Czechia came to school

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It was 9am on 19th October and the team from Czechia was already at the entrance to our school gate, ready to be welcomed. A group of three teachers and eleven students with an average age of 11, from Pacov, Czechia, returned the visit our school made in 2021 and the school was delighted to welcome them, represented by teachers Fátima Morais and Teresa Teixeira.

The students from the Erasmus club who had already taken part in a mobility and club activities were in charge of preparing the morning’s activities. So, in a small ceremony in the auditorium, the students from the Erasmus+ club put together a presentation of our traditions, music, dance, Earth Club, political personalities, among others, and after a short tour of the school, led by them, they returned to the room of origin and performed a kahoot on what had been presented. It was a very fun and interactive moment.

Our students, as always, proved to be very welcoming and great hosts, developing instant friendships, as only young people can.

In the afternoon, there was a worthwhile visit to the Ethnographic Museum of Póvoa de Varzim, where the history of our city and its traditions were presented to the delight of our guests, followed by a visit to the Póvoa de Varzim Town Hall with r Diamantino Batista as the host.

The following day, in line with the established school programme and focusing on our traditions, the Czech group took part in activities such as traditional games with teacher Isabel Campos and handicrafts with teachers Conceição Rego and Marta Moreira.

Teacher Fátima Morais

Erasmus+ AE Aver-o-Mar Journeys

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On the morning of the 20th of July, between 9 am and 12 noon, the first Erasmus+ Seminar took place in the AE of Aver-o-Mar, promoted by the Erasmus+ team, with project coordinator Marta Antunes as moderator.

With an enriching program, the morning became a space for conversation and sharing of various experiences in the Erasmus+ program and, for this purpose, it was worth the contribution of some schools in the municipality of Póvoa de Varzim, CFAE Póvoa de Varzim/Vila do Conde and the opinion of teachers and students involved in several Key Actions of the program.

The seminar began with the intervention of the sub-director of the Grouping, Helena Costa, who, in addition to recognizing the importance of Erasmus+ projects in the dynamics of schools, also focused on the challenges that arise in the scope of managing the human resources involved in them.

The president of CAFAE Póvoa de Varzim/Vila do Conde, Luís Fernandes, directed his intervention to the importance of Erasmus+ projects in teacher training. During his intervention, he publicized the Erasmus+ project starting this year, Continue Up, which involves the center and the School Education Gateway, among other partners, and whose focus is intervention in the initial and continuous training of teachers. The Aver-o-Mar School Group will be one of the associated partners in this innovative project in the field of training.

In municipal terms, Rocha Peixoto Secondary School, Cego do Maio School Grouping and Rates School Grouping were present, respectively through the voice of Albina Maia, Ana Cristina Ribeiro and Anabela Aguiar, who shared their projects, potentialities, constraints and challenges, within the scope of Key Actions 1 and 2 of the Erasmus+ programme.

After a short break, the Erasmus+ team from Aver-O-Mar intervened presenting the results of the Erasmus+ project “Teaching and Learning Towards an Inclusive, Digital and Sustainable World”. Fátima Morais represented the teaching view of this work experience, while the Social Action technician Andreia Teixeira the social gaze, of those who participated in mobilities, under a jobshadowing regime, in three different moments, namely, Turkey, Slovenia and Italy. Through their intervention, it was possible for those present to better understand what this type of mobility consists of, the professional advantages it offers, as well as their experience in the schools of the countries that welcomed them. They highlighted the good practices observed in the classroom, the practices and responses in the social, cultural, digital and environmental domain that are developed in partner institutions, the bonds that were promoted between professionals, issues related to communication, and others. This was a training reality that took place for the first time at AE Aver-O-Mar but which we hope can happen again involving more teaching and non-teaching staff.

It was time to give voice to the students, and accompanying teachers, about the experience and the impact that these projects had on their personal and academic lives. Everyone was unanimous in what a memory for life will be like: because they traveled abroad for the first time, established new friendships, left their comfort zone, applied academic knowledge such as communicating in English and other, learned about new cultures, habits and customs. It was certainly a highlight of this morning for sharing good practices.

