MAY 1994

Date Fri, 22 Apr 1994 132709 +0200

Subject Re [EUROPEAN SCHOOLS PROJECT ALL14] Tunnel Opening

We will have a small team of pupils who will be at Folkestone Tuesday to Friday. We will set up a communication service which will relay and publish any material from pupils about the tunnel, especially goodwill messages. It is deliberately designed as a loose project. We will use two mailboxes. The University of Kent is setting up ESPTUNL NOW OPEN FOR USE

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Messages are welcome immediately.
Project will close on 21 may.

Any pupil's responses will be welcome. Why not send us a goodwill message. Please don't forget to say where you are, as many messages will go onto a noticeboard for people to read. Strangers to e-mail will not work out mail addresses. If you would like to write something about tunnels, splendid, but remember our noticeboard likes one side of paper!!!

Looking forward to hearing from you. Please keep my team busy! We will try to acknowledge your letter with the next one in, so we share messages around the world.

David Marchant, ESP (UK)

Date Fri, 22 Apr 1994 132709 +0200
Subject Re [ALL14] Tunnel Opening

Please explaine what tunnel is opening? Is it the new tunnel between UK and France please reply Thanks -)

Date Wed, 04 May 94 154621 +0100
Subject tunnel info

Dear all,

Several people have asked for some imformation. This is a "potted" history.

1880 a pilot tunnel was dug which did not go far but hit coal. (Hence the Kent coalfields)

A further attempt was made in 1974 but stopped 400 metres in! At last in December 1987 real work began.

There are three tunnels, each 50 killometres (31 miles) long. Japan has one longer, but this is the longest under the sea. It varies from 25 metres to 45 metres below the sea level.

As many as 200 anglers from Kent, Wales, France, Holland and Belgium, will take part in a special open sea competition from the former lower Shakespear Cliff construction site between Dover and Folkstone. Almost 4 million cubic metres of chalk marl from the Tunnel excavation has been placed behind a solid concrete sea wall, offering a potential for 500 anglers to fish out into deep waters. It is now called the lower Shakespear Cliff site, but Eurotunnel's Celebration '94 is holding a seperate contest to give the reclamation a new, permanent name.

On Friday 6th May President Mitterand and the Queen opens the tunnel officially. No fares announced yet!

Date Tue, 10 May 1994 185244 +0200
To Linda Swanson (
Subject [EUROPEAN SCHOOLS PROJECT BBS382] Tunnel Opening


May I on behalf of all the staff and pupils thank all our friends at home and abroad for their wonderful responses. We had messages from Peru to Slovakia, Alaska to New Zealand, and in several languages. We were honoured to be part of an historic occasion shared by so many world wide.

Many of you will have heard of the Duke of Edinburgh's award scheme for young people started by Prince Philip. It is particularly fitting that he felt able to support us with a message on Friday relayed to us as the Queen left Waterloo on Eurostar.

In thanking you all, may I leave you with Prince Philip'smessage.

From HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

On this day which marks the official opening of the Cross-Channel Tunnel I have much pleasure in using the facilities of the European Schools Project to send my best wishes to the children of the world.


Date Thu, 12 May 1994 184242 +0200
To Multiple recipients of list (

I have sent the following press release to The Times Educational Supplement and The Independent. The latter English Sunday paper ran an article about the development of Internet etc last Sunday.

The European Schools Project, Vinters Boys' Maidstone.

"The Tunnel - Students World Wide"
(from an article submitted to
the Times Educational Supplement and the Independent )

At first there is nothing much to watch with E-mail, so when we said that The European Schools Project had links world wide, I 'm not sure that the full extent was appreciated. Nevertheless, Euro Tunnel offered us space for three computers and a printer, and unlimited telephone time. On Tuesday 3rd to Friday 6th they fed the small team and introduced us to the hard-bitten press corps next door.

The University of Kent generously gave us an INTERNET account for a month, and ESPTUNL was on the airways.

We launched by inviting contributions via our bulletin board. ESP controls this carefully. We dislike "junk" mail, so the board is only available for "serious" messages. But, my goodness, it is obviously read! What we were doing was published in the Los Angeles Times. Our third message was from a 72 year old grandmother who had read it there.

Two small teams of pupils and staff from Maidstone took part "on-site". Vinters Boys' School and Maidstone Grammar shared four days of hectic activity. On Tuesday 3rd the pupils opened the mailboxes and started to word process. Messages from Peru, from Slovakia, from Alaska, from New Zealand were printed out and pinned onto our notice board. We knew we had friends abroad,(we work class to class in 22 countries) but neither Eurotunnel nor ESP had foreseen this response. Wednesday was very busy! Visitors, phonecalls, photocalls enlivened the team's day. Highlights that morning were messages of goodwill from two MPs, Ann Widdecombe and Andrew Rowe to the world's pupils, a goodluck note from a group of Welsh schools (in Welsh) and congratulations from the French Embassy in London (in French).

E-mail is a powerful tool. It stimulates pupils with its immediacy. And such immediacy can have a profound effect on the delivery of the curriculum. One correspondent pointed out that the Japanese had a longer tunnel. This needed answering. So research was needed. Many pupils were asking the team detailed questions as well as "How much is a ticket?" Much of Thursday was spent by one team trying to respond to some of these queries.

Perhaps the most pedantic point made by the exercise was the need for accuracy. If you type a person's address incorrectly, there is no friendly postman to decipher your writing. The mail computer rejects your message. Pupils (and staff) learnt by experience that the old teachers admonition, "Now check your work" is as valid today as it ever was. When a large file sent to 30 addresses is "bounced back" the lesson is immediate.

On the Friday we tried a real life conversation through the courtesy of EdEx in London who sponsored the morning with their chat facility. Suddenly the distances shrank. Youngsters grouped around computers in Maidstone, Glasgow (North Kelvinside), Folkestone, and Burgwegel (in Germany) were sharing this historic day. The ESPTUNL team were watching French and British Television and typing news-flashes to the others. Then the 'phone rang. A thirteen year old answered to discover it was Buckingham Palace. Prince Philip had marked this historic occasion with a message for the world's children via our pupils. That was enhancing the curriculum indeed.

Messages of congratulations
Copy Eurotunnel Press release.

Messages of goodwill and congratulations have been flooding into a special communications centre in the education room at Eurotunnel's Exhibition Centre, Folkestone, to mark the inauguration of the Channel Tunnel.

They have come from round the world, from young and old, through an electronic mail communications initiative organised by the European Schools Project, funded through the education section of Eurotunnel's Public Affairs Department.

The project was born out of a research programme at the University of Amsterdam initially involving four schools, two in the United Kingdom, one in Germany and one in the Netherlands.

There are now 22 countries who share work and information through this electronic mail system. Membership in the UK is growing steadily, with a nucleus of schools in the Maidstone and Rochester area, one of which started the project.

The inauguration of the channel Tunnel has attracted a great deal of global attention, messages coming from Peru, Canada, Spain, Alaska, South Africa, New Zealand, the United States, Slovakia, Germany, France, and Wales. The University of Kent, Canterbury, set up the mail box for the messages to be received.

On Friday an on-line computer conference was set up by the Education Exchange, London, with links to Germany, Belgium, Denmark and the United States, in a live exchange of messages.

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