GYG - Fundão Comenius Team

GYG - Fundão Comenius Team

Our Comenius (2013-2015)

Some of our Comenius Team activities

Discovering Fundão from the past

Fundão: Places of InterestPosted by Joao Teodosio 21 Jul, 2015 20:22

Students from the 8th grade have done a tour inside Fundão to find out the places where some fights between liberals and absolutists happened back in the 19th century. We even made a photo exhibition with it! Watch some of the photos here!


Fundão Visit (19-23 FEB 2014)Posted by Joao Teodosio 21 Jul, 2015 20:11
Everytime there was a Comenius Partners' visit, some ice-breaking activities were done in order to know better each other.
This is a sample of what we did in Fundão.

Kneadning, leavening and baking the bread

Fundão Visit (19-23 FEB 2014)Posted by Joao Teodosio 21 Jul, 2015 19:38

Kneadning, leavening and baking the bread in the Community Oven of Aldeia de Joanes, Fundão with all the Comenius Partners, including the Special Education Needs students. It was so delicious!

Watch us in this leaflet!

Our national symbols

National SymbolsPosted by Joao Teodosio 21 Jul, 2015 16:56
During the visit to Estonia, students were asked to show partners some of our national symbols. Here is a search about the flag, the anthem and "fado".

How to set up a business

Investing in our regionPosted by Joao Teodosio 21 Jul, 2015 16:44
If you're interested in setting up a business in our region or in Portugal, here is a small guide on how to do it.

Fundão: an advertising film

Advertising FundãoPosted by Joao Teodosio 21 Jul, 2015 16:35
Have you heard about persuasion techniques? Our Philosophy students have to learn them in classes and they decided to show their new skills producing a film to persuade you to visit us.

Fundão - Low Cost

Advertising FundãoPosted by Joao Teodosio 01 Jul, 2015 12:03

Are you tired of large cities, long traffic jams, job stress or feel you're becoming a workaholic? Stop it right now and come to Fundão for a week. Our Comenius team students prepared a short guide from our town and its surroundings.

They called it "Fundão - Low Cost"!


(Partial view of Fundão and surroundings, including Estrela mountain, the highest mountain in mainland Portugal, 1998 mts)

Our ressources... our economy

Natural ResourcesPosted by Joao Teodosio 01 Jul, 2015 11:44

The natural resources of Fundão and its region are, at the same time, the resources of this municipality economy. Our Comenius team students produced some material which can give visitors an idea of what you can find here regarding natural products made with our natural resources. Of course they had the help of their Chemistry teacher and the Chemistry classes knowledge.

Here you have some search made about our wine, our olive oil, cherry cream cake (Pastel de nata de cereja) and even natural soaps.

Sorry visitor, our students hadn't enough time to change text into English. Anyway, they promised they would do it.

Here you have a small video called "From the harvest to the wine glasse". In it, you can watch some of the procedures done to produce the wine.

Download the file for the document "Da oliveira ao azeite" (Portuguese version):

Download the file for the document "From the olive trees to the olive oil" (English version):Download the file for the document "Cherry cream cake" or "Pastel de Nata de Cereja":Download the file for the document "Natural soaps made at home":
Download the file for the presentation "From the harvest to the wine glass":

GYG - Who are we?

Who are we?Posted by Joao Teodosio 29 Jun, 2015 23:05
GYG? What the hell is that?

Well, The “GYG – The Ultimate Guide for Young European Guides” is one of the last Comenius projects aimed at organizing a guide with the collaborative work of the students from all the five European regions to enhance the very particular features of each one of their original regions.

The Project involves the participation of teachers and students from the following countries: Germany (Nuremberg), Belgium (Edegem-Antwerp); Poland (Zlotow) and Estonia (Kehra), beyond Portugal (Fundão).
One of its goals is the promotion of the cultural, natural, human and urban heritage, among others, so that those regions can be seen as attractive in terms of tourism, just to mention one of the areas. It also aims at facilitating the access of the European youth to the regions of the other member countries having as the starting point the work carried out by other young people, i.e., in the case of Fundão and its surroundings, the work done by the Agrupamento de Escolas do Fundão.

