Have you realised our mayor is holding a packet of chewing gum?
Would you like to know why?
By mere chance, one of the Greek teachers Ms Anna Persidou had one and gave it to our mayor.
Our mayor visited this Greek island and
Read the importance of this in the following article :

Chios mastic (Mastiha de Chios), whose  label of Protected Designation of Origin comes  from 1997. It is a natural aromatic resin, in the shape of a tear, that comes from a tree originating from this Aegean island belonging to the family of  pistachia. 
The mastic tree grows only in 21 villages in the south of the island of Chios and it  is totally related to the wheather condition.

This island has an excellent warm and dry climate. Chios is the only place in the world where the trunk and the branches of the mastija  throw tears. The mastija drops  them after the incisions made in the trunk of the tree. A viscous  transparent liquid appears in its secretion  At first, the taste is bitter but, quickly, it acquires a unique aroma.
The product, once solidified, is collected and cleaned, giving us the Chitos mastic in its natural form

Its production requires a long and hard work throughout the year. The first reference to the mastija comes to us from the historian Herodoto  from  V a.C  who said that n Classical Greece it was used as a natural tooth whitening, that is, it was the only chewing gum of the Ancient Greeks.

Since ancient times, doctors, such as Hippocrates, Galinos or Dioskuridis, had discovered their therapeutic virtues.
The mastija is good for digestion, it helps oral hygiene, kills germs, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and makes cholesterol dissapear.

The cultivation of the mastija, due to the special knowledge it requires, has been included among the candidatures which will be evaluated by Unesco to be inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible cultural heritage  of humanity


C3 short joint staff training meeting

Fifth day
17th May 2019

In the morning we have been training about how to organise the open days and the possible activities we could organise in the students´mobilities.
We have also examinated the two platforms of the project, mobility tool and the platform of results .

Then the Greek students have said farewell to Elexalde teachers and Management team.
It has been a vey fruitful training meeting which will enrich the project.

The slides of the presentation of C3


 C3 Short Joint staff training meeting

Fourth day 16th May 2019

Today training has been about dissemination. The project has to be disseminated at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of the project launch.
We have started with dissemination in the media, and continued with the dissemination in the comunity. We have been disscussing different ideas about it .

Then the mayor of Galdakao has welcome the Greek team. The Greek teachers have introduced themselves and have been talking about the common things between both countries.
The coordinator of the project Mrs Gemma Gutierrez has explained the project in detail and he has shown a big interested in it.

You can find the new about the meeting in this URL .

Greek teachers have also met the Music teacher Ms Mertxe Candina to congratulate her on the job she has done. The creation of the song of the project and the dances students are learning.


C3 short joint staff training meeting

Third day 15th May 2019

Before continuing with the asessment training, we have visited Andra Mari church 
Galdakao´s historical and architectural heritage .This church dates from XIII century . It belongs to the Middle Ages , its style is a mixture of romanesque-gothic and it is opposite our school.

Andra Mari´s altarpiece is plateresque style and a woodcarving of of Santa Maria  ( XIII century) can be found .
All of us have enjoyed this marvellous church.

We have come back to work and we have continued with the training related to assessment. We have analysed the different tools such as rubrics, cultural tests, questionnaries  and kahoot. We have seen all the different tools we have carried out until now and the activities which have to be done.
And to practise all the training done until now what better than a kahoot about what we have learnt in this training.!!

We have stopped for a little so that students have got to know the Greek teachers and talked with them. They have made them a lot of questions about the project, the activities they like the best. They have also asked them if they would like to visit Greece. Students have also danced a traditional Greek dance for them.

To end the day, we have had lunch in a txoko, a typical Basque gastronomy society . The Greek teachers have tasted the Basque cuisine which has also been worked in our project.  There is a section of them in this blog, where you can try to cook them.
Our menu was cod salad, squids in its ink, flan ,cod pil pil. All delicious!!

Mrs Anna Persidou has been helping our chef Jesus de Blas , teacher of Elexalde High School. She has learnt how to cook some of the dishes we have tasted.


C2 Short Joint Staff Training Meeting

Second Day
Tuesday 14th May 2019

Today ,we have shown  Katerini teachers our historical  and architectural heritage as we are working it in our project.

We have stopped in Bakio and we have explained  to them the importance of this summer resort with surfing and the characteristics of the Basque coast .

Then we have visited San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, we have been welcome by Tartalo, one of the Basque mythological creatures of the Basque culture. We have been charactes of Game of Thrones, and we have climbed the 241 steps to the top and as it is tradition we have thought a wish and tolled the bell three times .
This idyllic place is located between the coastal towns of Bakio and Bermeo .It has been the scenario of pirates ,covens and legends.At the top of it, there is an spectacular view of Bay of Biscay.

