A big thank you to the Mums and Dad who came into school this afternoon and shared their language skills, making our first ever celebration of “European Language Day” a huge success. We had Irish, Spanish, French, Latvian, Russian and Slovakian, spoken this afternoon! We even had sign language thanks to one of our P7 pupils who’s Mum taught him some conversational language last night. We really enjoyed hearing…. and seeing…all the different languages spoken. We hope it will inspire everyone to learn a new language!
You may have noticed that we have changed “the flag” flying outside of school, to mark, “European Language Day” tomorrow. Today we counted 10+ languages, connected to our school, through our families and our Erasmus+ project. Some of the languages we have identified are : Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Slovak, Russian, Mandarin, Spanish, French, Basque, Greek, and Irish and we are sure there are more!
Learning other peoples’ languages is a way of helping us to understand each other better and to overcome our cultural differences. Tomorrow we will recognise the great linguistic resource we have within our school community and celebrate our school diversity, by learning some words/greetings in another language.
Līdz tam rīt!
Following from my recent trip to Prague at the start of June, I am delighted to announce that our Nursery is eTwinned with a Kindergarten in Norway. The Scandinavian approach to play is extremely interesting and I’m really looking forward to introducing new ideas that I have learnt from our Norwegian friends and to continue developing our project. It is an honour to be part of the exciting eTwinning network.
Thank you for all the well wishes that I received on the school’s Facebook page, it meant a lot and showing it to other participants they all commented on what a supportive school community we have.
We were delighted this weekend to host our Erasmus+ partners from: The Basque Country, Greece, France and Donegal. We are beginning a new, 2 year project and this year we are focusing on Art. Each country will choose a piece of art, in any medium… whether contemporary, well- known or unknown… or even a piece of folk art to represent their country and culture. These will be shared with the partner schools and each school will use the chosen piece as a stimulus to complete their own “works of art”, these will then form part of a “European Art Show” in each school at the end of the project!
Thank you to Padraig + Sharon Carragher and family, for showing our guests around their magical “Bluebell Glamping Site” here in Mullaghbawn. Padraig shared stories from the area and demonstrated his craft as a wood-turner. A great start to our Art Project!
Thank-you also to the Carrickdale Hotel for making our guests feel so welcome to the area.
We look forward to hosting pupils and teachers from our “Erasmus+” Partner school, S.D. Savio T. Fiore, in Gravina, Italy this week. They will arrive late Monday night and are staying next door in Ti Chulainn until Friday. They will be with us in school, Tuesday and Wednesday when everyone will get the opportunity to meet and talk with them.
The weather forecast is looking fantastic… and we look forward to proudly showing them around our school, village and local area. We wish them a safe trip and a big “Cead Mile Failte” to St. Mary’s.
Excitement is building in Key Stage 2 as we prepare to welcome, past pupil Cormac Walsh and a group of 20 pupils and 6 staff, from his school in Barcelona, to St. Mary’s. They arrived yesterday evening and are staying in Ti Chulainn until Tuesday. Over the weekend there are a series of events organised for them and all St. Mary’s KS 2 pupils-(P5, P6 and P7), were given the opportunity to be involved in these events. So tonight for those pupils who chose the Disco Option, it is on in Mullaghbawn Community Hall (7pm – 9pm). Tomorrow for those who chose Option 2, a Drama Workshop will also be held in Mullaghbawn Community Hall(2pm – 5pm) and on Monday night Option 3, a movie night will be held in Ti Chulainn (7pm – 9pm). Remember boys and girls you can only attend the Option you chose as numbers are restricted for each event!
Everyone will get the chance to meet our visitors on Monday when they will spend the day in School, weather permitting we will be having sporting events, where our Spanish students will join our hurling classes and take part in Gaelic Football events. P5 – P7 can come to school in their PE uniform