THIRTEENTH ACTIVITY: Gardening

Date of the activity: 29.IV.2019 – 31.V.2019

Number of participants: 40

Responsible person of the activity: Zhasmina Hadzhiyska – pedagogical advisor, Neli Mihaylova – science and art teacher, Lyubka Dacheva – assistant director.

Objective of the activity:

  • Building up habits for healthy lifestyle, care and protection of the environment.
  • Acquiring knowledge about the species of garden plants and trees, their benefits and the ways of planting and growing them.

Materials used: tools for treatment of soil, tools for planting, tools for treatment of small trees, flowering plants and bushes.

The course of the activity: In this activity 40 students took part, divided into 4 groups according to their age and desires. The activities were carried out during the breaks and after school in the schoolyard and the areas around the school. During the first two weeks the participants learned about different plant species and the appropriate conditions for their planting and growing. During the third and fourth week the participants chose and prepared the sites for planting, enriched the soil and planted the plants. Throughout the activity, the participants were consulted and assisted by parents who work in garden centers. After the end of the activity, the students decided to continue their care for the planted flowers and plants.

Result of the activity: The participants received useful and interesting information on the special characteristics and benefits of the different species of plants and trees, learned how to cultivate soil and plant flowers and bushes under appropriate conditions. They also built up habits to live in a pleasant and environmentally friendly way, in harmony with nature. During the activity they enjoyed themselves and felt their connection to the land and the traditions of our people.

TWELFTH ACTIVITY: Spring customs

Date of the activity: 25.III.2019 – 25.IV.2019

Number of participants: 38

Responsible person of the activity: Zhasmina Hadzhiyska – pedagogical advisor, Mariya Bonova – coordinator of the project, English teacher, Ginka Vlahova – primary teacher, Yordanka Shopova – primary teacher.

Objective of the activity: Children to learn about the spring customs and traditions from the past realizing their importance. Folk traditions are the path to people’s psychology, to the character and spirit of people gathered at the will of faith at a certain geographic place. Our folk customs have gone through many vicissitudes during our existence, some of them have disappeared forever, others have been preserved modified or in their original form and design. They are the source of our overall cultural tradition. They are the pillar of our national consciousness.

Folk customs are closely related to the past, religion, public relations, mythology, geographic characteristics. Each custom contains rites and rituals, has its own reference points and symbolism and is linked to the hope and desire of the people for health, happiness, fertility and prosperity.

Materials used: coloured threads, ribbons, wool, folk costumes, flowers, egg paints, eggs, nibs, colour papers, glue, scissors and others.

The course of the activity: 38 pupils from primary level took part in the activity, divided into 5 groups. Each group had the task to explore and present a favourite Bulgarian spring custom. The participants collected materials and presented information about Baba Martha, Sirni Zagovezni, Lazarov day, Tsvetnica, Easter. In the course of four weeks, during the breaks and after school, students learned about the traditional food, symbols, dances, clothing and beliefs typical for each celebration. The climax were the activities in the Ethnographic Museum which were carried out with great interest and desire. The students made wreaths according to an old Bulgarian tradition, painted eggs using nibs and wax, recreated the old Bulgarian custom “singing of rings”, related to the desire of young people for a happy family life. It is performed by young girls and has an ancient mythological meaning. According to researchers, the roots of the ritual are related to rituals in honor of the thunderer Perun and his successor in the folkloric Christianity – St. Elijah. The final activity was attended by students, colleagues and parents.

Result of the activity: The activity was enjoyable and emotional. The participants had the opportunity:

– To learn about the ancient traditions of their people, the cultural, national and human values encoded in them;

– To appreciate the uniqueness of Bulgarian culture and its contribution to the European heritage;

– To develop their personality, to develop positive attitude towards themselves and to realize their potential;

– To show their creativity and imagination.

Bulgaria has an extremely rich folk art. It is the fruit of centuries of experience and knowledge. It is a real treasure that our ancestors have developed, preserved, and passed down to us. It is our duty to protect and pass it down to the next generations in order to keep it intact.

ELEVENTH ACTIVITY: Board games

Date of the activity: 25.II.2019 – 22.III.2019

Number of participants: 48

Responsible person of the activity: Zhasmina Hadzhiyska – pedagogical advisor, Mariya Bonova – coordinator of the project, English teacher, Elisaveta Yagodina – primary teacher, Yordanka Shopova – primary teacher.

Objective of the activity: The game plays an important role in the physical, mental and cognitive development of the child, develops social behavior, creative thinking, sensibility and rapid responses to deal with a particular situation. The rules of the game are like internal regulators of behavior and they are also related to students’ perceptions of the surrounding reality. The game is a simulator. It allows the child to participate in adults’ life, makes a smooth transition to the next age stages. It builds students’ emotional competencies, teaches love, compassion, friendship, ambition, independence, perspicacity. In a funny and easy way it develops imagination, attention, logical thinking, observability and dexterity.

