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Meetings: Bydgoszcz

From 17 to 22 March 2013 students and teachers met again for the third and final project meeting, which this time was held in Bydgoszcz, Poland. As before, the students stayed in the families of students that took part in the project.

 

group photo

Group photo at Gdansk

 

On the first day of the joint work, there was a tour of the school, followed by a number of warming-up games and activities, which helped to get to know each other and overcome initial shyness. Many students had already been in contact with others through the project platform but had not met face-to-face before.

 

students at warming-up exercises

Activities: getting to know each other

 

In the afternoon, everybody went to do some sightseeing in the old town of Bydgoszcz. There was plenty of snow during that week, which some of the participants (from Southern Spain and Turkey) may have found unusual.

The second day was dedicated to various international workshops in which the students collaborated in activities connected with the topics of the project. For example, one group did role-playing about conflicts arising from cyberbullying, another worked on songs about online communication, and another used computers to look at the pros and cons of social networks.

 

students in drama workshop

Warming-up exercises in the role-play workshop

 

On day 3, all the participants travelled to Gdansk, the beautiful city on the Baltic Sea, and enjoyed a walk around the town, even though the temperature was below zero. In the afternoon, there was a short excursion to Sopot, a popular seaside resort a few kilometres north of Gdansk where the pier was covered in snow and ice.

On the fourth day there was "European Spring Day". The school gym had been converted into a stage, where - after the official speeches - each participating country presented itself (for example through a funny quiz) and the workshops showed what they had achieved in their work.

 

European Spring Day: role play

European Spring Day: role play presentation

 

European Spring Day: singing a song

European Spring Day: the multinational choir singing their song

 

Everybody thanked the Polish hosts for their hospitality and the perfectly organized meeting. Although this was the official end of the project activities, we can be sure that many students have kept in touch with their new friends.