Blue Countries Newsletter Number 2

Italian Mobility March 17th -22nd 2019

Istituto Comprensivo"J.Stella" “G.Deledda” dpt – Pescopagano

Excitement built again for the second meeting of students and teachers in Pescopagano , Italy. After our initial mobility in Poland, there were fewer new faces among the teachers and twenty pupils travelled to make new friends, exchange information about their cultures and traditions and learn and explore the water cycle and to see some beautiful springs and sights in this unique mountain setting.

Benvenuti

Day One

Teachers and students were made to feel very welcome as the students & teachers of Istituto Comprensivo 'J. Stella' prepared a wonderful welcome ceremony. Students performed and spoke, welcoming each country's visitors. It was a wonderful, memorable beginning to the trip.




After that there was a presentation of the water resources in the area around Pescopagano and students engaged in a hands on activity around the Water Cycle which they totally enjoyed.



After lunch, co-ordinators held a meeting to review activities to date and to plan for the future. In particular, the trip to Ireland was discussed. As had been decided, the lipdub is to be performed in Ireland and the Michael Jackson 'Earth Song' is the song chosen. Each of the countries will wear their country's colours to represent their nationality and to express the feelings of inclusion, collegiality and unity about preserving the Earth's resources and protecting it for future generations.


Meanwhile students participated in sports in the gym as a way of becoming comfortable with each other and getting to know each other.


In the early evening, all went on an informative sightseeing tour of Pescopagano and the "turbines"used for the first hydroelectric power plant in the area.

Day Two

On Tuesday morning, all boarded a bus to visit the beautiful water springs

in Caposele and Cassano Irpino. After a delicious lunch at a restaurant sampling typical foods of the region, was a visit to 'La Fonte' an old watermill in Sant Andrea di Conza. This was a very informative trip detailing the history of spring water in the region.


The afternoon was spent back at the school. Co-ordinators met to finalise decisions about presentations and the itinerary to Ireland whilst students had an enjoyable afternoon exploring riddles, science experiments around water and music workshops. The students thoroughly enjoyed this afternoon and the co-ordinators meeting was productive.

Visiting Matera, European City of Culture 2019

One of the highlights of the trip to Italy was visiting Matera, the European City of Culture 2019. Matera is a city well deserved of its cultural status. It is a scenic, historic city, nestled in the gorgeous mountains which house the Sassi di Matera, famous reserved cave dwellings. The cathedral is a majestic building in the city. One of the visits on the trip was to a Museum, which was full of intriguing and interesting pieces of art. Students & teachers got a lot of interest from this excursion. They also thoroughly enjoyed the lunch though some didn't enjoy the seafood as much as others!!!!


Below is a selection of photos from the excursion. A picture tells a thousand words so I'll let them do the talking.

Thursday 21st

The last day of the mobility was spent in school. As the Co-ordinator's met and undertook an evaluation of the LTTA and a summary about the activities done during the LTTA in Italy by students , the students themselves were having a very enjoyable time participating in an Italian language class based on everyday vocabulary and of course words connected with the theme of 'water'.


In the afternoon, the farewell ceremony was held in the gym and each country's representatives was presented with their certificates and gifts from the region to bring back to their schools.


Students and teachers then availed of a little free time to relax before dining with their families and new friends for the final time.

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Farewell

On Friday it was time to say farewell. It was a wonderful trip. A sincere thank you to Filomena, Rosaria and all the teachers and staff of Istituto Comprensivo 'J. Stella' for organising a lovely programme of activities and for making everyone feel so welcome and relaxed.


We look forward to the trip to Ireland on May 19th-24th.