BENDINAT – Mallorca, Spain->
PARABIAGO – Milano, Italy->
VISBY – Gotland, Sweden->


BENDINAT – Mallorca, Spain

Bendinat is a seaside village in the municipality of Calvia  on the west coast of the island of Majorca, part of the Spanish autonomous community of the Balearic Islands. It is located at the foot of the Serra de Na Burguwsa. Much of Bendinat is a residential area, and it is situated next to the town of  Portals Nous. Its major thoroughfare is the county road C-719.The population is approximately 521.

There are two main theories surrounding Bendinat’s naming origin. An ethnological one is that after the 12 September 1229 battle for the conquest of Majorca, King James of Aragon, who was famished, came upon a tent with one of his lieutenants where a meal was being prepared. The host for that meal was Oliver de Termes, a Frenchman of Roussilon. After eating to their satisfaction, the king declared Ben dinat(Catalan: “well dined”). The other naming theory is geographical in context as in the 13th century, an old Islamic farmhouse in the area was named Bending.

PARABIAGO – Milano, Italy

The school is situated in an urban area characterized by shoes factories and services that are getting more and more important. Parabiago is situated 20 km far from Milan, in the north of Italy, in an area where there are a lot of small and big factories specialised in textiles, shoes and mechanics. It has got a population of about 30.000 inhabitants. There are a lot of theories about the name of PARABIAGO, but the most important is connected to the tradition and means “soft land”. In fact the name Parabiago derives from PARA +MEL, that means “marshy place”. Probably the contemporary name derives from the roman period: PARA+BLE. There are some Roman witnesses and we have some nice residences of noble or wealthy people.

Nowadays Parabiago is famous for shoes. In fact there are a lot of big factories that after the second world war became important and integrated in the national market. Today Parabiago is known all over the world for its multinational shoes factories, probably the most famous is “Rossetti” whose shoes can be bought in NewYork, Tokyo, London as well as for the world famous “espresso coffee machines” factory, “ Rancilio”. We also have a biggest Bonsai centre in Italy with a Bonsai University
main airport of Malpensa is not very far from us and we are ten minutes from the area where the EXPO will be held in 2015, for this reason it will be very important for our students to know as many languages as possible in order to find a job in this sector. New professions have been created in this context and flexibility, autonomy, self learning abilities, communicative skills are requested. We think that the school has to offer good opportunities and facilities to all the ones that would like to study or work at a European level in a market characterized by globalization and competition. Besides we think it is very important to have experiences and contacts with other students in other countries in order to develop their awareness of the European dimension through cooperation.This exchange of ideas and experiences fosters a deeper understanding of our place in Europe and develops a culture of friendship among students from different schools, cultures and backgrounds.

VISBY – Gotland, Sweden

Visby is a locality and the seat of Gotland Municipality in Gotland County, on the island of Gotland, Sweden with 23,880 inhabitants, as of 2014.Visby is also the episcopal see for the Diocese of Visby. The Hanseatic city of Visby is arguably the best-preserved medieval city in Scandinavia and since 1995, it has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among the most notable historical remains are the 3.4 km (2.1 mi) long town wall that encircles the town center, and a number of church ruins.

Visby is a popular vacation destination for Scandinavians during the summer and receives thousands of tourists every year. It is by far the most populated locality outside the Swedish mainland. The University of Gotland is in Visby, and since 1 July 2013, it is a department of Uppsala University under the name Uppsala university–Campus Gotland. Visby is also the sole county seat in Sweden only accessible by boat and air.