Agenda for the Fourth Partnership Meeting

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Kosice
23th-27th September 2015

Review since last meeting in May
 Scratch Training in Galway
 Partnership Newsletter
 Interim Report
Modules: Democracy and Citizenship
Migration and Urban Growth
Nature Trail
Banners
eTwinning
Music for Project
Scratch Programming
Online Book
Tomar Meeting
Any Other Business
Minutes of the 4th partnership meeting in Kosice, Slovakia 24th - 27th of
September 2015
Participants: Brendan and Paul from Ireland, Nikos and Olga from Greece, Carlos and
Christina from Portugal, Isabel and David from Spain, Anna and Marita from Sweden, Heidi,
Elke, Elisabeth, and Johannes from Germany, and Maria and teachers from Slovakia.

Thanks to Maria for the city tour, the art exhibition and the fantastic choir, the visit at
your school, pupil performances and the other wonderful events in our visit in
Slovakia!


Review since last meeting in May:
Scratch training in Galway - a successful course for participants of our project.
It took place in June in Galway for a week.
Partnership Newsletter: This collaborative newsletter on Sustainability and
Environment was published in June by Nikos.
Interim Report Evaluation: The Irish National Agency gave a very positive
evaluation of the interim report of our project: " This is an excellent example of
intelligent use of Erasmus + funding to engineer real change in the class room
while upskilling teachers and raising the awareness and competences of pupils
across a range of subjects. All activity is well managed and of high quality. The
project is innovative and engaging and should be observed for best practice."

Work proposals:
Partnership Newsletter
Next topic is Democracy and Citizenship. Nikos is responsible for our newsletters. Each
country will send him a contribution about the module. We will also send him one or two
articles, 4-5 photos, 500 words. Deadline 10th of December.
A report about the democracy module from each country:
Sweden has a long tradition of pupils participating in different conferences in school.
Teachers, and sometimes the principals as well as the parents, also take part in the pupil’s
council meetings. Three areas are processed: food for lunch in school, culture in and outside
school and also children’s right and obligations. A topic we will discuss during the year is
what consequences are suitable for pupils that break the rules.
We will have two whole weeks working with democracy and also the Nobel day in December.
Ireland participated in Blue Star Project. This project focused on Europe under the headings
of Geography, History, Culture and Democracy and Institutions. We received EU Flag for our
work.
Greece – gave an example of pupil’s power. The pupils wanted a small building to be put
away on the schoolyard and they sent an email to the local politicians. After some time they
also sent a photo to the Major. The photo showed the pupils trying to push the building away
themselves. A week later the building was moved by the municipality! They also discuss
bullying, migration and everyday problems- the pupils are given a story about a problem and
then they discuss how to solve it?
Portugal – focused on the Rights of Children.
Germany – have invited politicians to discuss status of Special Schools.

Slovakia – the pupils have an hour/week when they can choose from a range of different
subjects.
Spain – pupils create games, cooperate in groups, and make a visit to the parliament.
Carlos suggests us to have collaborative activity for this module. This activity will pose 6-10
questions for parents to answer. He offered to make a set of questions and Maria wishes one
or two open questions. We continue this issue next meeting.
Nature trail – Heidi told us about her work making the trail together with the children. If we
all send our work with the nature trail to Nadine she will put it together using Windows
Moviemaker.
Banners – banners from the former project will be sent to Portugal from Ireland. We will all
share the cost of this expense. A bill from Brendan will be given to all of us in Tomar.
eTwinning - we are not active enough with the eTwinning twinspace, but we have an
excellent website. We have a link from eTwinning to our website. eTwinning agencies gives
the Quality label. Brendan will try to get more information regarding this matter.
Scratch Programming –The German kids have difficulties doing scratch. In Spain they start
in small steps. Sweden has just started with 30 pupils in a one hour course/week. In Ireland?
In Portugal 150 schools are in progress for scratch.
Online Book –Carlos suggests should include an interim and final report, pupils reflections
from each country, a few particular aspects of local works, general reflections on the two
years’ work from each country and the impact and benefit for each school. Brendan will
reflect on the modules of work. Deadline is by the time of the Barcelona-meeting and the
launching is in Stockholm in May.
Music for the project- Anna sang the “Erasmus” song she made. All countries will contribute
to the song by recording two lines of a verse on video. These individual videos of pupils
singing in mother language will be put together to form one collaborative video. We also
decided to make a video recording and send it to Anna by the end of March. Anna will send
you all the needed information about how to do it, along with lyrics, notes, recordings and
sing-along backgrounds.
Migration and urban growth – a slideshow about refugees and migration was shown by
Björngårdsskolan. We had a discussion in small groups, how does your school take care of
newcomers?
Next meetings
Tomar meeting in Portugal 12th -15th of October
Barcelona in Spain : 20th -24th, of April
Stockholm in Sweden: 25th-29th of May
Stockholm meeting- Stockholm is a busy town that time of the year and we would like to
book the rooms you need, singles and doubles, as soon as possible. Please get back to Marita

latest before 8th of October. There are rooms booked for you on two big boats. One is a
cheaper hostel where you share toilets and shower with other rooms in the corridor. A
message will be sent to each coordinator.
Minutes written by /Marita and Anna