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  1. 1. Comenius Magazine INTRODUCTIONUntil July 2012 our secondaryschool, IES Rubió i Ors, will beinvolved in a ComeniusProject together with threeother schools from Turkey,Norway and Poland. The INDEXname of our project is “Thefuture is in the hands of the Trip to Norway page 2European Youth – Let’s Welcome to Barcelona page 4struggle for a better world”. Essay contest page 6In this magazine you can findsome activities, trips and Environmental problems in Barcelona page 9interviews we have carriedout during this school year. It Greenwashing page 10is also a tribute to all the Are you environmentally aware? page 12teachers and students thathave participated in the Interview to ECOIMA page 14project so far. THANK YOUFOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK! Assessment results page 15We hope you enjoy reading it. A teacher’s view page 16 Students’ opinions page 17 1
  2. 2. Comenius Magazine TRIP TO NORWAY November 26th – December 2nd 2010 st►1 day: FridayWe took the first plane at 12 on El Prat de Llobregat’s airport. We arrived at Oslo’s airport around 3pm; and then we took a train to go and visit the centre of Oslo. At 7 we came back to the airportand we took another plane to Ålesund. There we met Tor (a Norwegian teacher), and we went toUlsteinvik by boat. Finally, we took a taxi to get to the residence hall. nd►2 day: SaturdayWe met all the Comenius friends and then we went to Ålesund’s Aquarium. There we saw a lot oftypes of fish, plants and also penguins. At 12 we went to a restaurant house and the ownerexplained its gastronomic history to us. Then we tasted two typical Norwegian dishes: “Chickensalad” and “Fish soup”. Once we had finished our lunch, we went to visit Ålesund’s town, and Tortook us to a place from which we could have a great view of the city and the Island near Ålesund.At the end of the day we returned to our residence to have dinner. We almost forgot! Tor gave us acuddly penguin as a present. We called it Quique. rd►3 day: SundayOn Sunday we went to Runde Enviromental Centre, and then we watched a presentation about thecentre, about Runde Island and about Norwegian economy. After that, we were showed the centrefacilities and at 11am we had lunch; we ate cod with tomato sauce and some delicious slices ofbread. Then Poland, Turkey and Norway made their presentations about their countries and theirschools. And finally we returned to the residence and we had dinner. th►4 day: MondayWe went for the first time to Ulsteinvick high school.The Spanish students and teachers did theirpresentations about our country and about Spanishand Catalan education. Tor and Knut showed usaround the school. Then we went to the library tosearch for information about endangered animals.After that, we had lunch at the school’s cafeteria andthen a Norwegian teacher showed us a presentationabout Norwegian history. 2
  3. 3. Comenius MagazineLater in the afternoon we went to visit a couple of places: Gloria and Mireia went with the groupwhich went to Brandal Museum and Miriam and Aida went with the group which visited Jetscompany.Brandal Museum: there we learnt about seal hunting in Norway and we saw a big boat used forhunting.-Jets company: there we could see new technologies used on toilets. These new technologies aregood to reduce water consumption. Before leaving we could see a demonstration of this.After these activities we went back to the residence to have dinner and then we went bowling withthe other students. th ►5 day: Tuesday We went to Ulsteinvik school and there we met the school principal and we continued with our project about how we can save endangered animals. At 11 we had lunch at the school’s canteen and after that the group which had gone to Jets company the previous day went to Brondal Museum and the other group went to Jets company. To finish the day, we went back to the residence to have dinner and we also played hide and seek with Norwegian girls and boys. We had a blast! th►6 day: WednesdayThe last day, we went to the school and wewatched some presentations that thePolish group had made about Spain,Turkey and Norway. After that we finishedour Power Points presentations about howwe can save endangered animals and wepresented our work to the the others. Wedid a pretty good job!At 2 pm we came back to the residence tohave dinner and then we went to Âlesundto go shopping till 8pm. And finally, wearrived at our residence to say goodbye toour friends and pack our luggage. th ►7 day: Thursday We left the residence at 7 o’clock. We took a taxi, a boat and a bus in a row. Then we went to the airport and we took our first plane from Âlesund to Oslo. After an hour, we took the second plane to Barcelona and there we met our parents who were extremely happy to see that we were back safe and sound. 3