Then we have visited Mundaka, Urdaibai which is natural heritage and our students will work and share with Katerini students. Urdaibai is a natural setting of outstanding beauty and diversity, which is listed by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve in 1984.
It has been a very interesting visit .
In the afternoon, we have arrived in Gernika and learnt the history of this town, the meaning of Gernika tree, the story of the town and the importance of it in  the Basque people´s lives.


Monday 13th May  FIRST DAY
C3 short joint training staff meeting

On Sunday 12th , we have gone to the airport to meet our  Greek partners, Dimitris from Periplo has also been with us.

Ms Katerina Koutroupa, Maria Dampratzidou, Ioanna Goula, Anna Persidou and Mr Iordanis Kyrailidis, Katerini teachers have arrived at Elexalde high school at 9:00 o'clock, they have been introduced to the management team and met the headmaster who has said a few words in Greek and Katerini teachers have given him the presents they have brought for the School

Then, they have been welcome with an "aurresku" performed by Ruben Azcona, Nerea Ereño, Maitane Molina, Annne Etxebarria, Peio Eguileor and María Crespo , students who participate in the programme.

The txistu has been played by the Basque teacher Ms Raquel Iruarrizaga and a student from first batxiller 

It has been very moving and the Greek teachers have really enjoyed it and discovered one of our heritage and identity.
They have visited the high school and met all the teachers of the different subjects.

Then we have had a lunch with the School staff where Elexalde teachers have met Katerini teachers and have exchanged information about both schools and both countries

 The coordinator of the project Mrs Gemma Gutierrez has told them a few words giving them a warm welcome and explaining that this mobility will strengthen the links between both countries and she hopes their staying in our school and in the Basque country will unite both schools

The English teacher Mrs  Anna Persidou has also showed Greek teachers' gratitude for the warm welcome and also has insisted on keeping a future relationship between both schools 

After lunch, we have started our training. The points we have dealt have been a look at the programme we will follow in these five days ,a brief approach to Galdakao and Basque Country. Teachers have watched a video about Galdakao, Bilbao and the Basque Country. We have also explained to them our  system of education . Then, we have analysed the chapter of assessment in our project. The type of tools which could be used to assess our project and which will be disscused in these days.
We have started disssemination, reading the report we did in February and disscused about it .


  12th May 2019

On Sunday 12th 2019 , five teachers:  Katerina Koutroupa, Maria Dampratzidou, Ioanna Goula,Anna Persidou and Iordanis Kyrailidis  from Katerini school in Greece will visit Elexalde school and will be with us for a week .
This activity C3 is a training meeting where asessment and dissemination of the project will be disscused. At the same time the Greek teachers will know our school, the Basque system of education and meet all the students who participate in the project. They will also visit Galdakao, some stunning  places of the Basque Country such as San Juan de Gastelugatze, Berneo, Mundaka, Urdaibai ,Gernika  and Bilbo. All of them are being worked in our project as our identity and heritage.
They will be welcome with an " aurresku" performed by five students of Elexalde who participate in the project. Some students of the school will also make an exhibition of an "eusku pilota  partidua" ( a Basque pilota match) .
They will also share a big lunch with all Elexalde staff and get to know 3 DBH Elexalde classes.
On Wednesday, they will eat in a "txoko" ( a typical gastronomy society)  named " umore ona" ( good humour) in Usansolo and discover the Baque cuisine which has been part of our project as heritage.
On Thursday, the major of Galdakao Ibon Uribe will meet us so we will explain to him our project and will have contact with the Greek teachers.
This short term  joint staff training meeting will strengthen the links between both schools and will be the second of the  mobilities included in the project.
Next year, our students will travel to Katerini in March and Katerini students will visit us in May to reinforce all the activities worked during the two years of the project.

Everything ready to welcome Greek teachers from Katerini school

P 8-9-10 Basque musical instruments and dances

P 8-9-10
This activity has been carried out in the Music class. They have prepared some Powepoints related to the Basque instruments. Students have chosen some popular ones and they have edited the two videos.
They have shared them with Katerini students and the Basque dance chosen "zazpi jauzik" will be played by both schools in the students´mobilities next year.

" Zazpi jauzi "

Aurresku danced by students of Erasmus+ to welcome the Greek teachers

Some students of 3 DBH have performed  some typical Basque dances as part aof our heritage .
The first one is the dance of the the Basque flag Ikurrin dantza or Agintariena.
This the dance that is performed to mak the intoduction of the dances to the audince, so it is danced in the first place. The more characteristic is the waving of the BasqueFlag ( ikurriña)  on the top of the heads of the dancers.

In this video we can see  the different dances which were mentioned below performed by students of  DBH which dance in a Basque dance club