Two years of exchange learning involving eight partner schools across Europe comes to an end in June when staff and children from Tregoze Primary School travel to Petzow in Germany.
During the Commenius Project, staff, and sometimes children, visit schools in each of the countries involved to build on the work agreed at the outset.
The theme of the current programme called ‘ Fit For Europe
– Good For Us’ is movement, examining how people, ideas, and goods move about, and how movement impacts on our health, fitness and on the environment.
Work in each school is circulated around the partners while the visits by teachers and children brings them into direct contact with others in the project.
Before Christmas, Tregoze teachers Frances Collins, Sue Adkin and Jane Sproule spent four days in the town of Sögüt, in north western Turkey and were joined by partners from Poland, Germany, Spain, Italy and France. Children from Tregoze did not take part because of the political uncertainties in the country.
“It was a fascinating experience and our hosts were so friendly; we arrived to a welcome from a Mehteran marching band which dates back to the Ottoman Empire,” said Sue. “As well as exchanging project information, we discovered more about Turkish culture with visits to the Mehmet Celebi Mosque, the local bazaar and a huge art and science park.”
In February Tregoze children will be travelling with teachers to Sweden and the school is preparing a grand Swindon welcome for their partners in April.
Pictured: Frances, Sue and Jane, standing on the right, with some of the partner school staff and children who gathered in Turkey.