Can Comenius Change A Thing? The Last Stop…




Two years ago, we started our project in Puciosa, a small town in Romania. I didn’t know what was expecting us. I didn’t know what I should expect. Yet I had a feeling that everything would be great …

We were in Lamia from April 14th to 19th. Our partner is a Music school so we all knew the meeting would have some music in it.

On Sunday, Our Greek friends took us from the bus stop. Kids went with their hosts and we headed to our hotel. Our Greek friends were warm and friendly and very generous. Moreover they were very kind.

Lamia is a little city and on a sunny Sunday morning I fell in love with it. Seeing the orange trees, smelling the flowers filled us with joy. Life was good.


On Monday we were in the school and it was an excellent opening ceremony for the project meeting. A concert was waiting for us. And it was a real concert… The students and the teachers performed with their various orchestras. It was a sheer bliss. Then we watched the wonderful presentation of the beautiful Lamia. A student on his bike toured the city going up and down the hills, the steps and wait … They said ”We assigned the students and they came up with this”.

During the week, we worked hard as usual but we also had chance to see magnificent places. Greece, the land of philosophers, writers, historians… Greece, the land of proud, humble people… Everybody in the Music School of Lamia worked hard to make the event unforgettable; the teachers, parents and the students. Words are not enough to explain my feelings. I’m glad that my eyes have seen… I know the smell of honeysuckles will remind me of the friendly people and the beautiful days we spent in Lamia.


From the tech age to the ancient days

The view from the school


The fifth mobility in our Comenius Project was to Calabria, a beautiful small town in the Southern Italy.

Our main task was to perform the plays our students wrote based on their short stories written from the same story beginning.

We watched the plays on Wednesday, 12th 2012. It was amazing to see how creative each school could go with the same story beginning we all had different plays, stressing the values we had chosen previously.

We also discussed the questionnaire results on how the project helped us and we were not surprised at all to have almost the same results.

Beautiful towns

Of course we worked hard but we also enjoyed the great hospitality and kindness of the Italian people, delicious food, fresh fruits from the trees, the beautiful view of the Tiranian see, walking in the narrow streets of the picturesque little towns like Ajeta, Tortora, Cosenza, Calabria which were great opportunities for all of us to breathe the mystic smell of the history. Walking on the same paths where our ancient ancestors had lived was exciting and seeing we haven’t come further than they already achieved was amazing. The civilization existed in the ancient times. We, human beings, haven’t changed a lot since then. Same problems, same passions, same dangers still exist. We just managed to build new cities based on what they had built, we designed new tools inspired by what they had created and now in this techie age, we have our computers, our lonely lives and even the games we play in our virtual worlds pay tribute to the ancient days.

Our host school organized the trips in a very careful way that from the second day of our mobility to the last minute we enjoyed every moment we spent together. Visiting Pompei and the beautiful Salerno decorated for Christmas were fascinating.

On the last day of the meeting the students, teamed with their international friends took part in a treasure hunt in the old town of Scale. They discovered both the town and the books and poems read during the project, enjoying working together.

It was hard to say goodbye but we all know that every ending is a new beginning and every beginning is a new adventure.

I am glad we had the chance to meet our Italian friends and I am sure the next mobility in Poland will be as amazing as this one.

Can Comenius Project Change a Thing, part 5 ( at our school)

Finally we hosted our partner schools in Istanbul. My school was very glad to have this opportunity. We, the language department teachers worked very hard yet we enjoyed and learned a lot.

On the first day, after the short tour in the school, we gathered in the conference hall and presented ‘What Comenius means to us’. There were very experienced schools among us; however, the experienced and the inexperienced schools all had the common conclusion. Comenius projects are great opportunities to help us learn about each other.

