Italy, it has been proposed a boat trip on the Po Delta, which involved in all more than 130 people and, in addition to students and teachers in Europe, there were many families Institute including that joined the initiative.
Project coordinator for the Italian team
Visit of Erasmus + Partners in Czech Republic 21 - 25 September 2015
The mobility to the Czech Republic was from 21th to 25th September 2015. There were five foreign nations involved in the project (Portugal, Greece, Poland, Italy, France). Teachers were accommodated in Tišnov and children in the host families (Drásov and villages nearby).
The mobility in Czech republic was focused on the baroque period, represented for example by pilgrimiage church in Zelená Hora and sights in the city centres of Prague and Brno, which we’ve visited and studied with the students. There were also presentations of the partner schools about remains of this type of architecture.
We’ve visited many places, such as Lednice-Valtice area, monuments in Brno and brewery Starobrno. We were on a Prague sightseeing tour (Baroque churches, Prague castle, Loreta, Old Town square, lookout tower Petřín, Charles bridge etc.). We also visited Santini's Baroque church in Křtiny and caverns of river Punkva.
In addition to the trips, students also took part in art activities, in our case creation of “pictures” made from colourful sands, decoration of pottery and work with glass.
Visit of Erasmus + Partners in Poland 7 – 11 March 2016
During these days we were very happy to welcome our friends from Erasmus Plus Project.
Teachers and pup lis from Portugal, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy and France arrived to Inowroclaw.
On the first day we welcome our guests at school where we prepared a small performance about all the countries culture and stereotypes. Then all the countries presented their work about classicism.
The we were invited by our town`s President – Ryszard Brejza, and we went to Town`s Hall for the meeting. We presented our Project to the local authorities and then went to Solank Part for a small walk.
Evenings children spent in host familie and this was an opportunity to know better our culture and traditions.
On the second day we went to Gdansk to meet with Polish history, traditions and architecture styles. We visited old town, Solidarity Museum and Sopot. It was a great time, we could sped it together and make new friends.
On the third day we went to Torun, to make some gingerbreads and to Skludzewo to know different art styles with local artists.
It was the last day in Inowroclaw so at the evening there was a party at school, where we ate pizza and we danced.
Day 4 and 5
These two days we decided to sped in our capital Warsaw, we can find there beautiful monuments and buildings connected with classicism.
We visited Lazienki Part, Old Town and Uprising Museum.
It was a pleasure to host you.