• The radio show "Unsustainable"  presented our project at the state school festival LiDraNo

    30. 4. 2022.

    The radio show "Unsustainable"  prepared by the radio section of the elementary school Sveti Petar Orehovec was invited to  LiDraNo. It is a state school festival of literary, drama stage, and journalism to which the best works of students from Croatian primary schools are invited.

    The Festival was held in Vodice from 25 to 27 Aprile. Our radio show was presented by students Nika Šantić and Barbara Dvečko at the festival. A total of 41 shows were proposed from the county level, and our radio show was one of a total of 10 invited to Vodice. The topic of the show is the problem of wasting food prepared in the school kitchen. The radio show is available on the project PODCAST, in the Croatian language. /Stojanka Lesički/


    In the second action, students from Croatia collected 76 kilograms of plastic bottle caps

    8.4. 2022.

                                     Students of fourth class


    A total of 76 kilograms of plastic bottle caps were collected in the second collection action this school year. The collection action was held on April 6, and the fourth-graders collected the most plastic bottle caps. They collected a total of 12.5 kilograms, and the record holder is Stjepan Smoljanec Jug. He collected 4.5 kilograms of bottle caps himself.


    After the sale of the caps, the money received will be paid for the UNICEF School of Africa program. This activity was also carried out as part of our Erasmus + project "Let's Think Sustainable". The goal of this sustainable activity is to make students aware of sustainable development and encourage our students to make a personal contribution to achieving these goals. /Ivona Siladi/


    Sound editing workshop during a preparatory visit to Zagreb

    3. 4. 2022.

    Coordinators and members of Erasmus + teams of the "Let's Think Sustainably" project from Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, and Croatia had a preparatory meeting in Zagreb (28 - 29 March). The main activities were a sound editing workshop and the preparation of group mobility of school pupils. The mobility will be from 25 to 30 April 2022 in Sachsenheim and Brussels.

     The sound editing workshop in the Audacity program was led by Srđan Nogić, a sound editor from Croatian radio. Sandra Maričić, editor and journalist from Croatian Radio, spoke about how to record and prepare a radio report. Anne-Kathrin Rischen from the partner school Gemeinschaftsschule, whose school will host the mobility, presented a program of activities in Sachsenheim and Brussels.

    The partners agreed on all the details of the mobility, as well as future cooperation. Namely, all partners have accreditations, and they want to continue the cooperation next year. The new topic of the joint project will be human rights, and it has been agreed that the mobility will take place next school year in Kalamata (Greece) and Turin (Italy). /Stojanka Lesički/


    Students from St. Petar Orehovec school have been received by the County prefect

    11. 3. 2022.

    Our activities aimed at reducing food waste prepared in the school kitchen on 7 March we presented it to Ana Mušlek, the county head of education. She praised the activities of the Student Council and pointed out that the students' proposals regarding the reduction of food waste are realistic and that they can be realized.

    After the conversation with Mušlek, we were invited to a meeting with the prefect Darko Koren. The prefect received us on 11 March at the county seat in the town of Koprivnica. The proposals of the Student Council in order to reduce food waste were presented by Petra Kušec, president of the Student Council. An article about the reception at the County Prefect's Office was published on County's website  /Stojanka Lesički/


    On Valentine's Day, 690 euros were raised for the children of Madagascar

    16. 2. 2022.


    In another sustainable activity in our school, 690 euros were collected for the education of children in Madagascar. The mentioned amount was collected by selling cakes and jewelry on Valentine's Day.


    In previous actions, 760 euros have been raised, which means that it has raised 1,450 euros so far for UNICEF's School for Africa Program. /Stojanka Lesički/



    Through a card-like game, eighth-graders learned about EU values


    6. 2. 2022.



    The game was like playing cards, but instead of aces, kings, and queens, we gathered freedom, solidarity, the rule of law, equality, tolerance, respect for human rights, and respect for human dignity. Namely, those were the names of the cards that we eighth graders received in the community class "to play cards" on the topic of European Union values.


    Each of the mentioned cards was in a certain colour, and in order to get the desired card, we had to answer correctly to one of the 32 questions about the values of the European Union. By "playing cards", we have learned that solidarity in the EU, among other things, means that less affluent regions of the EU receive additional financial support. We have also learned that equality in the EU means that citizens studying in another Member State pay the same tuition fees as students from that country.



    A workshop on the EU values in grade 8.a was held on 17 January 2022


    The EU opposes hate speech based on race, gender, religion, or nationality


    We have learned that freedom also means that EU citizens can express their opinions without fear of imprisonment. However, hate speech calling for harm to other individuals or groups is not allowed. From the rule of law card, we have learned that all victims and suspects have the right to a fair trial in the EU, and that all suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.




