CT NOW! GO GRE EN, GO CLEAN, A Issue 4 4 Issue NOVEMBER 2011 NOVEMBER 2011 THE ORANGE ISSUE THE ORANGE ISSUE 5th & 6th project meetings From October 23 to 29 we carried out two more project meetings. We vis- ited the Belgian partner school Sint JanInside this issue: Berchmansschool in Viv- ersel from 23 to 26 Octo-MEETINGS 1 ber and then the Italian school G. Borsi in LivornoDENMARK 4 from 26 to 29 October.BELGIUM 9 Both meetings were very successful and we were all very busy carrying out theCYPRUS 11 meetings‘ agendas. We In Italy we visited the We would like to thank had teaching sessions in Museum of Natural His- the Headteachers andGREECE 14 both schools, planted a tory and the Aquarium of teachers of both host tree in the school gar- Livorno and we also ex- schools who offered us aITALY 16 dens, met with the par- perienced a nice walk very warm and unforget- ents and enjoyed the stu- along a protected natural table hospitality. dents‘ performance in Bel- area with pine trees,PORTUGAL 18 gium. dunes and sand beaches in Cecina. Our meetings also in-ROMANIA 21 cluded some visits to places of environmental interest in both countries. In Belgium we visited thePOLAND 25 ―Closing the circle pro- ject‖ which is a factory and a dump where the rubbish that can‘t be re- cycled is buried and en- ergy is produced in the factory.
Page 2 GO GREEN, GO CLEAN, ACT NOW! Meeting at Sint Jan Berchmansschool, Viversel, BELGIUM
Issue 4 Page 3 Meeting at Scuola secondaria di primo grado "G. Borsi", Livorno, ITALY
Page 4 GO GREEN, GO CLEAN, ACT NOW!DENMARK Sennels Skole Visit at Ålborg is possi- power etc. at the same time. We ble to all want houses and buildings, University make where it´s nice to live. 5.grade5.Grade was at Ålborg Uni- houses then were given the things neededversity for a day – having that do to try and make their own sugges-workshops about 1) en- not use tions on areas to live. You seeergy, how to store the en- energy some of their results here:ergy from wind power and and how2) how to build in the fu- to inte-ture. grate2 architects from the uni- sun andversity told us about how it windIn another workshop, we had an en- selves to do different things, meas- and students there live, learn, workgineer in power current teaching us, ure on different light bulbs etc. It –a possible education for some ofwhat the challenge is to ―save‖ was then very clear to us, that it the children in 5th grade.power from wind turbines. When the makes a big difference what bulbswind blows, it´s not always the you use, if you turn off the power,times, when people and factories when not being in a room etc. What aneeds the power. How do we store big difference WE can make.the energy without loosing to much?How do we save it until needed?? This day was very interesting andAfter the lesson in the auditorium, inspiring – we sure want to go nextwe went to the house, where univer- year again. Not only have we learnedsity students make experiments on a lot about our environment, but alsopower and electricity. We tried our- been and seen how the universityDåserydderen those weeks, we have an extra focusFrom the 24th oct. – 11th Nov. Our on waste and recycling.school participated in the national 2.,3.,4.,and.5th grades have learned acompetition ―Dåserydderen‖. In lot about what to do with waste, how do we recycle and especially: How big a difference it makes to our en- only did they clean our environment – vironment, if we recycle all the they saw for themselves how stupid waste we can – from our homes and it is, to just throw something out households as well. your car window etc. instead of All the classes had different bringing it to the waste bin or recy- streets in our village to cover, and cle it. We will continue to have this they collected so much waste right focus on waste the next month. there on the street, that other peo- ple had just thrown there. So not
Issue 4 Page 5Cooking for the climateIn 6th grade we have cooking-classes produced meat? difference does it make, if you use aat Sennels Skole. We learn about lot of imported foods for your cook- We plan with this in mind, looking athow to behave in the kitchen, about ing? How long did your pizza (for maps and figure out how much trans-hygiene, how to cook etc. For the instance) ―travel‖ if you look at, portation is needed, if you do nottime being our big focus is – how can what you put on it? Instead of using take an environmental look at youryou cook for the climate?? What locally grown vegetables and locally cooking style.Days out in nature – 0.grade/kindergarden classEvery Monday is the kindergarden to know the seasons.class moved to the nature. On those days we go to either theThe children learn to move with con- forest or to the fjord. We collectsideration in nature, and they learn materials from nature, take these back to school and use them in class af- terwards. This autumn, the children learned about mushrooms. In the spring we went to the fjord, and found many interesting small animals.
