One of the activities we shared with our Italian colleagues in the Salerno LTTA was Art Therapy.

The students of 2nd, 3rd and 5th grade of our school  inspired by European film soundtracks as well as the Erasmus song, which was  created by all the European partner schools, took their crayons and put their thoughts, feelings and the images triggered by the music on paper.

This activity combined music, art creativity and personal expression aiming at cooperation and relaxation.

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Mr. Leonard’s Fourth Class really enjoyed discussing and displaying different feelings during circle time, all with the help of some Kimochis at the Claddagh National School

Mr. Leonard’s Fourth Class really enjoyed discussing and displaying different feelings during circle time, all with the help of some Kimochis.

We first discussed the various feelings, talking about how some of them were simple and some of them were more complicated; how we liked some and didn’t like others. We also recognised that everybody experiences all different sorts of feelings, and that they are all perfectly normal.

Next, using the Kimochis, we picked four different feelings we would like to examine during the session: brave, sensitive, left out and silly. Taking turns, we passed the Kimochi chart around the room and, at first, completed the sentence: “I feel X when…”

On the next round, we added some fun by adding a demonstration of the feeling before finishing the sentence. The children really enjoyed acting out times when they felt brave (see pictures)!

In the next session, we went on to discuss possible reactions to different emotions, e.g. how feeling left out can often lead to jealousy, which causes us to act in ways that hurt other people. We role-played more positive reactions to feelings we didn’t like.

Overall, these activities were greatly enjoyed by the children, and one of the interesting things about them was that the children got to see that everyone – even their teacher! – experiences all different types of feelings.

Sirtaki, Zorba’s dance… (A42)

Zorbas” (or more commonly, “Zorba’s Dance“) is a song by Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis.[1] The song featured in the 1964 film Zorba the Greek, for which Theodorakis wrote the soundtrack,[2] and became popular around the world. It is now commonly played and danced to in Greek tavernas. The film’s track has since been recorded as a standalone song by many different musicians from around the world.[3]

The 6th grade students of the 11th Primary School of Haidari are dancing in the school yard.

Podaraki (Greek: Ποδαράκι) is a Greek dancing song from the region of Pontos, as well as the northern Thrace. The dance is called Podaraki (meaning “small foot” in Greeks) because it involves much stomping with the Podia (feet) of the dancer. It is danced both by men and women usually in an open circle, and rarelly in straight line. It’s a female song, also called μπάτε “κορίτσια στο χορό” mpate koritsia sto horo (meaning go girls for dance), from its lyrics, in where a supposed girl calls the other girls to go for dance and to have fun before marrying. In its second half, after expressing the traditional critic against both her husband and her mother and father-in-law for not letting her go for dance and fun the supposed girl explains how she avenges both them and her children for that.

New posters for our project! (A43)

The pupils of the sixth grade of 11th Primary School Haidari created their own posters for our Erasmus H.A.P.P.E.N.S program . The three posters are related to the three topics the children have been working on for the past two years: sports, mental health and balanced nutrition. Once the posters were ready, they hung them on the school walls and in other areas of the city of Haidari. In this way, they wanted to share the things they learned with the rest of the students and with their neighbours as well.

Well done guys! Excellent work!