BRIDGES OF WATER “SU KÖPRÜLERİ”COMUNIUS ÇOKLU OKUL ORTAKLIKLARI PROJESİ
KAPUKARGIN İLKÖĞRETİM OKULU
This book is designed and edited by Ayşegül ERDUR, Turkish School Project Coordinator. The back cover of the book is an actual painting which is designed by Betül MERKAN and painted by Betül MERKAN and Ayşegül ERDUR. All rights of the book belong to Turkish National Agency.
As a final product of our very successful Comenius Project “ Bridges of Water- BoW”, we compiled an unusual Travel Book. Here you will find the impressions of the visitor about the host country . You will get inside the countries through our eyes. I hope you will enjoy the book as much as we did while creating it. Aysegul ERDUR
Welcome to las Matas Bienvenido a Las Matas
Houses for the railway workers
Las Matas Las Matas is a district of Las Rozas. It is part of the Autonomous Community of Madrid and it is located 24 km northwest of the capital city. Its history goes back to 1755 when it first appeared on a map of Madrid as “Matas Altas”. At that time there was an inn called “San José de las Delicias”where travellers on foot and carriages used to stop on their way in or out of Madrid.
Las Matas es una población del término municipal de Las Rozas y pertenece a la Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid, de cuya capital le separan 24 km. Su historia se remonta a 1755 cuando se encuentran referencias a ella en los mapas del entorno de Madrid con la denominación de Matas Altas. En esa época ya existía un parador o posada con el nombre de San José de las Delicias donde caminantes y caballerías hacían un alto en el camino tras abandonar la capital o antes de entrar en ella.
On the 9th of August,1861, a railway between Madrid and El Escorial was opened. It was not until later that Las Matas had a train station. In 1919, a second station was opened and in 1922 the first houses for the railway workers were built. In the 50’s the landowners began to divide and sell their lots. The population grew and so health and education services were needed. Before the population grew, RENFE offered free services but had to stop with the influx of people and the State took over.
El 9 de agosto de 1861 se inaugura el ferrocarril entre Madrid y El Escorial. Años más tarde Las Matas contaría con un apeadero. En 1919 se inauguró la segunda estación de ferrocarril y en 1922 las primeras viviendas para sus empleados. En la década de los años 50, los grandes terratenientes empiezan a parcelar y vender sus fincas con lo que la población aumenta considerablemente siendo necesario dotar a la población de servicios como sanidad y educación. La RENFE que venía prestando estos servicios de manera gratuita, deja de hacerlo y pasa a manos del Estado a través de los Ministerios de Sanidad y Educación.
San José de las Delicias
Las Matas has a train museum that was opened the 1st of May 2009. La localidad cuenta con un museo dedicado al Ferrocarril que fue inaugurado el día 1 de mayo de 2009.
The public square “1st of May” was inaugurated on the 16th of May 1987. Vista de la gran Plaza pública con el nombre 1º de Mayo. Fue inaugurada el 16 de mayo de 1987.
The public library was opened the 1st of May, 1999. Biblioteca municipal (centro multifuncional). Inaugurada el 1 de Mayo de 1999.
The main festival in Las Matas honors St. Joseph (the worker) and it is celebrated the 1st of May. Comida de fraternidad con motivo de la fiesta de la localidad en honor a San José, se celebra el 1 de mayo.
Health center. Centro de Salud.
School On the 11th of November 1964, Manuel Estellez and Rufino Sánchez, citizens of Las Matas were named as councillors to plan the construction of the 1st school. Its doors opened in 1975.
Inauguration plaque 2010
El 11 de noviembre de 1964, el ayuntamiento de Las Rozas nombra a dos concejales vecinos de La Matas, los Sres. Manuel Estéllez y Rufino Sánchez, para gestionar la construcción de un grupo escolar para niños y niñas en Las Matas. El colegio se inauguró en 1975.
The school is incorporated in the Bilingual Education Programme of the Autonomous Community of Madrid in 2010. Today the school has 16 classrooms, 2 libraries, a computer lab, an audiovisual room, a covered gym, a music room and a big dinning room.
On the 13th of October 2010, the remodeled original building of “CEIP San José” and its extension were inaugurated by Madrid president Esperanza Aguirre and the major of Las Rozas. En la actualidad el Colegio de Educación Infantil y Primaria que forma parte de la red de colegios bilingües de la Comunidad de Madrid cuenta con dos bibliotecas, sala de informática, sala de usos múltiples, aula de música, gimnasio cubierto y un gran comedor. El día 13 de Octubre se inauguró la ampliación y remodelación del Colegio San José por la presidenta de la Comunidad Doña Esperanza Aguirre y el alcalde de las Rozas Don Bonifacio de Santiago.
Comenius project “Bridges of water” CEIP San José. School year 2010-11.
MADRID CITY AND AREA I was just in the plane when the first thing touched me – its red ground. Airport, underground even the capital and other cities were clean. Not a paper, nor cigarette ends! I’ve never seen an amazing city as Madrid. Streets are wide and tidy. Instead of crowd, you see the scenary and feel free and relaxed in the third biggest metropolis of Europe. There are building breathing with history and sense of art, huge parks and fountains bring nature into Madrid. Viktoria DOBOSOVA, English language teacher. Another thing that amazed me was the visit into Aranjuez – especially because we visited this beautiful place together with small children from school and thus we had an opportunity to see how these children behave outside their school. Katarina TITKOVA, Teacher of 1st grade.
It is impossible not to fall in love with Madrid. I like silence and hate noise. I thought that such a big city would make me tired. Instead of it, I felt the city life with its positive energy. A feeling of satisfaction was completed by cleareness and tidiness (always during the days and nights) of streets and parks. Oleg PIVCUK, History and P.E.Teacher.
Madrid is not just a big city, but it is a living I was just in the plane whenlike the afirst thingtree with creature. It looks huge thousands millions of leaves touched me – itsorred ground. Airport,and each leaf is important, e.g. El Prado which made underground even the capital and other a great impression on me. It was not just cities were clean. Not a paper, nor cigarettepictures, the atmosphere of world-known ends! I’ve seen smell an amazing city as and the but never also the of colours harmony of lights. Vitalina PIVCUKOVA, Madrid. Streets are wide and tidy. Instead English and History Teacher. of crowd, you see the scenary and feel free and relaxed the third biggest Whenin we arrived intometropolis Barajas airport. ThereThere was everything very well organised, of Europe. are building breathing a lot of clear directions, maps all around, with history and sense of art, huge parks and fountains bring nature into Madrid. helpful Viktoria DOBOSOVA, English language teacher Another thing that amazed me was the visit into Aranjuez – especially because we visited this beautiful place together with small children from school and thus we had an opportunity to see how these children behave outside their school. TITKOVA, Teacher of 1st grade
no stress, no rush – and all of it I could see during those days which spent in Las Rozas, Las Matas, Madrid and Aranjuez. I highly recommed such an perfect organisation. Zlatica EOTVOSOVA, Teacher of 1st grade.
I found out that Madrid was the most organized city among others. I have started to call Madrid as “The City of Ease”. You can visit any tourist attraction by walking and if you feel tired a bit, there is a great metro connection you can take. One should see the parks and beautiful gardens. I was quite lucky and privileged as I visited Madrid in Autumn watching the leaves falling down and explore the color palette in the city…. The trip to the Queen Sofia Modern Arts Museum was fascinating to me. I saw the Guernica and many other pieces of Picasso there. I had magical moments in the museum. Aysegul Erdur- Teacher of English One should visit The Royal Palace
and the Cathedral and the surroundings which are very impressive. Sol is the place where you can enjoy social life of Madrid. Of course, Having a trip inside of Santiago Bernabeu, the play ground of Real Madrid Football Team, makes you feel very lucky. When you are in Madrid, you always wish to stay a few days more. Ahmet KaymazDeputy Head Teacher.
