Petrik Lajos Bilingual Vocational School of Chemistry, Environmental Protection and Information Technology (European Coordinator), Budapest Hungary:
Our institution, the Petrik Lajos Vocational School, is located in Budapest and is specialised in the fields of chemistry, environmental protection and information technology. Our institution, which is also an Eco-school, trains students at two levels: at the first level, the students between the ages of 14-18 are prepared for the GCSE's. At this level we also put an emphasis on teaching IT, foreign languages (English and German) and the basics of professional subjects that are taught at the second level which is for students over 18 with GCSE's. At this level the students can acquire different qualifications in Environmental Protection, Information Technology and Chemistry.
At national level our school took part in several large projects financed by the EU. The aim of one of the most recent ones that focused mainly on environmental protection was to support both the teaching and learning process by the tools of information technology. At international level our school has numerous experiences in both sending and receiving students, specialized in environmental protection and/or chemistry , to/from abroad for an on-the job learning period. Up until 2013, our school has mostly participated in Leonardo Mobility Projects and we also had 2 Leonardo Partnerships- Let's Play Chemistry and Green Chemistry - in which we are partners with the Romanian Institution. Since then we have had 2 Comenius projects called 'Smart Schools Smart Learning', "Training For LIFE: LeadershipInitiative For Europe" and 2 Erasmus+ projects "Math Around Us" and "Green School" in which we were partners with Ana Aslan Technical School.In 2006, 2007 and in 2011 our institution participated in three joint Leonardo Mobility Programs the aims of which were to provide our students an on-the job learning practice abroad. In 2012, 2011, 2009 and 2006 we also received students within the program.
Colegiul Tecnic ANA ASLAN, Cluj-Napoca, Romania:
Colegiul Tehnic ANA ASLAN is a Technical Secondary School located in Cluj-Napoca, the largest city in Transylvania and the economical and cultural capital of the North-West region. We have grades 6-12 with classes of secondary and Technical secondary on Environmental protection, Chemistry and Hairstyling. We have a total of 400 students and 45 teachers. Our students age is 12 to 19 years old; more than 20% of them come from rural areas surrounding Cluj, being daily commuters.
Starting with 2005 we have taken part in several European projects, like Socrates, Phare, Comenius,Leonardo da Vinci and Erasmus+.
In the last years we have had more than ten Environmental projects that won National and International Awards.
For the past 7 years our school experienced many positive changes:
- in September 2010 we were awarded the title of "College"
- in April 2011 and May 2014 we were awarded two times in a row the title of "European School" by the Ministry of Education
- we are the European Coordinator for an Erasmus+ KA2 school Partnership (Math Around Us, 2015-2017) and we were partners in four Lifelong Learning Programmes - two Comenius Multilateral Partnership and two Leonardo da Vinci - a great opportunity for our teachers and students to get into contact and interact with different European cultures and educational systems.
Each of our previous Comenius partnerships (coordinated by Mrs Andreea Suciu ) brought us prizes at local and national contests:
- the 1ST PRIZE at the National Contest MADE FOR EUROPE 2012 and 2015 editions;
- 1st PRIZE and the title of "The project with the Greatest Social Impact on the Local Community" awarded by the Cluj-Napoca City Hall in their annual Gala of Excellence 2012.
Our SWOT institutional analysis in 2015 and 2016 reflected that our students need guidance in increasing their motivation for school subjects. They suggested using more digital content during classes. They are also very interested in discovering new cultures, new languages and being more creative in their learning. They also want to participate in extra-curricular activities, like debate and dram clubs.
Our role in the project is that of partner, thus we will collaborate with the other partners, coordinate all scheduled activities for our school, act as resource for the other partners and fulfill all scheduled project activities. We will support the European Coordinator in their tasks.
Borupgaard Gymnasium, Ballerup, Denmark:
Borupgaard Gymnasium is a public secondary school situated in the city of Ballerup, 15 kilometres north west of Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. Borupgaard offers a general upper secondary education (three years) for young people at the age of 15-19 years old. The offered 3-year programmes are academically oriented, preparing the students for higher education. At present the school has 1050 students and 114 teachers.
