On the 30th of August 2015 our school, Holy Trinity got the news that it was about to be a part of a hugely exciting project. The school has been accepted with 6 other schools from Europe to take part in an Erasmus+ exchange programme. The programme will run from September 2015 to September 2018. A number of our lucky students and teachers will get to visit schools in Cyprus, Poland, Italy, Spain, Greece and Portugal. We have an official mascot for our project called GIPIPEC which uses the first letter of each country. He’s an owl and Sixth Class are busy knitting one already for our first trip abroad.
The children will stay with families connected to the school and it is a wonderful opportunity to travel and meet friends while working hard on such an exciting project. The project focuses on learning outside the classroom. It means using the locality of Mervue and Galway to enhance our educational understanding. We will also work collobartively, putting our considerable talents together to produce work of a very high standard.
On February 21st 2016 3 teachers and four girls (Vanessa, Gokce, Gabija and Jayleesa) from Sixth Class will be heading to Nery Capucho middle school in Marinha Grande, Portugal. It will be Holy Trinity’s first ever “mobility” (trip involving children and teachers).
Year 1 the children will be studying the History and Culture of their countries. They will then present their findings to the other schools during the trips and over the internet. Some of the topics studied this year will be; Conflict and War, Museums, Famous People, Buildings, monuments, Games of the Past, Food, Folktales, Art, Literature, Dance, travel of the past and industries.
The Fifth Transnational Meeting of Cool/Goal Erasmus project took place from October 2nd-6th 2017 in Skola Podowstowa, Wesola which is a suburb of the Polish capital Warsaw. On this occasion children did not attend the schools as the teachers were busy preparing for the upcoming mobilities to Crete and Mallorca. The week was action packed and included a 2 day tour to Krakow to take in trips to the Science Park, university, concentration camp and salt mines. A lot of work was covered and the teachers are really looking forward to the final year of this Erasmus project. Four lucky children from Holy Trinity will attend the two mobilities in Crete in March and in Mallorca in May.
Our Trip to Cyprus
Our third mobility of Erasmus+ seen our girls visit the sunshine island of Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean sea. Aisling Scarry Purcell and Roxana Olech were the 6th class girls chosen. Our host school's name was Tamasos primary school in the village of Pera near the capital Nicosia. Teachers Mr. Joyce, Mrs. Myers and Mrs. Wilkin accompanied the girls on the trip. Our host students were Nafsika and Eleni who had visited Ireland on Erasmus in October.
We did so much fund stuff during the week, including;visiting the capital for a guided tour, visiting a bio-farm, the historical palaces at Paphos as well as so much fun activities in school. Our final products included a musical performance, a fashion show and works of art. Cyprus will remain long in the girls memories as a most welcoming destination full of some of the kindest people we have ever encountered. On the Saturday morning we had to leave and fly to back to Dublin. The host families came with us to the airport and we were so sad to leave them. Both host mothers bought lovely presents for our girls and a tear or two was shed during the goodbyes. Thanks to the people of Pera for a most amazing trip and we hope to see you again soon.
Our Trip to Italy
Our third mobility to a European school took place on March 6th-10th 2017. We were hosted by the Insistuto Comprensivo of Castelnuovo Magra in the province of Liguria 60 kilometres west of Pisa. The two students chosen to take part in the mobility were Ciara Byrne and Jessica Kovacikova of Sixth Class, they were accompanied by Mr Joyce, Ms Tully and Ms Thompson. Ciara and Jessie stayed with two Italian families during the week and learnt many things about Italian culture. Each day the Mervue party attended school or went on organised trips aimed at producing final products for the COOL/GOAL mobility. Our trips included an amazing day spent in the Cinque Terre National Park which are five villages built into the cliffs along the Italian coast. During the week Jessie and Ciara made many new friends from the other six countries in COOL/GOAL Both girls loved their trip and they both claimed the amazing ice-cream was the highlight of their trip!!!! Next on the list for COOL/GOAL is a trip to Cyprus in May. Chosen for this trip are Aisling Scarry Purcell and Roxana Olech in Sixth Class Get practising your Greek girls!!
Trip to Brigit's Garden Oct 17th
Here is a link to a video of Day 1 of our Galway Trip.
Having fun in Galway
October 17-21st 2016
Programme of Study in preparation for 3rd mobility of COOL/GOAL.
The trees are in their autumn beauty,
The woodland paths are dry,
Under the October twilight the water
Mirrors a still sky;
Upon the brimming water among the stones
Are nine-and-fifty swans
(W. B Yeats, 1916)
Theme: The Environment and Sustainability.
Topic 1: Art- Use of recycled materials to create art
Topic 2: Science: Flora and Fauna of our local environment on land and in water.
Topic 3: Science: Renewable energy sources
Topic 4: Science Food chains and eco-systems in our environment
Topic 5: Geography: The role of national Parks and eco tourism in our countries .
Topics 6: National Games: (i) Games that are unique to your area. (ii) Map reading and appreciation of the outdoors (Orienteering, hiking etc.)
Topic 7: Social Personal and Health Education The role of the school in aiding the three R’s- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Topic 8: Literacy and History – The role of writers and poets in national events and famous tales of unrequited love amongst famous people/writers of the past.
5th Class did a project on World War One and visited Galway City Museum where an exhibition on The Great War was taking place. They saw many interesting artefacts such as guns, bullets, uniforms and letters written by the soldiers. Here is a WW1 Timeline of Events created by 5th Class.
Having Fun in Portugal
Our trip to Portugal was great fun. We visited lots of interesting places like Batalta, Obidos, Fatima and The Glass Museum in Marinha Grande. We stayed with our host families. They were very kind and welcoming. We went to school every day. We played lots of games and on the last day we did a project about all we had learned. We really enjoyed our trip to Portugal.
Our logo was designed by a student from Portugal. The owl is our mascot. The name of the owl is GIPIPEC (the initials of each participating country).
Holy Trinity NS, Mervue, Galway
Nery Capucho School, Marinha Grande, Portugal http://nerycapucho.ccems.pt
Ceip es Puig, Soller, Mallorca, Espana
Tamasos Primary School, Pera, Nicosia, Cyprus
Kokkini Xini Primary, Crete, Greece
Szkoła Podstawowa Nr 171, Wesola, Warsaw, Poland
Istituto Comprensivo, Castelnuovo Magra, Italy
Ambassadors for Erasmus Visit
Trip to Portugal
Gokce, Vanessa, Gabija and Jayleesa from 6th Class are heading off to Nery Capucho middle school in Marinha Grande, Portugal on February 21st 2016 with three teachers. This will be Holy Trinity’s first ever “mobility” (trip involving pupils and teachers). We made a video of our school to show our fellow pupils in Portugal. We are very proud of our school and we know that the teachers and pupils from the other participating countries will be very impressed with the broad range of activities and learning experiences that we enjoy in Holy Trinity, thanks to our dedicated teachers. We are really looking forward to our trip and will share our experiences when we return.
Photos from Mallorca Visit