Page 6 GO GREEN, GO CLEAN, ACT NOW! The Green Wordbook First class at Sennels Pumpkin headsThe pupils in 5th grade have made Our first class has been on an outpictures for The Green Wordbook in day home at one of the boys fromour art-class-lessons. the class. They made a pumpkin head, they used as lanterns for Hal- loween.The class has their Christianityhours worked with the story Noah´sArk and the class has in this regardmade Noah´s Ark out of a card-board box. Noah and his wife andthe animals were made out of carton.Forest Animals Friday 4 November was the first class at Sen- nels School again on a day out. They were this time in the woods where they were at an orienta- tion, race. The class should find its way through the woods using a map. During the trip they had to pass 10 items all of which contained questions about one of the forest animals: the squirrel.
Issue 4 Page 7 Working with class environment in the 2nd grade:In the second grade the children ing their own stand is important to can talk freely.have made class rules. Rules con- visualise the progresses each stu- The abovementioned rules are partcerning their behaviour towards dent achieve. of securing the personal well beingeach other, how they must work and We also have rules for cleaning up of each student. We have thesebehave in a group, their attitude the classroom (who does what kinds of rules in all of our classestowards homework and preparations when..) and we note that it helps the stu-for school in general and so on. And we have hung up a traffic signal. dents felling responsible towardsTwice a year the students evaluate When the red light is up the stu- their class, their friends and all ofthem selves according to the rules. dents must be absolutely quiet whileSetting the rules together as a class working. When the yellow light is upis part of a democratic learning they can talk quietly and when theprocess for the student and evaluat- green light is up they ―Sun oven‖When looking for solutions using the sun instead of eletric-ity, it is possible to make a sun-oven. The temperature canget high enough to cook water, bread, vegetables etc. Veryusefull in places with a lot of sun and no electricity.Here some groups of students made experiments how tomake a sun-oven and how to use it.
Page 8 GO GREEN, GO CLEAN, ACT NOW!―We All cycle to school‖ Scientific Festival in day going to many different and ex-Is another national competition our iting workshops. How does our bodyschool participated. For 2 weeks, we Ålborg Zoo function? What do our organs lookall, children and grownups, go as In September we had the scientific like? Blow air into lungs of a pig, tomuch as possible on bicycle to school weeks, where we, in nature, science, see how they work, how does yourfor different reasons. To focus on technic- lessons made a lot of dif- own DNA look?, what does it matter,not using the car for short drives, ferent experiments concerning the if you are smoking? What can pollu-when it´s really not necessary, environment and own health. tion do to you? Scientific experi-bringing down pollution and use of ments, hands on experiments etc. It 3 classes went to the scientific fes-fossil fuels and to make the roads was a feast in science!!! tival in Ålborg, where we spent thesafer for all of us and – of course –to have natural exercise in fresh air,to move and be active for health and 2. We are going to produce the 5. We will exchange Christmasfun reasons. ―Green wordbook ― which will con- cards . tain 52 environmental words in Eng- lish as well as the languages spoken 6. Our students will write a story Project meetings in the partner countries. There will also be a sentence in English for book in common. The story will have each word explaining the meaning of environmental content. The CypriotOf course we have to mention our word and the illustrations will be students will begin the story, theComenius project meeting in Belgium made by the students. Greeks will continue it and then theand Italy. We had a wonderful stay Italians, the Portuguese students,in both countries, learned a lot about the Belgians, the Romanians, thesome of their projects and environ- 3. The Danish, Belgian, Cypriot , Greek and Italian schools applied Polish students and finally the Dan-mental challenges, and had a great and got the European Quality Label ish students will write the end oftime teaching children there aboutour work with the ―Go green, go so now we will apply for the eTwin- the story. Thus our story willclean, act now‖ project. ning European Competition. ―travel‖ throughout Europe and our heroes will solve the environmental problems we are facing in our coun-During the project meetings we dis- tries. The Cypriot coordinator, Mrcussed about the following subjects: Panikkos Xiourouppas, will try to1. We decided to make a teacher‘s find sponsors to print books, other-book, describing our teaching ses- wise the story will come out in CDssions during our meetings in the as well as online.partner schools. The book will con-tain the teaching plan we used in-cluding aims and methods , list ofmaterials, ―how to do‖ and back- 4. The next meeting will be in Portu-ground knowledge for the teachers. gal from 11.2 to 16.2. 2012 and the final one in Poland from 16.4.-20.4. by Jytte Gill 2012.
