Peetri Basic School

Title
Peetri School Eurovision
Rationale and general information

Founded in 2009, Peetri Basic School is attentive to student’s self-analysis and learning motivation. One of the goals of the school to develop students´ collaboration skills and their identity. The school’s slogan is: There´s a sun shining in each one of us, let it shine bright.

At Peetri Basic school, students are involved in the organization of various events instead of being only spectators. For example, the students organize class parties and are participating in the student council which has been active for two years. Its objectives are to improve the school life of a student, stand up for students´ rights and responsibilities, organize events, conduct interviews regarding school life, and to contribute to cooperation between teachers, students and parents.

Timeframe
Starting Date: Fri, 13 Sep 2013
Budget and financing sources

The school provided with all logistics involved in the project. Tickets were sold to cover the costs of the event.

Human resources

Karl found partners among his classmates and formed a team of 7 students. The team started to have meetings one and a half months before the event. recreation officer, director, homeroom teacher and  singing teacher

Activities

During the year 2013-2014, one group of students organized a song contest in the school, similar to the famous Eurovision song contest.

It all started with one boy from grade 5 (10 years old), who had an idea to organize the school scale version of the European contest, later called the “Peetri School Eurovision”.

In spring the boy told to headmaster about his idea to organize the Eurovision at our school. He even had thought about the posters and that every class has to pull by a lottery the country whose song they are going to perform. The school’s director appreciated the idea and initiative gave support to the project. He suggested the boy to find other students with whom to carry it out.

The school board decided to support the idea as it recognized it as a big event in a child’s life and as an activity that had the potential to nurture a feeling of success to organizers. During the organisation of the event the teachers` role was limited to supporting and coaching the organizing process and help in the areas which only teachers could be responsible for.

During the autumn fair of self-made handicraft and sweets, the organisers recognised the opportunity to sell the Eurovision tickets and successfully sold all of them, although leaving out some performers without a seat in the audience.

Students learned as well to divide roles and work collaboratively as the event approached. They decided amongst themselves who would be the master of ceremonies, who would make video clips of each country. They also had to design a logo for school Eurovision contest that resembled the school logo.

Students had organised, with the help of the IT staff, a greenroom where contestant would be in constant contact with the stage and could see and hear what was going on through a live feed system. Students in the greenroom were also given a catering service including snacks and cakes baked by the organisers and lemon juice prepared by the school’s cook.

Contestants were given a country with the related song to perform in front of the audience. During the show, each song was introduced by a small clip presenting the country, prepared by the young organisers with the help of the school’s staff. 

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Success factors

The most important factors of this event are that the idea came from student and they were motivated.

Good relationships between the teams involved in the activity.

There is certainly a part of the students’ character which have a lot of ideas who are more active, more sociable, and perhaps even more ambitious.

Achievements

The student who came up with the idea set a good example and is a role model to other students

The students had a great experience how to organize the whole event from the beginning to the end.

Students learned how to cooperate, share tasks and responsibility for their work.

The atmosphere was nice and positive; the students loved it, so much that it has changed the school’s identity and could make it a school tradition. 

Contact
Eili Laas, eili.laas@peetri.edu.ee