Meeting in France – Update

Meeting in France 20. – 24. 03.2013

The first journey of the Comenius Project to France took place from March 20th – 24th 2013. At this meeting about 50 Comenius students and 12 teachers met from countries such as France, Spain, Sweden and Germany. After the arrival day where we were allocated to our guest families, the work on the Project began on March 24th 2013. In the beginning we worked in small groups on themes that we had already prepared at home. The members of the “Work & Education” group showed us the school system of their home country. In the afternoon we visited the Lycée Odilon Redon according to one of the topics which is called “Education”. Furthermore, the students learned more about some local companies by visiting a vineyard and an oyster farm. After this we made a beautiful trip to “Dune du Pyla” where we were able to get to know each other better.

The “Media Group” created a questionnaire about this topic. All students had to fill it in with the aim to compare the results, what happened throughout the weeks after the meeting. Concerning the Swedish topic “Environment”, we took some water samples in order to compare them with samples from the other countries. To make clear that you have to regard the topic “Sports & Movement” not only from a sporting point of view, but also historically, we created a timeline with the most important and events that connect the 4 countries. This timeline and some posters about typical sports were displayed in the French school. On Saturday we started our “Photo-Rallye”. In small groups we took some pictures which should match the different topics. In the afternoon we prepared our evening event with guests like politics, press and parents. Here we informed the people about the topics and aims of our project and its progress. Different texts in the several languages of the group “Literature” were presented in the evening, pupils read and performed them live on stage together with a French musician, with the aim to find out about the sounds and tonality of the different languages and they how these texts carried messages in different ways.

All in all the travel to France was very interesting and inspiring especially due to the early beginning of spring. The farewell wasn´t really easy for us, but it was clear to everyone that we would see each other again in Sweden, Spain or Germany.

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