Meeting in Belgium

The 1st meeting of LIFE took place in Thuin, Belgium, from 17th to 21st November 2014. these are the minutes:

Erasmus + KA2

Meeting in Belgium 18th  November 2014

Present: Véronique Payen, Yolanda Remacha, Jose Pagan, Elzbieta Luczak, Agnieszka Markiewicz, Grazyna Gierek, Elsa Escobar, Beatriz Gomes, Polly Saggu, Valérie Campbell- Visit from Julie Morel-National agency representative

 

Learning Is Fun Europe

  • The agency wants us to write objectives for the students’ and the staff certificate. The objective of the visit and what was done during the meeting must be clearly written.

The certificate of attendance should have name, surname, title, attendance and objective of meetings such as learning activities and transition.

 

  • We are going to measure the project by creating an EBook over the next 2 years. The students (as a group) or each student  from each country should write a review of their trip then at the end of the project all the reviews will be gathered together to produce a book. This should include testimonial regarding the trip, the culture of the country, the outcome of the trip…

 

  • Christmas market can be set in or outside school during December 2014: craft made from recycling, cakes sales, cards… The money raised will be donated to ONG.

 

  • Kindness day was a great success (November 2014): Tree of kindness and exchange of Christmas cards.

 

  • Funding: The grant can be used towards dissemination (leaflet, websites…) and staff cost for administration or guest speaker (no receipt needed) but proof (such as brochure, prospectus, promotion…) that the activity was done It also covers the implementation cost but travelling +cost do not need receipts (However, the National Agency would recommend to keep them just in case) as the attendance certificate will be the proof. Money from implementation can be used /moved to mobility, it is up to each country to decide.
  • The quality is now more demanding but the proof of the spending is not required as previously.

 

  • Julie Morel advised us to stay focused as a group. We need to concentrate on a big project together instead of lots of little ones.

 

  • A simple template with basics inquiries for Safeguarding and risk assessment has been agreed as a pre-requisite for each visit. Polly Saggu needs to type it and send it to each country.

 

 

Calendar of activities 

  • September: creation of the website and the blog( Portugal in charge)
  • November-December 2014: implementation of the activity such as “upcycling Happiness from rubbish”, creation of the logo, tree of kindness and Christmas market.
  • March 2015: Satirical humour in politics, entertainment and sport through caricatures, music and lyrics with the use of masks, photos, exhibitions, films… (UK in charge)
  • Sept 2015: Project based learning “what Brings Fun and What Fun Brings” (Spain in charge), bring fun into subjects like maths (analyse data using graphs, origami, shapes around town…)
  • April 2016: “spreading Joy through Europe” (Poland in charge). Use teachers’ diary to show the positive impact of fun and joy on pupils and adults.

Etwinning: Etwinning.net

  • Cécile Gouzée is the co-ordinator
  • Etwinning is done electronically, no paper work needed (i flagyl pills.e: application form).It can be used to link up and collaborate with other schools in Europe.
  • Website has been created. Logo has been created by the schools and pupils can vote for their favourites- results will be shown on Thursday 20th November.
  • Elsa idea: for January task - students would be asked which songs they like the best. Etwinning administrator will post them on the website and the project pupils will choose the best 3.  Activity called: ‘Top of Life’.
  • Proverbs Sept 2015 – 2016

-  Each country choose a proverb in English + phonetics recorded voice + illustrate the proverb with art work (example: film maker, photos…) or using ‘Haiku’ – Japanese art related to poetry.

 Mobility changes

  • March 2015: Spain
  • September 2015: Portugal
  • January 2016: UK
  • April 2016: Poland

 

Teachers’ diary

  • Write successful stories of pupils in difficulty at school (behaviour/ emotional) and the way they are coping with the situation. How do teachers differentiate it in the teaching/learning? What is the procedure regarding disclosure and the right way to approach it?
  • The teacher diary is the link between all the activities and IS the evaluation of the project.
  • A chance to reflect on the impact of the activities on school, pupils, teachers
  • It could give the pupils the opportunity to stay at school, to share experience, to motivate them and for some the opportunity to go on an exchange

 

Clarification: what is purpose of blog, website and eTwinning?  Who is the audience?

  • Blog is for pupil work
  • Website is for teachers and information about own school & country
  • eTwinning is a safe environment for students to ‘chat’ in real time about the project.
  • Twin space – can invite students, teachers and ‘visitors’ (e.g.parents) to view the project but not alter anything.

 

Joint project (exchanges between Belgium – UK – Spain)

Begona sent reminder about the activities to be undertaken when students do 7-day exchange.  Students will have set tasks to complete whilst in host country.

P Saggu stressed need for the UK yr12 students to be able to practise their Q/A for their speaking exam.

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