Open day on the Polish workshop

The Open Day for the 4th Transnational Workshop in Rozogi, Poland, was held on Friday 25/5/2018 as part of the Erasmus + “Through artistic abilities to develop basic skills” program at the 1st Primary School of Schimatari.
At the event students Gazis Angelos, Zacharouli Rafaela-Maria, Pinita Sofia, Gegas Angelos, Tserkezi Christina, Datsi Jessilda, Singh Harmandip, Alexaki Maria – Anna, Dede Anastasia and Vourliotis Paraskeui- Danae and the accompanying teachers Strati Eugenia, Alexaki Eleni and Noti Stasini presented the actions in which they participated in the 4th Transnational Laboratory in Rozogi, Poland, as well as their experiences, their feelings and the benefits they have gained from this transnational action.

Following is th presentation they created and presented to their schoolmates, teachers, parents and other guests.


Also some photos from the event…


The report on the fourth international workshop “Local folk art, stand up drama, craftwork, singing and dance workshops” at Gimnazjum im. ks. Jana Twardowskiego w Zespole Szkół w Rozogach, 19 – 25 March 2018

The aims of the workshop:

– to prepare and present publically a short Kurpian play – Stand Up Drama – “In the Kurpian Chamber” by Jan Kania, in English;

– to learn the folk Kurpian dances, follow simple choreography, and develop hand and leg movement coordination accordingly to the rhythm and music, counting and stressing steps in a dance;

– to learn about and how to make simple Kurpian art: dough sculpture, craftwork, paper flowers and paper cuttings, developing maths skills: geometrical shapes, symmetry, dimensions;

– to present publicly all the work done during the workshop;

– to motivate students of different origins and facing educational, economic and social impediments, to learn national and foreign languages;

– to promote sharing of school experiences in methods, innovations and good practices in order to improve students’ basic skills through regional art, dance and theatre;

– to develop students and teachers’ language and communicative skills as well as maths and ICT competences;

– to develop and promote students’ creativity and responsibility through their commitment in the whole process of planning, organizing and presenting their achievements during the workshop;

– to experience Polish – Kurpian regional culture and traditions cultivated in the area;

– to visit Warsaw: Museum of the Warsaw Uprising, The Old Town – to learn about the culture and heritage of Poland, – To visit Olsztyn, the Castle, The Old Town – Learn about Warmia and Masuria District and its heritage;

– to taste the traditional Polish, Kurpian, Masurian dishes;

– to give Polish Culture Centre in Rozogi and Greek “Cultural Association Terpsichore” Culture Centre from Schimatari the opportunity to start mutual cooperation.


The activities:
The first day – 19. 03. 2018. (Monday)
-Welcoming of the foreign pupils to the school,
– Meeting with the Major at the Municipality Office while the children were working in 3 groups (with a dance animator, with a drama animator, with a paper flowers and cut-outs regional artists)
– Division of the participating students in drama, art and music – dance clubs. Starting the workshops in clubs.

– The presentation of the Slovenian pupils and teachers of their school, town and country.

The second day – 20.03.2018. (Tuesday)

– Work in the clubs:  practising the dance, making paper flowers and cutouts for the props, practising the acting in the play.

– Decorating of the Easter eggs.

– The presentation of the Croatian students and teachers of  their school, town, country and cultural heritage.

The third day – 21.03.2018. (Wednesday)

– A whole day educational trip to Olsztyn. Visit to the Warmia and Masuria Museum in the Castle, sightseeing the Old Town and watching the Universe at the Planetarium.

The fourth day – 22.03.2018. (Thursday)

– A whole day educational trip to Warsaw.

– Museum of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 and sightseeing the Old Town

The fifth day – 23.03.2018. (Friday)

– A craftwork workshop in Kadzidło – making the dough sculptures – “BYŚKI”.

– Work in the clubs: practising the songs and dances, practising the acting in the play, making the props for the play, rehearsal.

– Decorating of the Easter eggs.

– The presentation of the Greek pupils and teachers of their school, town and country.

The sixth day – 24.03.2018. (Saturday)
– Preparing for the performance, dress rehearsal.

– The performance of  the Stand Up Drama – “In the Kurpian Chamber” to the parents, members of the community.

– Presentation of the dances/songs from each country by students in national costumes (Croatian school with the folk dance, a song from the Slovenian school, Greek school students the Zorba dance).

– The performance of the Greek Dance Group – “Cultural Association Terpsichore” – the dances from the Aegean Sea Area.

– Giving out the Certificates.

-The speeches of Headteacher and the Coordinator.

– The exhibition of the workshop participants’ works.

– Talking with parents, teachers and guests, tasting homemade food prepared by the parents.

The seventh day – Palm Sunday – 25th March 2018

– Rehearsal before the presentation of Palm Sunday Ceremony.

