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Commemorations are taking place across Europe to mark the centenary of the First World War. Mosslands is delighted to have secured European Union Erasmus+ funding, which will enable us to work with 7 European partner schools on a joint project to explore how our local communities were affected during the First World War.

Our partner schools are listed below:

Collège Fersen Antibes France
Mosslands School Wallasey England
Liceul Charles Laugier Craiova Romania
Fatih Temiz Ilkokulu Samsun Turkey
Agrupamento de Escolas de Montenegro Faro Portugal
Ohiller-Realschule Schwaebisch Gmuend Germany
ScI. C. CAMPOFELICE DI ROCCELLA E COLLESAN Campofelice di Roccella Italy
Powiatowy Zespol Szkol w Chojnowie Chojnow Poland

The project will run for 3 years and, during this time, 4 pupils (accompanies by 2 staff) from each school will have the opportunity to spend 5 days at each of our partner schools, working collaboratively on the project.

For our students the potential of the project is vast. It will give them the opportunity to develop their language skills (French and English are the working languages) whilst also improving their knowledge of History. They will have the chance to talk about the current living conditions in their countries as well as the habits and customs from a century ago. Last but not least, it will bring together people who were “allies and enemies 100 years ago” and will help us to understand our European neighbours and develop friendships in a wide variety of European countries.

Preparatory staff visit Romania 16-20 November 2014

Mrs Roberts, Mrs Coats and Ms Holland travelled to Craiova in Southern Romania to meet representatives from our partner schools and to plan the work and timetable for our future trips. We were given a fantastic introduction to Romanian culture, food and hospitality whilst getting to know our delightful colleagues from across Europe. It was agreed that the working themes of our project will include local and national newspaper headlines from particular dates during the war, acts of courage from our local areas, technological developments, food and recipes, sentiments of soldiers and the use of flowers as symbols of commemoration. All students will study the history of their local area, from ‘life before the war’ to its conclusion in 1918. Students will also collaborate on a frieze for display in each school which will represent both the horror of war and our hopes for the future.

The schedule for future visits is as follows:

March 2015 Italy
May 2015 Poland
November 2015 France
May 2016 Germany
October 2016 UK
March 2017 Portugal
May 2017 Turkey.

Students will stay with host families to enable them to get a genuine experience of life in our partner countries. They will spend time working on the project as well as visiting local areas of interest.