Comenius 2010/2011 Newsletter 4 LIVING BY THE SEA Welcome to the fourth newsletter of the Comenius project “Living by the sea”. Our group consists of eight schools from Denmark, France, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Greece and Portugal. This project will be developed between September 2009 and July 2011.(winning logo in the Greek school) Comenius teachers visit the 2nd Primary School of Kalymnos-GreeceTuesday, 19th October 2010After a stressful Monday night because of the inability of the Irish and Portuguese to reachKalymnos due to very rough weather conditions, all of the participants managed to reach theirdestination. So everybody came except for the friends from Guadeloupe who couldn’t make itat all. After all friends were accommodated at the hotel some had lunch at one of the seafront,seafood taverns. We had a nice time catching up with our latest news and getting to know therest of the new Comenius friends. Later in the evening we all gathered at a pub right acrossthe hotel where we enjoyed socializing and giving our Portuguese friend Annabella a minisurprise birthday party!
Wednesday, 20th October 2010At nine o’clock in the morning we left the hotel and half an hour later we were at our host school. Afterthe principal’s and the parents’ association warm welcome, we exchanged our symbolic gifts and had acoffee break to taste handmade delicacies. After this short break, the students gave us a tour aroundtheir school. When the tour was over some of the Comenius friends gave a short interview to the localTV reporter and we left for a visit to the Archaeological Museum. When the tour of the museum wasover, it was almost noon so we went on to have lunch. Then we returned to our hotel to get some rest.The free afternoon gave us the chance to roam around local shops and freshen up for our dinner at anItalian restaurant where we had a huge dinner!Thursday, 21st October 2010The day began with our gathering at the school library to go on with the Comenius meeting,while the guest students were doing arts and crafts with the students of the 6th grade. After adelicious coffee break courtesy of the parents’ association, the guests watched the powerpoint presentations the students had prepared for each of the participating countries. Thestudents had the chance to ask any questions they had about the countries they had workedon. What followed was a quite long, but very interesting visit to a local sponge warehousewhere we learned a lot about the history, nature and fishing of natural sponges. Whatfollowed was a hearty lunch at a seaside tavern near the school.
After returning to Plaza hotel for a quick rest, all of us gathered at the reception hall of thehotel. The reason was to enjoy an unforgettable socializing amidst eating the specialties anddelicacies the parents’ association had prepared for all of us. All that was going on whilelistening to folk Greek music only to end up dancing traditional Greek and Kalymnian folkdances.Friday, 22nd October 2010Our day began with the Comenius meeting where we discussed further about the projectwhile the Latvian students mingled with the Greek ones so as to teach each other dances fromtheir countries. Later we were driven to “The Kalymnian House” museum where we had adetailed tour into the customs and the Kalymnian way of life in the past.The next stop was at the monastery of Saint Savvas (a local saint) overlooking the port ofKalymnos. We marveled the murals of the church and were given details about the religiousfeeling of the Kalymnians. After a short walk, we were transported to Vlyhadia beach wherewe visited the local maritime museum, watched an interesting demonstration with a“skafandro”(traditional diving apparatus) by a professional diver and had lunch. After a coupleof hours of rest the “gang” was transported down to school to watch the students’ music anddance show.Saturday, 23rd October 2010Saturday was the day of the departure for most of the delegations. The previous day we saidgoodbye to the Icelanders, the Portuguese, the Latvians and the Irish friends. We were leftwith the company of the French and the Danish. We spent the day driving around Kalymnos.
