Friday, 20 October 2017

We would like to say many thanks to all the students, parents, teachers who contributed  to this wonderful project

Good bye our friends !                 

Thursday, 19 October 2017

AGRUPAMENTO DE ESCOLAS DE SEIA Activity and Eating- Small Steps to a Healthier You Be Food Be Active Be Healthy Be Happy Sharing Ideas and ideals towards a Healthy Lifestyle. Eating Well for our Health inspired the activities in October in our Agrupamento de Escolas de Seia. The Nutrition day is celebrated on the 16th but on the 12th and 13th we went to different schools and talked to an enthusiastic audience who heard attentively and participated actively in all the activities on nutrition knowledge and physical exercise. We also carried out some questionnaires on their eating habits. 184 young children and 14 teachers and staff were present in 4 sessions. They heard about the main meals, the importance of breakfast and ideas for healthy snacks, they tasted some homemade snacks, got their healthy plate by making healthy choices, they answered quizzes and they exercised. They learnt and had so much fun. The recipe book and the Booklet were very appreciated both by children and adults who can read them in any school library and kindergarten. We really made the difference and hope to feed the good seeds.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

A&E project in the Summer Camp

AES - Summer Camp- Closing Activities
Activity and Eating- Small steps to a Healthier you A Summer Camp was the last activity of the project for the students who involved themselves in it. School activities, exams ended and most students stay home watching TV, playing computer or staying grabbed to their mobiles all day. So, taking advantage of good weather and local Options, this is the perfect week to have new experiences, learn new ways of entertaining, strengthen friendship and have fun. From 24th to 29th July a group of students practised surf, Stand Up Paddle (SUP), Kayaks, Diving, Jet skiing and much more... Figueira da Foz is a great surfing location. This is kind of a secret paradise of surf in Portugal, because there are not so many crowds, but the waves are very good. In Figueira da Foz students had Surf classes with Pedro Meireles from SURFING FIGUEIRA SCHOOL and tried catching some waves at Cabedelo Beach.
A different local option is Aguieira Dam where Montebelo Aguieira Lake Resort & Spa and its marina the Aguieira reservoir are one of those rare pearls where reservoir and forest meet in perfect harmony. The practice of outdoor sports and outdoor recreation are available, with professional staff from Okup Sports Academy.
A dream week for teens who were given the privilege of taking part on it and whose memories, friendship, and healthy habits will last forever. My appreciation to all the institutions, school boarding, parents who cooperated in the organization of these unforgettable experiences. Summer Camp team: Diogo Borges Hugo Figueiredo Inês Almeida Lesli Oliveira Marta Nolasco Mauro Simões Rodrigo Mendes Sara Morgadinho Cristina Almeida & Luis Alves
Enjoy the video

Thursday, 6 July 2017

The fifth short term exchange of students in Gimnazjum nr 2 in Trzebinia POLAND

29th May - 2nd June Trzebinia POLAND  

All’s well that ends well

Sunday 28th May

The big day has come! The Eramus+ family is together in Poland! Ready for adventures, new opportunities, willing to share experiences with one another. Poland welcomed Erasmus+ partners with sunny and warm weather. The marvelous weather accompanied all projects activities during the stay in Poland. Our guests did not have any reasons to claim that there was only bad weather in the Chopin country, as far as their last visit in Poland J. It was gloomy and grey autumn (November 2015).
Baring in mind: ‘Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.’ (Henry Ford), the final short exchange in Poland was the celebration of the biggest success  we have ever had. We are still together, work fruitfully in the team so when someone asked: 
‘Do you still like one another?’
The answer is:  
 We still really do’.

Monday 29 th May

It’s so good to see you all here in Poland.

Traditionally we have started the visit by introducing the representations of all partner schools. Exchange of welcome gifts and cordial hugs invariably accompanied all our meetings.
 After the official welcome in a school gym a program for the week of exchange was presented. Full of different activities, workshops, trips and events. This week was aimed not only to summarize the two year project but also to present our partners and foreign students the beauty of Poland, its culture and traditions.

After the official part instead of student presentations, three films prepared jointly by the project team were shown:
the video of the 4th Short- Term Exchange of Pupils in Budapest 2017 
Click to watch a video BY THE BLUE DANUBE
the video commemorating all four project’s Short- Term Exchanges of Pupils titled ‘A&E TEAM UNFORGETTABLE INTERNATIONAL MOMENTS’  

the videoclip of the project’s theme song ‘SMALL STEPS TO LIFE’

Later in the morning students were working on the international dance combining folk dance elements of each country. Then we had a rehearsal on our project song: Small steps to Life. We were totally amused and relaxed. The feeling that we were making something unique was awesome. Obviously students had better fun than project teachers.
While the students were taking part in dancing and singing workshops, the teachers were having their project session on documents and project MUST DO things.