Finally, the vision that the partners have about our Grouping, as a host, the work developed in partnership and the lessons learned was presented. Through recordings of testimonies, partner teachers and students left their gaze on Aver-O-Mar. We are happy to know that they felt satisfied and fulfilled with the reception and the pedagogical and cultural programs that they experienced in our country, that is, in our school.

The seminar ended with the intervention of the President of the Parents Association, Carlos Pinheiro, who congratulated the AE’s initiative in participating in this European program; the president of the General Council of the group who highlighted the added value that the projects represent for the academic development of the students, as well as for their personal growth as citizens of a global Europe, and also for the professional updating of the teaching and technical staff; finally, the Vice-President of Póvoa de Varzim City Council, Dr Luís Diamantino, congratulated the Group for the initiative of organizing this seminar, for its action in favor of the internationalization of educational practices and for the commitment of its professionals; he also highlighted the groupings present for their work, highlighting the impact that their action has been having on students, the schools and the community in general.

This was certainly a fruitful morning, extended to the county community, which boosted the dissemination of innovative practices, European-level dynamics whose main objective is to improve teaching and learning in the municipality of Póvoa de Varzim.


The Erasmus+ group of AE Aver-O-Mar


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Thus ends the international project Erasmus+ TEACHING AND LEARNING TOWARDS AN INCLUSIVE DIGITAL SUSTAINABLE WORLD, 18 months that allowed the mobility of twelve students, two teaching assistants and six accompanying teachers and a social worker on a job shadowing basis.

The experiences were multiple and spread over three host countries – Turkey, Slovenia and Italy – respectively examples of multiculturalism, sustainable development and environmental preservation and the dematerialization of book resources – for a “senza zaino” school (without backpacks).

In all mobilities, students, teachers and non-teachers, were given the opportunity to observe and/or share good practices, experience different didactic-pedagogical intervention strategies, relate, learn a new culture based on communication in English and in the observance of other habits and ways of being.


The week began with the joyful ceremony of welcoming the visitors to the school. About a hundred students welcomed the visitors by singing the different hymns and offering bags with souvenirs and work material for the week. A moment of closeness among peers and of celebration for this meeting.

The activities took place collaboratively with a focus on programming and robotics practices, exploration of digital learning support applications for “senza zaino”, creation through art, research and knowledge sharing among peers, a lot of respect and solidarity.

Students were able to work in multicultural groups, recognizing the need and value of mastering a common language – English – allowing their rapprochement and communication; teachers were able to observe teaching and learning situations in mathematics and Italian classes, corresponding to the 2nd and 3rd cycles, reflecting on the practices implemented by partners, drawing lessons, enhancing their technical skills and, above all, sharing strategies and methodologies during the joint reflection sessions. The social worker observed dynamics of support and inclusion of students with difficulties and/or immigrants, comparing realities and practices, as well as concluding on their application in the Portuguese social and educational contexto. She also shared good practices in progress at AE Aver-O-Mar and intervention policies of our country, leaving the desire in their counterparts to, in the short term, to visit our school.

There was time to promote the creativity of the participants in a plastic production session and theater workshop led by professionals in the field. The experience was unique! We learned the importance of managing and transmitting emotions, the scenic “tricks” used by actors to stage scenes of violence, drama, or friendship, always reiterating the values and social obligations underlying human behavior. Another excellent example of the role that the art of theater can play in the formation of young audiences.

Finally, we visited the iconic city of Rome and the Vatican. Two days of cultural visits that allowed direct contact with the famous Roman monuments, centuries-old works of art, and the history of humanity that we all learned about in history classes.

