STAGE 2010-2012

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The STAGE Comenius Project was centred around seven schools from all across Europe. In Comenius, schools from across Europe come together, to work on a project to learn about each other’s countries and cultures. The schools met at a Comenius Contact Seminar in Durham, England in 2008.

The Partner schools include two schools in England, a school in France, Sweden, Estonia and Spain.
Our project name is STAGE – which stands for Seven Towards A Greener Europe.

The seven schools involved were:
 Tallin 1st Boarding School,Tallin, Estonia
 Edmond Bocquier, St Gilles Croix de Vie, France
 Maria Parkskolan, Helsinborg, Sweden
 Dryden School, Gateshead, United Kingdom
 The Oaks Secondary, Durham, United Kingdom
 St Augustine’s N.S., Clontuskert, Ireland
 Colegio Rural Agrupado, Valencia, Spain

Project Outline:
Year One:Paper and Paper Recycling
Year Two: Biodiversity – Birds of Europe
Year One: Paper and Paper Recycling
• Logo Competition
• France Visit
• Paper Questionnaire
• Ireland Visit
• Paper Audit
• Estonia Visit
• Paper Recycling Activity

Year Two: Biodiversity – Birds of Europe
• Birds of our Country
• Sweden Visit
• Bird Album Activity
• Bird Boxes and Research
• Spain Visit
• CD Activity
• United Kingdom Visit

WHO WAS COMENIUS?
Comenius Named after Czech Bishop who was an educator from the 17th century considered the father of modern education.
Comenius was a Czech teacher, educator, and writer. He served as the last bishop of Unity of the Brethren, and became a religious refugee and one of the earliest champions of universal education, a concept eventually set forth in his book Didactica Magna.
He is often considered the father of modern education. He lived and worked in many different countries in Europe, including Sweden, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Transylvania, the Holy Roman Empire, England, the Netherlands, and Royal Hungary
Comenius believed in the importance of education especially for the very young.
The Comenius Programme is an EU funded project that allows schools across Europe to develop links with each other.
It is part of the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme, the Comenius actions aim to help young people and educational staff better understand the range of European cultures, languages and values.
Comenius also help young people acquire the basic life skills and competences necessary for personal development, future employment and active citizenship.

Comenius aims to:
Improve and increase the mobility of pupils and educational staff across the EU;
Enhance and increase partnerships between schools in different EU Member States
Encourage language learning, innovative ICT-based content, services and better teaching techniques and practices.

Access to the Scoilnet Blogging Platform has been kindly been provided by the NCTE, the National Centre for Technology in Education ( www.ncte.ie ) in Ireland. This is the first Scoilnet Project Blog to work with schools throughout Europe and offers a unique opportunity for schools to share best practice and learning.

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