Our fairy tales DVD:
On September 28, our school folk dance ensemble was visiting Alsunga (Latvia), where together with the representatives of Greece, Latvia, Estonia were participating in the international St. Michael Festival. After the concert in the main square and cultural centre, Gedminieciai visited Alsunga’s secondary school, where they met old good friends. Alsunga’s secondary school is one of the partners’ of Comenius project “The Language Of Art”. The culmination of the warm, pleasant and homelike friendship was when participants of the festival marched through the streets of the town.
As the hosts of the school promised to visit Klaipeda and invite us again, the friendship bridge between the Gedminai school and Alsunga school is going to get stronger every our meeting.
On 23th June, for the last time, we organized last big party. We invited our students and former students, teachers, parents and local authority to praise our project, achieved targets, final products and other results. In the cool place on the Toszek Castle we could show our Guests special presentations and films made for this occasion about working meetings, foreign cultures, schools, trips and so on. Guests were treated by traditional Polish food – żurek and cheese cake.
We had a great opportunity to sum up the project, say “thank you” to everyone involved in the project, remind some facts and photos. Parents were very happy for the chance to see their children “in the action” aboard. We were promised to get a help in other similar actions in our school.
In the middle of May 11 people from Primary School in Toszek headed towards Lithuania. We had lots of miles to travel, but full of energy we stopped in Warsaw to change the bus. In the morning we got on the bus and stopped again in Kaunas. The weather was hot, so we had a break for coffee and ice cream. After few hours we got on the bus and finally reached Klaipeda in the evening. There we were welcomed very warmly by teachers, students and host families.
Next day in the morning we met at school – impressive big place with big halls, canteen and concert hall. We met our friends from Klaipeda, Alsunga, Sacele and Edremit. After visiting school and very tasty lunch we enjoyed watching performance of young dancers and singers. We were impressed by great talent of the artists. After that, we could practise our dances during karaoke and disco. In the same time teachers had a round table. The most impressive part of this day was watching primary classes performances – they prepared national dances, welcoming and music from Poland, Latvia, Romania and Turkey. We liked it very much.
Next day we went on open lessons. Each of us has chosen different lesson, so we could exchange our opinions. Then, Polish teachers had art lesson – we taught origami technique. After lunch there was a trip to the center. First, we met Education Department in Town Hall. Then, we sightseeing Klaipeda and finally we visited Maritime Museum. We found out about seamen training and we could try some professional training parts.
Wednesday started with amazing performance done by students from Latvia. They came to Klaipeda to show us their tradtional dances, brightful costumes and sing some Latvian and Polish, Turkish, Romanian and Lithuanian songs! It was nice surprise for us. In the afternoon, teachers attended international conference about education – they talked about projects done in our school. In the same time, students enjoyed different workshops. In the evening, most of us, met in the shopping center to get some gifts for our families and friends and to try local cuisine. The most exiting part of the day was going to … the ice ring! And it was in May! Girls were delighted to skate on big ice ring and to play with friends.
Last day of our visit, started with a trip to Curonian lagoon. We went to the National Park where we walked on the sand dunes, saw beautiful views, watched cormorants and visited Nida. We got very nice souvenirs there. After delicious lunch, we had workshops of weathervanes – we could feel very creative during making our own weathervanes. In the evening we saw each other for the last time in the get-together evening. We had a party organised by Lithuanian school and host families. Students were involved in drama performance which was very funny to watch and to play. Then, we watched our teachers and parents playing in the orchestra. Finally, we had to say goodbye to everyone.
On Friday we left Klaipeda with lot of tears,we were very sorry that we won’t see each other again. We promised to keep in touch by e-mails and Facebook. The journey was long and exhaused again, but we were happy where we finally saw our families. We will never forget warm hospitality and friendship we could experience in Lithuania. We are looking forward to seeing you again.
On May 24, our school had a presentation of regional integrated educational English-dance-music-technology project “Unified cultural differences” which was attended not only by our school pupils and teachers, but also students and teachers from Klaipeda Hermanas Zudermanas Gymnasium, Klaipeda J. Kačinskas music school, Priekule Ieva Simonaitytė gymnasium and Kretinga music and art school. The aim of the project is to form their own cultural identity, to know, to tolerate and to respect other nations and their cultural differences. There were presented the cultures of countries – partners of Comenius multilateral school partnership project “The Language of Art” and also the cultures of Moldova, Greece, Armenia, Russia, Germany and Italy. This regional project is the part of Tolerance education programme and Comenius multilateral school partnership project “The Language of Art”.
