Comenius Project

Comenius Update:
June 2015 saw the conclusion of our Comenius project, entitled “Treasure Trail- Linking the Past to the Present”. Over the course of 2 years, the girls and teachers from Scoil Bhríde worked with students and teachers from 3 European schools; Escola de Pratiques in Tarragona, Catalonia (Spain), Istiuto Compressivo Don Bosco D’Assissi in Torre del Greco, Italy and Grundschule Michaelisschule in Osnabrück, Germany.

The aim of the project was to foster a sense of European identity among pupils and teachers alike, while at the same time acknowledging the uniqueness of each country, culture and school. The title “T.R.E.A.S.U.R.E Trail” provided the focus for the project with each letter providing the stimulus for a module of work based on Traditions, Education , Arts, Sport, European Unity, Religion and the Envrionment.

Over the course of the 2 years, children from each class engaged in a variety of different activities, such as:
• Communication: Emailing, Skyping and writing letters and postcards to children in other schools.
• Project work: Preparing projects/ booklets on topics such as traditional Irish sports, dances, religious ceremonies, feasts and festivals etc.
• I.T work: Preparing Powerpoint presentations on Scoil Bhríde, Dublin, famous monuments and landmarks. Interviewing teachers about their favourite Christmas traditions, preparing and recording performances of traditional Irish songs and dance.
• Arts and Crafts: The children sent some beautiful art and craft work to the other schools such as Christmas tree decorations, small hand-made gifts, thematic based art work (based on the Seasons) etc.
• Cooking; Over the course of the 2 years our children prepared and shared some traditional Irish recipes. They also got a chance to try their hand at some Catalonian, Italian and German recipes!

All teachers from Scoil Bhríde were very actively involved in the project. Many teachers were lucky enough to have had the chance to travel to the schools in Catalonia, Italy and Germany over the course of the 2 years. While there, they visited the children in their classrooms and taught some interactive lessons (traditional Irish songs, poems, dances etc), met with the other teachers to exchange teaching ideas, strategies and examples of best practice and planned the next stage of the project. They also got a chance to visit local historical attractions and to sample some of the local cuisine!

The Comenius project was hugely enjoyable and beneficial to all those who participated. It offered both pupils and teachers the chance to engage with our fellow Europeans, to share ideas with each other, to celebrate with each other and most importantly to learn from each other. The project concluded with a final visit to Scoil Bhríde in June 2015 when we celebrated the end of a very successful 2 years.

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