European Language Award for St. Laurence's Primary School
The Department of Education & Skills operates a European Language Initiative which funds a part-
The presentation was made to the Teachers by Professor Tom Collins, Dean of Teaching and Learning at Maynooth. Professor Collins visited the displays of the Award winners before the presentation. He asked Eoghan and Emily about their display on 'The Influence of the Piñata on Spanish Culture'. Later in his keynote address, he used the Piñata as a good example of teaching a language in a less literal way.
The European Language Label recognises creative and inventive ways to improve the quality of language teaching and learning. It is awarded annually to a limited number of projects in each EU member country. Projects must be innovative, effective and replicable. St. Laurence's was one of the nine Label awards to schools, colleges, universities, businesses and other institutions engaged in language initiatives in 2010.
The St. Laurence's project aimed to give all pupils in the school an opportunity to learn about the influence of the Piñata on Spanish culture. All the pupils in the school experienced a true piñata breaking occasion and it is now an annual event.