Issue 4 Page 9BELGIUM Sint Jan Berchmansschool, Viversel Actions that will last We have the possiblilty to sign 2. We try to be careful our own ―CLIMATE not to waste energy. throughout 2011 – AGREEMENT‖, offered by the a. September: the last one 2012 organisation 11.11.11. switches off the light before leaving the room ! The actions we will do: b. October: switch off all theWe have to reduce the 1. Again a car less on electric machines completely (notemission of CO2 the street ! stand-by)!because … If we can, we will walk or take the c. December: don‘t lay bike instead of using the car. Our anything on the radiator ! children will receive a plate to d. January: wash your handsMillions of people in the South are attach on the handle-bar of their with cold water !struck by climate changes: bicycle, with the words ―AGAIN e. February: every day ―Thickextreme heavy rains, extreme A CAR LESS‖. Sweaters Day‖ !heath and dryness, poor harvest,floods, … f. March: is the heating on? Close all the windows and doors !The South cannot be pay the billfor what the North has done to g. May: order in thethe climate. refrigerator ! h. June: the sun is shining,Therefore we have to act NOW make profit of it, go outside !and TOGETHER.We want to do actions to increasepressure for an internationalclimate agreement. 3. I drink tap water ! By stimulating the drinking of tap water, we try to reduce the transportation of All our students received a bottle water which includes less (sponsored by the company of tap trains, trucks, refrigerators water) which they bring to school … which means less CO2 in every day, filled with tap water. the air‘. We also try to avoid litter by reducing the amount of plastic bottles. Our school has the ambition to become a ‗tap water only‘- area as soon as possible. our
Page 10 GO GREEN, GO CLEAN, ACT NOW!Info about the visit of our comeniuspartners.Tuesday 25 October 2011: and a welcome-word in their nativepartner-evening. language. They also give a present.The comeniuspartners had the · the primary class sings: ―Upopportunity to make a presentation above the clouds‖. The children of class 1 – 2of their country, their school and – 3 visited BOF-LAND · everybody sings thethe content of their projectsong ―Go green go clean – (September 2011).projectworking to the Belgian act now!‖ The people of the BOFS, aliens,partners. have noticed fom outer space thatTuesday 25 October 2011: there is a black, dark veilteaching sessions Month October 2011: surrounding the planet Earth. preparation of the visit of The Earth obviously needs help ! our partners. What a pollution ! What a wasteMonday 24 October 2011: Each class worked about one of energy !Welcome of the comeniuspartner. The BOFS contact Ran, thecomeniuspartners in "DeVierseleer". · traveller, if they can use his house as a base on Earth. 6 class: Denmark This base is named BOF-LAND. From here, Ran and The Bofs tell · 5 our children how they can help class: Italy mother Earth in a ―green way‖. · 4 · simplified environmental class: Greece education · 3 · songs class: Portugal · 2 class: Cyprus · 1 class: Romania and PolandDaan Bormans presents the show · Kindergarten: Belgiumas mister Belgium. · research on the internet,Content of the show: research on the endproducts 2011· 2 class sings: ―It‘s great to of our comeniuspartners (CD‘s/be a Belgian‖. DVD‘s), making of presentations, powerpoints, handicraft …· 5 class: rapsong ―1 2 3 4garbage‖. · preparation of the welcome- moment.· the children of thekindergarten welcome thecomeniuspartners with their by Rita Maes &national hymn, their national flag Koen Beerten
Issue 4 Page 11CYPRUS A΄Δημοτικό Στολείο Αραδίπποσ COMENIUS PROJECT 2010-2012 CYPRUS: A’ ARARIPPOU PRIMARY SCHOOLOur school continues for the sec- place in thisond year the Comenius program committee. Theand many activities took place dur- committeeing the last 3 months: holds meetings frequently, de-1. The eco committee. cides seriousEvery class appointed their 2 rep- problems thatresentatives and so one committee the schoolwas formed that manages the envi- faces and takesronmental issues of the school. the appropriateParents and teachers also take measures.2. Litter Less projectOur school has been for many years pared and every class decided to minish foil and other kind of wraps.member of the European program accomplish at least one activity. The We are very excited because chil-―Eco schools‖. This year the project eco committee decided to make a dren responded with happiness towe deal with is called ―Litter Less‖ competition between students. Stu- this initiative.and has the aim to find ways to di- dents are motivated to bring theirminish litter in school but at homes food in plastic boxes and their watertoo. A short Action plan was pre- in stainless steel bottles, so to di-
