By Stefan Soldan

In the period between the 9th of May and the 13th, the 26th edition of the book festival “Librex” took place in the shopping mall Palas Iasi. This edition included 200 separate events like book launches, autograph sessions, debates, theatre and even a raffle called “Read and Win” in which you could win books and other prices.
Now if you are not a fan of books, this event isn’t for you, and neither is this article. But for fans of books, including myself, this event is like a second Christmas! Well, it was in 2017 and in the other years, but what about this year’s edition? Was it worth the time of waiting?
  To answer this question, we need to evaluate all the different criteria, like the diversity of the books, the guests, the atmosphere, the layout and so on.
We can all agree the books are the most important things at the festival, and so let’s start with them. Most of the books were known titles, but there were a few that were more obscure. The genres of the books ranged from manuals, magazines, prayer books, crime books and even a few graphic novels. The stands were organized well enough, but some of them weren’t really connected with the rest of the event.
The rest of the festival consisted of talks and interviews with different journalists, ex-diplomats, writers, or philosophers, who share what they wrote in their books or things that can improve our life.
         In conclusion, the 26th edition of “Librex” was worth the wait. The atmosphere was great, the music okay and the books were awesome!

1 June - Children's Day

                                                      by Robert Popa

Children’s Day is recognized to celebrate children. It is celebrated on various calendar dates in different countries, on 20 November in Bangladesh, on 12 April in Bolivia and so on.
        Children’s Day began on the second Sunday of June. It was invented by Dr. Charles Leonard and it was called Rose day, later it was renamed Flower Sunday and then Children’s Day.
        I know that you’re probably getting bored already just by reading these facts that you can find by yourself on the internet, so I’ll cut to the chase.
        Almost everyone has different feelings about Children’s Day some like it because they don’t have to go to school, others don’t celebrate it at all, but for me is just a day on which I can relax and forget about all my problems, because you can’t be happy when you think of all the wrong things you’ve done or all the homework that you have to finish until next week.
        You don’t need to get a gift on Children’s Day to be happy you just need to forget about all your problems and have fun with your family and friends.

My experience in the Erasmus+ project Eurokids 24 News

By Stefania Mironeanu

      Ever since I was a little kid, I always looked up to journalists and TV hosts. I like how their personalities is a combination of amazing traits. I thought that by becoming such a personality I would become charming, funny, good-looking: basically a very likable person. Beside this, I enjoyed how, through the press, they get to express their opinions about anything they want. These are just a few reasons why I wanted to participate in the EuroKids 24 News Erasmus+ project.
      So far, we have written many articles regarding different subject like December 1st, 28th January (important dates in Romania’s history), 1st and 8th March, Easter and other activities organized by our school. We ever wrote a newspaper in which we included local news about sports, weather, a gastronomy article and even some games.
       We also went to the local radio station, Radio Iasi with colleagues from the Erasmus project and the coordinating teachers Sipoteanu Anca and Rotaru Elena. We had the opportunity to find out what it is like to work in this industry, finding out information from experts. They gave us advice on writing articles for newspapers, television or radio stations. Besides, I learned about a funny event in the history of radio, in which Britney Spears' "Hit Me Baby One More Time" was overwritten by an interview with a political figure. Although it now seems hilarious, then it was not.
     Ralph Waldo Emerson once said "Life is a journey, not a destination." Participating in the EuroKids 24 News Erasmus+ project is not only about going to other countries, it is about the things that you learnt, the friends you made throughout the two years that you spend in this project. Up to this point in time, I have to say that this experience has taught me a lot of things that will help me in life. I would advise anyone to take part in this project and I hope that,  until the end of the project, my impression won't change.

Interviews with students involved in Erasmus Project ”Stories all over Europe”

