Sekundaria I Refugee Project
In October 2015 an emergency refugee accommodation for homeless refugees was opened in St. Gabriel (see below for more information). To help create a pleasant atmosphere for the children we adopted and rearranged the children’s room.
From 23rd October 2015 groups of four students from the Sekundaria I visited the children and their mothers twice a week for 1 ½ hours to offer German lessons. During these visits the students were accompanied by a parent from the school. They used material from Primaria I (picture cards etc.) which were either copied or borrowed.
The students were responsible for creating and keeping to a given framework. As the refugees only stayed in the emergency accommodation for a short time, which meant that the residents were constantly changing, the students were mostly busy teaching the basics of the German language.
Please use the following links if you want further information about the emergency accommodation in St. Gabriel (the documents are in German):
- Article from the website of the Vienna Archdiocese from 23rd October 2015
- Article from the NÖN from 23rd October 2015
- Caritas Refugee Centre in Facebook (to link and share) – with regular information about the emergency accommodation in St. Gabriel (see the entry from 23rd October 2015)
Sparkling Science “Nature by the front door”
“Natur vor der Haustür” - Citizen Science in the school. Experience, investigate and preserve biodiversity
Our school was involved in the Sparkling Science project “Natur vor der Haustür” / “Nature by the front door” – Citizen Science in the school organized by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU). In so-called citizen science projects interested laypeople and amateurs (in the sense of the Latin amator – enthusiast) work together with scientists so that their observations contribute to new scientific discoveries.
In this project students from the Erlebnisschule Primaria II, along with BOKU scientists, investigated the biodiversity that can be found by the front door, for example in the students own gardens and in the school garden. The students filled out a questionnaire with answers from the garden’s owner. In five gardens, through the use of various innovative methods, hedgehogs, wild bees, various butterflies and species of bird were discovered. This information was then analysed and evaluated with regards to the structure of the garden and how it was being used.
The information from all participants was then combined to produce general suggestions on how best to support biodiversity in the garden.
Cultural Exchange – Spain
Since 2010 students from the Sekundaria I (8th and 9th grade) have had the opportunity to visit a Spanish school as part of a cultural exchange program.
Through the partnership with Colegio Virgen de Mirasierra students from the Erlebnisschule can spend up to 2 weeks visiting the Spanish High School. While in Spain the students stay with families of students from the Colegio. The Spanish students then visit the Erlebnisschule, and stay with our families, whereby the students form a close connection with and have a good insight into the different cultures.
The students always find this to be a very positive experience. After the stay abroad the teachers notice a definite improvement in their foreign language skills.
The experience of having the Spanish students in the Erlebnisschule is also positive for the younger children in the Primaria I and II.
Such a cultural exchange is a formative and enriching experience for all.