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Croatian team in France

Posted on by Lidija Kralj

by Antonio  Štefanec

 

Day 1 - 7th October 2013th

In Paris, we arrived about 11 o’clock. We were greeted by teacher Thomas who took us to school, and later we went on the tour of the castle of Versailles, and a large garden. Around 6 pm we went home with the family.

 

Day 2 - 8th October 2013th

At school we had to present everything we have prepared and we sang. We had a game at Versailles, where we were looking for answers until 5 pm. Then we had dinner and we had some icebreaking activities. In the evening we went to McDonald’s restaurant with our hosts.

 

Day 3 - 9th October 2013th

We had a workshop where we created calendars and we later worked on a short film, which we filmed on Wednesday and finished on Friday (11th October 2013).


Day 4 - 10th October 2013th

In the morning, around 7:30, we went by bus to Paris. In Paris, we first visited the church of Notre Dame where we spent around 30 minutes and then we went on a boat trip on the river (Bateau Bus). By boat we came right in front of the Eiffel Tower. We were there for 45 minutes and then we started walking around Paris and ended up in a cafe where we got warm. We got home at about 5 pm.


 

Day 5 - 11th October 2013th

That day we finished working on movies and calendars. My mom, Josipa, Bojana, Lovro and   I went to McDonalds from 3 to 5. Then we went to the teachers’ hotel. We all went to the party in school where we were until 11 o'clock at night. We danced, sang, and it was really fun. Then we all said goodbye and went home.

 

Day 6 - 12th October 2013th

I got up around 8:30, we had breakfast with the family and went to the store on the main square in Versailles. When we got home I played Fifa 2013 and SongStar with Lukas (Zillia’s brother). Later we went to eat and to take some photos. Then Eleonora's mum and my mom came, so Lovro and I went to the parking where we said goodbye to everybody and we were headed to the airport. It took us about one hour to get there. Then we went by plane to Zagreb where I met my dad and my brother.


 

Visiting Versailles

Posted on by Lidija Kralj

by Josipa Ovčar, Bojana Ciler

 

7th October 2013th Monday

That morning, at five o'clock we met in front of the school and travelled to Zagreb. When we arrived at the airport, we checked in for the flight. We waited for boarding while drinking morning coffee. When we boarded, we were all very excited. The flight lasted for one hour and forty minutes. It was a quiet flight. On the plane, we had sandwiches for lunch and a drink of our choice. When we landed in Paris where we were greeted by a teacher from the Versailles school, Thomas. Two Italians (son and daughter of Italian teachers Marilina) were with us. When we all (Croats and Italians) arrived in Versailles, we went to school. There were all very happy and excited that we came. We were all warmly welcomed. At school we had lunch and then we visited the gardens of Versailles. Our host families picked us up at school between 4:30 and 5:30. Other children with their teachers arrived late in the evening.

  

8th October 2013th Tuesday

The next morning we met in the school yard at 8:15 and we had breakfast. At 9:00 pm we had a welcoming event which was attended by all states. Each country had a task to prepare and act out one Aesop's fable and sing a European anthem. We presented our fable very well and we sang "Ode to Joy" with the Italian group. After these events, we had lunch. After lunch we got to know each other. We were divided into groups in which we remained until the end of the week. In these groups, we also played orientation games at Versailles. Those who got all answers right, and first came to school were the winners. Once again we played games with our hosts, everyone went to their house, and teachers had dinner.


 

9th October 2013th Wednesday

In the morning, right when we got to school, we got into the groups we set up on Tuesday. Then we had various workshops. The first workshop was to create a script and then a movie about the safety on the Internet and e - identity. In the second workshop, we created a Comenius calendar that we brought home to Croatia. At 10:00 am we had a little break, and then we had another workshop. Workshops were hard but we had a lot of fun and good time. Then we went home for lunch, and some of us had a picnic in a nearby park. After lunch we had about 3 hours of free time. Some of us visited other hosts, some went shopping ... At 14:45 we all had to meet outside the town hall. Then again, we had about 3 hours of free time. This free time we used to hang out at McDonald’s, or for a walk. The weather was not very nice, it was constantly raining and it was very cold. In the evening we had a private visit to the castle of Versailles. Around 8 o'clock we went to our hosts’ homes.

 

10th October 2013th Thursday

In the morning we all met in the parking lot near the school where we waited for a bus for a full day sightseeing in Paris. It took us about 45 minutes to get to Paris. By bus we drove along one of the most famous streets of Paris, it is a street that leads up to the Arc de Triomphe. From the bus you could see the Eiffel Tower in the distance. We went on a boat trip on the river Seine to the Eiffel Tower. From there on we walked. On foot we visited the biggest attractions in this part of Paris. Naturally, we had time to go shopping. About 5 hours later we came to our bus. We went home.