SCHOOL AND STUDENTS
The school was all new and offering great environment to students and the teachers to study. I was impressed by the younger students at the pre-primary department. They looked so happy and sweet. The school and the schoolyard were organized very well. Sefika Sari- Maths Teacher.
As a Sports teacher, I admire the sportive facilities in the school and talking to my colleague on their curriculum of sport really helped me to understand again the importance of doing sport at any age. I believe that their success in education is related to letting the students do sports. Sibel Karausta- Sports Teacher.
I had done a lot of reading about Spanish education before I went to Spain and it was quite deductive to observe it in action. I must admit that I was really impressed what I have seen in the San Jose Bilingual School. Taner Gok-Head Teacher.
While visiting Ceip San José, we were struck by the colourful rooms and the cute children, who interacted in a positive and active way with each other and with us – the guests! They weren’t shy at all, and even the youngest did their best with their English to talk to us and get to know who we were. (Italian teachers) I enjoyed being at school in Las Matas. The building seems to be new. It seems that the children are in the centre, they are the most important and the school has every condition to educate children.
I was happy to meet Spanish children. They were nice and polite and it was obvious that their teachers and assistants took care of them. The nursery-school children waved to us happily, the pupils were friendly. They were interested in us and I was impressed by how easily they could make friends. They were imaginative. (Gutainé Bácsványi Márta). I loved the multi-coloured life of the school. The children can learn in great atmosphere that they could wish for. It is a well-equipped school. (Kiss Mónika). I was immediately impressed by the children-friendly environment, the cheerful and colourful walls. I enjoyed meeting the students who guided us around the school and their English was perfect. (Kiss Györgyi).
I enjoyed every minute in Primary school in Las Matas. I liked the idea to teach children from the very young age and to use a lot of colourful materials during teaching lessons. Another thing which impressed me a lot were sport facilities which they had in the school. . Silvia PAPPOVA – Deputy Head Teacher.
SPANISH PEOPLE ALWAYS SMILE People in Spain are very pleasant, open, temperamental and vital. Henrieta BERESCIKOVA Head Teacher.
And I have to tell something about people. In short, they´re incredible! Spanish always smile. They are kind, helpful and appreciate every foreigners´ efford to speak Spanish. It was visible that they love life. They love to eat colourful meals, celebrate even on the streets, walking, talking, dancing ... I´m sure, I´ll go there once again, because even you are there for the first time, you don´t feel to be a stranger.Viktoria DOBOSOVA, English language teacher. There were plenty of helpful, respectable, serious, cheerful, funny and what is the most important satisfied people in the streets.
I loved children who I met in Las Matas. I saw happy boys and girls who wanted to speak with me and they wanted to show me new things. I very often remember their smile and open eyes. It is unbelievable that even if I do not speak English, I did not feel any speach discomfort. Oleg PIVCUK, History and Physical Education Teacher. I liked the Spanish people, because they are nice, free and easy. People don’t rush, they have enough time to talk to each other. They always smile Anikó Veres. First of all I liked people very much. The Spanish people are very helpful, calm and easy-going. Mészárosné Horváth Erzsébet.
The teachers and pupils of the Spanish partner-school welcomed us with warm hospilatility and enthusiasm. Kiss Györgyi.
Dalaman is a district, as well as the central town of that district, situated on the south-western coast of Turkey, in the Muğla Province. Dalaman Stream forms much of the western border of the district, where its neighbours are Köyceğiz and Ortaca districts. The town of Dalaman is located in the coastal plain, whereas the rest of the district – towards Fethiye district on the coast and towards the high mountains on the northern border to Denizli Province – is upland, dominated by the valleys of the Dalaman Stream's eastern tributaries. Dalaman is known for its international airport which serves as a gateway to the tourists who visit this part of Turkey every year, heading especially to seaside resorts to the west and east of Dalaman such as Marmaris, Fethiye, Köyceğiz, Dalyan, Ölüdeniz and Hisarönü. Dalaman Airport is small in comparison to other airports in Turkey, has parking spaces for 14 jet aircraft and is served by many operators. A state farm( TIGEM) is present in Dalaman. Agriculture, particularly citrus fruits, plays an important role in the local economy, since it is situated in a fertile plain at sea level.
COLOURS OF TURKEY What comes to mind when talking about Turkey? Here, I can sum up my impressions using few colours ... Red: the colour of the flag, decorated with a crescent moon and a five-pointed star, which is proudly displayed on the desks of the authorities, on the walls of the schools, on the bow of the boats moored at marinas, waving in almost every square. And again the red of sweet peppers filled with rice and spices.
The red hat and cloth tied around the childrenâ€™s waist, the satin lining of jacket worn by the girls who welcomed us with a traditional dance when we arrived at the school in Dalaman.
Yellow: immediately a bright and clear sage infusion comes to my mind; a traditional hot drink that was offered as a sign of welcome on many occasions. It comes to my mind the amber of traditional tea, served on characteristics tulip-shaped cups. I remember yellow lights that lit up the evening with a warm, soft and golden light while shadows were dancing in rhythm with a traditional music.
Yellow like saffron, arranged in big containers in the local market; the yellow ochre of some thick and steaming lentil soup offered in small bowls. The amber honey dripping from the baklava: delicious cakes decorated and stuffed with pistachios and dried fruits. The bright yellow walls and the square of the school where the students said us goodbye on our departure while smiling. The yellow of the sun warm up the unusually cold days of our stay in Dalaman.
The yellow becomes orange. It comes into my mind the sweet dried apricots colouring the breakfast table and the orchards filled with oranges. We had the pleasure of walking along the rows of orange trees, picking up and eating the ripest fruits, right under the trees, surrounded by the scent of essential oils. The freshly squeezed oranges accompanied us at every moment of relax as a substitute for a traditional glass of hot tea.
Blue. How wonderful! I remember the sea turtles swimming with their three nails, apparently so frightening and yet so helpless with their thin shells. I remember the blue curtains covering the boats moored at the port, the blue drawings decorating the carpet of the mosque, where we walked barefoot. The blue aprons of smiling children welcoming us in their little classrooms, when we visited the school. The blue of the sky, which merges with the sea at dusk in the port of Gรถcek, where the boats seem to remain suspended in the void.
The brown of the earth ... so fertile; it is said, that if it was possible to cultivate men, they would flourish there. The colour of the sandstone, mottled with many shades on the rock tombs. The brown bread baked in the oven, finely wrought by ladies with hair tied up into colourful scarves.
I remember the brown of kofte: crispy meatballs wrapped in spices and couscous..Irresistible their taste and smell. The intense colour of Turkish
coffee, dusty and aromatic, served piping hot in small decorated cups.
Another thing that impressed me was the technique of marbling Ebr没: a riot of colours that float on water, they merge creating new shades. The drawing is impressed on paper towels laid on the water surface. The result, if the technique is performed by unskilled hands, is unpredictable, but always fascinating. The same colours, even those which you would never draw near, decide how to approach each other to create a wonderful and unexpected colour effect.
Just like in the Ebr没 technique, colours in Turkey merge and mingle among the scents of the market, in the colourful dishes arranged on the table, in the children's drawings adorning the school walls of Dalaman, on the flags of our countries: a symbol of experience sharing and cultural exchange.
Serena Mugnaini, Italy.
IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN TO TURKEY, YOU CANNOT KNOW TURKEY As a project coordinator, I am very happy to be so close to each country, to other people, to project and to many many things connected with fulfilling this beautiful idea of BRIDGES BUILDING. Because I am also a geography teacher, I have learnt during my university studies so many facts not just about Turkey, but also about other countries too. But to see something and to study something are two totally different items. What do I mean? If you have not been to Turkey, you cannot know Turkey. Through books and geography materials you cannot feel that warm human inside which we experienced while we have been together with Turkish people. Their welcome on the airport, organization of the meeting, taking us to undiscovered places for us, having lunch together, singing and dancing together,... I have many memories for those beautiful days, which would be difficult and long to describe. But there is one word which I would use as a synonym for Turkey – human closeness. I am very happy that I could meet so nice and friendly people. Silvia PAPPOVA – Deputy Headmaster, Slovakia
UNFORGETABLE MOMENTS At the beginning - I have to say, I was prejudiced before our journey to Turkey. After the first contact with our hosts, teachers from Primary School in Kapukargin, I gradually attuned to the stay in Dalaman. They were waiting for us on the airport with smile on their faces. They were very friendly and helpful, not only on our arrival, but during whole our stay in Dalaman. I got rid of my prejudiced very soon. The first day at Primary School in Kapukargin was very memorable – Turkish folk dance performance by the students of school, the teachers readiness to help us, to answer our questions, their signs of hospitality, their hand made delicious Turkish specialties. All of these have demonstrated me a new kind of mentality of people and I created a new approach by them to myself. After visiting some of the classes we could verify the friendship and love of their students too. I´m also very grateful that I could teach a lesson, got to know them a bit. We had a very rich programme, many activities. We saw and experienced a lot of nice things. The programmes were organized in a very high level. I enriched a lot of positive experiences. I look at the nonChristian, Islamic world´s wealth in a new perspective. I have experienced a great deal of valuable, unforgettable moments during our stay in Turkey and I try to share them with others – teachers and students from our school. Special thanks for the Comenius Project. Robert KISS, English language teacher, Slovakia
GHOST TOWN - KAYAKOY TURKEY THROUGH MY GLASSES I was astonished by old dead town. Turkish people call it as Ghost town. They are right - it seemed that I saw people´s souls, I could hear their voices, I could speak with them, I knew their troubles but couldn´t help them. I walked round the town, I listened to the silence, I looked at the empty left houses and felt sadness and pain about people who had to leave their home and go to unknown world. However, I could meet nobody (beside a few tourists) because I wanted to ask somebody about the way and I wanted to knock at the door. I was ashamed to co me into the houses without asking where nobody offered me tea like all hospitable Turkish people did. There was silence everywhere. Calm, clear and deep silence and sky. Despite sadness I saw wonder of the life. Small blue flowers blossomed among stones and ruins. Magical symbolism. The past left its marks of pain and tears on today´s life and says this: “ You mustn´t forget the mistakes of history in order not to make them again because they can cause suffering and troubles´´.
Vitalina PIVCUKOVA, English language teacher, Slovakia
Ads usually lie, but those about Turkey don´t. It´s a really unique country with its special features. Maybe I´m wrong and lucky because we were in Mugla during their „winter time“. A region which werebuilt upfor tourism with wisdomof ancient Turks. There are just a few places in the world where people of 21st century find a harmony with nature. I guess they have been succeeding in this. It was impressive to see untouchable sea coast, maturing fruit fields and some of endangered threenailed turtles. The peace became a part of us. It fulfilled our souls. Although we saw a lot, experiencedmore, tasted even more, we didn´t feel rush nor hurry. Probably that´s Mediterranean’s´ temper, but for sure, it was strengthened by village people. I´m not an expertand I don ´t want to look for reasons of how. I just know that I´ve never hadthis kind of post delighting feelings of working and relaxing at the same time. And I´m sure if Iam going to have anotherchance to go there, I´ll visit the same place at the beginning of touristic season.
Viktoria DOBOSOVA, English language teacher, Slovakia
I REALY LIKED THE SCHOOL ATMOSPHERE This is the 4th time I have visited Turkey and I was impressed by the great improvement of this country. Dalaman is a beautiful rural area , very fertile with an abundance of fruits and vegetables. Orange, lemon and grapefruit trees were integrated in the pretty landscape as well as farm houses, surrounded by hills and mountains. KapukarginIlkogretinOkulu was located in a small village next to Dalaman. I really liked the school atmosphere and all those happy and friendly students trying to greet us in English. The folk dance they performed was really neat. Their behaviour was superb and the teaching staff incredibly friendly. I must also mention the Turkish gastronomy which I really enjoyed. Vegetables and fruits are widely consumed and delicious dishes are present in every meal and the portions are quite generous. I learnt a lot in this meeting about Turkish culture and the most importantly “about the kindness of this friendly people”. I felt that just looking at the students´ eyes in that little school in Dalaman. Mar Gómez Santos, Las Matas (Madrid), Spain
THE FOOD WAS AMAZING Our trip to Turkey was a great experience. The first thing I would like to say is thank you to everybody for the way that they treated us and gave us the chance to meet fantastic people and experience their culture. I loved how the Turkish people welcomed us with a traditional dance and traditional Turkish homemade food. They gave us tours of different schools and the city. We also had the chance to talk with the leaders of the educational system and we saw the differences between Turkish and other European educational systems. Since I was able to teach a lesson, I saw how wellbehaved the students were. They were very disciplined and very open-minded towards us. The food was amazing. We tried all the typical Turkish food at many different places. We also had the chance to visit and buy typical things at a street market. In conclusion, thank you for the opportunity to take this trip and have great experiences.
