HEALTHY MIND IN A HEALTHY BODY 16.10 – 22.10.2022
School in Nowiny, Poland, coordinating school
I.C ”Giovanni Falcone” School, Naples, partner school
3rd Secondary School of Drama, Greece, partner school
Sultançiftliği Secondary School, Turkey, partner school
Otočec Primary School, Otočec, partner school
The project brings together five schools from Poland, Turkey, Italy, Slovenia and Greece. The aim of the project is to educate students about healthy living habits. By creating awareness, we want to motivate people for healthy human relationships and social support, and help them adopt a healthy lifestyle that harmonizes with nature through exercise and healthy nutrition.
»HEALTHY MIND IN A HEALTHY BODY«
From 16th October to 22nd October 2022
Team of Erasmus+ teachers:
Mateja Rožman, headmistress
Andreja Strgar, school project coordinator
Members: Damjana Luzar, Erika Švirt, Špela Mohar, Marjan Matešič,
Maja Nose Antončič, Marija Sedmak, Hermina Videnič
DAY 1 – THEY HAVE ARRIVED!
Sunday, 16th October 2022
We had the pleasure of welcoming our guests – 25 Erasmus+ students with their teachers from Poland, Italy, Turkey and Greece. We greeted our guests in Hotel Sport, Otočec.
We hope that their stay in Otočec will be an unforgettable adventure!
“Today we are euphoric!
Some of us fly for the first time.”
“It’s like to live in a fairytale!”
DAY 2 – DEAR GUESTS, WELCOME TO OUR SCHOOL
Monday, 17th October 2022
Zdravljica – National Anthem of Slovenia, performed by Vid Trajkovski, trumpet
Folklore – Mat’ potico pečejo (Mom is baking a cake), Slovenian Folk Song
Abraham ‘ma sedem sinov (Father Abraham had seven sons)
Slovenian Folk Song, Andreja Marjanovič, kindergarten teacher – mentor
It goes like this:
Father Abraham had seven sons, and seven sons had Father Abraham.
And they never laughed and they never cried.
All they did was go like this: with the right arm.
School anthem, Friends, performed by School Choir, Ditka Zupančič, choir leader
Sports sketch, Barbara Pavlovič Plevanč and Maja Nose Antončič, mentors
Let’s dance, Špela Mohar, mentor
Majorettes from Novo mesto, including Pia Novak, the national champion for 2022 in the Solo Junior category
Ob bistrem potočku je mlin (Little Mill Song), Traditional Slovene folk song, accompanied by accordion, Erika Švirt, mentor
It goes like this in English:
Along the clear stream is a mill ring ring, and I am the miller’s son Bill, ring ring!
When the mill roars and the water bubbles, my heart rejoices and sings, it sings!
If the mill should ever stop turning, the miller and farmer would be yearning.
Presentations: Healthy habits and lifestyles
Walk to Otočec Castle
Otočec Castle, the only “water castle” in Slovenia, is located on a small island on the River Krka.
Otočec Adventure Park. The adventure park offers ecologically oriented entertainment activities for healthy leisure time in nature, maintaining physical condition and developing a positive attitude towards a healthy lifestyle.
It was a very interesting, playful, and busy day at the same time.
»Today we visited a Slovenian school. We watched a show about healthy habits and also played team games. In the evening we were at the rope park.«
»Upon arrival, students greeted the groups with waving flags and showed the guests a way to the gym where welcoming program started. The program contained various acts from singing and dancing to sports performance of the athletes. The afternoon was spent outside. All the teams went to see the location of the Otočec Castle and finished the day in Otočec Adventure park.«
»On our way to school!«
»The adventure park was an adrenaline rush!«
»We started our trip with hotel breakfast and then all of us met at the hotel’s lobby. Then we walked to the Otočec school. There we saw a programme that students prepared for us. It was exciting. We made new friends and they were sincere. They were so welcoming. Then we went to Otočec Castle, which was impressive. We took many photos there. And then we went to the adrenaline park. The park was a little bit tiring but it was enjoyable, too. At the end of the day, we returned to our hotel. It was an exhausting day but it was fabulous as well. «
»What a pleasant welcome!«
»The climbing was very extreme!«
DAY 3 – SLOFIT PROGRAM & SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF NOVO MESTO
Thusday, 18th October 2022
At school, SLOfit program was presented to the Erasmus+ team by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gregor Starc, Head of the Laboratory for Diagnostics of Somatic and Motor Developmentis. SLOfit is a national surveillance system for physical and motor development of children and youth. It was formerly known as the “Sports Educational Chart”. The system was implemented in 1982 on a sample of Slovenian schools and after 5 years of testing, it was introduced to all Slovenian primary and secondary schools. Therefore, children and their parents can monitor their physical and movement development.
