Monday, 21 October 2013
The first "Minds Without Borders" project meeting has started!
Thirteen guests have arrived in Katowice, from England, Greece, Turkey and Lithuania. After meeting the Polish teachers and walking around the school, the guests met some of the classes, teaching them about their schools, cities, countries and famous people. It was great fun for all the children!
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Tuesday, 22 October 2013
Festival of earth and space
On entering the school in the morning, the guests saw decorations of a starry sky in the school main hall, as well as exhibitions of spaceships, aliens or planets made by the Polish students.
At the gym, students, guests and teachers had a chance to take part in the Festival of Earth and Space. It was opened by a group of students singing traditional regional songs, followed by the Head Teacher's speech. Diplomas and prizes were handed in to the winners of a variety of space-related competitions.
The main event was a performance prepared by the Polish school's theatre, which made the guests and the students think a bit about the childhood of Poland's most famous astronomer, Nicholas Copernicus.
After the show, the partner schools' teachers received copies of the project's first product - the 2013-2015 Space Calendar.
The celebrations finished at the sports field with a parade of aliens. The guests chose the best dressed-up classes and also the best individual costumes in two age groups. After that, the teachers stayed at school well into the afternoon to work hard on the project's future activities. They also had a chance to meet Mr Fokko Dijkstra from Holland, who talked to them about Comenius teacher training courses organized by the CHAIN Foundation.
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Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Taking advantage of a beautiful autumn weather, teachers of all partner schools spent a day in Poland's most important and beautiful royal city - Cracow. They saw its most important sights and landmarks and heard a number of legends and stories from the city's rich and fascinating history.
Thursday, 24 October 2013
On Thursday the guests were all very busy meeting the Polish students in their classrooms, telling them about their famous people, countries and schools. They also answered numerous questions about the children's lifestyles and schools' traditions. The most important thing is that all classes of the Polish school had an opportunity to meet the foreign teachers and talk to them.
Friday, 25 October 2013
On Friday the international Comenius group had a chance to learn something about Upper Silesia's industrial heritage. The teachers visited the Silver Mine in Tarnowskie Góry, which was the last point of the Comenius meeting programme. On Saturday and Sunday all teams are heading back to their countries, where they will be working on a variety of the project activities and sharing their experiences from the project's first meeting in Katowice with their school communities.