We arrived at Krakow airport at 18.00h, after a long trip, from 7.00h travelling. Spanish and Finnish delegations met each other at the airport. Then, we got the bus to Gliwice. Families were waiting for us in the city centre. Both, hosting families and students were so excited to meet each other, although traveling students were so tired.
The first day has been a long one. We have arrived at 8.00h to Potsdawowa School. We have been received by the Headmistress and we have been shown the school. We are so grateful to Przemek, Agata and all the staff whoa has shown absolutely committed in doing the best for this event.
We also were invited to attend the Graduation Ceremony of the army profiled School’ students.
Students have attending the icebreaking activities. The “cultural night” came at 6.00pm. with traditional food of every country. There were also folk Polish and modern dances in which even parents have taken part. It was really fun, but the most important thing: it was so helpful in order to achieve the inmersion and effective communication among the participants.
DAY 1 PICTURES.
Today, Tuesday 20th February, we have visited Krakow and we have been taken to a guided tour with Przemek and Agata. The visit started in the Wawel Royal Castle, national and cultural symbol of Poles,with an audioguided tour inside the Wawel Cathedral. The visit has continued in the Old Town, visiting in Rynek Underground, the largest underground archeological site in Poland” to visit the permanent exhibition “Following the Traces of European Identity of Krakow”, where we have had the opportunity to learn about the history of Krakow and also Poland. Next, we have visited St. Mary’s Basilica, the Main Market Square and, finally, we have also seen a drago breathing fire.
We arrived school at 8.00.
Special needs teacher show us the therapy room, specially designed for students with social, hiperactivity or psycological issues. Here, surrounded by a friendly and calmful environment they can express all they feel and become relaxed. It is a therapy that works.
9.00h Some students attended a Nature lesson, in which students were divided into groups to work, and they are encouraged to win points by giving the correct answers, while the teacher is showing pictures. Students show themselves excited to take part in the game.
Other students attended a Math lesson, in which they worked cooperatively: classroom was divided into eight groups, each of them with two students; and the most advantaged one explained his partner how to solve exercises inside a test. Next, they attended to an English lesson in order to work the “types of leaders” topic. They nwere shown Elder’s game film and they worked on the two ways od leadership appeared in the film.
Some students of our project attended the lesson.
The next lesson was about ICT. The teacher Anna prepared a Kahoot game about famous movies. Then, a group of students prepared a Kahoot activity and taught the rest of studens how they did and worked with the Kahoot Application.
Today we had a guided tour in Gliwice. We visited the Radio Station, the one in which took place the incident for the start of the II World War; it is known as the Gliwice Eiffel Tower. Then we had a guided History tour citywide. And last we visited the Queen Louise Adit mine in Zabrze. This visit was really interesting, since we put in the miner’s shoes, by descending inside the mine elevator to 340 meters deep, by walking trough mine galleries and experiencing the hard conditions in which they had to do their work.
The day started with quiz games by Kahoot: What do you know about… Latvia, Poland Finland and Spain?. Students had fun and they demonstrated how much they knew about their partners’ countries.
Next we attended to the really funny and amazing Erasmus Talent Show, in which Podstawowa students did a performance of folk dances, modern music and gimnastic exercises.
And last we were received by the City Major, in the Town Hall. He showed himself impressed by the development of our Erasmus Project Straightening Winding routes to active citizenship, and he gave teachers and students thanks for being involved in working to strengthen bonds among citizens of Europe.
We have to mentioned the great efforts the Polish team has done in organising this meeting.