  4. 4. Comenius Magazine WELCOME TO BARCELONA April 8th - 14th 2011Friday, April 8thWe went to the Hall of residence to meet the foreign students and teachers. Then we wentshopping to El Corte Ingles and La Illa with the Norwegian girls. They wanted to eat something andwe had some tapas and after that everybody went home.Saturday, April 9thThe English teacher met us and then we went to look for the rest of the students. First, we visitedthe Park Güell by Antonio Gaudi. There we took a lot of pictures. One of the most beautiful thingsis the dragon. After that we went to have lunch to their Hall of Residence. The menu was saladand meatballs .After lunch we took more pictures. In the afternoon we went to one of the mountains that are around the city of Barcelona , Montjüic. The Catalan music band Els Pets were playing there In Montjüic firstly, we attended a water show in the fountains. Secondly, we visited the MNAC (National Art Museum of Catalonia) and we welcomed the Polish people. They were the last to arrive. Thirdly, we went to the new shopping centre called Las Arenas.Sunday, April 10thIn the morning all of us met in front of the school at 9am to go to the residence to meet the rest of thegroup. Then we took the underground to go to LaSagrada Familia. There we had a guided visit to seethe inside of the Holly Temple. Afterwards, we wentto see other important buildings by Antoni Gaudisuch as La Pedrera and The Batlló house. Bothbuildings are located in the beautiful avenue in thecentre of Barcelona called Passeig de Gracia. 4
  5. 5. Comenius MagazineMonday, April 11thIt was time to start working. The day started at our school . All the students from each countryhad our oral PowerPoint presentations about an environmental problem and the survey results.These presentations lasted all the morning. At 11, we had a break for lunch.The Spanish students went home for lunch. The foreign students went to have lunch to arestaurant in L’Hospitalet.In the afternoon we all met again to have a guided visit of the old quarter of L’ Hospitalet .It was in English so we could practice what we learn in class and the foreignstudents and teachers were able to get some information about our town. It was really interesting!Tuesday, April 12thOn Tuesday, we went to theDesalination plant of Llobregat.There we were told how they getdrinking water out of sea water.Then we went to the beach nearthe area. We had some free timeto relax on the beach. Somepeople played volleyball. The daywas very sunny and we had agood time.On Tuesday afternoon, wereturned to our school to do anactivity related with recycling.The workshop was about how to make necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings from coffeecapsules.We used other materials such as glue, ropes, silicone and metal bases for the rings and earrings.While we were doing the activity, a reporter from L’Hospitalet TV came to the school and heinterviewed some of the students who had travelled to Norway a few months earlier. Finally, thefinal result of necklaces and everything was really beautiful and original. We had fun while doingeverything.Wednesday, April 13thOn Wednesday morning, we had another “recycling workshop” led this time by the Art teacher,Ángels Bertran. She showed us some toys that the students in the subject of “Art in English” hadmade using recycled materials. Then we had to try and make our own toys. We were divided ingroups. In each group there were some foreign students so we had to tell them how to make thetoys in English. It was difficult for us but it was also great fun. In our opinion it was a very enrichingexperience.Then came one of the sad moments of the week. The students from Poland were leaving onWednesday afternoon. The rest did it on Thursday so it was time to say goodbye. It was the worstmoment of the Comenius week. Many of us cried. In just a few days sharing experiences we hadbecome really good friends and it was hard for all of us. Written by Sonia, Xenia, Mireia, Miriam, Gloria, Jessica, Fátima, Alejandro, Nida & Dennis. 5
  6. 6. Comenius Magazine ESSAY CONTESTWe devoted the last week of November to work on climate change and its consequencesaround the world. Afterwards, we held an essay contest. Here you can find the threewinners, who wrote their compositions in English: LETTER TO THE EARTHToday, our planet is running a great risk. In these last 100 years it has heated a lot and the polesare melting. For example, an iceberg in 1992 was completely frozen, in 2002 is slightly melted an in2005 is even in worse conditions , so it runs a great danger. It is because we now have more vehicles, we pollute too much. The consequences -if we do nothing- on Earth are that the planet could be flooded and it would be our fault. And that could trigger changes in our planet, for example, in the United States, in 2003, more tornadoes were recorded in a month than in any other year.  Some measures to be taken could be: Prohibit the sprays with C.F.C. Recycle appliances. What we can do is: Do not produce so much waste. Do not use sprays C.F.C. Do not cut down trees.This is the headline of a newspaper about this topic: MEASURES should be TAKEN TO PROTECT THE DEEP OCEAN AREASMy conclusion is that no one has the right to play with the life of our planet and if we do nothingthat could be very bad for us. It is very important thatyou know, and it’s easy to understand. NAME: Jonathan Márquez LEVEL: 2nd ESO A 6