Elena Jiménez, Las Matas (Madrid), Spain
DALAMAN: THE LAND OF TOLERANCE
When I think of the excursion to Dalaman, many beautiful memories come to my mind. I prepared for the journey to Turkey excitedly, because it is always very interesting to know a new country, culture and get new acquaintances. I feel that Dalaman is a really colorful and exciting place. A place where the tolerance and the openness are not only empty words, but parts of the everyday life. A place, where there is always somebody, who smiles at the foreign visitors. And this makes you feel, that you arrived home even if you are hundred kilometers far from it. This kind of attention is part of their everyday life. You can experience it in daily things just like having meals. Bread is put in the middle of the table and the people who sit around the table, break from it and share it with each other. I think the following words can describe the days in Dalaman the best: experiences, pleasures and sharing beautiful moments with each other. It seemed that we went to a lot of places, did a lot of things without rushing. So one part of my experiences of Dalaman is not attached to one place a lot rather to the feelings mentioned before, that the days spent there elicited in me. Visiting our partners’ school, meeting the colleagues and children, who welcomed us with dance, gave us a lot of pleasure. At the school they teach little
children at the pre-school group, and you can find the usual classes too. In the seventh class, where I kept a lesson, I met seven students. The children were really cooperating and friendly. It was very touching that in spite of the fact that we could spend only a little time together, they accompanied me to the gate at the end of the visit. I liked the drawings hanging on the walls. It was good to see children using colors so confidently. Discovering new techniques of paper-painting was very interesting. We returned to ’childhood’ during new, unique forms and patterns were born. The places we visited were also varied. We saw a busy market where the flavour of fresh spices and fruits was fascinating. I was very surprised that the land was changing permanently. In the mountains I felt if a giant threw away huge rocks and a few minutes later we walked on a beautiful coast of a wonderful, blue sea. It was unforgettable to watch turtles swimming in the bay, and feed them. I think the big farm in Dalaman is great. Inhabitants grow various vegetables they can sell. We were in an orange wood where we picked oranges from the trees and we got to know other local plants. We got delightful experiences in Dalaman. Water was all around us so Dalaman is a perfect place for our project Bridges of Water. Dalaman is a place to discover and return to. Thanks for everything. Mónika Kiss, Hungary
Tisza I´m from Velke Kapusany, but my grandparents live near Tárkány, a village at the south-east three-border of SVK – UA - HU. When I was a child, we used to go to swim in the river. I really appreciated to be there. Sandy beach, clean water and the unspecified feeling that the other side is an another country. The best memories come from these times. Despite of this nice childhood, I was sure that the next generation won´t know much about Tisza. They won´t have any relation with the bordering river. Fortunately, I was probably wrong... Tisza rises in Ukraine, passes through Hungary, forms short portions of three borders (between Hungary and Ukraine, Hungary and Slovakia, Hungary and Serbia) and finally it falls into the Danube in north Serbia. Its length is more than 950 km just in Hungary and it makes up 13% of the total Danube´s runoff. That´s a huge amount of water!!! However Tisza looks calm and peacefull, although it is not. After several small-scale attempts, István Széchenyi organised the control of the Tisza which have been lasted for 34 years in the late 1900s. He decreased the Hungarian length from 1400 to nowadays 966 km. The resultant length of the flood-protected river comprises 2,940 km which forms one of the largest flood protection systems in Europe; larger than the Netherlands' 1,500 km. Now, we should say that Tisza is under control, but that´s not true. The history encores itself. Like a coincidence destroyed Szeged in 1879 (just before the ending year of Széchenyi works), the same happend in 2006. Tisza causes floods almost every year, no matter the flood-control levees, hydroelectric power, reservoirs. Let´s love the nature and protect it, hopefully it will love and protect us as well. So the next generation will know about Tisza not as a natural enemy but a nice place to enjoy the youth playing beach volleyball on its sandy beaches, kayaking in „her“ rough water... Viktoria DOBOSOVA, English language teacher, Slovakia
IMPRESSIONS FROM SZEGED
When we were going to the city, it bewitched us with some beautiful and unusual buildings. Every day we visited some really interesting places, but the most interesting for me were two – a water tower called “Old Lady“ and the Votive Church. From the top of the water tower we could see the city of sunshine – Szeged. It was really a good feeling, because you felt like that you would be a part of the sky. In the water tower we could
amazing things, like how did people make soda water in the past. As you know, soda is a Hungarian invention. A few days later we visited a Votive Church. It was an unidentified feeling. I have never seen something beautiful like that. The building looked like it would be built from bricks. The temple was really fabulous. Everyone inside was singing. Inside the temple, windows were decorated by coloured glass mosaics. On the ceiling were paintings of some religionar images. I´m really happy that I could see this beautiful city with some good people and we could build the Bridges of Water.
Patrik LUKAC, 8th class student, Slovakia
Bridges of Water “Orczy István Általános Iskola is about 10 km
west from Szeged, in a neighbourhood or district called Dorozsma. The school is an old building that has celebrated its 100 year anniversary. We visited the school and spent one day there. During our visit, we participated in different activities and had the opportunity to see how the students interact and behave in the school system. We also watched students performing in a near by local Cultural Centre. We enjoyed the programme very much especially when the Slovakian students danced a traditional Slovakian folk dance. ... What I liked the best was the big river that turns in Szeged called Tisza. The history of Szeged we know is connected to the river. A new Szeged was born after the great flood in 1875. Now is when I start thinking about how important WATER is in human life and how important Bridges are to connect different cultures and ways of thinking and understanding people.”
Mar Gómez Santos. English teacher and Spanish Coordinator of BOW Comenius Project
What´s the smell of Szeged? by Isabel Caparroz Novoa CEIP San José- Spain “When I arrive to a new country, I breathe deeply to find the smell of the town which I´m visiting for first time. This action gives me a first impression about the city. When I arrived to Szeged... I did it but I didn´t find any different smell from my hometown, so I decided to continue breathing with a lot of curiosity and after a few hours the smells started to come. ... Also Szeged smells like water too. The river Tisza had a very important place in the history of the city and we discovered it very soon.
important symbol for this town. People used to meet around the fountains in the parks. The water tower gave us a beautiful view of Szeged. ... Finally we received the smell of history when we visited the school. It was an old building with lots of history in its walls. When I was browsing through the library and saw all those books I thought of the number of students who had learned in those classes and I felt great. Then I arrived to the classroom where I had to teach my lesson and there I noticed that although the Hungarian school was very different from the Spanish one, but the children, their eyes, the words of their teachers and the methodologies were similar to the Spanish one.
It was a very nice experience to have the opportunity to stay there and share
teachers. I thought it would have been better to have more chances to spend more days visiting the school and talking with Hungarian teachers.”
„It was my 3rd project meeting within Comenius programme and I have to say that there is always something increadible in each meeting. It was also the first time that we have taken students with us, so we were a very huge group of Slovaks... I know Hungarian people because many of them live in Slovakia too and also we often travel to Hungary. I enjoyed every minute which we spent there because of the people. They are very friendly and they do not have problem to start a conversation with foreigners... The same we experienced in a school. So calm and friendly teachers and the the whole staff. The did many things for us and we are very happy that we have found new friends, colleagues and project partners.“
Silvia PAPPOVA, Deputy headmaster, Project coordinator, Slovakia
SCHOOL SYSTEM At first we had a short sightseeing of the city center. We visited Klauzรกl Square, where we could see the statue of Lajos Kossuth. We visited the Water Tower next day, where we had a wonderful view of the city. Later we visited the Votive Church, it lies on Cathedral Square. We saw lots of interesting places and it was just the beginning. During the week we visited the Zoo, and My best
day was when we were at school. Our task
symbolized our friendships. We learned how it works at their school. It was really interesting because I have never had a chance to be and to learn in different school, even in different country. Their school day is very similar to ours, but their gym is much more bigger and better. Also, I liked that their breaks are longer than in our school, which is also very good! We had an interesting programme in the evening, during which we learned Hungarian dances and folk songs. I really liked it. I am glad that I met many new people from all over the world . I am very
happy that I could go there and become a part of this project, and build bridges that unite us. Peter DZURO, 9th class student, Slovakia
TEACHERS I have heard about Comenius programme many time – via internet, newspaper and from coleagues, but I have never had a chance to experience it personally. But thanks to our deputy headtecher, who became the coordinator, our school joint to four other countries – to Hungary, Spain, Italy and Turkey. This mobility to Hungary gave me and also to our school, even to our country so much. We gain more knowledge about history, geography, culture and school system of our neigbouring country and throught this we started to understand this nation better. We find out our common joys and problems which we have in our everyday life. We also find out that they have almost the same problems as we have in our school with teaching materials, sometimes with children and their parents. We found out that they teach e.g. English language from same Project textbook and use the the supplemetary materials. This is very intresting fact. We tried to speak and to conversate as much as possible. Later, we found out that – as teachers – we have so many other topics to talk about... I am so sorry that our mobility was „too short“ and we have not finish our conversations.
I am very glad that thanks to Comenius we realised that we - teachers are same everywhere. Jana KIRALYOVA, Slovak language teacher, Slovakia
Comenius Project â€œBridges of Waterâ€? Szeged â€“ Hungary Our third Comenius meeting was in the Hungarian city of Szeged. It lasted five days, from 18th May to 22nd May. Representative schools from different countries (Spain Turkey, Slovakia, Italy) took part on the meeting, some of them had pupils, too. The Hungarian team welcomed us warmly and took us around the city. We visited some interesting parts of Szeged although we spent most of the time at school. We visited the building, met the students and talked about class organization and the Hungarian school system. The most interesting part of the visit came on the 3rd day when the foreign teachers attended different classes and had lessons on various subjects. The lessons were held in English with the support of the Hungarian teachers who sometimes translated for their pupils.
