MEETING WITH A WRITER AT GIRKALNIS SCHOOL

2nd April is International Children’s Book day. In this occasion to present new books, to talk about literature, teenagers’ problems in literature and in real world to our school came Vilė Vėl, well known Lithuanian writer. She talk to our nine graders about feelings of young people, decisions, influence of friends and family to teenagers’, situation in Lithuania and how did she write her books. Teacher Dalia addressed to the writer some questions from fifth graders, because they had read some extracts from Vilė Vėl books in their textbooks. Vilė Vėl donated ten books to our library. We gave some small gifts from our project to the writer as well.

Mobility in Romania

“Today’s readers future leaders” in Romania for the fifth meeting
The fifth transnational meeting of our project took place in Oradea (Romania) between the 13th and the 17th of March 2017.
It was a nice week and, thanks to our friend Narcisa and her staff, we had the possibility to deep into Romanian cultural and habits.
Monday 13th
On Monday morning, after breakfast, we went to the County Library where we had the chance to attend a folk show by the pupils of the Scoala Gimnaziala Nr. 16. They were able to perform in a very interesting way giving us the opportunity to know their typical dances and songs. After the show, we visited the library, divided into different sections. There also is an area dedicated to children, where they are proposed activities adapt to their ages and where they can perform what they read: there is a small stage too where they can act after their reading moments. Inside the library there is a section dedicated to very ancient books.
After this visit, we went to the school where we met a group of very happy children, waving the flags of our countries who didn’t look forward to meeting us. The official opening was in the courtyard and included speeches by Narcisa, the Romanian coordinator, and by the deputy headmaster Attila. We were really warmly welcomed both by teachers and students.
After the lunch break, we started our work session with the evaluation of the meeting in Italy written by Monika, the Polish coordinator. Then, Turkey and Poland shared their legend’s book that they couldn’t present during the meeting in Italy. The next activity was the “Little prince vocabulary” printed by Loreta and prepared by all of us: every country was given five letters to find words from the English version of “The Little Prince” and for every words our pupils had to draw a picture and to translate it into our native languages.
Then, Loreta proposed another activity regarding the production of a book created by pupils. She showed us an example: a book created by her pupils that was made up of letters addressed to Ann Frank, written by them after they had read the diary of the young Jewish. This books can be traditional or it can be created as an e-book by using Little Bird or other tools like this one.
After the work session, we went to the hotel for a short rest and, in the evening, we went to a very nice restaurant with Narcisa and her staff where we had a delicious dinner.
Tuesday 14th
On Tuesday morning, we went to the Town Hall to meet the City Manager of Oradea, Dacian Palladi, who explained us the Romanian political system, its economic administration and gave us a brief description of the educational system. After this interesting meeting that gave us the possibility to compare our political and economic situation with the Romanian one, we had the opportunity to visit the City Hall Tower. It is part of the administrative building and from the last level, provides a wonderful landscape of the city.
After this visit, we went to the school and we visited the classes who had taken an active part into the project. The Scoala Gimnaziala Nr. 16 is attended by pupils from 6 years old to 16/17 years old students. The first ones attend pre-school: the first grade where they can have a starting approach with writing and numbers; then, they attend the primary school since 7 until 11 years old ; the next grade is the Secondary Low School that regards students since 13 to 15 years old . When they finish the Secondary Low School they can choose the Secondary High School they prefer (liceum, professional or technical school).
After this very warm visit (pupils gave us presents they had prepared just for us) we started our work session talking about the questionnaires about “The Little Prince” and “Ann Frank” we had posted on padlets created by Loreta. In order to carry out the activity about questioannaires, every school has to submit two of them to the students (considering the different types of questions, we can choose them according to our preferences). The next activity regarded the festivity of International Children’s Book Day: every partner could manage to do the activity in different way. Loreta propose to invite a writer to her school, she also planned a conference about reading for teachers and manager around Europe.
Poland will prepare a trip to library by bicyle.
Italy is planning to organize a performance of the legend of Colapesce, invite a writer and have a workshop with the writer too.
After the lunch break, we met a young writer who had attended this school until some years ago. Her name is Lupu Andreea Maria, a very clever girl who discovered her passion for writing very soon. She started writing poems when she was only a child, to keep on with short tales and then, plays for theatre. She was very expressive and she was able to transmit us her great love and passion for literature. Her writing was published and she was really satisfied about it.
After this interesting moment with Andreea, we went to Cetatea Oradea, a very ancient fortress with a pentagonal shape that evokes history and culture. The surrounding wall is over 1000 years old; many buildings have been recently renovated but still retain the old charm and, in one of these, Anca, the teacher of art, inaugurated an exhibition made up of her students’ drawings who painted the legends belonging to our traditions and the most important characters of the international literature by using different artistic techniques. It was a very interesting moments because reading and understanding of foreign legends is one of the activities carried out inside our project.
Then, we went to Lotus Shopping Centre for buying some presents for our relatives and, after that, we had dinner in a typical Italian restaurant where we tasted a very good pizza.
Wednesday 15th
On Wednesday morning we went to CCD Bihor, a teacher training centre where we were welcomed by the head of the center and where we met a team of teachers. She prensented us a PPT to explane the role of the centre. The Teacher Training Centre of Bihor is an institution which provides training courses for teachers, people who work in school management and in the administrative domain. All of them are approved by the Ministry of Education and some are accredited.
The institution also organizes round tables during which the participants have the opportunity to share ideas and work experience.
The Teacher Training Centre takes pride in the library, an important source of information for teachers, but also for university students and other categories. It also has an important contribution in offering guidance to those who want to publish books at their publishing house.
Librarians from schools and high-schools in Oradea were invited. The project was presented, also the magazine of the first year of activity, the book of legends and a small exhibition of the paintings which were in the book.
Considering that the CCD is in the centre on the town, we went for a walk in Republicii Street, one of the main shopping roads of Oradea. Then, we went to school where, after a coffee break, we started our work session that was based on the organization of meeting with local partners and on preparation of trips for students to local libraries and bookshops. Moreover, Loreta renovated her invitation in Girkalnis School in Lithuania where a conference about reading will take place during the first week of may.
After lunch, we went to the Catholic Basilica of Oradea where a very interesting guide drove us in discovering the main features and treasures of the building. It represents the biggest baroque monument in the country, covered by marble from Vascau and Carrara. The Basilica gives place to the reliquary of St. Ladislas that periodically is taken in religious processions followed by a huge numbers of believers. The relic is a bust of 60 cm made of gold-plated silver and implies a piece of his skull.
After a short rest at the hotel, we went to the Oradea State Philarmony where we assisted to an extraordinary show. The pupils of the Secondary School nr.16 performed in front of their guests. They were conducted by Mrs Annamaria Lukacs, their Music teacher. The show was meant to be an invitation to reading, the songs, dances, choir, piano and guitar playing being mixed in order to touch the soul and mind of the public (guests and parents). The presenters of the show brought into the audience`s memory the words of the Little Prince, travelling with this character throughout the whole performance.
During the evening, we had dinner at the Italian restaurant where we had the chance to choose among different types of very tasteful pasta.
Thursday 16th
After breakfast, we went to school for the work session which was based on the production of magazines for the second year. Every partner has a particular topic to develop in the magazines and Hanefi has to print them in Turkey. Moreover, Loreta suggested us to update the web site of the project with our own posts.
As this was the last day in the school, we were given the certificates of participation at the mobility by the deputy headmaster Attila.
When our work session finished, we went to the Bears’ Cave, very famous for the paleontological deposit of the bones of Ursus Spealeus, one of the most common animals in the ice age. The cave is divided naturally in three large sectors: the Bone Gallery (the initial path of the access) where bears’ bones can be seen; the Emil Racovita Gallery and the Candles Gallery (where the tourists route ends) that stand out through the variety of limestone structures, such as stalactites, stalagmites, calcite water pools and stalagmites domes. The Candles Gallery resembles a petrified forest, due to its numerous and spectacular structures. The tour ends with the exhibition of a cave bear skeleton.
On Thursday we had last dinner together in Oradea because Denmark and Poland would have departed on Friday. We greeted the Romanian teacher staff and thanked them for their kindness.

