On February 10, 2021, some S1 and S2 students took part in a philosophy workshop with Mr Van Kossem, a philosophy professor at KU Leuven and independent philosophical trainer. Students were introduced to the astounded and widely known ancient Greek philosopher Socrates and Mr Van Kossem initiated how feelings, thoughts, beliefs and values are all related to philosophy. This workshop introduced philosophy at a younger age to enhance many important personal qualities such as problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills.
On February 2, 2021, all S6 students attended a video conference with Simon Gronowski who survived the Holocaust by escaping deportation in Convoy No. 20 train, on 19 April 1943, which would have taken him to Auschwitz. This project is not only an interview with a Holocaust survivor but also represents an educational journey to deepen the understanding of the history and tragic events that took place in Auschwitz and during the deportations.
In February 2020, in the framework of the promotion of the culture of legality and citizenship, the Italian sections of the European Schools of EEB1 and EEB4 organised a show retracing the life of Judge Giovanni Falcone, followed by a debate with the actor and director Dario Leone.
On the 9th of March 2020, Prof. Kristof Van Rossem gave a training to secondary teachers of different linguistic sections. Mr. Van Rossem is a teacher at the KU Leuven and a Belgian expert on Socratic dialogue, one of the methods in Philosophy for Children (P4C) and Philosophizing with Children (PwC).
On 28th November 2019, the whole of the Anglophone primary section (as well as P5 Language 2 students) were invited to a performance by the English Theatre Company, returning for their third year. They performed “Kelly’s Day Out”, a wonderfully abstract rendition of Cinderella with twists taken from many different traditional tales from English literature. A wonderful experience to engage, to entertain and inspire our pupils.
On Wednesday 13th November 2019 over 400 pupils from Primary and Secondary P4, P5, S1, S2, S3, S4, S5 and S6 had the privilege of attending 5 different readings/discussion panels by the Irish author Mr Dermot Bolger. Dermot spoke very eloquently to pupils and teachers about what it means to write, the joys of writing about daily experiences and how he has learned to express and develop his own life through his writing.
From September 29 to October 4, 2019, two teachers, a Bac Coordinator, an Educational Advisor, and a Head Advisor went to Finland where a KiVa anti-bullying training was taking place. They visited a local school to experience first-hand how KiVa lessons are implemented in a school situation.
On 24 October 2019, 39 nursery and primary pupils from the Estonian section including SWALS pupils from P4 and P5 took part in “Filem’On”, the International Film festival for Young Audiences in Brussels, which screens over 100 films for 2 to 16 year olds and organises many film-related activities.
On 17 and 18 October 2019, 156 pupils from the Romanian section, from nursery school to S2, took part in an educational project on emotional intelligence. This project, divided into two main parts, allowed on the one hand to promote reading among children and on the other hand to teach emotional intelligence through games in order to help children identify the emotions they feel and understand their importance.
On October 7, 2019, some 350 students from the English section attended a performance of Chaucer’s tales by the English company The Playtime Theatre Company, followed by a series of workshops. It gave our students a wonderful opportunity to experience at first hand the highly entertaining and indeed, very humorous content of this great writer’s tales.
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.