Comenius School Partnerships enable Irish schools to create partnerships with other European schools to work on projects which are pedagogically relevant and encourage intercultural exchange. These projects must involve some form of travel for the pupils and teachers involved, and take place over a period of two years.
From 2009 until 2011, St. David’s N.S. were part of a six school project group involving a primary school in Finland, Germany, Spain (Ceuta), Hungary, England and of course Ireland. All the sixth class pupils of 2010 and 2011 visited our partner school in Liverpool. Last June, we brought the sixth class to Belfast. Our school was unique in that we were the only school to use the funds to enable the pupils to travel outside their own country. As there still some funds remaining, we used the grant to help cover the cost of our trip to Belfast. Each year a number of parents agreed to accompany the children which was vital as it allowed the trips to proceed. My sincere thanks to them all.
All of the teachers got the oppportunity to travel to at least one of the partner schools. The total grant was a generous €16,000. The grant also enabled us to buy four new digital cameras.