By Lorena Huțanu

         On 23rd  of April, we, as National College students, gathered in the big festivities hall to welcome our guests, who are also students, coming from Bulgaria, Italy, Hungary and Turkey.  They arrived here, representing their countries in the Erasmus Project ”Stories all over Europe”. After a few manifestations, including gymnastics, dancing, singing or playing an instrument, all realised by National College’s students, every country started to describe, threw a few words and images, their city and some of their history, traditions, food and cultures. After that, the foreign students were taken into a school tour and while they were ”exploring”, I had the chance to ask them some questions. So, here’s my work…
Question: What grade are you in? / How old are you? Where are you from?
The teacher representing Turkey : ”They are ten years old and they are in the fourth grade. Here, in Turkey, learning English is a big problem, because of the language’s origins. I am an English teacher and it’s difficult to speak, even for me, so that’s why my students need my help, as a translator.
A student from Hungary: ”Well, I am in the eighth grade.”
The teacher representing Italy: ”They are 11 or 12. ”
Students from Bulgaria: ”I’m 13 years old.
                                        ”I’m 14, but we both are in the seventh grade.
Question: Have you ever been to Romania before?
Students from Hungary: ”Yes, I’ve been in Transylvania a few years ago. I really liked it.
                                       ”No, it’s the first time I’m visiting Romania! ”
A student from Bulgaria: ”No, I’ve never been to Romania before

 Question: What do you think of  National College?
A student from Bulgaria: ”First of all, I think it’s really big because our school is quite small and it also looks new. ”
A student from Hungary: ”It’s a nice school, definetely bigger than mine! ”
The teacher representing Turkey: ” My students think your scholl is very big and it’s like a museum, like a historical place.”

Question: Which was your favourite moment from our show?
A student from Hungary: ” Everything! It was very nice”
A student from Bulgaria: ”Your show was WOW... I liked the singers, the dancers, it was amazing.”
The teacher representing Turkey: ”They liked the two boys performing gymnastics.”

Question: I took a look on your schedule and I’ve seen you went on a city tour this morning. What have you seen and what did you enjoy the most?
A student from Bulgaria: I really liked the theater, but I can’t remember it’s name.
A student from Hungary: ”I think I liked the National Theatre most.
The teacher representing Turkey: ”There was a church, but neither of my students have understood how it’s called. It was quite big and really, really beautiful.”

The Project “ Stories All Over Europe”

The Iasi National College, partner of the Erasmus Project, “Stories All Over Europe”,  organizes the second child-formation activity meant to take place for a period of two years( September 2017- august 2019). The Project intents to develop the communication skills in foreign languages and creative writing.
            Between 22 and 28 of April, at the Iasi National College different meetings are organized with students and teachers. They represent other schools involved in this project: NyiregyhaziArany Janos GimnaziumAltalanosIskola es Kollegium from Hungary, Remzi Dogan Ilkokulu, Turkey,  IstitutoComprensivo l Chieti from Italy and 41 PatriarhEvtimiy School from Bulgaria.
            The program started on Monday, 23 April, with the arrival of 25 students and teachers from the partner schools. During this week a lot of educational activities are programmed to unfold, which are supposed to reach the most important result: the knowledge of the other countries culture through their legends and stories. Then they will draw a cover with the activities they have taken part in. At this project, I am participating with 7other of colleagues. They feel great because they have the chance to meet new people, learn and share crossculture elements.
            In my opinion, this Erasmus Project, “Stories All Over Europe” is very helpful and important in the process of shaping today’s young people into future responsible adults that every nation needs.We all expect to have fruitful meetings and activities.
By Bogdan Duminica

What does Erasmus+ really mean for the students?

