Erasmus Plus E. U. Schools Programme
'Inspire Me Motivate Me'
Our Erasmus + display board located on the staircase in between the
Junior Infant classes!
Our Christmas Cards we received from our partner countries
Our Weather Experiments-comparing our climate with that of our partner countries during winter!
Sam with his winning St. Mary's BNS Erasmus Plus mascot 'InMo'- Congratulations Sam!
All 4 countries are represented on Sam's ‘InMo’ mascot, so Sam won the overall school prize based on artistic brilliance as well as creativity in the way he has represented all 4 countries.
Ireland- Irish themed hat with a shamrock on it which is one of our national symbols and of course a symbol of St. Patrick our patron Saint.
Denmark- A Lego face (Lego originating in Denmark) and also a Danish Viking shield
linking in with Denmark’s Viking heritage..
Poland- The red Polish ‘away’ football jersey with the White Eagle crest (their national symbol).
Wales- The Red Dragon costume that InMo is wearing linking in with the Red Dragon being their national symbol.
Senior and Junior class mascot art prizewinners! Well done boys!
Mr. O'Connor and Mr. O'Shea presenting information about
St. Mary's BNS to our partner school in Llanelli Wales and
also teaching them some ' cúpla focail as Gaeilge'!!
Our school’s participation in the Erasmus Plus EUproject (formerly Comenius) ‘Inspire Me, Motivate Me' (2016-2019) has commenced this year and consists of St. Mary’s BNS along with our four partner schools in Poland, Denmark and Wales. We will be collaborating with each other over the next three years through shared activities across two specific areas- Maths problem solving and literacy, with a particular emphasis on the use of ICT in both areas to help further foster the children’s own ability to develop themselves as open, independent and critical thinkers whilst becoming global citizens through collaborating with children from our partner countries whilst also creating opportunities to share our own cultures and languages!
Our partner schools are as follows (Please check out their websites!):
1. Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Tirdeunaw, Swansea, Wales
Welsh language primary school -500 children approximately aged between 3 and 11 years old
2. Ysgol Gymraeg Parc y Tywyn, Llanelli, Wales
Welsh language primary school -250 children approximately aged between 3 and 11 years old
3. Szkola Podstawowa, Wolbrom, Poland
Primary school with 350 pupils approximately between the ages of 6 and 13
4. Kroggardsskolen, Odense, Denmark
Primary and Secondary school with 626 pupils between the ages of 5 and 16
Also click on the link below to access our fun and colourful introductory video to the project:
We look forward to working very closely with our partner schools and creating numerous learning opportunities for the children in our school to share their learning experiences, cultures and languages with their new friends from Wales, Poland and Denmark! Please keep your eye on this webpage over the next few months and years for updates and photos of all elements of completed project work!
Erasmus Plus Coordinator
Fun facts about our partner countries!
·The official name of Denmark is the Kingdom of Denmark
·Danish is the official language of Denmark
·Denmark has a population of almost 6 million people
·The capital city of Denmark is Copenhagen
·LEGO was invented in Denmark. Legoland and the company headquarters are located in Billund, on the Jutland peninsula
·Along with the Jutland Peninsula, there are 443 named islands in Denmark. Over 70 of these islands are inhabited, with the largest two being Zealand and Funen
·The Kingdom of Denmark also includes the self-governing territories of the Faroe Islands and Greenland in the north Atlantic Ocean
·Danish Vikings invaded Western Europe and ventured as far as North Africa during the 9th and 10th centuries
·Denmark is part of the European Union, but the country decided to retain its own currency the Danish krone
·Danish author and poet Hans Christian Andersen wrote notable fairytales such as "The Emperor's New Clothes", "The Little Mermaid" and "The Ugly Duckling"
·Denmark's national sport is soccer with national team having won the European Championships in 1992
· Denmark is also a strong cycling nation with Bjarne Riis winning the Tour de France in 1996
· First acknowledged in 1219, the Danish flag remains the oldest state flag in the world still in use by an independent nation
- Poland is the 9th largest country in Europe by land area with seven countries share a border with Poland including Russia, Lithuania, Belarus, Slovakia, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, and Germany
- Polish is the official language of Poland
- Poland is home to almost 39 million people
- Warsaw is the largest city and capital of Poland
- Poland’s national symbol is the White Eagle
- Forests cover over 30% of Poland's land area and the country is the fourth most forested in Europe
- Of all migratory birds that travel to Europe for the summer, one quarter of them breed in Poland making it the most important bird breeding ground in Europe
- The most popular sport in Poland is football (soccer), the Polish national team came third in the 1974 and 1982 World Cup Finals and won Olympic Gold in 1972
- Other popular sports in Poland include athletics, basketball, handball, volleyball, boxing, weightlifting, ice hockey, tennis, fencing, cross-country skiing, swimming and ski jumping
· Wales is called Cymru in Welsh
· The country of Wales is a part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain
· Wales has a population of just over 3 million people
· English and Welsh are the two official languages of Wales with Welsh being a Celtic based language that is spoken by over 20% of the population
· Cardiff is the largest city and also the capital of Wales
· Other major cities in Wales include Swansea and Newport in the south and Wrexham to the north of the country
· Snowdon (or Yr Wyddfa), is the highest peak in Wales at 1085 m (3560 ft)
· 42% of the South and West Wales coastline is designated as 'Heritage Coast'
· The country of Wales is said to contain more castles per square mile than any other country in the world
· Although football (soccer) is the more popular sport in Northern Wales, Rugby Union is seen as the national sport and is passionately played and followed by most of the country
· Cardiff's Principality Stadium (formerly the Millennium Stadium) has the largest retractable roof of any sports stadium in the world