The guests were surprised by the information they heard, and they were encouraged for further engagement in sports. They also saw many opportunities for outdoor sports and got the impression Slovenians are one of the world’s best sporting nations. After the break, the group took a bus to Novo mesto. It is the center of Dolenjska, and it has an archaeological heritage of world importance. Bronze situlas are the most important archaeological findings and the reason that put Novo mesto among the most important prehistoric sites. Today, Novo mesto is known as The Town of Situlas.
The students were divided into three groups: volleyball players, football, players and badminton players. Socializing was fun and pleasant. The students were in a good mood and got to know each other better in a relaxed atmosphere. The afternoon spent at the park was very pleasant with lots of fun – all in an atmosphere of relaxed enjoyment.
»We woke up very early. We had presentation about sports. It was very interesting, Then we visited the town and two beautiful churches. We also had some free time. It was a very good day.«
»On Tuesday we visited Novo mesto as part of our Erasmus project. When we arrived we visited Glavni trg (main town square) with a guide. We visited two churches. At the second church-Kapitelj, we climbed to the top of the bell tower where the bells rang just at that moment.«
»The tower was so high!
We climbed up 24 metres and 126 steps!
Novo Mesto is a very enchanting city! «
»We went to school to watch and listen the presentation of SloFit guest. We had some free time and after that took a short bus drive to the city center of Novo mesto. The guide told us about the history of Slovenia. We visited churches and had lunch at restaurant Loka. We had some free time so we decided to go shopping in a mall. After that we went back to hotel and had a nice dinner.«
»Visiting the bell tower was a great experience!«
»Learning about the history and laography of Novo Mesto.«
DAY 4 – LAKE BLED & LJUBLJANA
WEDNESDAY, 19th October 2022
A trip to Lake Bled
What is Bled known for?
Bled is known for the glacial Lake Bled, which makes it a major tourist attraction. Perched on a rock overlooking the lake is the iconic Bled Castle. The town is also known in Slovenia for its vanilla and cream pastry (Slovene: kremna rezina or kremšnita).
A boat ride to Bled island by »pletna«.
Bled Island is a tiny tear-shaped isle in the middle of Lake Bled in the north western corner of Slovenia. It is the only naturally-occurring island in Slovenia. There are several buildings. The most famous is the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary, a Baroque church containing fresco fragments from the 15th century. The usual way to reach the island is by taking a trip on the pletna boat.
What is a pletna boat?
Pletna boats are made by locals and are typical of Bled. Their origins date back to 1590. Pletna boat is a wooden flat-bottom boat designed according to the concept of the Venetian gondola boat, but it also has its own features. It has a pointed bow and the stern widened with a step to enable passengers to enter. The boat is 7 metres long and 2 metres wide and it ensures safe navigation for 18 people.
Lake Bled is a glacial lake and the only lake in Slovenia with an island. The path around the lake is one of the most popular walks. The path around the lake is well maintained, undemanding and tends to be crowded, especially at the weekends. It is 6 km long and suitable for a light exercise, walk or jogging.
Lunch at Avguštin Inn in Radovljica.
A trip to Ljubljana
A funicular railway trip to Ljubljana Castle.
Whenever you want to get closer to the sun, or when you need a different view of the world, food for your soul or a delicious meal, it is a good time to climb to the Ljubljana Castle.
The funicular to Ljubljana Castle holds 33 passengers and takes 1 minute to the top of the castle hill. The difference in height between its two platforms is a little less than 70 meters.
The “Time Machine” led us on a guided tour through six decisive periods that have marked the history of the Ljubljana Castle and the development of our city. At each of the “time stations”, we met the figure presented his or her period.
A walk to the city centre
Welcome to Ljubljana, the capital of the Republic of Slovenia
Ljubljana, Hero City, has been the capital of independent Slovenia for thirty years. Everything about the old town is charming, including the three bridges that take you across the river.