  7. 7. Comenius Magazine TRANSMISSION TO THE EARTHHello!My name is Nayana and I am warning you from the year 2089 because you must Know thestory of planet Earth.I’m living in a place that in the past could be called Spain. In the world, now, the only existinglanguage is English. I’m living with my mother, my father died in an oil war for the rich people.In the world now, the only existing language is English.I’m living with my mother, my father died in an oil war for the rich people. In the place thatI’m living it’s very hot, the temperature can reach 50 degrees Celsius or more. There aren’ttrees anymore, well trere are, but only in a few parts of the world. We cannot travel becausethe only people that have enough oil are the rich.Yesterday I listened that there are only ten thousand rich people that can travel, and therest, like our family, exist only to serve the rich ones. I hate this life. I wish I had been bornin your times. Now we cannot eat well and the rich people consume without stop. Besides, theyhave all the technology so if we ask for our rights we can get killed. Just because Im sendingthis message, I can get executed...I heard that the rich are thinking of leaving the Earth to go to another planet called Sinux.We must act before they infest that new planet.There exists a secret organization that is fighting to save this planet; my mother said thatthey are dangerous people, but I want to get in anyway. This organization was founded in2020 during the first oil conflict between countries.From this world, ours, that I hope you now know a little more Im asking for your help. Weneed you to act now to save our future. Dont even stop to think whether you can do it or not,because you can! The real question is: Do you wantto doit? NAME: Andrei Ilkinov LEVEL: 4th ESO A 7
  8. 8. Comenius Magazine NAME: Andrés Orellana LEVEL: 2nd BATXILLERAT 8
  9. 9. Comenius Magazine GLOGSTER By Aida Giralt. 4th. ESO A 9
  10. 10. Comenius Magazine GREENWASHINGThis year we have been doing research on greenwashing, a term describing the fraud made bycompanies when they pretend they help the environment by using green marketing. Thecompanies many times show that the products are environmentally friendly but the fact is thatmost of the times they are just lying.We worked hardly to try to show the real impact of greenwashing and the indifference of somecompanies towards climate change. We discovered that there are seven categories ofgreenwashing according to TerraChoice, an organization that called them ‘The Seven Sins OfGreenwashing’, and we pointed out some companies that do greenwashing. Have a look! Example of the sin of the hidden Sin of the hidden trade-off trade-off :  A claim suggesting that a •With the exception of “organic”, this product is ‘green’ based on a shampoo does not provide narrow set of attributes information about other without attention to other environmental impacts. Truly greener important environmental products address multiple issues. environmental impacts such as the  Paper, for example, is not necessarily environmentally- packaging, the recyclability of the preferable just because it bootle and wether the shampoo comes from a sustainably- contains potentially harmful harvested forest. ingredients. (This claim also commits the sin of Vagueness and No proof). Sin of no proof : Example of the sin of no proof :  This sin consists in making environmental claims about qualities that the product is believed to have, but without offering neither evidence of them nor a reliable certification.  This is a good example. This car will never spend a small quantity of fuel because its size requires high amounts of it. Sin of vagueness : Example of the sin of vagueness :  This sin consists in making a  This is an claim which is poorly defined or too broad. The example of the real meaning can therefore sin of be misunderstood by the vagueness. The consumer. label says this product is  Sometimes a product claims 99.6% natural, to be “all-natural”, but it but this may contain poisonous affirmation isn’t products. very accurate. 10
  11. 11. Comenius Magazine Example of sin of worshiping falseSin of worshiping false labels labels: General Motors GM’s ‘Gas-Friendly to Gas-Free’ ad campaign sought A product that, through to reframe GM as eco-friendly, but the company is either words or images, still the leading producer of gas-guzzling vehicles and gives the impression of has fought to undermine attempts to improve CAFE fuel economy standards. third-party endorsement where no such endorsement exists; fake labels, in other words. Sin of irrelevance Exampleof the sin of irrelevance No CFC : Many productsclaim that they are “CFC-free:” While An environmental claim that soundsvery green the claimis irrelevant because , that may be truthful but is ALL products currently on the market are CFC-free. unimportant or unhelpful CFC’s (chlorofluorocarbons) were found to be a main contributor to depleting the Earth’s ozone layer and for consumers seeking were banned almost thirty years ago. environmentally preferable products. Sin of lesserof