Výzvy pro naše kultury/The Challenges of Our Cultures
Školní rok 2016/2017
Erasmus+ feedback My Journey and Stay in Oria, Spain
This year I took part in Erasmus+ project in Oria. (Spain) It was held from 12th to 17th February 2017. Oria is a very pretty town lying in the Spanish mountainous landscape in the Spanish inland. There is possible to see, for example, a very huge local church. (in the picture) The local school consists of three buildings and a playground in the yard, which serves as a gym. In the school there is a small canteen, several classrooms and two kindergarten classrooms. The school is very nice, food in the canteen was always good, except for the lunch that we once had (paella). I didn't like paella, because instead of enjoying the food I just separated hard shells from edible rice, but that is probably only due to the fact that this isn't the food I'm used to. At least I got to know a bit of foreign culture.
The project itself
We had a meeting with the other students from our school on Saturday at three o'clock a.m. in a parking lot near the bus station in Pilsen, from where we went to the airport in Prague. We flew from Prague to Amsterdam and from Amsterdam (after four hours of waiting) we flew to Alicante. From Alicante we travelled five hours by bus to Almeria, where we met with a Spanish group. We got on the bus and collected groups from other countries. Then we went on an excursion to the western town called Texas Hollywood, where many famous movies have been shot. (Lawrence of Arabia, Zorro or an Endless story for example) In the evening we were taken by the host families to their houses.
We spent the first day in school in Oria. Their mayor came to welcome us. The other days we travelled around. The following day we visited Cosentino, which is a company engaged in marble processing. It was founded as a small family business there in Spain, and now it has dozens of branches all over the world. (Only in the Czech Republic they haven't got a branch - the goods are imported from Poland or Austria) Then we visited the olive oil press Almazara. In the evening we visited a pottery workshop, where a Russian looking man explained us in detail the whole process - from acquisition ceramic clay to final products. Students were also allowed to make something, but unfortunately, there was no way to have their product burnt. On the next days we visited the Velez Blanco castle and Alhambra. The Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. It was originally constructed as a small fortress. It's as a complex of forts that Muslims have built against Christians, when there were mixing cultures. Friday was the final day of our project with a goodbye party.
I have a very good feeling from my stay in Spain. I met many new and nice people and I could recognize its local culture, these people´s customs, habits and traditions. At least I learned something from Spanish. I really liked my stay in Spain and I'm glad I had a chance to learn something new in this ideal way.
Viktor Ferus, class 2E
My journey to Spain – Erasmus+
First I would like to say that I am very happy for that, that I was allowed to participate in this great project called Erasmus +, which in I see great potential and I generally admire this international idea. There is no wonder that this project was elected as the best European project. But now I have to move to an overall evaluation of Erasmus + Meeting in Spanish Oria, which I attended in February this year. First I would like to mention the things, which I very liked and enjoyed them very well. I really liked probably all of the program tours and sight-seeing events such as western town Texas Hollywood and Alhambra fortress. So I just want to say that the schedule seems fine to me because I had a lot of fun with another people from foreign countries. I would like to say that I am very happy for the family that made me an accommodation, I had no slightest problem with them and I really liked their environment. We had a huge fortune for the family, they were kind, welcoming, and always took care of us, whether we missing something and if we are satisfied with everything. I also met the Spanish culture, which seems very interesting to me and I am very glad for it. I would like to also mention that I have this meeting in Spain very much enjoyed and I will remember it only in good, but there is one thing that I absolutely did not like, and that were occasional inappropriate expressions of one girl, who came from Britain but she lives in Oria and she participated in the project for Spain, who came on as really unsympathetic, but mostly very loudly and stupidly showed. But then I met a lot of great people in whom I am glad for that I had the opportunity to become acquainted with them. Thanks to everyone who gave me the unique opportunity to participate in this project.
The same language, different dialect
Never in my life, have I ever heard, that learning languages is stupid or useless. Sure, some people say it, just because they think, that a certain language, which I won’t name it, is insignificant, awful, hard, weird etc. In my opinion, those are just excuses, that are here to keep them out of learning or even trying to do it. Whew, I finally said, what I wanted to say. Now, let’s move onto the main topic of my work.
