Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Spanish Minutes


Minutes of the Project Members Meeting – 13th March 2012

Chris Aldridge (CA) (UK) (Chair)
Lesley Jones (LJ) (UK)               
Anne Gay (AG) (UK)
Andreja Zzimsell (AZ) (Slovenia)
Luka Blaganje (LB) (Slovenia)
Janja Lebar (JL) (Slovenia)
            Amanda Guidi (AG) (Italy)
                      Francesca Rossetti (FR) (Italy)                                    
            Monica Flink Hammar (MFH) (Sweden)
                      Carina Lund (CL) (Sweden)
Cathanna Bergmark (CB) (Sweden)                                     
Rose-Marie Sivard (RMS) Sweden)
Despoina Papazozoglou (DP) (Greece)
Maria Pastidou (MP) (Greece)
                      Manoli Barroso (MB) (Spain)
                      Pachu Ibanez (PI) (Spain)


1.            Introductions
2.            Evaluation of the healthy eating book activity
3.            Discussion about the next activity - cooking
4.            Discussion about EST (European Shared Treasure)
5.            Plans for future co-operation
6.            Dates for next meeting

7.            AOB


1.     1.

CA welcomed all countries and thanked our Spanish partners for hosting the project meeting.  Each member introduced themselves.

Evaluation of the healthy eating book activity
Each country has produced a healthy eating book from the received artwork from each country.  The book is on display in an appropriate area of their school where children, staff and visitors have access to it.


Discussion about the next activity – cooking
All countries have swapped recipes for the next activity.  Italy will forward potato flakes as soon as possible.  It was agreed that a CD with photographs of the food will be produced by each county to include some comments from the children and parents if possible, to be brought to the next project meeting.  Each recipe will be made either at school or home if no cooking facilities are available.


Discussion about EST
CA will write the final report.  Any member of the public can log onto the EST so each country will need to upload information.  The password is available from each countries national agency.  EST is very useful for other countries who want information about Comenius projects.  Each country needs to contribute at least one project activity by the end of September 2012.

Plans for future co-operation
CA explained that Queen Margaret Primary School is just recruiting a new Head teacher who will be in post by September 2012.  She will meet the new head and offer to write another project after they have been appointed.  Applications for a new project will need to be submitted by the end of January 2013, to commence in September 2013.  If the new head teacher is in favour of new project then CA will think of themed project, potentially Maths/English.
All countries are interested in a new project if new Head teacher would like a project written.

Dates for the next meeting
The next meeting is in the UK.  Partners will arrive on Monday 28th May. 
Comenius meeting will take place on Tuesday 29th May, Wednesday 30th May, Thursday 31st May with Friday 1st June optional.


The UK currently has a Comenius Assistant who is happy to set up Skype.  Days and times convenient for partners are:
ITALY                  0800 – 1200               Tuesday/Wednesday
GREECE             0800 – 1200               Any Day
SWEDEN             0900 – 1100               Monday/Tuesday
SLOVENIA           0800 – 1200               Any Day
SPAIN                  0900 – 1400               Any Day
UK                        0900 – 1200               Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday


CA will email Annika (Sweden) to discuss the website and updates.  If you are unable to access the blog then email her and she will upload the information, her email address is:

The questionnaires need to be completed prior to the next meeting by the same children who completed them last time.  As we need to analyse the data, the percentage for each question needs to be sent to Pachu for data compilation by the 7th May 2012.  Amanda will forward a copy of the questionnaire to each country.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

UK Comenius Club - Italy Display

The children had great fun learning about Italy, this is a selection of their work.

UK Healthy Plates/Poster Display

Comenius Minutes - Italy - October 2011

Minutes of Comenius Project Meeting.  Tuesday 18th October 2011.  Montecarotto, Italy.
In attendance:

Chris Aldridge (UK)
Manoli Barroso(Spain)
Pachu Herrera (Spain)
Veronica Benitez (Spain)
Marina Chatzikosti (Greece)
Iliana Ververi (Greece)
Anna Afeutougilou (Greece)
Amanda Guidi (Italy)
Elena Carnali (Italy)
Carina Lund (Sweden)
Monika Flink (Sweden)
Laura Resek (Slovenia)
Sabina Mattersdorfer (Slovenia)
Jenny Knill (UK)
Suzanne Hefford (UK)

1.    Opening Remarks:
Introductions by each visitor.  Thanks to the Italian staff for all their organisation and hospitality during this visit.

2.    Evaluation of activities:
All agreed that the activities were really enjoyed by the children. 
Sweden: Have displayed posters in their lunch room
Italy: Work currently displayed in classrooms and there is to be more work completed weith the chdilren.
Slovenia: Made a film showing the work completed and is on their school website and Blog.  They use it for learning English words.
Spain: Will make a display of all the work after this visit.
Greece: Work is on their Comenius board and the children know where all the work has come from.
UK: Work is on display in the hall on the Comenius board.

