In June 2016 Zespół Szkół Szkoła Podstawowa nr 1 i Gimnazjum im. Jana Pawła II organised so called „Open Days”. Sucha Beskidzka pupils and parents from different schools walked around the school, participated in numerous competitions and watched school’s trophies. Polish Erasmus+ group decided to prepare an Erasmus+ exhibition in order to promote the project School Radio Waves. The visitors had an opportunity to view Power Point presentations and films concerning LTT activities, listen to radio broadcasts, go through the project chronicle, read about partner towns and countries or admire the ecology figures created before the Sucha Beskidzka LTT.
Erasmus+ Group in Sucha Beskidzka! Zespół Szkół Szkoła Podstawowa nr 1 I Gimnazjum w Suchej Beskidzkiej was the host of the second LTT Erasmus+ meeting of the project “School Radio Waves”, which took place between 24th-30th April 2017. The main points of the meeting were ecology activities and “How to be a good reporter” workshops. Groups from Kecskemet (Hungary), Sant Agusti Des Vedra (Ibiza, Spain), Braga (Portugal) and Dobrich (Bulgaria) arrived in Poland on Monday afternoon and evening. They were welcomed by teachers and host families, who couldn’t wait to take their guests home. Tuesday began with a welcoming ceremony during which the Sucha Beskidzka school community had an opportunity to meet the whole Erasmus+ group. The guests, welcomed by the school principal, Polish project coordinator and the Town Secretary, admired the Regional Rubbish Creature Exhibition and presented their ecology activities results (Regional Rubbish Creature presentations and ecology poems). Then, everybody walked around the school, took part in an integration activities and attended chemistry and karate lessons. In the afternoon the group participated in the “How to be a good reporter” workshops. The group studied the arcana of the reporter profession, worked on the reporter professional ethic code, discussed the rules the reporters should take into consideration in their work. Students and teachers learned how to interview people and write a reportage. Later on, the project group took part in a town game. They walked around Sucha Beskidzka together with their Polish hosts, admired town monuments and listened to town legends and stories. They had to ask a lot of questions about Sucha Beskidzka, as the aim of the reporter workshops was to create reportages about the host town and Little Poland (Małopolska)region. In the town game final, the participants were supposed to answer the questions about Sucha Beskidzka. The Hungarian group got the most points and won the game. They received a prize, which was the Kicek mascot. On Wednesday, the Erasmus+ group went to Cracow to see professional radio reporters in action. The first point of the trip was a visit to Małopolska Garden of Art. Thanks to Mr Andrzej Czop, the Małopolska Garden of Art main sound engineer, they were able to enter the backstage of the theatre and learn how to work with professional sound equipment. The group could also walk on the main stage and admire unusual musical instruments. Next, teachers and students visited Radio Cracow. They watched a surprise piano concert by Hiroshi Kurotaki and then went to the radio studio where our students had an opportunity to talk to the radio reporter during a live programme. After that, Erasmus+ group walked to the vibroacoustics department of the Cracow University of Science and Technology to experience “real silence” of the anechoic chamber. Finally, it was time to walk around the most important places in Cracow. Sucha Beskidzka students, who were the guides, took the guests to Sukiennice, Wawel Castle, St. Mary’s Church and Dragon’s Cave and talked about Cracow history and culture. Thursday was the ecology day. In the morning the group visited the Babia Góra National Park and listened to an interesting lecture about Babia Góra flora and fauna. Then, everybody went to the Beskidzki Raj complex, where they had an opportunity to eat a carrot cake, climb a landscape tower or watch animals in a mini zoo. In the afternoon the project partners saw the Sucha Beskidzka waterworks, water conditioning plant and town laboratory and sewage treatment. The last point of the Thurdsay programme was writing ecology and Sucha Beskidzka reportages. Friday started with “polishing” the reportages. When all the groups were ready, they went to the Sucha Beskidzka castle where they attended patchwork workshops. During the workshops, all the participants learned how to use fabric to create beautiful ecology bags. After that, the group walked around the Mały Wawel Castle and then came back to school to record their reportages in the school radio. Saturday was the last day of project activities. While all the groups were editing their radio broadcasts, the coordinators met to discuss the project details and plans ahead. Next, the “School Radio Waves” teams gathered to evaluate the visit to Sucha Beskidzka and receive certificates. Finally, everybody visited a school “restaurant” At the Foot of Babia Góra and had a chance to taste various regional dishes prepared by the parents and students. The afternoon was left for sightseeing. Teachers, students together with their host families visited different parts of the region. They went to Cracow, Zakopane or Wadowice. The Polish adventure finished on Sunday morning, when all the delegations started their journeys back to their home countries in Bulgaria, Hungary, Portugal and Ibiza.
