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ACT NOW! , N A E L C O G , N E GO GRE Issue Issue4 4 THE ORANGE ISSUE

NOVEMBER 2011 NOVEMBER 2011

THE ORANGE ISSUE

5th & 6th project meetings

Inside this issue: MEETINGS

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DENMARK

4

BELGIUM

9

CYPRUS

11

GREECE

14

ITALY

16

PORTUGAL

18

ROMANIA

21

POLAND

25

From October 23 to 29 we carried out two more project meetings. We visited the Belgian partner school Sint Jan Berchmansschool in Viversel from 23 to 26 October and then the Italian school G. Borsi in Livorno from 26 to 29 October. Both meetings were very successful and we were all very busy carrying out the meetings‘ agendas. We had teaching sessions in both schools, planted a tree in the school gardens, met with the parents and enjoyed the students‘ performance in Belgium. Our meetings also included some visits to places of environmental interest in both countries. In Belgium we visited the ―Closing the circle project‖ which is a factory and a dump where the rubbish that can‘t be recycled is buried and energy is produced in the factory.

In Italy we visited the Museum of Natural History and the Aquarium of Livorno and we also experienced a nice walk along a protected natural area with pine trees, dunes and sand beaches in Cecina.

We would like to thank the Headteachers and teachers of both host schools who offered us a very warm and unforgettable hospitality.


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Meeting at Sint Jan Berchmansschool, Viversel, BELGIUM


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Meeting at Scuola secondaria di primo grado "G. Borsi", Livorno, ITALY


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DENMARK Visit at Ålborg

Sennels Skole is possi-

power etc. at the same time. We

ble to

all want houses and buildings,

make

where it´s nice to live. 5.grade

5.Grade was at Ålborg University for a day – having workshops about 1) energy, how to store the energy from wind power and 2) how to build in the future.

houses

then were given the things needed

that do

to try and make their own sugges-

not use

tions on areas to live. You see

energy

some of their results here:

2 architects from the uni-

sun and

University

versity told us about how it

In another workshop, we had an engineer in power current teaching us, what the challenge is to ―save‖ power from wind turbines. When the wind blows, it´s not always the times, when people and factories needs the power. How do we store the energy without loosing to much? How do we save it until needed?? After the lesson in the auditorium, we went to the house, where university students make experiments on power and electricity. We tried our-

and how to integrate wind

selves to do different things, measure on different light bulbs etc. It was then very clear to us, that it

and students there live, learn, work –a possible education for some of the children in 5th grade.

makes a big difference what bulbs you use, if you turn off the power, when not being in a room etc. What a big difference WE can make. This day was very interesting and inspiring – we sure want to go next year again. Not only have we learned a lot about our environment, but also been and seen how the university

Dåserydderen From the 24th oct. – 11th Nov. Our school participated in the national competition ―Dåserydderen‖. In

those weeks, we have an extra focus on waste and recycling. 2.,3.,4.,and.5th grades have learned a lot about what to do with waste, how do we recycle and especially: How big a difference it makes to our environment, if we recycle all the waste we can – from our homes and households as well.

only did they clean our environment – they saw for themselves how stupid it is, to just throw something out your car window etc. instead of

All the classes had different

bringing it to the waste bin or recy-

streets in our village to cover, and

cle it. We will continue to have this

they collected so much waste right

focus on waste the next month.

there on the street, that other people had just thrown there. So not


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Cooking for the climate In 6th grade we have cooking-classes at Sennels Skole. We learn about how to behave in the kitchen, about hygiene, how to cook etc. For the time being our big focus is – how can you cook for the climate?? What

difference does it make, if you use a lot of imported foods for your cooking? How long did your pizza (for instance) ―travel‖ if you look at, what you put on it? Instead of using locally grown vegetables and locally

produced meat? We plan with this in mind, looking at maps and figure out how much transportation is needed, if you do not take an environmental look at your cooking style.

