This last meeting was aimed to close the project, evaluate it, clarify aspects of the Final Report and also to learn a bit more about the Greek culture . There were 8 teachers attending the meeting: two from Ireland, 2 from Italy, 2 from Bulgaria and 2 from Spain. During the 3 days-stay in Xanthi, the host school showed great hospitality during our stay there, making a big effort to make everybody feel welcome. The school offered a Welcome and Farewell ceremonies with music and dances, where not only children but also parents participated. Being in the school of Xanthi proved to be a great experience for their children, especially because they didn’t participate in the mobilites. On the first day in Xanthi, we enjoyed of the visit of the Greek island of Thassos, where we visited some interesting cultural sites and its beautiful beaches and landscape. During the two other days we held different meetings where different topics were discussed. Greek teachers showed the new visitors their school, classes and we shared similarities and differences amongour school systems, cultural aspects, social aspects, etc.
1. Final Activities: we talked about the shared Padlet walls with the children’s conclusions. All the schools had brought the scrapbook pages scanned and we made a video putting them all in common, as the scrapbook is the final product from the association.
2. Dissemination: we talked about the importance of taking the Statistics from the schools’ websites, Facebook, Instagram, and from the project website so we would have them for the report. Some ideas came out regarding the dissemination of the 2 years-project among the schools communities and we decided that we would do a meeting with the students’ parents in order to explain everything done during the project.
3. Sustainability of the project: we shared ideas and thoughts about how to keep the project alive in the future. Some suggestions mentioned were:
4. Mobility tool: Marta, the coordinator, explained the aims of the Final Report to be submitted by the 31st October and what are the responsabilities from each partner. There is a document on Drive where Marta suggested every school could write their part, and share it with everybody. I reminded every partner that the report has to be consistent and coherent between each others.
5. Platform of results: Marta, the coordinator, clarified the use and what is the purpose of this platform and made sure all partners had the material from their schools on drive
6. There was some time for the partners to work on their reports, check material and also work on their Mobility tool reports. The coordinator clarified any questions or concerns from the partners.
During the free time, the Greek teachers showed the international teachers around Xanthi and offered meals where we could taste the Greek gastronomy. This last meeting was a nice opportunity to see the bonds we created during these 2 years of the project. It was the perfect farewell for all the partners.
Here you have the final video of the project. You will see the scrapbook of all the countries. We hope you enjoy watching it.
Our Erasmus project is about to finish and all the schools have prepared these videos, summarizing our 2 years working on this entrepreneurship project. We all have enjoyed a lot this experience and we hope this frienship will last forever.
The fifth mobility took place in Killarney, Ireland, from 7th to 12th April 2019. Teachers from Bulgaria, Italy, Greece and Spain have taken part in it. There were students from Bulgaria, Italy and Spain (13 children in total). The students have been hosted by families from Fossa National School. The families have been very kind and nice and the students have felt like at home. It has been an absolutely amazing stay and we all have had a great time in Killarney.
Fossa school has organised very interesting activities both for the teachers and for the students: some of them were related to the project “The 4 Ps of the Marketing”, others were intended to show us the wonderful region around Killarney.
Most activities were carried out in the morning and in the early afternoon so that the students had the opportunity to share free time with their hosting families and the teachers could spend some time together learning about Irish culture and food.
On Monday morning we all attended a very beautiful welcome ceremony prepared by the teachers and the students of Fossa National School..They sang Irish songs and danced traditional dances, involving visiting students and teachers. After that, the Erasmus teachers had a meeting concerning the project while Erasmus students took part in the lessons at school. Then we had a tour of Fossa school and in each class students and teachers welcomed us with songs, plays, music, poems, questions both in English and Gaelic. After school all the Erasmus students stayed with their host families. The Erasmus teachers spent the evening with the Irish colleagues.
On Tuesday morning we visited Inisfallen, the largest island of Killarney lakes. From Ross Castle we went on a motor boat trip to the island and we saw the extensive ruins of an ancient monastery. We went for a walk around the island with a guide who showed us the different flora, fauna and landscape and then we had a picnic. After that we went back by boat to Killarney Golf Club and we walked to school passing through a beautiful park. In the evening the students went to the cinema with Michael, a very nice Irish teacher while all the other teachers had dinner together.