Materials used: different types of games – chess, lady, do not mind man, logic puzzles, dominoes, skittles, twister, educational games related to the history and natural landmarks of Bulgaria.

The course of the activity: 48 students from the primary and lower secondary level took part in the activity. In a period of four weeks, during the breaks and after school, students played different board games as an alternative to the popular computer games. Participants’ age, their interests and desires were taken into account. Some of them had a competitive and provocative character, others developed the creative talents and thought processes – memory, imagination, attention, concentration. The participants were divided into teams according to the requirements and rules of the games. The teams included students with problems in social adaptation and aggressive behavior. Teachers from the school took part in the activity as assistants and participants.

Result of the activity: The activity was enjoyable and emotional. The participants were able to:

  • Develop their personality, positive attitude towards themselves and realize their potential.
  • Show creativity and imagination, show leadership qualities.
  • Develop skills such as reading, thinking, finding solutions and to improve their motor skills.
  • Learn to control their emotions and deal with them, to get to know and understand the world around them.
  • Acquire social skills, build relationships with others, build up their value system and their sense of ethics.

The game can safely be called “brain food”. It provides the basis of learning, including language enrichment, develops thinking and skills of the child to reason, draw conclusions and think of the consequences.

TENTH ACTIVITY:Good manners month

Date of the activity: 14.I.2019 – 15.II.2019

Number of participants: 53 /35 girls, 18 boys/

Responsible person of the activity: Zhasmina Hadzhiyska – pedagogical advisor, Mariya Bonova – coordinator of the project, English teacher, Lala Dzhamalyan – music teacher, Rumyana Terzieva – head of the Students’ Council. 

Objective of the activity:

  • Developing students’ emotional intelligence;
  • Formation of moral norms and socially significant patterns of behaviour;
  • Building up personal qualities such as tolerance, acceptance of differences, empathy and support, positivism and goodwill to the world that surrounds us.

Materials used: flip chart sheets, cardboards, watercolour and acrylic paints, brushes, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, palettes, etc.

The course of the activity: The activity took place in two stages and 53 students from primary and lower secondary level took part in it. Nearly 12% of students in our school are of different ethnic origin – Armenians, Turks, Roma, Serbs, Macedonians, Belgians, Greeks, Syrians, Swiss, Germans, Italians and others. During the first stage of the activity, the participants of different ethnic backgrounds told their classmates about the customs and traditions of their native places, folklore, language, culture and reasons for the immigration of their families. They discussed the advantages and opportunities offered by their new country, city and school, what difficulties they meet and what they need to overcome them, they talked about their new friends and relatives. During the long breaks, representatives of the Students’ Council and the psychologist of the school prepared presentations and lectures on the topic,as well as an exhibition of drawings, boards and posters was organized. During the second stage the participants learned songs related to tolerance and friendship. A music show was held in the lounge of the school with the participation of students of different ethnic origin, immigrants and refugees. The motto of the event “Living together in peace” was pronounced by the students in ten different languages – Bulgarian, Turkish, Arabic, English, Italian, Belgian, German, Greek, Armenian and Russian. At the end of the show, the participants left colourful prints of their hands on different flip chart sheets as a sign of tolerance, empathy, and desire for unity. The event was attended by students, teachers and parents. It was reflected in the local media.

Result of the activity: The participants had the opportunity to learn about different ethnicities and cultures, to realize that diversity is our wealth, to practice socially significant patterns of behaviour, to show leadership and creativity. They built up values such as tolerance, kindness, empathy and support. The activity was fun, positive, and effective for all participants.

NINTH ACTIVITY: Applied activities

Date of the activity: 12.XI.2018 – 21.XII.2018

Number of participants: 90

Responsible person of the activity: Zhasmina Hadzhiyska – pedagogical advisor, Mariya Bonova – coordinator of the project, English teacher, Lyubka Dacheva – assistant director, Desislava Zelenogorova – psychologist. 

Objective of the activity:

  • Developing students’ creativity, imagination and skills to work in a team;
  • Raising values such as charity, mutual help, respect, and support for children with specific educational needs;
  • Getting to know and recreating Bulgarian folk customs related to Christmas Eve and Christmas.

Materials used: watercolour and acrylic paints, brushes, cardboards and sheets of paper of different colours, materials for decoupage technique, glue, ribbons, beads, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, palettes, etc.