(This is a monument built in February 2014 to celebrate the first Comenius partners visit)
(A similar monument built in the partner school of Zlotow, Poland in April 2015)

Setting up a business

EntrepeneurshipPosted by Joao Teodosio 29 Jun, 2015 22:40
All school partners were aware that all of them could live and work in any EU country. That's why they provided a small guide on how to set up a business. Here is the Portuguese contribution.

Discover Ancient Fundão

Fundão: Places of InterestPosted by Joao Teodosio 29 Jun, 2015 18:16

Discover Ancient Fundão - Trip around the old part of the town

Here's a nice way on how to discover the ancient part of the old town. You can just download this pdf guide and use it discovering old Fundão.

The history of Fundão is connected to 3 elements: water, agriculture and commerce. The tour around the old part of the town will show the importance of these three elements in its development.

The development of agricultural activities is related to the names of the two main nucleus which originated the town: Quintã e Quintanzinha.

The origin of the word Fundão is also associated with the word “fundiário”, which means land owner.

Another important feature of the town’s history is commerce. The arrival of Jews from Spain (converted to New-Christians) encouraged the development of commerce in the city.

Jews weren’t farmers; they were mainly tradesmen and craftsmen. They left their mark in the economic development of the region, which we can still see in the type of buildings along this axis ( Rua da Cale, Rua Dr. João Pinto e Rua da Quintã). Almost every house has a garden, so water is an important matter in the history of this town. Coming from Serra da Gardunha, water was indispensable to the agricultural activity and used for domestic consumption.

Easter in Fundão

Fundão: Places of InterestPosted by Joao Teodosio 29 Jun, 2015 18:01

Religious Celebrations at Easter

The Easter traditions, which define the soul of the people from Fundão and its surroundings, are one of the traits that help explain the cultural heritage of the region.The ceremonies which are held each year at Lent are based on the preservation of the old religious festivities.

For the locals who revive the traditions each year they represent the bond between Man and the Holy Spirit, the collective feeling of worshiping and believing.

These cultural events are called “Quadragésima” and are held in different places across the council of Fundão. They range from truly popular events (popular gatherings, religious processions in the Holy Week and staged Christian representations) to more culturally elaborated ones (liturgical dramas, medieval preaches, ancient prayers, among others) whose aim is to spread the local cultural religious heritage.

In Fundão itself the night procession portraying Christ’s death involves the city in an atmosphere of darkness and deep mourning. The Scouts Group of Fundão also joins in the celebrations by staging parts of the Passion of Christ in the Gardunha Mountain during the night ceremonies.

Just find out when next year's Holy Week is going to happen and visit us by that time!


Fundão: Places of InterestPosted by Joao Teodosio 29 Jun, 2015 17:55
Despite all the new buildings we have in Fundão, there are also some ruins that worth a visit. One example is The Convent of the Holy Lady of Seixo (Convento de Nossa Senhora do Seixo) known around here as simple "The Convent" (O Convento).

One of the most important monument s in Fundão is the convent of the Holy Lady of Seixo which dates back from the 16th century and is located in the southern part of the city area, only within a ten-minute walk distance front the city centre

This convent was erected on the site of a former church to honour the Holy Lady of Seixo. It was the home of the male “Order of Friars Minor" or simply the "Franciscans" as they are commonly called.

In 1779 the convent hosted the first public school founded in Fundão but in 1834 all the religious orders, convents, monasteries, religious schools and hospitals were extinguished, an act which dictated the demise of the Convent of the Holy Lady of Seixo.

There have been several attempts to rebuild it to become a hotel, since it was built in a green slope from where you can devise a magnificent view over the fertile plains of this region, known as “Cova da Beira”.