Before our eyes, then, was the famous Colosseum of Rome – imposing and full of stories; the Roman Forum – ruin of the largest “commercial center” in the world at the time; the national monument to Vittorio Emanuele – the first king of unified Italy; the small statue of the She-Wolf of Romulus and Remus. Regarding this statue, legend has it that:

“… once a very cruel man attacked the father of two twins, imprisoning him and kidnapping his two children who he later abandoned in the forest, leaving them to their fate. However, the children’s cries attracted the attention of a she-wolf who “adopted” them and suckled them as if they were her own cubs. One day a peasant was passing through the forest and found the two children nursing from the she-wolf. He decided to take them with him and named them Romulus and Remus. Many years later, as adults, Romulus and Remus went in search of their father, and found him, freed him, and punished the man who had imprisoned him. Then they returned to the place where the she-wolf had suckled them, on the banks of the Tiber, and decided that this would be the site of a new city. The name chosen was Rome.”

We continue our tour walking along Via del Corso and its imposing baroque-style buildings, Via dei Condotti – one of Rome’s most elegant streets, containing numerous fashion stores, such as Gucci or Bvlgari, and fine coffee shops, among which the historic Caffé Greco (1760) stands out; the famous Scalignata di Spagna, the famous staircase in Piazza di Spagna, the traditional meeting place for young people, tourists and the indispensable street artists, who usually gather around the Fontana della Barcaccia; the church at its top is called Trinità dei Monte, built in 1495 and containing numerous works of art inside.

Finally, the Pantheon of Rome or Agrippa – “Roman temple of all the gods”, built in the 1st century; the Trevi Fountain – a project by Nicola Salvi that has Neptune flanked by two tritons as its central figures, this place marked the end of the Aqueduct of Aqua Virgo that channeled water to the new spa resorts of Rome (the relief on the second floor, shows a girl named Trivia, to whom the fountain owes its name); the Piazza Navona, the social center of the city of Rome with its three Baroque fountains.

And here we said goodbye physically to our Italian friends, certain, however, that the digital contact will endure among those who “met” each other in this adventure.

Last but not the least, Saturday, the day of our return, there was still time to visit the Vatican City.

The famous Vatican Museums and the world-famous Sistine Chapel, home to Michelangelo’s stunning frescoes. There are miles and miles of luxurious galleries, filled with art and palatial decoration and where we glimpse the decked out soldiers of the Pontifical Swiss Guard.

Finally, St. Peter’s Square – designed by Bernini and built in the 17th century – and St. Peter’s Basilica.

And it was time to head for Fiumicino airport back home.


“Roma non è una città come le altre. È un grande museo, un salotto da attraversare in punta di piedi.”

(Rome is not a city like all the others. It is a great museum, a room to cross on tiptoe – Alberto Sordi).


In fact, Rome is seen on foot, and this group did just that. We spent two pleasant days visiting this magnificent city. Many of the monuments had already been seen and studied previously in a group activity at the eSpazia school, a moment that answered the double objective of using the digital tool Google Maps and researching and knowing Rome but, mainly, preparing the visitors (students) for an informed visit to the city!


As coordinator of this Erasmus+ project, I thank the whole team for their dedication, the students for their commitment and interest, the parents for the trust placed in the school, the City Council for the institutional collaboration, and the management for their unconditional support to the initiative. Thank you!


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Slovenia, a country located in Central Europe, is known for its mountains, ski resorts and lakes. On the shores of Lake Bled, a glacial lake fed by hot springs, the town of Bled has an islet with a church and medieval castle on top of a cliff. In Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, Baroque-style facades blend with 20th-century architecture by Jože Plečnik, an architect born in the city, whose famous Tromostovje (Triple Bridge) spans the narrow, curved Ljubljanica River. (Google, 04/24/2023)

As part of the 2nd mobility project Erasmus+ KA122: TEACHING AND LEARNING TOWARDS AN INCLUSIVE DIGITAL AND SUSTAINABLE WORLD, a group of 4 students and 2 accompanying teachers, as well as 2 teachers and 1 technician in jobshadowing, set out to discover Slovenia from 16 to 23 April, 2023.