In the afternoon they organized a show in the school small theatre. The students acted and danced in the typical Hungarian style. And Slovakian and Turkish students performed wonderful shows as well. We felt a cheerful and friendly atmosphere which was the trademark of our whole stay in Hungary. It was really interesting to compare Hungarian life style, habits, traditions with the Italian ones. The Hungarian team of teachers and the coordinator in particular were very nice, friendly and helpful at any occasions. They let us taste delicious Hungarian dishes like Gulash and fish soup in characteristic restaurants. The weather was always sunny and warm and the time of the year was particularly favorable for tourists because there was the yearly festival of the city of Szeged. And Szeged looked like the city of sunshine indeed!
The Italian Team
MY BEST ZUMBA LESSON I am a teacher in primary school where I teach children from the age of 6 to 10. I teach them every subject, but my best is physical education because I am keen on sport. When I was asked to teach a lesson in Hungarian school, I was surprised because I do not speak Hungarian nor English language. But â€žsports connects peopleâ€œ I said to myself, so I started to prepare my lesson. I wanted to teach something very dynamic and most of all - I wanted to have this lesson interesting for children. That is why I chose ZUMBA lesson. I carefully prepared the music, choreography, even my dress. All of my fear disappeared when I saw the children whom I was going to teach. They were really very kind and nice and I had their teacher as my assistent to overcome language barriers. Finally, there were not any barriers at all! We started our lesson with warm-up activities, the music was loud and melodious, so we
as possible. I was very happy when I saw that everybody is dancing and everybody joined to our group. Children were great. They cooperated with me, they clapped their hands and shaked their bodies. After a well done lesson, I was very proud that I am a teacher and I could teach such great Hungarian children. They were so nice and I have just beautiful memories which I will remember all my life. Thanks for being asked to join into this fabulous project.
Andrea PETRIKANOVA, teacher of 1st grade pupils, Slovakia
BoW, Szeged As it was my first time in abroad, I was very surprised and excited. It was also the first time that we had to leave my family behind. The first day, we visited the â€œ Old Ladyâ€? which was actually a water tower. Because of its age and shape the natives called it as Old Lady. We visited the zoo in the afternoon and National History Park the next day. The most amazing day for me was the third day that we spent in our Hungarian partner school. We attended some of the classes. My own teacher was teaching in the second graders and I was lucky to be able to help her. The next lesson we were invited to observe the Science lesson. The science teacher helped us to be involved in the current subject and we did some experiments with other Hungarian students.
In the afternoon, we had the chance to bound with the other students from Slovakia. We played games, shared funny stories, made jokes,etc. we spent great time together and it was so hard to say goodbye. Luckily we met again the festival and we played again and spent very good time in the shooting polygon and then we exchanged some gifts and our personal information to keep on our friendship on the Net. It was time to get back home with the feeling how lucky I was to be included in such a beautiful project.
Huseyin Can ALPARSLAN, Turkey
National History Park of Ópusztaszer
“..The most impressing place for me was the panorama in the National History Park. We strolled around the panorama in clockwise direction. With the help of the sound effects that can be heard at various stages, the panorama became an even more real experience. The gigantic painting depicts historical moments in Hungarian history. The painting took two years to complete and it was first displayed in Budapest in 1894 to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the conquering of the Hungarian homeland. During the Second World War, the painting was seriously damaged and then it was restored and opened in Ópusztaszer. In details, it was quite interesting for my team to find out to the Turkish elements in the painting. The great prince Arpad looked alike any Turkish emperor with his long moustache and clothes. On the other side there was Shaman ( the religious leader of ancient Turks) was standing before a sacrificial altar with his hands raised, awaiting a sign from the sky. It was quite a joy both observe the gorgeous painting and feel the relation between Hungarian and Turkish.” Aysegul ERDUR, project coordinator, Turkey
BoW Group in Hungary, Szeged
Scuola “Arnolfo di Cambio” – Italy Colle Val d’Elsa – Casole d’Elsa – Radicondoli “Arnolfo di Cambio” lower secondary school is set in three different towns in Tuscany: Colle Val d’Elsa, Casole d’Elsa and Radicondoli.
The name “Colle Val d’Elsa” means “Hill on the valley of river Elsa”. In fact, the river has been the core of the city development throughout its history. Located in the heart of Tuscany and strategically situated between Florence and Siena, the city lies down along the great medieval “Via Francigena” - the ancient road used during the Middle Ages by pilgrims from northern Europe making pilgrimages to the holy city of Rome. People have settled in the area of Colle Val d'Elsa since the earliest Eneolithic settlements, dating to the 4th millennium BC, and throughout the Etruscan and the later Roman settlements, but it became a full-scale town at the height of the medieval period, before becoming one of the key sites in the history of the free Comuni (boroughs), in the struggles between the Guelfi and the Ghibellini, eventually becoming established later on as an important industrial centre. Ever since ancient times, the area was a necessary place of transit, a crossroads for trade and relations, not always friendly ones, which led to the establishment of the urban settlement, which grew up along the Via Francigena and the river Elsa. In the past it had 3 separate villages and they were very different in structure: the St. Catherine's "Borgo", the "Castle" in Piticciano and the "Piano". The first two places are the most ancient and are situated on the same hill; the third village is more recent and offers business opportunities.
The population has mostly lived here thanks to the "Gore", the very important " water manmade" canals of Elsa river built at the beginning of the 3rd century. The canals were very useful for different economic purposes: watermills and papermills soon became the basic elements to several industrial activities. They went on till modern times when new factories were born: the iron and crystal ones. But the "Glass manufacturing" (later the crystal) will be the successful turning point so that Colle di Val D'Elsa was named the "Italian Bohemia" in 1800. Today it is definitely called the "Crystal town" for its huge crystal production. ---
Casole d’Elsa, whose name means “Castle on river Elsa” rises on a hilltop overlooking southwest Valdelsa. It is a tiny historical village surrounded by gentle hills and an unspoiled countryside which unfolds under the sky with its vineyards, olive groves and forests. Two hill-streams flow in this area, the Senna and the Sellate – the former flowing into the river Elsa the latter into the river Cecina. Casole d’Elsa has a population of about 4,000 inhabitants: mainly farmers and artisans who keep the rural culture vital in this area. The round towers of the city walls, the palaces, the square and the tiny streets of the village still keep a feel of century-old history. The many Etruscan tombs found in the area prove that Casole d’Elsa has Etruscan origins. The first documents date back to the early 11th century and they confirm that Casole once belonged to the bishop of Volterra. In 1260 Siena gained control of Casole d’Elsa which, thanks to its strategic position, became one of its important outposts to defend the territory from the enemies. Casole d’Elsa soon became a fortress encircled by fortified walls with two bastions which still exist today. Nothing remain of the two ancient doors, only a few pictures dating back to the 1930s which show Porta Rivellino before being destroyed by the Nazi during World War II. Casole is famous for its folklore. The Palio is undoubtedly the most important event and it is held every year in July . It is an ancient traditional horse race along an outer route. The jockeys (fantini) have to run bareback from the bottom to the top of the hill along a steep road just outside the city walls, covered with sand on
this occasion. Six contrade take part to the race (each contrada has its owns colours and emblems and belongs to a different part of the town and its surrounding area â€“ Rivellino, Pievalle, Campagna, Il Merlo, Cavallano, Monteguidi ). The winner is awarded with a banner (palio) painted by a selected artist. The week before the race is a time of joyful parties and events. The winner will continue to celebrate the week after the race with parties and gatherings where everybody is welcome.
