GET TO KNOW US
2022/23 Term 1
Pre-Christmas visit our pen pals from Varaždin – OŠ dr. Ljudevita Pivka Ptuj, Slovenia
On Monday, December 19th, 2022, students and mentors from Erasmus+ project »Get to know us« went to Varaždin. The purpose of our trip was to get to know Christmas Varaždin, and above all to visit our pen - pals in person.
First, we drove to our partners school - Tomislava Špoljar Center. From there we went together to the old city center of Varaždin. In the city, each pen pals also officially met. Of course, we took photos of them on this occasion. Our Croatian friends then took us through the streets of Varaždin. Among other things, we visited Santa's House (Kuču Deda mraza), an ice rink with an ice slide, took quite a few photos and warmed up with hot tea.
At the very end of our meeting, our friends invited us to their place in the school for lunch. They also provided dessert. With all the hospitality, they said goodbye to us with beautiful gifts that will always remind us of our Croatian friends.
The day passed too quickly. It was a short but sweet meeting. We look forward to our Croatian friends visiting us during the carnival. We will do our best to be good hosts.
Thank you for a wonderful day.
Tanja, Marjetka, Vesna, Nuša, Emanuel, Tomaž, Gašper
School Advent fence - OŠ dr. Ljudevita Pivka Ptuj, Slovenia
In the month of November 2022, we started planning how to beautify the school yard in the pre-holiday atmosphere for our students and parents, as well as for the surrounding residents. We decided to work together to create an Advent fence that will brighten the days of December for all passers-by. Each class was given the task of painting one elf on the prepared chipboards. The fence took on a new look every day - with each day there was a new dwarf on the fence. All 18 departments at the school participated and everyone created according to their own ideas. The students participated according to their abilities - some colored the drawn sketches, others created templates, others helped with the help of teachers, and the fourth painted everything themselves.
We are extremely proud of the whole, which was complete the day before Christmas. It is something special. How did we do it?
The idea leader of the Advent fence, teacher Vojka Havlas
Students created under the mentorship of their class teachers
SLOVENIAN IMPRESSION - mobility to Schulzentrum im FIDS Quellenstraße, Wienna , Austria
ERASMUS PROJECT »GET TO KNOW US«, Vienna, Austria, 3.10.2022 – 7.10.2022
First week of October brought us spending very interesting time in Austria, Vienna. We spent quality time with people, who work with pupils with special needs from Croatia, Germany, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Austria, which hosted us that week.
Our hosts organized for us every day something special. During the week, we got different lectures: about school quality management in the Vienna school system, about the Austrian school system in relation to “Inclusion, Diversity and Special Education” and about special educational needs in the Vienna School system. We also met a member of the provincial parliament, municipal councillor of the city of Vienna and director of the Academy of Education, who friendly welcomed us at the Vienna town hall in the provincial parliament. It was very exciting to be there. Of course, we also had time for Vienna sightseeing town walk and we were all thrilled about the city.
The most interesting time for all of us was spending time at different schools (they told us, there are around 700 schools in Vienna!), with children with special needs and with their teachers. So, we could join a class at the motor skills park, technical work in the workroom and music and singing in the class/at the gym. We could saw, all children in all classes were able to be inclouded in all activities, it means, those were inclusion classes with children with high skills. But, what the most surprised us, was the number of migrants children. Only in one school there are 37 different nationalities, what means 37 different languages in just one school. Because of so many nationalities, there is sometimes a native speaker in the class with the teacher, who helps the pupils with the language. Vienna is very open city to migrants and their school system works the same. Teachers are always ready to translate and help “new” pupils feeling as much as possible comfortable and welcomed in the school.
Pupils with special needs visit lessons together with other children. Very surprising for us was the information, that teachers usually don't even know, who has special needs in the class. There is a special education teacher (and, depends on the number of pupils with special needs, also more other teachers) working together with class teacher. An example of good practice was the desk in the middle of the class, where every pupil could sit down for few minutes (or the whole hour), if needs some help. The pupil doesn't need to ask a teacher; he/she could just stand up, walking to that desk, sit down and the (special education) teacher knows, that pupil needs some help. It is also aloud for other pupils to go there and help. As soon as the problem is being solved, the pupils just go back to their desks and the lesson goes on. Definitely one very good idea also for Slovenian school system.
Danke schön, ViennaJ.
Slovenian Erasmus+ team Tanja, Nataša, Marjetka and Tina