NEOS stands for Network of European Oriented Schools. So it's a network of European schools which are co-operating with each other on different projects. Halikko high school has been working with the network since it was started in 1999. At this moment NEOS has schools from Finland, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Italy and Spain.
Back in the year 1999 when NEOS was founded every member had to sign the agreement of Cologne: Members must prepare the youth for the expanding Europe. Important values are tolerance and openness towards foreign cultures.
- Learning about different cultures.
- Diverse education of foreign languages.
- International projects.
- Getting to know about European working life.
Halikko high school has organized two teachers' meetings in Finland. The first one was in 2004 and the second was in spring 2012.
List of participating schools:-Europaschule Köln, Germany
-Berufskolleg am Wassertum - Bocholt, Germany
-Helene-Lange-Realschule , Germany
-Europaschule Herzogenrath, Germany
-Berufskolleg im Bildungspark, Germany
-Istituto Tecnico Turistico Economico Statale 'G. Mazzotti', Italy
-Istituto "E. Majorana", Italy
-Istituto Omnicomprensivo "D. Alighieri" via le scuole, Italy
-Neumann janos középiskola és Kollégium, Hungary
-Zespó Szkól Nr 110. Warsaw
-I liceum ogólnokształcące w dzierżoniowie, Poland
-Colegio Nuestra senora de los desamparados, Spain
Schools connected to NEOS
-Cité Scolaire 2, Place de Montreal, France
-Ahlcon International School Mayur Vihar Phase-1, India
|Halikko high school took part in a Comenius project 2012-2014. The goal of the project was to maintain a European youth online magazine. The project got financial support from the EU's Comenius fund. There were eight different schools taking part in the project from different sides of Europe. There were schools, from Finland, Germany, Italy, Poland and Hungary taking part in this project. The magazine served the schools that are members of the NEOS network. While students were making the magazine they were improving their mediaskills and learned about economics and entrepreneurship. When the students were working together, they also got to know each other and different cultures. Students could also improve their language skills. There were also international meetings between different schools. There were about four students and two teachers from every school participating in these meetings.
There is going on a Erasmus+ project with teachers in 2014-2016. In future there will be other projects also with students.
International working experience
|NEOS schools give students a chance to take part in an international work experience. Especially in German schools work experience is part of the curriculum so it was only logical for us to start the experiment with the Europaschule in Cologne. In spring 2014 our student Liisa Oranta travelled to Germany for two weeks and worked there. Below is a little interview about Liisa's thoughts about her trip to Germany.|
Name: Liisa Oranta
When did you visit Germany?
Why did you want to go there?
I have studied German since elementary school and this was a good chance to develope my oral skills.
How was the life there?
Pretty much the same as in Finland. Life was maybe a bit more hectic because I went to see many famous sightseeing spots. And I also worked during the weeks.
What suprised you the most there?
The city of Cologne was a bit bigger than I imagined and also the German people were truly helpful and kind. The food was also very stereotypical ( sausages, potatoes, beer etc...) but still delicious.
How was your foster family?
The family consisted of parents and the daughter of my age. I had gotten to know her earlier during her visit here in Finland. They were really nice and helpful.
Did you like working there?
I worked at the theater for children and young people. I really enjoyed working there: for example I sorted out letters, gave out brochures and saw plays.
Did your speaking skills get better?
Maybe a little especially my language understanding got better but many people spoke English to me.
Whom would you recommend international working experience to?
Outgoing, spontaneous persons and to people who are interested in different cultures.