Our Polish group, consisting of five students and two teachers, set off to Hungary on the 12th February 2017. The journey wasn’t long. It took about seven hours by bus. In the evening, we arrived to Kecskemet, where we were awaited by Hungarian hosts.
On the first day, all groups gathered in the biggest class at school. Everybody sat in a chair circle and said their names. Then, Hungarian students showed us their library, canteen, sports hall and cinema class. Later we went to observe lessons and talked a lot of about our school, families and cities. Next, after the lunch break, we went to see the school radio. Later, all groups showed their presentation about teen addiction. Next we went to the Kecskemét main square, where we had to answer a few questions. Our answers were recorded.
On the second day of our stay we gathered around 8 in front of the youth center. Animators had prepared us
a lot of interesting integration games and activities. After the lunch, we went to the theatre, which was in the
same building, and attended interactive anti—addiction programme. Activities in the Youth Center finished
in the afternoon.
15th February was very cold. In the morning we went to do the Hungarian town Szegeden. The journey took about 45 minutes. The first stop was the farm, which was 40 kilometers away from the destination point. When we arrived, we went for tea and then had a horse wagon ride. We traveled together with girls from Portugal. The next stop was the Szegeden Radio. Then, the whole group went to see the Danube River, where Hungarian teachers told us the history of this city. Next, we saw a beautiful baroque church and the University Library, which had 1 500 000 books! In the evening we came back to Kecskemet.
The fourth day was devoted to finishing our reportages, recording them and dealing with sound processing. We also admired the regional folk group show. After that we felt like stars because some project members met TV workers and took part in an interview. After the lunch break we had an opportunity to visit Laszkowski Museum and play weird and extraordinary instruments. The last point of the programme was a visit to local TV.
On the last scheduled day of the project we started classes at 7:45. After gathering in the largest classroom at school, we attended visit evaluation and were given certificates. After that, we had a free afternoon with our hosts. We went bowling.
The 18th February was the day of saying goodbye to our hospitable hosts, new friends and the lovely city of Kecskemet. On our way to Poland we were still excited and kept talking about the meeting. We were sad that we had to leave but, on the other hand, we knew that we would meet again very soon in Sucha Beskidzka.
Our school community was very curious to learn about the Kesckemet visit. That is why we prepared a presentation, which included photos and films. First, we shared our impressions with teachers in one of teachers’ conferences. Then, we talked to our colleagues. They had lots of questions!
At the moment, we’re looking forward to meeting the Erasmus+ team again. See you in Sucha Beskidzka!
It’s broadcast about Poland and Sucha Beskidzka.
Saturday. Beautiful, sunny (almost) spring day. Erasmus+ team came to school in order to meet Mr Andrzej Czop “Czoper”, the main acoustician at Małopolska Garden of Art, Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Cracow, and the sound engineer of Max Klezmer Band and KTO Theatre. Mr Andrzej Czop “Czoper” taught the Erasmus+ team how to use the radio system and deal with the sound processing equipment. Young reporters were also given a chance to interview Mr Czop. It needs to be said that the project students had a unique opportunity to learn from the best! #schoolradiowaves