More specifically, we first went to Vathi, a seaside village, where we visited the local shipyardand a byzantine chapel. Then the road led us to Emporios seaside village where we enjoyed acup of coffee under the warm October sun. Then we drove to Myrties beach to have lunch.Next we made the crossing to Telendos, the island across to walk around the little island.The next day it was time for the French and the Danish to depart too.Thank you for coming to Kalymnos and making us have a special time! 4th Project Meeting - Kalymnos Greece (19th -24th of October 2010)Comenius teachers andstudents’ visit the 2nd PrimarySchool of Kalymnos. The impression the visit to Kalymnos left on the French delegationThe visit to Kalymnos was a very fulfilling experience! I will remember the hearty welcome we got fromteachers, pupils and parents. I truly felt the strong link existing in the school community, between allthe people involved in the project and so in the success of the project. I would say that everyone’scommitment has made it possible for the project to be rooted in the local life and so its impact is muchstronger.The presence of parents was a personal revelation because it made me understand the part played bythe school in the community and see a new way of functioning at school, with closer relationships. Theevening party they offered was a real delight. What a pleasure to discover the local traditions! The foodwas pure bliss and dancing a very memorable moment!
(Ingrid)During the visit we did many activities linked with the project and I was particularly interested in thevisit to a sponge diver’s warehouse where the manager took time to explain and show us how spongesare picked and processed to get the final state we know and also to tell the history of sponge diving. Iwas also very impressed by the slow preparation and presentation of a diver in an original diving suit.I really felt how proud and happy everyone is to be participating in the project and to show and sharewith us their life by the sea. Thank you to everyone for their kindness and availability. (Sylvia)Here is what the Latvian students wrote about the visit: Greece I really liked my trip. It was very nice!!! I saw very beautiful natureand clear sea… I haven`t seen anything like it before. I was a littlesurprised, about that so small island can be so beautiful and interesting. I can say that people in Greece are very friendly and they are alsovery active. I was very glad because Your school was so expectant, and Iwas really amazed. For the first time in my life, I`ve tried real, delicious sea food andof course, in Latvia, we cannot find anything like this! I am very happy. I have met new friends and I won`t forget anyone!!!We had a very good company and I am sure, we all have got new experience. I think it was the best trip, that I`ve had in my life. I can promise, thatin the future, I WILL come back to Kalymnos, because now, it`s in myheart… EdvinWhen we where at Kalymnos I was really happy. The people were friendlyand nice. They weren’t shy and I liked it. The Kalymnos school was smallbut that’s not the important thing. The important thing is that the schoolwas lovely and the children were friendly. And I think they were hard-working. The pictures and the presentations were really nice. I loved the concert at the last day at Kalymnos! That was nice that wewere making the octopus together in groups. The dance lessons and the dinner
together were amazing. We loved the weather and the nature of Kalymnos. Ireally want to go back to Kalymnos and visit our new friends. I respectMichael and his English! I hope that we will communicate with theKalymnos children My email is email@example.com Alise.Latvia, Riga.16.11.2010.Evaluation of the forth period from May to October 2010In this period the schools have worked with the ecology/environmental project. The schools havepresented power points and photo stories of their project, and we have all learned how enthusiasticthe schools have worked. Most of the schools have also worked with the impact of tourism and thestudents have made photos and films from the beaches. We have all sent our first years evaluation,and all the evaluations have been accepted.Evaluation of the meeting on KalymnosThe meeting was a very big success. We were met with big hospitality, and from the start we felt athome on the beautiful island. The meeting was very well planned, and many local people wereinvolved. The parents and parent’s organisation were involved in many of the events, and to the longComenius-show a lot of local people were invited. On Kalymnos the school has really succeeded withthe dissemination of the Comenius-idea and the results of the project.Our Greek hosts have made and exiting program with a good mix of school visits, meetings andexcursions. It was in many ways a very instructive meeting.We used two days on evaluating and planning. The schools haven’t had bigger problems with theactivities and the expected results. All the schools have had very good experiences and the projectactivities have been given a very well reception from colleagues, students and the local population.Here are some of the results from the meetings: We decided to transfer money for the transport to Guadeloupe
We fixed the dates for the meetings in Denmark and on Iceland We talked about the website and the blog and decided to use time at it at the meeting on Guadeloupe We decided that the Greek teachers are editing the newsletter, and that Greek and Latvian students are going to make articles We decided to continue the work by making small films from touristy places near the sea We experienced a very big dissemination of the Comenius-idea and got many new ideas how we can involve the parents and the local population in the project_________________________________________________________________________________________________________“This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be heldresponsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.”