Freshwater Shortage! Warning!

LIS welcomes the Spanish Partners

The Spanish exchange students and their accompanying teachers, were officially welcome at our school in Leipzig by Mr Smith, Head of the School.

1. Visit to Rosenthal Water treatment Plant

As part of our Erasmus project, we learned the basics of how a water treatment plant works. Therefore the students visited the water treatment plant Rosenthal, where students learnt about the whole process of cleaning and treating waste water.

2. Geography fieldwork at Lake Cospuden

Lake Cospunden, a former brown coal open pit mine, was converted into a popular recreational site starting in the 1990s. To support our Erasmus objectives for ‘Freshwater Shortage, warning!’, the Spanish students were introduced to the canal and weir system built to mitigate flooding, as Leipzig is prone to flooding on occasion, while simultaneously experiencing longer periods of drought and higher temperatures in the summer.

3. Science lessons and BMW factory

Who said Science is boring?! Following the week schedule we started our first three periods in Science lessons. After the lessons we headed to the BMW plant in the outskirts of Leipzig. This plant is one of the most modern and sustainable car plants in the world.

4. Visit to Berlin

IES Al-Ándalus students and teachers visited the capital of Germany where they had a cultural tour, which included the most relevant top-rated tourist attractions, including the Reichstag (the Parliament) and the Brandenburg Gate, famous historic landmarks and two symbols of unity and peace after the historic division caused by the cold war.

IES Al Ándalus Visit in November 2019

In November 2019 IES Al Ándalus came back to Leipzig as part of the Erasmus+ exchange programme. The Spanish students attended a series of activities aimed to reate the relationships between our students and, on the other hand, to develop their awareness and knowledge of the environmental issues around which our project was based on.

1. Schleenhain Opencast Mine

Certainly, any Freshwater themes in Leipzig revolve around the canals and the surrounding lakes. The Leipzig hinterlands is thus named Neuseenland (New Lake Land) because of the vast number of new lakes. These lakes, as the students already learned from their fieldwork day, were originally open cast coal mines for the brown coal which is abundance in central Germany.

2. Little Venice Tour

One of the most unique aspects of Leipzig is that it is situated at the confluence of three rivers, the Weiße Elster, Pleiße und Parthe. Thus, the construction of multiple canals, diversions, and weirs (small dams) are designed help to disperse and control water levels and to prevent flooding. Quite the opposite of the Spanish situation, Leipzig is very water abundant, at times to a fault. 

3. Visit to Dresden, Berlin and Farewell party

Besides taking part in LIS lessons to observe how lessons and interactions between students and teachers occur at our school, students participating in the programme also had the opportunity to enjoy themselves while, at the same time, creating bonds between students to help them understand and overcome cultural differences. These were they aims when we took them to visit the capital of Saxony and Berlin.

All activities can be reviewed in detail in the report on this exchange programme here.

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