We are working on a set of European/International Lesson Plans about the consequences of the totalitarianism in the XX Century, in the WWII and in the Spanish Civil War, with emphasis on the Human Rights like the concentration camps during the Holocaust (Shoah) and the current consequences of the Spanish Civil War (Law of Historical Memory), and the resistance movement of people who thought other world and reality was possible. It means our main purpose is to make our students aware of the importance of critical thinking and political and social activism in the construction of the EU through the European History and the development of Human Rights against intolerance and totalitarianism in order to create pedagogical tools to offer a new perspective on the extermination: from Collaboration, Indifference and Resistance in response to the new rise of radical-right parties in Europe.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Polish Meeting 4th - 8th May 2015

We began our meeting of students and teachers from partner schools according to the schedule on Monday the 4th May. 


Ahmon Koulu, Siilinjärvi, Finland
Students: Emma Jokele, Henry Kataja, Niko Makkonen. Teachers: Mrs Silja Kärjä, 
Mr Petri Hokkanen
28th Thessaloniki  Lyceum,  Greece
Students: Maria Aslanoglou, Helen Vakrinou, Melina Maliogka. Teachers: MrsTheodora Glaraki, Mr Miltiadis Fardis
IES Tirant lo Blanc, Elche, Spain
Students: Barbara Macia Carrillo, Francisco Blasco Torres, Ines Nauhardt Rojo, Juan Jose Piqueras Macia. Teachers: Mr Darío Martínez Montesinos, Mrs María Salud García Zamora tohether with Mrs Maria Isabel Hernández Sanchez - president of Amnesty International, Elche and Prof. Don Miguel Ors Montenegro of Miguel Hernández University
Vilniaus Šolomo Aleichemo ORT Gimnazija, Vilnius, Lithuania
Students: Evita Zareckaitė, Gabija Liepinaitytė, Viktorija Verbickaitė.  
Teachers: Mrs Angelė Borodinienė, Mrs Teresa Segalienė
Gymnázium Angely Merici, Trnava, Slovakia
Students: Lukáš Harant, Michal Horváth. Teachers: Mrs Sabína Blažová, Mrs Štefánia Nádaská
Metod Koleji, Ankara, Turkey
Students: Songül Büyükkoşe, Mustafa Ercan.   Teachers: Mr Anil Ergül, Mr Barış Kılıç
ISS Leardi, Cassale Monferrato, Italy
Students: Marco Albieri, Marco Vaccarone. Teachers: Miss Jenna Frisone, Don Gianpaolo Cassano

The meeting began with an official Opening Ceremony, which took place in the Session Hall of the Town Hall in Sosnowiec. All guest were welcomed by the city president Mr Arkadiusz Chęciński, the head teacher of Gimnazjum nr 9 im. Jana Pawła II, Mr Tomasz Janus and the school coordinator, Mrs Joanna Janas-Sajdak. 

Our special guests were witnesses of history, Mrs Halina Skalbmierska and Mr Adolf Kasprzyk, the Deputy of the Head of Education Department of Sosnowiec, Mrs Wiesława Konobrodzka, coucillors of Sosnowiec City.
We are very happy that students of our school, their parents and teachers participated in the ceremony. 
The main coordinator of the project, Mr Darío Martínez Montesinos gave a speech, after which students of the Erasmus team of our Gimnazjum, Katarzyna Bąchor, Ola Papaj, Marlena Żejmo, Patrycja Trząska, Piotr Cesarz, Tymoteusz Masarczyk, Igor Pajkert, Konrad Sytrzelecki and Maks Zapisek gave a presentation prepared with the help of Mrs Anna Walas: "Sosnowiec during II World War."

After the ceremony we had the pleasure to visit places in Sosnowiec related to the history of the II World War. Our guide was Mr Artur Ptasiński of the Centre of Information about the City,  who told us many interesting facts about Sosnowiec. 

After the trip all students and teachers went to the seat of our school where everyone had the opportunity to talk and get to know each other.