I’m sure you know like any other civilized person English and can speak it at least a little bit. What you’re being taught at courses or at school, is formal English, that’s nice, but what will happen, if you bump into a Scottish person and he asks you, if you can speak English? You will imediately realize, that you can’t speak English that well as you thought you can. For those, who can’t imagine the lingo of the Scots, here’s a little example: It’s black as the Earl of Hell’s Waistcoat! Which means, that it’s very dark, so literal translation doesn’t work, plus you’ll sound like Google translator. Also, to add the horror, he speaks with an accent, so you may not understand some words while listening. Scottish people love using slangs and they think those are normal everyday phrases. And that’s one of thousands or even more of dialects in this world. For a better hindsight, I’ll provide you with 10 more dialects, five are British and 5 American. Okay so, Yorkshire, Birmingham, Welsh, Liverpool, Cockney, Texan, Western, Country, Canadian a Midwest. And that’s not all, there are dialects that even we don’t know about their existence and usage.
Good, let’s deviate from English. How about something, that most of the Czech students don’t really like? Yes, it is German. Formal German is hard you say? Well then, you’ve probably never heard of Swiss German, where you would even dare to say, that it’s a completely different language from German. Their speaking doesn’t match with writting, as they write in formal German, or else, it would be very informal. The best thing is, that Switzerland has 23 cantons and 3 of them are half cantons. Their official language isn’t just German, but also French, Italian and Romansh.
So, the summary is, that learning an exact language isn’t everything, it’s the beginning. You must listen and practice a certain dialect, so that you won’t stare without any word coming out of your mouth, when a native starts speaking to you in the accent he’s used to. The school will only teach you the basics, but what you’ll really learn, is on the world. In another words, travel, meet new people and their culture. That’s why you’re learning a foreign language, to communicate.
Minh Hoang Ta, 3E
Online – virtual mobility
Within our project class 3. F created an online questionnaire which was sent to our pupils from the first to the fourth school year. Its topic was Your Future. In the presentation you can find a lot of diagrams and graphs with our pupils` responses. We asked them e. g. What is your favourite school subject? Are you going to study at university? Would you like to study abroad? What is your dream job? Where would you like to live in the future? Where do you see yourself in ten years?
The results are interesting for us. We will discuss them and possible differences between our partner schools in our online chats and on TwinSpace via the eTwinning website.
They wrote about us
The students from our partner school in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, completed their articles, describing their experience, skills and impressions from the stay and practical trainings in Pilsen. They published them in their school magazine called STS - Magazin. Let´s read their texts, please. We are very happy that they enjoyed their stay in our school and in Pilsen. It was a great time for all of us!
We would like to share the outcomes of the Erasmus+ task about telling stories from our team grandparents´ successful lives. We are attaching the links of the two greatest and the best done ones.
´The work on the task was really interesting for me and my grandparents who immediately agreed the idea of making an interview and a video about their journeys to Tanzania and Zanzibar in Africa. They talked and described their impressions of their travel adventures. My grandpa was wearing a piece of special African clothing during making the record. My grandma was excellent at her English. I am really proud of my grandparents´, says Eliška, a member of our Erasmus+ team.
Let´s watch the video Avi Erasmus+ and enjoy it the same way as we did: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6UnxlPlCe8&feature=youtu.be.
The second great interview was made by Jiří Pašek from our Erasmus+ team. He interviewed his grandfather who survived several political regimes and systems and described his impressions, ideas and thoughts in it. ´I was really surprised what my grandpa experienced and went through. Is it possible to go through so many dangerous and interesting events, I asked myself during making the interview´, says Jirka, the author of the video. Let´s watch it and make your own point of view: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJwaUZiVzaU.
We were all surprised and proud of our parents and grandparents and we are sure we can learn a lot from them, say the members of our Erasmus+ team.
