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Educational visit- collaboration between Hersby Gymnasium and Ralleio Lykeio

Four teachers (Ms Johanna Rasmussen, Ms Stina Lundholm, Ms Karolina Nylund and Mr Patrik Roddar) and eighteen graduating students from Hersby Gymnasium, Lindigo, Stockholm, Sweden visited Greece and our school from 20 to 28 October 2016. The visit was a follow-up of our partnership with Hersby Gymnasium in the framework of the European Program Erasmus+ KA2 “ROUTE”, which was completed in June 2016. We are happy to say that the unobtrusive cooperation during the Erasmus+ program and the warm hospitality during their previous visits in April and June 2016 brought our Swedish friends back to Greece and Ralleio Lykeio.

The Swedish teachers and students followed an educational program organized and coordinated by Ralleio Lykeio, which included educational visits, field work, completing especially designed worksheets, interviews, lectures etc., in the framework of special projects that the Swedish students have to work on as part of their graduation year. The project subjects that the particular group of students dealt with included, among others, recycling in Greece and Sweden, the widespread use of microplastics, tourism management, water consumption in car washes in Greece and Sweden and the Greek financial crisis.

The activities which took place during the visit were as follows:

Friday 21-10-16: The Swedish group visited the Department of Biology of the University of Athens, with C class Ralleio students and teachers Mr G. Katopodis, Mr P. Markopoulos, Ms M. Kokkaliari and Ms K. Christodoulou, where they were briefed on the research activity of the Department, took part in experiments and visited the Zoological Museum of the Department. In the evening they attended a concert at Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Saturday 21-10-16: The Swedish group visited Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum.

Sunday 22-10-16: The Swedish group visited the ancient mining site in Thoriko, Lavrion, where they performed field work on the subject of metal enrichment during Antiquity under the guidance of Mr V. Psallidas. The group also visited the Temple of Poseidon in Sounio.

Monday 23-10-16: The Swedish group, accompanied by the Director of Ralleio Dr D. Kalaitzidis, visited the Corinth Canal and the volcano in Sousaki where they engaged in field work.

Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25-10-16: The group, accompanied by the Director of Ralleio Dr D. Kalaitzidis, visited The Centre for Environmental Education in Amfissa, Central Greece, where they had the opportunity to engage in the following activities:

Visit to the Archaeological Museum of Delphi where they were guided by Mr. T. Panagou, member of the Amfissa Centre for Environmental Education.

Lecture on the Olive Tree by Mr M. Theoharopoulos, in charge of the Amfissa Centre for Environmental Education.

Experimental production of soap under the guidance of Mr G. Kottis, Agricultural Scientist.

Degustation of various types of olive oil and other kinds of oil at the Centre.

Collecting olives at Amfissa olive grove with the help of a local olive oil producer. The collected olives will be fermented in laboratory in Sweden.

Visit to an oil press facility to monitor the cold process of oil making and to an oil processing and packaging facility where they monitored all the stages of the procedure, from handling the olives to packaging the produce for export.

Thursday 27-10-16: Our Swedish friends visited Ralleio Lykeio where they attended with us the ceremony for the national anniversary of the 28th of October 1940 and had the chance to communicate in person with our teachers and students. They then visited the Piraeus Chamber of Commerce and Industry where they attended lectures on the Greek financial crisis by the Chairman of the Chamber Mr Manesiotis and Mr N. Karavitis, Professor at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens. During the farewell dinner in the evening Swedish students and teachers ate and sang traditional songs of both countries together with Greek teachers.

Our Swedish friends left the country early in the afternoon of Friday 28 October 2016.

We shall meet again soon!

ROUTE Project – Our waters and sustainability

One project that has been with us from the beginning of our project is around waters. In the future the access to water for drinking and farming will be even more important. The partners in this project have different problems concerning waters. Some have too little, some too much at a certain point, and all have problems with the cleanings process and the quality in the seas and oceans.

This project aimed at getting the students and teachers out of the classroom and to investigate the body of waters around them. This has been a field of work for a long time I Greece – and they showed us their best practice in identifying invertebrates as indicators of water pollution.

At the first meeting in Portugal water from the sea and lakes and soil from all four countries was collected in advance and brought to Portugal for comparison with each other. Density measurements were made, the Swedish teacher Karolina Nylund has bought  the same sort of aerometers for this experiment to be done in with the Swedish students.

At the meeting in Estonia we walk along the bog and investigated the body of water and the different animals living in the Estonian nature. We finished our joined studies in Greece, were the waters were a theme in the program.

All countries have done their own excursions and outdoor activities with students around waters. The results have later been compared between us and the teachers has shared the different work material that their students worked on in order to learn from each other.


ROUTE Project – A day to make a difference

The idea came from the main idea of ROUTE to teach the students more about sustainability, but instead of teaching we wanted to make the project more like youth entrepreneurship. The students should work with an idea based on their wishes and dreams for the future and the environment. They started project groups with the mission to change the public’s awareness of their environmental impact or to change their consumption habits. Their ideas were then to be implemented, now they had to make a real effort to make their project work – how do you change people’s way of thinking or consuming?