Days out in nature – 0.grade/kindergarden class Every Monday is the kindergarden class moved to the nature.

to know the seasons.

The children learn to move with consideration in nature, and they learn

forest or to the fjord. We collect

On those days we go to either the materials from nature, take these back to school and use them in class afterwards.

This autumn, the children learned In the spring we went to the fjord, and found many interesting small animals.

about mushrooms.


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GO GREEN, GO CLEAN, ACT NOW!

First class at Sennels Pumpkin heads

The pupils in 5th grade have made pictures for The Green Wordbook in our art-class-lessons.

Our first class has been on an out day home at one of the boys from the class. They made a pumpkin head, they used as lanterns for Halloween.

The class has their Christianity hours worked with the story Noah´s Ark and the class has in this regard made Noah´s Ark out of a cardboard box. Noah and his wife and the animals were made out of carton.

Forest Animals Friday 4 November was the first class at Sennels School again on a day out. They were this time in the woods where they were at an orientation, race. The class should find its way through the woods using a map. During the trip they had to pass 10 items all of which contained questions about one of the forest animals: the squirrel.


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Working with class environment in the 2nd grade: In the second grade the children

ing their own stand is important to

have made class rules. Rules con-

visualise the progresses each stu-

cerning their behaviour towards

dent achieve.

each other, how they must work and behave in a group, their attitude towards homework and preparations for school in general and so on. Twice a year the students evaluate them selves according to the rules. Setting the rules together as a class is part of a democratic learning process for the student and evaluat-

The abovementioned rules are part of securing the personal well being

We also have rules for cleaning up

of each student. We have these

the classroom (who does what

kinds of rules in all of our classes

when..)

and we note that it helps the stu-

And we have hung up a traffic signal.

dents felling responsible towards

When the red light is up the stu-

their class, their friends and all of

dents must be absolutely quiet while working. When the yellow light is up they can talk quietly and when the green light is up they

―Sun oven‖ When looking for solutions using the sun instead of eletricity, it is possible to make a sun-oven. The temperature can get high enough to cook water, bread, vegetables etc. Very usefull in places with a lot of sun and no electricity. Here some groups of students made experiments how to make a sun-oven and how to use it.

can talk freely.


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―We All cycle to school‖ Is another national competition our

Scientific Festival in

day going to many different and exiting workshops. How does our body

school participated. For 2 weeks, we

Ålborg Zoo

function? What do our organs look

all, children and grownups, go as

In September we had the scientific

like? Blow air into lungs of a pig, to

weeks, where we, in nature, science,

see how they work, how does your

technic- lessons made a lot of dif-

own DNA look?, what does it matter,

ferent experiments concerning the

if you are smoking? What can pollu-

environment and own health.

tion do to you? Scientific experi-

much as possible on bicycle to school for different reasons. To focus on not using the car for short drives, when it´s really not necessary, bringing down pollution and use of fossil fuels and to make the roads safer for all of us and – of course –

3 classes went to the scientific festival in Ålborg, where we spent the

ments, hands on experiments etc. It was a feast in science!!!

to have natural exercise in fresh air, to move and be active for health and fun reasons.

Project meetings Of course we have to mention our Comenius project meeting in Belgium and Italy. We had a wonderful stay in both countries, learned a lot about some of their projects and environmental challenges, and had a great time teaching children there about our work with the ―Go green, go clean, act now‖ project.

2. We are going to produce the ―Green wordbook ― which will contain 52 environmental words in English as well as the languages spoken in the partner countries. There will also be a sentence in English for each word explaining the meaning of word and the illustrations will be made by the students.

