In the beginning of March, designers created the layouts of the sensory paths for present and future students of the whole Nursery cycle. Since September the children in Nursery use happily the paths everyday way back to their class. They develop their physical competences, which boost confidence, make them willing to move and to be active. They are also safe spaces where students with difficulties or disorders learn and feel well in a sensory needs’ friendly environment.
On the occasion of the 2019 Book Week, the Italian section organised a project called “Libri al cinema” with about 200 students and 15 teachers. The students met the Italian director Marco Perri with whom the primary children made a short film. On May 24, 2019, the salle polyvalente was transformed into a real cinema, and primary and secondary students attended the vision of the short film. The secondary school students then watched J. Huston’s film “Moby Dick”, and ended the day with a debate with Mr Perri.
Thanks to the financing of the CF of sofas, cushions and blankets, students can enjoy this space to relax, do their homework and get together with each other.
On May 9, 2019, 20 students from the Italian section took part in the jury for the Premio Strega literary prize in Turin. They had the chance to meet the writer Guido Sgardoli, winner of the Strega Ragazzi e Ragazze 2019 prize and they took part in several activities at the Book Fair. It was a great opportunity to step into the world of the press and books.
On the 8th of March 2019, in excess of 500 students, across all levels and sections experienced a workshop in Irish dance and culture in order to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Four Irish Ceile dancing workshops were led by a professional dancer and three traditional Irish musicians performed live.
On February 24, 2018, Estonia celebrated 100 years of independence. A special event took place at EEB2 school on February, 21st and all Estonian students and their teachers from EEB4 were able to be there with Estonian community. They took part of the flag ceremony and all section levels had a chance to perfom on the big stage.
On 22 February, students from the Italian section of EEBIV as well as students from the Italian sections of the other European schools met the writer Lia Levi, a Jewish survivor of the 1943 deportation of the Roman ghetto (Premio Strega Giovani 2018) and Director Stefano Petrocchi, organiser of the Premio Strega, the most important and prestigious Italian literary prize. The debate was moderated by the students of our school, members of the Premio Strega jury.
On February 8, 2019, sisters Tatiana and Andra Bucci, two of the few survivors of the Auschwitz extermination camp, held a dialogue with all S6 and S7 students at EEBIV. This meeting allowed an educational journey to deepen the history and tragic events that took place in concentration and extermination camps such as Auschwitz.
In February 2019, 117 S4 students from the French section participated in a collective writing workshop called “Bright Mirror” where they had to imagine the green school of 2050. The students have given thought to the place of each person in the construction of a more sustainable society, and also questioned themselves on what they imagined or hoped for in terms of future education.
This pedagogical project was carried out with the 6 classes P2 and P3 of the French-speaking section. The theme chosen by the teachers is silent cinema and specifically Charlie Chaplin’s, with the final objective of making a short animated film. The students were able to gain in autonomy by exercising responsibilities, by carrying out work of reflection and creation.
On 29th November 2018, the whole of the Anglophone primary section as well as P5 Language 2 students were invited to a performance called “Passing Tales” by the English Theatre Company, a synthesis and re-telling of fairy tales from English literature. Pupils were exposed to wonderful theatrical experience, adding value to speaking, listening and writing elements of their curriculum.
From 8 to 28 October 2018, the Belgian author Christian Lagrange exhibited 38 paintings at the school. The exhibition was open to primary and secondary classes and 3 days of workshops led by the author himself took place. The topic of migration, covered in one of the books, was discussed in class by teachers and their students. The visit of the association “Amis Sans Frontières” and three migrants who shared their experiences greatly impressed the students. The exhibition brought openness and insight to the students as well as empathy towards migrants and homeless people.
The CF funds were used to maintain the planting. During our European Day, Mr Marchiagiano appreciated the garden and the green impact the development of the garden project has on the school and the environments for the children of our school. A European Hours module on Education for Sustainable Development was opened.
On the occasion of the Book Week 2018, the Italian section invited the theatre company “Le Teste Matte” to present some of the cultural richness that Italy offers to the city of Brussels.
The Irish teachers and parents of EEB4 welcomed students from all sections to the 3rd annual ‘Céili Mór’ on the 9th of March to celebrate their Patron Saint Patrick and share the Irish’s language and heritage.
On 30th November, the whole of the Anglophone primary section were invited to a performance by the English Theatre Company, a small group who perform to English-speaking schools across the whole of Belgium. They performed “The Curious Adventures of Jack Todd”, a wonderfully energetic play that was a hybrid of some of the most famous adventures stories in English literature for children.
P5 ENa and Primary Croatians collaborated once again on the core issue of values in May 2018. The aim of the project was to produce a short animation to explore the values important here at EEBIV.
On February 8, 2018, the literary project “Filo diretto con l’autore” welcomed the writer Francesco Carofiglio to the school, author of the book “Wok”, chosen by the Italian Ministry of National Education as a compulsory reading for S6 classes studying the Italian language as L3, to be presented to BAC. His visit aimed to create a community spirit of the Italian language and culture.
In April 2018, many games (chess, goose games, checkers, etc.) were purchased in order for students to develop skills, allow imagination, identity building but also to provide an alternative to the study room during free time.