Reading hour at Girkalnis school

Reading hour at Girkalnis school

From the beginning of December the  students of Girkalnis basic school (Lithuania) have a very nice opportunity to read books at school. One hour per week all students read books during one lesson. Despite  whether is Maths or PE, English or Phisics the students read the books. This is allowed by our administration to encourage our students to read more. In this way they try to tame books.  Of course, many students love reading very much and they enjoy this reading hour.

 

Little Prince Drawing Activity

Our students are reading Little Prince in the Project. As an activity of the Project, students are illustrating the Little Prince book, the best parts of the book or main characters. Here are some samples from drawing activity

New Bookmarks from Turkey

Turkish partner school Suçıkağı Paşa Karaca İlkokulu and Ortaokulu students have prepared new bookmarks for the Project. Here are some pictures of bookmarks

Legends from different countries in Lithuania

Legends from different countries

Our students had a very nice activity – to translate the legends from partners countries. 10th graders  translated Danish legend ‘Roar ve Helge’. It was la ong and interesting legend about two Danish Princes who at least became Kings.  The same students drew illustrations for the legend.

Students from the 9th grade translated Polish legend about the dragon, Krak, a brave man  and Krakow, Italian legend about Colapesce,  romantic Turkish legends and Romanian legend about the river Danube. This translation was a little complicated for our students, because in Lithuanian language the Moon is a masculine gender, but the Sun – feminine gender, but in Romanian language it is opposite. We asked students from different grades to draw illustrations for those legends. This activity was very interesting, it ran during Art and English lessons, also students worked at home. The best translation and drawings were published in a book. Now we have very nice book “Eight legends from six countries in seven languages”.

Here you can see some pages.

Fourth Transnational Meeting in Italy

Readers Team in Italy for the Fourth Meeting

The fourth transnational meeting of our project took place in Italy, between the 22nd and 28th of January 2017. All the partners had arrived on Sunday to Catania. Turkish, Lithuanian and Polish partners came in the afternoon and in the evening, Danish and Romanian ones late at night due to foggy and rainy weather. Then, we were taken to the hotel in Syracuse, where the non official opening was held.  Syracuse is the city famous for its history, culture, and architecture, as well as the birthplace of Archimedes.

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