two evils Sin of lesser of two evils: organic cigarretesA claim that may be Surely these cigarretes are organic but what’s about the hudreds oftrue within the product hectares that had been cut andcategory, but that risks the consequences for smokers?distracting the consumer Now American Spirit cigarettesfrom the greater are not only additive free, but use organic tobacco! Sure, smokingenvironmental cigarettes isn’t a health choice, butimpacts of the category as why not support environmental a whole. sustainability? An example of the sin of fibbing: Sin of fibbing Fur Council Of Canada The Fur Council Of Canada claimed that “fur is green, natural, renewable, recyclable, biodegradable and energy efficient.”Environmental claims that are simply false. PETA naturally had a response to that: “It takes more than 60 times as much energy to produce a fur coat from animals than it does to produce a fake fur. Plus, the waste produced on fur farms poisons our waterways. And don’t forget it causes millions of animals to suffer every year.” By Andrei, Fabián, Aida, Natalia, Iván, Fátima, Nida, Marina, Katherine, César, Denis & Alejandro. 4th ESO 11
  12. 12. Comenius Magazine SURVEY: Are you environmentally aware?Have you started to change? Let’s check it!1. What is climate change?a) That which happens when you go out and 6. When you can live on your own, whereit is very hot outside. do you want to go?b) Something that politicians talk about and a) To a residential area near the don’t really understand. b) To a self-sustainable house.c) A human produced phenomenon that c) To the neighbourhood where you liveaffects the whole planet and causes a rise in now.the temperature. 7. What are the three “R”?2. Where do you think a koala a) The initials from the mainmust live? Barça football team players.a) It can be anywhere in b) The main environmentalthe world. measures: restore, renewb) It should be in its and replay.natural environment. c) Recycle, reuse andc) If you are allowed to reduce, the three basichave it, you could have ecological at home. 8. In winter, when do you3. How do you prefer to turn on the heating?travel? a) Every day because you area) By plane. very sensitive to cold.b) By car. b) Almost every day.c) By train. c) Only when it is cold.4. Whenever you travel to an exotic 9. When you are soaping your hair in thecountry, what do you like doing? shower, what do you do with the tap?a) Swimming in the swimming pool in the a) Leave it running.hotel. b) Turn it off.b) Hiking different routes to get to know c) You never have a shower. You alwaysculture and landscapes. take baths.c) Having parties at the beach and taking pictures to show them 10. What do you do with dirty sheets that to your friends. you can’t use them to take notes? a) Throw them into the bin. 5. What transport do b) Use them to write drafts of your you normally use? compositions and tasks. a) A bicycle. c) Recycle them. b) Public transport. c) A car. 12
  13. 13. Comenius MagazineYour score ______ 10-16 points: It is clear that you have not yet 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 started to change and that you are not thinking about a sustainable planet. The future of the Earth depends on you. It is timeA 1 2 1 2 3 1 1 1 2 1 to start changing your habits. 17-25 points: You mind about environmentalB 2 3 2 3 2 3 2 2 3 3 issues but you are not able to commit yourself to nature. Take this advice: you should take better care of the world around you, though you are on the way.C 3 1 3 1 1 2 3 3 1 2 26-30 points: Congratulations! Earth has got a second chance thanks to you. Continue like that and help your mates to change their habits as you have done.ARE WE ENVIRONMENTALLY AWARE?THE RESULTS AT RUBIÓ I ORSA few months ago all the students at Rubió i Orsanswered this questionnaire to know howenvironmentally aware they were. Here are the results:As we can see, most of the students at our school (66%) are quite environmentally aware,while 31% happen to be very ecological. This means that we are doing right, but we coulddo better. Take your chance and help the planet. And remember that acting locally hasglobal effects! 3% 31% little quite a lot 66% 13
  14. 14. Comenius Magazine Interview to a member of ECOIMA During the first school term andcoinciding with the first Comenius travel to  Do you work just in Catalonia orNorway, here at school we celebrated the also around Spain?“Climate Change Week”. Among the many We are established just in Cataloniadifferent activities carried out in thecurricular areas, we had workshops,  What are the main areas wherelectures, films, documentaries related to you develop all your activities?the topic. We work in 2 different areas: The school hired some people to come Environment and sustainabilityand talk to the students about it. One ofthese people was Edgar Alemany who is a  What is the professional profile ofmember of the environmental group called the people who work in ECOIMA?ECOIMA. We are usually young people with a degree on Biology, Environmental Sciences  What kind of  Would you say that people are more Eco-friendly nowadays than some organization is years ago? ECOIMA ? What do the I would say that people’s environmental awareness is bigger than some years ago letters stand for? It’s but there’s still a long way to go. an organization that  What age-group do you find the most eco-friendly? deals with We would say that young people aged environmental between 20 and 35-40. education. The letters  What’s the most important piece of advice you can give to secondary stand for Ecology and students to be environmentally aware? I would tell them that every little thing Environment (ECOlogia that we do matters. If we develop our I Medi Ambient) environmental awareness, there are many things that can be done. Written by Pilar Sánchez. 14
