October 30 2014
With the support of Falkirk District Twinning Association, Susanne Bell, a Musician and Senior Youth Music Tutor and Anne McEwan, Head of Dance Academy/Physical Education/Health and Wellbeing, attended the Music+ seminar in Krakow Poland.
The aim of the pan European event was to recognise the structures of formal and non-formal music education in European countries, to increase knowledge about the methods of teaching and dialogue between teachers and youth workers involved in music education. An important aspect was also the development of intercultural education. Susanne and Anne also met with Magda Vorchin, la Directrice de Jumelages, to discuss future projects involving young dancers and musicians from Falkirk Council area. The event was funded by Erasmus+ a European funding initiative.
September 30 2014
As usual, my stay in Falkirk was amaxingly rewarding! I worked for 3 weeks with the 16+ Activity Agreement for the Falkirk Council and it was very interesting. I was able to meet and work with very nice young people and learn a lot from working with the youth workers. I talked to the youngsters about France and French culture and I even organised a French week during which we watched 2 French movies, (The Artist and Untouchables) and we cooked Quiche Lorraine.
Megan, the person who hosted me, was so nice and so involved in everything she does that I could not have hoped for a better host.
Finally, it was really exciting to be in Scotland during the Edinburgh Festivals and, of course, the running for the Referendum (particularly that I had the chance to meet the First Minister, Alex Salmond the day before I returned to France). I feel like each time I go to Scotland (and Falkirk) is better than the previous one. Thank you for welcoming me every Summer!