An event in celebration of the end of Erasmus H.A.P.P.E.N.S took place in the 11th Primary School of Haidary on Wednesday 31st of May 2017.
During those two years all students, teachers and parents of our school and the wider community focused on well – being through healthier eating habits, an active life style and a work-life balance.
Students of all grades presented through dancing, singing, painting, reading and playing scenes of their everyday life showing the numerous benefits they have gained from this project.
The responsibility for coordinating the event had the Erasmus+ happens team with the help of many teachers of the school.
Local authorities, the mayor, teachers and head teachers from other schools, parents and families were present and enjoyed the ceremony.
In the end everybody left with a smiling face thinking how simple things can make our life healthier and happier.
After having a successful workshop with a psychologist and sociologist in Athens with our partner school colleagues, our Claddagh teachers, Ms. Asgard, Ms. Parkinson and Ms. Lee are now demonstrating a teaching approach in the curriculum area SPHE and Drama back at our own school. The approach is called “Islands of Emotions.” They are demonstrating the approach for Claddagh class teachers so that they can learn a new methodology about how to encourage students to explore their own emotions through drama.
Children are encouraged to speak about the sensory (colours, sounds, musical instruments/songs, smells, tastes) feedback they get when feeling particular emotions. They are asked to act out in a body or facial expression how it feels to have that emotion and think deeply about how each emotion feels while one experiences that emotion.
The children in Mr. Walshe’s Fourth Class enjoyed exploring the Islands of Emotions activities with Ms. Asgard. The children now understand how vital it is to share and understand their own emotions; both positive and negative emotions are important to share and understand.