Erasmus and Euroschool
Between the 4-7 October head teacher Gordon Farquhar and International coordinator/Secretary of Euroschoolnet 2000 Graham Hesketh of the Joyce Frankland Academy, Newport traveled to the Northern Finnish city of Tornio which is approximately 100km from the Arctic Circle. There they met with other head teachers and coordinators from Sicily and Rovigo in Italy, The Basque Country and Aguilar De Campoo, Spain, Landgraaf, The Netherlands , Leznow, Poland and Tallin, Estonia in order to discuss the progress of the Erasmus KA 2 project How to live, study and work in another EU country which has seen in its first year over 160 students from these countries developing an understanding of the jobs market across Europe. Later the representatives of these schools were joined by delegates from Germany and Sweden who participated in the AGM of Euroschoolnet 2000 - a unique organization of schools across Europe which is now 17 years old with an aim to allow these schools to work together in order to offer their students a better understanding of European culture.
Before the AGM Gordon Farquhar and the Dutch head teacher Jos Van Eyk were interviewed by the local radio station in Tornio on why the schools were in Tornio and what Brexit might mean to Euroschoolnet 2000.
It was not all work for the Newport attendees and other teachers. They met local officials at the Town Hall who gave them an insight into the peculiarities of the region in which you could have one foot in the city of Tornio in Finland and the other in the town of Haparanda in Sweden and in doing so be in different time zones. Delegates also visited the local church, were shown around a museum dedicated to saunas and taken aboard one of the big ice breakers used to keep shipping lanes open in the Gulf of Bothnia during the winter months.