Címlap History of the Comenius relation


History of the Comenius relation

    Aim of the projects

 

The aim of the project on one hand the teacher and student mobility, which provides the personal link among schools, on the other one presentation of each other system of education, recognition of teaching methods and means as well as exchange of experiences.

The further aim to maintain mutual theme project work of the participating students through which they present their school, environment and to get introduced with other nations’ countries culture, traditions, school customs or just to concentrate on actual global questions. The participating teachers and project coordinators are the ones who are responsible for the activities connected with the implementation of the project work organization, its coordination and documentation of the elements of the programme and report to the National Agencies.

 

History of the Comenius relation

 

Nowadays The TEMPUS PUBLIC FOUNDATION advertises the Comenius School partnership Projects through the LIFE LONG LEARNING programme.

In 1998 the Békés County Government invited twenty schools for a visit to the former Hereford and Worcestershire, presently Worcestershire in England. Besides officials of education, school headteachers and teachers of English represented Békés County.

As a result of that visit was created the link between our school and the English Bredon Hill Middle School represented by the former headmistress Mrs. Julia Adams. Our school was represented by the former Heateacher Mr. Géza Szili and the teacher of English Mr. Attila Nuralin.

In the year of 2000 recognising the importance of international relationship, a German school in Steinheid Thuringia, the English and our school succesfully applied for a bid of a preparatory visit which took place in Valencia, Spain afterwards. As a potential partner a Spanish school was taken into consideration, too. However during the visit it was discovered they had ideas of cooperation with other schools. Despite this disillusion a triple English – Hungarian-German friendship was found which determined the forms, content and succes of the further years of the project. The German school was represented by its headtecher Mr. Gunter Wild.

The succesful time period of the project provided further enthusiasm for cooperation, thus in 2003 a school of another country joined the project – The Hethoge Basic School in Vorden, Netherlands. The decision about this join was made during a visit in England, where the Dutch school was represented by its headteacher Mr. Harry Hendertink and the deputy Mr. Wilco Groters.

In the following years the cooperation work lasted for different periods and its experience exchange and succesfulness can’t be proved better than by the fact that the partner community was extended by the Voksen Skole in Oslo, Norway and the Diddatico Scole in Ciampino, Italy. The Norwegian school was represented by Mrs. Björg Sandvei headteacher and Katherine Wilsher Lohre coordinator teacher, the Italian one was represented by Ms. Stefania Quattrocchi coordinator teacher.

 

The previous content of the project

 

The project of 19987=99 was about mutual introducing ( institutions, countries, school systems). As a result of it booklets were made both about the English and the Hungarian schools, which contained different information about the institutions’ education pupils’ activities and school systems. This project provided base for the next projects.

The title of the project of 2000=2003 period was A DAY IN A LIFE. Pupils of both Hungarian and English schools made mutual observations of their day (winter and summer holidays, a weekend at home, a day at school). Through essays, drawings and photos they presented how they spend their everyday life. Above these partner schools published booklets about the the place they live in and its environment.

The title of the project of 2003=2006 period was SIDE BY SIDE IN EUROPE FOR A BETTER ENVIRONMENT. During the project period pupils made observations about the local flora and fauna. They’ve made booklets about plants and animals, got knowledge about protected plants and abondoned animals as well as defined climate of their countries. The products and documents were exchanged among partner withs. Other activities connected with topic were also includede such as literature, songs artistic activities. Int he later part of the project pupils dealt with global and local environmental problems (ptotection of water, selective garbage collection, etc.)

 

Understanding through the arts 2007/09,

 

This music was the topic of this year. The making of projects was our first task about our country's famous composers (their path of life, their working class). The children started to make them with pleasure. It preceded more weekly research. We exchanged the ready projects with the partner schools during the Steinheid’s meeting.

 

The song learning was our next task. Every partner school brought some typical of their country songs that the children learned. They started to learn them with big delight. They liked the foreign songs very much. They were performed after more weekly practice, which uptake we sent it away for the partner schools on CD.

 

We prepared different musical instruments at the same time of learning songs. Very interesting useful ideas were born, the children were very creative. (Ex: rattles were being made, drums, xylophone, guitar, whistles from different natural substances), from which one a digital documentation was made and sent away.

 

We prepared the keeping of lessons in Hungarian language, where the Hungarian alphabet, numbers were taught to the partner schools' pupils with a big success.

 

Our school has two successful Comenius National School Cooperation multilateral projects announced by Tempus Foundation which will be realized from September 2012 to June 2014.

the amount of financial aid is all together 40 000 euro. Our school is accomplishing 48 mobilitas which provide possibilities for 20 students to travel a foreign country, meet foreign students, learn about their school system and culture. The program is free for the participants.

 

Let’s Reveal Secrets of European Gardens”2012/14

 

The major motivation for creating the project „Let’s Reveal Secrets of European Gardens” ” is a will to learn about plants, flowers and flora system typical for all partners’ countries. According to this we will also want to expand our knowledge about the variety of environment biodiversities and climatic zones. We will share information about national parks, bothanical gardens, types of gardens and plants. We notice with concern that natural world is slowly dying even though it is a very current issue.

We strongly believe that learning through experience is much more efficient than reading about environmental problems. Preparing their own flower beds, being responsible for flowers growth will be the best lesson of proper behavior towards nature. Our students will become a part of natural system and will understand that on the basis of practical tasks.

Such a project will develop good habits such as responsibility for something (nature in this respect) and esthetic sensibility.

What is more the project can help us with convincing local communities and our students that we have a great influence on this how our surrounding looks like.

Communing with nature can encourage shy or withdraw students to express themselves through drawings, presentations, projects etc. In this case we also want to include in the project national minorities (especially Roms) convincing that during the project they will gain a practical skills which can be developed in future life in professions such as gardener, architect or landscape designer.

The project gives also the chance to expand language knowledge in fields that are not often taught because of the lack of time, especially if we take into consideration names of flowers, herbs or sowing procedures.

The world is a global village now and such knowledge can be very useful if anyone will decide to work abroad. We would like to combine learning about nature with healthy lifestyle in order to show that living in peace with the environment, sowing herbs is not only fun but also healthy.

We can also see how schools from different countries work to follow their examples as well as setting a good example; we will be able to collect good examples being aware that we are never the best, we always have something to learn from others and also something new to share. This is the only way to construct and live in the United Europe where sharing is the key to success.

Participant countries are Poland, Italy, Slovakia, Germany, France, England, Wales, Latvia, Spain, Turkey and Hungary.


 

We are the champions 2012/14

The main idea for the project is to capitalize and build on the London Olympics 2012 and take inspiration from the Olympics to perform a course focused on sport and healthy lifestyles, through enabling students from all the partner countries to share their knowledge and background of their sports cultures and sporting heroes whilst at the same time developing their motivation and skills in various new sports. The children will also learn about the science behind sport - what happens to the body when you exercise and how this is beneficial.

We believe that through sport and the sport activities that take place in each country, we can convey those aspects of culture and knowledge to ensure that every pupil and teacher increases the sense of participation in the European community and self-esteem. We will also focus on children from disadvantaged families, comparing information about the student welfare systems and healthcare systems as well as the education of children with special educational needs.

Building common set of paths starting from the sport will allow us to use language to describe the individual experiences, to share them online and make pupils protagonists of learning focused on health and healthy lifestyles. The use of English in the curricular activities will increase vocabulary and communication skills of students with friends in other Countries.

Participant countries are Italy, Germany, Poland, Finland, Czech Republic and Hungary.