Hello, my name is Andreea Aramă and I take part in the Erasmus + project and I had to prepare an interview about the opinions and impressions of the students who are part of this project. For example, I have a few colleagues who have just returned from Bulgaria, so I will ask them a few questions. Now I am beside my dear colleagues: Ilinca Păsărică, Ștefana Ilaș, Călin Chiriac and Maria Hărățu.
- Hello Ilinca, I know you have recently returned from this project and I would like to ask you some questions about this unique experience: How was the atmosphere in Bulgaria and what did you learn from this project?
- Hello Andreea, I'm glad you asked me this question! Me and my colleagues, Ștefana, Calin and Maria, were warmly welcomed in this beautiful country, full of traditions and with an interesting history. From my point of view, in this project, I learned how to retain a lot of information by seeing the world free not only from the pictures and the teacher's words, but last but not least how learning can be something pleasant and fun not just stressful, how most students perceive it. And what advice do you give a student who wants to participate in this project?
To be ordered, responsible, to be able to take care of himself, and be able to work in the team.
- Thank you, Ilinca! Hi Ștefana, what was your favourite activity and what did you learn from this project?
- Hello, Andreea! I most enjoyed visiting Sofia, where I saw many ancient monuments such as churches and statues, and where I found many useful things about the long history of this country! At the same time, through this project we have tied new friendships and we met many kind, beautiful, smiling, welcoming and respectful people. Following our participation in Erasmus + projects, we realised that all extracurricular activities of this type are beneficial experiences of interaction between people; shaping your character and developing your skills in a recreational-social way by preparing yourself for life. We are aware that we can positively change the world we live in if we change ourselves first. We have learned that we have to live our lives in a balanced way and cherish the time, channeling things really useful.
- Thank you very much! Hi Călin, what have you learned from this project and why would you want to repeat this experience?
- Hello, Andreea! In this project we have learned to work together for a good result that we can all enjoy. In school, the emphasis is on theory, but universal culture can not be learned theoretically. With the help of the project, we took part in the everyday life of people from other countries, and we came to know them and understand their culture better. Yes, I would like to participate in such projects because it is like a launch pad for a better future!
- Thank you very much for the answers!Hello Maria! What did you learn from this project and how your experience helped you when you returned home?
- Hello, Andreea! This project has helped me to develop my English communication skills. I had the opportunity to visit a foreign country and develop myself both professionally and personally. I developed my cooperation skills because I had to work in a team. I encourage colleagues to participate in Erasmus + projects as it is a unique opportunity where you can specialise, learn new things, communicate in a foreign language and discover new traditions and customs, new people.
-Thanks to everyone! You gave some very nice answers that showed how much this project changed you!


by Matei Panzariu

The tradition of red eggs commonly comes along with Easter. But how did this legend start? Well, although at Easter we are accustomed to celebrating Jesus Christ’s resurrection, the custom of dying eggs was common practice in China 2000 years ago B.C. Eggs were given as gifts, symbolizing balance, life and the renewal of nature. In the Ancient period, especially in Egypt, the egg was the symbol of the world and of eternity due to its perfect shape (without beginning or end).

There are several Christian legends that explain why Easter eggs are red and why they have become the symbol of celebrating Lord’s resurrection. The best known version of the legend is that according to which, on Good Friday, the Lord’s mother came to mourn her son and she laid a basket of eggs under the Christ’s cross. The blood poured from his wounds and coloured the eggs red. Seeing what happened, God’s son said to the present: “From now on you will also make red mottled eggs for the remembrance of my crucifixion, as I have done today”.
The habit of dyeing eggs has been passed on to Christians and is still practised especially by European and Asian peoples. Unlike other European countries, where the habit has become less common or has even disappeared, in Romania it has been preserved and even further developed, by using various techniques, which involve using either boiled eggs or empty shells, wooden eggs or eggs made of other materials. There are eggs painted in relief in Putna area, eggs adorned with beads – in most part of Bukovina, decorated wooden eggs – in most part of Moldavia, painted clay eggs – in Harghita.

Another old Easter habit is the use of dyes extracted from plants: red from dog roses, green from walnut leaves, yellow from onion skins or hagberry leaves. There is also a meaning for the different colours and patterns on eggs, namely: red symbolizes blood, fire, but also love and joy of life, yellow signifies light, youth and happiness, the green symbolizes the regeneration of nature, hope and fertility, and blue - vitality and health; the spiral means eternity, the vertical line symbolizes life, while the horizontal one stands for death and the rectangle signifies thought and knowledge. People in rural areas still preserve certain customs, such as: on Sunday morning they wash their face and hands with water in which they put red eggs, hoping that they will be beautiful and healthy all year round, just like a red egg. In the countryside there is also the tradition of keeping the shells of red eggs and bury them in agricultural lands, so that they would become fertile.


   by Andreea Arama         

           Easter is one of the greatest celebrations of Christendom. This feast reminds us of the Savior's Resurrection, the greatest miracle on earth. In this period, the Christians love fasting seven weeks, waiting for the great feast of the Lord's Resurrection.
            Like any great Christian event celebrated in our country, we also have inherited customs from ancient times. A very important significance is held by the Holy Thursday and the Holy Friday of the Holy Week, as well as the Sabbath of the Resurrection and the Sunday of Easter. From this day, peasants stop working the field and focus on the house and the courtyard so that everything is clean. Also on Holy Thursday, women begin to prepare the sweet bread and paint the eggs.

