Mobility - Classical Origins of Europe

Classical Origins of Europe
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Dates of the meetings: Monday 9th December 2019: 2 p.m. – 3.30 p.m., Thursday 12th December 2019, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.,
Friday 13th December 12.30 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.
Participants: Jordi Pipó Vicent, Eva Torres Vilajuana (Spain), Zdeňka Schormová, Pavlína Morasová (Czech Republic), Eleni Rentina, Eleni Mosialou (Greece), Alina Lenuta Botas, Claudiu Daniel Vlad (Romania)
Issue 1: Work done between 3nd and 4rd short-term exchange of groups of pupils
(June 2019 - November 2019)
Students in each school were working on the reports and preparing notice boards and panels for other students in the schools to inform them about the short-term exchange of groups of students in Volos, Greece. Teachers informed their colleagues at the school staff meetings about the progress of the project.
• First year of the project was successfully completed with all the planned activities, all 3 short-term exchanges of groups of pupils in Catalonia, Romania and Greece took place according to the project plan and the planned topics were thoroughly followed.
• Coordinators of some schools submitted the Interim Project Report in September informing National Agencies about the course of the project and evaluating the first year of the project. However, it was not compulsory for all the countries.
• Project teams in all partner schools started to work on a forthcoming topic – Roman and national traditions – first all teams were studying the Roman festival Saturnalia according the structure prepared by the Catalan coordinating team. The aim was to study the following aspects:
1. Saturnalia + Sol Invictus (winter solstice) – greetings (Io Saturnalia!), greenery (decorating houses with plants and branches), candles and lights
2. Saturnalia holidays (schools and courts closed, cancelling executions, no war), eating (public and private banquets, baked goods, sweets, fruits, nuts), gambling (playing games, dice, amphitheatre and public games), socialization (time, family, friends)
3. Saturnalia charity (generosity to the poor), singing (house to house, playing instruments), exchanging gifts (wax models = Sigillaria, presents for children – dolls, toys, caged birds)
4. Saturnalia inversion of social roles (unusual clothes, disrespect from slaves to masters, mask-wearing), Mock King (Saturnalicius Priceps), election of the King of Saturnalia), Debauchery (madness, behavioural license, drinking)
• Students studied Roman legacy in Christian traditions: all these aspects were than compared to the national celebrations of Christmas and observed which symbols survived up to now and how they were adapted to modern celebrations and which traditions are still kept up to now.
• These activities resulted in a common Skype session on the 26th November 2019 of all teams where they introduced their research and gave questions to each other about the topics they studied and worked together the topic of Saturnalia. Structure was prepared by the Catalan team.
• Products to be brought to the international meeting in Brno were:
Product 1 presentation on national festivals using a new IT tool Prezi, to learn how it works and how to make presentation with it. Students were provided with a detailed manual how to work with Prezi. Each national team should bring one presentation on the typical national festival/s.
Product 2 preparing a Kahoot competition about the knowledge of Saturnalia with sets of questions.
• Students were provided with the manual how to present in public. They were learning and practicing how to present results of their work orally in English in public.

Feedback: All national teams worked hard on studying the task of Saturnalia and they brought the presentations, they successfully participated in the Skype conference in November.
Issue 2:  Practical organizational aspects of the future short-term exchanges of groups of pupils_
Project team discussed the issue and came to the following conclusions:
Confirmed the dates of the last international meeting: Spain – Catalonia (Calaf) 5th short-term exchange of groups of pupils will be held from 9th – 13th March 2020
• Czech team elaborated Acta 3 from the previous meeting,
• Romanian team has updated web pages: with information from the activity in Greece
• Catalan team has updated eTwinning platform with all the products and activities from Greece,
• Greek team has created online evaluation forms for the first two mobilities, both for students and teachers
• Catalan team has created Learning, Teaching and Training Activities on Mobility Tool platform for all four short-term exchanges of groups of pupils – first three mobilities have already been completed by all teams:
Greek and Romanian team will complete the 4th mobility in the Mobility Tool

First year of the project went well without problems and according to the plan – all activities were completed.

Issue 3:  Work done by the pupils during the 4nd short-term exchange of groups of pupils
Work completed and done:
Students and teachers took part in the performance of the traditional Czech festival - St. Nicolas, angels and devils prepared by the Czech project team. All participants studied Czech Christmas traditions on four Christmas markets in Brno squares – types of products, types of food, typical handicraft, nativity scene and in international teams they made videos from the Christmas markets and Mannequin Challenge.
• Students and teachers participated in the 2-hour lecture and 1-hour interactive activity in English about the Romans in Moravia in the Czech Republic (Mgr. Marek Vlach, Ph.D. Institute of Archaeology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Centre for the Roman and Great Migration Period) with real findings and replicas brought by archaeologists from Czech excavations.
• Students and teachers had a class of ceramics – painting a Czech typical Christmas symbol – fish. Products were later burnt in the ceramic furnace and taken as a present home.
• Students experiences a Czech tradition of baking gingerbread and make ornaments on it in the school training kitchen.
• Students in the international teams were working on their videos and Mannequin challenge in the computer classroom to cut them, provided music or subtitles.
• All national teams presented their very interesting Prezi presentations about Catalan, Greek, Romanian and Czech national traditions in English in the presence of the school headmaster and the mayor of Královo Pole.
• All participants watched several national performances: Catalan team presented a traditional dance in special costumes, Romanian team presented national songs playing the flutes and Czech pupils presented singing and playing Christmas carols.
• Students and teachers took part in the cultural visits to become familiar with the partner country. They visited Punkva caves and underground river, Veveří castle and Brno dam lake as well as Monastery Porta coeli. In Brno itself, they visited the cathedral of St. Peter and Paul, Old Town hall, New Town hall, Brno underground - the Labyrinth under the Vegetable Market, the Ossuary at the Church of St James and the Mint Master’s Cellar. They also learned about Brno legends about the dragon and the wheel.

A positive point was not only to speak and present about the traditions but in reality, participate in them, feel them, listen to them and be part of them.

Issue 4:  Common provisions and activities to be carried out:
• Each team will disseminate the activities carried out in Brno in their school both to students, teachers and public using various media – posters, school web pages, student presentation in lessons, wall panels, newspaper articles
• The Romanian team will update the project webpages, the Catalan team will update the eTwinning platform, the Greek team will send evaluation forms for both the students and the teaches about the mobility in Volos
• The topic of the next meeting in March in Calaf, Catalonia was agreed – it will be Technology. Project teams will concentrate on 3D designing and 3D printing:
Task 1 – in the program THINGIVERSE the teams will model Roman objects as war machines, construction machines, cranes, harvesters. The object created will be printed on the 3D printer by the Catalan team. Each team will prepare 2 objects.
Task 2 – in the program TINKERCAD, the teams will design Roman constructions like bridges, aqueducts, dams, lighthouses etc. Each team will prepare 2 objects.
Detailed instructions will be sent to all partners by the Catalan team in electronic form and places in Google documents.
All partners agreed to provide all the presentations and created materials to all project partners after the meeting.
Read and agreed by all parties on the 13 December 2019 in Brno and signed by all the coordinators.

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