Vesanto - Rimini - Torun

Vesanto - Rimini - Toruń

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Zespół Szkół nr 7 (Poland)

Zespół Szkół no 7 is a unit with long-standing traditions in teaching. The school is widely recognized amongst its local community, especially due to its approach involving close cooperation with students’ families. The aim of the school is to encompass students with knowledge, abilities and attitudes which will help them to function successfully in the society, to teach them how to manage with all hardships while at the same time being able to live in accordance with the rules of sustainable development. 

In the school there are more than 700 students involved into various curricular and extracurricular activities. Zespół Szkół no 7 offers them many possibilities of personal and professional development. The school takes pride in a dance group that wins national and international contests, a theatre group that performs during various important occasions. Children are also involved into charity actions held annually. 

Not only does Zespół Szkół no 7 promote a healthy lifestyle and entrepreneurship, but it is also an integrated school where pupils at risk of social exclusion, with physical disabilities and the hard of hearing develop their talents in various areas of life. Every year students become award winners of local and regional contests in Polish, English, Mathematics, History or Biology.

The school has well-equipped classrooms with multimedia projectors and several interactive whiteboards. There are two computer rooms used by IT teachers and a laboratory for chemistry or science lessons. Physical Education is one of the subjects of utmost importance in the school as it helps to promote health awareness and well-being. In the area of the school there is a playground for the youngest kids, a sporting facility, a running track and inside of the building there are two professionally-equipped gyms. 

Students of our school excel at English, Spanish and German languages. Language teachers cooperate with schools abroad located in Sweden, France, Spain and Germany. The school is open to and promotes any international contacts. Therefore, if you would like to start a cooperation with us, please do not hesitate and write to:

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Starting the Erasmus+ Project Blog

The Young European and Well-being (YEW): A healthy body and body image now and through time is a three-year project between three public schools: Vesannon yhtenäiskoulu from Vesanto, Finland; Liceo Statale A. Serpieri from Rimini, Italy; and Zespol Szkol Nr 7 from Toruń, Poland, all in the field of secondary education. The project is set up at a time when all our schools express concern for the well-being of our students.  The need for the project has been observed in the daily lives in all these schools and also through stude

The project aims to increase students' knowledge and awareness of the concept of well-being from various perspectives, which include a healthy diet, physical exercise, a healthy body image and the balance between technology usage and other activities. The project aims to bring European dimension into the matters mentioned, and to have a positive influence on the attitudes of students and their current lifestyles. It also aims to increase students'  interest in the matters of health and well-being and finally sets out to involve the students in the process of taking care of themselves in all ways possible, physically, emotionally and socially, and this way potentially prevent early school leaving. The project also aims at improving three key competences in particular: communication in the mother tongue, communication in foreign languages, and digital skills. In addition, the project objectives include improving the intercultural skills of both students and teachers, developing European cooperation, and exchanging good teaching practices between our schools.

The project will include two transnational project meetings: a preparatory one and an evaluative one, both for the teachers. The project entails three short-term five-day exchanges of groups of students. During the exchanges, the students will have workshops on some of the most important project topics, such as a healthy diet and the body image in arts with the help of presentations prepared beforehand, and they set out to create summaries, an international cookbook and guidelines for a healthy life. The students will work in multicultural groups using cooperative learning methods and improving their language, intercultural and cooperative skills. The emphasis of the project is, however, on the work that is conducted at school between the exchanges. The project consists of numerous activities, all of which are targeted at teenagers and all of which aim at working on the topics of well-being in a comprehensive manner to reach the project objectives.

The expected results include intangible results such as enhanced language, intercultural, digital and cooperative skills, and a positive change in students' attitudes, and increased knowledge and understanding of matters relating to well-being. The tangible results include, for example, a project blog, an international multimedia cookbook, leaflets of important facilities for leading a healthy lifestyle in our towns, a handbook of good exercise for teenagers and various presentations and displays on the project topics.

The expected impact of the project on the participants include the increase of European awareness, knowledge of history of art and of a healthy lifestyle, being healthy and psychologically balanced, the ability to cook well and in a healthy way, enhancing students' language and intercultural skills, social networking, gaining social and digital skills, a greater understanding of cultural diversity, and a more positive attitude towards European projects. The project activities are expected to increase the amount of concise,  accurate and targeted knowledge available to our target group online, and to increase awareness of the issues stated above. The expected impact on participating schools include the inclusion of the European dimension into teaching, more qualified staff concerning for example ICT skills, and implementing new methods into the daily activities of our schools.

The longer term benefits which are desired to be achieved by this project include children becoming more aware of how to lead a healthy life. Students will become healthier in a physical sense, more fit, and also more accepting of their own bodies. They will share their knowledge with their friends and family and this will hopefully prevent diseases in our towns as well. Thus, we could expect lower economical costs of medical treatment in the future, and this will benefit the local and regional health care.
School yard in Vesannon yhtenäiskoulu in Vesanto, Finland

Liceo Statale A. Serpieri in Rimini, Italy

Zespol Szkol Nr 7 in Toruń, Poland