13th Gymnasium of Heraklion

Water – A Combining Element

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13th Gymnasium of Heraklion

The 13th Gymnasium of Heraklion constitutes one of the largest junior high schools of our city, since 420 students approximately study in it divided in three grades. There are 40 teachers and five teachers of special education for students with learning difficulties as well as two teachers who have taken over the responsibility of assisting the main teacher in case of parallel teaching in the classroom. As a secondary school all the disciplines provided aim to a general knowledge and a global education for students. Apart from the main body of the disciplines various environmental and cultural projects are carried out every year in our school such as projects for the respect of diversity issue, e-twinning projects, health and education activities, meetings for job orientation and car accidents, focusing, in this way, on the development of transversal skills and communicative competences of all the students.
The participation of our school to a European project seals its multi-dimensional profile and provides an added value. The project of water is a topic of great interest for our school since its importance is significant for the whole city. That’s why, over the past years, several environmental projects, such as “Dancing with the water” and “Water and sports” have been running with the involvement of students and teachers of our school. During these projects many educational visits have taken place, for example to hydroelectric installations, to watermills, to dams, as well as several educational trips to natural sources of water, like rivers and lakes have been made. Within the subject of history, students of the first grade are taught the Minoan civilization and visit the archaeological place of Knossos Palace which is very close to our school. During this visit, the students can get in touch, apart from the historical facts, with the water supply system that men were using at the ancient times. In this way, students can understand that water has always occupied an important position in mankind’s life and especially in life of Cretan people. Furthermore, the power of the water and its significance has been strongly highlighted during the last Erasmus+ project named “Keep on shining: a project on lighthouses”, which has been running in our school for the last two years (2016-2018).

The participation of our school to a European project seals its multi-dimensional profile and provides an added value. The project of water is a topic of great interest for our school since its importance is significant for the whole city. That’s why, over the past years, several environmental projects, such as “Dancing with the water” and “Water and sports” have been running with the involvement of students and teachers of our school. During these projects many educational visits have taken place, for example to hydroelectric installations, to watermills, to dams, as well as several educational trips to natural sources of water, like rivers and lakes have been made. Within the subject of history, students of the first grade are taught the Minoan civilization and visit the archaeological place of Knossos Palace which is very close to our school. During this visit, the students can get in touch, apart from the historical facts, with the water supply system that men were using at the ancient times. In this way, students can understand that water has always occupied an important position in mankind’s life and especially in life of Cretan people. Furthermore, the power of the water and its significance has been strongly highlighted during the last Erasmus+ project named “Keep on shining: a project on lighthouses”, which has been running in our school for the last two years (2016-2018).

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