Since May this year there are new high hopes to see it rebuilt since it was published in the local newspaper that currently there is a project running to have a four-star hotel built, a project to be accomplished in five-year’s time. Will the dream come true this time?

Summer Festivities

Fundão: Places of InterestPosted by Joao Teodosio 29 Jun, 2015 17:25
You can find a wide range of festivities in Fundão region during all the year. However, during the Summer there are at least 3 festivities which are a must to visit: Festa da Cereja in Alcongosta (Cherry’s Festival), Cale e Sangria Agosto in Fundão (Cale & Sangria Agosto - Fundão Street Festival) and Chocalhos in Alpedrinha (Rattles Festival). Follow these hints from our Comenius students and visit us.

River beaches in the region

Natural ResourcesPosted by Joao Teodosio 29 Jun, 2015 17:04
Today is June 29 2015 and the temperature outside is 41ºC. We'e about 2h30 minutes from the Atlantic coast. If you can't choose to go there, you can refresh yourself in one of our river beaches. Beyond that, rivers are also an important natural resource in our Region. In Fundão you have Zêzere river, but the mountain "Serra da Estrela" is also the place where Mondego river starts. Please find all our river beaches in what our students searched for you.

The almond trees legend

Tales and legendsPosted by Joao Teodosio 29 Jun, 2015 16:44
The almond trees legend is one of the most known legends in Portugal, particularly in the South. Our Comenius students decided to spread it among our partners and even made some strips of it. They took it to the Belgian meeting in October 2014 and it was a success. Thanks teacher José Luís Oliveira for your help. You can print and download the strips here.

Pedra d'Hera

Fundão: Places of InterestPosted by Joao Teodosio 29 Jun, 2015 16:31

Pedra D’Hera is a viewpoint situated in “Serra da Gardunha” from where we can see “Serra da Estrela“ northwards. “Fundão” is situated in a valley together with “Covilhã” which is also located in the North.
Read the text our Comenius students have written about this lovely place.

Where is Fundão?

Fundão: Places of InterestPosted by Joao Teodosio 26 Jun, 2015 19:08
We're in Fundão working in a Project about places? But after all where is Fundão? Here's an explanation of this Portuguese town you all are invited to visit. Thanks Comenius students team!

You have here a small description of each image you can see in the presentation.

Casa do Guarda

Fundão: Places of InterestPosted by Joao Teodosio 26 Jun, 2015 19:00

Casa do Guarda in Alcongosta, Fundão

It is located near Alcongosta, a village in Serra da Gardunha, Fundão. Serra da Gardunha is a mountain which reaches 1227 meters height.

The mountain has a house at its top where the mountain keeper used to live. It is called the House of the Mountain keeper or, in Portuguese, Casa do Guarda. Unfortunately, nowadays there is no one living there.

The house is located on that high place because from there people can glimpse at the entire mountain, so it allowed the keeper to detect the fires all over the mountain just from an early stage. It also lets us have sublime views of the countryside, from Alcongosta to the cities of Fundão and Covilhã.

In autumn, we can go there and have nice family picnics or pick up some chestnuts and pines for the winter. Although fascinating in autumn, in other seasons of the year we can also engage in several activities such as picking up cherries and going to the swimming pool in summer and walking along the flowered cherry trees tracks in spring.

As it is in the mountain, we are also able to go jogging among the mountain tracks designed for nature lovers.

Archaeological excavations

Fundão: Places of InterestPosted by Joao Teodosio 26 Jun, 2015 18:25

Archaeological excavations in Quinta do Ervedal, Castelo Novo, Fundão.

The territory where today is located the Fundão region was part of the Roman province of Lusitania during the Roman Empire. Therefore there is, throughout the county, many traces of the old and great empire. Students at our school participate every summer in archaeological excavations organized by the Archaeological Museum of Fundão. The best known are the ruins of Quinta do Ervedal, near Castelo Novo. If you are under 18 years, you can participate in the excavations taking place during the month of July. Just contact the Archaeological Museum of Fundão here:

Here are some photographs of the excavations:




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