making medieval culture and traditions alive in our own days

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MAKING MEDIEVAL CULTURE AND TRADITIONS
ALIVE IN OUR OWN DAYS
REPORT ABOUT THE FINAL PROJECT MEETING IN STRAHINJ – SLOVENIA
Partner schools
Biotehniški Center Naklo – Srednja šola, Slovenia
Lasnamäe Üldgumnasium - Tallinn, Estónia
Escola Secundária Daniel Faria – Baltar, Portugal
Centrul de Excelentǎ pentru Tineri Capabili de Performantǎ Iasi, Romania
All partner schools representatives met in Strahinj, Slovenia, from the 14th till the 18th
May 2009. We shared information and showed each other the activities carried out
during this school year and the final results. Finally we evaluated project which in now
going to be finished.
Partnership Activities – common activities / results in schoool year 2008/2009
 Articles in school and local magazines
 Project website (http://www.liis.ro/)
 Posters
 Multimedia material with performances carried out by students (CD)
 A chart Medieval events
 Medieval glossary
Partnership Activities – each school special activities
SLOVENIA
 Excursions to museums and historical buildings: Monastery Pleterje, Castle and
museum in Škofja Loka, Sečovlje Salina, Medieval village Štanjel, Gospa Sveta
 Workshops on medieval dances (8 dances learned, 2 performances)
 Workshops and project days: Candle from bee wax, Code of arms, Archery,
Fencing, Medieval cuisine
 Research on medieval handicrafts
 Posters on medieval weapon and armory
 In June there will be an exhibion of project results opened for the general public.
 School project website was upgraded
(http://www.s-bts.kr.edus.si/index.php?id=655)
ROMANIA
 Excursion in Prahovavalley (October 2008),
 Excursion in Maramzres (March 2009),
 Excursion in Sucevita Monastery (March 2009)
 Visit to the etnography museum and Museum of literature (October 2008)
 Research on medieval religious painting and the traditional life depicted in the
medieval religious painting (October 2008 to February 2009)
 Photo exhibits on medieval painting (February and April 2009)

Researching and presenting the medieval events in Romania in powerpoint
(October 2008 to April 2009)
PORTUGAL
 Workshop and exhibition on Medieval fights
 Research on Portuguese Medieval monarchy and medieval society
 Research on Medieval music and instruments
 Research on important events of medieval Ages (11th-15th centuries)
 Workshop on Medieval dances
 Exhibition of Medieval farm products and costumes
 Traditional dinner and Medievl ritual »Queimada«
 Visit to Medieval monuments (preserved village and two monasteries)
 Visit to a preserved village (typical lunch and performance of traditional music)
ESTONIA
 Designing and sewing costumes (six monks, prince, viking, blacksmith, and
others)
 Posters competition for the play
 Painting stage stuff – Tallin skyline and rosewindow
 Reharsals for the drama »The nation without king«
 Three performances for the big audience (50 students including teachers from a
Russian school) and two after briefings
 Making a DVD from drama
 Medieval days in school (drama performance and exhibition of posters)
 Developing school home page http://www.zone.ee/kooliprojekt/
 Researching medieval weapons, pharmacology (CDs)
 Researching medieval family life, travelling, society and social organisation
(together with drama)
 Visiting medieval houses in open-air museum
 Handwork – making swords
 Medieval days in school (drama performance and exhibition of posters)
Special added value of the project for our schools
Lessons are more interesting because we integrated project activities into curriculum
Students like to attend extracurricular activities, where they learned a lot about
organizing workshops, trips, study visits. Students improved their leadership and
intersocial skills since they had to prepare all the activities carried out at school
Slovenian school integrated the students with special needs into workshops. In the
Estonian school, students of different nationalities participated in drama activity and
also they integrated a student with a light physical disability. Students improved their
English skills. Students from Portugal, Slovenia, Estonia and could attend project
meetings where they enriched their lives by integrating new cultures, new traditions,
their horizon had broadened and they developed the ability to relate to other people and
improve their skills. Students got inspired to get involved in other projects and
performances for an audience. Students of different nationalities learned how to work
together. In that case multicultural dialogue was very important point of the project.
Teachers from different areas worked together as a team in preparing the activities. All
teachers involved in the mobilities improve the language skills. For teachers involved
into the teaching exchange open-air lessons gave them a new approach to teaching
methods and they could experienced new technologies (Smart Board). Coordinators
have improoved their skills on project work.
Common project website won first price on Romanian regional Iasi project contest
»Made for Europe«
As this was final project meeting we decided to stay in contact for new activities in
wich we could work together (ex. International traditional Christmass and Easter
exhibitions)
Dissemionation
Schools disseminated the project through articles, through regional radio, through
drama presentation in front of parents and other students and teachers and school
management. We integrated parents and a theatre into project activities.
Evaluation
We agreed that we accomplished all activities and the number of mobilities that were
planned. We are satisfied with the results and their dissemination. Every school project
team will write in June an evaluation which will be also seen in common webpage.
Every students' exchange was evaluated in their reports.
During this project meeting the teachers and students of different countries met the
school headmistress and teachers of different subjects. All participants attended special
event on school: planting the tree of generation 2009 and graduators dance quadrille on
the streets of town Kranj. School presented different programs and ecological
orientation of the school.
Slovenian teachers presented some medieval buildings in Duplje, Kranj and Ljubljana.
We visited the Alpine region, which was a very enriching experience. Estonian teachers
also visited another secondary school which has got its own wine production.
Bernarda Božnar, Slovenia
Fatima Poças, Portugal
Cristinel Miron, Romania
Siiri Tall, Estonia
Strahinj, 17th of May 2009
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