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ACTIVE IN NATURE, ENJOYING THE NATURE!

The 3rd mobility with students of our program ERASMUS+, ANEN, took part during the first week of May 2017 in Klaipeda (Lithuania). Six estudents of 2nd and 3rd of ESO and two teachers of our High School travelled to that beautiful region on the Baltic seashore.

es team in LT

We had the opportunity to know the culture and Nature heritage of this particularly amazing country. Besides, we did different kind of activities such as attending a music lesson, geography lesson , DYS activities or dance. Moreover, we shared games with our Nowegian , French and Lithuanian mates.

It was absolutely fantastic the visit to the Venté Cape and “Guard Battery, Memel-Nord” Coast.es team in lt 2

Regarding the school and Lithuanian culture we would like point out they are totally different to ours; Music and traditions are very important for them. Furthermore, the school does not have fence. Their typical dishes are breaded chicken, mashed patatoes and vegetable soup.

 

Thanks Lithuanian friends for this wonderful week!

 

Project Fair-2017

On April 12 the 2nd republican exhibition of projects of educational institutions “Project Fair” was held at Klaipeda Gedminai Progymnasium, where teams of pre-schools, institutions of general education and non-formal education, Lithuanian Maritime Academy, community of Klaipėda University took part in it.  There were even 83 projects presented: from a school to an international level. The project teams, the guests – the Education Exchanges Support Foundation, the representatives of the Education Department of the Klaipėda City Municipality Administration, the representatives of the Klaipėda City Educational and Cultural Center – and the visitors of the fair shared their best experience working on projects, presented their created projects, gained some interesting ideas and found partners for the new projects. Participants and visitors of the “Project fair” were able not only to get acquainted with the presented projects, but also to vote for the most favoured one.

According to the decision of the participants of the event, our Erasmus+ project “ACTIVE in NATURE, ENJOYING THE NATURE!” earned the nomination “For Environmental Education” 

Participants and visitors of the event participated in creative workshops, lectures and seminars: they got acquainted with Europass documents, opportunities that are provided by Erasmus+, eTwinning, Nordplus programmes, also with steps of project preparation and implementation, IT tools for projects, the MozaBook program for interactive teaching and learning, learned to study creatively in with iPads in an iClass. Students improvised at the forum theater, met the enthusiast of the flying drones, tested woodworking machines, a virtualized (vCloudPoint) computer classroom, a 3D constructor and iMO-LEARN smart cubes.

 

Non-traditional lesson/educational activities in the Seaside regional park

On April 7, project’s “Active in nature, enjoying the nature” team has been acknowledged with the Seaside regional park. Senior ecologist Erlandas Paplauskis conducted interactive lectures on topics “The landscape of the regional park”, “Ecological problems in the regional park” at the Visitor center and educational events at the Litorina cognitive path. During this non-traditional lesson, the project team deepened and consolidated its knowledge about nature, understood what and why it is necessary to protect as well as why nature is becoming more and more important for civilized humanity. During the activities students took pictures and coordinates of the attractions of the regional park. Back in the school they created interactive maps of the regional park using the Skratch program.

Maps, created with Scratch:

1st map

2nd map

3rd map

4th map

My Lithuania

by Lithuania
This year, commemorating the 16th of February, progymnasium’s folk dance ensemble “Gedmina” prepared the dance to the song “Tu Lietuva, tu mana”.  We invited school’s community to celebrate the Lithuanian Independence Day quite merrily, so to feel community of all taking part in the flashing mobilization and singing popular Lithuanian songs. Teachers taught lessons dressed in national costumes. A festive atmosphere has been created by inventive class photos and students’ greetings to Lithuania.
We hope that this festival has brought together all students and teachers and encouraged them to love, value and uphold their homeland more and more.

Educational trip

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.

 

Brain battle

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. 

ACTIVE IN NATURE, ENJOYING THE NATURE!

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.

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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.

es team boat

 

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!

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LEARNING ENGLISH CAN BE EXTREMELY FUN!

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 Nature, 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.

es teamStudents and teachers of ANEN-e+ in the hall of the school

es groupPerformance 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.

es beachStudents 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.

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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!

An evening get-together

A get together meeting of Erasmus + (KA 2) inter-school strategic partnerships “Active in nature, enjoying the nature!” and “We Are the World, We Are The Children” participants was held in progymnasium on 9th December. Students according the given information from project partners prepared interesting presentations about Romanian, Spanish, Croatian, Norwegian, Greek, Turkish and French Christmas traditions. Participants took lessons on how to dance partners’ folk dances and play games.

The evening passed by quickly and it was fun for all to escape from daily routine and troubles, to stay together.

 

Christmas Card workshop

3 December was the day, when the students participating in a project gathered together for a workshop, where the Christmas cards were made. A cozy talk about Christmas traditions in Lithuania and other project partner countries helped to understand how unique each country is, to feel the upcoming holiday. The time in a workshop has passed quickly and the own made postcards cheered project partners and the elderly living alone.