First stop, CENTER FOR SCHOOL AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES (CŠOD) BOHINJ, in Triglav National Park, under the auspices of the Slovenian Ministry of Education. CŠOD is one of the 26 Slovenian centres/nature schools dedicated to training young people in nature conservation, in this case based on the study and observation of Lake Bohinj, its alpine flora and fauna, through hiking, canoeing on Lake Bohinj, cycling, mountaineering, climbing, thematic lectures, practical workshop on survival in nature – how to set fire, how to deal with hypothermia (the lake has an average temperature of 9 degrees at the surface and 4 degrees deep down), how to overcome situations of thirst, spatial disorientation, among others – and even astronomical observation. When at the center, the group strictly observed its operating rules, such as keeping the space organized and clean, not wearing shoes inside, respecting meal times, waking up, going to bed and keeping silent times.

From the 17th to the 20th, the working group of Aver-O-Mar elementary school actively participated in all proposed activities, revealing a sense of responsibility and ecological awareness, aware of the importance of such knowledge for their eventual survival and the sustainability of the planet.

In all activities we were accompanied by specialized technicians and teachers who promoted team spirit, collaboration and companionship among all participants – in addition to the Portuguese group, Italian and Slovenian students and teachers were also at the center – a melting pot that favored new friendships facilitated by communication in English. Everyone rose to this challenge!

Second stop, Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, immediately captivates its visitors since, despite being a small city, it is one of the most vibrant cities in the Balkans, classified by Unesco as one of several Cities of Literature. A modern city, known for its cultural life and historical legacy of undeniable wealth, the result of the countless people who conquered it over the centuries. It has a classic face that combines perfectly with the liveliness of a young and dynamic population. We strolled through the city: Prešeren Square, the Triple Bridge – designed in 1931 by the architect Jože Plečnik – to the Dragons’ bridge, the central market for vegetables, fruit and flowers, the Cathedral/Church of S. Nicolau, with its imposing doors of bronze, Mestni Square and the City Hall, the Congress Square and a surprise visit to the Slovenian Parliament, the highlight of the visit to the city that allowed us, in addition to getting to know the space, to talk with the vice-president of the parliament and its youngest deputy – a moment of reflection, questioning the intentions of a nation and the possible comparison with the Portuguese reality.

Ljubljana, a city of about 300,000 inhabitants, remains in our hearts for the elegance of the terraces along the Ljubljanica River, the ocher colors of its buildings, the green spaces, its friendliness and the sidewalks that vibrate with people walking, or use the bike and skateboard to move around. Oh! But also for the excellent ice cream we ate!!

Third stop, POSTOJNA CAVES, the Postojna Cave, discovered by Luka Čeč, is a fascinating underground paradise shaped by small drops over millions of years, the only place where you can see the Jewel, a precious rock formation 5 meters high – the most beautiful stalagmite in the cave – and meet the baby dragons – small beings that live in the depths of the cave, with pale, almost translucent skin, unusual red tufts, eyes that cannot be seen and four limbs with only ten fingers.

Legend has it that the inhabitants of the área, used to living surrounded by caves, wells, intermittent rivers, lakes and unusual springs that erupted from the ground in times of heavy rain or flooding, also got used to the strong currents bringing to the surface some ” unusual fish”, with snow-white skin, a long body, a long tail and four legs. They believed, therefore, that there was a terrible dragon living inside the cave of Postojna, and these animals were, in fact, baby dragons.

Like the world above the surface, the Cave features towering mountains, stunning formations, babbling rivers, and vast subterranean halls. It is a real challenge for explorers and a cradle of Speleobiology. This fabulous space is a UNESCO heritage site and is the second largest karst cave system in the world open to visitors.

