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  • 1. Comenius—School Partnership Project “Blogging in Europe” St. Mary’s Primary School, Mullaghbawn November 2011What is Comenius? What is a Blog?The programme aims to develop knowledge A blog is similar to a website. It is also knownand understanding of different European as web log of events which are regularly up-cultures and languages, and help young peo- dated. The partnership will be using a Blogple gain skills for their future lives and ca- where pupils and staff from partner schoolsreers. As well as learning about their part- will be able to communicate and share activi-ners’ society, the programme also helps ties in a safe and user friendly environment.young people learn more about their own cul- We hope you will follow us with our regular up-ture and build links within their local com- dates from the project on both our St Mary’smunity. Blog and also the Blog created for the pro- ject. St Mary’s Blog: http://europeanproject- stmarysmullaghabawn.blogspot.comIn September we were successful in receiv- Comenius Project Blog:ing funding from the British Council to par- http://europeanproject-general.blogspot.comticipate in a two year Comenius School Part-nership Programme and we formed a groupwith 4 other similarly funded European Project Activities—Year 1schools. The theme for our project is to de- Activity 1: Competition—Design a Logovelop a greater understanding of our tradi- All pupils are invited to enter a competition totions and culture and to share our findings design a LOGO for the Blog of the partnership.with our partner countries through the me- Two winning entries from each school will thendium of Blogging, hence the title “Blogging in be placed on the Blog for one week. During thisEurope”. time pupils will have the opportunity to view andOur Partner Schools: place a vote for the overall winner of the compe-1. Begonazpi Ikastola, Bilbao, Basque Coun- tition. The winning Logo will then be used on thetry: www.begonazpi.org Blog. All entries must be submitted on or before2. Zakladni skola, Brno, Chalabalova, Czech the 7th December. The winning entry from eachRepublic: www.chalabalova.cz3. Scoil Eoin Pol, Loch an Iuir, Donegal, Ire- school will appear on the Blog in early Januaryland for voting. We will inform you of the exact dates4. Przedszkole Publiczne, Ostrowiec Swie- closer to the time.tokrzyski, Poland: www.pp16.oodn.pl
  • 2. Schedule for Project Meetings:Activity 2: Electronic Dictionary Project Meeting 1:Pupils from each school will create an elec- Bilbao, Basque Country (5th to 9th November)tronic dictionary of local expressions, Mr McDonnell, Miss Mulkerns, Miss Byrnes andphrases and vocabulary associated to the Miss Crawleyharvesting of a traditional crop of their Photos overleafcountry. The electronic dictionary will incor- Project Meeting 2:porate drawings to match and the pronuncia- Loch an Iuir, Donegal (19th—23rd March 2012) Project Meeting 3:tion of the words, expressions etc. Brno, Czech Republic (12th—16th May 2012)Again the electronic dictionary from each Project Meeting 4:country will be shared on the project Blog Mullaghbawn, N.Ireland (Autumn 2012)for all to read and listen to and hopefully Project Meeting 5:learn a few useful phrases to say! This is due Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski, Poland (Spring 2013)for completion early April 2012. Project Meeting 6: Bilbao, Basque Country (Early Summer 2013)Activity 3: Short film about our locality Dates may change due to unforeseen circum-Pupils will work together to plan and produce stances.a short film about life in Mullaghbawn and Loch an Iuir and Mullaghbawn will arrangethe surrounding area. The short film will be dates for pupil visits at a later stage.based on the growing and harvesting of pota- We will look forward to hosting teachers fromtoes. We will be examining the differences in our partner schools to our school in the Au-the traditional methods used for growing po- tumn of 2012. It will also be a great opportu-tatoes to the modern day production. nity for our pupils to meet with and to talk with the visitors to our school and village. We hope that you will join with us in our prepara-Project Meetings—Year 1: tions and the organisation of hosting and en-This is the 3rd such project in which St tertaining of our visitors both pupils andMary’s has been involved in. In our previous teachers.projects only teachers travelled to takepart in project meetings and to visit Rules for competition:schools within the partnership. However, in Research with your child information about thethis project it is the intention of our part- countries involved: National Flag, symbol, build-ner school in Loch an Iuir and ourselves to ings, food, dress, sport. Logo can be planned atencourage some of our older pupils to take home but will be completed in schoolpart in a project meeting between Donegal Must be:and Mullaghbawn. This of course is an ex- A4 portraitciting development to our project and we Crayons, colouring pencils, twistableslook forward to planning and participating in 1 winner per year group through to 2nd round 2nd round - 1 winner from each keystage to be submitted for voting on-line Winners will compete against winners from other schools for overall logo winner
  • 3. Bilbao Basque Country Photos captured in Bilbao city centre. Can you name these places?
  • 4. Pupils and staff from Begonazpi Ikastola welcome us to their school