Over the course of the week before the Halloween Mid-term break, myself and three other members of this year’s 5th Engineering class (alongside Mr. O’Neill and Mr. Connell) ventured out of the school workshop and into a new European project that we are extremely proud, as a school community, to be a part of (considering that this is alongside the ‘Kiss The Cook’ European project that’s ongoing at present!)

The Magical Moving Machine for Europe, or better called ‘3M4EU’, is a collaborative Engineering and STE(A)M based project that involves working with other schools within the European Union, under the Erasmus+ EU Education Programme. The eventual goal of this particular project is to present a contraption that shows a variety of movements within that system; although at the time, the meaning of a ‘magical moving machine’ to our own Irish group was open to interpretation!

To launch the project to the member schools in Germany, Slovenia, Italy, Portugal and Croatia, the first meeting took place in Bad Kreuznach in Germany; about an hour away from the major population hubs of Frankfurt and Mainz along the Rhine River. And there was certainly some pressure leading up to that faithful first encounter because believe it or not, Newpark are assigned as the project coordinator for this 2 year-long endeavour! From flights to vague ideas to even a logo design to be voted on, it’s bound to be an exciting trip for all involved!

The town itself, I would say, could be pictured as a blend of Killiney, Sandymount and Dundrum in terms of how busy and beautiful it is… considering that this is deep within the German countryside! It’s full of interesting landmarks such as the numerous ‘Salinas’ (reed bed structures that were used to collect salt from underground deposits of the old seabed the town sits on) and the Alte Nahebruke, one of the last bridges in the world to have houses on it (yes, actual houses that are sadly, currently vacant.) It’s safe to say that we enjoyed Bad Kreuznach, having ate in many restaurants, walked many kilometres during our guided walk and passing through the aforementioned landmarks and picturesque scenery!

An interesting sight to see would be the presence a large manufacturing firm in this area, such as KHS (a manufacturer of systems that fills your Coke bottles and Guinness’ kegs for pubs). It’s amazing to not only see the tidy and clean facilities around, but also demonstrated the craftsmanship and meticulous processes of its workers that gives Germany its reputation for reliable and high quality products around the world!

And if the sights of the rather quaint town weren’t enough for everyone in the trip, Thursday saw us exploring the fabulous Rhine Valley around the Rhine! And as ever, it didn’t disappoint despite the early morning fog limiting the views! From cable cars and chair lifts that literally go through people’s back gardens, to a visit to the medieval Rheinstein Castle and another food trip with the sloping valley as your backdrop; this and our final climb through the incredibly scenic Rotenfels on Friday was an appropriate conclusion to our ‘working week’!

So, in between all of the travel and touring, did we get anything on the project done? Well, of course we did! There was a wide variety of ideas being put forward by both students and teachers and over the course of the week, our minds simply wouldn’t stop thinking about what the end result would be in 2 years’ time!

In fact, for us who were native speakers of English in the project, we actually found it hard to communicate to the others because of the faster pace and our wider knowledge of the language, and we needed to adapt and change the way we spoke in order for them to understand us and have a common understanding of our ideas to our working groups!

Looking back to this first meeting, it was a success for many reasons, but an important achievement would be the establishment of a common ground of friendship and comradery amongst the group! We mingled with various people who share common interests with us, hearing funny stories and sharing facts about life within their own countries. And in an era where the EU is facing plenty of criticism and challenges within the institution, we believe that this initiative is promoting the ‘European Spirit’ and shows that with unity, we can achieve things we couldn’t imagine to be possible!

Watch this space over the next few editions of the Newsletter as we outline the outcomes of the following trips and the overall result of this wonderful project!

Slobodan Teodorovic and Shawn Lorenzo
Senior Cycle Engineering Students (2019-2021)
Newpark Comprehensive School, Dublin, Ireland





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SUN 20 OCT 2019                                     ARRIVAL DAY                                                                                     

                                                                           20.00    Welcome Dinner in Naheschlösschen Restaurant
                                                                                   Introduction of Students & Warming Up


MON 21 OCT 2019                                   INITIAL & SIGHTSEEING DAY

                                                                           08:30   Breakfast

                                                                      09:30   Meeting in hotel and outline of 3M4EU project

                                                                      10:30   Presentation of 3M4EU Logo competition entries

                                                                      11:00   Coffee break                                                                                   

                                                                      11:30   Voting on Logo entries

                                                                      12:15   Walk through the Salina Valley

                                                                      13:15   Lunch at Brauwerk Restaurant                             

                                                                      15:00   Guided City Tour in Bad Kreuznach

                                                                      18:00   Free Time & Individual Dinner                                     


TUE 22 OCT 2019                                     COMPANY & SCHOOL VISIT DAY

                                                                           08:00   Breakfast

                                                                      08:45   Transfer by public bus                                                                

                                                                      09:30   Company Visit at KHS GmbH

                                                                      12:00   Transfer by public bus to School

                                                                      13:00   Lunch at School made by cook trainees                           

                                                                      14:00   Guided Tour of School

                                                                           15:30   Brainstorming at School & establish Workgroups

                                                                      16:30   Coffee break                                                                                   

                                                                      17:00   eTwinning session

                                                                      18:00   Free Time & Individual Dinner                                     


WED 23 OCT 2019                                   HARD WORKING DAY IN HOTEL

                                                                      08:30   Breakfast

                                                                           09:30   Morning Flashlight in Hotel                                                 

                                                                      10:00   Workgroups discuss Workline activities

                                                                      11:30   Coffee break                                                                                   

                                                                      12:00   Workgroups continue Hard Work

                                                                      13:30   Individual Lunch                                                          

                                                                      15:00   Workgroups report to Plenum

                                                                      16:30   Coffee break                                                                                   

                                                                      17:00   Evening Flashlight

                                                                      18:00   Free Time & Individual Dinner                                     


THU 24 OCT 2019                                     CULTURAL DAY (Romantic Tour through Rhine Valley)

                                                                      07:15   Breakfast

                                                                      08:15   Transfer to Railway Station by public bus              

                                                                           08:45   Train to Bingen

                                                                      10:00   Ferry to Rüdesheim                                                              

                                                                      10:45   Chairlift up to Niederwald Monument

                                                                      12:15   Chairlift down to Assmannshausen

                                                                      12:45   Lunch in La Romantica Pizzeria                                 

                                                                      14:25   Ferry to Castle of Rhinestone

                                                                      14:45   Visit Castle of Rhinestone

                                                                      16:00   Ferry back to Bingen

                                                                      17:00   Free time

                                                                      18:00   Dinner in Zollamt Restaurant                                               

                                                                      21:00   Return to hotel by train


FRI 25 OCT 2019                                       WORK CLOSURE DAY IN HOTEL

                                                                           08:30   Breakfast

                                                                           09:30   Morning Flashlight at Hotel                                                 

                                                                      10:00   Outline of Homework

                                                                      11:00   Coffee break                                                                                    

                                                                      11:30   Working Closure at Hotel

                                                                      12:30   Planning for Ivrea Meeting

                                                                      13:00   Evaluation

                                                                      13:30   Individual Lunch                                                          

                                                                      15:00   Climbing the Rotenfels

                                                                      18:00   Farewell Dinner in Hohmann’s Restaurant                     


SAT 26 OCT 2019                                      DEPARTURE DAY                                                                                   



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