Many students and teachers from our school participate in Comenius project “Hand in hand for a wonderful land”. They are active in learning about (and also resolving) project objectives. Some of them visited partner schools and countries …
In may we finished our last “Hand in hand for a wonderful land” mobility. You can see some photos at our school website.
We would like to thank Turkish Comenius team for an amazing and educational week.
Our sixth graders (Laura, Veronika, Zala, Teo, Timon and Tej) visited Noszlopy Gáspár Primary School in Marcali, Hungary.
BRISTOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
DAY 1: AJDOVŠČINA – BRISTOL
DAY 2: BRISTOL, WHEATFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL, RECYCLING PRESENTATION, TOUR OF BRISTOL
DAY 3: BRISTOL, LESSONS, TRADITIONAL DANCES, TRADITIONAL ENGLISH MEAL, BINGO
DAY 4: BRISTOL, QUESTIONNAIRE PRESENTATION, OLD TOWN, WORKSHOPS, TRADITIONAL ENGLISH TEA, FAREWELL
DAY 5: BRISTOL – AJDOVŠČINA
First project meeting was for project managers and teachers from partner schools, that are involved in the project. Our school was represented by project manager, Saša Kravos and assistant principal, Kristina Valič.
After returning back home, they shared unforgettable moments from Poland.
Here are some photos we borrowed from Polish team (Thank you!):
STUDENTS ESSAYS ON THEIR COMENIUS EXPERIENCE
WHAT DID WE LEARN ABOUT THE COUNTRIES IN THE COMENIUS PROJECT by Matic Kravos:
In this project, we had the opportunity to familiarize with all 8 countries that participated in it. This are: Bulgaria, United Kingdom, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain in Turkey.
Bulgaria: lies in southeastern Europe. It has around 7.300.000 inthabitants. It is Europe’s 16th-largest country. They entered the European Union on 1. January 2007. Their currency is Bulgarian Lev and their capital city is Sofia. Official language is Bulgarian. Their slogan is “Union gives strenght”. Anthem’s name is Mila Rodino, which means “Dear homeland”. Bulgaria is the oldest country in Europe that hasn’t changed its name since it was first established. The first computer in the world was created by a Bulgarian.
United Kingdom: or United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It lies in northwestern part of Europe. In terms of size it is the ninth largest island in the world and the third most populated. Their queen is Elizabeth II. It has around 60.200.000 inthabitants and covers 248,404 km2. Their currency are pounds. The capital city is London. Official language is English. The British invented the world’s earliest railways. The Thames (the second longest river in the United Kingdom) has over 200 bridges and tunnels along its course.
Germany: is a republic in western-central Europe. It has around 82.400.000 inhabitants. It comprehends 357,092 km2. Germany was a founding member of the European Communities in 1957, which became the European Union in 1993. Their currency is Euro. Its capital and largest city is Berlin. Official language is German. The border with neighboring countries is 3621km long. It consists of 16 constituent states. The most famous monuments are the Berlin Wall (150 km long) and Brandenburg Gate (17 m high). Their motto is “Unity, justice and freedom”.
Poland: is a country in Central Europe. It has nearly 38.500.000 inhabitants. The total area of Poland is 312,679 km2. Polish currency is Zloty. The capital city is Warsaw. Official language is Polish. Poland entered the European Union on 1. May 2004. Poland’s national anthem is Dąbrowski’s Mazurka. Poles have won a total of 17 Nobel Prizes (more than Japan, China, India, or Australia), including four Peace Prizes and five in Literature.
Spain: is a state located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. Spain is a monarchy. The King of Spain is Juan Carlos I. Spain has around 46.000.000 inhabitants and covers 504,030 km2. Currency is Euro, the capital city is Madrid. Spain entered European Union on 1. January 1986. Official language is Spanish, which is also the most widened language in the world. Their motto is “Farther ahead”, the anthem is “The King’s march”. Spain has 8000 km of beaches. The name Spain comes from the word Ispania, which means the land of rabbits.
Turkey: is a republic located in Western Asia and Southeastern Europe. It has around 70.000.000 inhabitants, and covers 783,562 km2. Turkish currency is the Turkish new lira . The capital city is Ankara, the largest city is Istanbul (country’s economic, cultural, and historical heart). Istanbul is the only city in the world built on two continents. Official language is Turkish. National anthem is İstiklal Marşı, in translation Independence March. Turkey is noted for having one of the three most famous and distinctive traditional cuisines in the world.
WHAT I HAVE LEARNED ABOUT HUNGARY by Laura Brecelj:
Hungary is medium-sized country with ten million inhabitants. The border in the southwest of Slovenia and Croatia, on the northwest to Austria, on the north by the Slovak republic, on the north-east of the Ukraine, in the south-east to Romania, in the south on Serbia. Its capital city is Budapest. Offical language is hungarian. Currency are forints. Their flag has horizontal stripes; red, white, green. In Hungary are numerical minorities: Roma, Germans, Slovaks, Croats, Romanians, Ukrainians. The largest religious community in Hungary is catholic. The biggest feature of the Hungarian cuisine is pepper. Known specialties include stew, egg paprikaš, fish soups, omelettes pancakes. The longest river is the Danube. In the western part of Hungary is located the lake Balaton. The lake is 77 kilometres long and wide between 4 and 15 km. After we were driving with a boat tour. Throughout the country stretches over the plain only in the eastern part of some mountains. The highest mountain is Kekes (1015). The area of Hungary is 93.000 miles. The hungarians are a finno-ugric nation. Hungary can be seen as culturally rich country. A country with a lot of natural gifts and with a lot of construction areas. The sights of Hungary are: lake Balaton, the Buda Castle, the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Chain Bridge…
A visit to Hungary was a new, unforgettable experience.
