Report Summary of Mobility in Sekundarschule Horn-Bad Meinberg(Written by the Netherlands team)

Overall impression of Mobility in Sekundarschule Horn-Bad Meinberg

During the week, the students have developed and dared to communicate and build bridges with students from other countries. We have observed the students engaging in active and enthusiastic exchanges across the language barriers. True friendships have been created between the students and their hosts during this mobility, and these friendships have constituted a strong foundation for building bridges. 

One of the overall activities during the week was for students to participate in workshops in techniques, home economics, physical education (P.E), English, theatre, music and GL. The students were divided into groups so that there was at least one from each country represented in all workshops except one (English). The students worked together for several days and this resulted in a presentation on Thursday. 

A powerful example of abridged differences was the black neon theatre performance. In this workshop the individual students were obscured from view, making it impossible to discern who was doing the individual movements of the act. The significance of different nationalities of the students was thereby temporarily erased during the performance. What we instead were allowed to witness was a display of the past, present and future of Europe, performed by european students working together. 

The workshops regarding food and different traditions allowed the students to gain experiences of each other through a different medium. These activities served both to broaden their knowledge of each other and dig deeper beneath the surface of cultures of the participating countries. A more tactile and physical expression of bridge building was performed in the P.E workshop. Here the students had to get close to each other and stretch the boundaries of their comfort zones in order to be able to complete the task. In contrast with the neon theatre, this workshop highlights each individual contributor to the whole and shows that we are working together to produce something that was more than the sum of its parts. 

The technique workshop utilized a similar aspect of bridge building, with the difference being that they produced a more permanent symbol of their team work, the literal construction of bridges. In the musical workshop the students were allowed to use a universal nonverbal language to express their emotions and collaboration and in the finishing poetry workshop we had the pleasure of experiencing the students while they performed their written expressions of friendship, unity and love.

In short, the mobility in Germany has provided many opportunities for the students to explore both their differences and their common traits. The activities during this week and the resulting friendships between the participant have contributed to a stronger sense of unity, and has most definitely resulted in the building of bridges.

Report day 4 Mobility in Sekundarschule Horn-Bad Meinberg(Written by the Greek team)

We were picked up from Detmold by Helen this morning. Once again  we had the chance to enjoy the beautiful landscape until arriving in Horn. The entrance hall was under construction: students were supervising as the hall was turned into a theater. 

In the teachers meeting room we had a cup of coffee and then strolled through the workshop, where the last details for the presentation were being checked.

The presentation of the Building Bridges results started at 10:10 with Katherin calling each workshop on stage. The theme of every workshop was building bridges

The theater workshop produced a black theatre play :”the star community” 

The sociology workshop answered the question what culture is in its presentation, presented bridges (similarities) comparing each time two participating  countries. the presentation ended with a quiz played with the kohoot application. we had lots of fun answering the questions!

The Physical Education workshop formed acrobatical sights, monuments and historical places of the participating countries with the acrobatical formation of the student bodies! 

The Economics class presented their cooked dishes from the participating class. They explained how they cooked and what ingredients they used

The music workshop presented two songs that were accompanied by wooden rhythm sticks.

The technic workshop presented wooden bridges build together by each country with hosts

The english workshop presented poems. The students were anxious before the presentation but anxiety turned into satisfaction after the presentation. Bridges were once again built.

After the presentation the students went home to rest and prepare for the party and teacher went to the cafeteria to have lunch, for the last time together in Horn.

In the afternoon there was some free time. The greek team strolled through the street of Detmold.

At 18:10 Johannes picked us up. the main school hall was once again transformen again: a buffet, a dj stand colorful balloons and light around. Happy faces everywhere. The party started with the award of Souvenirs to the members of teachers teams. A Detmolder beer and a Hermann Monument brelock. Awards were also given to the three winners of the kahoot quiz. The party which was completely organized by students of the school was a complete success. Everybody danced and mingled both teacher and students. It was the highlight of a wonderful week where knowledge was  shared and gained, experiences with the german school system were made. Bridges were built that connected people from different countries.