Fourth and last stop, VENICE. A bonus of this trip since, for logistical reasons, the group flew from Porto to Venice and green traveled to Slovenia by bus. On the way back, it was possible to visit this wonderful Italian city for an afternoon, before boarding to Porto. A quick but attentive look at the canals, the dreamy gondolas, the magnificence of St. Mark’s Square, the sad history of the Bridge of Sighs, the multiculturalism present in the narrow streets and squares…

From dream to reality, an experience full of new experiences, knowledge, friendship and respect for nature.

“The trip was very fun and important for our future learning, I really enjoyed visiting Slovenia!!” (Inês)

“When I decided to participate again in an Erasmus project, I had no idea that I would be so amazed by everything being so different from the previous trip. I couldn’t be more grateful to have had this opportunity. We learned to survive in nature, to climb, to ride a canoe among other things, but above all we learned to communicate with people different from us, people from other countries and other cultures. It was undoubtedly an incredible and unforgettable experience with the best company.” (Matilde)

KA122 TEACHING AND LEARNING TOWARDS AN INCLUSIVE DIGITAL SUSTAINABLE WORLD – another Erasmus+ project by Aver-O-Mar School Group on the road!

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Where to start…

First of all, I am radiant, for having lived an unforgettable experience in my life, where I felt totally happy! It was a week full of adrenaline, with lots of adventures, emotions, moments of laughter, learning and socializing. With this project, I was able to test my knowledges, my ability to communicate with people who are totally different from me, experience new traditions, gastronomy and of course, get out of my comfort zone. The Erasmus+ project is an excellent opportunity in a student’s life. In my opinion, I think that students should be more and more interested in this type of project, because there are no words to sum up the feeling of everything you come up with. It really has to be lived! (Beatriz)

Beatriz’s words reflect the team’s spirit that was experienced during the days spent in Istanbul, from the 11th to the 18th December 2022.

Three students, two accompanying teachers, two jobshadowing teachers and a non-teaching technician – social worker – made up the group. From classroom observation to workshops and meetings to share teaching and learning practices, to higher education and business institutions with innovation and sustainable projects, visits to emblematic places of cultural heritage value, like the Blue Mosque, Galata Tower, Topkapi Palace, where Christian and Muslim religions merge, to contact with students, teachers, parents and others from the local community that welcomed us so well.

Erasmus is, undoubtly, a very well organized and fun project, there is always something to do during the trip, we are always interacting with people. If I could describe this experience in one word it would be, Unique, and remember if you have the opportunity to enrol, take advantage of it, it is an amazing experience. (Diogo)

I think this trip was a unique opportunity. I got to know a new culture, new food, new dance. The regime there is very different from ours, the schools seem more liberal. I really enjoyed being there, it was an amazing and fun trip. (Sara)

The Erasmus+ program is an initiative of the European Union that promotes the mobility of students and teachers between member countries. The school with which we had the opportunity to participate in this initiative was the Sehit Mehmet Yilmaz School in Istanbul, Turkey. An elementary school with inclusive, digital and culturally immersive practices.

The school mobility experience in Istanbul was extremely enriching, both for students and teachers. The exchange of teaching and learning experiences was one of the main advantages of this initiative. We were able to share our pedagogical practices with our Turkish colleagues and at the same time learn from them about their teaching approaches and methodologies. We were able to attend StoryTelling sessions, both in the classroom and at the Storytelling school, where students actively participated in storytelling, thus developing their creativity and drama expression and reading skills. In the classroom, they also use games to consolidate learning in various curricular areas. (Fatima Morais)

Another important advantage of school mobility in Istanbul was the cultural exchange. We had the opportunity to get to know Turkish culture, its history, its gastronomy, its customs and traditions. It was a unique experience that allowed us to broaden cultural horizons and better understand the world we live in – multiculturalism at its best.

In addition, school mobility in Istanbul allowed us to improve language skills, namely the use of English main communication language, not forgetting to practice a little Turkish to learn more about the Turkish language and culture.

