The Comenius project, ‘Learning European History through Staging National Events,’ took off on their second meeting to Estonia on the 25th February 2013. Six sixth form students and two teachers from Astor College were given the unique opportunity to meet up with students and teachers from all over the continent.
Together with the students and staff from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Italy, Portugal and Spain, students explored Estonia’s capitol city, Tallinn. They ventured into ‘Old Town,’ visited art museums and ruined castles and even got a chance to weave traditional Estonian baskets.
Astor students created a skit based on the Bulgarian national historical figure Dimitar Peshev, a WWII politician that prevented Hitler from taking Bulgarian Jews to his concentration camps. “It was interesting learning about Peshev. He was important to the war efforts in Bulgaria and is now honoured by Israel's Holocaust Museum who awarded him the title of "Righteous Among the Nations.” I’m just surprised we hadn’t heard of him before,” Jamie Giles stated after returning from the trip.
The meeting was a great success. Students and staff had an amazing time exploring the city and experiencing what the Estonian and Russian cultures had to offer. “We will never forget our time and Estonia and are grateful for our hosts, the students and staff at the Tallinn Downtown Russian Up Secondary School, for such an amazing experience.”