Posted: May 01, 2015|
Since September 2013, Bodmin College has been working collaboratively on the Comenius Project with three European colleges; Vouziers-Le Chesne in France, Oberschule Bederkesa in Germany, and IES Jose Frugoni Perez in Telde, on Gran Canaria, Spain. The project, part of the Future Visions scheme, offered the opportunity for Bodmin College students to work with these international schools in a unique exchange programme. During the programme, all the students travelled to the other three countries- undertaking a range of cultural, sporting, educational, dance and drama activities in each location.
Last week, Bodmin College played host to 31 students and 10 staff from Europe for the week, in what was the finale of the project.
Head of marketing at the school, Karen Bissell, explained how, in each previous country, a time capsule has been created and buried. On the last day of the European visitors’ stay, mayor of Bodmin Andy Coppin was invited to officiate the burial of the Bodmin College time capsule.
Ms Bessell said: “It was crammed full with letters written by all of the students to themselves, a chance for reflection and predictions for their future- to be opened and reviewed in 20 years.”
During their Cornish visit, the participants in the programme took part in a wide variety of activities, which proved popular.
“A week of fantastic weather allowed us to show the West Country at its best,” said Ms Bessell.
“Students and staff from all four countries took part in a variety of collaborative activities, including visits to Lanhydrock House, the Eden Project, surfing in Polzeath, and to the University of Plymouth and the Plymouth Marine Aquarium.”
“By the end of the week, our visitors did not want to leave- and the Bodmin students and their families were very sad to see them go.
“The European exchange project has been extremely rewarding to all those that have been involved- one German student commented: ‘One of the best weeks of my life’.
“This extraordinary experience has helped to further the students’ practical language skills as well as get a real taste and appreciation for the cultural differences between the nationalities,” she added.