On Wednesday there was a beautiful coach trip for students and teachers to Dingle and Slea Head. We had the opportunity to travel around the western peninsula of Kerry and to see Inch Beach, a beautiful sandy beach on the Atlantic Ocean, Slea Head, the most western part of Ireland, Slea Head beach, where we had a picnic, the town of Dingle. On the way we have stopped at the Beehive Huts, where we have seen very ancient houses built in a curious cone-shape, and we have enjoyed a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean across to the Skellig Islands. In the afternoon the students visited the Dingle Aquarium and they saw a large variety of fish and marine fauna, such as sharks, sea turtles, morays. After that we went for a walk around Dingle and we all bought souvenirs and handicrafts.
On Thursday morning there was the presentation of the videos in the School Library. Every country had prepared a video about the two years of the Erasmus project. In the videos there were photos, interviews, comments, memories of all students and teachers who had taken part in the previous activities and mobilities. Then the teachers had a meeting where they discussed about the work to be done for the last meeting in Greece. In the meanwhile the students attended lessons in the classrooms, preparing the afterschool market sales and doing sports. Just before lunch there was an Irish baking workshop, where a very nice teacher from Fossa School taught us how to bake delicious cup cakes. After lunch teachers and students prepared the stalls for the sales fair. The fair was in the school playground at the time of children collection. The students were all very helpful. The sales fair began just after school and it was a great success: parents and children bought all the products and in a very short time everything was sold out.
Then students went home with their host families. In the afternoon they went shopping, did sports, went to ceremonies with the families. The teachers spent the evening together at an Irish show with traditional dancing, singing and music. It was an amazing experience.
Friday was the last day of the mobility so Fossa National School had prepared a farewell ceremony in the School Hall. The hosting students sang, danced and played for us. Since it was the last school day before Easter holiday, there was a very nice Easter Bunny hats parade from the children of infant school and the draw for the Easter raffle. Erasmus teachers and students greeted and thanked Irish hosts for their great hospitality. Students had been so happy and at their ease that they did not want to leave their new friends.
After the ceremony there was the final teachers’ meeting. We made arrangements for the transnational meeting in Greece next June, awarded the certificates and exchanged opinions about the stay in Ireland. Everyone agreed on the fact that it had been very useful for improving the English knowledge of our students.
Then we said goodbye and left for our countries.
The five days in Killarney have been not only a chance to work on the project but also to appreciate each partner’s commitment and involvement to the project. It has been a pleasure for all the Erasmus participants to enjoy the Irish hospitality. The students have been enthusiastic to work together, to take part in the various events, activities, trips, sport, workshops, sales fair. The teachers were happy to exchange information and to learn about Ireland. The weather was merciful this time and we have fully enjoyed the stay. It was an unforgettable experience for everyone.
The 4th mobility took place in Sabadell, Spain.All the countries participated in it: teachers from Bulgaria, Greece, Italy and Ireland and students from Bulgaria, Italy and Ireland. The Spanish school Escola Estel were the hosts and they did their best to make all the participants feel welcome and at home. The Bulgarian, Italian and Irish students were hosted by families from Escola Estel who showed them warmth and hospitality.Escola Estel organized various activities for both the teachers and the students.Some of them aimed at working on the project and some of them aimed at the entertainment of the participants.
On Monday morning we all attended a very beautiful welcome ceremony prepared by the teachers and the students of the hosting school .They sang songs and danced traditional dances.The ceremony took place in the school’s playground.After that,the Erasmus teachers had a meeting concerning the project and the Erasmus students took part in a workshop on sales.After lunch,all the Erasmus participants took part in a Scavenger hunt around Sabadell which they enjoyed a lot.
On the second day of the mobility,we started with the presentation of each country’s Advertising campaign.Then,the students took part in a workshop in the DIY room where they tried to make espantriyias,the main product of the Spanish company.We,the teachers,worked on the project and early in the afternoon we left for Terassa, a beautiful town near Sabadell.In Terassa,we had a picnic in a park and then a guided visit of the Science Museum. That way we had the chance to learn some very interesting things about how factories used to work in the past.