11th October 2013th Friday

On Friday, the workshops in school had to be finished. Calendars and movies were supposed to be completed. When we finished the workshops we had lunch. After lunch we had an hour of dancing and singing. We practised singing the Comenius song for the final event. Once we had had our song well-rehearsed (of course, everyone in their own language), the teams could learn some dance moves to the Michael Jackson's song “Beat it" if they wanted. We had to dance at the final event. The final event started at 8 o'clock in the evening. All the parents of the French students attended the event. All together, students and their teachers, we danced and sang the songs we had learned. After that, we could dance anyway we liked. The songs were played all the time. However, the night had to finish. We said goodbye to all our friends, took the last photos with them and went home. We were really sad.



12th October 2013th Saturday

We were free until 3 o’clock and we and our families could go anywhere we pleased. At three o'clock in the afternoon we were in the parking lot. We went to Paris and slowly departured for Zagreb and Veliki Bukovec where we were welcomed by our families.

 


France, October 2013, the Comenius group meets for the 4th time

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The reunion was very happy. Most of the students already know each other and have a lot to tell since May in Cyprus.

The reunion was very happy. Most of the students already know each other and have a lot to tell since May in Cyprus.

The Croatian teamm sings the Europeean hymn

The Croatian teamm sings the Europeean hymn

The Cypriot team plays" the grasshopper and the ant" from La Fontaine   

The Orienteering Game in Versailles was hard but fun

The Orienteering Game in Versailles was hard but fun

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Back to work

Back to work

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We went to the Townhall. We saw wondeful rooms (Here the wedding room) and an exhibition of paintings and sculptures.

We went to the Townhall. We saw wondeful rooms (Here the wedding room) and an exhibition of paintings and sculptures.

One day in Paris. Wonderful day with visits of Notre Dame, the Eiffel tower and the quartier latin. We enjoyed it a lot despite a very cold temperature.

One day in Paris. Wonderful day with visits of Notre Dame, the Eiffel tower and the quartier latin. We enjoyed it a lot despite a very cold temperature.

The best time of the meeting !! 

The best time of the meeting !! 

On the Townhall stairs

On the Townhall stairs

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Private life is secret !

Private life is secret !

Quizz

  

 

Trip to Cyprus in May 2013, such a wonderful time !

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Once again, all partners had a great experience in a foreign country.

We discovered a Cypriot sincere sense of hospitality which contributed to the success of this European Comenius meeting

A beautiful welcome ceremony : traditional dances and songs of Cyprus  

A beautiful welcome ceremony : traditional dances and songs of Cyprus

 

Discovery of old Nicosia and the painful reality of occupation. We saw the barbed wires and walked along the green line which divides the city into the Cypriot and the Turkish occupied parts . Here students are listening to the explanations of our guide Sortiria with great interest.  

Discovery of old Nicosia and the painful reality of occupation.

We saw the barbed wires and walked along the green line which divides the city into the Cypriot and the Turkish occupied parts .

Here students are listening to the explanations of our guide Sortiria with great interest.

 

Pierre recycling paper  

Pierre recycling paper

 

Teachers discussing about e-safety resource

Teachers discussing about e-safety resource

Paul in front of a mural depicting the different countries of our program, he just finished painting France!  

Paul in front of a mural depicting the different countries of our program, he just finished painting France!

 

Beautiful orthodox church of Saint Nicolas Stegis  

Beautiful orthodox church of Saint Nicolas Stegis

 

Famous neolitihic site of Khirokitia with flat roof houses  

Famous neolitihic site of Khirokitia with flat roof houses

 

Thank you Cyprus for this fantastic time It was a great success, full of emotion and discovery. We are eagerly awaiting the next meeting in October at Versailles.  

Thank you Cyprus for this fantastic time

It was a great success, full of emotion and discovery.

We are eagerly awaiting the next meeting in October at Versailles.

 

Cyprus – a perfect blend of tradition and hospitality

Posted on by Lidija Kralj

Željka Marković-Bilić

Not two months after our trip to Sweden, we were travelling again, this time to the other side of Europe, towards our destination - the town of Latsia, a suburb of Nicosia in Cyprus. A lot of things were different this time. First of all, both the passengers and their luggage arrived together. The weather was warm, but not too hot; the nature similar to our coast in early August – browns and greens, palm  trees scattered around, oleanders in blossom alongside the highway.