Walking through Ljubljana it is impossible to ignore the abundance of arrangements and architectural creations made by Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik.
Ljubljana’s landmarks, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik (1872-1957), have been included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. In designing Ljubljana, the nation’s new capital, Plečnik tried to use modern approaches while modelling the city on ancient Athens.
Plečnik’s best known works include the National and University Library building, the Ljubljanica river embankments and bridges, the most notable among the latter being the Triple Bridge and the Cobblers’ Bridge, the Central Market, the Križanke Summer Theatre, Bežigrad Stadium, the funeral home at the Žale cemetery, and the Church of St. Michael in the Marshes.
The guests were full of impressions and concluded that it would be good to visit Slovenia again as they liked everything they saw, but there was not enough time.
»The day started with a delicious breakfast and a long drive to Lake Bled. There we visited a beautiful church. Then we went to the capital of Slovenia. After visiting the castle on the hill in the centre of the city, we were able to enjoy the local culture and cuisine. That was the end of an exhausting day.«
»On Wednesday we visited Bled and Ljubljana. When we arrived to Bled, we took a trip to an island on a boat called pletna. In Ljubljana we visited Ljubljana Castle and the old city centre by the river Ljubljanica.«
»Boat ride was so relaxing. We enjoyed the view and took wonderful photos.«
»The tour of Ljubljana Castle was an exciting time travel experience! Hurray for Saint George! «
»First we got together in front of the hotel to drive to Lake Bled by bus. On the bus ride we were a little bit bored but when we saw the impressive view of Lake Bled, we were captivated. While on a boat ride, we took many photos, felt the refreshing breeze and listened to the sound of water. Then we walked around the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary. After that we visited a museum, went to buy some gifts for our friends, family and ourselves. In Ljubljana we took many photos again at the triple bridge in the centre of the city. «
»Boat ride on the Bled Lake.«
»Walking around Ljubljana.«
DAY 5 – TRŠKA GORA & HEALTHY FOOD FAIR
THURSDAY, 20th October 2022
A hike to the nearby Trška gora Hill
Trška Gora is a settlement on Mount Trška Gora, north of Novo Mesto in south-eastern Slovenia.
Strolling around the wine-growing areas of Trška gora, where the traditional Dolenjska wine, called Cviček, is made, is a unique experience. The guests were discovering this unique landscape and were admiring larger and smaller vineyard cottages.
Free time activities (prepared by Otočec students)
Cooking workshop – preparing a healthy meal (with the help of Otočec school cooks)
A healthy diet is a diet that maintains or improves overall health. A healthy diet provides the body with essential nutrition: fluid, macronutrients such as protein, micronutrients such as vitamins, and adequate fibre and food energy.
Welcome all to the Healthy Food Fair!
Giving the students an opportunity to create a healthy attitude towards food, they were included in planning a food fair.
»We started this day in the mountains. After a short break, we went to school where we enjoyed a delicious lunch. Then we prepared healthy snacks and cooked traditional meals of different countries.«
»On Thursday we went on a hike to Trška gora. After the hike we had a lot of fun while hanging out with the Erasmus students. After that we prepared a lot of delicious national dishes.«
»This morning we hiked to Trška Gora Hill. We reached the top! We were tired but at same time very proud of ourselves!«
»In the afternoon we cooked different dishes from our country. It was a very tasty experience!«
»We met with our international friends at school. And then we started our hike to Trška gora Hill. It was really exhausting. When we returned to school, we prepared and presented our traditional food. We enjoyed the food. Then we went back to the hotel.«
»Hiking in the forest«
»The Greek group presented healthy Greek snacks.«
DAY 6 – SPORTS GAME & TRIP TO PLETERJE
FRIDAY, 21st October 2022
International sports games
Fun sports games are one fun thing that nearly all kids can agree upon. Whether it’s team sports activities, sports games for kids, kids exercises, or even just talking about sports, there is something for everyone.
Our guests attended the classes to get insight into the student’s work at our primary school.
Open Air Museum Pleterje
This private open-air museum adjacent to Pleterje monastery displays a farm cottage and buildings transferred from their original locations in the region. The main cottage with a thatched roof dating from 1833 has an original ‘blackened kitchen’, so called because its walls are blackened from smoke created from the open cooking area. This is still functioning and was demonstrated to the students.
