Friday, August 22, 2008

ENO Tree Planting Song on video for practising!

Learn how to sing and move in the ENO Tree Planting Song! ENO Students Ina-Maria and Jani from Joensuu perform "Hi And Ho, We Plant Trees" in this video.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

A new musical contribution from sLOVEnia!

Slovenia has been one of the most active countries in the ENO Tree Planting Day. They have made a great musical contribution for ENO and our tree planting day.

The winner of most important song contest (Slovenska popevka) in 2007 was a song called Nature Forces (Naravne sile). The song is a very simple “mantra” like composition. Slovene people and the jury chose as the best Slovene song because of its message

All the authors and the RTV Slovenia give the permission to ENO and all the ENO schools to use the composition as their song during the tree planting day, 22nd of September and during other - but exclusively ENO - activities.

ENO Teacher Darinka Orel from OS Polhov Gradec translated the lyrics, added some more messages and a new recording was made in English. In addition a playback version was added so that children can sing it with the real instrumental arrangement! Thank you sLOVEnia!

Enter to the song page here!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A new ENO video from Greece

This video is by ENO Teacher Konstantinos Ntinou from Kilkis, Greece.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Plant a tree and read a poem, an example from Bremen, Germany

Wilhelm-Kaisen Schule from Germany planted a pear tree as a part of ENO Tree Planting Campaign. Their teacher Petra Niehardt says:

"It is a pear tree called Helene, which is a popular pear in Germany and also the name of Wilhelm Kaisen's wife. As the first mayor of Bremen after WWII he did a lot to have our city rebuilt and to get the Bremen economy going. Our school was named after him."

They read a German poem about a pear tree by Theodor Fontane. Find it translated into English below (by Janko von Ribbeck).

Squire von Ribbeck at Ribbeck in Havelland

(Janko von Ribbeck)

Squire von Ribbeck at Ribbeck in Havelland,
In his garden there stood a pear tree grand,
And when autumn came round, the golden tide,
And pears were glowing far and wide,
Squire von Ribbeck, when noon rang out, would first
Fill both his pockets full to burst.
And then, when a boy in his clogs came there,
He called: ”My lad, do you want a pear?”
He would hail a girl that chanced to pass:
“Come over, I have a pear, little lass!”

Many years thus went, till the noble and high
Squire von Ribbeck at Ribbeck came to die.
He felt his end. It was autumntide.
Again pears were smiling far and wide.
“I depart now this life” von Ribbeck said.
I wish that a pear in my grave be laid”.
And after three days, from this mansard roofed hall,
Squire von Ribbeck was carried out, `neath a pall.
All farmers and cottagers, solemm-faced,
Sang: ”Jesus, in Thee my trust is placed”,
And the children lamented, with hearts like lead:
“Who`ll give us a pear, now that he is dead.?”
So the children lamented. It was unkind,

As they did not know old Ribbeck´s mind.
True, the new one is skimping niggardly,
Keeps park and pears tree `neath lock and key;
But having forebodings, the older one,
And full of distrust for his proper son,
Knew well what he did, when the order he gave,
That a pear should be laid in his grave.

From the silent dwelling, after three years,
The tip of a pear tree seedling appears.
And year after year, the seasons go round,
Long since a pear tree is shading the mound.

And in the golden autumntide
Again it is glowing far and wide.
When a boy is crossing the churchyard there,
The tree is whispering: Want a pear?”
And when a girl chances to pass,
It whispers: “Come here for a pear, little lass.”

Thus blessings still dispensses the hand
Of von Ribbeck at Ribbeck in Havelland.