The course of the activity: 90 schoolchildren from all age groups participated in the activity. They were divided into groups according to their age-specific characteristics and according to their desire for work. The participants in the first group studied the Bulgarian Christmas customs related to the Noel singers, the buchner, the ritual breads, the prayers for health and well-being and presented the information to their classmates on the eve of the holiday. The students from the second group, with great creativity and desire, made Christmas cards which were presented in a charity bazaar. The third group organized a charity campaign for children from the Center for Special Educational Support in Pazardzhik. 70 children with severe disabilities study there, children who cannot be integrated into the ordinary classes. The students from our school visited the center and took part in the Christmas program prepared for the children at the center, they also donated presents and handed over to the administration the funds raised at the charitable event. The team, which organized the activity, showed a lot of creativity, desire and leadership skills during its realization.

Result of the activity: The participants had the opportunity to show their creative skills, to learn about folk traditions and customs for Christmas Eve and Christmas. They improved their skills to work in a team, to communicate tolerantly and to organize events. They built up values such as charity, kindness, and support for children in need. They enjoyed themselves, set themselves up positively for the upcoming holidays, gained more self-confidence, gave a smile to children with special educational needs.

EIGHTH ACTIVITY:Work with natural materials

Date of the activity: 01.X.2018 – 29.X.2018

Number of participants: 42 /22 girls, 20 boys/

Responsible person of the activity: Zhasmina Hadzhiyska – pedagogical advisor, Mariya Bonova – coordinator of the project, English teacher, Desislava Zelenogorova – psychologist.  

Objective of the activity:

  • Developing students’ creativity and imagination.
  • Developing students’ organizational and teamwork skills
  • Students to acquire skills to protect the environment from pollution and to build up habits for a healthy lifestyle.

Materials used: fruits and vegetables, twine, threads, beads, glue, ribbons, scissors, sticks, etc.

The course of the activity: The activity took place in three stages. During the first one students learned about the main pollutants of the air, water and soils in the area where they live. They explored how environmental pollution affects plants, animals and human health. During the second stage they learned how to protect our environment from pollution and how each one of us can help and give personal example of saving energy, water and keeping our nature clean. They have acquired skills for separate waste collection and how important and necessary it is, they were also motivated to get involved in the national and municipal environmental cleanup campaigns together with their families and friends. The activity ended with a creative eco-workshop during which students made dolls of natural materials, showing a great deal of creativity and various original ideas.

Result of the activity: The participants had the opportunity to demonstrate their creative skills, make dolls from natural materials, gain knowledge about the main pollutants of soil, water and air.

SEVENTH ACTIVITY: Cooking

 

 

Date of the activity: 14.V.2018 – 15.VI.2018

Number of participants: 38 students from 5th grade /18 boys and 20 girls/

Responsible person of the activity: Mariya Bonova – coordinator of the project, English teacher, Neli Mihaylova – science & art teacher, Tanya Kamenska – art teacher, Atanaska Peneva – IT teacher.

Objective of the activity:
– To expand students’ knowledge about healthy eating and healthy lifestyle.
– To improve students’ communication skills in English.
– Students to have fun and be creative in their free time.

Materials used: seasonal fruit and vegetables, salad seasonings, paper, cardboards, watercolour and acrylic paints, brushes, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, palette, etc.

The course of the activity: 38 students took part in the activity – Cooking. They were divided into 3 groups. During the first meetings, all participants learned about the food chain and got acquainted with the content and beneficial substances and vitamins that the different food groups contained. They discussed proper nutrition as an important factor for a healthy lifestyle. Then they were devided into 3 teams. The first team had the task to make up a healthy menu for a restaurant, to translate it into English and present it to the others. The second team prepared healthy fruit and vegetable salads and the third team made paintings of healthy meals and foods. Role play was successfully used during the activity. The closing session was attended by colleagues from the school, teachers from different schools in the town, as well as representatives of the Regional Inspectorate of Education in Pazardzhik.

Result of the activity: The participants improved their teamwork skills, showed creativity while realizing their ideas and managed to present them in an attractive way to the others. They have gained a lot of knowledge about healthy eating and improved their communication skills in English.

SIXTH ACTIVITY: Painting on a wall

 

 

Date of the activity: 16.IV.2018 – 04.V.2018

Number of participants: 25 pupils from 1st grade

Responsible person of the activity: Vera Maratilova – primary teacher, Yordanka Shopova – primary teacher, Zhasmina Hadzhiyska – pedagogical advisor.

Objective of the activity:
– Pupils to acquire initial skills in design thinking, which develops the 7 key skills in children – creativity, problem solving, patience and concentration, empathy, teamwork skills, self-confidence and presentation skills.
– To allow the participants to take on new challenges, to work together in a team, to seek solutions to problems in a new way, to turn their ideas into something real and to present them clearly.