Radicondoli is a small village in the countryside about 500m high; the landscape is above all characterized by woods and fields. The territory over which Radicondoli extends is on the eastern edge of the metalliferous hills. The territory of Radicondoli includes the catchment area of two rivers: the Cecina and the Feccia. The Cecina has origin in the mountain and crosses most of the village. The Feccia instead comes from the South-West of Poggio Casalone. The territory of Radicondoli is characterized by an alternation of forests and fields. Forests represents the 58% of the surface constituted by the Carline and the woods of Selva. The wood of Carline is very big and in the past played an important role in the local economy. The history of Radicondoli is very rich since this area has been populated by different groups of people, as it is shown by the archaeological and artistic repertory. The foundation of Radicondoli is generally attributed to Desiderio, the King of the Longobards, in the VIII century A. D. There is the evidence of Radicondoliâ€™s belonging to Siena and of the contention with the Meadici family, around the sixteenth century. In the past, the economy was mainly founded on agriculture and handcraft, in particular the manufacture of wool.
The visitors’ point of view The people
Children welcomed me, they were really friendly and I did not feel any barriers between us. They cooperated with me, they were very active, they were asking questions all the time – they really wanted to know something new. And they did it in English, so their English language is pretty good! But the biggest suprise for me happened at the end of the lesson, when all the children started to clap their hands as a thanks for the lesson. It was the most impressive moment for me during the whole project meeting. I was very happy and I am still very proud that I had a chance to be and to teach Italian students in Italian school, because these students confirmed me that being a teacher is the most important mission in my life. Thank you, Italian students! Silvia PAPPOVA, Geography and English language teacher, Deputy headmaster, Project coordinator, Slovakia
Unforgettable is the moment when the pupils, at the end of the lecture, spontaneously applauded and shouted, Slovakia, Košice! Applause was the greatest award for a beautiful presentation about our country. At this point I felt that the meeting had achieved its purpose. Italy and Slovakia at that moment had created Bridges of knowledge! I was tasked with having to take the photographs of the meeting but the emotional excitement made it difficult for me to capture the moments as I had tears in my eyes. Those were the tears of happiness and pride! Eva PRINCIKOVA, Slovak and French language and Technical Studies teacher, Slovakia
The part I liked best was when we met and talked to our Italian friends. While we were together we had lots of fun. Orsolya Csebella, student class 7, Hungary
It was an exciting experience for me. We went to Casole d’Elsa where the Italian students were waiting for us. When we entered the large school building the students sang the Italian anthem. In the afternoon we walked in the town with our Italian friends. Nikolett Kiss, student class 7, Hungary
Before the visiting we worked a lot. We corresponded with Italian children via the Internet. We worked in pairs. During the trip we visited schools in Casole d’Elsa, Colle di Val d’Elsa and Radicondoli. We were very happy that we could meet our Italian friends and we could speak Italian. Edit László, student class 7, Hungary
I enjoyed visiting Italian schools. It was beautiful when the students welcomed us with Italian songs. The children were interested in us. We took lots of photos together. We meet not only our penfriends, but the headmaster and the teachers of the schools. They were very friendly and we got some presents. We spoke a lot, sometimes in Italian sometimes in English. Nikolett Magyar, class 8/A, Hungary
When I saw Italian school for the first time I knew that there is no ordinary school, but something unique. After entering the school I found out that I was right. Those warm colours and new fresh furniture everywhere ewoked in me a special feeling. Even more, when I saw modern equipment, whiteboards, computers and others things, I really wanted to be a teacher in that school. And it was just the inside of school. When I looked out of classroom window I saw a beautiful nature in more beautiful autum colours. It was something what I cannot describe – you have to feel it! That is why I highly recommend this Italian school to every student and every teacher. I hope that teaching in such surrounding might be challenging for everyone. Emilia LAKATOSOVA, Physical education and Russian language teacher, Slovakia
The lesson that we had to keep for the Italian children was very successful, the children enjoyed it very much, and we could see, that this wasn't the first time that they heard about Hungary. Guba Pálné P.E. teacher, Hungary
I love Tuscany because our friends live there. Visiting friends is always special pleasure. The days we were spending there gave us lots of delightful experiences. When we arrived at school in Casole d’ Elsa its students were waiting for us singing Italian songs. Listening to “Fratelli d’ Italia” I felt we met a real community. I was happy to see how the Hungarian and Italian students made friends with each other. I have pleasant memories of common lessons, and meetings students and teachers of the three schools. Mónika Kiss, Italian language teacher, Project Coordinator, Hungary
We had two lessons with the Italian children about Hungary, where we met fourteen students. The children were really cooperating and friendly. It was very touching that in spite of the fact that we could spend only a little time together, they accompanied us to the gate at the end of the visit and waved from the door and the windows. If I should describe my visit in Italy with one word, I would say it was fantastic. Révészné Uhercsák Tünde, English teacher, Hungary
During my staying in Tuscany I had several options to meet people in various situations. A middleaged woman in the grocery with no English fluently with her gesticulations explained me the way to school. She knew and felt what I was asking about and she really tried to explain me the right direction. This conversation took about 2 minutes. I politely thanked the „Italian“ information and with good feeling I left the store. It was a wonderful example how can two people communicate without a common language. All these examples show me that knowledge of languages is very useful, but the most important thing is the adoption of each other, understanding and the European humanity. Kiss Robert, English Language Teacher, Slovakia
The children were dying to receive the letters from the unknown senders. How exciting! The letters had arrived and now it was time to write back. However, the sender, now the addressee, continued to be unknown, but a dream had been born. And who knows, maybe a hope, as well. They enjoyed it and that was the aim. I played a part in the process. It took us long to say goodbye. Jose Antonio, teacher C.P. San José, Las Matas (Madrid) Spain
I felt very well with all the members of the project and with the Italian teachers. But I’ll never be able to forget the aerobic class I taught in Col Val d’Elsa and the Slovakian teacher and her Zumba lesson. I had fun with the student and also with the Italian Physical Education Teacher. Thank you for all, I felt at home in this beautiful part of Italy. Fco. Javier Berrocal Hernández, Spanish Language Teacher, C.P. San José, Las Matas (Madrid) Spain
Casole’s school was just renovated and looked very vibrant and modern. The students were very active and they participated in the lessons we taught. They were very happy to meet us. Colle’s school was the biggest but it was older than Casole’s. We visited some classes and shared some “water experience drawings” with the students. Radicondoli is the smallest school as it is placed in an authentic farming community overlooking the Cecina river. Its high street cuts the village in two. It is over a thousand years old and some parts of the ancient fortification walls are still standing as well as one of the original doors. In this school the students of different ages were together in the same classroom. We asked them questions about Spain and they knew a lot about our country. I had the feeling of being at home. Mar Gómez Santos, Project coordinator, C.P. San José, Las Matas (Madrid) Spain
It was a real joy to visit our partner schools in Colle di Val d’Elsa, Casole and Radicondoli. In each school we visited every component of the school showed great interest and tried to do their best to make us feel comfortable. As a Head Teacher I have a sympathy for my colleague Monika who has
three schools which are incredibly away from each other. She has to visit all the schools in her control and tries hard to serve her teachers and students. Among the other schools, the one in Radicondoli drew my attention. Radicondoli has a very closed society with the people less than 1000. During the lunch which was served in the school dining hall, we had the chance to talk about the people, life, culture and education in Radicondoli with the lady who was in the charge of education in the Town Hall. We talked about the combined classroom which has 6th, 7th and 8th graders at the same time. It is a real challenge to deal with as every student is unique and requires different levels of education. I totally understand the situation as we are facing the same situation as a small school like Radicondoli. What I have learnt from that conversation was the effort by the Town Hall because they were paying for extra hours to the teachers. I really liked their policy to change their disadvantage to the advantage. I wish the best for our partners in the their educational journey. Taner GOK, Turkey