In summary, the school mobility in Istanbul was a very important and enriching experience for all of us. The exchange of teaching and learning experiences, cultural exchange and knowledge of linguistic particularities were some of the main benefits of this initiative. Participation in the Erasmus+ program and similar initiatives are unique opportunities for the personal and professional growth of students and teachers. (Prof. Mário Lima)


“Novels will never be wholly imaginary nor wholly real. To read a novel is to confront both the author’s imagination and the real world which surface we scratch with such restless curiosity”. (Source: )


May we end up with the words of the reknowned turkish author Irhan Pamuk: may our minds always be restless for knowledge and our actions satisfy our needs, eager to promote a much better personal and social growth!

Erasmus+ project From Tradition to Innovation – Aver-o-Mar School participates in mobility to Kamionki, Kornik, in Poland

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As part of the Eramus+ project KA229 entitled From Tradition to Innovation, a group of three teachers and five 8th grade students from Aver-o-Mar School participated in an exchange mobility held in Kamionki, Kornik, in Poland, from the 9th to the 13th of May, together with its counterparts from Poland (host country), Lithuania and Czechia (former Czech Republic).

During five intensive working days, the students, guided by their teachers, were able to actively participate in a set of diversified and multidisciplinary initiatives, mobilizing knowledge, skills and competences, in close collaboration with their fellow students from the other Polish, Lithuanian and Czech schools involved.

In this way, work previously done at School could be continued thus contributing to the achievement of the objectives outlined in this project, namely:

  • Valuing the intangible (inter)cultural, national and European heritage, namely, with regard to traditional crafts/professions vs. innovative activities/professions (new companies/professional areas).
  • Contribute to a more informed and conscious vocational choice for young people, based on the knowledge acquired through carrying out the project’s activities and through regular dialogue with other partners.
  • Discover new professional opportunities as well as the technical and technological development inherent to them, based on the activity proposals and the realities presented by each of the partner countries.
  • Expand students’ linguistic competence – English – either through communication established in academic situations – written assignments – or through real communication – virtual and physical meetings, provided for in the project.
  • Promote the use of digital applications and tools, expanding students’ technological and digital competence.
  • Promote values ​​of respect, solidarity, sharing, equality and collaboration.
  • Promote critical thinking, responsibility, creativity and perseverance.
  • Contribute to European citizenship and the condition of European citizen, rights and duties.

Among the various activities implemented, there was a guided tour by the CEO of a leading agricultural and livestock company, which seeks to enhance the traditional ecological practices of Polish agriculture with the most modern contributions of agronomic science, aiming at a balance between productivity and profitability besides using sustainably the planet’s limited natural resources; a visit to Skoda car brand safety testing center; pastry workshops in the confection of croissants, out of a traditional Polish recipe in the old city of Poznan, and the famous ginger breads of Touran; furthermore, guided tours to the millenary historical and cultural heritage of this Central European country, entitled Great Poland , the facilities of the host school and moments of conviviality and fraternization, enhancing the strengthening of relations among European students, the young generation of its citizens, who will certainly disseminate, in their respective countries, in their families and relationships, the desirable spirit of solidarity and peaceful that is at the genesis of the European project, born after the Second World War.

As a result of the travelling option, a brief stay in the German city of Berlin was still possible, allowing the group to quickly immerse in the cosmopolitan reality of this European capital. The group (re)visited emblematic places of German civilization such as the Reichstag or the Brandenburg Gate, built in the 18th century, symbol of reunification, and, especially, historic landmarks from the Second World War and the post-war period such as the Berlin Wall, the Check Point Charlie, the open-air exhibition about the Nazi terrors from 1933 to 1945 or the Holocaust Memorial, as well as some symbols of modernity such as the Sony Center.

Back home, certainly more awaken to the value of interculturality, it is now time to start preparing the reception for our European counterparts, who will visit us next October and for which all, as an educational community, should be mobilized.

Conceição Costa   |   Ilídio Machado   |   Marta Antunes

Ana   |   Filipa   |   Maria   |   Margarida   |   Sabrina