Category Archives: Pupil mobilities

Visiting Athens

06.12.2023. Between 06 and 10 November we were guests in Athens. At the birthplace of democracy, the aim was to explore the basic understanding of popular rule and compare it with the forms of democracy currently practised in Europe (Erasmus+ project: 2022-1-DE03-KA121-SCH-000054131). This made the pupils realise that concepts of equality, justice and freedom have changed considerably over time and have developed differently in different cultures.
Together with pupils from the 1st Model High School in Athens, we explored the future of democracy (Erasmus+ project: 2023-1-DE03-KA121-SCH-000126926). The presentations showed that prosperity and quality of life worldwide depend heavily on the role and implementation of democratic values. In joint activities and endeavours, we adopted a European, solidary and diverse perspective and established that where the rule of law is guaranteed and human rights are consistently respected, opportunities for the future are secure.

Event “Rule of Law in Europe”

23.09.2023. Yesterday, the advanced course 3WIR1b, led by Ms Hoffmann and accompanied by Mr Ehlert and Mr Schmitt, took part in the event "Learning European - How to strengthen justice and freedom in the EU: Symposium 'Rule of Law in Europe'" in the House of Parliament in Bremen.
After a welcoming speech by EU Commissioner Didier Reynders and a keynote speech by Prof. Dr. Funda Tekin on the topic of "Efficiency of EU instruments to strengthen the rule of law", we were also able to play the new simulation game "Democracy under pressure" by planpolitik. A successful day all round!

Ireland Project Trip

Ireland Project Trip to Dublin from 13.06. - 17.06.2023
LK 2Eng2a

After an eventful journey by train, plane, bus and finally a 2.8 km walk in sunshine and 27 degrees in the shade, we arrived at Destiny Student New Mill, our accommodation in The Liberties district in the Irish capital Dublin.
On Wednesday, 14 June 2023, we went straight to the National College of Ireland, NCI, where we were first given a guided tour of the campus to gain an insight into the structure of an Irish college and the basic study options in Ireland and in particular at the NCI. Afterwards, the vice-principal of the college personally gave a lecture on the importance of the Irish Celtic Language, in which NCI students also took part. The morning was rounded off by a round of communication and games between our students and the college students, who came from different countries. Our visit ended with a round of fresh delicious pizza donated by the college and lively conversations. Following on from the historical and cultural information on Ireland in the NCI, we, the teaching staff together with our students, went on a walk through north Dublin to visit memorials of the Great Famine and the uprisings that eventually led to the establishment of the Republic of Ireland.
On Thursday 15/06/2013 we went to our second partner college, Griffith College Dublin. While the NCI focuses on business and computer technology, here we were introduced to the world of music and medical design. Here, too, we came into contact with an Irish student who, among other things, informed us about the accommodation options, campus life and career opportunities in Dublin and Europe. The day was rounded off with impressions of St. Patrick's Cathedral and the role of the Catholic and Anglican Church in Ireland, yesterday and today.
On Friday, 16.06.23, small groups had the opportunity to visit the National Museum of Ireland, the National Gallery and Christchurch Cathedral. The day ended with a dinner organised by the students. Many thanks for that!!!!!

After a 12-hour return journey, we finally arrived in Bremerhaven around 9.30 pm, tired but in good spirits and still full of impressions of the vibrant, hospitable and impressive city on the River Liffey.
The trip was prepared in class, among other things the students prepared interviews for the college visits, which were used at the college events. We are expecting the return visit from the Irish side in January.

Of course, all students at our school should have the opportunity to eventually study at one of the two colleges. I am the contact person for this, Heidrun Pargmann. In addition, information events with the Irish professors and possibly students are planned for all students at our school in January.

Conclusion of the project trip after feedback discussions in the LK: Impressive impressions, interesting possibilities after the Abitur or the Fachhochschulreife, a friendly country full of music and mystical culture, a touching hospitality by the directors of the colleges, to whom our personal thanks go. At this point, we would also like to mention the excellent social behaviour and the willingness of the entire English class to actively participate in the trip. At this point, we would also like to thank Gaby Basse for her friendly and helpful support during the entire trip.

