Sunday, 10 September 2017

3rd transnational meeting in Turkey

The third transnational project meeting took place in Istanbul, Turkey. It was organised from 6-8 September, 2017 and each partner institution was represented by two or three project team members. During the meeting we launched the 3rd project year by summing up the project activities we had completed so far and we checked and rearranged the activities of the 3rd project year. We agreed on the exact dates of the project activities and also made preparations for the completion of our cooperation.
We agreed on our common assessment tools both for language measurement and final assessment. We explored the Turkish school and got acquainted with all the activities done there as well as the Turkish educational system.

The activities for and during the student exchange in Croatia were discussed and we also made preparations for the final student exchange that will take place in Spain.

The participating teachers also had a “literary text” workshop, where we jointly read and discussed the short story „The Last Birds” by Sait Faik Abasiyanik.
We had the honour of visiting places and meeting people of great importance in order to discuss and compare our educational systems and share good practices. We paid a visit to National Education Directorate and had a meeting with the Mayor of Üsküdar.

We also took part in some great cultural activities and we went on some trips exploring the breathtaking Istanbul. We had an opportunity to see this spectacular place through the eyes of an insider visiting places that are popular with locals and experiencing authentic Turkish culture.  

We took a Historical Peninsula Tour visiting Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace and  Basilica Cistern. We also paid a visit to Tanpinar Library which is a literary museum and archive dedicated to Turkish literature and named after the Turkish novelist and essayist Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar. We were fascinated by the great sights of Istanbul from a boat trip on Bosphorus.

We took part in a great workshop with with the Turkish Novelist and Story Writer Jale Sancak in Galata, who talked about her inspirations for writing and shared some useful tips and ideas with us.

We were all fascinated by the various tastes and sights of Turkey and were grateful for the good official programmes, the historical tours, the bazar tours, the nice turkish tea and d coffee and the hospitality and kindness of our Turkish partners!

It was a really good meeting with great project partners, so all of us have arrived home enthusiastic about the third year of our cooperation!

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Short stories

During our second project year we put an emphasis on developing students' writing skills. More that 150 students took part in a creative writing competition.
Also, the students of the six partner countries have jointly written six short stories, one of which will be the basis of students' activities during the third project year.
The six short stories:

Our students have voted the story "Murder in Istanbul" for their story to work on during the third project year:

Friday, 7 April 2017

Day 5: the final day of the student exchange in Rome

On Friday morning both students and teachers met at school to spend the last day together. The students took part in sport activities at Sport Center Fiamme Azzurre for students.
Meanwhile, the participating teachers had a meeting to discuss activities and project-related issues.

We visited a nice park within walking distance of the school, where the students took part in a team game. The teams were based on nationality and the ultimate aim was to decide which country will continue work on which short story out of the six ones student wrote together during the workshops.

The game included various stations, where students needed to complete a wide range of tasks such as sport activities, drama, memory game, etc.

 They were rewarded points based on their performance and the prize of the competition was to choose the stories first. It was great fun!

After the teams have chosen their stories the official part of the meeting has come to an end and all the teachers and students had a free afternoon to spend in the wonderful city of Rome.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Day 4 of the short-term exchange meeting in Rome

The Eternal City – a bridge between generations

It was a promising beginning of the fourth day. A sunny morning provided energy and optimism. Students gathered at school to finish writing short stories, each of them giving ideas to make an interesting beginning of the next year drama activities. When the task was done, we excitedly started the sightseeing of ancient Rome.  After changing several means of transport and stations we emerged from the crowded metro station in front of the majestic Coloseum.

The collision of two worlds (past and present) took our breath away. Masses of people from around the world came to admire the building which resists the ravages of time to tell numerous stories it witnessed through centuries. In 200, 500 or 1000 years it will be telling another story about happy and smiling faces of Turkish, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Spanish, Italian and Croatian students and teachers who enjoyed the sight of antiquity and monumentality long ago. It will also be telling about the optimism and friendship of the merry group, happily making memories and friends despite the need of speaking a foreign language to understand each other. Standing together in front of the monument they made a photo, catching a moment in time to cherish it forever.

Sightseeing continued along Palatino and Roman Forum to the Capitoline Hill, the highest of seven Roman hills, and to the church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli. How many people passed the same path and how many will walk this way? Our sightseeing ended at the square Piazza Navona. We were free to explore the city from there on, to enjoy the place with all our senses.

In the evening our amiable hosts organized a farewell party with all kinds of Italian food, desserts and beverages. Students showed their talent by singing and playing instruments. The evening culminated in dancing. Nobody could stand still and everybody moved in the lively rhythm, celebrating the opportunity of being in Rome, cooperating in our project activities and making new friends.

Goodbye Eternal City! You were, you are and you will remain a bridge to connect people and time. They say all roads lead to Rome, but one path leads from Rome to our hearts.

Written by Dujo Šantić
Translated by Natalija Moškatelo

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Day II 4th Students Exchange, Rome. Italy

 Ostia and Lazio a beautiful day to enjoy.

Erasmus+ READ in Europe for Amusement and Dialogue.

Today in the morning, the sun was shining and... It was the perfect day to visit OSTIA, but first we had a very important meeting with the regional authorities of Lazio in this beautiful city. There, after introducing our school we all were welcome by the Local Representative for Education who highlighted the importance of this opportunity of exchange for us as teachers and for our students. 

Then we went to the Roman town of OSTIA. Ostia Antica is a large archeological site, close to the modern suburb of Ostia, that was the location of the harbour city of ancient Rome, which is approximately 30 kilometres to the northeast. The place is noted for the excellent preservation of its ancient buildings, magnificent frescoes and impressive mosaics. There, we had a guided tour that were really interesting and after having lunch we played a game in which we had to follow some clues and take pictures of different monuments. Definetly, it has been a very nice day in which we could share our time with all students and collegues.