We also had the chance to celebrate The Europe Day on 9th of May at school. We cooked traditional food in the school kitchen all together. Peeling, chopping, whipping was wonderful with the students and teachers. Our kitchen workers also enjoyed the experience very much although they got tired very much. When all the food was cooked, we headed to the school yard, and country had a stand with its flag. The teachers and the students served the food to the guests and enjoyed the lovely spring weather for a while. Then we headed to the conference hall and each team sang, danced and even taught their dances to the other groups.  It was a great evening and all of us left the school with wonderful memories.

We choose our story beginnings. We read paragraphs from the novel and recited Zahrad’s poems in many languages.

We organised day trips in Istanbul. It was difficult to show all the beautiful places around but at least we tried our best as a taster and also with a boat trip in an evening, we managed to show the most of the city.

The worst part was the ending. We cried a lot, we hugged each other, becoming friends once more, promising each other to keep in touch until the next meeting.

 This video is created by our 11 language department students for the ‘What Comenius means to us’. I really loved it and ı wanted to share it.

Can Comenius Project Change a Thing, part 4

Well, I’ve already learned the answer but I want to continue with this title.

May is a wonderful month. It is warm, sunny and energetic and we are lucky beacuse the 3rd meeting of our project ‘The Magic of Reading, The Power of Reading’ is going to be held in Istanbul this week.

 We, the language department teachers and students of my school have planned everything and we are looking forward to collaborating with our friends starting tomorrow.

In the afternoon, we will present ‘What Comenius means to us’ and then exchange ideas and see how far we have reached tomorrow. We are going to organise a wonderful evening for Europe Day on May 9th. There are other meetings, for instance, we will choose our paragraphs to start writing our stories and trips that will take place this week in my 117 years old school.

I’m so much excited. A few minutes later, I will leave home to meet the last team and at 9 o’clock tomorrow morning, our 1 week long adventure will begin.

Please, wish us luck

All Comenius project posts can be read here

Can a Comenius Project change a thing? Part 3

 The Magic of Reading The Power of Discovering Ourselves

Guest post by Talar Bedikoglu and Culya Yapıcı 

                The second project meeting took place in La Palma del Condado,Spain  from March 4th to March 10th  2012. La Palma del Condado isin the province of Huelva. It has a population of 10.000 inhabitants. It is popular for its wineries which produce all the wine in Spain. It has natural beauties with wonderful narrow streets and traditional houses. The orange and lemon trees decorate the streets.

                On our arrival day we were warmly welcomed by the host families and teachers. On our first day at school we met the head-teachers and the staff during a reception organized at school. The school walls were decorated  with posters of each country that took part in the project. We were informed about the Spanish history and civilization by the history teacher. On the same day each partner reported their Reading Club Activities and shared the values that the novels or the poems represented. We were able to see some posters, videos and presentations prepared by the students. We had a guided tour of La Palma del Condado in the evening with all the teachers and students.

                We had a day trip to Sevilla on March 6th and another day trip to the Donana National Park and the coast including El Rocio and Matalascanas on March 7th.Donana National Park is a well known for its enormous variety of bird species and its colorful colonies of flamingoes.

                On Thursday morning after having breakfast prepared for all the host families, students and teachers,  we watched a performance about  Don Quixote de la Mancha by La Palma students . On our project meeting in the afternoon, the partner schools presented their countries, towns and schools. We decided on how many passages to be translated into English from the novels of our own authors. Each country presented their ideas on Multilingual Dictionary Templates. We decided to prepare an online and a printable dictionary including the literary terms in our list and some useful phrases. In the evening we visited La Palma del Condado Library and students from each partner school read the first paragraph of Don Quixote in their own mother tongue.

                Friday was the Lorca day. La Palma Students sang songs composed from Lorca poems and the guest students read his poems in their mother tongue. We were welcomed by the authorities in The Town Hall. After that, the teachers were taken on a tour of the wineries of La Palma.

                This trip was a great of opportunity for our students to discover other cultures and traditions and to make new friends. They felt the warmth of friendship not only with the students but also with their host families. We left Spain with unforgettable memories.

You can watch these beautiful animotos to see the enthusiasm of both teachers and the students.

Their presentations

And the trips