    A workshop on the EU values in grade 8A was held on 2 February 2022


    By collecting human rights respect cards, we have learned that all EU Member States must fight against hate speech based on race, gender, religion, or nationality. From one of the cards entitled Respect for Human Dignity, we have learned that child labour, slavery, and labour exploitation are banned in the EU.


    We held this “card” community class as part of our Erasmus + project “Let’s Think Sustainable”. By the end of this project, five eighth-graders should visit The European Parliament. /Magdalena Ivšak, 8A; photo: S. L./


    Parents' Council meeting on the problem of food waste

    19. 1. 2022.

    After the survey determined the students 'opinion on food in the school kitchen, a meeting of the Parents' Council was held on January 17, 2022.

    This meeting was held at the instigation of the Student Council, and it was agreed at the meeting to hold parent meetings of all classes in our school on the problem of food waste. /Stojanka Lesički/


    Exhibition and radio report on the ban on plastic bags

    12. 1. 2022.



    Plastic bags up to 50 micrometers have been banned in Croatia since 1 January 2022. On that occasion, the students prepared an exhibition, and the journalists of the radio group prepared a radio report.


    With these activities, our students want to contribute to the 14th (Life below)  and 15th (Life on land) goals of the Sustainability Agenda.  The radio report is available on the project podcast. /Stojanka Lesički/



    The first radio report  - topic volunteering

    29. 12. 2021.



    Volunteering is an activity that belongs to a sustainable lifestyle. Students from St. Petar Orehovec school decided to conduct several volunteer activities to contribute to sustainable goals.


    The first activity students carried out is related to goal no. 10 - reducing inequality. Students contributed to this goal by volunteering at “Maslačak” (Dandelion) - Association for people with intellectual disabilities. Students helped members of “Maslačak” make Advent wreaths. They hung out with them and met them.


    Members of the school radio group prepared a radio report on this activity. The radio report is available on the project podcast at SOUNDCLOUD.


    Petra and Amadea during the recording of the radio report - 28 December 2021


    District school Bočkovec collected the most corks

    23. 12. 2021.


    Keep collecting corks, the new action will be in April 2022 - we will donate money again for the project "Schools for Africa"


    Our action of collecting corks and paper is over for this semester. 80 kilograms of corks and 428 kilograms of paper were collected. Another 47 kilograms of corks collected last school year were added to this quantity, and we will send a total of 128 kilograms of corks to the company Drava International in Osijek.

    District school Bočkovec was the best at collecting corks.  Their 14 students collected as many as 12 kg of corks. In the second place, (with 9.5 kg collected corks), was fourth grade, and there are only 9 of them in the class.

    The largest amount of paper was collected by the students of the 5th b grade. They brought as much as 73 kilograms of paper to school. District school Gregurovec school was the best among district schools in collecting old paper. They contributed to our action with 34 kilograms of old paper.


    This action was initiated by the Student Council with the aim of raising awareness of sustainability, which is the main theme of our Erasmus + project "Let's Think Sustainably". The money raised from the sale of paper and corks will be donated to the Schools for Africa project. It is a UNICEF project to help educate poor children in Africa. /Stojanka Lesički/



    How the EU makes our lives better

    13. 12. 2021.


    Eighth graders learn about the EU to prepare for the EU parliament's visit to Brussels

    All EU members must provide at least four weeks of vacation per year to employees within their own countries. All EU countries must adhere to uniform regulations covering all stages of food production and distribution. Likewise, all EU countries must adhere to the EU Green Plan, for example, there are no more sales and production of disposable glasses, plates, and other plastic utensils in any EU country.


     We learned about these and other concrete consequences on the everyday life of EU citizens on November 29. Before the librarian Stojanka Lesički presented us with this information, we had to guess which decision was made on the EU level or state level. If our opinion was that a decision is made at the EU level, we had to go to one corner of the workshop, and if we thought that a decision was made at the state level in another part of the classroom. It was a dynamic and interesting way of learning.


    We learn about the history and functioning of the EU in order to prepare for a visit to the European Parliament in Brussels. Five students from our school will visit the EU Parliament together with students from the partner school in Sachsenheim, Germany. They are our partners in the Erasmus + project "Let's Think Sustainably" this school year. According to the established plan, we should stay with our partners for three days at the end of March. Our eTwinning partners from Greece, Italy, and Spain will join us there and then we will all travel together to Belgium for a two-day trip to visit the EU Parliament.


    Until our trip, we still need to learn a lot about the EU, but also prepare radio reports on sustainable activities that we have already started in school. One of the radio reports will be about the action of collecting corks and papers that we are conducting this week. / Anastazija Blagaj, 8.b; photo: S. L./



    Survey on food prepared in the school kitchen

    11. 12. 2021.