The school is an active partner at the national and local level and values bridge-building and networking at both local and international level. Students have tried their hands at teaching school children as well as trying out their studying skills in preparatory courses at university. Science subjects are important at the school and almost half of our students have opted for maths at A-level.The strong tradition in science subjects have led to students from Borupgaard having a record of achieving significant success in innovation and development competitions such as Science Cup Denmark (a natural sciences competition), the Georg Mohr competition (a national Math competItion) and the International Biology Olympiad, where one of our students won a trip to Bali with other students from all over the world.
The school participates in the initiative "New Nordic School" initiated by the Danish Ministry for Children and Education as a means for developing the values and innovative potentials of the Danish educational system from daycare to secondary school.
Working with innovation and new technologies is a priority at both teacher and student level, and we work continuously with developing and transforming the way we teach by means of both innovation and new technologies, such as smart phones and tablets. At present 10 classes at the school work with iPads. At present we also have a class participating in a three-year national project aimed at rethinking our perception of teaching as well as learning.
As stated above the school attaches great importance to international exchange and the idea of bringing this into our students' education, and for many years we have had cooperation and exchanges with schools, primarily from Europe, but we also have an exchange school in China, where we exchange 10 students and 2 teachers each year. As a new initiative, an exchange agreement is being set up in the US, in the Washington DC-area.
Our first experience in the previous Lifelong Learning Programme was in 2013-2015 when we participated in our first Comenius, "Training For LIFE:Leadership Initiative For Europe." We firmly believe that this Comenius project created a great opportunity for valuable intercultural exchanges and experiences, increased our students' leadership skills and will for volunteering as well as their motivation for quality learning.
Agrupamento de Escolas Anselmo de Andrade, Almada, Portugal:
Agrupamento de Escolas Anselmo de Andrade is located in the Peninsula of Setubal, in the crossing of the Tagus river, having the Atlantic Ocean facing Lisbon. Being itself an individualized pole and at the same time the pivotal point of contact with other spaces, our cluster integrates students from different study levels going from ranges as kindergarten to secondary education. The three schools that belong to our cluster share the same Educational Project (Host, Guide and Integrate to Build the Future) although they have specific plans in which the different activities with the different classes and students from various ages are integrated. Our population covers a wide range of different social ranks, with distinct academic expectations. We have a great diversity of students, some having Portuguese as a second language, others children from migrants, as well as students with special educational needs (who are supported by a Unit Support of Multidisability).
Our school has a diversity of courses, including professional and vocational ones, aiming to fit our offers to the needs of students and their families.
We value the development of specific projects such as the methodology of consolidating apprenticeships, in constant interaction with the evolving environment, mainly with projects dealing with different areas such as environmental, artistic, civics sports, experimental, education for health and school interchange ( European schools), according to our Educational Project.
Having this in mind, we have established partnerships with academic and scientific institutions at a superior level (both national and abroad), with institutions of local power, enterprises from our community, with parents' association, non profitable social and cultural organizations, besides our training centre which supports our structured professional training.
Bearing in mind our school features, its dynamic and projection in the community, as the national and international projects which have been developed ever since, our goal is to go on betting in our professional training ( teachers and staff), students, in a European perspective as a means to be up dated.
We want to embrace new challenges in a constantly changing Europe in an educational and training perspective.
Having such a background we aim to get more knowledge, more awareness and make our community more conscious of a borderless Europe with common goals even though having different cultures, customs and traditions, bearing in mind the importance of giving the means and counseling students to succeed in choosing their own path after leaving high school.
At the moment we are partners with BMSZC Petrik Lajos Bilingual Vocational School in a Erasmus+ project "Math Around Us" and we are very pleased with the results of our collaboration. That is why we would like to have another project together, "Our Common European Tale" in which our students could increase their motivation for learning Literature/Arts and Dram as well as improve their ICT and English Skills.
Having such a background we aim to get more knowledge, more awareness and make our community more conscious of a borderless Europe with common goals even though having different cultures, customs and traditions, bearing in mind the importance of giving the means and counselling students to succeed in chosing their own path after leaving high school.
They can compare situations in various countries as each new information and experience from other foreign countries are for them very useful.
