As part of our ‘Globalisation’ topic, the students in Te Kauru have been communicating with a classroom of 10-11 year old students in Ireland. It has been really exciting for the students to make this connection with kids from the other side of the world. They have found it really interesting to discover our differences and many similarities.
Our friends’ school is called Scoil Íosagáin (pronounced ‘Skull E-sa-gone’ – which means school of the infant Jesus) and is located in the north-west of Ireland in an area called Buncrana, Co.Donegal. Check out their website http://scoiliosagain.ie/. The students speak English as their first language and they also learn Irish, as it is also recognized as an official language in Ireland. It is compulsory for students to study Irish in both primary and secondary school.
We initially communicated through ‘teacher’ emails and decided that we would exchange letters through the post.
Our letters arrived from Ireland at the beginning of Term 2. The class loved reading their special letters and were very motivated to send their replies.
The students spent 3 weeks perfecting their letters and did an absolutely marvellous job. Each of the letters were written with care and thought and their recipients were very pleased to receive them today (9th June 2015).
Our Irish friends are keen to write back so the next lot of communication will be sent via email as they are about to head off on their summer holidays in 3 weeks.
We will keep you posted on our next lot of communication!!!!!