Comenius Project LLP

I know what VIOLENCE means and I have a SOLUTION 2011-2013

Staff di insegnanti turchi di nuovo a Castel del Piano

castel del piano

L’Europa sbarca in paese con il progetto Comenius

CASTEL DEL PIANO. Fino al 20 giugno lo staff turco del progetto Comenius, che coinvolge l’istituto comprensivo di Castel del Piano, sono ospiti del paese amiatino. È un mese denso di appuntamenti,…

CASTEL DEL PIANO. Fino al 20 giugno lo staff turco del progetto Comenius, che coinvolge l’istituto comprensivo di Castel del Piano, sono ospiti del paese amiatino.

È un mese denso di appuntamenti, questo giugno. Tra il 3 e il 7 giugno una delegazione di insegnanti (Antonella Coppi, Annalisa Cheli, Paola Manini, Nicoletta Farmeschi) e due alunni della scuola primaria Santucci (Allegra Pasquini ed Eraldo Kini) hanno partecipato al meeting a Kozsalin in Polonia, per la valutazione del progetto multilaterale Comenius “I know what violence means and I have a solution”.

Nei quattro giorni del meeting, racconta Coppi, si sono succeduti tanti eventi importanti. I partecipanti hanno visitato Danzica e dintorni incontrando gli studenti delle scuole europee coinvolte, lavorando su tematiche anche in lingua straniera e potenziando il loro bagaglio linguistico e culturale; hanno prodotto materiali attraverso il lavoro cooperativo, hanno potuto viaggiare imparando ad aprire i loro orizzonti e le loro prospettive in ottica europea. Tutto ciò è stato documentato dalle mostre organizzate nelle diverse scuole partners e nella grande mostra unica allestita nella scuola polacca. (f.b.)

Another meeting in Castel del Piano, between Italy and Turkey

The meeting took  place from the 16th  until the 20th of June,in Castel del Piano for discussing  the project results  and filling  the final report.

Turkish colleagues arrived at Grosseto railway station,in the evening and all  Comenius  staff had dinner at  Carla’s home.

Next morning our  Headmistress welcomed  teachers and Headmaster from our partner school and we had a   meeting on evaluating  our Project results.

After lunch we visited Orcia Valley :Villa Banfi,Poggio alle Mura Castle,Sant’Antimo Abbey,Montalcino,Pienza and Bagno Vignoni .Its territory, which is part of the Artistic, Natural and Cultural Park of the Val d’Orcia, is covered with vineyards (whose grapes produce prestigious wines) olive trees and woods consisting prevalently of holm oak trees.

Castello di Poggio alle Mura

Abbazia di Sant’Antimo



Picnic all’Albero delle ‘checche’

Bagno Vignoni

On Tuesday we had another meeting at school,where the coordinating teacher for Italy ,introduced a sample of the final report , a video and a guide for  EST form ,by a interactive whiteboard .All together  we discussed on them and the appropriate way to fill  the forms.

Later, we visited Corsini factory in Castel del Piano. Corsini produces over 140 kinds of sweets and biscuits.Recipes are original, true family secrets. The Corsini company is well known in Italy and abroad as one of the best producers of “Cantuccini”, the most classic and famous Tuscan biscuit with almonds.

In the afternoon Comenius team visited the top of the  Amiata Mountain.

The last day we did a trip to Rome.

Teachers and parents evaluation

Comenius Project

“I know what VIOLENCE means and I have a SOLUTION”


Evaluation For teachers

2nd year -2012/2013

1.How did the project change your work, students? Some students sentences:

“Thanking you I’m openining myself to the World”

“I’m starting to feel myself more European”

“I do not behave more like a bully and I walk with my head up”

“We have learned to say no to violence and became friends with the children of the partner schools”

“Now we know that to be different is really beautiful”

“We learnt a lot of things from the other schools about their traditions,culture,religion,language,school activities,songs…”

“We learnt to work in group”

“We had the possibility to visit the other schools in Europe”

“Doing Comenius activities we had a lot of fun”

“Like a magnet,I felt growing inside me the feeling of friendship and feel closer the other Countries”

“We are not only Italian, we are Europeans!”

“I have learned that is better to think about the consequences before acting, that the union is strength against violence and now I’m able to find solutions to bullying”

“With the other partner schools we are an extended and united family “

“The project has enriched me and I wish all the schools in Europe have this experience”

2.Did the project change anything considering ‘school rules”?(students behaviors)

The project developed positive behaviors in most of students:

  • groups are able to work together to create a product or performance that meets certain criteria

  • groups take part in collaborative research using an inductive or deductive process and are able to do a work plan to realize products
  • students have developed a Culture of Listening and Providing Good Directions
  • students overcomed violent behaviours working and building ornamnents /videos in groups

  • children started to take responsibility for sorting out their own problems.

  • through discussion, modelling and role play they had the strategies to cooperate independently.

  • cooperative learning activities helped to promote a change in our classrooms culture.

There’s a more positive climat in the envolved classrooms,children have also acquired more awareness and respect of rules

3.How the project has improved positive communication strategies overcoming violent behaviors?