The Easter Saturday and the Resurrection night
            At the Resurrection of the Lord, our people believe that heaven opens to all souls and remains open until Sunday of Thomas. Who dies on the Easter day, called the one enlightened, goes directly to Heaven, forgiving any sin. On the night of the Resurrection each believer holds a candle in his hand, which he keeps, being a protector of many dangers. With the candle of the Lord Jesus, the sign of the cross is made in the house to be safe from abominations.

            In the middle of the night, the holy liturgy of the Lord's Resurrection is celebrated. With the gospel and the cross in the left hand, with a candle on the right, the priest comes out of the church, followed by the crowd with lit candles and they are surrounding three times the church. Believers receive the news that "Christ has risen!" And they all respond, "He has truly risen!" Then, is coming the great celebration of the Lord's Resurrection that lasts until dawn, when the people prepare to leave. Once each one receives the small pieces of holy sweet bread from the priest, they go to their houses.

The Easter Sunday
            Returning from the church, all of the members of the family take the holy sweet bread and worship the icon. Then they start celebrating by clashing the red eggs, eating sweet bread and lamb roast. As for Christmas, on the first day of Easter there are usually no visits, each wanting to be home by his own.

The Holy Friday
            On the Holy Friday there is a black fast and  none is working. The only activity allowed is egg painting. In some regions, such as Bucovina and Maramureş, the painting of the eggs is a real art. It combines colours and lines so perfect that you can not believe that are made of peasant hands.           These eggs can not be boiled, eat or crushed. They are only ornamental, to be put in the display case or on the Easter table, to delight the guests eyes.

How are Easter eggs coloured?
  •             Nowadays most people colour the eggs with chemical paints. In the past, natural colours were obtained from plants.
  •             The yellow colour is obtained from a plant called alior”, picked in May, from mulberry tree, each  of them giving a different yellow tone. From different flowers it is obtained a light yellow, and from some trees is obtained dark-yellow.
  •             The blue colour is obtained from the blue flowers.
  •             For green it is used walnut leaves, sweet apple peel and apple tree bud.
  •             Red is obtained from leaves and sour apple flowers, sweet apple leaves, and pear.
  •             For black colour, is used the green walnut skin.

The collision of the Easter eggs
Germany - The German people have kept very well the tradition of easter eggs. In Saxony, near the town of Bantzen, there is a hill at the foot of which flows a river. Up there is a chapel where the women and men are seating with egg-filled baskets. Down, by the water, we find the kids. The upper ones throw up eggs that are rolling down the valley. Girls and boys catch them and fill their baskets. Some eggs end up in the river where children catch them out.

France - On Easter days, the inhabitants of Bourgogne offer mutually white or painted eggs. They sit on a sloping board and each rolls the eggs on it. One whose egg touches another, wins it and eats it on the spot. This game is called "la roulie" and is played only by children.

Switzerland - In some places it is believed that Easter eggs are the cuckoo eggs. It is also believed to be brought by rabbits, so the children prepare, from the first spring flowers, one nest for laying eggs. The Easter eggs are hidden through orchards and are searched by children, called the Easter Rabbit Hunting. And here the eggs collide, the broken one is giving to the winner.

Greece - From painted eggs from Holy Thursday, one is kept at the icon. As soon as the hail falls or the rain is too high, the egg is threw away, in the belief that the rain or hail will stop. Also, are made chopsticks where they put the red eggs in the middle and are cut on the first Easter day. The egg from the centre is shared by everyone in the house.

Bulgaria- the white egg is covered with glued leaves, is inserted into the paint and after is well dry the leaf is released. That spot remains unpainted.

            The resurrection from the dead of Jesus Christ is the sign of His victory, and the commemoration of this Resurrection has remained for millennia one of the most important celebrations of Christendom.

2nd Edition SPANISH SCHOOL NEWSPAPER - 27th March 2018

1st Edition ROMANIAN SCHOOL NEWSPAPER - March 2018

”Scattered” News

Hello, my name is Andreea Arama I introduce you the "Scattered" News. Why are they so called? Well, I thought I would not show you all the trivial news you see every day on television, radio, etc, and that you got bored with. So I chose some unusual news to get you out for a few minutes of the daily.

