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Visit to Olkusz

Between the 24th and 28th of April, the Venda do Pinheiro School Group participated in the penultimate meeting of the Eramus+ Sustainability: A Future for All project. This meeting was hosted by the Polish school partner in this project, Szkoła Podstawowa n.º 1 im. M. Kopernika, in the town of Olkusz.

Representing the Group were three teachers, accompanying four ninth grade students. Regarding these, in addition to participating in the week’s activities, it was also up to introduce Portugal to the project partners, as well as, in the case of the students who attend the group’s robotics club, to promote a creative programming workshop in Python with imagiCharms, for the participating students. These included Greek, Italian, Turkish children, and a class of Polish pupils.

The way the students got involved in these activities, presenting and representing the country, or teaching colleagues from other countries to program, made the teachers proud of the ability and care shown.

Several activities took place over the course of the week, which involved a visit to the Polish school, a programming workshop, visits to the Polish natural heritage such as the Ojcow valley and the Bledow desert, discovery of the mining past of the village of Olkusz, presentations by the students from the host Polish school, dinners with Polish families. The week ended with a visit to the city of Kraków.

These activities represent a discovery of customs, cultures, heritage and experiences by our students, since one of the main objectives of these projects is to make contact with their peers from other countries, sharing experiences and friendships with them. And, with that, contribute to a deeper development of a sense of belonging to the European space, as well as building a European identity.

Some pictures of the intense week: