THE EUROPEAN ABC "Awareness of Borders to Cross"

October 23, 2017

Welcome to our website Erasmus+ „The European ABC – Awareness of Borders to Cross“

We are students and teachers from high schools in Parabiago/Italy, Bendinat/Spain, Torun/Poland and Syke/Germany. We have done some great international projects in the past, and now we are at the outset of a new project. - „The European ABC“ - „Awareness of Borders to Cross“. We will not only meet new friends in Europe but also learn about the lives, hopes and fears of those young people who are seeking refuge in Europe or live as migrants in our countries. We want to look over our horizon, learn about each other, overcome prejudice and respect each other – and absorb the manifold inspirations we will get from each others' beliefs and values. We want to be active European citizens who believe in democracy, freedom and equality.

The kick off  meeting in Parabiago/Italy at the end September 2016, where directors and teachers from each partner country met to plan the project, gave a great start. Now we are looking forward to travelling to Torun/Poland in March 2017.

Our Schools
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Berufsbildende Schulen Syke
(BBS European School in Syke) 
(Germany)

 

 

_bbs-sykeBBS Syke European School is a vocational school centre with about 3000 students and 170 teachers. We, the Department “Gymnasium” want to reach our “Abitur” here. This is possible in three different sectors: Economy, Health & Care and Technique. But there is also a big spectrum with job-related classes e.g. for the career as a social assistant, hairdressers, bakers, mechanics etc.

Our school has partnerships with schools in Spain, Netherlands, Italy, Latvia, Denmark, Serbia and of course Poland, Bosnia Herzegovina and hopefully soon Bulgaria and Finland as well.

All in all, there is a great variety of many, many different people in our school.

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Liceo Scientifico Statale Claudio CavalleriLiceo in Parabiago (Italy)
 
 1433463-liceo_cavalleriOur school is located in the centre of Parabiago, in a quite big park. It has got about 750 students from the age of 14/15 to 18/19, 73 teachers, 18 members of the office staff, 2 managers. Students can choose among four different courses: Liceo Scientifico Tradizionale: The traditional course is suitable for those students interested not only in maths or scientific subjects but also willing to have a good general preparation. They have more classes in maths and physics, from the first two years, combined with experiences in labs. Liceo delle Scienze Applicate: it is suitable for students interested in sciences, biology, chemistry, computer sciences and maths. It is an innovated program of studies characterised by an increased number of weekly classes of maths and computer sciences, laboratories chemistry, biology, physics. Liceo Linguistico: it is suitable for those students interested in languages. You can choose among four different European languages: English, French, German and Spanish. Liceo delle Scienze Umane: it is suitable for those students interested in psychology and pedagogy. It is a new course and it will be opened next year.

Our school takes its name from Don Claudio and Don Carlo Filippo Cavalleri, two brothers and priests who worked very hard succeded in realising the project and later the building of the Cavalleri College in March 1700. The college became soon a great cultural centre and, for over a century, it was a meeting place for noble families of Milan. There have been many students that became quite distinguished in every subject and gave a strong impulse to the growth of Parabiago.
We are lucky because our school is situated in a very big park with a lot of trees and flowers. Inside the building there are several classrooms as well as two computer labs, a chemistry lab, a biology lab, a physics lab, a languages lab, 4 gyms, a drama club, football, rugby grounds, volley and basket courts. Students have the possibility to join several sport group activities. Football, volley, basket, beach volley, rugby, athletics and many other sports are practised. There are a lot of internal as well as external sport competitions. Some students take part in regional or sometimes national championship. There is also an International Volley competition.
A school year lasts 200 days about and it is divided in 2 terms. It usually starts on 10th September and is over on 6th June but during the school year there are some holidays on special occasions (Christmas, Easter, Carnival etc.).
Classes are everyday from 08.10 till 02.05 p.m. from Monday to Saturday. We have 55 or 50 minutes classes. There two breaks during which smokers go out in the park since in the school smoking is not allowed inside and outside the building. Students normally go home for lunch since we haven’t got a canteen. In the afternoon there are only optional or club activities (music, sports, European projects, drama…..).
During the school year students have oral and written tests in all the subjects. They are given a report at the end of each term. All the courses last five years and there is only one final state exam at the end of the fifth year. It consists in three written and one oral tests. It is a state exam, it means that it is the same all over Italy. It usually takes place at the end of June and the students get a final diploma.

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Zespół Szkół Ekonomicznych in Toruń (Poland)

 

szkola-zseThe Collective Economics School was created in 1920 in Toruń, which is called a town of Nicolaus Copernicus. The school went through the different types of re-organization. The curriculums, specializations and fields of education have changed. It has functioned as Collective Economics School since 1957 at 39 Grunwaldzka Street in Toruń. Now there are 462 students including 358 girls and 104 boys, 53 full-time employed teachers and 6 administrative workers.
The Collective Economics School consists of: Technical School no 1 and Vocational School no1. According to the type of school, students can choose to be educated and trained in the professions of  an economist, a trader or a hairstylist. Students of technical secondary school have an opportunity to take a school-leaving exam after their four-year school attendance. During the school, students have their training periods in many firms. Students who choose Vocational School go to the school three times a week and work twice a week. After three  years at school they become skilled  shop assistants or hairdressers.
Depending on a specialization a lot of attention is drawn to improve students’ professional – economic knowledge. Our teachers introduce special lessons to improve and broaden the students` knowledge in the form of special interest Clubs: e.g. The Circle of Young Economist, the School Club of Enterprising , the Youth Mini-business Club and the Club of British Culture Lovers. In order to find good job opportunities the school prepares students  to become  flexible and mobile in their employment searching. Our school  cooperates with a lot of employers and thanks to that our students are able to do their training periods .
In 2007 we got a Quality Certificate “Enterprise School”, which is an award by Youth Enterprise Foundation and Commission for Financial Supervision. The teachers motivate students  to learn foreign languages and respect European values.
Therefore, since 2001 the European Club called “EuroEkonomik”  has been working in our school and students can broaden their knowledge about the EU in debates, lectures, contests, organized  on Europe’s Days etc.It is very important for our students to gain experience and have contacts with other students in different countries in order to develop their awareness of the European dimension through cooperation. We have worked with countries like Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark and Bulgaria. We have realized projects in the UK, Norway and Finland.  Consequently, our school has been working for 10 years with the European school BBS Syke from  Germany mostly in cultural exchanges and practical training for the youth. Thanks to it the young people have a chance to gain  practical education while working for some  European companies.  Our school submitted a project for a Leonardo da Vinci programme in February 2012, so in 2013 our students  had an opportunity to participate in this programme. Our  latest  project  the “S.O.S Europe”  engaged young people from   BBS- Syke – Germany, Liceo Cavalleri in Parabiago – Italy, IES in Bendinat- Spain, St. Paul’s College in Dublin – Ireland, Pencho Slaveikov Comprehensive School in Sofia – Bulgaria.

 

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IES Bendinat (Spain)

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bendinatlogoThe IES Bendinat located in the municipality of Calvia, opened its doors in September 2002. It had about 300 students spread across four years of secondary school. From then on it has been growing in students and teachers to reach hundreds of teachers and thousands of students enrolled in high school courses also Nature and Health Sciences and the Humanities and Social Sciences and Driving vocational training activities sport and physical in nature.The IES Bendinat is characterized also by its collaboration with various social and cultural institutions of the environment and of Palma and its interest in participating in art events.

Finally, for the fact of being located in a prime tourist is a good example of harmony and coexistence of different languages and cultures that make up the municipality.