The visit of the Comenius project “The Language of Art” was held in Klaipeda, May 13-17. This time it was pleasure and at the same time a bit sadly to see our friends because two years of the project have passed very quickly and this was the final visit.
The first morning started in Gediminu School. The guests were welcomed by the school headmaster wishing success to fulfill the goals of the project. Then the journey started -every team was greeted with the students who had performed the song or dance of each country. They let us feel like home! Later we could enjoy the performance about the sea which involved both the modern and traditional elements of dancing and singing. The afternoon was finished with the round table where teachers discussed about the final reports and the questionnaire which should reflect the activities and the results of the project.
The next day was fully devoted to the educational process. At first the guests were welcomed to the open lessons where Gediminu school teachers shared their teaching methods in English, Arts, Music, and Handicrafts. Then we had the opportunity to have our open lessons. We had handicrafts in class 5, students had to create the pattern of the sun as the symbol and later stamp it on the shopping bag. It was really interesting to see how different were the patterns and how serious were the students doing this activity. Great class to work with! In the afternoon we visited Klaipeda`s Education Department. We were introduced with the system of education in the country as well as with their collaborative partners from other countries. The sightseeing of Klaipeda made us feel the breath of the ancient times and history of its development as a modern port city. As Klaipeda is located at the sea, logically, the seafaring as the part of education has a stable place. We visited Klaipeda Maritime School where we could listen to great guides about the school curriculum, see the well-equipped classrooms, navigate the ship to the port- the simulation which teaches the students before they get on the board of real ships.
Wednesday started with the performance of Alsunga Secondary school students who had the concert of traditional as well as contemporary songs and dances. The students also had performed the present for each country- the song in their native language which is popular in the particular country. Then the teachers` round table was held where the final questionnaire was accepted. The project coordinators decided to have the last meeting in Warsaw to complete the final reports. In the afternoon teachers had the International conference where they shared their experience about projects in their schools, their advantages and the goals which can be reached with the help of the projects. Students had creative workshops where they could improve their skills in cooking, acting.
In the final day of the meeting we had the excursion to Curonian Lagoon. It is a major system of coastal wetlands, including near -shore marine waters, Lithuanian part of the Curonian Lagoon and of the Curonian Spit, and the Nemunas River delta area. The site is a representative and unique example of a coastal wetland complex characteristic of the Eastern Baltic Region.The vast desert made us feel a quite surrealistic feeling. In the afternoon we enjoyed the workshop where everyone could colour a weathervane. The evening was finished with the get-together party. The teams greeted each other, a lot of thanks, souvenirs, games and saying `good bye!`
Our team is very grateful to everyone who was involved to make our final visit so well-organized: the headmaster, Saulius and his team, teachers who welcomed us in their lessons as well as let us be the teachers of their students, cooks who made us delicious dinners, students who were really great and sincere. We are much obliged to parents who let our students be involved in their families. Thank you!
Dear friends, we hope to have new projects and meet you again!
On May 13 – 16 teachers and students from Turkey, Poland, Latvia and Romania were visiting Klaipėda Gedminai main school. On these days it was the last work meeting of a multilateral Comenius school partnership project “The Language of Art”.
On the first day of the visit our guests were greeted with the traditional Lithuanian folk dance “Kepurinė”, Aurelijus Liaudanskas principal of the school and the coordinator of the project greeted with a speech. Participant of the project toured the school and fourth grade student welcomed each delegation with “The Language of Art” – each country was welcomed with its dance or song, and got handmade gifts from primary classes’ children. After lunch, all the participating teachers gathered at the round table to to present and discuss about the final project’s product: a representative of Lithuania Gediminas Jonauskas e-book on customs and traditions, and during the project developed e-dictionary and a computer game made in Scratch programming environment; Romanian Gabriela Ivan introduced in Romania published e-book and e-dictionary printed version; the coordinator of the project Saulius Rudelis introduced an online game – quiz made in blubbr.tv environment and a DVD with the participating countries folk tales. It has also been discussed the assessment of the project and self-assessment instruments, preparation of the final questionnaire. Students at that time were participating in discussion – quiz “We are all different and similar at the same time”, playing opening games, teams were drawing posters, answering the quiz questions. Later, checked what did they know about partner participant and wrote their ideas and thoughts about the project in native language. After what a large number of guests and Gedminai school students gathered at the hall where they watched the musical fairy tale “We Are Children of the Sea”.