Ideas for how parents can be more involved in the projects:
Slovenia:  each class had a meeting with parents and they were given questionnaires to find out habits and opinions related to healthy eating.  They felt it was important to educate the parents.
UK: Chris shared an idea about holding a healthy lunchbox morning where the school provide healthy food choice for the children,  Children ad parent s come in before school starts and choose items for their lunch together.
Italy: One day a week the children have to have a healthy snack.
Sweden: Involved the school nurse and used her to educate both the parents and their children.  They also hold a breakfast morning in school twice a year.
Slovenia: Children have their snack at 9.00.  they are part of a European project that involves the children receiving free fruit.
Italy: Children have a class chart and keep a record of what the children have for their snack. They fell this encourages the children to bring something healthy.  Some of the parents have reported that this encourages their children to ask for healthy snacks.
Spain: Breakfast morning in school.  Trying traditional recipes - Grandparents brought in traditional recipes and they were cooked and eaten together.

3.    Planning of next activity:
Joint book
Each county will contribute to a joint book.  Each book will contain 5 categories:
Rice, pastas and breads
Meat and Fish
Each country will produce pages for each section of the book in their own language and then send a copy of each page to the other countries.  Every country should then receive pages for each of the 5 categories in every language.
The book can be completed once a country receives the pages from all the other countries.
Draw pictures or use photos for each of the categories.  Each picture must be labelled.

Each page should have a small flag on the bottom, right hand corner of each page so the children reading the book will know which country each page is from.
Each school will make their own front cover for the book.
*Please use good quality thick paper or thin card for each page.
**Completed pages need to be received in each country by Friday 27th January**

4.    Final Report:
The British Council required more information for last year’s report.  Chris Aldridge sent off the additional information and circulated a copy so everyone could see what was sent. Chris will also email everyone a copy.

5.    Final activity of the project:
Cookery:  Each country to decide on a traditional recipe to be cooked by the others.  Before the next meeting, this needs to be emailed to each of the other countries so that the ingredients can be checked. Any unusual items can then be bought to the next meeting and given to those countries that need them.

6.    Date for next meeting:
The week beginning 12th March provisionally booked. To be held in Spain  Please let Spain know how  long you are likely to stay so they can book excursions accordingly.

7.    AOB:
Italy’s school website is changing.  They will send the new address out.
There will be a small amount of money available for another project starting  in September 2012.
Spain, Slovenia, Sweden, UK, and Italy have confirmed they would still like to be involved
Chris will look into applying for another project as no other volunteers were forthcoming.
UK To remind Adam about setting us up on Skype.
Meeting closed at 1.00pm.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Arcevia - ITALY

In about a month three teachers from the elementary school Stavropol Xanthi in Greece, will visit the most picturesque Italian city.  
Being the new Director of our school and head of our COMENIUS program, let me show you the Greek dream team and travel details.  
Best wishes to all and I promise to be with you at our next meeting
Babis Dimarhopoulos

The Greek dream team and travel details :
From SKG (SKG) to Rome (Ciampino) (CIA)
Sat, 15Oct11 Flight FR7069 Depart SKG at 14:40 and arrive CIA at 15:35
From Rome (Ciampino) (CIA) to SKG (SKG)
Sat, 22Oct11 Flight FR7068 Depart CIA at 11:30 and arrive SKG at 14:15

 Arcevia - ITALY - history
According to tradition, Arcevia originates from a Gallic settlement anterior to the Roman conquest of Italy; following that, it became overshadowed by more important nearby cities, such as Suasa.
Under the name of Rocca Contrada, the town was fortified by Pippin the Younger, King of the Franks, and was then donated by Charlemagne to the Papal States. In the following centuries, Arcevia played a key role in the local balance of power, located as it was at the border of the Marca di Ancona, Umbria, and the Duchy of Urbino. In 1201, Rocca Contrada proclaimed itself a commune independent from Rome, and was indeed recognised as civitas (Latin for "city") by pope Clement IV in 1266, and remained a guelph city ever since.
Known on a local scale for its military might, Rocca Contrada became entwined in the struggles between the numerous conflicts between local powers, until in the 15th century it found itself under siege by Ladislaus, King of Naples, and decided to call upon the help of famous condottiero Braccio da Montone. The latter vanquished the assailants and reconquered the castles around Arcevia they had occupied; for this he was proclaimed Signore of the city. Later on, the troops of Francesco Sforza overtook Rocca Contrada, which, after several vicissitudes, ended up under the rule of the guelph Malatesta family.
After the pacification of the Papal States in the 16th century, Rocca Contrada flourished in the Italian Renaissance: the city witnessed the institution of professorships in classical subjects, the founding of literary academies, and the birth of such significant artists as painter Ercole Ramazzani and architect Andrea Vici in the 18th century.
In 1817, pope Pius VII renamed Rocca Contrada with the current official name of Arcevia. The town passed to the Kingdom of Italy after the unification of the country under the Savoy monarchy. Townspeople fought in the two world wars, and paid for their resistance to Nazi occupation with the slaughter of seventy people on Mount Sant'Angelo in May 1944.