After lunch, students Małgorzata Kowalska, Wiktoria Karbowniczek, Alicja Kosiec and Karolina Kotwicka with help of Mrs Joanna Janas-Sajdak gave a presentation: "Polish Educational System. The running of the school. Attention of the Leaving School  early and School failure."

After the presentation students went home to spend time with families and teachers held a management meeting. The subjects discussed:
- the progress of works on lesson plans
- documentary structure
- September training in Poland
- use and purpose of the Blog and e-twinning.

5th May Tuesday - A trip to Kraków 

We begam our visit at the Galicia Jewish Museum where we saw a permanent exhibition "Traces of Memory".

Next we took part in  a workshop: „In the face of choices. Moral issues during II WW  and the Holocaust.”

After the worshop we had the honour to meet Mrs Mirosława Gruszczyńska, the Righteous Among the nations, who told us the story of her family hiding a Jewish girl during the War.

After lunch we had a sightseeing tour around a Jewish district of Kraków - Kazimierz.  

We ended our trip at the Schindler's Factory Museum.

6th May Wednesday

On this day students and teachers of partner schools visited students of our Gimnazjum in the classrooms.

After the meetings our guests, together with students of a neighbouring primary school saw a play "Revenge" written by one of our students, Kinga Ptasińska, translated by herself, Zuzanna Marzec and Patrycja Trząska. The play showed the underground movement in Poland during  the II World War .

After a short break, students of our Gimnazjum, Oliwia Pikuła, Natalia Kwiatek, Krzysztof Kaczmarzyk and Mateusz Starczynowski gave a presentation : „Concentration camps in Poland during the II World War".

Later, we had the pleasure to see the presentations of students of all partner schools:
"My city during the II World War".


After the presentations, despite a rainy weather our guests and students went on a trip to Będzin to see the traces of Jews of Będzin. The trip was guided by Mr Grzegorz Onyszko, a n employee of The City of Będzin Museum. We visited Mizrachi, the place where the Synagogue used to be located before the War, a former ghetto and Rutka Laskier's house.

7th May Thursday

We visited the State Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum in Oświęcim.

After seeing the permanent exhibition, we participated in the workshops: “The fate of children and youngsters in the camp on the basis of documents, photographs and testimonies” and “The fate of an individual on the basis of documents and photographs”

In the evening all the teachers had a pleasure to meet againg during the farewell dinner.

8th May Friday

On that day students of partner schools could learn about the way Polish school works during lessons they participated in.

After the lessons students participated in the art workshops "My feelings after visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum"

At the same time teachers dealt with management issues.

After lunch we said farewell to our guests from Spain who, unfortunatelly had to leave first. 

The farewell ceremony followed during which students Kinga Ptasińska and Patrycja Trząska performed a skit of „Ani mru mru” cabaret „A letter to Pipa” , and our guests received small gifts which, we hope, will remind them of us. At the end all students danced Makarena for the last time, a dance which accompanied us during the whole stay, as we had a very dancing group of students.

During this short meeting we could see friendships grow, students and teachers were improving their language skills, learned about the difficult history of the II World War, teachers shared experiences with their colleagues from the countries of the European Union, but most of all we all had a great time together. No wonder it was so difficult to part and say good bye.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Participation of 28th High Scool of Thessaloniki in the "Righteous Among the Nations" award ceremony

Our school participated in the “Righteous Among the Nations" award ceremony, organized by the Municipality of Thessaloniki, the Embassy of Israel in Greece and the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki and attended by Ambassador, Irit Ben Abba. The ceremony took place at the Mayor Hall of Thessaloniki on April 27th . The award was bestowed on the offsprings of Stavros and Vasiliki Oikonomakos who rescued a two-year old girl, Victoria, during Nazis occupation of Greece. Having interviewed Victoria Benouzilio, a vivid, 72 year-old lady, 15 students of our school under the direction of the teacher Z.Spanos presented a very moving performance based on the rescue story. Dissemination of the event --> online newspaper article:

Presentation of the project during the Open Day

On the 9th April students from the Erasmus+ team of Gimnazjum nr 9 im. Jana Pawła II 
in Sosnowiec presented the project during the Open Day of the school.