6. Our students will write a story book in common. The story will have environmental content. The Cypriot students will begin the story, the Greeks will continue it and then the Italians, the Portuguese students,

3. The Danish, Belgian, Cypriot , Greek and Italian schools applied and got the European Quality Label so now we will apply for the eTwinning European Competition.

the Belgians, the Romanians, the Polish students and finally the Danish students will write the end of the story. Thus our story will ―travel‖ throughout Europe and our heroes will solve the environmental problems we are facing in our coun-

During the project meetings we discussed about the following subjects: 1. We decided to make a teacher‘s book, describing our teaching sessions during our meetings in the partner schools. The book will contain the teaching plan we used including aims and methods , list of materials, ―how to do‖ and background knowledge for the teachers.

5. We will exchange Christmas cards .

tries. The Cypriot coordinator, Mr Panikkos Xiourouppas, will try to find sponsors to print books, otherwise the story will come out in CDs as well as online.

4. The next meeting will be in Portugal from 11.2 to 16.2. 2012 and the final one in Poland from 16.4.-20.4. 2012.

by Jytte Gill


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BELGIUM

Sint Jan Berchmansschool, Viversel

Actions that will last throughout 2011 – 2012

We have the possiblilty to sign

―CLIMATE AGREEMENT‖, offered by the organisation 11.11.11. our own

The actions we will do:

We have to reduce the emission of CO2 because … Millions of people in the South are struck by climate changes: extreme heavy rains, extreme heath and dryness, poor harvest, floods, …

1. Again a car less on the street ! If we can, we will walk or take the bike instead of using the car. Our children will receive a plate to attach on the handle-bar of their bicycle, with the words

―AGAIN

A CAR LESS‖.

and

We want to do actions to increase pressure for an international climate agreement.

3. I drink tap water !

Our school has the ambition to become a ‗tap water only‘area as soon as possible. our

c. December: don‘t lay anything on the radiator ! d. January: wash your hands with cold water ! e. February: every day ―Thick Sweaters Day‖ !

h. June: the sun is shining, make profit of it, go outside !

TOGETHER.

We also try to avoid litter by reducing the amount of plastic bottles.

b. October: switch off all the electric machines completely (not stand-by)!

g. May: order in the refrigerator !

NOW

By stimulating the drinking of tap water, we try to reduce the transportation of water which includes less trains, trucks, refrigerators … which means less CO2 in the air‘.

a. September: the last one switches off the light before leaving the room !

f. March: is the heating on? Close all the windows and doors !

The South cannot be pay the bill for what the North has done to the climate. Therefore we have to act

2. We try to be careful not to waste energy.

All our students received a bottle (sponsored by the company of tap water) which they bring to school every day, filled with tap water.


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Info about the visit of our comeniuspartners. Tuesday 25 October 2011: partner-evening.

and a welcome-word in their native language. They also give a present.

The comeniuspartners had the opportunity to make a presentation of their country, their school and the content of their projectworking to the Belgian partners.

· the primary class sings: ―Up above the clouds‖.

Tuesday 25 October 2011: teaching sessions Monday 24 October 2011: Welcome of the comeniuspartners in "De Vierseleer".

· everybody sings the projectsong ―Go green go clean – act now!‖

Month October 2011: preparation of the visit of our partners. Each class worked about one comeniuspartner. · 6 class: Denmark · 5 class: Italy · 4 class: Greece · 3 class: Portugal · 2 class: Cyprus · 1 class: Romania and Poland

Daan Bormans presents the show as mister Belgium. Content of the show: · 2 class sings: ―It‘s great to be a Belgian‖. · 5 class: rapsong ―1 2 3 4 garbage‖. · the children of the kindergarten welcome the comeniuspartners with their national hymn, their national flag

·

Kindergarten: Belgium

· research on the internet, research on the endproducts 2011 of our comeniuspartners (CD‘s/ DVD‘s), making of presentations, powerpoints, handicraft … · preparation of the welcomemoment.

by Rita Maes & Koen Beerten

The children of class 1 – 2 – 3 visited BOF-LAND (September 2011). The people of the BOFS, aliens, have noticed fom outer space that there is a black, dark veil surrounding the planet Earth. The Earth obviously needs help ! What a pollution ! What a waste of energy ! The BOFS contact Ran, the traveller, if they can use his house as a base on Earth. This base is named BOF-LAND. From here, Ran and The Bofs tell our children how they can help mother Earth in a ―green way‖. · simplified environmental education ·

songs


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CYPRUS

A΄Δημοτικό Στολείο Αραδίπποσ COMENIUS PROJECT 2010-2012

CYPRUS: A’ ARARIPPOU PRIMARY SCHOOL Our school continues for the second year the Comenius program and many activities took place during the last 3 months:

1. The eco committee. Every class appointed their 2 representatives and so one committee was formed that manages the environmental issues of the school. Parents and teachers also take

place in this committee. The committee holds meetings frequently, decides serious problems that the school faces and takes the appropriate measures.

2. Litter Less project Our school has been for many years member of the European program ―Eco schools‖. This year the project we deal with is called ―Litter Less‖ and has the aim to find ways to diminish litter in school but at homes too. A short Action plan was pre-

pared and every class decided to accomplish at least one activity. The eco committee decided to make a competition between students. Students are motivated to bring their food in plastic boxes and their water in stainless steel bottles, so to di-

minish foil and other kind of wraps. We are very excited because children responded with happiness to this initiative.


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3. Recycle bins Paper recycled bins were put into every classroom. A national bank sponsored carton bins to all schools of Cyprus so students can recycle paper. The paper is collected and then is carried to the big recycled bins that there are outside of the school. Recycled bins for PMD and paper were also put in the yard but still we need more

effort for students to separate their litter properly.


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4. Our Green Word Book Students made several drawings for the illustration of the common environmental glossary. Our school had to draw pictures for the words Dam, De-

forestation, Earth, endemic species, Flora and Fauna. The drawings were really great!

5. Comenius Board Two of the big permanent boards in the hall of our school were decorated only with Comenius material. Photos from the trip to Belgium and Italy

were put on the one board and we still have your wishes from your last year visit to Cyprus in the flowers on the other board. Soon we‘ll install a cabinet were all Comenius products will be exposed.

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by Panikkos Xiourouppas


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GREECE

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8 Δημοτικό Στολείο Νέας Σμύρμης

May — June 2011 During the last two months of the previous school year, 2010—2011, we carried out some more activities. We participated in the Comenius Week 2011 and planted some flowers in the small school garden.

In May and June we collected a lot of vegetables from our vegetable garden. We made fresh salads and traditional Greek dishes with our tomatoes, cucumbers, courgettes and aubergines.

At the end of the school year, the students of the 1st grade acted a play, written by their teacher Mr. Ilias Trontsios, about the endangered species and in June we participated in the Schools‘ Eco festival in our Educational District.


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New year activities Two of last year‘s activities are still in action this year. The eco patrol and the school garden. The sixth graders are responsible of advising the younger students to keep the school premises clean as well as to plant vegetables in the school garden. So, this year they planted some lettuce, broccoli and cauliflowers.

The fifth and sixth graders translated the words of the eco dictionary and they also illustrated words beginning with J, K and L.

The 5th and 6th grades had a visit to an environmental centre and learned a lot about solar and wind energy. We applied for the National eTwinning competion. This year we are going to work on the sea, energy and air pollution. We have merged our Comenius –etwinning project with the Eco projects of our Educational District.

Finally, we presented to our students the meetings in Belgium and Italy and we are now making the Christmas cards we are going to send to the partner schools.

by Stavroula Makaronopoulou


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Italy

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Scuola secondaria di primo grado "G. Borsi", Livorno Project visits to Belgium and Italy 23-26 October 2011

Two new project visits for our “Go Green, Go Clean” people. We, the Italian delegation, enjoyed them so much and will keep very nice memories in our hearts. In Viversel, Flemish Belgium, we had the pleasure to show our students’ work on Tuscan’s Islands. By a Power Point presentation we took our pictures and information on typical plants and animals living there. The Belgian students talked to us and let us know all they know about Italy and its landmarks, including pasta, pizza and tiramisù! The meeting with teachers, students and community was really enjoyable.


