Traditions across Europe-an eTwinning project

“Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, TRADITION and myth frame our response.” (Arthur Schlesinger Jr.)

The Bell Rings! September 19, 2008

Filed under: School stuff — ivasil @ 4:43 pm

We have started lessons and I would like to suggest a topic: comparing school traditions.

Each school has its own, connected to events in the school life, and I am sure we will find we have many similar ones.

The one I wat to tell you about today might be one of these. It has two parts, that take place in the first and the last day of the school year. They are called “The First/Last Ring of the Bell”. In the center of the first one are the new pupils, the first grade children, stepping into the school for the first time. After the school-year opening ceremony, they are invited to enter the school in a festive way: the oldest students, the 8th graders, form a tunnel at the entrance, holding flowers in their hands and the small kids, nervous and solemn, go through this flower arch into the main door, while the bell rings for the first time that year and and the school anthem is played. The mothers are sobbing, the fathers are taking pictures, everybody is smiling. It’s a very touching moment.

The second part is a similar one to celebrate the graduates on their last day in our school. The bell rings for them for the last time and they come out of school through a similar flower tunnel formed by the 4th graders, the ones taking their place in the Secondary Course. The graduates say a few good-bye words to their teachers and class-mates. It’s a very emotional moment, both for pupils and for teachers, even if it happens every June.

I am sorry to have no photos from this year’s ceremony, but it was pouring with rain!

A wonderful school-year to all the contributors and the readers of this blog!

Irina Vasilescu, School no. 92, Bucharest


Horseracing September 17, 2008

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Another contribution from the GSg Schagen, location Hofstraat. You can contact us by mail:

In Schagen, there is horseracing in the city every year.

People sit in a car and let the horse race. The horses may not

gallop, than you are disqualified. Who has the fastest horse,

wins. They receive the cup and the money.

It’s every year on the first Monday of September. The horses

train all year. On the match they must run a lot circles.

We go there every year. We look at the horses the whole

time and we enjoy it very much.

Merel’s horse takes part in it and won. His name

is Twister and he is three years old. Merel is very proud of him.

The horseracing is always on a Thursday in the

summerseason. The race is only once a year.

In 2008 the Horseracing will exist for 125 years. And it starts

at half past one till four o’clock.

Permilla Brak,
Merel van Dongen


Maurice Kiewiet.



Traditions Festival-2008 September 11, 2008

Filed under: Festivals and fairs — ivasil @ 3:13 pm
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Here are some photos from the Traditions Festival that takes place every year in the Cismigiu Garden. The distinctive aspect, compared to the last year’s edition, was the increased number of craftsmen and -what made me glad-the children. Take a look at the beautiful girls in the first photo: they are from the Northern part of the country and were quite used to be little stars.

I hope you enjoy the Festival!

Irina Vasilescu, School no 92, Bucharest, Romania