The students thought of all different things. Here are some of their ideas;

  • Create a workshop material on “the production of bananas” too be used at schools.
  • A Instagram account with 498 followers that introduced “ environmental tip of the day”.
  • Reuse of old clothes, they collected old clothes to donate to refugees.
  • Creation of an educational film on waste management.
  • Ecological reuse and design – they collected old clothes and redesigned and sew them into a new garment. All the “new” clothes were presented on the cat walk and later sold.
  • A website with “Left over recipes” . You could enter your ingredients in the fridge and then get a new recipe for a dish to cook with what you have instead of buying new food.
  • Cook book about “Flexitarian food” to be distributed to lower secondary school and cooking lessons at school.

Students from all the participating countries took part in this project for the environment. Their results were presented in different way, depending of country. In Estonia they held a day at school for the locals and politicians to participate in. In Sweden we presented our results in Lidingö City hall for the newspapers and politicians. An information movie about our day was done, watch it here

This way to include an interdisciplinary way of working and moving the classroom out from school to meet the public was the best practice of Sweden. Hersby Gymnasium initiated and held the planning for this project.

ROUTE Project – Our soils and the chemistry behind

During the learning activity in Portugal chemistry teachers from the different partners learned new didactic methods and experiments in order to work with our soil. Soil was brought to Mem Martins from each country.  Laboratory tests were then performed in order to perform the comparative study soil from the four countries such as: porosity, permeability and hydrogen potential. The students got to analyse the differences between the different soils. Which soil is better for growing? Which soil absorbs water most? What are the different materials in the soil?

During this visit to Portugal magnetic sand was also collected from the beach of Praia Grande. This sand was later used to illustrate how you could separate a heterogen mixture in chemistry classes at the different schools. The teachers from all partner countries then integrated the lesson in laboratory classes when the students were separating another heterogen mixture of sand and salt.

The chemistry teachers from the partner schools also attended a chemistry class with Ana Brázio and her students. They were talking about stoichiometry and reactions. Ana Brázio showed how she teaches this key element in calculating and  the teachers could sit and discuss with the students how they think.  A new didactic point of view. When the sameMenade du:  kunskapskravproficiency came up at the swedish school we took the Portuguese example and tried to translate it and we did the same calculating operations as the Portuguese students. We succeeded and this was showing us that the language of chemistry is the same all over the world.

Portugal presented their best practice in chemistry and soil/water analysis and in collaborations with the visiting teachers new outdoor activities were planed and performed in each country to analyze soil and compare to our partner countries soil.


ROUTE Project – Youth Entrepreneurship

During our two year project we have been working with youth entrepreneurship in all partner countries. The goal was to learn more from the Estonians school Paide Gymnasium. They have a long tradition of youth entrepreneurship and have taught the partners a lot. The students have worked with the creation of students companies and the presented their ideas in different public forums.

Estonia Student Company Fair 2015 The 13th to 15th February, 6 students and 2 teachers from Sweden went to Tallin, Estonia, to participate in the international fair of student company’s. The goal was for the Swedish delegation to learn more about Youth entrepreneurship, one of ROUTEs main goals. The program during these days consisted in presentations from the different student company´s and a large fair in Tallinn´s 2 biggest shopping malls. This was a new experience for the Swedish school, who had only participated in national fair before. We learned a lot from our Estonian partner in how to work with students company´s in a larger way then we had done before.

Greece Chamber of Comers’ 2016 – During the last meeting in Greece the participating countries had worked with youth entrepreneurship and each students group presented their idea for youth entrepreneurship in front of the Chamber of Comers’ in Piraeus. They then got feedback on their ideas. They also got to ask questions to the chamber about economics and youth entrepreneurship.

After working together with this project for two years we have all developed our work methods surrounding youth entrepreneurship. We have all learned to include an outdoor experience in to the youth entrepreneurship. This means that we have more collaborations with real companies, they guide and help our students with their ideas. Also the input from local chamber of comers has enriched the youth entrepreneurship at each school.


Estonian Student Company Trade Fair 2015

The 13th to 15th February, 6 students and 2 teachers went to Tallin, Estonia, to participate in the international fair of student company’s. The two company´s we brought with us were:

Bee Fruity – A company that produces healthy fresh pressed juice.They also sell a book of recipes for you to make your own juice at home.

Air Studio – Has produced a drone that can take pictures of the landscape below. These images can be used for postcards, advertisements or art at your home.

The program during these days consisted in presentations from the different student company´s and a large fair in Tallinn´s 2 biggest shopping malls.

This was a new experience for the Swedish school, how had only participated in national fair before. We learned a lot from our Estonian partner in how to work with students company´s in a larger way then we had done before.