    At the instigation of the Student Council in the first week of December 2021, a survey was conducted on food prepared in the school kitchen and the eating habits of our students. The survey evaluated dishes prepared in the school kitchen, but also identified some of the reasons why so much food is thrown away.

    One of the most important reasons is to give students extra money to buy food. More about the results of the survey is available in the school newspaper Klinček at the following links. ,

    Sixth graders volunteered at the Association of People with Intellectual Disabilities

    28. 11. 2021.



    Volunteering is one of the sustainable activities in which the students of the elementary school St. Petar Orehovec will try during the project "Let's Think Sustainably".



    Four students of the 6th grade volunteered for the first time in the Association “Maslačak” ("Dandelion"). It is an association for people with intellectual disabilities that has been operating for 31 years.



    Students Barbara Dvečko, Gabrijel Kurpez, Nika Šantić, and Lucija Vukojić made Advent wreaths on Friday, November 26, with several members of the “Dandelion” Association. They also wrote an article about their volunteer experience for the school digital newspaper Klinček /Stojanka Lesički/



    Preparations for the organization of sustainable activities have begun

    26. 11. 2021.


    The Student council of our school will join our  project "Let's think Sustainably" with the following activities:

    • Initiate activities related to the problem of throwing food prepared in the school kitchen
    • Collecting plastic bottle caps
    • Collecting paper
    • Involvement of students in volunteer activities (reading to the elderly, cooperation with the Association "Maslačak", workshops with preschoolers)


    Bottle caps and paper collection campaigns have already begun, and for the first time, students will bring bottle caps and paper to school on December 15th and 17th. The action is of a competitive nature and the class that collects the most papers and corks will be rewarded.

    The money raised from the sale of paper and corks will be used for children in Africa through the "Schools for Africa" project. /Stojanka Lesički/



    Partner School St. Petar Orehovec started workshops on the EU

    15.11. 2021.


    The winner of the Kahoot quiz about the EU in the 8th B grade is the student Anastazija Blagaj. With this quiz, the eighth graders started learning about the European Union. The quiz showed students' knowledge of the EU is not at an enviable level and it is necessary to continue holding workshops on the EU.

    At the first workshop (15 November), students learned through an interactive game EU member states, and then they tested their knowledge of the EU membership through a key game.

    For the next 3 school hours, eighth-graders will learn about the history and institutions of the EU and about EU values.

    Four school hours will about the EU be held in the 8thA grade during November, December, and January. All materials we will use in workshops with eighth-graders are available at the EU LEARNING CORNER. /Stojanka Lesički/



    Sandra Maričić the editor from National radio held a workshop about radio speech

    7. 10. 2021.


    The new skills that we have learned during the workshop will be used soon while making radio shows for our new Erasmus+ project „Let's Think Sustainably “


    When you interview the interlocutor, you need to listen to him carefully and ask him questions until you get concrete answers -. This was told to us by Sandra Maričić, host and editor of the Educational and Children’s Program of Croatian Radio at a workshop on radio and radio speech. Editor Maričić visited our school on October 7, and participants of this workshop were members of the journalist group who are also interested in radio expression.


    Through a very dynamic performance, editor Maričić showed us how to read a text for the radio to interest the audience in the content, as well as interesting exercises of talking through clenched teeth and clear whispering. Each of us also had to read a text, and then Maričić told us where and what we did wrong, so we repeated until our reading was better.


    We also had the opportunity to practice our interviewing skills while questioning our workshop leader. The bravest was our colleague Valerija Puškar, who did quite well in that task. At the end of the workshop, editor Maričić interviewed all of us for her show “Five for Five”. The show is dedicated to media literacy. That is why we mostly talked about the work of our film group, about the school’s digital newspaper “Klinček” and our Erasmus + projects dedicated to media literacy.


    The workshop lasted about two and a half hours, but every minute and second was worth it because we have learned practically and interestingly. We will start to apply what we have learned soon because we plan to record short reports on sustainable activities in the community, for our new Erasmus + project “Let’s Think Sustainably”.

    The original article is published in the school online digital newspaper KLINČEK. /Amadea Bošnjak, 7. a; foto: S. L./



    Students from St. Petar Orehovec elementary were introduced to The Sustainable Development Goals 

    27. 9. 2021.


    Students from 8 a and 8 b classes were introduced to The Sustainable Development Agenda today. The Sustainable Development Goals were presented by Stojanka Lesički, Erasmus+ project coordinator in school St. Petar Orehovec.


    As part of the lecture, they watched the short experimental film HANDS. It was filmed by students from the school’s film group. The theme of the film is throwing food prepared in the school kitchen. Namely, in our school, almost 50 percent of the food prepared in the school kitchen goes to waste. Students have concluded that this is an unsustainable situation that we cannot be proud of. /Stojanka Lesički/


    Film HANDS

    About our activity find on

    Link for a presentation about The Sustainable Development Agenda