During the week, Torre school organized a series of activities to present their challenge and to raise teachers and students awareness on the topic.
Activity 1: Breaking the ice with teamwork
The Portuguese students prepared an ‘everybody’s name’ activity with a thread that had to connect everyone and then had to find its way back. This made everyone come together, break the ice and get to know each other a little. Venue: Câmara de Lobos Public Library.
Activity 2: Logo contest
Every country prepared in advance an eligible logo following the rules set by the coordinators team. Portuguese students presented the contest. Every logo was in some way representative of this project’s main topic, and the logo with the most votes was the one prepared by Lithuanian students.
Activity 3: Questionnaire on cyberbullying
Students answered an online questionnaire on cyberbullying prepared by the Portuguese Erasmus+ team, with collaboration from the experts at UCAD (an organization that helps schools and individuals to prevent/deal with addictions and some behavioural issues). These experts had been previously doing workshops for teen students and for adult students as well at this school. The statistical results were sent to UCAD. The answers given show this is a ‘hot’ topic and that it is not always easy to differentiate cyberbullying from “cyberjoking-around”.
Activity 4 : Workshop on cyberbullying
UCAD led a workshop specifically directed to students to raise awareness of the concept of cyberbullying and to find the best ways on how to deal with it. It was a practical workshop conducted in small groups and ideas were shared with everyone and debated where pertinent. As a follow-up activity, while teachers were on a workshop on this topic directed to educators, students were given some questions for them to find the answers on the same topic, which were shared later on with the whole group (students and teachers) and debated on.
Presentation for teachers Presentation for students
After workshop questions
Activity 5: Teamwork based challenges (outdoor, indoor)
Many hours’ challenges, most of them team-based: on Tuesday, the group of students was split in two and both teams were faced with outdoor and indoor (kitchen) challenges to develop some crucial skills in team work, leadership, learning, creativity, communication (not only when speaking but also as far as listening is concerned), making choices, coordination, being fast, resilience, trust and confidence. Day activities were held in Cabo Girão woods, and in the evening the cooking challenge was held in the local Scouts headquarters. After each activity, a debriefing session would take place and actions were reflected upon, issues were debated, and solutions/conclusions were presented by students themselves. The last challenge (morning after) was to produce a poster and somehow draw the learnings from the whole day’s activities. Finally, each team presented their results to the teachers.
This was also a good way to explore the surroundings of the school – Câmara de Lobos district.
Activity 6: Visit to the Natural History Museum in teams
This visiting activity was presented to foreign students and teachers by the group of 12 Portuguese students, who, previously visited the Natural History Museum to learn about what it tells us and about the different spaces in the building (including its garden). Right after this preliminary visit, the students and accompanying teachers gathered to brainstorm on ideas for short activities in small groups at the Museum. After getting the tasks right and finished, the Portuguese students rehearsed as Museum guides (2 guides for each visiting team of 4 students and teachers) and on the last day of activities, they offered this interesting and fun activity at the Museum, where a lot could be seen and learnt from living beings and preserved ones, and also from minerals.