1. A telephone with story

            Ştefan Epistatu, a Romanian who has worked for 8 years at the Italian branch of hp, invented the first phone in the world with a lime and walnut wood cover.
            The 36-year-old romanien has invested up to 30,000 euros so far and the phone wants to sell it for about 700 euros.
            The case, buttons and connectors are manufactured in Romania, the first in the IT engineer's workshop in Râmnicu Vâlcea, with the help of a 3D printer.
            As for technical specifications, the linden and walnut smartphone case will feature an octagonal 4GB RAM processor capable of storing 64GB of internal memory, a 12-megapixel camera, a 15,800 milliampere battery and a screen resolution of 1,920X1,080.
            Its EGE phone is dedicated to the business sector and has a wooden charger.
        The launch of the "exotic" phone will take place no later than March 2018.

2. Simona Halep, a new sponsor?

The 26-year-old has preferred to play at the Australian Open 2018 without a sponsor, with a red robe ordered via the Internet from China, and her decision surprised the tennis world. Many specialists have been surprised that a big player can not find a sponsor.
            "Tennis World USA", a well-known US publication, notes that Simona Halep will receive from Nike more than 800,000 dollars more than Adidas, the former sponsor who did not meet the new Romanian claims. In an article, American journalists wrote, "Most likely, Halep will get over $ 2 million from Nike!"

            Simona has just announced the new partnership, and the second player of the world will wear the American giant's clothes on the circuit tournaments. She also trained in the Nike equipment  as the same as sponsors Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

3.The Mystery of UFOs

            UFO’s enthusiasts are convinced that, since ancient times, aliens have come into contact with the mankind. They justify this conviction on the basis of ancient works of art in which strange flying objects appear, but also beings that bring extraterrestrials or cosmonauts.
In a painting on the wall of a monastery in Romania is painted a disc that emanates a strange smoke, as if collapsing over buildings, more specifically the Dominican Monastery Church in Sighisoara and it is suspected that this painting dates from the XVI century. 

 Uphologists believe that this is just one of the many old paintings that seem to present evidence of visitors from another world.

4.Bermuda Triangle of Romania
There is a place full of energy in Romania, which is also called the "Triangle of Bermuda in Oltenia". The Polovragi cave is one of the sacred places of the Dacians. This is not only a tourist attraction but also a mysterious place where various unexplained phenomena occur at a certain time. Many of those who have visited this cave told us that they have felt a shadow behind them all the visit long.
            Over time, various legends have been woven around this cave in which the great Zalmoxis was housed. The Dacian leader is said to have impressive powers and be able to change his appearance from young to old whenever he wished. The Zalmoxis throne is still in Polovragi Cave today. It is the most sacred place, filled with various energies, from all over the cave. Numerous tourists said that when they approached to the stone that the Dacian god used to rest, they are surrounded by strange feelings or strange thoughts.
It is also said that various farmers who sheltered their cows and sheep in the cave woke up without any animal, and their mental health suffered. Besides these unexplained phenomena, others are still in the mysterious cave. Various lights, coming from nothingness, illuminate the dark corridors of the cave, but when someone approaches them, they simply disappear.

5. A 32 sqm shop turned into a millions of euros business

At age 16, Vlad Tofan was already an entrepreneur by opening a men's shop in his hometown, Husi. He continued to develop the business while he was studying. Without ever coaching with the stability of a multinational job, he transformed the small 32 square meter store into a production shop, showroom, and online store that brings him annual revenue of 1 million euros. 
 This is how the men's clothing store opened in Husi. The men's fashion store soon over pass the level of other local commercial areas, and he considered that it’s appropriate to focus only on developing of this business without looking for other jobs.

I hope that I caught your attention with this kind of news! If you did, I will come back soon with other „scattered” news!



Spanish students from Year 6 A and 6 B have been researching about international recipes from France, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, the UK and the USA and have made some videos at home cooking them and explaining in English:

Enjoy them! Bon appetif!

Click on this link to self-assess your project and assess other students work:

Spain 6A Claudia - Cooking a recipe in German 1

Spain 6A Claudia - Cooking a recipe in German 2

6A-JAIME-Cooking PARJOALE 6A - Paul - Cooking Chocolate Cookies

6B - Lara, Mary and Fran - Cooking Cupcakes

6A - Alba, Helen and Daniela - Making a Triffle

6A - Samuel and Alvaro Ch - Making off a Strawberrie Pie