In the afternoon we went to the Zieleniewskich Mansion where we had a meeting with town officials. Due to 200th anniversary of Trzebinia town, Polish students prepared a presentation of Trzebinia. With the participation of Chopin music, folk dances, we got to know more about Trzebinia history and local culture. Surprisingly everybody tried to sing Polish folk song ‘Hej sokoły’.
Click to listen HEJ SOKOŁY

 Finally we had a nice walk to a main square in Trzebinia and then we can not miss the lake Balaton, proving that Hungarian Balaton is not the only one J.
In the evening all the teachers were invited for a traditional Polish dinner. After this long day we were starving so pierogi, żurek, sauerkraut, apple pie and much more were welcomed.
 Our first day in sunny Poland finished late at night J.

Tuesday 30 th May

Are you an early bird or an owl that hates dawns? The owls were not happy this morning J. Because of tensed schedule we started the second day of Polish dream at 6.00. We went to Wieliczka, a salt mine that attracts tourists from all over the world. For most of us it was the first time under the ground.  We enjoyed the magnificent views in Salt mine in Wieliczka. 

Later the bus took us to one of the most beautiful city in Poland- Cracow. Then we followed the Royal Track starting at Dragon's cave. We admired famous places such as: Wawel Castle, Kanonicza Street, Planty Park, Jagiellonian University, Sukiennice, the Town Square and many more. The weather was boiling hot so on the way back home, in the evening, we had to play hide and seek with the storm. Heavy rain poured tiredness out and made us feel ready for new adventures :-) 

Wednesday 31st May

Active? We were yesterday J. Let’s have fun and play this morning. This time we took part in a Carving workshop- a table decoration with curved vegetables of fruits. It wasn't easy but the result we have achived- ASTONISHING. There were some talented boys and girls among us. With a use of small knife they bewitched fruit or vegetable in animals or flower.  A process of a change from fruit or vegetable to a masterpiece- priceless. The knowledge gained during this workshop, each of us may use at home while preparing a healthy meal. 
The sculptures and ornaments made of vegetables and fruits by the participants were later exposed for promotional purposes and then consumed according to the guidelines of the project to receive the right amount of fresh fruits and vegetables every day.

Afterwards we went to Oświęcim, to visit  Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau to pay tribute to all the victims of Holocaust who died in the German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp.
  They have to be remembered. R.I.P.

Thursday 1st June

The children’s day!!! Did you get a present? We did, indeed J.

It was sunny and hot day, as usual this week J

In the morning the A&E team  welcomed a large ‘extra Erasmus’ group of teachers and students from the partner school College du Bon Sauveur from Saint-Lô in France. The group of 34 students and 3 teachers joined the 9 persons French mobility delegation and all the project team. All together, students and teachers took part in the annual event of the hosting school, the Sports Day. All the participants formed multinational groups to take part in European cross-country ACTIVITY AND EATING running game.  Students had a chance to compare their fitness condition with other teenagers and to admire Polish woods. The tasks to be solved during the run covered the information contained in the main product of the project, a booklet ‘SMALL STEPS TO A HEALTHIER YOU’. The participants were also asked to invent some easy to do exercises which can be easily done mid-school or after lessons and incorporated to daily routine. After the run they could try their hand at various sports such as relay, long jump, throw ball or obstacle race. Winners were awarded with medals, commemorative key rings accompanied by a healthy prize- Polish tasty and healthy apple.
It was a great a chance to compare fitness condition with other teenagers, there was an opportunity to talk to each other and make friends forever. 

After a lunch break the next trip was ahead. This time we went to Wygiełzów, a nearby village where there is the ethnographic complex. If you want to know someone better, it is crucial to know the culture of this person. Polish team gave partners a chance to touch Polish tradition in different workshops. 

The participants worked divided into international groups. Each group took part in three workshops.

During Archery - medieval warcrafts workshops the participants discovered archery through the crafting and shooting. 

Red Corals - a magic of Cracow red bead necklace - the workshop  consisted of presentation on the Ethnographic Park and Polish folk craft followed by a practical part, a traditional bead necklace making class. The visit ended with a common campfire with fireside feast of local potatoe delicacy.

After this day each of us know how to make traditional jewellery or shoot with an arc. The potato from a clay pot was a hit. Sitting around a bonfire we enjoyed the last moments of our project meeting. 

