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German Exchange 2015

The Scoil Uí Mhuirí German Department was delighted to link up with Realschule Hilpoltstein for their 5th exchange in November 2015.  31 students from Germany arrived with their teachers on Saturday 14th November for a 5 day stay with us.  Among the activities were classroom visits, sport, a trip to Carlingford, tours at Oldbridge and Drogheda and of course music and dance.  A great time was had by all and the Irish students are looking forward to going to Germany on November 25th.

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In Hilpoltstein, Bavaria, the Scoil Uí Mhuirí students had a great time with their exchange partners: visiting the school, attending classes, meeting the Mayor, ice skating, playing Olympic handball, visiting the Christmas markets, touring the Bayern München stadium and swimming!

 

 

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Comenius Bilateral School Partnership

Ms. Matthews and Ms. Howard

Coming together through communication, using sport and language learning.

The focus of this partnership was a bilateral student exchange between Realschule Hilpoltstein in Bavaria (Germany) and Scoil Uí Mhuirí in County Louth, (Ireland)

The overriding aim of our exchange was the development of intercultural competence and the beginning of intercultural dialogue. This had been initiated and reached mainly through sport. The students from both countries taught the guest students the traditional games of their respective countries (Gaelic football and handball in the first year, hurling/camogie and Völkerball in the second year) There was of course some attendance at the guest school's classes, whereby those with mother tongue competence participated and demonstrated language use.

 

Ms. Howard and Ms. Clinton brought a group of Scoil Uí Mhuirí students to Hilpoltstein to participate in a German Irish exchange.

Regarding the sport's part of the project, the learning and playing of the games was filmed and burned onto a DVD. An accompanying brochure with the most important rules and supplementary exercises was also developed. The DVD and brochures were disseminated to relevant, interested institutions and other persons, such as PE teachers, schools, clubs and community groups. The new sports were offered to other pupils in the respective schools within a festival framework.

This was the final year of the Comenius 3 project which I have been involved with. The title of the project was EcoMedia (Education, Communication Media). Staff and students might remember that the steering group members from all over Europe visited Scoil Uí Mhuirí in 2007. I visited Austria in 2007 and Poland in October 2008 and met up with the project partners to discuss the documents which we were required to submit to Brussels. My role was to research Irish ICT in Education infrastructure statistics and present the findings to the leader of my group. As Irish network partner, I was part of Working Team 1: ICT basics (Videoconferencing, communication and presentation technologies, ICT based language learning, "new" knowledge based society), organised by Kristin Helen Andersen of Trondheim University.

The report was launched in Latvia in June 2008. The theme of the conference in June was "Strategies, Media and technologies in European Education Systems". The next seminar takes place in Belgium in April 2009.

The first Thematic Conference and Comenius Contact Seminars for the EcoMedia-Europe Comenius III Network entitled "Educational challenges through media and ICT in Europe" which is under the patronage of the President of Austria, Dr. Heinz Fischer took place in the Conference Centre in Wolfsberg, Austria from October 4th - 8th, 2006.

Ireland was well represented at this conference with 6 delegates in attendance. The Irish Network partner, Ms. Jacqueline Matthews from Scoil Uí Mhuiri in Dunleer, Co. Louth was delighted with the support she received from teachers in her own school; Mr. Alan Hurley and Ms. Miriam Howard, and also Mr. Ciaran Moloney Principal of the primary school in Stabannon, Léargas officials and the NCTE.

A Comenius contact seminar for Comenius 1 and Comenius 2.1 projects focussing on the topic ; to develop new school partnerships and to establish connections between schools and different forms of educational institutions was also held in Wolfsberg.

Ms. Howard and Mr. Hurley attended this meeting on behalf of Scoil Uí Mhuirí and forged links with teachers from Slovenia and Austria. The result of these meetings is that Scoil Uí Mhuirí applyied to be part of a Comenius 1 project involving these countries, the theme being "Young Entrepreneurs in Europe".

In 2006 Ireland hosted a Steering Group meeting in Dunleer and Drogheda. Representatives from the steering group member countries attended conferences in the Boyne Valley Hotel and were guests of honour at Scoil Uí Mhuirí. The guests were greeted by then Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Dermot Ahern TD at the school, and by MEP Mairead Mc Guinness at the Boyne Valley hotel.

Further information is available on the ecomedia website www.ecomedia-europe.net

Ms. Matthews was invited to present a paper at an International Conference in Florence in 2007.