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This is the last entry in this blog, and we would like to end with a picture that summarises the aim of this beautiful project. We are sure that all our students have learnt a lot and improved their attitude towards difference!

The student portrayed in this picture, Atika Zouinat, made an important decision after this Erasmus+ project and after volunteering in the school for special needs Virolai: she has decided her vocation and is currently studying a professional module in special needs education.








Last Teacher´s meeting in Istambul

The last trip of this project has already taken place! All the teachers met in Istambul and we had the opportunity of admiring this wonderful city. Apart from that, of course, we had our last meeting, where we evaluated our project and also finished up the last touches. From now on, we need all the students and teachers to fill the questionnaire on this web and to give us feedback about all the good job done.
And see you in our next project together!








Visit to Malta


Our last trip with students took place last week. Malta was a really nice surprise! The experience was really worthwile and the warm weather contributed to create an even warmer athmosphere.
Here you have a picture of students and teachers preparing the flowers with messages to distribute in Valletta.


Here you have the program of the visit:

-Sunday 11th March 2018
Dutch, English and Turkish groups arrive ( the other groups have already arrived)

-Monday 12th March 2018
8.45am – Pickup from Birzebbuga.
9.15am – Arrival at St Margaret College. The group will be welcomed by the head of school Mr Joe Ellul.
9:45 - Ice-breaking activities in the school hall.
11:00 – Walk to Cospicua council house where we shall be greeted by the Mayor Mrs Alison Zerafa Civelli. Refreshments and a light snack will be provided by the local council.
12.30 - Walk to Vittoriosa and visit Fort St. Angelo. Guided tour around the historic fort (free of charge).
3:00 pm – free time exploring the 3 cities.
Group to return home using public transport.

-Tuesday 13th March 2018
8.30 am – Pickup from Birzebbuga.
9:00am – Arrival at school. Short ice breaking activity.
9:30am – 10:30am - All the participating students have to prepare the flowers with the tags and messages which will be then distributed in Valletta.
10:30 – Walk to the ferry departure point in Cospicua. Ferry across the harbour to Valletta (to be paid by Maltese group).
11:00 am – Using the lift we go up to Upper Barakka gardens where the students start distributing the flowers and watch the traditional cannon firing ceremony at noon. We then proceed to Republic Street, Valletta’s central street.
12:15pm – Free time for the partners to eat lunch. (packed lunch to be provided by Maltese group).
1:30pm – Visit to the Armoury of the Knights of St John.
Group will have the afternoon and evening off to explore Valletta and visit other attractions in the city. Recommended to visit St John’s Co-cathedral which is a splendid example of baroque architecture and houses some important work of Caravaggio.
Group to return home using public transport.

-Wednesday 14th March 2018
8.30am – Pickup from Birzebbuga.
9:00 am – Visit at the prehistoric temples of Hagar Qim. Free entrance to visitor centre for all the group.
10:30am – Departure to Mdina. Short stop at Dingli Cliffs to enjoy the breath taking scenery.
11:00am – Treasure hunt activity (or similar) in the old fortified city of Imdina. The students participate in an activity related to Empathy.
Lunch: Traditional Maltese snack, pastizzi, offered by Maltese group.
14.00 – Depart to Golden Bay. Short hike around the coast to explore Golden Bay and Ghajn Tuffieha bay.
16.00 – Return to Birzebbuga.

-Thursday 15th March 2018
8:30 – Transport DEPARTS from Hotel to Cirkewwa.
9.45 – Ride ferry to Gozo. Ticket cost to be paid by partner schools (€4.65 per person).
10.15 – Transport to Fondazzjoni Arka, an NGO for disabled persons. Brief presentation about the work carried out at this home as well as presentation of a donation from the Maltese partner.
11.15 – Transport to the main city of Gozo, Victoria where we shall visit the Cittadella for breath-taking views of the whole island.
12.30 – Transport to the seaside villages of Xlendi or Marsalforn where the group can have lunch.
14.30 - Visit at Dwejra, where the famous Azure Window once stood. Free time for sightseeing.
15.30 – Transport to the secluded beach of Ramla l-Hamra (time and weather permitting)
16.30 – Transport to Mgarr to take 4.30pm ferry back to Malta.
17.00 – Pickup by coach and return to Birzebbuga.