Friday 2nd June
All’s well that ends well

Busy morning, busy morning… The final rehearsal of Erasmus dance and song was a piece of cake for us. We also prepared the final international photos exhibition ‘Step by step to a healthier with Activity and Eating Team’ documenting project main activities. The students in multinational groups worked to produce the display which was divided into three parts. Two of them: EXERCISE YOUR LOCAL OPTIONS and HEALTH MONTHS THEMES FOR A YEAR OF WELLNESS have been presented before during the previous students exchanges in Portugal and Hungary. The last section titled OUR BEST INTERNATIONAL MOMENTS was dedicated to all 5 project short-terms exchanges of groups of pupils.

The pics proofed how much work we did to A HEALHIER AND HAPPIER LIFE.

The most important moment of the visit came in the afternoon. It was the project multiplier event, a conference prepared jointly by the international project team to sum up the implementation of the project and present its main achievements. It was attended by all partners’ schools delegations, Polish students, parents, local authorities and residents.
During the Erasmus+ conference the products’ demonstration and a brief summary of all students’ exchanges were provided by the coordinators from the partner schools.  Conference participants received the sets of products containing: a commemorative calendar for year 2018 HEALTH MONTH THEMES FOR A YEAR OF WELLNESS; the recipe cards RETHINK YOUR SNACK AND DRINK; the booklet SMALL STEPS TO A HEALTHIER YOU.  

Teacher’s presentations were enriched by students’ performances. The Activity and Eating students team performed an international dance CHALLENGE YOUR INSPIERATION and a song SMALL STEPS TO A HEALTHIER LIFE. The song written by Polish coordinators to a melody of well-known hit DUMB WAYS TO DIE has a completely opposite message. It gives some tips what steps should be taken to lead healthier life and be able to enjoy the fullness of life. It is worth adding that in preparation for the visit to Poland a videoclip of this song was shot. Each school filmed a part of the clip containing a verse and chorus. The soundtrack was recorded by Polish students in a professional recording studio. During the conference the song was performed by soloists from all partner schools accompanied by a live band.  Spontaneous dance of all teenage partners was the icing on the cake. Accompanied by live music they hugged and dance happily. 

After the ceremony all students, teachers and guests had a chance to taste national dishes prepared by students and their hosts and then served during THE FEAST OF INTERNATIONAL FLAVORS .  Healthy snacks cooked according to national recipes, cookies, tasty salads, scented vegetables and fruits were only some examples of dishes offered. In the evening a farewell party for all students and teachers was organized in the school gym.
Spontaneous dance of all teenage partners was the icing n the cake. Accompanied with life music the hugged  and dance happily. After the ceremony we had a chance to taste dishes prepared by students and their hosts. Crispy cookies, tasty salads, scented vegetables and fruits were only some examples of dishes offered. 

 But it is not the end… Show must go on…

Until the late night teenagers were having a party in a school gym.  It was a great pleasure to see their happy and relaxed faced. They made the great team together.

So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.

We are not saying goodbye but see you as we hope to meet you all again.

Monday, 17 April 2017

The fourth short exchange of students in BME Két Tanítási Nyelvü Gimnázium in Budapest Hungary

20TH - 24TH MARCH 2017  



 by the beautiful blue Danube  


Why we love Budapest

We fell in love with Budapest for all the right reasons – beautiful scenery with the majestic Danube river and the views from the Buda hills - architecture representing unique blend of old and modern – thermal baths offering the marvelous medicinal natural hot spring waters - Hungarian cuisine surving much more than famous goulash.

However, it was Hungarian hospitality and amazing kind open-minded people that made us memorize the week spent together in this beautiful European capital city for a life time.
The project team meeting week was organised in a way that students and teachers could meet and discover various customs of Hungary, cultural heritage sites of Budapest and its surroundings, take part in different and not ordinary sport activities, strenghten students friendship and give a wide insight in exceptional hosting institution.
International school BME Két Tanítási Nyelvü Gimnázium gave us the chance to experience multinational and multicultural atmosphere accompanying the students in their everyday school life. It provided a perfect enviroment to work and have fun together.

From the visiting countries 22 students and 11 teachers took part in this exchange. Poland with 2 teachers and 6 students, Italy with 2 teachers and 6 students, France with 2 teachers and 5 students, Portugal with 5 teachers and 5 students.
In the Hungarian team 21 students were hosting and 6 teachers took part in the majority of the programs, but the all school, teachers and students,  contributed to make this week, fruitfull, enjoyable, so all the planned programs and activities could run smoothly.