– Taking part in the Palm Sunday Ceremony by all of the participants of the workshop. Presentation of the Greek dances of the Aegean Sea Area by Cultural Association Terpsichore, Greek students – Zorba dance, Slovenian students – a folk song, Croatian folk dance and an international presentation of a Kurpian dance “Fafur” together with some local games. The speeches of  the Major, the Foreman of the County Council and the District representatives of the Polish Parliament. Giving away prizes for the best palms.


The achievements of the workshop in accordance to the project aims:
120 people were directly involved in the workshop activities: 66 students and 24 teachers participated in the workshop and 12 Dance Group members from Schimatari, Greece; 10 students, 4 teachers from the Croatian school; 10 students, 3 teachers from the Slovenian school; 10 students, 3 teachers and one accompanying person from the Greek school, 36 students and 11 teachers from the hosting school and 2 teachers from the neighbouring primary schools, 5 local artists and instructors, 13 people of the host school kitchen and staff.
– All estimated activities were realized as planned in the schedule of the workshop.
– All assumptions and goals were met during the work in clubs.
10 teachers from abroad and 11 teachers from the hosting school and 2 teachers from the neighbouring primary schools, with the leadership of the local artists, cooperated together to achieve the final products:

30 students from abroad and 36 students from Rozogi worked together in clubs and between clubs on their final products and by this they developed their cooperative and communicative skills.
– All participating teachers and students developed and broaden their language skills in English and also learnt a few words and sentences in the other schools’ languages, using the five language dictionary.
– All students, including those with different impediments and students with disabilities, were motivated to learn from each other as well as foreign and national languages.
– Students and teachers explored Polish culture and learnt about the history of the area of Rozogi, visiting: the most important places in Rozogi, Olsztyn, Warsaw (Museum of the Warsaw Uprising, The Old Town), Kadzidło.
– The students improved their communicative skills by chatting with each other and they made friends with peers from four different countries.
– They prepared and performed publicly the Stand Up Drama – “In the Kurpian Chamber” . Working in 3 groups (drama, music/dance and art).

– All participating students evolved their basic skills by partaking in all planned activities fulfilling their tasks.
– Students and teachers improved and promoted their creativity, cooperational skills and responsibility participating in the workshops.

– The representatives of the participating schools shared the customs of their countries with the others.
– Teachers shared their experiences, innovations by cooperating together in the clubs.

– The participants developed their ICT skills by using translation Apps and preparing their school Movie Maker and PowerPoint presentations as well as sharing their work and pictures using Google Docs and Photos.
– The parents of the hosting school were engaged in the workshop activities by preparing meals for their guests and baking cakes and by showing the guests their customs and traditions, so that the foreign participants tasted the local cuisine and got to know some of the traditions.

– The local authorities met with the participants from abroad at the Municipality Office and participated in the main event of it.

– The local Tourist Office “Mówiący kij” helped with the tours and gave ideas of the most interesting sights to see.
– The hosting school teachers and staff were very helpful, the kitchen staff cooked lunches and prepared second breakfast and snacks for the guests.
– A very good cooperation between the teachers of the hosting school, together with the guests, proved itself again by the wonderful final products.

– The Culture Centre in Rozogi, as well as the Major, started a cooperation with the Cultural Association “Terpsichore” from Schimatari, Greece.

– All the aims have been achieved and the workshop was an incredible experience for the students and the teachers..
-The students were delighted by the hospitality of the families, even though some of them had communication problems. They used translation apps to communicate with some of the families.
– Both students and teachers admired Polish people’s reception, treatment and hospitality.
– Each participating school presented itself and their country by showing a Movie Maker and  PowerPoint presentation, so the other participants got some knowledge of the others’ cultures, customs, cuisine, dances, schools, towns and regions.
– A bond has been created between teachers and students participating in the workshop in their own school groups as well as between the schools.
– A bond was also created by the hosting families with the students from the participating schools, and between the teachers, which was seen at the end of the workshop, when pupils and adults cried saying their goodbyes. We will all stay in touch using the social media apps.
– All participants have an equal impact on the final products: the Stand Up Drama – “In the Kurpian Chamber” together with the national dances, songs, the paper flowers and cut-outs art work, decorating of Easter eggs and making the dough sculptures.
– We had the chance to compare our nations and environments by visiting: Olsztyn, Warsaw and Kadzidło.
– The engagement, professionalism and co-operational skills of the teachers and staff of Polish school were really impressive. A good example for the teachers from abroad.
– There were a lot of things in the workshop that we like and will incorporate into our schools’ everyday work.

– We all had the chance to get to know the organization and equipment of the school in Rozogi and some solutions will be used in the partner schools.
– The workshop in Rozogi has proven again how the children and people from different countries are the same and despite the differences can work together as one.

The invitation and involvement of a guest Greek dance group into the activities and presentation was a wonderful experience, that has given new opportunities to all people involved in the workshop as the follow up of the project that wasn’t planned. There will be exchanges of dance groups from Poland and Greece and partaking in international folk festivals. Moreover, a Croatian dance group got invited to a folk dance festival in Schimatari, Greece.