Report day 2 Mobility in Sekundarschule Horn-Bad Meinberg (Written by Italian team)

On the second day of our Erasmus adventure the pupils began with their breakfastat  at 7.25. Teachers joined them at 8.00.
After this, the students split up in order to follow the workshops schedule. Main theme of the workshops was “Building Bridges”. Subjects involved were Techniques,
PE, English, Cooking, Drama, Music and GL. The activities went on until 11.55.
Teachers had the chance to visit some lessons at school choosing among a choice of subjects. Each teacher had the opportunity to follow two different classes.
Lunch was at 12.00 in the school canteen for students and teachers.
After lunch at 13.30 we boarded the bus and went to visit Paderborn.
The guided visit to the town was enjoyed by everyone. Firstly, we enjoyed the
beauty and the history of this ancient town linked to Charlemagne who built a castle near there. Then we had the opportunity to visit the Cathedral and the source of river Pader. At the end of the guided tour we had some free time to stroll around for shopping or/and coffee.
The students returned home at around 6pm and our second day came to an end.

Report day 1 Mobility in Sekundarschule Horn-Bad Meinberg(Written by the France team)

After having spent the first night with families, students arrived at the “SEKUNDARSCHULE” school, with breakfast specially prepared for them.

 This is the first time that students from six countries were gathered to share breakfast. After what students discussed and learnt to know each other. 

At 9:30 am: official welcome in the large auditorium with welcome speeches by the deputy director and the director Mrs. Delker. The German pupils presented songs, music and dances specially prepared for us. After exchanging a few dance steps together, we visited the school until the end of the morning. As far as the students were concerned this visit took the form of a treasure hunt through the school.

From 12 to 1pm, lunch break in the cafeteria.

At  1:30 pm: departure by bus, direction Detmold for the visit of the monument “Hermannsdenkmal”. In groups, accompanied by a guide, we visited this site. This iron statue was built between 1841 and 1875 in honor of the warlord Arminius, called Hermann in German. The group was able to climb to the 1st floor at the base of the 53.5-meter tall statue and have a superb view of the Teutberg forest. 

Back to school around 5:00 p.m the students joined their host families for the evening. For teachers, there was a cooking activity together at school. By pairs chosen at random we were able to prepare different dishes from each of our countries and share them together around a very nice table. This quite friendly moment allowed us to get to know each other better.

Conlcusion about our mobility in Greece (Written by German team)

After our visit to Thessaloniki in Greece we can draw a very positive conclusion. All the participants learned a lot about the Greek culture. Especially the history of Thessaloniki was really interesting and exciting for the international students from the Netherlands, Sweden, France, Italy and Germany. Moreover the „Flashmob“ for more tolerance and intercultural understanding was central issue of our week in Greece. During the days all the students learned about traditional Greek dances and songs. Together they practiced choreographies and dance steps as a preparation for our flash mob at Evosmos Square. The training lessons have been great fun for all of us. It was interesting to learn about Greek traditions and the close connection of Greek people to their own culture and traditions.

The performance at Evosmos Square was a great success. All our students danced and sang together and motivated some audience for participating, too.

The idea to cross borders between countries and to show more tolerance for others and their cultural identity was successful. The students felt like one team and haven ´t identified themselves no longer by their nationality but by the moment of tolerance and international belonging. It was a great experience for all of the participants and everyone enjoyed the amazing hospitality of the Greek team and the Greek host families.

Students and teachers learned how to be more tolerant and that it is worth it to be open-minded and interested in other cultures and traditions. We appreciate all the experiences and are thankful for this great intercultural exchange.

2nd day of Mobility in Thessaloniki (Written by France team)

We all arrived at school at 8.10 am. As every morning, we gathered in the schoolyard and a majority of pupils prayed. The headmaster spoke through the microphone giving instructions for the day. 

That day was a very special one as one day in a month the pupils do not have classical lessons but varied activities as sports, cultural activities videos, dances…. 

We visited the school which is the oldest of Evosmos and has about 380 pupils, 17 classrooms and 38 teachers. The pupils repeated seriously with a good spirit the Sirtaki for the flashmob at 1 O’clock in front of the town hall. 

Thanks to a beautiful sun and surrounded by the inhabitants of Evosmos, the flashmob was a great success. The youngsters and their teachers gathered thanks to that dance. It was a moment of unity which was rebroadcasted on national television. 

The mayor, Mandalionos Cléanthis was among us and received the teachers of this particular project at the town hall. 

3rd day of Mobility in Thessaloniki (Written by Italian team)

The third day of activities was dedicated to important and interesting visits to the most emblematic places in the city of Thessaloniki, sites that recount its millennial history. Teachers and students met at 9 a.m. in front of the Archaeological Museum. The visit showed us the civilization of Macedonian Greece from the Paleolithic era until late antiquity. The exhibition of the ‘Gold of Macedon’ is of particular interest and aroused much admiration and curiosity among the students.

We then went on to visit the White Tower, universally known as the symbol of the city of Thessaloniki which, besides offering a spectacular view of the gulf, the promenade and much of the city, also gave us the possibility to learn about the history of the Macedonian capital in the modern and contemporary age. 