Working for charity in SSINFIS Pilsen – our project calendar
On the basic of our project tasks we are intensively working for charity now. We also cooperated on the project calendar which represents our partnership together with our partner schools. Some of the calendar issues were done by our students. We think the calendar looks great. Last week we started our first charity bazar which was very successful. The public, our students, their parents, frinds, people who are interested in our work, came to our school and bought the calendar. We talked them about our project, the cooperation and first of all about understanding our partner schools and different cultures. We discussed the topics of our project and the questions, connected with common partnership, life together of all people who live in Europe. The people who came to our bazar could see that our cooperation really works. Thank you, our friends, students, public, it is the best feeling and award for us! Renata Wolfova
Our new activity - Erasmus+ calendar 2017
Under the activities of our successful Erasmus+ project The Challenges of Our Cultures we have prepared a new wall calendar for the year 2017. We created it with the Erasmus+ teams and their outputs with common cooperations of all partner schools from Germany, Poland, Spain and Italy under the leading of the general coordinator Daniela Romeo and her Erasmus+ team from Germany.
We would like to offer you to buy the calendar during Opening Days of our school and at our charity bazars. The proceeds from the sale will be donated to charity organizations.
Come to our school and help people in need. Thank you very much for your help and support.
Renata Wolfova, Erasmus+ coordinator
Meeting the Erasmus+ host families
A few days ago we had an opportunity to spend a pleasant afternoon together with Czech Erasmus+ host families. We talked about our partner schools and their students, remembered the great week, spending together while organizing Pilsen workshop for 21 students and their 11 teachers from our partner schools from Germany, Poland, Spain and Italy.
We have a lof of excellent memories and feelings and we are looking forward to the next meeting which will be held in Spain in February 2017.
Thank you very much, dear host families, for everything what you did for the Erasmus+ project!
My meeting with Erasmus+
In October 2016, many foreign students from other European counties arrived in our school. This visit was organised by the international project called Erasmus+. We had also a choice to accommodate the student in our home and spend the whole week with him or her in project activities. I've been working on this project since last year, because I like it and I also think it is very interesting. So, let's take a look how I found that one-week visit of foreign students. At first we introduced our school to the students and teachers. The Spanish group was assigned to me and my colleague. There were two girls and two boys. Their names are Laura, Sonia, Pedro and Alejandro. We were going around our school and we showed a lot of interesting things to our visitors. They found our school very nice. We know it, because they told that to us. We also learned some new things about their school in Spain. The walk was one hour long, so after the time expired, we went back to our cafeteria. I enjoyed it very much.
Jiří Pašek, 3. E
My week with project Erasmus + Or dumplings are not bread, but there is the similarity
I would like to address this at the very beginning I am not a social person. Until I actually start talking, the week comes to an end. That’s the main reason I was worried at first, that when the foreign students arrive, I will not be able to say a word. Everything changed though on Saturday’s afternoon, when I was impatiently waiting for Carmen, the exchange student from Italy which I had to take care of, to arrive. I was worried how am I going to handle this, but at the end all the worries were totally unnecessary. Right from the beginning Carmen was very nice, just like other students from the group who came to visit us from Italy, Sorrenta.
The nervousness I struggled with fell off of me pretty quickly. I showed Carmen around my house right before dinner. Wi-Fi connection was a must. The dinner itself went nicely. I was happy that my culinary abilities didn’t disappoint me. Even though it was not the real masterpiece of Czech cuisine, we had to start somehow.
The beginning of the week was launched in our school, introducing the Pilsen region and our school itself. After some other activities lunch time came around and I must say that it was the biggest and the greatest experience, for all the foreign students. Explaining to our new friends what sirloin is was not that hard. The real struggle was explaining the difference between bread and a dumpling. I had no idea if they understood my point or not. After some afternoon activities we visited a restaurant. It was such a great day and I hoped the whole week is going to be just as good. Sadly, I wasn’t feeling well. I didn’t want to give up our trip to Prague, so I made myself go and even though I had a cold, I was glad I had a chance to spend another day with my new friends.
Everything went by too quickly and I could not believe it’s time to say goodbye. I didn’t even have time to show Carmen around the place where I live or take her to one of our shopping centres in Pilsen.
Thanks to this amazing opportunity I started to believe, that I can speak English. I’ve made new friends and I have gained more experience. I liked the whole project very much.
