20 Mar 2023
Secondary School “St. St. Cyril and Methodius”, founded in 1855, is located in a small town of about 25 000 inhabitants in the South of Bulgaria. Our region is mainly agricultural and opulent in tourist attractions, such as virgin forests and rivers – sheltering unique species of flora and fauna. There are also many historical and cultural places tourists deserve to visit. Another distinctive feature of the region is cultural diversity, resulted from borderland location. Greece is only 70 kilometers from Smolyan. The nearest big town is Plovdiv (about 400 000 inhabitants, it is the second big town of Bulgaria). The winter resort of Pamporovo is near Smolyan where people from different countries come here for skiing in winter.
Our school is the biggest one in the region. We work with approximately 600 students from 7 to 18 years old. They learn three foreign languages: English, Russian and German. The other leading subjects are: Bulgarian language and Literature, Geography, History, Social Studies, Biology, Maths, Science, ICT, Art and Physical Education. They also participate in various extracurricular activities, such as: dancing club, drama club, different sport clubs, and charity organizations. They usually take part in some national and international competitions and projects.
Teaching at Secondary School has always been challenging — not only because of the competitive learning environment, but also because of the high requirements for both students and teachers. The teachers use proven modern educational systems and perform their duties professionally. English teachers are exceptionally well acquainted with the culture and traditions of the English–speaking nations. As a result, their students learn something much more than simple English language and their classes turn into an engaging study they never forget.
The European educational projects as Erasmus, eTwinning and ACES are a great way to broaden students and teachers’ mind.
In our school there are students with special educational needs and disabilities. All students are welcomed – regardless of gender, ethnicity, socio-economic background or educational need. They learn, contribute to, and take part in all aspects of school life. They are open to work together with students from Europe in order to exchange their experience, to improve the language, IT and soft skills. Because of the generally difficult economic situation in most of our students’ families, multinational projects would offer them an opportunity to travel and meet students from other European countries and learn about their cultures.
St. St. Cyril and Methodius school was awarded to take part in “Your Europe, Your Say” in 2010, Brussels. That was a unique opportunity for one teacher – N. Stankova and three students Andjela P., Atanaska J. and Petar T. to take part in the first simulation of a Committee plenary session in Europe with schools from the other 26 Member States. Their task was to play the role of a Committee member by studying a draft opinion, tabling amendments, examining the amendments put forward by other schools and, finally, taking part in a debate in Brussels with a hundred or so other young Europeans. To do that, they had to familiarize themselves with an opinion and then draft amendments.
In 2011 our school became a member of Academy of Central and South Eastern European countries and was awarded with a grant and was invited by ACES to the international network events twice . The project was “Veni, Vidi, Volonteri”. Partnership project involving schools from Serbia and Bulgaria.
Further information: http://www.aces.or.at/project-detail?projid=332/
“My Story, Your Story – Quest The Truth” was the second ACES project /2012-2013/ Partener schools are from Bulgaria and Macedonia.
Further information: http://www.aces.or.at/project-detail?projid=438
Comenius Multilateral Projects:
2011-2013 “MAGIC FRAMES” LLP-2011-COM-MP-086. Partner schools are from Turkey, Bulgaria, Poland, Italy and UK.
2013-2015 “MOVE@T.EU” LLP-2013-COM-MP-081. Partner countries are Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal.
2015-2017 Erasmus+ Project “PLAY, BE FREE!” – № 2015-1-CZ01-KA219-014023_3 Partner countries – Check Republic, Italy, Poland and Bulgaria
2017-2019 Erasmus+ Project “BE THE CHANGE” – 2017-1-NO01-KA219-034143_5. Partner schools are from Norway, Spain, France, Portugal, Greece and Bulgaria
2019-2020 Erasmus+ Project, Key Action 1 ”Innovative Methods and Good European Practices” https://twinspace.etwinning.net/92888/home
2019-2021 Erasmus+ Project “Local Initiatives In The European Village”
2020 -2022 Erasmus+ Project, Key Action 201 “Kids in Clouds”
Our school is an eTwinning School. eTwinning is the community for schools in Europe. eTwinning offers a platform for staff (teachers, head teachers, librarians, etc.), working in a school in one of the European countries involved, to communicate, collaborate, develop projects, share and, in short, feel and be part of the most exciting learning community in Europe.
eTwinning projects in our school: https://live.etwinning.net/profile/school/69839
Learning Mobility of Individuals
Some of our teachers have taken part in different international teaching training courses and learning events, funded by Erasmus+ Programme.
London, UK /2008/ – Nadezhda Stankova; Rome, Italy/2009/- Elena Georgieva; Italy /2010/ – Nadezhda Stankova; Germany /2012/ – Zlatka Kodjebasheva; France /2014/ – Dafinka Nikolova; Brussels, Belgium /2016/ – Nadezhda Stankova; Riga, Latvia /2019/ Dimitria Ayanska; Helsinki, Finland /2019/ Nadezhda Stankova & Zlatka Kodzebasheva; Bolonqa, Italy /2020/ Elena Georgieva & Elka Grigorova.
FOR CONTACTS AND INFORMATION:
TEL: (+359) 0301 6 41 93
FAX: (+359) 0301 6 41 33
ADDRESS: 59 Bulgaria blvd., 4700 Smolyan, BULGARIA