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Our Institution was set up in 1897,so it is more than one century old.
It is one of the first secondary school in our area, the south east part of Siracusa province . Since then, it has kept up its high reputation for training hundreds of students who successfully have become part of the local ruling class or important professionals both men and women.
Its prestige is symbolically highlighted by the building which has hosted this school from the very beginning, it was a Jesuite monastery, placed in the city centre of Noto.
NOTO IS THE PEARL OF BAROQUE:
Our school is one of the numerous local monuments, which are part of UNESCO Heritage.
For this reason it is very usual for us to see tourists popping in our school courtyard every day, as they are attracted by its fine architecture. If you would like to get an idea, have a look: http://youtu.be/A1T-B-qcOhM
OUR SCHOOL MISSION:
Our Headmasters and the management Board since the very beginning have been keen on experimentation of the newest methodologies and teaching- learning practices, on encouraging the teachers to face challenges in order to have always up- to -date staff and curriculum.
This attitude and dedication on the management staff and on the teachers part has let this school to offer our students the necessary skills and competences:
– to cope with the real world at national and international level;
– to become citizens with a strong awareness of the democratic values and legality.
– to let students feel active part of the E.U. Community.
Our Learning & education is respectfull of the european dimension
Our Education is in Compliance with eight key competences of Lisbon objectives:
Communication in the mother tongue;
Communication in the foreign languages;
Mathematical competence and basic competences in science and technology;
Learning to learn.
Interpersonal, intercultural and social competences and civic competence;
European Programmes Partecipation:
We have been engaged in running L.L.L. programme – Comenius .
from 2003 to 2012. We have worked with several european schools within Comenius programme . Our partners have been from Sweden, Holland, France , Turkey, Iceland, Poland, Denmark, Austria .
Thanks to these valuable experiences we have been able to improve ourselves as teachers, our comunicative skills, our methodologies and Know-how. Our students have acquired great benefits from transnational exchanges and have become more mature and more european in their attitudes and mentality.
Our institution website is: http://www.istitutoraelinoto.it/
Our Institution is “ open “ and cooperating with some local associations, particularly with the U3A : University of the Third Age. This cooperation started some years ago by giving support to this no-profit associations in several ways: offering ICT courses and letting their members using our school premises and our computer room for their members learning, as well as for their meetings .
Some Information about The U3A :
Third Age’ refers to the later years of life, after work and family responsibilities have lessened.
U3A philosophy is that of older people getting together to teach and learn and share their wisdom, just for the satisfaction that it brings .
No qualifications are needed for joining and no certificates or accreditations are awarded.
U3A members run entirely the association, choose their own courses and activities as decided by a committee elected annually by their members.
There is a President
It is independent and autonomous.
Nobody gets paid.
The first U3A started in Tolosa in 1973.
Then a group of volunteers from Turin set up the first university of the third age in Italy, which inspired to the Medieval age model rather than the French Model.
Nowadays there 320 U3A groups both from the north to the south of Italy as well as all over the world.
The U3A in Noto started in 1991. Mr Castello Francesco was the founder and he has been the President since then.
Some activities run at U3A in Noto:
- ICT courses for adults and members
- U3A Choir
- Painting workshops
- Physical Education classes for adults
- Drama classes as amateurs.
TIME FOR NEW CHALLENGES:
Since 2010 the U3A in Noto has set up new objectives that can be achieved by having access to the help of other institutions such us schools and local authorities. Its objectives are:
1) help its members to learn a foreign language and acquire communicative skills through the use of multimedia.
2) improve contacts between different generations and ensure that both the young people and the senior citizens can benefit from these contacts
3) reduce prejudice between the groups by promoting intergenerational and multicultural respect and solidarity.