Art, countryside… and food! We were very excited and full of hope as we began the trip. In addition to enjoying the beauty of the area, we were excited to see the teachers who visited us in Spain and of course to have the chance to become acquainted with the Italian education system. It is impossible for us to try to describe this beautiful area in words. We were so pleasantly surprised with the magnificence of the medieval area of Colle, and the beauty of the other towns, Casole and Radicondoli. And what can I even say about Siena or San Gimignano? Isabel Martín. Head Teacher, C.P. San José, Las Matas (Madrid) Spain
As Italian food is worldwide famous I always wanted to taste real Italian food. At the first night we reached Colle with the great help of our generous and kind Italian friends, we went out to have diner. We wandered around the Piazza Arnolfo, and then we found a small restaurant. We entered that typical Italian dining place and there were only Italians. We asked for a table for four and we ordered pizza and some salads. I couldn’t find the right word to explain how happy and delighted I was. Nurgun ABALI, Turkey
Even on the first day I had already a lot of experiences. Not only Toscana but the Crystal Museum in the centre of Colle di Val d’Elsa impressed me. In the evening we went for a short walk to the old city that was beautiful in the evening lights. I also liked the three schools that we visited. In Casole we went to a modern school, where the students greeted us with a great performance, and we could taste an Italian school lunch as well. I really enjoyed our stay in Italy and I will always remember it with pleasure. I hope I still will have opportunities to go back to Toscana. Fodorné Kardos Judit, Primary school teacher, Hungary
Florence is a marvelous city, full of history, art, architecture, food, markets… I could just go on. I could easily have spent several days in Florence alone, wandering the streets and just making street photography my primary focus. Unfortunately, the streets are overcrowded by the many tourists including us. Taking photos really required great effort to have a clear shot of the marvelous pieces of the greatest artists of the world!!! I have been always quit interested in arts and the opportunity of observing the magical city’s art with my own eyes felt like I was in a dream. Aysegul ERDUR, Project coordinator, Turkey
I enjoy the gently sloping Tuscan hills, the trees in all shade of bright colours of the autumn, the vineyards and olive-woods. I love its buildings, because I feel that they tell us tales, they have their own stories. They are bridges between the past and the future. They send messages about dreams of old times to us and to those who haven’t even been born. Mónika Kiss, Italian language teacher, Project Coordinator, Hungary
Italian cuisine is a worldwide famous belong chefs and ordinary house wives. Now I understand why. I´ve got a chance to experience it for almost a week and I was pleasantly surprised. I like their pastas, noodles, spagetthi, ravioli, tortellini and so on. However we do them oddly. Ours normally are overcooked and softer, but theirs taste better! Food becomes more delicious adding herbs and there´s no exceptions for cheese. Dishes are similar but always different. Viktória DOBOSOVA, English teacher, Slovakia
Italian cities have several squares. My favourite was Piazza della Signoria in Florence. It´s a place where history touches you in every inch. Since the 14th century it is a place of political meetings, religious happenings and civil anniversaries. Andrea PETRIKANOVA, first grade teacher, Slovakia
Our mission is not finished for us, it still runs. On the lessons at our school, when we teach our students, we can go back in our memories to enrich our pupils. Talking about the Tuscan architecture on the lesson of Art sounds more realistic. Thanks to this project meeting I had a chance to see in real life all those beautiful art things which I was studying about during my university studies. Anna HRABIKOVA, Slovak language and Art teacher, Slovakia
From all of amazing things that we experienced in Italy, it was the country which impressed me most. There were large, but not very high hills and on them, there were many towns and villages. They were old, cute and full of history. There were many trees next to roads and streets with warm colours of autum season and all these features made the countryside unbelievable. We were suprised – that even in October there were olives on trees and many other fruit that we saw only in supermarkets in our country. In the morning, there was usually fog, but despite of it, the country was increadible. I do not like foggy whether, but in this case – in this visited land, even fog was amazing and without it, the countryside would not be as impressive, as it was. When we were walking through the narrow streets od Colle di Val d Elsa, we saw many typical flowers next to house doors which we usually do not have at home. And while we were walking among those old houses, I felt the long history that those houses had. Being there helped me to use my imagination and imagine myself living in such a calm and friendly place. Ivona MITROVA, 1st grade teacher, Slovakia
Slovakia ...all of them did their best for us...
...Slovakia was for us a never ending surprise...
...an atmosphere of great joy and familiarity...
...they welcomed us so friendly... ...there you made me happy...
...I enjoyed every minute of our staying in Slovakia...
...I am glad I could take part in such a wonderful tripâ€Ś
...it was very pleasant to wake up for the sight of snowy mountains every morning...
It was marvelous!
The High Tatras Land of snow and
I strongly recommend any one to visit the Tatras which is one of the most beautiful places in Slovakia. It takes 3 hours to get there from Veľké. It is very close to the Polish border. It offers skiing activities many nice sceneries if you enjoy the cable cars. There is also an interesting cave among the 12 national caves of Slovakia. Ahmet Kaymaz – Deputy Head Teacher – Turkey
After a half – an - hour walking we reached the entrance of the stalactite cave, which is located at 890 metres above the sea - level. During the walking we had to battle not only with the slippery path but with the 122-metre level difference. We reached the entrance sometimes sliding or walking in the knee - high snow. Somogyi Istvánné – primary school teacher
I have no idea of sliding as I have never done it before in my life. I have never tried sliding and I was a bit afraid and shy. From the first slide down the hill, the fun started. I had so much fun and wanted to slide over and over again. NeslihanTosun – 8th grader
We went to the dripstone cave, where we saw interesting formations. My favourite one was a dripstone column called Etna, and it really looked like the volcano. Tapodi Anita – class 6/A
Although we had to get up early we didn’t mind it at all, because the sight of Tatras, the pleasant fresh air and the dripstone cave made us forget our tiredness. Since I live in the Great Plain I will always remember the snowy mountains and Lomnic peak. It’s sure that once I will come back here. Kasza Dóra – class 6/A
When we reached Tatras, we all climbed up to see a cave. The cave had very interesting shaped rocks and everybody tried to resemble the shapes to something. And I think one of the rocks just looked like a huge hamburger. I liked the cave a lot, it was too big. We went to the Skiing center. I watched around and I saw many people skiing very well. I saw little children skiing without falling. I was very surprised and amazed by that. Pinar Avcı – 8th grader
I have been thinking of the mountains and caves waiting for us, meaning some challenge and new experience for people coming from the Hungarian Great Plains. You showed us the place you live at and helped us to overcome the mountains and the cave. In spite of the fact that I have been afraid of the mountains (I have never been to anything as high as Lomnický peak before) I loved the snow covered mountains, the lanovka ☺ and the little children, who were skiing and sledging with the greatest self-confidence. The fairy tale-like look of the cave totally enchanted me. Nature seems to be a great sculptor. I tried to find out what shapes we have seen and suddenly the stones turned into palm trees, houses of dwarves, waves of the sea and even the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Kiss Mónika – main coordinator from Hungary
While the sun was shining in the valley, strong wind and hail beat our faces. The view and the experience were unforgettable. Coming down, from Lomnic peak in our cabins we admired the beauty of the landscape, watched people snowboarding and threefour-year-old children skiing well. It was the most beautiful day of our trip in Slovakia. Somogyi Istvánné primary school teacher
I liked that day best when we went to Lomnic-peak by ski-lift. There aren’t any mountains where we live, so I have never seen so high peaks. We went up so high. Zsiga Kata – class 6/A
After school we went for sliding and I met new friends, we played snowballs and made snow angels. We visited a cave and I really found it very interesting, especially the tradition to throw a coin into the small pounds to make a wish, was very interesting as we don’t do that in Turkey. Tuba Isil – 7th grader