On behalf of all participants, we leave with some ideas for the continuation of the college partnerships and the cooperation with our neighbouring school, the BST Bremerhaven.

Authors: Heidrun and Kurt Pargmann

Kind regards from Kraków

13.06.2023. Kind regards from Kraków! We are on site between 12 and 16 June 2023. We work with pupils and teachers from our Polish partner school ZSEL No. 1 as part of a joint project week entitled "Learning from the past for the future".
We examine selected stages of the German-Polish past and present and work out possible courses of action for the common future.

More soon at https://erasmus.cvo-gyo.de/en/our-projects/learning-from-the-past-for-the-future/!

Thessaloniki

16.10.2022. We have worked here on site within the framework of a strategic school partnership with five European partner schools on selected issues regarding the basic principles of the project schools in the sense of a democratic school as well as the rights, duties and tasks of those involved in school life. As a final project result, a common constitutional order of a "school with a democratic school culture" was created.
We had a wonderful time in Thessaloniki and visited friends from Madeira (Portugal), Torbali (Turkey) and Viterbo (Italy)!
Now we are about to create a small magazine and the final report before we will start more projects! 🙂

Viterbo

02.05.2022. We are working here on site within the framework of a strategic school partnership with five European partner schools on selected issues regarding the basic principles of the project schools in the sense of a democratic school as well as the rights, duties and tasks of those involved in school life. Best regards from Viterbo! 🙂

Source:
Reference to https://www.cvo-gyo.de/blog/erasmus.

Bremerhaven

08.03.2022. Between February 21 and 25, 2022 we hosted the third mobility of the joint project "Building a Democratic School Culture" in the framework of a strategic school partnership.
We welcomed friends from Thessaloniki (Greece), Funchal (Portugal), Viterbo (Italy) and Torbali (Turkey) (two teachers and two students per partner).
At the beginning of the joint working week, there were impulse presentations from the individual project countries regarding the basic principles and administrative structures of the project schools as well as the rights, duties and tasks of those involved in school life.
This was followed by group work in which the students, teachers, school administrators and parents dealt with selected tasks. Among others, the following topics were worked on:

  • "What should be the duties and responsibilities of teachers in a democratic school?"
  • "What should school leadership be like in a democratic school?"
  • "What should be the duties and responsibilities of a student in a democratic school?"
  • "What should be the duties and responsibilities of parents in a democratic school?"
  • "What duties and responsibilities should school administrators have in a democratic school?"

After the results of each group were presented, we summarized the defined duties and responsibilities in a statement.

It was a wonderful time and we are really looking forward to visiting our Italian friends in Viterbo in May! 🙂

Izmir 2022

Content overview

Day 1 (03.10.2022)

There will be a meeting where each partner country will present its own university access and education system. It will be the hometown university or the or the nearest university where most students are likely to study after graduation. Each partner country will also provide information about its national and international universities and the application and admission procedures of those universities. - Learning outcome: increase knowledge of admissions procedures.

Day 2 (04.10.2022)

Visit to the Career Planning Office of Ege University in Izmir to get first-hand information about application procedures. Following the information on applying to international universities, a workshop on writing a letter of intent, which is a prerequisite for applying, will be organized. - Learning outcome: getting to know a foreign university, possible study opportunities for foreign students in Turkey.

Day 3 (05.10.2022)

A career action plan workshop is held. Participants are given an interactive test called the Character Strengths Survey to identify their strengths. Using the data obtained through the test, students create a mind map for their own career plans. - Learning Outcome: Identify and map personal strengths and weaknesses.

Day 4 (06.10.2022)

Each partner will make a short film describing the professional career of an exemplary person with an outstanding academic career in their country. - Learning Outcome: Enhance skills to work in a group and to design and create short videos.

Day 5 (07.10.2022)

Work on the short films - presentation in front of the whole team. - Learning achievement: enhancing skills for working in a group and designing and creating short videos, also practicing presentations.