Materials used: paper, cardboards, watercolour and acrylic paints, brushes, palette, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, etc.

The course of the activity: 25 pupils took part in the 6th activity – Painting on a wall. They were divided into 4 groups. During the first meetings, the participants discussed the themes of their paintings. They made colourful sketches and projects, worked together in a team by listening to each other, supporting each other and discussing ideas. The pupils were challenged to be creative, different, brave, curious, to work together in collaboration. Their paintings depicted: Night City, Eco City, The City of My Dreams, Summer In My Town. The participants showed a lot of enthusiasm and excitement during the realization of the activity. They connected their paintings thematically on a wall building their Dream City of the Future turning the wall of the gym into a colorful picture. They were fully satisfied with the achieved results at the end.

Result of the activity: during the activity the participants generated their own ideas, grouped them together, defended their opinions, chose their most appropriate role in the team, reached a group decision. The pupils found different ways to overcome the design challenge, using collective efforts and ideas and at the end presented them in an attractive way to the others.

 

 

FIFTH ACTIVITY: Good manners week

 

 

Date of the activity: 9.IV.2018 – 13.IV.2018

Number of participants: 300 students from 1st to 7th grade

Responsible person of the activity: Zhasmina Hadzhiyska – pedagogical advisor, Mariya Bonova – coordinator of the project, English teacher, Lyubka Dacheva – assistant director, Desislava Zelenogorova – psychologist.

 

Objective of the activity:
– Developing students’ emotional intelligence.
– Formation of moral norms and socially significant patterns of behavior.
– Forming personal qualities such as: tolerance, acceptance of differences, empathy and support, positivism and goodwill to the world that surrounds us.

Materials used: materials for decoupage, paper, cardboards, watercolour and acrylic paints, brushes, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, palette, etc.

The course of the activity: 300 students from all age groups took part in the activity. The Student Council, which includes representatives of all classes, decided that the activity should grew into a school initiative. Students from the upper classes made presentations about patience and tolerance and played various games with the pupils from the primary classes. They also made posters and collages related to the relationships between people and the positive climate at school. A tree was made in the school lobby, on which each class put a written message about good manners and positive communication between the members of the school community. Students made different objects with decoupage technique and organized a charity exhibition at which many parents and representatives of different educational institutions were invited. The money raised was donated to 10-year-old Dimitar Richkov, who needed urgent treatment. The team responsible for the organization of the activity showed a lot of creativity, willingness and leadership skills during its realization.

Result of the activity: the participants had the opportunity to learn and practice socially significant patterns of behavior, to show leadership skills and creativity. They built up values like humanity, kindness, empathy and support for people in need.

FOURTH ACTIVITY: Sports and Art

 

 

Date of the activity: 5.III.2018 – 30.III.2018

Number of participants: 60 students from 5th and 6th grade /30 girls and 30 boys/

Responsible person of the activity: Todor Haydukov – PE teacher, Asparuh Sestrimski – PE teacher, Mariya Bonova – coordinator of the project, English teacher, Zhasmina Hadzhiyska – pedagogical advisor.

Objective of the activity:
– Students to learn about the characteristics and rules of the most popular sports.
– Making interdisciplinary connections between the different subjects.
– Improving students’ physical health and relieving stress.
– Improving students’ skills to work and play in a team.
– Developing personal qualities such as responsibility, discipline, and self-control.
– Spending pleasant and useful leisure time.

Materials used: football, volleyball and basketball balls, table tennis rackets and balls, sports apparel for the different teams cardboards, felt tip pens, pencils, watercolour paints, etc.

The course of the activity: 60 students took part in this activity. They were divided into the following teams and groups – 40 students /20 girls and 20 boys/ took part in different sports games and 20 students /10 boys and 10 girls/ were divided into 4 groups which had the task to make posters with the rules and images of popular sports. The activity took place in two stages. During the first stage, the participants chose their favourite sports, searched for information about the rules and the course of the game. Then they made posters with the rules, drawings and images of their favourite sports and presented them to their classmates. During the second stage of the activity, the participants were divided into teams and competitions in football, volleyball, basketball, table tennis, dodgeball and chess were held. Students and teachers were referees during the competitions. They were responsible for the observance of the rules and fair play.

Result of the activity:
– Students to build habits for a healthy lifestyle through physical activity and sport.
– Students to acquire knowledge about different sports – rules, characteristics, historical facts.
– Students to develop personal qualities such as responsibility, observance of the rules, self-control, fair play.
– Students to have a good time at school and build positive attitude towards the activities and the participants in them.

 

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