Of course, as we visited there in February, the lake was frozen and snow covered everywhere. Yet, it has given us so much joy because it never snows in our hometown. Ahmet Kaymaz – Deputy Head Teacher
We were also impressed by the Slovak landscape and nature of a stunning beauty. We visited wonderful places: Slovakia was for us a never ending surprise and discovery in its scenic beauty. Italian team
Due to the exhaustive nature of the trip and the darkness of the night I didn´t realize where I was until the next day when I looked through the window of my room, very early in the morning, and I saw everything covered in the snow. Everywhere I looked there was snow and this is one of the images that I will keep in my mind, that is, a beautiful white landscape. Maria De Escondrillas – 5th grade teacher
Traditions and History We visited the House Michalovce Museum, an old house of noble family that it remembers us how was the life many years ago. Always, this kind visit helps us to understand the important thing that is to preserve and to remember our past. Maximina Dominiguez religion teacher
We went to Michalovce to visit Zemplinske Museum in Sztáray – castle. We heard a lot of important and interesting facts about the cultural, historical and economical development of the area. Somogyi Istvánné – primary school teacher
In the museum of Zemplén I liked it very much that there were things exhibited that had the same meanings in the Hungarian and the Slovakian language too. Kasza Dóra – class 6/A
Museum in Michalovce, that was full with old things just like equipments of making wine. Later we had dinner at Varga farm and the food was delicious. Tapodi Anita - class 6/A
Bread and salt to welcome the visitors, marvelous folk dancing and a wonderful story based on integrating our differences to show Unity performed by the students in a beautiful English. Mar Gómez – Project Coordinator
The more places we went, the more I become interested in Slovakian history. María de Escondrillas – 5th grade teacher
Generosity & Hospitality I couldn’t wait to visit my friends and their country. I had already known that they were friendly, hospitable, kind and nice people in deed. Nevertheless, they managed to enforce the meaning of generosity and hospitality. These two words now have a different level in meaning because the Slovaks lifted the level so high. They were concentrated on what we want, what we need which would give the feeling of privileged to anyone. I was so impressed their dedication to get things right at the right time. Aysegul Erdur – Teacher of English
However, all the wonderful experiences made me forget all about my family quite quickly. Our hosts were extremely generous, the program was carefully selected. Hegyi Gabriella – Librarian
I felt part of the group in spite of having not even Englishman's idea, so, when one wants and strains can be understood even by the Slovaks. Maximina Dominiguez – Religion teacher
It was very hard to say goodbye to the Slovak teachers. We had so much fun together. I had amazing days. I will never forget them and the beautiful memories. I love Slovak people. Pinar Avcı – 8th Grader
Comenius´ hero who was so pleasant to pick us up at the Budapest´s airport and take us to the hotel. This attitude is what struck me most. María De Escondrillas, 5TH grade teacher
I found the Slovakian people’s kindness and hospitality very fantastic. Somogyi Istvánné – primary school teacher
We visited Sylvia’s house after sliding. She prepared cakes and cookies and some other pastries for us. She and her family welcomed us in their house. All the things she baked for us were very delicious. I enjoyed the good food and hot tea after the day out on a snowy day. Thank you so much. Neslihan Tosun – 8th grader
It is also very nice for Turkish people that you can order tea or Turkish Coffee if you need in that cold weather. On the way back home, I am sure you will recall all the hospitality and friendliness of nice Slovak people. Ahmet Kaymaz – Deputy Head Teacher
Two things have always characterized everything, in every moment: the emotions and the experience of sharing that is part of the place where everyone works day after day with the utmost passion: the school. We were very impressed by the students’ enthusiasm and participation in all of the activities, by the teachers’ kindness and by the atmosphere of collaboration we felt in the classes. The school appeared to be an institution deeply rooted in the life of the town. Pupils who attend, from Primary to Secondary School, are very motivated and interested in the educational activities, and this was also highlighted during the "welcome party" organized for the reception of the partner schools. Students performed traditional dances, marked by great timing and color, beautifully presented songs and stories – the latter in a very good English. The students’ commitment was also noticeable when, in the afternoon, many of them performed at the art school individual and group songs of various kinds. Ultimately, in our opinion, these are students who, through learning activities that take place daily and through the learning of a wellcombined plurality of disciplines and expertise, prepare to integrate into society in the future European Union.
The Italian team
Teaching well behaved students was a great experience, they were interested in the content and participated in designed activities. The Slovakian teachers were very friendly and farewell dinner and closing ceremony were superb. Everything was prepared with love and all activities worked on time. Mar Gómez – project coordinator from Spain
I was really impressed by how the school community, specially the students, welcomed us. Their performances not only in the school but also one at the art school were wonderful. They must have been working very hard. What is more, the students’ behavior was marvelous during our class about Spanish monuments and teachers were very friendly. María de Escondrillas – 5th grade teacher
I was very glad about my teaching lesson. It was session about Velázques, his work and Las Meninas. After the explanation the children of fourth grade in three groups fulfilled the puzzle of the Meninas. They remained with the rest of the activities planned to do them in another moment. Maximina Dominiguez – religion teacher
I was also very impressed by the Slovak students. They were literally serving assistance to their teachers in every aspect in teaching process and the organization of the meeting. They were there to help and make us comfortable. I taught English the 9 graders and it was the most amazing class I had ever had in my professional life. Furthermore, they being so easy to communicate gave me the courage to teach older students. Now, I am searching for opportunities to work in a High School just because of the Slovak students’ great effect on me. Aysegul Erdur – The Teacher of English Turkey
We got to know what the schooldays of Slovakian students were like. We were surprised to hear Slovakian children speaking Hungarian. Zsiga Kata – class 6/A
My favourite day was when we visited the school. They waited for us with a great show. I really liked how they performed the music of the film Titanic and the folk dance with Michael Jackson music. The teachers and the children were very nice, they showed us their school we took part in a craft workshop and a zumba lesson. Kasza Dóra – class 6/A
A little dance performance became my best memory of the whole trip. The children were dressed in traditional Slovak clothes. Then the music started, for our total amusement. It was Michael Jackson’s They don’t care about us. The dance itself was an authentic Slovakian folk dance, which fitted perfectly to the twentieth century pop music. At the beginning we did not quite get the point, but couple of seconds passed, and the message of this special production got to all of us. It contained the main ideas of the whole project with the universal tools of dance for all nationalities. It told us much more about tolerance,
approval, respect, etc. than any speech could have. The idea itself was great, and so was the implementation. Honestly, we could hardly hold our tears back and the great applause all the way through proved that the production had the same effect on everybody. Hegyi Gabriella - librarian
I visited Russian and Slovak lessons as well as the students’ everyday activities. The quality of the education is really high. We were in class, too, and the students were absolutely active. The works of the 50-year-old Art School were wonderful just like the concert we attend to. Takácsné Tóth Márta – Slovak-Russian teacher, speech therapist
Listening to the children taking part in the program and watching how they get to know each other make me especially happy all the time. Even though their “steps” towards each other were a bit shy on the first day, by the end of the meeting the Hungarian, Slovakian and Turkish children were all dancing together happily. It was wonderful that as the effect of all the programs they repeated that one sentence which became our slogan: Thank you Comenius! Kiss Mónika – main coordinator from Hungary
All is well that end is well ☺
"Bu proje T.C. Avrupa Birliği Bakanlığı, AB Eğitim ve Gençlik Programları Merkezi Başkanlığınca (Ulusal Ajans http://www.ua.gov.tr) yürütülen Hayatboyu Öğrenme Programı kapsamında ve Avrupa Komisyonu'ndan sağlanan hibeyle gerçekleştirilmiştir. Ancak burada yer alan görüşlerden Ulusal Ajans veya Avrupa Komisyonu sorumlu tutulamaz."