Eliška Mašková, student of class 4A, SŠINFIS Pilsen
My experience with Erasmus+
During the first week of October, I had an opportunity to spend the whole week with few students from foreign countries, from project Erasmus+. Most of the time I spent with a girl which I hosted, Laura. She’s a 13 years old girl from little town Oria in Spain. Not only we had pretty interesting schedule, full of different events.
One of the most interesting events, was without a doubt, a visit of The University of West Bohemia, including The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. There you can find US Point alias american center, which was also part of the colorful schedule for the rest of the week.
We were there with the students for three hours, during those one of the teachers, Ms. Daniela Lukavska showed us things which US Point is offering to people. We learned of what US Point was about and they also prepared little lecture about Apple and their products. I (as a student of informational technologies) was very excited and at the end of the lecture I also was happily surprised. In the last few minutes, we could also try to work with each device such as Macbook, AppleTV even iMac. And that was the end of the lecture.
For the second interesting event I would like to write about the visit of Techmania Science Center. This event was on Wednesday afternoon and all the students liked it. We tried many of interactive expositions and from information panels, which were included next to them, we even learned a lot of interesting informations. Then we visited 3D Planetarium next to the Techmania Science Center, where we obtained 3D glasses, and we watched 2 short films. Of course in English. It was amazing.
And don't forget about visit of Pilsen brewery, whole day trip in Prague or a visit in the museum of puppets in Pilsen.
It was an excellent week, which enriched us with experience, memories and knowledge of English language. We learned about culture of different countries and also the memories of this week are unforgettable.
Aneta Koldovská, 3. E
The program of the week was really excellent. I wasn't bored at all. I think that the best point of the week was the trip to Prague, because It had been long time from my last visit to Prague and the teachers had nice commentaries to each place. Although the weather wasn't as good as it we had expected, I enjoyed it. It was clear that all people were astonished. They liked the kindness of Czech people and the organization of the week. Their feedbacks were very nice.
I was interested in the T-Shirts made by them, some of them were really nice. The most interesting point for me was that I got better in English. As I sometimes had to speak to someone, who didn't speak Czech or Russian, I spoke English, which improved my language skills. Last week was excellent. It was great, because I visited many interesting places with our group and I met new great people. I liked it, because I could also take photographs and shoot videos.
Viktor Ferus, 2. E
ERASMUS + DIARY
This week we had project called Erasmus + with people from almost whole Europe. It was really awesome. We met new friends and experienced many great moments. Everyone was happy and all of us enjoyed it. This week we could see different cultures and cooperated with them. No matter we are different, we can still be friends together. It is a magic I think. We learned a lot. We made our English better but we could also learned about people and about their lives. The participants were from Italy, Poland, Spain and Germany and also from the Czech Republic.
On Sunday we could see each other for the first time. We went home, had something to eat and relaxed after a long trip. We went to school in Pilsen on Monday to see how our Czech friends learn and study here. They showed us their school. In the afternoon we went to the Pilsen Urquell brewery. After that we hanged out with our friends.
On Tuesday we went to practical trainings and our friends stayed at school because they had to study there. We met them at lunch in the school canteen and then we went sightseeing in Pilsen. We saw the main square called the Square of Republic, Pilsen city hall, the New Pilsen Theatre and J.K.Tyl theatre. Then we again hanged out with our friends. After that we went home, had dinner and relaxed.
On Wednesday after practical trainings we went to Techmania Science center in Pilsen. There we saw some exhibits. Later we went to the Astronomical centre where we watched 3D films about space and flying.
On Thursday we took part in a trip and tour to Prague. We saw lots of historical buildings and famous places like Wenceslas Square, the Old Town Square. We went around the city and we went shopping. After the trip we came back to Pilsen.
On Friday we had a morning meeting in our school canteen to work on a common feedback. We did a lot of things in international teams like painting and decorating our T-shirts, we wrote essays about this project and the team of the SSINFIS school magazine interviewed us too to know something about our final feelings and feedback.
The final event held in Ladislav Hruska´s Meditation Garden in Pilsen where we were able to think about the previous week and understanding people of different nations, cultures and traditions. We liked it very much.
