9 o’clock : At our first day at school we could meet the headmaster and all teachers and students
from the project. We got a detailed explanation about the programm of the week and the rules at
school: no chewing gum, no smoking and no hadwear are allowed at school.
After a foto shooting we started a guided tour of school prepared by students in mixed groups,
teachers and students together. As the school had recently been renovated and equipped with
projectors and other ICT material for every classroom, it turned out to be an interesting visit of a real
After a swedish « FIKA », we started our first activity, Interactive whiteboard : Lesson and workshop
for pupils by Mrs. Margit Berns and lecture for teachers by Mr. Norbert Hermann. He explained in
details about the tool and gave examples of how it can be used in class. Mr. Hermann recommended
the interactive screen. He himself uses it especially to help students to find keywords in different
After free time for pupils and a nice lunch for teachers at the school canteen, Liliane Aussems took
the teachers on a guided tour of Eupen with historical stories about town and country.
Later in the afternoon, all teachers went to Verena’s house for a fika in the garden. “FIKA” became by
now a very European word within this Erasmus project.
Tuesday 25.4.-Daytrip to Brussels
We were fortunate to go to Brussels, where we first of all had a guided tour of the city. We discovered a lot of nice
buildings, monuments and places and we were told some very interesting stories about people and areas.
In the afternoon we were lucky to be on a visit at the European Parliament. We had a meeting with Mr. Pascal
Arimont, a European Deputy, who, after a short report about his work at the Parliament, answered all our questions,
telling interesting details about the functioning of Europe.
By the way we got a more insight view and knowledge of EU. At least, we left with a very familiar feeling of EU and the
awarenes that the main concern of the Union is to keep peace.
We felt that our European project seems to be of even more importance as it has the role of creating close
relationship and friendship between people of Europe. It can help to keep peace and understanding among people
around the globe.
Weather report: Truly and utterly windy, also a bit wet but sunshine in between.
A nice way back to Eupen by bus, where parents waited for the pupils to come back.
Teachers were given a lecture by two external experts from
«Creative school lab, Liège», Coralie and Vincenzo, about the
benefits of brainstorming, starting with the question “How can I
improve this situation?”. How can you challenge yourself and your
brain to become more creative?
Teachers were divided into groups and used post-it notes to make
quick associations to different subjects and to come up with bright
new suggestions and ideas. It is vital not to make a judgement in
order to enable everyone to feel free and to developp his ideas.
Another benefit of post-it notes is that you have to, and you really
should, stand up when you do this exercise. You tend to perform
better when you also move around.
A parenthese is that quite a few people joined the Swedish tradition
to take off shoes when you’re indoors :-) during this session.
The German village Montjoie.
The High Fens; a
walk on the moors.
On thursday morning students and teachers attended science workshops. Animated and helped by their
science teacher, Mrs.Brigitte Nihan, the Belgian students showed different experiments with fire. One of
the experiments consisted in showing the different colors fire can have acording to the temperature.
Another experiement with home-made batteries showed how to produce electricity from copper and sinc.
Other experiments with u-v light showed the reaction of different acids mixed with other fluids and the
different lights they reflect.
At the same time coordinators from the 6 countries had a meeting about the Final Report and a controling
visit from the National Agency.
After lunch we went by public bus to Aachen, where teachers had a guided tour with Verena Brammertz
while Belgian pupils had prepared an interactive and creative guided tour for their guest pupils. The main
attractions of Aachen are the Cathedrale of Charlemagne, the Town Hall and old city center and of course
the famous « Pinten » , alovely sweet we could taste .
On Friday we met at school and students showed their presentations about the differents visits during the whole
project period. All students performed well, using the innovative ways they learned as powerpoints, films, creative
ways… and speeches about what they’ve learned and the benefit they gained from the Erasmus project. We also
watched pictures and films from Barcelona, Beilngries and Bjurholm.
In the afternoon teachers were invited for a FIKA to Liliane’s place.
In the late afternoon the whole group visited the Parliament of the German-speaking Community of Belgium in
Eupen. We had an informative guided tour around the place and met the President of the Parliament, Mr. Alexander
Miesen, as well as Mr. Harald Mollers, Minister of Education. Finally the chamber choir « Pro Arte » gave a festive
ambience to this visit. The evening ended in an Italian restaurant in Eupen before we all said Good Bye!