„Penny Press Machine for Europe – Final Meeting @ BBS TGHS Bad Kreuznach“
Yes, we have finally made it to Germany, to the final meeting and we were all looking forward to see our Penny Press running and of course to meeting al the European friends again.
The meeting started with a beautiful welcome dinner at a small restaurant in the middle of Bad Kreuznach, just in walking distance to our hotel. That was the time when we all were meeting again and saying hello to everyone in the project. Of course, we were discussing a lot about the machine, about our work in school and the trip to Germany.
On our first day, Heinz and his colleague Elina gave us a tour through the city of Bad Kreuznach, to the famous “Brückenhäuser” and the historic center of this town in the south western part of Germany.
In the afternoon we went to school and started our meeting with a review and the first work line sessions and group work sessions. The focus of our work in the different groups was the preparation of the final meeting on Thursday and solving minor problems of our Penny Press. Some students directly went to the workshop and assembled the penny press machine, others stayed in classrooms and worked on the concept for the final presentation.
On the third day of the meeting, we did not go to school but took a trip to the Rhine valley. This was a beautiful boat trip followed by a pretty demanding hiking tour uphill and then an unforgettable dinner directly at the river Rhine. The weather was so beautiful and hot so we all enjoyed this day very much.
On Thursday then we had our final presentation of the penny press, some politicians and representatives of the school administration and the local companies were invited. Martin, the German teacher and a student from Luxembourg played the European anthem by Ludwig van Beethoven on the violin and the piano and all the other students took part in the final presentation. Our machine was running perfectly and so everyone was happy about the successful presentation in Bad Kreuznach. In the afternoon, we had a hiking tour to the Rotenfels and a picknick before we then went to a small village called Traisen where we had our farewell dinner. With the road train we then returned back home to the hotel at about 10 pm.
On Friday, we all had to pack our bags and went back home to our home countries after a successful final meeting with a lot of new impressions in mind.
Further information can be found at https://ppm4eu.cnc-network.eu