On Satuday our friends from other countries left Czechia and they went to their homes. We really enjoyed this week. Great experiences with great people!
Václav Palacký, class 2F
Pilsen practical trainings of our partner schools and their stay with us
Pilsen practical trainings of our partner schools and their stay with us In the first week of October 21 students from our partner schools from Italy, Poland, Germany and Spain arrived in our school. They were accompanied by their teachers. The foreign students stayed in our students´ families to find out how they live and what differences there are among Czech and their national living styles. They could also taste typical Czech meals both in host families and in our school canteen.
The students spent practical trainings together with our Czech students in companies and firms in Pilsen and its surroundings, for example in the Pharmos company, the Regional Court of Justice, Pilsen Regional Office etc.
All participants took part in various activities during this week and they enjoyed their common program. They could see the historical centre of our city, Pilsen Urquell Brewery, Techmania Science Centre, Pilsen Region Job Centre, West Bohemian University and its US Point and Meditation Garden of Mr Hruska. They also spent one day in Prague where they visited the biggest Czech logistics company the Main Post and they went sightseeing, of course.
On the last day of their stay they worked on feedback and summarized all the week and its experience. All of them liked and enjoyed their stay here which was busy but very interesting for them.
Školní rok 2015/2016
Petr Majdl 2F
The first week in June we went with a group of four to Poland to Suwalki within the project Erasmus+. The trip to Suwalki was long. We went by train from Pilsen to Prague, next we flew to Warsaw and from Warsaw, where we met other members of the project, we went to the centre of Warsaw, where Polish teachers prepared the visit of the most interesting places of Warsaw such as The Old Town. After the arrival in Suwalki we stayed in Polish families. In my opinion, my family tried their best to take care of me. On Monday was the official lunch of the project Erasmus + and we went through the partner school. The hallways had a lot of boards, which referred to the project Erasmus +. I thought it was interesting. I really liked the whole school. In the afternoon there was arranged an hour of dance in the community centre, where we danced the traditional Polish polonaise. On Tuesday we started to rehearse the entire group performance, which we had to prepare for the teachers and after lunch there was a meeting with the president of Suwalki. On Wednesday was the day-long-programme out of the town. We visited a national park near Suwalki and in the afternoon we went down the river by canoe. On Thursday we went to rehearsals of our performance and in the afternoon we played sport games in the school gym. On Friday, our last day, the so-called Erasmus + day where we played our performance and all the countries participating in the project, prepared presentations about their city, county and school and in the afternoon we went to the final barbecue. I really liked the whole trip, I met new people and I cannot wait to meeting the others in our school. I think we were a good team and understood each other.
Within the project Erasmus+ we went to Poland to town Suwalki. We flew on Sunday morning from Prague to Warsaw, where we met the other members of project Erasmus+. We went together through the historical centre of city Warsaw so-called “The Old Town” and after that we went by bus to city Suwalki. After we arrived in city Suwalki we went to our host families to be accommodated. Next morning, they showed us their school and in the afternoon they taught us their national dance, polonaise. In the free time they took us to play bowling. On Tuesday morning they showed us their cultural centre and we made some team activities. Then we went to the Town Hall where we met the president of town Suwalki. In the evening we walked through the town, while we were divided into small groups and we had to answer some questions. On Wednesday we were in a national park, in a monastery and for the rest of the day we did canoeing. On Thursday morning we had two lessons, one English lesson and one Polish lesson. Then we went to their cultural centre where we rehearsed our theatre performance which we presented on Friday. After lunch we did sports activities in the school. On Friday we had the final rehearsal and afterwards we played it in front of the teachers and some Polish students. After the performance all students had a presentation about their country. After lunch we had a meeting in the school from where we went to “Old Folwark” where barbecue was prepared for us. There was refreshment and some music. We danced, we ate, we played football and it was very well spent last day and last moments with these people in Poland. The whole week was really good and it was very interesting experience for me.