On Tuesday guests were invited to spectate open English, music, art, German, physical education, technology lessons. Later project participants led technology, physical education, art and integrated education lessons. In the afternoon, all participants went to Education and Culture Department of Klaipėda City Municipality where they were acknowledged with the education system in Klaipėda, communicated with its employees. After a meeting in City Municipality, all participant had a sightseeing tour of the town. Guest were acquainted with the history of the city, the most famous places, symbols of Klaipeda, visited Lithuanian Maritime University. There, at the multinavigational simulator an educational lesson was held. During this lesson at least for a moment all participants could become ship captains and feel the power of the sea.
The third day of the meeting was full of impressions – a large number of dancers, singers and musicians came from Latvian Alsunga secondary school (one of the project participants) to Gedminai. Guests invited all the participant to the concert, entertained with exciting Latvian folk dances and songs. After the concert again round table meeting was held. The final questionnaire was presented to the participating in the project teachers, students and their parents, information for the final project report was given, as well as information for uploading of implemented project goals and results to the database of the projects and their results “European Shared Treasure”. It was also agreed upon the rest tasks and their deadlines, and the meeting in Warsaw on project evaluation and discussion.
The authors: the coordinator of the project Saulius Rudelis, Lithuanian language teacher Asta Jankauskienė
April 14-19th, 2013, teachers of Gedminai main school: dance teacher Saulius Rudelis, IT teacher Gediminas Jonauskas and three students from 8a class: Gabrielius Pranulis, Nerijus Valčiukas and Lidija Semionova together with Latvian, Romanian and Turkish teams were in Tozcek’s Gustav Morcink Main School, in Poland where Comenius multilateral schools project “The language of art” work meeting took place.
When project participants came to school Polish students met us with polish tradition: bread with salt. Everybody was glad to see an interesting students’ show. After show we went to the town hall where we met the city mayor. After the meeting with mayor the bus was already waiting for us and we went to Opole. There we visited folk museum, where we saw old houses of Poland people and acquainted with the old Polish customs and traditions.
On the next day we had an excellent opportunity to see how students in Poland are taught – we attended History, German, English, integrated education lessons. The same day, teacher Gediminas Jonauskas had IT lesson with Polish sixth class students. During this lesson students made games with Scrath program online. After this lesson foreign teachers from all participating countries taught their lessons and work- shops: teacher Saulius Rudelis taught us how to dance line dances, teacher Vineta Liberte taught us to sing Latvian songs, with a help of Romanian teacher Gabriela Ivan we made origami flowers. Teacher Nurullaah Bulan helped us to improve our English knowledge, we played education games. After work-shops we played handball, football in a modern gym.
While students were playing games, teachers had the round table to discuss about the ending of this project, assessment and self-assessment, talked about the work has to be done by the last our meeting in Lithuania.
On the third day project participants went to Wieliczka. Wieliczka’s salt mine is the only one in the world which is open since Middle Age. Salt mine was mined in 9 levels 327 meters underground, and all tunnels are dug around about 300 kilometers. Unfortunately, tourists can see only about 3 kilometers of these tunnels. Wieliczka’s salt mine shows a development of mining technology. In 1980 this “underground world” was included to Unesco world culture and natural Heritage list. We went down 378 stairs – 58 meters underground. It’s the first level of salt mine and its name is Danilovič chamber. Next room is named in honor of Nicolaus Copernicus, he was the first tourist in the salt mine. There is a sculpture built for N. Copernicus 500 year’s anniversary. In 63.8 meters deep we arrived to baroque style St. Anthony chapel that was built in XVII century. Working in the salt mine was very dangerous, so miners built chapels and every morning they pried before work. Chapel lamps are decorated with crystals made of salt. We saw amazing sculptures underground, which represent methane gas arsonists, salt transportation equipment, village layout, created by the archeology investigations carried out in urban areas Wieliczka, water disposal out from salt mine system and some more exiting exhibitions. It was the first time when we ate underground.
A day before we went home we were in Koščencin, where the Polish songs and dances ensemble „Sląsk“ is working. There we had traditional Polish dances lesson, acquainted with the activities of the ensemble, as well as many interesting things we learned about the Polish national costumes.
The same evening all project participants gathered at the farewell party. Polish students played the legend of the golden duck. We were discussing and evaluating the meeting in Poland, discussing our further plans.
During all the meeting time we worked very intensively: There were completed two final products of the project. It’s a book about traditions and customs of participating countries and also six languages vocabulary.
The last day was a bit sad, because we had to go. It was a real”saying good bye” day with many tears, but this meeting was a good experience. We think this trip was very useful for students and for teachers- we had a chance to know Poland’s culture, improve our English skills and of course we made many new friends.
The project is funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme. This project is funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
Authors: Project participants Gabrielius Pranulis, Nerijus Valčiukas.