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.
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.
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.
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.
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