SANTA ERASMUS+ HAS ARRIVED AT OUR SCHOOL





December 2018

Santa Erasmus+ has arrived at our school and we are so excited about it. Our Greek partners have sent us some Christmas cards written and designed by them. It has been very thrilling to receive them. We have also created some Christmas cards and shared with them.
It has meant a lovely way to strengthen ties and  know both contries´Christmas traditions.






                           

 " DISCOVER AND SHARE YOUR IDENTITY MARK" wishes you MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

TUG OF WAR PRACTISED IN ANCIENT GREECE ANOTHER BASQUE SPORT IN COMMON WITH ANCIENT GREEK



   NOVEMBER 2018

 Do you know that tug of war was practiced as a competition and as a physical exercise in order to train for another sports?

Tug of the world is a sport that directly pits two teams against each other a test of strength.
In ancient Greece the sport was called helkustinda (Greek: ἑλκυστίνδα), efelkustinda (ἐφελκυστίνδα) and dielkustinda (διελκυστίνδα), which derives from dielkō (διέλκω), meaning amongst others "I pull through", all deriving from the verb helkō (ἕλκω), "I draw, I pull.
Tug of war games in ancient Greece were among the most popular games used for strength and would help build strength needed for battle .





EUSKO PILOTA AND ANCIENT PILOTA GAME SOMETHING WE SHARE


                 NOVEMBER 2018
Basque pelota (pilota in the original Basque language) is the name for a variety of court sports played with a ball using one's hand, a racket, a wooden bat or a basket, against a wall or, more traditionally, with two teams face to face separated by a line on the ground or a net.
And do you know what I have found!!!
The roots of this type of games can be traced to the Greek.
So we've got something in common.
The history of the pilota game in Greek shows us that there are many indications that it was practiced in the ancient Greek and Alexander the Great was a good pilota player.

Ekaitz
Student from 2nd Bachiller  Elexalde school.

I will show you a video of me practicing this Basque sport. It is the Bizkaia final
Do  you remember you had  a snack on Instagram?  Now the complete video,  so that you can  enjoy it !!!




ELEXALDE STUDENTS SHARE SOME RURAL BASQUE SPORTS WITH GREEK STUDENTS

 


NOVEMBER 2018

Elexalde students have shared some rural Basque sports  with the Greek students .The sports they have chosen are tag of the war “sokatira", cob gathering “lokotx biltzea, “weight carrying" txingak eramatea” and sack races "saku lasterketa". Their choice was taken because they are very popular and they can be seen in any local festivity. Besides, the materials which are needed to practice them are at hand. They are easy to understand and perform by the Greek students .To finish, they are fun to be able to compete both schools.



They have prepared some tutorials about them . Enjoy them and practice them!!

weight carrying



tug of war


cob gathering



sack races

In the International Day of the  Basque Language, students of 3 DBH  have taken part and competed in those sports, so that the Katerini students can learn about them and be able to compete with Elexalde school students when they visit us.

Here a video of the competition edited by the students of second bachiller.




ELEXALDE WILL HAVE A GREEK ACCENT


NOVEMBER 2018

It takes part in an Erasmus project with another school from the hellenic town Katerini, with which there will be a cultural exchange.

Galdakao

The high school Elexalde from Galdakao has been one of the two schools from the Basque Country selected to carry out an Erasmus + project. In particular, it is going to strengthen ties with a secondary high school from the Greek town Katerini, a town approximately an hour from Thessaloniki. An initiative which responds to the title " Discover and share your identity mark" which will bring an exchange between Basque and hellenic students.
All started at the end of February,  when Elexalde decided to present an Erasmus + project." We see the necessity to internasionalise the school and the Latin teacher knew another school in Greece, so we started the contact" explains Gemma Gutiérrez one of the responsible of the project from Elexalde. Some weeks later, in August, they received the positive result,so they started the preparations.
It is a project which deals with some aspects related to the cultural, architectural, natural historical and maritime heritage about the hellenic and Basque cultures.
"As it is the Year of the European heritage, the main objective of this enriching project is to make  students aware about their own cultural heritage, discover Katerini heritage ( Greece) , reflect on both and share it with a respectful and tolerance mind" points out Mrs Gutierrez.
It will take place during two years, considering this school year 2019-2020 and it is aimed at students who are in 3 DBH.
First contacts

The first approaches or mobilities as they are named in the project, have materialised.
Gemma Gutierrez and her colleague Iratxe Cuñado travelled to Katerini in October " We went to train ourselves in the platform we will use to disseminate the project eTwinning , to know the Greek educational system and to know the people who will participate" explain " We have also exchanged Good Practice" adds Gemma Gutiérrez .In May hellenic teachers will return the visit " they will come to Elexalde , and then we will train in assessment tools and disseminate the project and they will also know our students" announces the Basque project initiatives.
For next school year, the two students' events led by students will take place,  which will be full of activities " In March 2020 15 students from Elexalde will go to Katerini where they will work different aspects of the project visiting places around the area related to the heritage" describes. Among them, for example the slopes of Mount Olympus.
Two months later, in May, the Greek students will visit us" We will have to organise the activities and we have already designed some of them " For example and considering the importance of rural sport, we will organise a sport competition. In Greece  the students from Galdakao will be challenged with ancient sports.Not without reason, those have the honour to host the first Olympic Games in the history.
There will be much more" In the natural heritage , we will bring them to Urdaibai, in the cultural we will visit Guggenheim and we will also go to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe or the Old Part of Bilbao. Precisely, in Bilbao we will  explain to them the transfomation  
 of the city through the river" describes Gemma Gutiérrez. We will also have time to talk about Greek and Basque mythology or taste the best food of each place." We will see Greek recipes and we will teach them Basque ones and we will organise a type of Masterchef" announces .They won't forget to dance, so the Basque dances and the Greek ones will be protagonists.
All of it has been possible due to the collaboration of some departments  of  Elexalde high school.   ." Apart from the English department, the main teachers from other subjects take also part: Art,Music, Basque, Language, Physical Education , History and Science" point out.
Precisely , Shakaspeare language has an important role in Erasmus +" Although we will learn some words in Greek and they will learn some words in Basque comunication between students will be in English, so it will be very important the improvement in this field"celebrate.
 


THE INTERNATIONAL BASQUE LANGUAGE DAY




  DECEMBER 2018
As our next subject is the language as a cultural heritage and today we celebrate a special day for our language. We would like you to know a bit about our language:
The International Day of the Basque Language (one of the few surviving pre-Indo-European languages) is celebrated on December 3.
Basque Language Day was instituted in 1948 by the Society for Basque Studies. December 3 was chosen to honor Saint Francis Xavier, whose feast day is celebrated on this date. St. Francis Xavier was a Roman Catholic missionary from Navarre. According to legend, his last words before passing away were in Basque, as it was Xavier's mother tongue.
This year a project called Euskaraldia has been promoted by several associations dedicated to the promotion of Euskara ( Basque Language) that for 11 days will invite participants to take the role of Ahobizi or Belarriprest. Ahobizi are those people who speak in Basque with everyone who understands the language and speak to strangers using, at least, the first word in Basque. On the other hand, Belarriprest are those people who at least understand Basque and who invite the rest to address them in this language.
Elexalde bhi takes part in the celebrations of both the International Day of the Basque Language and Euskaraldia.

We will soon teach you a few words in Basque, every week oneon Instagram!!!!