Our Erasmus+ teams took part in a competition of the best project logo. Which one would you prefer? I can tell you that the logo with puzzles was awarded as the fourth best one among all partner teams. Its authors are Vašek Hajšman and Petr Majdl from class 2F.
The other two ones are also very nice, aren´t they?
Congratulations to all Czech logo makers!
Připravujeme společnou kuchařskou knihu Erasmus+ místních receptů a specialit
V rámci dalšího úkolu našeho projektu jsme se s chutí pustili do práce na přípravě společné kuchařské knihy, která bude publikována ve všech partnerských zemích. Zde bude v rámci různých charitativních akcí nabízena ke koupi. Zisk z jejího prodeje bude věnován na charitativní účely. Kniha bude obsahovat recepty na vybrané místní speciality z partnerských zemí, tj. z Německa, Itálie, Španělska, Polska a samozřejmě z našeho Plzeňského regionu.
Žáci 2E naší školy měli za úkol nejen obstarat recept regionálního pokrmu, ale jídlo také uvařit, ochutnat a vyfotografovat. Musím říci, že je tato práce nejen bavila, ale také obohatila, protože schopnost uvařit si něco dobrého se jim hodí i do budoucího života.
V kuchařské knize se tedy objeví nejen recepty na různé plzeňské speciality, jako je Plzeňský guláš, Plzeňské bramboráky, špekové knedlíky, ale Plzeňská pivní polévka. Vynikající jsou recepty na sladká jídla, jako jsou ovocné knedlíky, dezerty, moučníky s drobenkou, palačinky, chodské koláče. Čtenáři se mohou také inspirovat, jak si připravit kuřecí speciality, jako jsou kuřecí rarášky, šunkofleky či knedlíky, které lze připravit jak na slaný, tak na sladký způsob.
Doufáme, že se naše kuchařská kniha zalíbí nejen českým, ale i zahraničním čtenářům.
Dobrou chuť s našimi specialitami!
We are preparing a common Erasmus+ cookery book of local recipes and specialities
On the basic of our everymonth tasks we were working on the new task which brought us an activity of preparing a common Erasmus + cookery book. The recipe book will be published in all partner countries and sold during various charity events. The earnings will be donated to charity purposes of various charity organizations.
The book will collect recipes for local specialities of all partner countries which means Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland and of course, our Pilsen region!
Students of 2E class had a difficult task not only to collect these recipes but they had to cook the meal, taste it and take photos of its preparation. I must say our students liked this work not only it was funny for them but most of them also improved their cookery skills which is a positive thing for their future lives.
What recipes will readers find in our cookery book? There will be many recipes taken and collected in Pilsen region for its local specialities like Pilsen goulash, Pilsen potatoes, bacon dumplings but even Pilsen beer soup. Great recipes show how to prepare sweet meals like fruit dumplings, desserts, cakes with crumble, pancakes, Chod cakes. Cooks can also prepare chicken speicalities like Chicken rarasky. They can be inspired how to make sunkofleky (it was not to translate the name of this meal into English) or dumplings, prepared in a salty or sweet way.
We hope that our new cookery book will be enjoyed not only by Czech, but also by foreign readers and cooks.
Enjoy your meals with our specialities!
International Meeting in Suwalki, Poland
Our students Václav Hajšman and Petr Majdl from class 2.F together with teachers Eva Václavíková and Jan baťko took part in the international meeting of project Erasmus+ „Challenges of our Cultures“ in town Suwalki in Poland. After the arrival in Warsaw we met the other members of the teams from Poland, Germany, Italy and Spain and we went sightseeing the historical part of the city. We also had the opportunity to try some traditional local meals.
On Monday the headmaster welcomed us, we visited all the classrooms of our partner school, played some integrating activities and in the afternoon we learnt how to dance polonaise. On Tuesday we visited the School of Special Education, presented the educational possibilities of special need students in our partner countries and we met the president of Suwalki in the Town hall. Wednesday programme took place in the nature. We went for a walk in the national park Wigry, did canoeing and could observe the region Suwalszczyzna. On Thursday we observed classes at school ZSnr 3 and visited the association „The Active in the Same Way“ where we could see the integration of mentally disabled people into ordinary life. On Friday we did the workshop of art theraphy, enjoyed the theatre performance of our students as well as the presentations of all the member countries of our project. The whole meeting was officially finished with a barbecue party in village Stary Folwark. The meeting brought us a lot of experience.