The tour continued with a visit to the church of Saint Sophia (Aghias Sofia), a splendid example of a ‘Basilica’ with five naves, built at the end of the seventh century. Worthy of note are the numerous icons and frescoes. 

The visit to the city, passing through the large, suggestive and lively Piazza Aristotele, ended at the archaeological site of the Roman Agorà, the administrative centre of ancient Thessaloniki since the second century A.D. 

A testimony of the palpitating and rich Roman domination which, thanks to the exhibits on display in the small museum, sheds light on a significant and lasting period of the city’s history. 

The youngsters showed great interest and curiosity and really appreciated the various visits. 

The teachers also experienced great satisfaction and   positively and favourably judged the choices and the preparatory work done by the Greek colleagues. 

At 2.00 pm students returned to Evosmos and spent the rest of the afternoon and evening with their partners and their families. 

4rth day of Mobility in Thessaloniki (Written by Sweden team)

Thursday 3. 10. 2019

Erasmus Mobility program in Greece, Thessaloniki

The day has started at 8 o’clock in the morning when we woke up and we ate breakfast. We got prepared and at 9 o’clock we took a taxi and we went to ‘Eptapirgion’ which is the old fort of Thessaloniki. It took as about 25 minutes to be there and we were able to see the urban area of Thessaloniki and in particular the area of ‘Sikes’. After that we reached our destination about 10 minutes later which was the ‘Eptapirgion’. ‘Eptapirgion’ was built around the 315 BC and it is the old peripheral castle that surrounds the city. There the students had the chance to go through back in time and become familiar with the past of Thessaloniki. We talked about the different periods that took place in Thessaloniki, which were the Roman, the Byzantine, the Ottoman and the Hellenistic. The students were able to become familiar with the various conquers that conquered the city.

Students had the chance to go up the fort and take pictures and they were able to become aware of the historical past of Thessaloniki. On top of that, the students became aware of how the fort was used during the first and the Second World War as well as how it was used during the dictatorship that took place in Greece in 1968. Later on the students were able to discover the old city of Thessaloniki and take pictures in the narrow gabbled streets in ‘Ano poli’.  On top, of that they were able to have nice walk down to the city and go to different archeological sites like ‘Rotonda’, Galerius Arch, Kamara and White Tower.  At the end of this day, the students had about one hour free time to explore the area of ‘Navarinou’,which is the most lively area of the city center. After that, the students gathered outside the entrance of the White Tower where they were picked up by their bus. The teachers ate lunch in the city center and the had the chance to shop and become familiar with the city. Later on, the students took part in the farewell party that started at 20.00 until 23.30. During the party, the teachers of each country received their certificates of participation while they had a small farewell speech.

Tora: ‘The two good things about the Thursday in Thessaloniki: After the farewell party most of us Erasmus people stayed out a little longer in the city and hanged out one last time in the time square of Evosmos. Everybody was truly comfortable with each other after the week and many of us became really good friends. The second best things about the last day was when we were walking the narrow streets up in the hills/mountains where there was a beautiful view over the city. It was warm and nice and the houses were very pretty.’

P.S The most amazing part of that day was that the students showed an impressive interest in the archeological and historical past of the city by formulating questions to the guides and the teachers.

Swedish Report by Henrik, Zaine and George

Students: Tora, Oscar, Mike, Farina, Simon, Bawan, Olivia.

3rd day of Mobility in Lyceé L’Oustal, Montastruc-la-Conseillère (Written by Greek team)

On Thursday the 16th  of May the students worked together in international mixed groups on group project work, which our hosting school had arranged before the meeting

Morning activities started at 8.35 and lasted till 12 a.m with  the Dutch, German and three Italian students working on a kitchen project  while another group of Sweden, Greek and the rest of Italian students participated in a collaborative, game and sports tournament.

The students working on the kitchen project were introduced to a well equipped kitchen capable to invite up to 6 groups of  students. They were obliged to wear a kitchen apron, a hair net and  plastic foot pads for hygiene purposes. They were assigned to cook a traditional French recipe called  La Quiche Lorraine and  prepare the brioche dough for another recipe called Les mini Tropeziennes. This recipe was fulfilled by the group of students who worked in the afternoon on the kitchen project.

They were asked to work and mix together in groups of three students each one coming from a different country.  They followed instructions given on paper, collaborated and executed the recipe with success having fun and being proud of the result  Students tasted  the Quiche Lorraine pie, discussed about whether they liked it and served the pie to all teachers at school.

