European Language Label 2010 - St. Laurence's School, Greystones, Co. Wicklow

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European Language Award for St. Laurence's Primary School

The Department of Education & Skills operates a European Language Initiative which funds a part-time Spanish Teacher to teach Spanish at St. Laurence's Primary School, Greystones. Principal, Catherine Coveney, is always seeking out ways to improve curriculum development at the school. Teachers are encouraged to be innovative and Catherine was very pleased to see this innovation rewarded recently. The School has been awarded the European Language Label 2010, repeating its success in 2008. Together with John Markham, Chairperson, Board of Management, Guadalupe Lannin, Spanish Teacher, Sinéad Uí Bhroin, representing the Class Teachers, along with Emily and Eoghan representing the pupils, Catherine was delighted to be in the NUI, Maynooth on Monday 27th September last to see St. Laurence's receive the Award.

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.

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