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Thursday, November 3, 2011

This Thursday's meeting

Four groups are creating a water-questionnaire
A bit of posing in the middle of serious discussions

The gestures tell it all! 

Our senior students working hard

Today  17 of our students and teachers Edda, Liivi, Katre, Raigo, Lea and Evelyn spent valuable 2 hours for discussing Comenius matters.

1) We talked about the planned excursion to Tallinn next Friday. Everybody leaves after 4th lesson by 12.19 train. Students will be taken to Rapla railway station by car, by teachers and parents. Our excursion starts at 3pm. We will be back by 7pm.  

2) As there are quite a many students who have joined the Comenius group, we had to discuss how to select out those who can participate in project meetings abroad. Everybody agreed that this year we need to give a priority to senior form 9 students. Students should have no major problems with grades or behaviour to be accepted on a trip. It's good to know some English, but we won't reject students with little English skills. After all such trips are meant to make us speak more and better. We try to find an agreement who is going to Spain by the end of November. Teacher Raigo and Katre will participate for sure, hopefully teacher Lea and Meeli as well. 

3) We spoke about penpals (sending paper letter by post). We can expect some letters from Spanish students and there were 15 among our students willing to start a correspondence via letters. 

4) We formed 4 groups and each group had to make questions about water consumption at homes, about families' attitudes towards water, about ways how to  consume less. Each group managed to create 8-10 questions, most of them will be used in our water-questionnaire. We shall  finish the task next Thursday. 

5) We were reminded about the photo-shooting and logo creating events at our school. The first students have already sent their water photos and some logos have been handed in too.

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