On Wednesday morning,the teachers had a meeting on the project and the students had another workshop where they tried to actually sell their products.
In the afternoon a bus took us all to Barcelona to visit Parc Guell where we spent some time walking around and admiring the beauty of the place.
Early on Thursday morning,we left by bus to visit one of Barcelona’s most famous landmarks:Camp Nou Stadium and its museum.We all enjoyed the visit-especially the students.After spending quite some time there we left for Parc de la Ciutadella where we had a picnic and then we took the train to go back to Sabadell.
Friday was the last day of the mobility so Escola Estel had prepared a farewell and certificates ceremony.The hosting students sang for us and both Erasmus teachers and students danced a traditional dance we had been taught during our stay in the school.Things got emotional especially among students who didn’t want to leave their new friends.
During the 5 days in Sabadell,we not only had the chance to work on the project and solve problems that had come up but also to appreciate each partner’s commitment and involvement to the project.
We all left feeling satisfied and feeling that our “mission” in Sabadell was accomplished!!
Our programme was as follows:
MONDAY, 4th February
8.30am: Collection of Staff from Hotel
9.00am: Staff welcome
9.30am: Welcome presentation
10.00am: Tour of school
10.45-11.00: Coffee break
11.15 – 12.20: Classroom visits
12.00 – 13.00pm: Workshop in the school
13.00 –15.00pm: Free time in the Playground and lunch in the school
15.00-17.00:Scavenger hunt around Sabadell
18.40-Collection of children
20.00:Dinner for teachers
TUESDAY: 5th February
8.30-09.00-Teachers and students arrival in the school
9.00am: Presentation of the “Advertising Campaign”
10.30-12.00:students workshop in DIY room
Teachers meeting on the project
12.00:Departure to Terassa
13.00-15.00:Picnic lunch in the park
15.00:17.00:Guided visit of the Science Museum of Terassa
17.0:Departure to Sabadell
17.30:Collection of children
WEDNESDAY: 6th February
8..30-09.00: Teachers and students arrival in the school
9.00-11.00: Meeting for teachers,workshop for students
11.30-13.00:Meeting for teachers,games for students
13.00 –15.00: Lunch in the school and free time in the playground
15.00-18.00:Visit to Parc Guell in Barcelona
19.00:Collection of children
20.30:Dinner for teachers
THURSDAY, 7th February
8.30: Departure to Barcelona by coach
10.00-11.30-Visit of the museum and Camp Nou Stadium
11.30:Departure to “Parc de la Ciutadella”
12.00-17.00-Picnic lunch in the Parc,visit of BCN,Gothic area and La Rambla
17.00:Return to Sabadell by train
18.00:Collection of children in Sabadell
20.00-Dinner for teachers
FRIDAY, 8th February
8.30- 9.00:Teachers and students arrival in the school
09.30-10.30:Farewell and certificates ceremony
11.00-Departure to the airport for Greeks and Italians-free time for the other groups
14.00-15.00-Lunch in the school(Bulgarians and Irish)
19.00-Departure to the Airport(Bulgarians)
Irish departure to the airport
Students from all countries have exchanged digital Christmas wishes. We hope you enjoy watching them.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
3rd Mobility: Italy: 21st-26th October 2018
This third mobility took place in Italy and all the countries participated in it: teachers from Greece, Bulgaria, Spain and Ireland attended the mobility. Also, children from Bulgaria, Spain and Ireland enjoyed of this exciting trip. The Italian school “Instituto Comprensivo di Ripi” was the hosting school, which embraces two different villages; Ripi and Torrice. Thus, the activities being carried out took place in both towns; the secondary school in Ripi and the secondary school in Torrice. This was very interesting because the participants had the opportunity not to see only one school, but two different schools, although they share the same direction and objectives.
Instituto Comprensivo di Ripi has a great focus on arts and music so they delighted the Erasmus+ team with outstanding Welcome and Farewell Ceremonies where their school orchestras played traditional songs, sang and danced traditional Italian dances. To mention that all the Italian staff and families were very enthusiastic, helpful and committed to the project.