We entered Erasmus+ chatroom
During the first online meeting our students mainly talked about their hobbies which are first of all computer games, films, serials and music. All students also changed their user names on Snapchat to be able to keep in touch not only at the school area. We are preparing the next chats which will take place regularly. They are very popular as a possibility of modern mean of communication between our partner schools.
Together in Europe
On 5 December 2015 Frankfurter Neue Presse published an article about the first international meeting of the project Erasmus+ ´The Challenges of our Cultures´which was held in Frankfurt am Main. It described activities and materials which have already been made in the project. Teachers´ teams met firstly in person together. Our school is one of the partner schools which take part in this project. It has just received the title The Best Project of Europe. Read more in the attached article:
Schwanthalerschule Gemeinsam für die Schüler
05.12.2015 Von JULIA LORENZ Die Schwanthalerschule hatte in dieser Woche Besuch aus Spanien, Italien, Tschechien und Polen. Gemeinsam mit den 16 Lehrern aus dem Ausland ist die Hauptschule Teil des zweijährige Erasmus-Plus-Projekts der EU.
Sie waren im Historischen Museum und im Dialogmuseum, haben eine Sightseeing-Tour durch die Innenstadt gemacht, haben sich „Frankfurt Babel“ vom Jungen Schauspiel angeschaut, waren auf dem Weihnachtsmarkt, haben Glühwein und Ebbelwei probiert und wurden von Stadtrat Eugenio Muñoz del Rio (SPD) im ehrwürdigen Kaisersaal des Römers begrüßt: Die Schwanthalerschule hatte in dieser Woche Besuch aus Spanien, Italien, Tschechien und Polen. Insgesamt 16 Lehrer aus dem Ausland waren nach Sachsenhausen gekommen, um mit ihren Frankfurter Kollegen das Erasmus-Plus-Projekt der Europäischen Union voranzubringen, dem sie zusammen für die nächsten zwei Jahre angehören.
„Mit dem Projekt wollen wir sehen, welche Potenziale unsere Schüler haben und wo sie einen Platz in der Gesellschaft finden können“, erklärt Daniela Romeo. Die Lehrerin für Politikwissenschaften an der Schwanthalerschule ist die Hauptkoordinatorin, immerhin war sie es auch, der vor drei Jahren während einer Fortbildung in London die Idee kam, sich mal mit ihren Schülern an einem internationalen Projekt zu beteiligen. Partnerschulen im Ausland waren schnell gefunden. „Die Schüler und auch wir Lehrer lernen Menschen aus anderen Kulturen und ihre Sprachen kennen und können tolle Erfahrungen sammeln“, erklärt Edyta Korobkiewicz, Lehrerin an der polnischen Partnerschule in Suwalken. Und Lehrerin Maria Nica von der italienischen Partnerschule in Sao Paolo sagt: „Die Jugendlichen lernen die europäischen Werte kennen. Das ist sehr wichtig.“
Auch die EU konnte von dem Konzept überzeugt werden und nahm die Schulen in das Erasmus-Plus-Projekt auf. Dabei erhalten die Schulen Zuschüsse für die Einrichtung von strategischen Partnerschaften, um den Erfahrungsaustausch zu fördern und sich mit der Arbeitswelt zu vernetzen.
Mehr als 300 Schüler
Von der Schwanthalerschule und ihren vier Partnerschulen nehmen mehr als 300 Jugendliche an dem Projekt, das sie unter den Titel „The challenges of our cultures“ (zu deutsch: Die Herausforderungen unserer Kulturen) gestellt haben, teil. „Im ersten Jahr arbeiten wir daran, die eigenen Identität zu finden“, sagt Daniela Romeo. Dafür haben die Schüler Videos in ihren Heimatstätten gedreht. Alle fertigen Produkte werden dann auf einer Internetplattform der EU eingestellt, damit auch die Partnerschulen darauf Zugriff haben.