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From Belgium to Italy It was also nice to take all together the same flight from Maastricht to Pisa. We, 22 teachers and headteachers jumped on the plane for another three-day adventure down to Italy. As we did in Belgium, we planted a new tree (evergreen oak) in our schoolyard, had lesson sections during school time and open our school to families and children for the purpose of learning each others. One classroom for each of the seven hosted Countries, a real

trip around Europe. In case you can’t go around visiting Europe, we’ll bring it to your home!

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Downtown we all visited the local Natural History Museum and the Aquarium. In the vicinity of Livorno we also experienced a nice walk along a protected natural area with pine trees, dunes and sandy beaches. by Patrizia Salutij

Of course all our students in the eight Countries involved in the ―Green‖ project will be keeping exchanging letters, postcards and e-mail contacts to keep in touch. Next work for the following months is a collection of science lessons - most of them were already held during our

visits - and an ecological storybook to develop all together, among the partner Countries. Ambitious project!


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Portugal

Agrupamento Vertical de Escolas Diogo Cão, Vila Real

Hi everybody! Here we are again for another Comenius year! This is what we have been doing since the school year started in September: - Teachers‘ meetings in order to organize 2011/2012 activities; - School website and Comenius corner updating; - We joined the school‘s English Club and organized a Halloween Parade - ―The most ecological fancy dress‖. All the costumes were made out of recycled materials and old clothes; - We accepted a mobile phones company challenge to launch dozens of biodegradable balloons with environmental messages. We participated with 500 students. - We finished the environment wordlist and the drawings for the common wordbook; - We started the ―free garden plots‖ project. We selected the spots, gave them to the interested classes, wrote letters and e-mails to local institutions to ask for gardening tips, plants

Launching biodegradable balloons with ecological messages


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«Free» Garden Plots (some classes from our school are going to look after one plot)

Halloween Parade «The most ecological fancy dress»


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Trip to Smodzinsky Las, Poland

By Joao Pena Gil


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Romania

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Scoala cu clasele I-VIII Rediu, Iasi

At the end of the school-year

cor (in front of our school).

2010-2011 and of our first

With this occasion, our head-

Comenius year, students from

master realised a disemination

2

nd

grade from Horlesti-Rediu

of the first year within our

school did participated in a per-

Comenius part-

formance in front of the other

nership to our

students and parents with a

students, their

theatre piece about animals and

parents and

human behaviours. They real-

other represen-

ised costumes recycled materi-

tatives of the

als and we choose a natural dé-

local community.

The work for the multilingual eco-energy dictionary started with a selection of the English words and continued with translations of them into each partner language. Also, for some of them, each school provided a sentence in English and a symbolic picture made by students.

For a national project called

competion of posters for this

―Let‘s do it, Romania!‖ held this

event.

th

year on 24 of September, students from primary level from Horlesti school cleaned a part of the main street of the village colecting 15 bags with garbadge and students from lowersecondary level took part in a


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To prepare for the lessons held in the 4th project meeting, students from Rediu school realised a 3D eco-tree with colours of autumn. Mihai was their teacher and they enjoyed doing fun with recycled papers and colours.


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At the beginning of the second school-year of our partnership (2011-2012), in our institution it was necessairy to renew the team of teachers because many of them changed their school. Before that, the coordinator made a dissemination at the staff council (6th of October), than at the meeting between parents, school administration and the major of Rediu commune on 9th of October 2011. With the help of our students, we realised a mini-shop of reused toys and books collected from them, hand-made artcrafts and other objects. With money received from their selling we want to help some students from disadvantaged families from both villages: Rediu and Horlesti. This action will continue till the Easter holiday 2012.

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Because each year we celebrate the 18th of September - World Water Monitoring Day - this autumn students from 3rd grade, than from 1st grade from Horlesti school did learn and made a test of quality of the water from Cacaina river located nearby our school (in Zahorna, the historical center of the Horlesti village).

The most important dissemination of our project in Romania was done during the national conference ―Verde, Voluntariat, Valorizare‖ (‗Green, Volunteering, Valorisation‘) organised by our National Agency (A.N.P.C.D.E.F.P.) in Bucharest (‗The Ark‘ center) on 18th of November 2011. Mr. Daniel

Lozba-Stirbuleac was invited to

seminar of the National Agency

share information about this

about how of rural schools

project as a good example for

could be involved in European

other teachers, stakeholders,

projects.

students and other participants. Also, results and informations about this project, we‘ll diseminate on 9th of December 2011 within a national

by Daniel Lozba


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Poland Szkola Podstawowa Nr 20 im. Ks. Prymasa Stefana Kardynala Wyszynskiego, Bydgoszcz A visit to Slovinsky National Park

Our students of the fifth grade were able to learn a lot about the nature, they saw rare examples of plants and some animals living in this area. Our

Portuguese friends joined us

city), Ustka (one of the most

and we had wonderful moments

popular seaside resorts) and

there. The students made

Kluki (a local skansen). Our stu-

friends and shared experi-

dents really enjoyed their com-

ences. They became aware of man‘s influence on the environment and became familiar with rules which must be abidden by in the national park. We also visited Gdansk (the historical

An art competition ―The forest and its inhabitants‖ and Eco-bookmarks The kids were asked to make a piece of art (painting, 3D work or drawing, computer work). Then we had a display at school. Our students of 1-3 grades made bookmarks presenting wild animals living and protected in Poland. All those

bookmarks were distributed among the students of Belgian and Italian schools during our visit in October.


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Our song We recorded our version of the

By jak najdłużej cieszyć się nią.

project song ―Go, go Green!‖ This is the Polish – English lyrics which tell us it is high time we started taking care about the environment, saving water and electricity etc…

Go go green baby You’d better act now! Go go clean boys!

Jedź więc rowerem, nie samochodem, Segreguj śmieci, licz każdy Watt,

Go go clean girls! Yoy’d better better, better act now!

Gdy myjesz zęby, zakręcaj wodę By zazielenił się cały świat!

Matka Ziemia potrzebuje pomocy Już czas najwyższy by ratować ją Dbać o przyrodę i w dzień i w nocy

Ref:

Go go green boys!

Go go green girls!

Clean –up the world. It is a national action always held in September. Kids are equipped with garbage bags and rubber gloves and we go to collect garbage from our streets, parks and forests near the school.

Collecting, segregating, recycling We‘re collecting empty milk cartons, old CDs and batteries. We also collect plastic bottles caps. Last time we won the plastic bottles smashing machine .


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My eco-friend mascot and Comenius board It was a competition – the students were supposed to make a green mascot – their ecofriend. This is the winner:

We organized a big board with basic information about the project. We also bought 2 gall boxes in which we keep all the souvenirs gathered during the project meetings Endangered animals Students made posters presenting wild animals in Poland which are protected

Water is important Students made posters about saving water

Decorations We made decorations out of reused materials and garbage.


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We prepared our part of our Green Words Book

Things we‘re actually working on: Calendars for the year 2012 presenting trees in different seasons Ecological mini drama play Class competition: a commercial of something eco A competition: make a Christmas bauble out of garbage Eco Christmas cards which will be sent to our partners 5 and 6 year classes are working on poster projects on all countries involved in our project Students who had already taken part in project meetings are working on presentations. We are going to have a school assem-

bly and then they are going to Tell about their experiences and adventures We‘re making more bookmarks with animals (we‘ll take them to Portugal)

by Ewa Nawrocka


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NEXT PROJECT MEETING

Agrupamento Vertical de Escolas Diogo Cão, Vila Real, PORTUGAL 12—16/2/2012

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