-Friday 16th March 2018
9.00 – Meet outside Water’s Edge Hotel. The group will play a traditional Maltese game called Bocci at the Birzebbuga Bocci Club, 100 metres away from the hotel.
12.00 - Distribution of certificates and teachers’ meeting.
 
-Saturday 17th March 2018
Departure of the groups
 
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Visit to Birmingham

posted Dec 29, 2017, 2:26 AM by MONTSERRAT ROQUET PUGES   [ updated Mar 24, 2018, 10:01 AM ]

Our visit to Birmingham in November was a very interesting experience!



Here you have the rest of the pictures:


Here you have the program of our visit:

3rd, 4th and 5th november: 

arrival of the participants


6th November ( Monday)

• 10:00  Civic reception by Lord Mayor of Birmingham in the town hall
12.30:Introduction to wheelchair basketball at Nechells Sports Centre

7th november ( Tuesday)

9.00h:  An introduction to playing and coaching Table Cricket at Tile Cross Academy.
13.00h: lunch at Tile Cross Academy
15.00h: An introduction to coaching disability sports at Tile Cross Academy

8th november ( Wednesday)

9.00h: Inclusive sports festival: Erasmus+ students will run a festival for year seven pupils from Tile Cross Academy.
12.00h: Trip to Stratford -upon-Avon
19.00h: International Evening at Jimmy Spices

9th november ( Thursday)

9.30h: An Introduction to disability Cricket at Warwickshire Country Cricket Club
13.00h: An introduction to disability football at the Aston Villa Football Club

10th november ( Friday)

9.00h: Cultural tour of Birmingham
13.00h: Departure of some of the participants

11th november ( Saturday)

Departure of the rest of the participants






Activities in Barcelona

posted Jul 19, 2017, 2:43 AM by MONTSERRAT ROQUET PUGES   [ updated Jul 20, 2017, 6:52 AM ]


Our empathy walk with the Erasmus t-shirts in the hills of Barcelona.

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Visit to Barcelona

posted Jul 19, 2017, 2:30 AM by MONTSERRAT ROQUET PUGES   [ updated Jul 20, 2017, 6:01 AM ]

We already enjoyed the visit of all the participating schools to Barcelona, and it was a really nice experience. First of all, here you have the programm of the visit:

31 May (Wednesday):

arrival of the participants


1 June ( Thursday): in the school

10:00 arrival to the school Joan Miró.

10:00-10.30h knowing each other: name games, team building games

10:30 Conference and workshop: What is it to be intellectually disabled?

( two members of Dincat, the Catalan Association for the intellectually disabled, will come to our school to speak with students and share their experiences.

12:30 visit to Cornellà castle, where the mayor of the city will receive us and tell us the story of our city. Lunch there

14:00 guided tour in Barcelona by bus (till 17:00h), ending with a visit to Parc Güell. We will stop at several places, among them Sagrada Família, to take pictures.


2 June (Friday): in the school

10:00 meeting at the school Joan Miró

10:30—13:30 Sports ( Table Tennis, Padel, Football, Basketball), Music, Board Games and Arts and Crafts with students from the special education school “Virolai” from our city. All the students will take turns to participate in all the activities. We will get the Erasmus+ t-shirts and the art activity will be to paint letters in them to create the slogan.

13:30—14:30: typical “ fideuà” lunch in the school, cooked in a giant “Paella” by our cook Anna

14.30h- 15.30h: our students will speak about their experience as volunteers in the school of special education “Virolai”.


3 June (Saturday): in Sitges ( a city by the sea

10:00 We meet at Cornellà train station ( next to the Cornellà centre tram stop) and we go together to Sitges .

11.00h: guided tour around the beautiful modernist houses of Sitges. Sitges used to be a fishermen´s village and then a meeting point for modernist artists. Now it is a very touristic city with lots of old buildings, you will love it!

12:30h-17.00h : Lunch and free time at the beach.