COMENIUS by Zala Kretič:
There are nine european countries involvedi in the Comenius project: Slovenia, Hungary, Great Britain, Sain, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Poljand in Bolgaria.
Six students from our school visited Hungary, a country placed in central Europe and has seven neighbour countrie, on the west side Slovenia is one fo them. The country’s capital and biggest city is Budapest, which is devided it in two parts by the Danube river. The official language is hungarian. Hungary has the largest central european lake – Lake Balaton, that lies in the middle of the country. We admired its beauty from the boat. The lake is so big, we couldn’t see on the other side. We had a beautiful view from the restaurant we had lunch in.
In Hungary there is a very strong musical tradition, mostly in traditional and ethnical music. We were introduced to their traditional dances and we tried to dance some of them. As we were dancing, the violins and other string instruments were played. The traditional hungarian men and women clothes are very interesting and very different from slovene. Their food and dishes are very spicey as it includes lots of garlic and paprika and pepperoni. Their popular dishes are gulash, paprikash, cabbage roles and as deserts they eat pancakes and cherry or apple pie. We tried some of this dishes, the best of them were desserts.
From our visit to Hungary I learned some new facts: they invented Rubic cube, C vitamine pills, matches and pens.
I am very pleased that I had a chance to visit Hungary and experienced the beautiful country, as I am thankfull to be a part of Comenius project.
COMENIUS PROJECT – HUNGARY by Teo Gaberšček:
In Comenius project, I visited Hungary. We stayed in a town next to lake Balaton. We slept in a beautiful and very comfortable hotel. The first day of our mobility in Marcali was full of adventures. We visited the school and met Comenius partners from other countries. We were happy, that even though we don’t speak English very well, we can communicate with others. We learned, that English is taught in many European countries. During our classes/workshops, we learned about languages of other countries in our project. Of all nine languages, Hungarian sounded most unusual. It was also least understandable.
From all the visits and sites, I liked the castle the most. They told us, that there are nine museums in that castle! We saw some great valuables.
Our mobility week has gone by very quickly. Friday came too soon and we had to say goodbye to all of our new friends. A long ride home was in front of us. I was happy to be a part of Comenius project. It was a very interesting experience for me.
We spent a lot of our time in Hungary with girls from Great Britain. We were hanging out together even after class. We talked about our end their school system and compared them. They told us, that they go to school a lot younger than we do and that they learn French as their second language.
HUNGARY-MARCALI by Timon Hreščak:
Hungary is a central european country. On it’s south-west border are countries Slovenia and Croatia, on north-west isAustria, on north is Slovakia, on north-eastUcraine, on south-east is Romania, and on south is Serbia. People speak hungarian language, which is a part of Ugrofinn group of languages. Four fifth of all land are lowlands and small hills. The roads are very plain, mostly because of plain land. The highest hill is called Kekes (1015 m) and lies in highlands Matra. The longest river through Hungary is Danube. Hungary has lots of lakes. Biggest and most visited by tourists is lake Balaton. Capital city of Hungary is Budapest. Hungary is a democratic country and in year 2004 became a part of EU. It’s currency is called forinth.
At the population census in 2001 Hungary had 10.198.315 inhabitants. The biggest ethnical group are Hungarian (9.627.057, or 94,40 %).
Significant minority in Hungary are:
• Roma: 205.720 (2,02 %)
• German: 120.344 (1,18 %)
• Slovaks: 17.693 (0,17 %)
• Croat: 15.620 (0,15 %)
• Romanian: 8.482 (0,1 %)
• Ucrain: 7.393 (0,07 %)
Slovenian ethnical minority is also a part of Hungarian minorities.
In my opinion Hungarian people are very friendly. Younger people speak very good english, so I had no problem with communication.
HUNGARY by Veronika Bratina:
Hungary is a beautiful and big country. It has around 10 million inhabitants. Adjacent countries are Slovenia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia and Austria. Capitol city is Budapest. Hungarian currency is Forint. In Hungary there are different religions. Most common is catholic religion. Hungarians invented Rubik cube. Hungarians favourite sport is swimming. They have a lot of swimming pools.
Comenius project enabled us to go to Marcali. We observed the landscape while we were traveling. We saw a lot of long fields. There are many plains, some hills and a lot of villages there.
We took a boat ride on “the great muddy lake” Balaton. Since there is no sea in Hungary, you can swim in Hungarian lakes during summer.
Hungarian traditional dishes are: paprika, goulash, chicken paprikash, fish soups and some desserts … They are spicy. For me, some foods were not good. White wine is also traditional for Hungary. We were walking by vast vineyards. We saw some of Hungarian folk dances.
In cities, there are lots of galleries, museums, castles and mansions. We visited mansion Keszethly. While socializing with people from other countries, we heard some other languages. My best experience was in the morning, when it was humid and cold, due to the influence of Lake Balaton. In my opinion, Hungary’s most beautiful city is Budapest.
MEDIA ABOUT US
We decided to put up two “Comenius walls” at our school. Both panels are positioned in the most crowded areas of two school buildings.
We will be posting news from the project on the wall, so everyone (including those, who do not spend much time on the internet) will know, how the project is progressing.
Our project activities can also be seen at our school website.