„Im zweiten Jahr steht dann für die Schüler etwas ganz Besonderes an“, erzählt Romeo. Sie dürfen Praktika im Ausland machen. Das freut natürlich die Schüler wie die Neuntklässlerin Setara: „Ich mag es, neue Kulturen, Länder und Menschen kennenzulernen.“ Dafür werden von den Schulen jetzt noch Betriebe gesucht, die die Schüler aus den fünf Schulen aufnehmen. „Dabei sollen alle in der Lage sein trotz ihrer verschiedenen Kulturen zusammenzuarbeiten und erfolgreich zu sein“, sagt Romeo. „Wir wollen, dass unsere Schüler ihre eigenen Fähigkeiten entdecken und ihr Selbstbewusstsein stärken, damit sie einen guten Schulabschluss machen und anschließend einen tollen Arbeitsplatz finden.“
Die Aufnahme in das Programm ist besonders für die Schwanthalerschule ein großer Erfolg, soll sie doch ab dem kommenden Sommer jahrgangsweise auslaufen und in der neuen Integrierten Gesamtschule (IGS) Süd aufgehen. Das Engagement der Lehrer ist dennoch ungebremst. „Die Kooperationen sollen auch nach den zwei Jahren laufen“, sagt Romeo. „Wir würden sie dann gerne zusammen mit der IGS weiterführen.“
History which Joins Us – the next Erasmus+ topic
Under the aims of our January and February tasks we tried to think about the questions of pluralism, integration and common coexistence of people of different cultures, living in Europe. We wanted to have a think it in the connection with the topic of history which joins all our partner schools from Germany, Poland, Spain, Italy and the Czech Republic together.
We also discuss these topics with the students from our partner schools via videoconferences which are not only the opportunity how to express our ideas. They also bring us improving our language knowledge and getting our communication skills better.
We will be very happy if you watch the attached posters, video and presentations to understand our points of view: https://prezi.com/vwqljjhsytnw/history-that-joins-us/
Frankfurt am Main, 30. 11. – 5. 12. 2015
The first transnational conference of the project Erasmus+ The Challenges of Our Cultures or the best project of Europe
On the first week of December our Erasmus+ teachers´ team spent seven days in the Schwanthalerschule partner school in Frankfurt am Main in Germany. This school organized the first transnational conference there. The aim of the conference was to meet all project partners in person, to change skills and experience, evaluate previous activities and plan the new ones which are all focused on various nationalities life together and their integration through the whole Europe.
We also received a great piece of news in Frankfurt: the European Commission in Brussels announced our project the best project of Europe!
Our welcome and all the stay in Schwanthalerschule in Frankfurt was very friendly and nice. We were allowed to attend some lessons in our German partner school and to recognize new teaching methods. It was very useful for us and we enjoyed the lessons together with German students. We could also meet the school staff and the German Erasmus+ team including its coordinator Daniela Romeo.
We met all partners together and all five coordinators started to share experience and plan everything to run in the best way. We stayed at a hotel Maingau. We were also invited to come to the Frankfurt City Hall where the vice-mayor welcomed us. We could also see the Emperor hall with 52 portraits of all German emperors and monarchs. And the great Christmas market in Frankfurt! It was exciting for us. We saw a theatre performance Franfurt Babel and discussed the topic of the play with its director Martin Droste. During the press conference we answered journalists´ questions about the project. It is very good that public is interested in this topic.
We are looking forward to more team meetings and activities. The next planned event will be held in June 2016 in a Polish town Suwalki.
Our first Erasmus+ Project Day
Our first Erasmus+ Project Day started on Tuesday 27 October when our students decided to work hard on their first Erasmus+ project activities. They were devided into two main groups that made presentations and posters about our school, Pilsen city and Pilsen region. They all worked in teams in our special IT classrooms. The rest of the students set up to the city centre to record videos about our most popular sights, Pilsen citizens and interesting things which could be found here. They had a lot of fun during making the videos. Our students liked the work very much as you can recognize in the attached photos. The best works are displayed on www.etwinning.net TwinSpace where you can see all of them. They are really well done.
There are materials which we have created: