Comenius – February 2012

The UK leg of our Comenius project was a huge success. The week started on Monday January 30th when the French party arrived and were collected by their host families. The following day the Danish and German parties arrived followed by the Italian group.

A full programme followed, starting with a workshop in the school hall where visiting students worked alongside Gordano students on our section of the project which looked at New Technologies. All the students had been set a task to look at how different generations viewed the technologies available today and they presented a creative response to their findings. Dan Dixon senior lecturer in computer science then gave a talk about the development and future of online games.

The students were then given some time to explore Portishead followed by a reception at Folk Hall where students and visiting teachers were welcomed to our town.

The following day, students visited Bristol and were entertained by Pirate Pete who showed us around the harbour area and gave us some interesting facts about the history of Bristol and its connections with pirates – BlackBeard in particular. A visit to the SS Great Britain followed and then a mammoth shopping session in Cabot Circus.

It was back to school again on Friday were the students again worked together and were visited by representatives of Orange who told us about the development of mobile phones and plans for future technologies. It was amazing to see how quickly all the students got on and their presentations were all excellent!

There was more time to relax and have fun when we visited Weston-Super-Mare pier in the afternoon and had a barn dance in the evening which all the students and host families attended and enjoyed.

On Saturday the host families and their visitors had a free day and did lot’s of different activities and visits from Wells to London and paintballing to browsing vinyl record shops took place.

Sunday was time to say good bye and there were sad farewells, plans to meet again and many friendships made. Huge thanks to all the students, and their families who made this visit possible.

Next stop Denmark!

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