A guided tour around Pleterje – Open house museum and Carthusian monastery
In the hidden valley under Gorjanci, there is the Carthusian monastery, which is the only living monastery in the Slavic world. Carthusians live in a solitary community where monks, in solitude and silence, are dedicated to God. Therefore, the greater part of the monastery is in seclusion – inaccessible to the public. The old gothic church from 1406 is opened for visitors, and there one can watch a video about the life of monks and cultural attractions of the monastery.
Workshop in Pleterje: baking bread
The students made their own little birds from bread dough and ate them. Delicious!!!
»The day began with packing and leaving the hotel. We went to school where we played many games. Lunch was delicious. We said goodbye to Slovenian students. We drove to another hotel where we had dinner, it tasted good. That’s how our day ended.«
»We spent a beautiful morning at school doing sports! The parting moment was so moving! Thank you, Slovenia, for the beautiful experience you created for us!«
»After a long afternoon travelling, we finally arrived home. We’ll never forget this week we spent together!«
»First we walked to school and attended some lessons. Lessons were enjoyable. Then we went to the Pleterje Charterhouse- a monastery where monks live. We had a workshop and made some bread. It was very delicious! We visited the church and saw a typical Slovenian house.«
»While learning of different Slovenian traditions, the students had the opportunity to prepare their own bread!«
»Visiting the Carthusian monastery in Pleterje. «
»Thanks a lot for everything!!! You are a great team!! Hope to meet you again in the future! Keep going with the Erasmus project . You did a great job!«
PROJECT TEAM – SLOVENIAN TEACHERS & STUDENTS
· ANDREJA STRGAR
· MARJAN MATEŠIČ
· MAJA NOSE ANTONČIČ
· DAMJANA LUZAR
· ERIKA ŠVIRT
· HERMINA VIDENIČ
· MARIJA SEDMAK
1. KARMEN ZALETELJ
2. ŽIGA STRGAR
3. TIJA KASTELIC
4. LEA RIFELJ
5. LANA PAJIĆ
6. ANAMARIJA VIDMAR
7. KAJA EJUP
8. AJDA PLANKAR
9. ANA KORENT
10. VID TRAJKOVSKI
11. ŠPELA GAZVODA
12. NIKA BORSE
13. DOMEN PREMRU
PROJECT TEAM – POLISH TEACHERS & STUDENTS
· IWONA MAJCHRZYK
· ILONA PRZYBYSŁAWSKA
· JOANNA WOJCIESZYŃSKA
1. JAN NIZIOŁEK
2. IGOR ADAMCZYK
3. MARIA BERKOWICZ
4. OLIWIA ŁYSAK
5. DARIA ZAPAŁA
6. MALWINA ZAWADZKA
7. JULIA KOPOLOVETS
PROJECT TEAM – ITALIAN TEACHERS & STUDENTS
· SILVIA CONTIELLO
· RACHELE FISCHETTI
1. LEANDRO DE SINTAS
2. LORENZO SEPE
3. SALVATORE D’AVALOS
4. GABRIELE CALÌ
5. LINDA D’AVALOS
6. CESAREO SERENA
PROJECT TEAM – TURKISH TEACHERS & STUDENTS
· AYHAN GENÇ
· ABDURRAHMAN ÇELEBI
1. CEREN CEYLAN
2. SAMET ÖZBEY
3. GIZEM DENIZ
4. KOÇ EDIZ
5. AKSOY ZEHRA
6. EZEL DEMIR
7. YIĞIT HAMZA SALMAN
PROJECT TEAM – GREECE TEACHERS & STUDENTS
· TSORTANIDOU ANTHOULA
· PARASKEVA EVANGELIA
1. GEORGIADOU KONSTANTINA
2. TOURGAIDOU ANATOLI
3. SYMEONIDOU DIMITRA
4. MENZILTZIDIS CHRISTOFOROS
5. GONTZIDIS KONSTANTINOS
6. GEORGIADIS-KOULAXOUZIDIS MICHAIL
Editor: Hermina Videnič
Photographer: Marjan Matešič
IT Specialist: Marjan Matešič
Proofreader: Sandra Jurić
Special thanks to our partner schools from Poland, Italy, Turkey and Greece who supported us in conceiving this Eco brochure.