Last week 3 year nine pupils represented Y Pant at the Comenius Conference in Norway. They joined 5 other European countries in the last meeting of the project, My 21st Century. Here Riya Kale (RK) and Megan Rees (MR) discuss their visit.
Why were you selected to go to Norway?
MR: We won a competition and the prize was to go to Norway. We visited a town called Sandnes.
RK: Our entries were presentations about Architecture and Society. We used the brief (a Winston Churchill quote) and interpreted it in our own way. Therefore we focused on our family backgrounds and compared and looked at the differences to our lives in Wales especially as we are from India, Nepal and Ireland.
Can you explain the project?
RK: The project is called My 21st Century. We presented our PowerPoint on Architecture and Society as well as our stop-motion film and our line poster about how we interpret buildings in the future. It’s a fun, confidence building experience where you can make a bunch of new friends of all different cultures.
MR: It’s a chance to build friendships with lots of different people whilst being part of a fun and interesting project. The other schools in the project presented work about how houses will be adapted in the future to be more eco-friendly, about how town planning will evolve and the Dutch school made videos representing how they will live in 50 years’ time.
Where did you stay?
MR: We stayed with a Norwegian host family. Their house was different to the houses here in Wales. It was wooden and had 3 floors.
RK: The architecture was different. It was rare to see a brick building. All houses were made from wood. My host’s house was very modern.
What did you do in Norway?
RK: Apart from representing Y Pant and presenting our work, we had a range of different activities: we went sight-seeing; we went to the beach; we participated in teambuilding activities such as Irish and Catalan dancing; we went bowling; we went hiking (even though the view of the town was blocked by fog!); we visited fun interactive museums.
What was the highlight of the trip?
MR: For me it was meeting new and different people. I also enjoyed going to the beach.
RK: Making new friends and going on the hike because I really got to know people.
What did you learn?
MR: You can have a lot in common with someone who is from a completely different background.
RK: There’s no point in being shy! Just talk to people because you only have a limited time.
Do you have any tips for future Comenius/Erasmus + travellers?
RK: Pack suitable clothing according to activities.
MR: Relax and be yourself. Take a plug adaptor!
Would you participate in Comenius again?
RK: Yes! I would do Comenius again, to make new friends in a different experience and also to have the chance to meet our new found friends again.
MR: Yes, to have the chance to learn even more about other cultures.