11 th meeting

Comenius - Multilateral partnership

11 th International meeting

Venue: Primaryschool, PlateiaMikrasAsias, Edessa, Greece

Dates : 2nd June – 6th June 2014

In the first week of June we took a trip to Edessa (about 90 kms from Thessaloniki) in Greece to wind up our two-year participation in Comenius project. This time, all partnering countries sent their representatives to meet up – 28 teachers and 66 pupils in total.

Our Greek partners prepared a great programme to present their culture, history, traditions, and cuisine. We were welcomed by the school director who introduced us to the staff as well as to their students. The main point of the programme, were absolutely fantastic Olympic games which took place at the school’s playground. The opening ceremony in which were presented all competitors was followed by lighting the Olympic torch and Greece anthem. Pupils competed in 5 disciplines: football, dodge ball, tennis ball throw, relay, and rope wrestle. All sportsmen were rewarded with a commemorative award and olive tree wreath.

Our Greek colleagues made an effort to present the deep history of their country. We visited the place of old Edessa and Timios Prodromos monastery built on a river cliff. Later we could enjoy archaeological sight of Verginas – the place where you can find untouched royal tombs belonging to Philip II. and the rest of royal family. There were displays of weapons, dishes, jewelry, etc.. Moreover, it was interesting to see the town of ancient Macedonians called Dion in the north part of Greece. There were excavation sights revealing foundations of houses, shops and roads. Apart from that we saw the original mosaics still in a very good condition.

In order to relax a bit, we took a swim in mountain mineral waters in local spa or just relaxed on the beech of Paralia Katarini. And for the last evening in Edessa, our hosts prepared for us delicious dinner with typical Greek meals and music. We had a fabulous time.

Thanks a lot to our friends for a great time in Greece.