Students has improved positive communication strategies overcoming violent behaviours by:


- discovering him/herself and others\

- becoming aware of feelings

- observing , accepting and naming their emotions

- reflecting on their opinions and foreseeing the effects of their behaviour.

- strengthening self -esteem, motivation and sense of belonging to the school

- transforming conflicts into opportunities for growth and having a positive feedback

- having more knowledge about the natural richness and diversity of partners culture

- learning to be more tolerant to other cultures by working together

- improving their proficiency in English and TIC for communicating with their friends in Europe

- acquiring an intercultural perspective to be transferred into everyday life in schools, at home, in the community

- opening their horizon working together and sharing products and material

-seeng that children have the same feelings, difficulties and joy to have new friends

-increasing their competence in school subjects, in their behavior and manual skills through shared design and production of ornaments, being aware of their own skills

-feeling responsible for the preparation of exhibitions and the creation of animated movies

4.Write down examples of “good practice”that you’ve learnt from your partner schools.

  • Creativity in teaching and learning

  • Total Physicall response activities

  • English lessons

  • Art workshops

  • Video movies

  • Evaluation criteria and instruments

  • To schedule tasks in a more streamlined and efficient way

  • Easy and fast ways to communicate by Internet

  • Students of the partner schools ,have more freedom of movement and responsibilities, inside and outside the school

5.How the project has implemented the European dimension in our students,parents, teachers and community?

The project helped students and families in our schools to build an European culture, identity, citizenship, by :


  • cooperation and sharing
  • students and teachers mobility and exchanges
  • development of language teaching
  • distance learning through multimedia systems
  • the promotion of innovation in teaching
  • exchange of information and using experience of the European Schools.
  • collect all the activities in our web site.

The activities have significantly improved:

  • the understanding for the multi-cultural nature of Europe
  • positive interdependence and interrelationships between people, cultures and environments
  • to be respectfully and tolerantly
  • knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills in developing foreign language skills
  • improving self -confidence, self-esteem and peaceful attitudes
  • enhancing the cooperation among teachers from different countries

 Evaluation for parents

What are the benefits of involvement in this international project? Please, choose at least one answer.

  • Getting to know other countries and their culture 100%
  • Extending and enhancing classroom education 92%
  • Foreign language learning 100%
  • Improving English in real communication 100%
  • Promoting our school 80%
  • Creating important foundations for international understanding,  cooperation, harmony and friendship 100%
  • Promoting equality and destroying stereotypes 100%

Comenius meeting in Kozsalin (Poland)

LA NAZIONE       2013-06-13


CASTELDELPIANO Un meeting fra studenti

QUATTRO docenti dell’Istituto Comprensivo di Castel del Piano e due alunni, hanno partecipato al meeting in Polonia per la valutazione finale del progetto multilaterale Comenius «I know wath violence means and I have a solution». Quattro giorni nella città di Kozsalin dove la delegazione ha preso parte a diverse iniziative, con visite ad alcune importanti località di grande interesse culturale, storico e paesaggistico. In questa occasione, gli studenti delle diverse scuole europee coinvolte hanno potuto conoscersi e condividere esperienze, oltre ad approfondire le loro conoscenze dell’inglese. I risultati di questo progetto sono stati raccolti in diverse mostre organizzate durante le giornate aperte «Comenius open day» tra le scuole partners dove sono stati esposti i materiali realizzati. L’atto conclusivo del percorso Comenius si svolgerà da domenica a giovedì 20 a Castel del Piano dove lo staff Comenius di Istanbul sarà ospite del comprensivo per amiatino. Cristiano Bernacchi

Report about the meeting in Kozsalin ( Polonia ),from Italy


(I Know What VIOLENCE means and I have a SOLUTION)


3rd-7th JUNE 2013


Monday 3rd of June


Italian team and students leaving Italy

Tuesday 4th of June

09:00 Welcoming all partners at school,a short visit in the classrooms


Teachers’ meeting

13:00 Lunch


Teachers prepare a Comenius Exhibition


15:30 Trip to Kolobrzeg

Wednesday 5th of June

9:00- 11:30  Comenius Exhibition

Teachers meeting 11:30 -12:30

13:oo Lunch

14:00 Meeting with the local authorities in the City Hall



15:00 Trip around Kozsalin

Thursday 6th of June

Trip to Gdansk (Danzica)

Friday 7th of June



Dearest Agnieszka,Priot,Danuta and all Comenius staff,
A big thank you for making the Comenius meeting in Poland unforgetable!Your warm welcome made us feel the value of friendship that has developed
between all of us and gave us the hope that it will not dissolve, and
we will meet and work together again, even if the Comenius project is
about to end. Any activities that you have organized for us , spoke of
you and the seriousness and punctuality with which you have always
participated in our project ,making it very significant from the point
of view of our educational and personal growth. Among the wonders of
your Country we breathed everywhere friendship and sharing among us.
In our opinion, that is the biggest goal that can be reached in a
project like this . A big thank you also to the families of your
students who have taken our kids and make them feel at home.We hope
that everything that we have achieved in these two years, does not
remain only a wonderful memory but is a starting point for new and
exciting experiences .

Thank you from the Italian Comenius staff