1 A Visit to Varna in Bulgaria – the fourth meeting of Comenius partnership – project “Overcoming xenophobia through a deeper understanding of the European cultures”, May 30th – June 3rd, 2011 Guests at the main entrance of Peyo K. Yavorov School May 30th Our fourth meeting of the project started in Varna at Peyo Yavorov School on the May th30 . The participants were 21 teachers from partner schools: Slovakia – 2, Turkey – 4,Lithuania– 1, Poland – 2, Romania – 2, Italy – 3, Latvia– 4 and from the host school Bulgaria –3. At meeting about 20 students from partner schools were present: from Turkey - 3, fromPoland - 1, from - Lithuania - 2, from Romania - 2, from Latvia – 2 and from Bulgaria - 10pupils. The meeting began with an emotional Opening Ceremony at school’s hall wherestudents, parents, teachers and representatives of local government and Regional inspectorate ofEducation were participated.
2 Children dressed in national We enjoyed concert and were introducedcostumes, teachers and staff welcomed us with participants from other countries.to the school. Before came in, we enjoyedtheir traditional greeting - a piece ofnational Bulgarian bread-pie and spices. Opening Ceremony of the fourth meeting. At the beginning of the Ceremony we sangEuropean Anthem altogether- every country in their native language.
3 There were many interesting models made by students at the hall. At the entrance door of the hall there were informative expositions about Comenius Project participant countries. Project coordinator Ceren Ugurlu Seyhan from Turkey and headmistress of PeyoYavorov School Darinka Bozhinova discussed progress of the project.
May 31st 4 School headmistress and teachers presented the school to participants: pupils andteachers at classrooms, library, school museum, swimming-pool etc. Exposition of the school museum. Comenius room.Workshop session – teachers and students. Lithuanian students’ presentation - introducing with national holidays.
5 Let’s learn a bit of Bulgarian! An excellent lesson of Bulgarian language for guests. At the end of the lesson, pupils and teachers filled the small tasks to test their acquiredskills in the Bulgarian language. Everyone received a little Bulgarian vocabulary there. Bread Day exhibition with tasting!
6Students and their families had prepared a delicious festive treat, it impressed with amazingcreative decorations. In the afternoon project participants visited the Archaeological Museum in Varna, theylearned about history of Bulgaria there. The students mixed in pairs showed great excitementworking to fulfill study tasks through the exhibits of the museum.
June1st 7 In the morning participants of the project meeting went to Balchik to see a palace andBotanical Garden, located 42 kilometers from Varna. In 1940, when Bulgaria regainedDobrudzas region and Balchik, a botanical garden was founded instead of the Palace park. In theBotanical Garden you can see rare and interesting species of plants, as well as Europes secondlargest collection of cacti. Garden built in several stages, and offers magnificent views of theBlack Sea. At the time of Balchik and the other Bulgarian regions belonged to Romania, QueenMary ordered to build a summer home at Balchik - the Queens summer residence. Today, in thepalace, you can see the Queen’s Mary’s collection of those times. We visited the Ecological Park, where we acquainted with various species of trees andplants. There was also a picnic. Students and teachers friendly engaged in sports activities afterlunch.
8 Later we visited the famous Aladzha monastery. Aladzha was a rock-dwelling during13 – 14th centuries. This is one of the few rock monasteries in Bulgaria, which are preserved thuntil today. At the Aladzha rock monastery. A monastery niche. Our international students.
June 2nd There was a folk festival at the school, where we could watch Bulgarian traditional dances 9 performed by pupils of different ages. Bulgarian folk costumes are lush and varied. At the end of the concert all participants had the opportunity to learn the rather complicated steps of folk dance horo.
10At closing session we evaluated work we did in the first year of project and defined tasks for thenext stages. Participants received certificates of participation in the Comenius PartnershipMeeting in Bulgaria.A friendly conversation among the Assurances of esteem to poet and revolutionaryparticipants of the project. Peyo Yavorov and Bulgarian freedom. The Bulgarian school is named by his name. Our meeting with Dobromir Dzhikov - the mayor of Vladislav Varenchik district of city Varna.
11 A wonderfull show of pupils’ swimming skills and water ballet in school’s pool. Barite – a rural recreation centre, where the closing event was held. We saw someexibitions of Bulgarian farmer etnography here,too. Farewell evening. Almost everyone tried to master basic steps of Bulgarian traditional dance. See You in Poland! Your Latvian friends from Oskara Kalpaka Rudbāržu primary school.