Erasmus+

We are very excited to announce that we have been awarded a budget of €197,475 to fully fund trips to European countries, which means there will be no cost to pupils and staff. We have been successful in our bid to take part in an Erasmus+ project across 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years. Erasmus+ fund mobility projects for pupils and professionals, offering exciting opportunities for UK participants to gain valuable international experience, broaden horizons, experience new cultures and discover new ways of working.

Our project is about wellbeing and the importance of recognising what can make us happy. It will look at the many different ways across Europe in which we strive for happiness in our school and in our everyday lives. Happy children learn, happy children form relationships and happy children grow.

Our project centres on the 5 Ways to Wellbeing (Connect, Give, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Be Active), which are simple things that we can all do to improve our emotional health and wellbeing. Across the two-year period, children from across the current (2019-20) Year 4 cohort and Laurance Haines staff will have the fantastic opportunity to visit Italy, Romania, Hungary, Spain and Lithuania, with no cost to the school community. We will also be welcoming children and staff from these countries to Laurance Haines in Spring 2020. See below for the expected timetable of mobility: 

Term Destination of Mobility
SPRING 2020 UK
SUMMER 2020 ITALY
SUMMER 2020 ROMANIA
AUTUMN 2020 HUNGARY
SPRING 2021 SPAIN
SUMMER 2021 LITHUANIA

Information about the schools taking part is as follows:

Country Description of School
UK Laurance Haines School: A primary school in Hertfordshire with children aged 3-11. There are currently around 470 children and 70 members of staff. School population is a reflection of the rich cultural diversity of the community. It is a vibrant, exciting and truly special place to be. Laurance Haines has led on initiatives such as the 5 ways to wellbeing and 6 principles of nurture to support children and families to be physically and mentally healthy
ITALY Istituto Comprensivo Nichelino IV is made up of 5 schools of different levels. There are currently 128 teachers and around 850 children from ages 3-14. The school is located in Nichelino, a small city in the outskirts of Turin. Educating the community on physical and mental health is important and the school have a number of approaches such as a school garden run by students, parents and teachers and the ‘Kilometre Zone’ which encourages children to walk a Kilometre outside of school.
ROMANIA The ‘Mikes Keleman’ Secondary School currently has 1103 students and 72 teachers.  The school puts emphasis on Human studies and foreign languages. The curriculum is based on bilingual and intensive language courses. Students are encouraged to volunteer and many extracurricular activities are linked to foreign languages.
HUNGARY Pécsi Belvárosi Általános Iskola is an 8 year state primary school with 637 students and 57 teachers. This a sports specialist school with extended facilities including a sports field, two gyms and a swimming pool. They hold a high priority for the teaching of language with German and English being two key languages. The school in an Eco school that are trying to encourage children to be mindful of sustainability and conscientious environmental citizens.
SPAIN Alcaste (Asociación Centros Riojanos Educativos) has 600 students and 65 teachers and is located in the suburban area of Lorgoño. They believe in learning together about the rich diversity of Europe. Collaboration is a key value accessed through a curriculum built on healthy lifestyles, environmental awareness and positive personal habits.
LITHUANIA Klaipedos Prano Masioto progimnazija has 600 pupils and 50 teachers. The school provides purposeful artistic training for pupils of primary and junior age. The priority of the school is to provide a safe learning environment to enhance pupil motivation. The school emphasise knowing the importance of European family.