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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The impact of plastic and other waste - Meeting No 2 - Ghimbav Romania

In May 9 students from Creete, 9 students from Cadiz and 9 students from Celle went on a journey to Ghimbav in Romania at the foot of the Capathian mountains.

All students in Brasov

On day one we conducted a students conference on the importance of the 3R: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Students informed each other in different presentations with the help of small film-clips, photos and artefacts about
a) types of waste, negative impact that it has on the environment and animal habitat; the need of an efficient waste management,
b) plastic: classification and composition, effects on the environment and health.
presenting activities at the students conference
c) waste management systems in the different countries.
This was especially interesting. Students found out that the waste disposal systems vary a lot in the different countries. This was a topic students discussed during the whole LTT.

Special topics microplastic: Students brought their shampoos and investigated the ingredients, finding out if the products contain microplastic. Students learned how to identify microplastic in products (using either a list on paper or various apps for mobile phones), they now know how they can avoid product containing microplastic.

Students also presented the activites which they had already done in their countries in regards to the topic. Learners got many new ideas on what they can do in their own countries in order to raise more awareness and to reduce waste production.

Day 2: 

Learning about bears
The group visited the LIBEARty Sanctuary, the first bear sanctuary in Romania, where bears tfreed from captivity live a natural, peaceful and free life under the protection of the non-govermental organisation. Students learned a lot about bears in the Capathian mountains, they saw bears on a short hike and they learned a lot about the problems for bears caused by garbage. These problems were shown to the students in an interactive presentation.
Finding out about captivity
Collecting waste - clean-up activity
Students got involved in a clean-up action together with the sanctuary - workers. They collected all waste in the vicinity so that it cannot affect the bears. Students realized how important it is to reduce waste and have an efficient waste management for all animals.
Castle Bran - Home of Dracula

Cultural activity: Visit of Bran castle which is said to be the place where Dracula lived. Students learned about the historical background for the Dracula novel and about the legend that evolved around it.

Day 3:
Exploring the environment
Students went into the mountains - going up to 1600m by cable car they first hiked along the mountain ridge to a mountain cabin. Along the way they observed nature and also concentrated on impacts of waste in this beautiful area. In a workshop in the cabin students created different pictures, collages from textile waste, plastic and used buttons and other used materials. In international groups they created pictures about what they learned in the past days and how they picture a world without environmental problems.
Working on a waste- collage
Students again learned a lot about the views, issues, ideas and fears in the partner counties/ for the partner students. In very lively discussions students had to agree on topics that they wanted to show on their posters and they had to agree how to present them. Beautiful and also meaningful collages were the result, they are exhibited in the school in Ghimbav.
The activity ended by hiking down the mountains to the valley through wonderful nature.

What a wonderful project meeting. Students enjoyed Romanian hospitality and found many new friends.
Thanks a lot for the wonderful time!

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Students connected plastics and food. They worked on their art project designing different dishes using the plastics collected during the "waste and plastic" activities. Finally, they showed in the school hall. To present to the blog a collage was created.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Our PE teacher and one of our students were invited to the local TV Ondacadiz to the program "Good education" to talk of the  International meeting in Ghimbav (Romania).

Friday, May 24, 2019

IES RAFAEL ALBERTI ACTIVITY FOR PROJECT ERASMUS+ “Environment and Sustainability: Understand, Care Act “

One of the activities developed for the projet Erasmus+ “Environment and Sustainability: Understand, Care Act “ by the students and teachers in The IES Rafael Alberti in Cádiz( Spain) was a hiking to the Natural Park. During the hiking along the mashes students and teachers collected trash brought to the natural área by the tides.

The first week in May, students from the 1st and 2nd Secondary Classrooms of the ESO of the Secondary School Rafael Alberti de Cádiz carried out a garbage collection in the area of the Santibáñez recreational area and on the path that runs parallel to the railway from Cádiz to San Fernando. The rail way runs throw the mashes.

The students of the IES Rafael Alberti participated during the morning in the “trash gathering”. More than four square meters of garbage was collected. 

The plastic bottle has been the most representative waste among other different types of materials.

This activity is framed within the European Erasmus + project on the protection and sustainability of the environment called "Environment and Sustainability: Understand, Care, Act!", In which the IES Rafael Alberti participates in collaboration with three other European schools: the Gymnasium Ernestium from Celle in Germany, the Scoala Gymnaziala from Gimbav in Romania and the Platania Gymnasium from Crete in Greece.

The students of the IES Rafael ALberti hope that this type of activities will promote awareness among the citizens when it comes to recognizing the importance of collaborating in the tasks of collecting garbage from these types of places and making the planet, in general, and the Bay of Cádiz, in particular, a more livable and sustainable place.

The activity appeared in different local and regional media. Here are the links to the news.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Greek Team makes Soap!

Last Friday the Greek team prepared hand-made soaps from virgin olive oil!

Students were informed about the procedure of making soap and helped in the stirring of the ingredients (water with caustic soda and olive oil).


After about an hour the liquid is more tight and it is placed in molds

Today it was cut in smaller pieces and it was stored to mature and be ready for our guests next October!

Next project will be to make soap using already used oil from frying.

Poster of 2nd International Meeting in Ghimbav- Romania

Subject of the Meeting: 
Impact of plastic and other waste

This is our second poster created by Secondary School Ghimbav for our second international meeting in Ghimbav!