4 June (Sunday): in the city

 10:00 meeting in Plaça Catalunya in the city centre. Group picture with the t-shirts in Plaça Catalunya. Treasure hunt in groups in the centre of Barcelona, so that students get to know the most important places.

12.00h: Free time for lunch and shopping

14:00 Visit to the Barça football club stadium and museum

5 June ( Monday): in the city

  10:00h Empathy walk in the hills of Barcelona. Students and teachers will wear the Erasmus t-shirts. We will meet in Francesc Macià square, which is the last stop of the tram.

13.00h-14.00h: Lunch in the picnic area

14.00h: free time. We can walk together to Hotel Lami, it is a relatively short walk downhill

  • 19.00h international evening at hotel Lami

6 June (Tuesday)

free time / departure of the participants

Budapest!

posted Mar 24, 2017, 10:16 AM by MONTSERRAT ROQUET PUGES   [ updated Jul 20, 2017, 4:19 AM ]

Our trip to Budapest was amazing. Thanks to our lovely Hungarian hosts, we had the opportunity of enjoying this interesting and fascinating city, meeting lots of new students and teachers and above all, sharing wonderful experiences.

The games students played together and their shared meals contributed to creating a nice atmosphere from the very beginning. The guided tours around the city and the trip to Normafa with its amazing views was worth every minute.

The two days we worked together in the Waldorf School made a difference in our perspective of what it feels like to be visually impaired. The Invisible Exhibition contributed even more to this feeling. And last but not least, the international evening helped us learn from each other. We will miss you all, see you in Barcelona!


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Activities in Budapest

posted Mar 4, 2017, 3:35 AM by MONTSERRAT ROQUET PUGES

Only three days until the visit to Budapest!

Everyone, both students and teachers, are really looking forward to meeting the rest of the groups, getting to know each other and enjoying a wonderful experience in Budapest. It will be incredible!
 
Here you have the programm of the visit:


6-7 March (Mon-Tue):
• arrival of the participants

8 March (Wed): in the school
• 10:00 arrival to the school KIWI (Kispest Waldorf School)
• 10:30 starting game
• 11:15 introducing of the event and the programs
• 11:30 knowing each other: name games, team building games
• 12:30 lunch in the school // dark room (parallel)
• 14:00 guided tour in the city by bus (till 17:00)

9 March (Thu): in the city

• 10:30 meeting at the Invisible Exhibition
• 11:00—13:00 Invisible Exhibition (www.lathatatlan.hu/en/)
• 13:00—13:30 lunch in the city
• 14:00—16:00 guided walking tour in the Buda Castle
• 17:00 international evening at the main hostel together

10 March (Fri): in the school, together with students from the “Institute for the Blinds”

• 10:00 starting the day at the school
• 10:30 Goalball tournament
• 12:00 lunch in the school
• 12:30—14:00 rhythm and music session

11 March (Sat): on the hills

• 10:00 meeting at “Széll Kálmán tér” (underground station at Buda),
then travelling up to Normafa (top of Buda) by public transport
• 10:45 warming up games
• 11:00—12:00 blindfolded game in the forest
• 12:00 short walk (30 min) to the lookout tower
• 13:30 travelling down by chairlift “Libegő” (in good weather condition)

12 March (Sun): in the city

• 10:00 meeting at Eleven Park (elevenpark.com)
or CsoPa Science Center (www.csopa.hu/en)
• 10:00—10:30 discussing the week together with the students
then: 10:30—12:00
• for teachers: discussion of the week & future plans
• for the students: free time enjoying inside EP / CsoPa

13-14 March (Mon-Tue):

• free time / departure of the participants

First teacher´s meeting in Amsterdam

posted Jan 8, 2017, 4:09 AM by MONTSERRAT ROQUET PUGES   [ updated Jul 20, 2017, 6:38 AM ]


Our first common meeting was very interesting! We met all the participants in the project for the first time, the atmosphere was very nice and we got on really well with each other. Many things had to be agreed and the dates for the different trips were planned. Apart from that, we had some time to visit Amsterdam and we also visited the Dutch school that will participate in the project, CSG Buitenveldert.





All the teachers in front of the Dutch secondary school


 

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