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Classe d'éveil artistique et culturel (4ème)
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Paul Hermann Secondary School is a state school and pupils have special educational needs. Indeed, located in an urban area, its population undergoes numerous social problems and lacks knowledge on their cultural and geographical environment. Having had a bad experience being pupils, parents are not involved into their children’s education. Their vision of the world is restricted to their urban area and they show little interest in national or even European events. Nevertheless, most of them are keen on new technologies and computing. The school educational team is willing to change the actual outdated teaching system, turning it into a more modern and attractive one in order to fight against school failure and including cultural heritage such as art gallery, artist residence, itinerant courses and taking part to a competition called « one class one work » as well as theatre meetings. Travelling to Europe or in the Indian Ocean would also be part of this cultural and educational challenge. May this project be a launching pad to allow Paul Hermann Secondary School to open up to the world, through art, culture and foreign languages! There are different Language and cultural levels among the pupils, hence the need for a European project and funds. Our plan is: - To make pupils live a cultural immersion thanks to art and foreign languages. - To develop and strengthen the pupils’ artistic and language skills, as well as giving them the opportunity to discover European citizen values thanks to trips to Europe. This will later give them a better chance to integrate the work market in the Indian Ocean zone, thanks to a better understanding of the world. - From this European experience, to organise new transdisciplinary projects based on a more modern education system based on foreign languages, art and new technologies in order to bring back interest and motivation to the pupils and their parents. - To make and art class, as an experiment, which would aim at exchanging with European schools on subjects such as the History of Arts using the different foreign languages taught in Paul Hermann Secondary School. Moreover, eight of the twelve teachers involved in this project would like to do a foreign language apprenticeship in Europe. We would love to gather our skills in sound art techniques, music, video editing, handling of digital tools, organising educational trips mastering drama arts and related jobs, language skills and knowledge. Open up new perspectives for our pupils. We are ready to take assessments to get an idea of our level in foreign languages and we will do an apprenticeship to be prepared to take the TOEFL or TOEIC exams. All these activities will consist in opening an artistic and cultural awakening experimental class for pupils aged 13 to 14 following a European referential. Through all the school subjects, the pupils will be asked to be creative in a wide range of artisitic fields (sound arts, live show, space, visual), and study work of arts from the local and world cultural heritage, and share their research with other pupils from Europe thanks to etwinning (foreign language exchanges). Their work will be rewarded by a better mastery of the digital Tools (NKOS) and communication skills (articles, research, exhibitions...). They will be totally ready for the History of Arts assessments. This team project has been welcomed and supported by the school Principals who will take care of the conventions and the monitoring of this project. Key events such as a private view, exhibitions or shows will be organised and information shared on Paul Hermann Secondary School’s as well as on Etwinning for our partner schools. The teachers’ goal is to measure the impact of such a project on academic achievement, attendance and personal investment. This transdisciplinary teaching dynamics will be synonym with creativity within the school but also in primary schools as the exhibitions, shows, articles, videos and digital tools will be opened to public. In the long run we expect our pupils’ families to be more implicated by giving back knowledge all its importance. Therefore, our team who will carry on doing apprenticeship and sharing their experiences will preserve this dynamics.

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