Alongside the group of Sweden, Greek and the rest of Italian students participated in a collaborative, game and sports tournament.

Students were divided into two groups with different nationalities through a game with a ball.

They were asked to cross an imaginary river stepping on imaginary rocks  represented by cardboards. Each team was on a different side of the river. Each time one stepped off a rock into the river the team had to start over again. Each student had to be stepping on a rock, never to leave a rock without being stepped on behind the first one crossing the river because a crocodile (a teacher) would remove the rock from the river making the task more difficult.  Students were placed in special roles. There was a student blindfolded, a pregnant one (with a balloon) and a student with tied hands. The task of crossing the river became more difficult and required asking for help and  collaboration between students. The photos below show highlights from the game.

The two teams managed to cross the river and each team with the help of each other was found on the opposite side of the river.

At the end of the game the students discussed about the game. How difficult or easy was it for each one, who was the one been grunting all the time, how did the students in the special roles feel. The students concluded that the game started off as a competitive game between the two teams on each side of the river only to realize that the only way to complete the task was, for the two teams to collaborate. Students were surprised to realize that at the end.

The same applies in real life, people start off competing with other only to realize that the best way to succeed a goal is for people to work with each other.

We all had lunch at the school canteen at 12 a.m Group activities started again at 2 p.m and lasted till 4 p.m

In the afternoon it was the turn of the Sweden, Greek  team and of four Italian students for a kitchen project. They worked in groups of three students of mixed nationalities and were asked to fulfill the recipe given in the morning of the mini Tropeziennes. They prepared the pastry cream and combined it with the brioche dough which was prepared by the morning group, in order to bake a set of mini Tropeziennes. Teachers participated as well.

The photos below show highlights from the cooking project.

The cooking project was an opportunity to work together and communicate over a common task in a language that was no one’s first language. It was a creative project with a tasteful result and an opportunity to learn about   traditional French food.

We left the kitchen to meet and taste the brioche mini Tropeziennes. French teachers presented us on posters other traditional French food and the places the food was coming from.

A poster with pictures of traditional food coming from each country participating in this Erasmus program was prepared by the school hosting us and students from each country were asked to present the food.

A booklet with traditional recipes coming from each country was prepared from the French teachers handed out to each teacher coming from the other countries.

Students returned to families hosting them at 5 p.m.

It was a full day and a fun opportunity for students to collaborate and come closer through the games, to create and learn about each other and others food culture.

Students from different nationalities,  setting a common goal, collaborating and coming to a tasteful result was a pleasant, playful way to relax, come together and get to know each other. Also a way to experience and appreciate different traditional recipes of France.


Conclusion about our mobility to Sweden. (Written by German team)

In conclusion our mobility to Sweden has been a great experience not only for students but also for the participating teachers.

Our Swedish partners welcomed us in an amazing and hearty way.

And it really felt like meeting friends again.

The topic of our Sweden mobility was to find out about the diversity of teaching and learning methods.

Right in the beginning of our mobility we watched tiny recorded films about typical teaching and learning methods in the different countries of our project. It was interesting to get a closer look into the way of teaching and learning in other European countries.

Within the scope of this week the teachers also got the chance for team teaching lessons. Teacher taught together. They used Swedish, English and German and established intercultural and international learning in lessons. One of the highlights was to learn about the way to work with tablets in lessons.

So, the international students got the great chance to visit an IT – lesson at Gränbyskolan. They learned about programming and the skills to navigate robots. It has been an important learning process for all the students to work with new media as part of daily lessons at school. While programming they improved their media skills and learned about a modern way of learning and teaching.

Students and teachers really appreciated the possibility to learn about the variety of teaching and learning methods and the way students learn in an international exchange. They found out about similarities and differences in education in different European countries.

Additionally, the knowledge and the important experiences they made will be the basis for the development of teaching and learning processes at the other schools. The intercultural and European exchange has offered a positive reflection on lessons and teaching in general.

The longer our journey took the more our young students widened their horizons. They became more tolerant and open-minded and they really enjoyed the close contact to their host families. They improved their language skills and became more self-confident.

They more and more solved language problems and found ways to communicate with each other. Especially the Swedish host families have been very protective, and they helped with their hospitality to melt the ice quickly.  

All in all, the journey to Sweden was great fun for everyone. We got many chances to improve our intercultural knowledge about Sweden and all the other participating countries and culture. Especially for students it was an important possibility to widen their media competence and to get to know about other ways of learning at school.

It has been an amazing and very educational journey with ongoing experiences and friendships.