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wtorek, 09 listopada 2010 01:36

Projects in our school

Our school is home to many international initiatives undertaken by students and their teachers.

Project "Global Warming - Thinking Globally, Acting Locally"





13 – 18 March 2011.

International Meeting in Rüthen, Germany within the Comenius Project: ‘Global Warming – Thinking Globally, Acting Locally’.

It’s 13th March, 5:30 a.m., a really cold morning. All our COMENIUS group is waiting for the departure at the bus stop in Poniatowa. Everybody is excited because of the upcoming voyage to Germany, and that excitation keeps us awaken. We are full of expectations and anxious to meet our new friends from Germany and France. After a few minutes the bus comes and our trip starts...

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The travel was really long. Six hours from Warsaw to Berlin. Initially, we had two compartments – one for male participants of the trip and the other for female, but after some time, we mixed up together, and in the first compartment there were nine people – the students, and in the other – only our three teachers. We were chatting all the way long. In the meantime, we encountered Yukiko, a girl from Tokyo, who travels around Europe.

At 7:30 pm we reached Hamm, and got on the train to Lippstadt. Everybody is tired, but full of beans. From Lippstadt we went by bus to Rüthen, and we finally met our hosts. Our trip was very tiring, but also interesting and full of impressions...

14th March, our first day in Friedrich-Spee Gymnasium, our hosts school. At first, we met other members of the project and we showed our presentations about Global Warming, its causes and different consequences and we worked in groups with our German and French friends. Next, we had a tour around the school. Their gymnasium is much bigger than our school. It consists of twoparts: the new and the old one. After the trip we went to the school canteen for a meal, and then we had a sightseeing trip around Rüthen.

Rüthen is a really pretty small town with rich and long history. It was built in medieval times and in the settlement there are buildings from XVI and XVII century. We visited the Town Hall and Hexenturm, where witches were imprisoned and executed. Next we climbed the Wasserturm from where we could admire the panorama view of the town, with the park of windmills in the distance, the solar panels shining on roofs, the lovely hills and the valley with the old Jewish cementery.

15th March. We went to Ruhrmuseum in Essen. The museum is located in Coal Washing Plant of the Zolverein Coal Mine. There were machines everywhere. It looks amazing. The whole museum is very interesting. The first part is a tract, which looks like coal mine. Then, there is a stairway down. The highlighted rail looks like filled with liquid steel. Next part is a hall with showcases. Among the exhibits there are miner lungs, different rock formations, miners equipment and many other things. The last part is the history of Ruhr Area, from prehistory to nowadays. The museum is modern and very interesting. For example, in one place there are some loudspeakers reacting on movement, which make noises of mining.

After the visit in Ruhrmuseum, we went to CentrO in Oberhausen, the largest shopping centre in Europe and we had some free time.

On 16th March we worked in groups. We were searching information about effects of Global Warming, like: rising sea levels, desertification, etc. We made posters about these results and showed them to other members of the project. Next, we watched a school performance about Pippi Longstocking. It was fun. In the evening we went bowling.

17th March – last day of COMENIUS project. We had a trip to coal – powered station in Hamm. Part of this station is a new type powerhouse. It consumes less carbon than usual ones. The guide told us how it works, showed graphs about consumption of coal, pollution, etc. We also had a drive around the power station by bus and visited the old section of the powerhouse where we could see the turbine and the control room.

In the evening we had a farewell party, and after the party we had to leave.

To sum up, what did we do for Global Warming? We performed a survey about it, and we observed that people know the term, know the consequences, but often do not do enough for it. It’s sad. Only young people can change negative effects of human activities. We saw pollution produced by coal mines and its effect on plants, animals and human beings, but everyone knows about it. People must still look for efficient alternative energy sources. Current ways of obtaining energy isn’t effective. Coal plants are still the most popular energy sources, and it’s really tough to change. As we observed, in Germany ecology is workable. At every corner there were containers to segregate rubbish, lots of windmills, solar panels installed on the roofs, etc. All of that can exist with the help of government. Without the help of administration ecology isn’t profitable! And last, but not least, in Germany we met a lot of great people and we had lots of fun. I hope, that the friendship will last for years and we will be friends even after the COMENIUS project.

Albert Szubartowski