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  3rd Short-Term Exchange

Schulen der Brede - Brakel

Date: 20th – 26th  November 2016

The third short-term exchange meeting was hosted by the German school. The topic of the meeting was “Waste”. The meeting was organised by the German Erasmus+-team of Schulen der Brede, Brakel. 22 students, 6 teachers and one student teacher took part in this meeting. The Belgium team attended the meeting with ten students and the Greek and the Spanish team came to Germany with seven students each. They were accompanied by two teachers each.

The students were hosted by German families and the teachers were hosted by the nuns who ran the German school years ago. After taking into consideration the approved application and the agreed goals, eight activities about waste were organized. 

Sunday, 20 November 2016 : “Different cultures meet in Germany” – Arrival in Germany

The host families welcomed their Belgium, Greek and Spanish partners at the train station in Brakel respectively at the airport in Paderborn-Lippstadt. The foreign students experienced a Sunday evening with a German family. The teachers were taken to the nuns’ guesthouse and enjoyed dinner in a restaurant in Brakel. 

Monday, 21 November 2016 : “Who are you?“ – Getting to know each other and getting into the topic of waste. 

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On Monday morning all the participants met at Schulen der Brede, Brakel, and were welcomed by the headmaster of the school, Mr Koch, and the two German coordinators. The students took part in ice-breaking activities with Anne Drewes, who is a very experienced drama teacher and used exercises from drama lessons for it. After that, the foreign students listened to short presentations given by some German students about the recycling plant in Lünen as well as about the cities Bonn, Cologne, Paderborn and Brakel.A tour around the school was connected to Activity 1, which was titled “Crime Scene: Waste Investigation”, in short CSWI. The students had a sightseeing tour around the school. This was connected to the task to find waste at Schulen der Brede and to take photos of the waste they found at school in certain areas. After that, they prepared a presentation about that.Then the students watched videos about “My week without plastic” and “How to separate waste in Belgium, Germany, Greece and Spain” (Activity 2), which the four countries prepared before the meeting. Then there was a discussion about the videos and what the students had learned from them.

Thuesday, 22 November 2016:  “How does recycling work? – A visit to Europe’s biggest recycling plant in Lünen.

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On Tuesday the Erasmus+-group visited Europe’s biggest recycling plant in Lünen (Activity 3). They went around the big plant in two busses and learnt how our waste is re-used and how valuable waste can be.  After that, the group went to Münster, a famous university town and one of the greenest cities in Germany. After a short guided walk through the city centre with explanations from one of the German teachers (Münster Castle, Wilsberg film production, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Prinzipalmarkt, The Old Town Hall, Lambertichurch) the students and teachers went to the Christmas Market, a typical German tradition.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016:  “Let’s do CLIL!“ - How can we teach kids about waste?

DSC02868On Wednesday morning the Erasmus+-Group prepared the CLIL activities they had produced in their home countries. During the preparation the students from all four countries worked together in small internationally mixed groups. Then they went to classes of grade 5, 6 and 7 and taught kids about waste and recycling (Activity 4). After that, they talked about the experience. After lunch break they listened to the talk “Zero Waste” given by Shia Su (Activity 5) in the Assembly Hall, which was also attended by different classes from Schulen der Brede as part of the dissemination of the Erasmus+-Project. The students and teachers got many ideas how to produce less waste and live a “zero waste” life.

Thursday, 24 November 2016: “Getting to know German History and sustainability in connection with chocolate…” – A trip to Bonn and Cologne

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On Thursday the Erasmus+-Group went to Bonn and Cologne. In the morning they visited the House of German History and learnt about German history after World War II until today with the help of a quiz and/or an English Audio Guide. In the afternoon they visited the Chocolate Museum in Cologne and had a guided tour relating to the topic “Chocolate – a treat for everyone? Sustainability in cocoa and chocolate production” (Activity 6). There the team learned about the working and living conditions of the main cocoa producing regions. After that, they visited Cologne Cathedral, they went to the Christmas Market in Cologne and went shopping.

Friday, 25 November 2016:  “Using ICT-Tools“ – How to find the perfect location for an incinerator by using GIS

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On Friday the Erasmus+-Group went to the University of Applied Science in Höxter. They attended a workshop concentrating on the topic how to find the perfect location for an incinerator by using GIS. The course was given by a professor from the university and all the students learned how to use the software ArcGIS. After they had spent some time with the software, they tried to find the best location for an incinerator in the municipality Höxter and presented their results at the end (Activity 7). In the evening all the students, teachers and parents involved in the 3rd short term exchange meeting in Brakel were invited to a farewell swap party (Activity 8) in the school canteen as part of the dissemination of the Erasmus+-Project. There they had an almost waste-free party. Real plates and cutlery were used and washed up afterwards by the party service team. Everyone who came to the party had to bring their own glass or cup and had to take it home again in order to avoid plastic cups. In addition to that, items like clothes, books, etc. were swapped. Everyone brought three items to the party he or she did not need anymore and brought home three items he or she swapped at the party.

Saturday, 26 November 2016:  “Farewell and goodbye” – Leaving Germany 

After everyone went home, an evaluation form was distributed and filled in. 

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