Cirkevna Spojena Skola, Snina (Catholic Primary School)
In September, we introduced the Highway to Health project to our students. The project will directly involve two classes, Tercia and Kvarta, a total of 48 students.
In October, students and participating teachers carried out the initial evaluation survey. Having done this, we went through the answers and discussed issues such as healthy lifestyle and local environmental hazards.
At the beginning of the month, students from Tercia and their English lecturer, Mr. Jonathan Child, went to a local forest on a class trip to clear up rubbish. Jonathan organized the trip as an awareness exercise for the students in how we should look after our surroundings, a key point in the second ring of our Olympic project. Here is a report on the trip:
Cleaning our forests for our health and Erasmus+
In November 2018, students from Tercia in CSS Snina went to Rybniky in Snina to pick up and clean up the forests areas, particularly around the cooking areas and the fishing lake. This activity is one of the preparation activities for CSS’s newly funded Erasmus+ project: Highway to Health, a project with 5 partner schools. Over the next two years students from Kvarta and Tercia will travel to Spain, Belgium, Germany, and culminating in a meeting of 9 partner schools in Greece.
In Slovakia, students will teach their European friends about the importance of our relationship with nature. In preparation for this, they have been to our local forests to clear up rubbish that has been left by some people. The trip was organized by Jonathan Child, lecturer of English at CSS, who is disappointed that some people are leaving rubbish in the forests as it is not only unsightly, but also environmentally unfriendly.
Students collected 5 large bags of rubbish in less than an hour, including many plastic bottles, cans and tins.
The students want to show our visitors that we care about our forests and send a message to our own residents that whatever we take into the forest, we should also take away.
In November, students were also asked to create videos relating to the country they would like to visit during the project. Students had to create and present their videos in English to the group.
From these videos, we selected eight students to travel to Catalonia.
We also started rehearsing the Highway to Health song!
In December, the students travelling to Catalonia were asked to create a video presenting our school with the help of their classmates. The students did an excellent job requiring no assistance from their teachers.
Training event in Catalonia – An amazing week in Manlleu with many health related and Olympic activities.
The students who travelled to Catalonia presented a report of the training event to their fellow pupils.
They also completed the evaluation of their time in Catalonia.
Time to start preparing for Slovakia!!!!!
Having returned from Manlleu our students have been getting very active on Strava. We encouraged our students to download and use this fitness app. Hopefully we will reach our goal of 5000km in a short time.
Our students and students from the other delegations were asked to complete questionnaires regarding environmental issues in their own localities. They were also tasked with making videos to highlight some of the positive and negative aspects of these environmental concerns. We also asked them to make videos about their relationships with nature and how often they get out into the wild.
In April, we repeated our forest cleaning operation in the local area. With a group of 50 students we managed to collect a staggering 10 bin bags of rubbish from the streets and forests around the school.
In May our teachers and students were busy preparing for the second ring of our Olympic journey in Snina. We arranged for a manager from the local recycling and waste management company to come and assist us with educating the Erasmus+ students in our fun environmental based activities.
The week in Snina
We hugely enjoyed hosting our Erasmus+ friends and sent them home with fresh ideas about looking after ourselves and our planet.
Having completed our week in Snina we bought new recycling bins for our school. The students involved in the project then were tasked with educating their fellow schoolmates about the importance of recycling and how to recycle.
With the Summer holidays approaching our delegation for Belgium started working on their preparation activities for Herzele.
The delegation for Belgium completed their questionnaires on how our students get to school. They also made a video to show our Erasmus+ friends the ways we get to school.
We completed a fantastic stay in Herzele. Our students learnt how to get to school safely and were encouraged to get on their bikes. They were also given bike safety and maintenance advice.
All of the teachers who came to Herzele are either on foot or on their bikes to school every day.