  15. 15. Comenius Magazine ASSESSMENT RESULTS relationships. All students more time to chat andSome students and a coincided in expressing play with our of teachers from their satisfaction with the Besides that, our studentsthe Multilateral Comenius highest possible score for often value more theProject entitled The these three questions. opportunities to speak infuture is in the hands of English than thethe European youth – Among the most outgoings, though in bothLet’s struggle for a better appreciated activities cases there are pointsworld together were in were the visits to parks, they feel necessary toBarcelona (Spain) in April, monuments and the enhance. On the issue of beach as well as some of the English language, they ● ● ● the workshops that were say they have seen their carried out at our school. real English fluency or Targets met and Among the worst scored lack of it, and they have features of the visit they learnt a lot; and inbig satisfaction in mentioned the food relation to the visitsthe Comenius visit packs from the youth around Barcelona, some hostel and in the of them were surprised to Rubió i Ors observations some of by some of the places and them complained about their details since they ● ● ● the long distances to be were unknown to them. walked. It happened to be an unusually hot week for Finally, all three groupsfrom 8th until 14th. spring season. admit that the visit was a great achievement for theAfter their stay, they The foreign teachers development of theanswered a questionnaire accompanying these project and feel that theirabout their visit. The students expressed even expectations werequestionnaire included a more satisfaction with fulfilled.Personal Assessment to everything in the visit.find out if theirexpectations were And again, students fromfulfilled, if the visit was our host high schooluseful for the Written by Dolors Romero taking part in the tripsdevelopment of the and activities enjoyed theproject and if they had week, although theyestablished fruitful wished they had had 15
  16. 16. Comenius Magazine A TEACHER’S VIEWAnna Cortiella is a Maths teacher at Rubió i Ors. She has been involved in the ComeniusProject during this school year and she also took part in the first mobility to Norway. Wehave decided to interview her to know her opinion about this project:  What’s your name? My name is Anna Cortiella.  Why did you decide to participate in the Comenius project? Do you think it’s important for our school? Why? Because I thought it could be a really good experience for my students and for me, too. A nice issue to practice English, to know people from different countries and I think it’s nice for students. It’s an opportunity for them to visit different cities, enjoying their English and meeting students from other countries.  Where did you travel with the Comenius project? Would you repeat the experience? I visited Norway with our students last November. It was outstanding and without any doubt, I would repeat the experience. It was such a great experience!  Have you learned something about the other countries? Oh, yes! I’ve learned a lot. About the country we visited, about their customs, their way of working in the school and also about the other countries which visited Norway with us. In my mind, knowing people from other countries and their customs and ways of working is very rewarding. 16
  17. 17. Comenius Magazine STUDENTS’ OPINIONSWe liked this project a lot. We miss the students from Norway, Turkey and Poland and we hopeto see them again. WE DON’T FORGET YOU!By Aida Giralt and Marina MárquezThis project was a good experience for us because it helped us to practice our English skills and toestablish new relationships with people that we didn’t know. We could do trips around Barcelona.And one of the visits that we loved was the one to Parc Güell.By Katherine Aguerrett and Natalia AñezHello! You are especial people for us. I hope you have enjoyed your stay in Barcelona. Weenjoyed your visit a lot.And remember that you can come to visit whenever you want. The doors of Barcelona are opento you. We hope to see you again!!By Fabián CastedoWe miss you Turkish, Norwegian and Polish people! We won’t lose your gifts and we will neverforget you because you are nice and amazing people. If we travel to Poland or Turkey, we willhave a great time with you! By Iván and César 17
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