Page 12 GO GREEN, GO CLEAN, ACT NOW!3. Recycle bins Paper recycled bins were put effort for into every classroom. A na- students to tional bank sponsored carton separate bins to all schools of Cyprus their litter so students can recycle pa- properly. per. The paper is collected and then is carried to the big recycled bins that there are outside of the school. Recycled bins for PMD and paper were also put in the yard but still we need more
Issue 4 Page 134. Our Green Word BookStudents made several draw-ings for the illustration of thecommon environmental glossary.Our school had to draw pic-tures for the words Dam, De-forestation, Earth, endemicspecies, Flora and Fauna. Thedrawings were really great!5. Comenius BoardTwo of the big permanent were put on the one board andboards in the hall of our school we still have your wishes fromwere decorated only with your last year visit to Cyprus inComenius material. Photos from the flowers on the other board.the trip to Belgium and Italy Soon we‘ll install a cabinet were all Comenius products will be exposed.This story can fit 75-125 words. newsletter. There are also several tools you can use to draw shapes andSelecting pictures or graphics is an symbols.important part of adding content toyour newsletter. Once you have chosen an image, place it close to the article. Be sureThink about your article and ask to place the caption of the imageyourself if the picture supports or near the image.enhances the message you’re tryingto convey. Avoid selecting imagesthat appear to be out of context. Caption describing picture or graphic.Microsoft Publisher includes thou- by Panikkossands of clip art images from which Xiourouppasyou can choose and import into your
Page 14 GO GREEN, GO CLEAN, ACT NOW!GREECE 8 Δημοτικό Στολείο Νέας Σμύρμης May — June 2011During the last two months of the previousschool year, 2010—2011, we carried out somemore activities. We participated in the ComeniusWeek 2011 andplanted some flowersin the small schoolgarden.In May and June we collected a lot of vegetables from our vegetable garden. We made fresh saladsand traditional Greek dishes with our tomatoes, cucumbers, courgettes and aubergines.At the end of the school year, the students of the 1st grade acted a play, written by their teacherMr. Ilias Trontsios, about the endangered species and in June we participated in the Schools‘ Ecofestival in our Educational District.
Issue 4 Page 15New year activitiesTwo of last year‘s activities arestill in action this year. The ecopatrol and the school garden.The sixth graders are responsi-ble of advising the younger stu-dents to keep the school prem-ises clean as well as to plantvegetables in the school garden.So, this year they planted somelettuce, broccoli and cauli-flowers.The fifth and sixth graderstranslated the words of theeco dictionary and theyalso illustrated words be-ginning with J, K and L.The 5th and 6th grades had a Finally, we presented to ourvisit to an environmental students the meetings in Bel-centre and learned a lot about gium and Italy and we aresolar and wind energy. now making the ChristmasWe applied for the National cards we are going to sendeTwinning competion. to the partner schools.This year we are going to workon the sea, energy and airpollution. We have merged ourComenius –etwinning project by Stavroulawith the Eco projects of our MakaronopoulouEducational District.
Page 16 GO GREEN, GO CLEAN, ACT NOW!Italy Scuola secondaria di primo grado "G. Borsi", Livorno Project visits to Belgium and Italy 23-26 October 2011Two new project visits for our “Go Green, Go Clean” people. We, the Italian delegation, enjoyed them somuch and will keep very nice memories in our hearts. In Viversel, Flemish Belgium, we had the pleasureto show our students’ work on Tuscan’s Islands. By a Power Point presentation we took our pictures andinformation on typical plants and animals living there. The Belgian students talked to us and let us knowall they know about Italy and its landmarks, including pasta, pizza and tiramisù! The meeting with teach-ers, students and community was really enjoyable.