Nothing confused us more than the traffic, because Cyprus was a long-time English colony, so Cypriots drive on the wrong side of the road and have the driving wheel on the wrong side. Aside from that, roundabouts were a real adventure, and we got a helpful tip to look both ways when crossing the road. The second thing we haven't thought about was the shape of electrical outlets, which are also British. Thankfully, there are adapters, as well as advice including a pencil, which we decided to ignore.

Pictured: Participants of the "Be Smart, Be Safe" project in front of the school entrance  

Pictured: Participants of the "Be Smart, Be Safe" project in front of the school entrance

 

Students were accomodated with the families of students working on the project, and our students from Veliki Bukovec stayed at their old friends whom they hosted in October. Teachers stayed at a student home/hotel opposite the new University building, their sleep undisturbed despite the fact that their neighoubrs were university students.

The school we visited, Latsia Gymnasium, has almost 600 students aged 12 to 15. In Cyprus, children aged 4 to 6 are required to attend preschool, then elementary school from ages 6 to 12 and gymnasium from 12 to 15, after which they choose a vocational school. After that they can go to the university, but boys must serve the army for two years before that. Gymnasiums are a transitional period after which students choose schooling according to their capabilities and results. Even though most teachers we talked to like this system, the headmistress stated since students come from different educational backgrounds, it is hard for teachers to work with such variety. We found out that a lot of students study aboard – in Greece, Great Britain, Italy, France.

Teachers, on the other hand, change schools every eight years. After they have worked in a school for seven years, they can ask for a transfer to another school or stay at the same one for another year, but the Ministry allocates them. If they work a long way from their home, they are given extra points and higher pay, but sometimes they just move.

A detail from Nicosia – exhibitions and concerts are held within perfectly conserved Venetian city walls  

A detail from Nicosia – exhibitions and concerts are held within perfectly conserved Venetian city walls

 

The Ministry of Education of Cyprus gives points to schools which take part in national and international projects, so almost all schools implement projects. Latsia Gymnasium is currently taking part in two international projects and two projects with Greece. Almost all teachers are included in the project, and parents also help a lot by hosting students, helping with the transport, preparing the food for the guests... Everyone is friendly and ready to help, talkative and interested in   talking about the guest countries. There seems to be a desire to help the guests feel welcome.

Several thounsand years old archeological excavations, Chirokitia  

Several thounsand years old archeological excavations, Chirokitia

 

After the welcome show we felt flattered seeing how much effort our hosts put into it. They kept surprising us with activities promoting their country, from hosting the most famous Cypriot chef who made us traditional meals, visit to the Saint Nicholas church from the 11th century, picnic in a plane forest, to the sightseeing of several thousand years old excavations, 3rd century BC amphitheater and sea swimming. You can read all about our activities in a booklet prepared by our hosts.

A perfectly perserved amphitheater in Kouriun  

A perfectly perserved amphitheater in Kouriun

 

Vinko surrounded by girls.  

Vinko surrounded by girls.

 

Our main reason for visiting Cyprus, participation in the Comenius "Be Smart, Be Safe" project, took place in the morning hours and was divided between teachers and students. Students brought plenty of materials on mutual activities so far, but also on the activities related to the Safer Internet Day. They also prepared articles for the digital and printed magazine that will be one of the results of the project. They have collaborated in a workshop on e-safety and Internet ethics and spent two school lessons with Cypriot students (Greek and Old Greek).

A part of the afternoon was reserved for creative activities (sports, acting, dancing and graffitti drawing). Teachers were agreeing on publication of safer Internet resources which would be translated to English (and other partner languages) and worked on layout and content of the interdisciplinary module on Internet safety.

Veliki Bukovec Elementary school won the financial support of the Agency for Mobility and EU programs for a two-year Comenius project „Be Smart, Be Safe“ in which students from Croatia, France, Italy, Sweden and Cyprus are participating.

The project includes around 1500 students aged 10 to 15, their teachers, parents and their local communities. Its aim is to raise awareness on negative and positive sides of Internet use, enable them to use Internet in an appropriate, responsible and safe way, make changes intercurricular teaching of safer Internet use, enable students to take part in international projects and help them meet, communicate and cooperate with their peers from different European countries.

Three mobilities have took place so far – Croatia hosted the first, October 24th to 27th; we were in Sweden from March 23rd to 28th and in Cyprus May 13th to 18th.

 

The Croatian team in front of the wall decorated by the graffiti workshop students – Croatia was drawn by Gabrijela (first on the right)  

The Croatian team in front of the wall decorated by the graffiti workshop students – Croatia was drawn by Gabrijela (first on the right)