Our school is a primary school located in the suburbs of Thessaloniki, the second biggest city in Greece and the capital of the region of central Macedonia. Our suburb, which lies approximately 15 kilometres away, has a population of 20.000 people. We are a mixed school which caters for pupils aged 7-12 and there are around 350 pupils enrolled. There is also a small percentage of SEN pupils, for whom there is a SEN teacher. The school population is predominately white Greek with only a few pupils coming from migrant families. Integrating the aforementioned pupils is an important aim in our school. Emphasis is given on critical thinking, use of IT and English language. We are among a limited number of pilot schools in Greece where computer lessons, drama, art and English are being taught from the first grade. We are well-organised with a computer room and personal lap tops, a school library, a music room and chemistry labs. Each class is equipped with a data projector, a PC and there is internet access.
We have carried out projects on a national and European level, e-twinning and Comenius, with a variety of topics. National projects are implemented under the supervision of our Educational Directorate and the school advisor of our area. Childrens and teachers work is often presented to parents and local authorities in our Assembly Hall, where we also have theatrical plays presented to them.
A limited number of our pupils have a contact abroad or have travelled out of the country, so they need a lot of encouragement and practice in learning foreign languages. The teachers are motivated to learn new pedagogical techniques and implement ICT in the classroom. Even though the school building is new and well equipped, not much of this equipment is used by the majority of teachers, who are enthusiastic but lacking proper training they seek assistance from ICT experts. Our aim is to get ready for new learning environments and its challenges, and offer best possible education to our pupils. We expect to learn a lot of new skills with the Erasmus project: the use of modern technology also requires much more motivating activities for the pupils and the teachers.
Our educational activities are set up according to the school curriculum, that meets the educational, emotional and cultural needs of our students. We practice out-door learning, all students have one-day excursions a few times throughout the year.
Teachers employ a number of creative and recreational activities during the breaks on a voluntary basis. Films, chess, recycling waste material to create useful things, board games and many more act as a way to eliminate school bullying and foster students' socialising.
This project will be a great opportunity for both our teachers and pupils to communicate with people from other countries and gain an insight into different cultures, find differences and similarities that make them all global citizens.