Issue 4 Page 17From Belgium to ItalyIt was also nice to take all to- trip aroundgether the same flight from Maas- Europe. In casetricht to Pisa. We, 22 teachers and you can’t goheadteachers jumped on the plane around visitingfor another three-day adventure Europe, we’lldown to Italy. As we did in Bel- bring it to yourgium, we planted a new tree home!(evergreen oak) in our school-yard, had lesson sections duringschool time and open our schoolto families and children for thepurpose of learning each oth- Caption describing picture orers. One classroom for each of graphic.the seven hosted Countries, a real Downtown we all visited the lo- cal Natural History Museum and the Aquarium. In the vicinity of Livorno we also experienced a nice walk along a protected natu- ral area with pine trees, dunes and sandy beaches. by Patrizia Salutij visits - and an ecologicalOf course all our students in storybook to develop all to-the eight Countries involved in gether, among the partnerthe ―Green‖ project will be Countries. Ambitious pro-keeping exchanging letters, ject!postcards and e-mail contactsto keep in touch.Next work for the followingmonths is a collection of sci-ence lessons - most of themwere already held during our
Page 18 GO GREEN, GO CLEAN, ACT NOW! Portugal Agrupamento Vertical de Escolas Diogo Cão, Vila RealHi everybody!Here we are again for another Comenius year!This is what we have been doing since the school year started in September: - Teachers‘ meetings in order to organize 2011/2012 activities; - School website and Comenius corner updating; - We joined the school‘s English Club and organized a Halloween Parade - ―The most ecological fancy dress‖. All the costumes were made out of recycled materials and old clothes; - We accepted a mobile phones company challenge to launch dozens of biodegradable balloons with environmental messages. We participated with 500 students. - We finished the environment wordlist and the drawings for the common wordbook; - We started the ―free garden plots‖ project. We selected the spots, gave them to the inter- ested classes, wrote letters and e-mails to local institutions to ask for gardening tips, plants Launching biodegradable balloons with ecological messages
Issue 4 Page 19«Free» Garden Plots (some classes from our school are going to look after one plot) Halloween Parade «The most ecologi- cal fancy dress»
Page 20 GO GREEN, GO CLEAN, ACT NOW! Trip to Smodzinsky Las, Poland By Joao Pena Gil
Issue 4 Page 21Romania Scoala cu clasele I-VIII Rediu, IasiAt the end of the school-year cor (in front of our school).2010-2011 and of our first With this occasion, our head-Comenius year, students from master realised a disemination nd2 grade from Horlesti-Rediu of the first year within ourschool did participated in a per- Comenius part-formance in front of the other nership to ourstudents and parents with a students, theirtheatre piece about animals and parents andhuman behaviours. They real- other represen-ised costumes recycled materi- tatives of theals and we choose a natural dé- local community.The work for the multilingual For a national project called competion of posters for thiseco-energy dictionary started ―Let‘s do it, Romania!‖ held this event.with a selection of the English th year on 24 of September, stu-words and continued with dents from primary level fromtranslations of them into each Horlesti school cleaned a partpartner language. Also, for of the main street of the vil-some of them, each school pro- lage colecting 15 bags with gar-vided a sentence in English anda symbolic picture made by stu- badge and students from lower-dents. secondary level took part in a
Page 22 GO GREEN, GO CLEAN, ACT NOW!To prepare for the lessons held in the 4th project meeting, students from Rediu school realised a3D eco-tree with colours of autumn. Mihai was their teacher and they enjoyed doing fun with recy-cled papers and colours.
Issue 4 Page 23At the beginning of the secondschool-year of our partnership(2011-2012), in our institutionit was necessairy to renew theteam of teachers because manyof them changed their school.Before that, the coordinatormade a dissemination at thestaff council (6th of October),than at the meeting betweenparents, school administrationand the major of Rediu com-mune on 9th of October 2011.With the help of our students,we realised a mini-shop of re-used toys and books collectedfrom them, hand-made art-crafts and other objects. Withmoney received from their sell-ing we want to help some stu-dents from disadvantagedfamilies from both villages:Rediu and Horlesti. This actionwill continue till the Easterholiday 2012.
Page 24 GO GREEN, GO CLEAN, ACT NOW!Because each year we celebratethe 18th of September - WorldWater Monitoring Day - thisautumn students from 3rdgrade, than from 1st grade fromHorlesti school did learn andmade a test of quality of thewater from Cacaina river lo-cated nearby our school (in Za-horna, the historical center ofthe Horlesti village).The most important dissemina- Lozba-Stirbuleac was invited to seminar of the National Agencytion of our project in Romania share information about this about how of rural schoolswas done during the national project as a good example for could be involved in Europeanconference ―Verde, Voluntariat, other teachers, stakeholders, projects.Valorizare‖ (‗Green, Volunteer- students and other partici-ing, Valorisation‘) organised by pants. Also, results and infor-our National Agency mations about this project,(A.N.P.C.D.E.F.P.) in Bucharest we‘ll diseminate on 9th of De-(‗The Ark‘ center) on 18th of cember 2011 within a nationalNovember 2011. Mr. Daniel by Daniel Lozba
Issue 4 Page 25Poland Szkola Podstawowa Nr 20 im. Ks. Prymasa StefanaKardynala Wyszynskiego, Bydgoszcz Portuguese friends joined us city), Ustka (one of the most A visit to Slovinsky and we had wonderful moments popular seaside resorts) and National Park there. The students made Kluki (a local skansen). Our stu- friends and shared experi- dents really enjoyed their com- ences. They became aware ofOur students of the fifth man‘s influence on the environ-grade were able to learn a lot ment and became familiar withabout the nature, they saw rare rules which must be abidden byexamples of plants and some in the national park. We alsoanimals living in this area. Our visited Gdansk (the historical An art competition ―The forest and its inhabitants‖ and Eco-bookmarksThe kids were asked to make a bookmarks were distributedpiece of art (painting, 3D work among the students of Belgianor drawing, computer work). and Italian schools during ourThen we had a display at school. visit in October.Our students of 1-3 gradesmade bookmarks presentingwild animals living and pro-tected in Poland. All those
Page 26 GO GREEN, GO CLEAN, ACT NOW!Our songWe recorded our version of the By jak najdłużej cieszyć się nią. Go go green babyproject song ―Go, go Green!‖ You’d better act now!This is the Polish – English lyr- Go go clean boys! Jedź więc rowerem, nieics which tell us it is high time samochodem, Go go clean girls!we started taking care about Segreguj śmieci, licz każdy Watt, Yoy’d better better, better actthe environment, saving water Gdy myjesz zęby, zakręcaj wodę now!and electricity etc… By zazielenił się cały świat! Matka Ziemia potrzebuje pomocyJuż czas najwyższy by ratować ją Ref: Go go green boys!Dbać o przyrodę i w dzień i w nocy Go go green girls!Clean –up the world.It is a national action alwaysheld in September. Kids areequipped with garbage bags andrubber gloves and we go to col-lect garbage from our streets,parks and forests near theschool.Collecting, segregating, recycling We‘re collecting empty milk cartons, old CDs and batteries. We also collect plastic bottles caps. Last time we won the plastic bottles smashing ma- chine .
Issue 4 Page 27My eco-friend mascot and Comenius boardIt was a competition – the stu- We organized a big board withdents were supposed to make a basic information about thegreen mascot – their eco- project. We also bought 2 gallfriend. This is the winner: boxes in which we keep all the souvenirs gathered during the project meetings Endangered animals Students made posters pre- senting wild animals in Poland which are protectedWater is importantStudents made posters aboutsaving waterDecorationsWe made decorations out ofreused materials and garbage.
Page 28 GO GREEN, GO CLEAN, ACT NOW!We prepared our part of our Green Words BookThings we‘re actually working on: Calendars for the bly and then they are going to year 2012 presenting Tell about their experiences and ad- trees in different ventures seasons We‘re making more bookmarks with Ecological mini drama animals (we‘ll take them to Portugal) play Class competition: a commercial of some- thing eco A competition: make a Christmas bauble out of garbage Eco Christmas cards which will be sent to our partners 5 and 6 year classes are working on poster projects on all coun- tries involved in our project Students who had already taken part in project meetings are working on presenta- tions. We are going to have a school assem- by Ewa Nawrocka
Issue 4 Page 29 NEXT PROJECT MEETING Agrupamento Vertical de Escolas Diogo Cão, Vila Real, PORTUGAL 12—16/2/2012