During the 5 days in Ripi and Torrice, we did a varied number of activities; some related to the project, some aimed to learn about the area, and their customs and others were focused to see teaching methodologies implemented in the Italian school. The activities took place in different locations, the schools of Ripi and Torrice, Frostinone, Cassino, Rome and other neighbourhood towns. There were activities carried out in the morning and in the afternoon. At midday, students had the opportunity to share lunch with their hosting families and teachers shared it with the Italian staff. In the evenings, the Erasmus participants went back with their host families and teachers spent some time together tasting the delicious Italian cuisine.
Regarding the activities done during the mobility, they were varied and interesting. The welcome ceremony on the first day was in Ripi, then we visited the local Science Museum, the Montecassino abbey and we stopped for a delicious ice-cream on our way back to Ripi. On the second day, the secondary school of Ripi gave us a beautiful welcome with traditional dances and then we departured to Frosinone, where we visited its football stadium and its Art Academy. There, they showed us their art pieces and we were given a lecture on photography. On Wednesday, we visited Rome and Il Vaticano city, were we attended a reception by the Pope. In Rome, a tourist guide guided us along the main touristic sites of this magnificent city full of history.
On Thursday, the students presented their products to each other and a lecturer from Frosinone Art Academy came and did a shooting workshop in the school of Ripi. In the afternoon, the students of Ripi gave us a tour around their village. On the last day, on Friday, there was a farewell and certificates ceremony in Torrice. Primary, secondary pupils and teachers sang and played songs with the school orchestra; it was an outstanding concert and the perfect farewell. The hosting families watched also the Erasmus participants go.
It was a pleasure for all the Erasmus participants to spend 6 days in Italy, enjoying of the local hospitality if Ripi and Torrice.
The trip to Bulgaria took place between the 15th and the 20th of April 2018. It was a very enjoyable experience for all. It allowed teachers and children alike to sample the beautiful culture of Vratsa and Bulgaria, to further the work on the project 4 P’s of Marketing by Young Entrepreneurs and to view educational practices in Bulgaria. On this trip, four children came from each of the different countries. In all, there were 12 visiting children.
The main element of marketing which was considered in this trip was the product. This was facilitated by a lecture from a Bulgarian marketing professional which included a practical case study. The children also created posters discussing the different marketing concepts. This was especially nice as children from different countries worked together to create a poster with the various different languages of the BIGSI team. There was lots of opportunity for children to collaborate during the week. Chief amongst them the sharing of posters on the children’s home town which were created before the trip, this allowed the children to share stories and information about their home town. There were also great events for the children which included sport on the sports field, swimming in the swimming pool, an amazing welcome on the first day, pottery making in the local museum of ethnography and traditional Bulgarian dancing in the school hall. The children really took a lot from these opportunities.
The excursions for the teachers and students were very enjoyable. The touristic highlights of Vratsa were really shown off. The beautiful view of Vratsa from the mountain which overlooked the town, the St. Sofronii Vrachanski Cathedral two beautiful, the Ledenika caves and Vratsa’s old town will all live long in the memory for those present. The day trip to Sofia was beautiful also. It was excellently organised and was a brilliant opportunity to see Bulgaria’s capital city and learn about its history.
Through the various meetings, a breadth of topics were discussed by the teachers present:
1- Activities to do in Bulgaria: Planning for children and for the teachers, teachers’ meetings, payments for the activities
2- Ongoing Activities: checklist the project activities already done, pending to do, further activities, careful analysis of the problems and difficulties facing.
3- BIGSI Webpage: when disseminating it, sharing responsibilities.
5- Further transnational meeting: Spain (Dates, accommodation, etc.)
6- Evaluation of the Mobility in Bulgaria– by the Bulgarian
These will be continued upon in the transnational to Spain.
From the 4th-7th June, Escola Estel – Sabadell (Spain) hosted the 2nd Transnational meeting, where teachers from all the countries overviewed the first year of this Erasmus+ Project and also planned the following year.