Zpráva z konference projektu Waterworks, European Ways

Report from the students and teacher’s meeting in the Czech Republic (2. – 6. June, 2014)

The conference took place in Kladno, which lies in the central Bohemian metropolis in the vicinity of Prague and of the international airport.  The aim of the conference was to write the half-evaluation report, to present the videos or PPT presentations as well as to develop strong relationship between partner countries.

Initially, the partners from Holland, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Germany and Czech Republic were welcomed by the Lord of Mayor, Dan Jiranek, who also explained the brief history of the town. After such an event, the small tour in the centre of the town was organized to show the most important historical buildings, for example: Town Hall, Church of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin, Chateau, St. Florian Chapel and the Czech Crown House Pharmacy.

After the tour in the school building, the flute choirs and singing choirs were introduced. The visitors could also see the aerobics performance and the performance called Under the Water that was created for the purpose of the project itself.

After the lunch in the school canteen, the videos and PPT presentations made by each country were projected. The results are available to see on our e-twinning website. The teachers continued the conference for the rest of the afternoon and the students were picked up by host families to  explore the place where they live.

For the next day, the teachers and students visited Waterworks Museum in Prague, Podoli where the first sewer system in our capital city was mentioned, the process of draining and supplies of drinking water was explained. The excursion continued on the Vltava River in a boat to see Prague Castle, Charles Bridge with its sculpture gallery, the golden crown of the National Theatre and other outstanding historical and modern buildings. The rest of the day was devoted to the sightseeing tour in the heart of the city to see Municipal House, Powder Tower, Loreta, The Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock, Church of Our Lady Before Tyn, St. Nicholas Church and much more.

Thursday was reserved for the education of how to make the Czech Crystal Glass in the  Rück factory in Nizbor. During the tour, we got to know the individual stages of producing glass crystal by hand, through the furnaces, processing, designing and polishing. The sightseeing tour was finished in Koneprusy Caves situated  7 km south of Beroun, in the middle of the nature reserve of Czech Karst.  The caves originate in 400-million-year-old Devon calcite rocks, consist of three levels to be found 70 m under the ground-level, and over 2 km long. The top level housed a 15th century secret workshop of money forgers. The caves can boast of unique opal-bearing decorations, as well as numerous paleonthological excavations, documenting the history of Earth Nature of the past 1.5 million years.

The conference was concluded with writing the half-evaluation report, summarising the weak and strong points of the project and planning the activities for the next period.