Arrival of delegations at the List Ferenc airport

Teachers and hosting families were waiting for the delegations. Teachers were transfered to the hotel, and students took their mates to their families were they had different activities for the first day. During the evening when all participant delegations arrived, teachers had their first dinner at the Kiskakuk restaurant where our principal welcomed everyone, for the week.

1st day  The 4th exchange week officially started

While students attended classes in the morning , teachers had their meeting to talk about the work done, the results and some follow up activities.
The morning ended with a visit to the school then it followed the group visit to BME University.
We had a delicious lunch at Goldman cafeteria.
In the afternoon we met for the students ' presentations on the topic A Year of Wellness which were a show of the most interesting Health Month Themes activities in each partner country. 
Afterwards we walked and climbed Gellért hill from which we had a stunning view of Budapest. After the official program all could enjoy the evening lights of the city.

       2nd day  Exploring BUDA &  PEST corners
Erasmus groups were given maps with specific destinations. Groups had to figure out the easiest,shortest and fastest way to find the indicated famous squares,buildings in Budapest and perform different tasks. Students and teachers had approximately 4 hours to complete the exercise, but obviously the faster we were, the better it was. We improved our map-reading skills and explored Budapest together!

In the afternoon we had a very nice bicycle trip next to the river Danube. The weather was beautiful, the students and the teachers enjoyed atmosphere of the nature.

 Teachers' team and students' teams = ACTIVTY&EATING TEAM #Erasmus#Poland#France#Italy#Portugal#Hungary#
 4th day  Evaluate Your Wellness Program for Success

In the morning while teachers were working in their meeting, students designed the exhibition summarising the year of students’ wellness activities undertaken within the project task Health Month Themes for a Year of Wellness.

CLIK THE LINK to watch the exhibition

Teachers have analyzed reports on the implementation of  PERSONAL LIFESTYLE PLANNER in each partner school. They also drew conclusions from the results of  students' physical fitness tests done in each school using ZUCHORA's physical fitness tests. Based on data from individual schools, final joint  report Evaluate Your Wellness Program for Success was prepared. The report describes students’ attitude towards rational lifestyle at the initial and final stage of the project.

In the afternoon the students devided into international teams played floorball, then all the team visited The Great Market Hall " Nagycsarnok". The teachers  visited Buda's Castle and in the evening they saw a folk dance performance at Palace of Arts

5th day   Meet a Real Magyar in Nature

From the very morning we had a real activity and eating day. We had a trip to Kemence in  the North Hungarian Mountains which are the part of the Inner Western Carpathians. The varied landscape offers good hiking opportunities and a large part of the Börzsöny is a national park.

In the morning we had a nice walk, hiking in the forrest.  After physical activity we took part in a culinary workshops to cook two different traditional Hungarian foods, a soup ‘Palócleves’ and ’Kenyérlángos’. It is a flat bread, similar to the traditional Italian pizza but instead of tomato sauce it’s topped with mashed potatoes with dill. It could be spiced with sugar or salt depending on a taste of the eater. Margit Néni, the old lady,energetic rural housewife was the undeniable leader of the cooking. This was another opportunity for joint cooking and excellent group work.
The workshop was organised in The Kemence Forestry Museum Railway thus we could not miss the opportunity to ride Hungary’s longest narrow-gauge forest railway in picturesques Börzsöny hills. Pure fun!

In the afternoon we gathered around  a big outdoor wood fired oven to bake the bread. Waiting for the dish to be ready we spontaneously took another challenge. Each team had to create a living sculpture related to the theme of the project.
In the evening, in the light of the setting sun we ate our tasty foods and enjoyed it much.


6th day       International Day

On the last day of the Erasmus week in Budapest, we were given a chance to participate in the International Day traditionally organised every spring in the hosting school. The Erasmus teachers and students could have the possibility to enjoy the hungarian school students and teachers’ company, to watch the performances presenting Hungary and taste the delicious multinational foods.
We all had also the possibility to watch the exhibition by A&E team students titled My Year of Wellness .

During the afternoon teachers got to enjoy the baths of Budapest and later a Hungarian dinner with gipsy music while students had their farewell party in the school with dancing a lots of fun.



To say good bye is always difficult thing, but it is a nice thing too.

‘Goodbyes are not forever,
Goodbyes are not the end.
They simply mean we’ll miss you,
Until we meet again

On Friday evening inevitably, time to say goodbye had come.
Dear Ildiko, Agota and Andreasz thank you for that unforgettable multinational cultural experience.

At the end yet a video memory of ACTIVITY EATING team's stay  over the beautiful blue Danube


We are looking forward to hosting all of you here in Poland.