LICEO SCIENTIFICO STATALE "B. ROSETTI", San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy:
The LICEO SCIENTIFICO STATALE "B. ROSETTI" is a Senior High School in San Benedetto del Tronto, a town on the Adriatic Coast important for its fishing and, above all, touristic activities. We have 1 to 5 grades with about 1000 students, aged between 14 and 19, and more than 70 teachers.
According to Italian Education Regulations (Art2,comma 2) " The Lyceum study courses offer students the cultural and methodological tools to get a deep understanding of reality so that, thanks to a rational creative, projecting and critic predisposition, they can face situations, phenomena and problems and acquire knowledge, skills and competences to go on studying at superior levels, approaching social and working experiences while respecting their own attitudes".
Our Lyceum was born in 1939 as a private institute and acknowledged as State School in 1952; 3 years ago was added a Sport Course specially addressed to students involved in sport competitive activities.
Since the beginning our school has been giving the young a good preparation to attend University, basing its strong point in offering a perfect balance between Humanities on one side and Science and Maths on the other.
Actually our students, besides specializing in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, are also required to achieve solid competences in 3 Literatures ( Italian, English and Latin), in Philosophy, European History, Technical Drawing and History of Art ,so receiving a complete education which offers them the chance of attending any university faculty. The majority of them, anyway, goes on specializing in Engineering, Medicine, Economy, Informatics and Law.
We have always cared about the learning of English offering mother tongue teachers in 3rd and 4th levels and the majority of our students reaches the B2 Level at the end of their 4th year , a few of them also obtain good results in the national competition KANGOUROU. English Literature being required, we have been included in "ReadOn" project by Oxford University Press and students have taken part to English THEATRE performances for the last 10 years.
CLIL methodology is required in all our sections being evaluated in the final examination for Physics.
We are deeply convinced of the necessity of ICT support in any stage of the teaching/learning activities, so we are developing CODING, ECDL and AUTOCAD courses.
Our students regularly take part in the Maths Olympic Games of SCUOLA NORMALE DI PISA, in the Maths Games of BOCCONI UNIVERSITY, always obtaining good results.
In the field of humanities , students are regularly involved in national competitions like Latin CERTAMINA, DEBATE 2017 by WeWorld ( qualified at national level) , TEEN REPORTER (qualified at national level), A DAY AS A RESEARCHER, scientific journalism by SCUOLA NORMALE DI PISA (qualified at national level).
Besides our students are running a school radio , RADIOJEANS, supported by the Italian Ministry of Education.
For what concerns our sport section, many of our students have obtained qualifications at national level and won first prizes, individually or as team, like the 1st prize in National Competition of ORIENTEERING
In the last years we are taking part in European Projects:
2015/2017: KA2 - ERASMUS+ " MATH AROUND US" as a partner together with Romania, coordinator, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania, Denmark, Greece, Portugal-
2015/2016: KA1 - PROGETTO ERASMUS+ "4S+"2016/2017: KA1 - Erasmus+ "REcircle".The Erasmus+ projects have proved to be the best opportunity for both teachers and students to keep on developing didactic competences, opening horizons to new teaching methods, sharing idea and cultural basis with European partners.
I. gimnazija Osijek, Osijek, Croatia:
I.gimnazija Osijek is a grammar school situated in the centre of Osijek, Eastern Croatia.General education curriculum makes I.gimnazija attractive to a large number of students who are aged between 15-18, although we lack larger school facilities. There are 660 students in our school and 49 teachers.
The school's facilities include: 14 classrooms, 7 of which are specialised, 1 ICT lab, a library and a reading room. PE lessons are held in other facilities because the school lacks a gym and sports grounds.
Our students ,who come from different socio-economic backgrounds,get the same level of education in foreign languages, science and social subjects. There are several advanced groups that gifted students can join. Our school has achieved a lot of great results in competitions, from science to sports.
We have participated in many etwinning projects ,two Comenius projects( From being a citizen of a country to being a citizen of the EU and Training for life:Leadership initiative for Europe) ,one Erasmus+KA1 project and we were partners in an IPA project.At the moment we are coordinating an Erasmus+ KA2 project on the topic of Employability skills.Our previous projects were chosen by Croatian NA as examples of good practice and were presented in the publication called Towards internationalization of education.