Grammar school "Fran Galović" Koprivnica, Croatia
Gimnazija "Fran Galović" Koprivnica are a secondary education institution attended by the students with highest academic achievements in the Koprivnica - Križevci county. The school has 699 students plus 78 teachers and staff. It is located in the center of the county and attracts excellent students from the region thanks to its classes, a qualified team of teachers and numerous projects and activities. Students have the opportunity to choose from three different options: general grammar school, language grammar school and science-mathematics grammar school. They also attend extra-curricular activities and join different school clubs. We use modern technology which motivates students but also presents the challenge for teachers to convey learning materials and incite students' curiosity with their teching methods in an innovative and creative way. Therefore it is necessary to ensure the teachers' continual professional development and knowledge update in their respective fields of work, contemporary methodology and ICT skills. The school cooperates with educational institutions in the Koprivnica - Križevci county and with other institutions (Goethe-Institut, French Embassy, Croatian – American Society, Ruđer Bošković Institute, CERN, Croatian National Centre for External Evaluation of Education, museums, theatres, national teachers' associations). Students attending our school take part in various competitions on local and national levels. Our school strives to ensure additional progress for as many students as possible by encouraging teachers' professional development and by keeping track with the latest teaching methods. Since the school has taken part in European projects Comenius, INTERREG and Erasmus+, as well as eTwinning projects, we would like to be able to continue to participate in similar projects for both students and teachers in order to reinforce the student-student / student-teacher cooperation as well as the cooperation with similar schools and institutions on national and international level. Our school is on the list of eTwinning schools with a valid label for 2018 / 2019. Trying to improve the experience of the implementation of various types of projects, we have always worked hard to encourage the best possible environment for the development of students' and teachers' knowledge and skills, as well as for the promotion of European values. The students and teachers have so far taken part in a few European projects as part of the school's European Development Plan. We are convinced that all forms of cooperation with other educational institutions will provide our students and teachers with an invaluable experience of developing mobility skills, tolerance, and opening new opportunities for strengthening connections and positive attitudes towards the cooperation with the inhabitants of the EU and farther.