National eTwinning Competition Budapest, October 16th, 2014

A few months ago the team applied for and was awarded an eTwinning Quality Label for the Living in a Changing Climate Project. (You may know that our project is part of two systems of school partnerships, one is the eTwinning, and the other is the Comenius program). The regulations did not allow the Icelandic team to enter their national eTwinning competition, but the Hungarian team was allowed to enter although the official closing of the project is  a few more months ahead.

So here we go, this past Wednesday seven of the 11 students had an early morning wake up and headed to our capital city at 6.30am. Thick fog was followed by a warm sunny day, and driving through the city during the morning rush hours in a mini bus offered by eTwinning, we arrived at the venue of the competition: the Eben Hotel on the Pest side of our capital city.

The arriving teams were offered with refreshments and biscuits, and at 10 o’clock the head of the Hungarian eTwinning office greeted the participants. 11 teams – including one kindergarten, 5 primary and 5 secondary schools followed with their 15-20-minute presentations. Each included a ppt or prezi, short videos, and we could see and hear some songs and short plays too. We could also set up a small exhibition by the sidewall of the room, including Levi’s knitted woolen pullover, brochures, books and a nice calendar that you sent us for Christmas.

Our presentation was the last one, well after the lunch break. The students built it on Dóri’s prezi. Dóri, Niki, Gyopi, Rebi, Dia and Emma spoke about various aspects of the project; finally Levi showed a 6-min video of our visit to Iceland. Everyone was of course a little nervous, especially because the links that had been neatly saved and prepared on the main PC a few hours earlier simply disappeared or just would not open. But Dóri and the technician were able to sort things out, while the team creatively adjusted to the circumstances and went on with their presentation. So the ‘All’s well that ends well’ saying was again proved when we got the big applause in the end.

The jury retired to make their decision, and a little after 4 pm the results were announced. There was one 1st place and a shared second place. The Ady Gimnázium from Budapest got the first prize, and Vajda Gimnázium became second.

You can see the results and some photos here:
Beside a Certificate we got a 30 000 HUF prize. The team will probably spend it all having a nice pizza at our official project closing meeting.
By the way, how about having one more common Skype meeting before the school year is over?

Kati FH

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