segunda-feira, 4 de maio de 2015

segunda-feira, 30 de março de 2015

School cultural Exchange - Essen - 18 - 25 March 2015

From 18 to 25 March eleven students, the school headmaster and the coordinator of international activities of Secondary School Carolina Michaelis were warmly welcomed in Goetheschule, Essen, by their peer German hosts, families and teachers, having had a very rich programme for the week.

After having a reception by the school headmaster, the group toured the school and was fully informed about the programme ahead.They could witness the final week "Carnival type" costumes and fun that happen in Germany.

A reception by the Town Hall Mayor was a very unexpected friendly event that impressed all the participants of the group. This state authority stated the importance of cultural links among different peoples, regarding the importance of knowledge, respect and tolerance, hoping this activity could lst for many years to come. Michael Franke kindly translated to Portuguese to allow everyone understand all the speech.

There were plenty of very interesting visits: to the Synagoge in Essen, where much about the Jewish traditions could be learnt and admired,

 to the Bergbau Museum, once an important coal mine,

 to Villa Hugel, the mansion of Alfred Krupp, inventor of steel,

 to Werden, a very lovely town full of traditional German buildings, where an artificial lake is located, a dam and a river, where once boats would transport the coal and other mineral resources.


And, of course. to the city of Essen! The cathedral was admired and specially the golden madona, the streets, typical markets, foods and atmosphere.

Visits were also arranged to Cologne, having the group climbed the 533 steps to enjoy the view from the top of the fantastic Cathedral, 

 to Gruga Park where the Friendship Tree was planted by both schools students.

The two teachers involved in the partnership, Maria Cruz and Michael Franke, placed the label of the Ginko Biloba tree, as a final sign of a friendship commitment between both schools.

Zollverein World Heritage Museum was also visited on Sunday morning, providing full information on the past and present of the region.

Final presentations were held on the final day by all the Portuguese students, giving a feedback on their feelings and impressions of this valuable experience.

The goodbye moment arrived and, once again, families and hosts took the students to the airport and promised to meet again soon! Thanks for your kindness, hospitality and generosity, specially Karmen Heupp, Michael Franke, Nichola, Helga and Peter Klosta!

segunda-feira, 23 de fevereiro de 2015

German delegation of Goetheschule in Carolina MIchaelis Secondary School , Porto, Portugal

28 January to 4 February 2015

Families, students and teachers met the group in the airport to host the German students for one week.

Different classes were involved in the Exchange activity- 10SE, 10CT2, 11CT2 - including sports and debates on the similarities and differences between the two countries on school systems, gstronomy, free time activities and hobbies for teenagers, among others.

German students presented to classes the different German school system so that all could know about the different possibilites. Extra- school activities of Goetheschule were also referred to.

The five best impressions on Porto exchange experience were awarded a significant prize produced by the students of Arts of the Portuguese school.

The German group visited "Paço dos Duques" and the castle in Guimaraes, and went to downtown Porto. Guided visits in English and German to Casa da Música, 
Clérigos Tower and FCP Museum and Stadium were provided, apart from the chance to see Lello Bookshop and Serralves Modern Art Museum and Foz, by the sea. A cruise on the river Douro was also a good opportunity to enjoy the two cities from the middle of the river!

The final day came to say goodbye! Both groups promised to meet again soon!