On 3 February, a group of students of Gedminai School studied with a difference – they went to the National Visitor Centre and the Institute of Lithuanian Language. National Visitor Centre is the gateway to the protected areas of Lithuania. During the educational activity here students felt as they were surrounded by nature: grasslands, birds, grasshoppers around them and clouds above their heads. They got to know with the system of protected areas and learned that there are 5 national and 30 regional parks, 3 state natural and 2 cultural reserves, about 300 nature reserves, more than 500 state-protected natural heritage sites in Lithuania. The exhibition helped to understand what and why have to be protected, why ecology is becoming increasingly important to the whole civilized humanity. The exceptional value of national and regional parks and nature reserves has been illustrated with images and specific items. In the Cinema hall students watched a film about the capercailzies and listened to the mysterious sounds of nature in a special chair. Children really liked the laboratory table – question-mark, where various natural riddle are explained with motion pictures; they also played an interactive game about the cormorants. Terminals that provide the information on protected areas helped students to discover special places in Lithuania.
After the natural lessons students had the Lithuanian language lesson in the Institute of Lithuanian language. This is a unique Language Museum which is part of this institute where the latest linguistic information is provided in an attractive and modern form. Students got to know with the archival documents, linguists’ personal belongings and the other authentic material. Students carefully listened how the Lithuanian alphabet was formed; they wrote their own names using special letter stamps. Students were attracted by speech toys – unique exhibits, which allow to touch the language. The language computer games, karaoke of dialects, a special program to learn Lithuanian sign language were very interesting as well.
That day spent without classes and school desks was full of ex new things.
On a homelike evening, 7th December, there was held a community evening “Seven miles of bridges” in our school. Participants of Erasmus+ Programme’s Strategic Partnersips Project „ACTIVE in NATURE, ENJOYING the NATURE!“ ,their parents and teachers did a great job answering questions about the culture and customs of partners countries. All the participants of the event checked their knowledge, found out some new things and definitely enjoyed the game. Everybody was awarded with sweet prizes and good mood.
On 23 November teachers Saul Rudelis, Gediminas Jonauskas Kristina Rudelienė, Asta Jankauskienė conducted a seminar “Team work – project’s success”. The teachers shared the project work experience: they presented the projects and successful stories of teamwork to their coleagues from other schools of the city. They aslo presented the tools for the project execution and for assessment of the impact. Our project “ACTIVE IN NATURE – ENJOYING THE NATURE!” – ANEN was also presented in this seminar.
On October 28th – 29th, the Erasmus+ K2 interschool strategic partnership project “Active in nature, enjoying the nature!” second transnational meeting of the partners was held. Teachers from Norway, Spain and France were acquainted with the progymnasium, its history and its project team. The guests from Norway Mihaela Nymoen and Siri Enger conducted an English language lessons to our eighth graders and teachers of foreign languages. The partners monitored an integrated IT-English language lesson for seventh class prepared by Gediminas Jonauskas and Iveta Anužienė and intergrated dance-English language lesson for sixth class, prepared by Saulius Rudelis and Anton Petrovskij. After that, teachers discussed the lessons, shared the experience. In the meantime, our students, moderated by IT teacher and the specialist of career development Asta Norkienė, taught our guests to work with ICT tools for interactive mapping and deepen their English language skills as well as career planning skills. During this meeting, the project partners discussed all the issues related to the implementation of the project, shared responsibilities and task in order to ensure the quality of the project and its final result.
The first learning, teaching, training activity with both teachers and students in this project was in Alicante from 1 – 7 May 2016. The Spanish team had planned an exciting week with lots of water activities, and the Norwegian team consistet in seven students and two teachers. They where really eager to participate in all the week program. The trip started with a warm welcome from our Spanish team. It continued with ICT-workshops and English lessons before we went outside and enjoyed both different outdoor activities and the sunny enviroment. The second day was packed with fysical activities and we tried different things like stand up paddle, kayak and volleyball. For the Norwegian team it was fantastic to spend a whole day on the beach. Then we went to Tabarca Island for two days, and our team spent the night outdoors. We got to try snorkeling, and again, enjoyed the beach. On Tabarca we got a historical sightseeing wich was very interesting, and we also had an art workshop where we painted on stones. The last day in Alicante we evalueted the trip, picked out a winner from the painted stones and said our goodbyes. What a fantastic week!
Our second mobility with the students took place the last week of September in St Gervais Sur-Mare (France). Six students and two teachers from Spain went to that wonderful village in the Hérault department in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in southern France in order to enjoy the Nature wit students from Norway, Lithuania and France.
The week was an ideal opportunity for doing interesting activities. On the one hand, students and teachers could spend time together sharing English and Geography lessons. For example, we learnt how to explain which were our hobbies and tastes. Moreover, students were able to getting familiar with some sports, such as climbing or badminton. However, the highlight of the meeting was the water activities; specially, the canoeing excursion from Colombières to Tarassac and the camping night in the middle of the forest.
On the other hand, the watersports were outstanding. The whole Spanish team demonstrated how we love the sea, doing windsurfing, catamaran and sailing. It was an spectacular experience!
Finally, we were proud to take part in the inagural event of the new name of the Forest “des Ecrivains Combattants ; the same new name for its school. We had fun in a big party for ending the meeting.
Thank you very much for all the French Team, specially for its students who tought us the meaning of the words: fellowship and friendship!
On September 26 th – 30 th , the team of Erasmus+ K2 for the 2 General Education Session of interschool strategic partnership project “Active in nature, enjoying the nature!” visited the French St. Gervais town’s school – Collåge des Ecrivains Combattants. During the teaching/learning activities, students took part in geography, chemistry, English, PE and nature lessons. Other activities took place in the wild. The participants were climbing „Clocher de Neyran“, biking 14 kilometres into the campsite where they styed over the night. A real test – kayaking in the mountain river was waiting after the campfire. Everyone wearing special suits and helmets was very eager to start kayaking as soon as possible, but it was not as easy as it seemed to be – everybody stuck among the stones at least once. Despite the difficulties, everyone enjoyed this activity very much. The trip to Montpellier also left a great impression. A challenge to try out sailboats, catamaran and windsurfing was waiting in the Lion Bay. On the last day, the pupils played games and then all the project participants and lots of local government and community representatives attended the school ceremony, during which the school was given the name of writer-fighters for freedom. Interesting activities ended with a general party for all the project participants and pupils’ parents.
The teachers were acquainted with the French education system, shared their best experiences in organising formal and non-formal education. They discussed the teaching methods, the forms on conducting the lessons, educational environments, reviewed done tasks, the issues of preparation of the final product and planned further project activities. The team members established collaborative, communication skills in a foreign language, familiarized French nature and culture in a multicultural environment throughout the week.
On the last week of the schoolyear, students and teachers of Gedminai progymasium planted “ANEN” project tree – a maple tree, which will symbolise the values of our project: cooperation, friendship, tolerance and commitment to the environment.
Lithuanian old customs and folk songs show traditions of the old culture, where the tree of life, perception of affinity between human and nature dominated. In the past, oaks, lindens, birches, maples, pines and firs were considered as magic trees. It was also believed, that particularly old, strong and the stranger forms of trees have healing features.
Maple – a tree that allows all the people to recover spiritual balance and self-confidence. In Lithuanian folk songs, this tree is used to make a boat that sails the lad to his virgin girl, a cot and boards for the dirt floor. Women used maple leaves to cover the bottom of furnace for the bread cooking and to dye in black or yellow woollen yarn. In spring, you can taste maple sap, which is sweet.
The entire growth process during the project will be recorded on the project website.
Marta Armendia Santos. Spanish coordinator
Our first mobility with the students took place from the 2nd of May to the 6th of May of 2016, as the starting point of the Program Erasmus +, ANEN: “Active in Natur e, Enjoying the Nature”. Sixteen students and teachers from Spain,together with eighting students and seven teachers from Norway, France and Lithuania.
Our goals to achieve were: In the first place, that all the students meet each other face to face and begin to interact and develop their communicative skills; as second goal, their participation in several outdoor activities, such as beach volley, kayak and paddle surf, mixed in international teams; and finally, working in the app about Tabarca Island which is the Natural Reserve that the Project is based on, looking for information about its History and taking wáter pictures. Furthermore, improving the student´s creativity through different workshops.
The meeting was very successful. We began with the traditional “Welcome day” at the school, IES Leonardo da Vinci in Alicante. We enjoyed seeing the spectacular “batukada”, played by the group: “La ciudad de los colores” and we learnt a lot of things about eTwinning.
Students and teachers of ANEN-e+ in the hall of the school
Performance of the group: “La ciudad de los colores”
On Tuesday, we went to Muchavista Beach in order to learn to do Paddle surf and Kayak, with the colaboration of ALOHA SPORT school. At the end of the day, we had a volley ball competition and a traditional “Chocolate con churros” snack in the Chocolatería Valor , in the village called El Campello.
Students and teachers in Muchavista Beach
On wednesday and thuersday, we were in Tabarca Island. We could do snorkel, even though the weather consitions were not good enough, get information about its History and improve our creativity with the decorating stones workshop.
Students during the snorkel activity in Tabarca
The last day, we had a very warm and sweet farewell at the school with a typical Spanish lunch. Thank you very much to all the participants!