Erasmus Plus Project 2016 in Essen – Day 5: The Closing Ceremony

The Closing Ceremony of the first module of the Erasmus Plus Project Transforming Europe. WWI and its Consequences 1918 – 2018 took place in the auditorium of Goetheschule Essen, where the school choir and orchestra gave an impressive performance.



Dr. Martin Schneider, Chief School Principal of the School District of Düsseldorf (second from the right), was a special guest. Claudia Beckmann (right) represented the ‘Initiativkreis Ruhr’, a regional economic alliance.


Erasmus and IB students from Goetheschule gave a short presentation on the philosophy of Erasmus of Rotterdam.


Martina Féaux de Lacroix, International Learning Coordinator at Goetheschule, thanked her foreign colleagues…


… for supporting the project and having travelled all the way to Germany.


Conference Director Arie Boergen presented the project’s eTwinning platform and reminded the audience of some of the highlights of the Erasmus week…

→ Transforming Europe on eTwinning


… with a real WWI grenade in his hand that he had inherited from his grandfather (and that had luckily been turned into an alarm clock after the war).


First President Nikolas Herrscher said goodbye to his fellow delegates after what he called “the best week of my life.”


At the end everyone could join in when the orchestra played Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”, the European anthem, and the choir sang in both German and English: “Freude, schöner Gotterfunken” / “Joyful, joyful, we adore thee…”


Principal Dr. Nicola Haas (third row on the left) finally asked all Peace Conference delegates and the support teams to gather at the school’s main entrance for taking a last group picture with many, many happy faces. 🙂


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