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Comenius

Here is a list of activities completed by the children as part of the Comenius project:

  • Song and Dance Book
  • Penpal letters
  • Greeting cards for Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day
  • Pancakes, the ones we made at home and the ones we enjoyed in school for Shrove Tuesday
  • We are currently researching traditional Irish recipes, which will be part of a book.
  • The Staff of all of the schools involved in the project have compiled a booklet comparing our school systems.

Comenius 2013- 2015

'We discover Europe - colourful diversity and powerful unity yesterday, today and tomorrow.'

We are very excited to be participating in a brand new Comenius project. We look forward to meeto our friends in Europe from our partner schools in : Germany, Turkey, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Greece, Finland & Poland.

Please find below our slideshow, we hope you enjoy it!


'National School Nature and Culture in Europe - interdependence and comparisons'

Our Project Heading: "National School Nature and Culture in Europe - interdependence and comparisons"

We have been partnered with:

  • Carl–Orff–Volksschule, Andechs, Germany
  • Christian – Morgenstern-Volksschule, Herrsching, Germany
  • PRVA Gimnazija Maribor, Slovenia
  • Zakladni skola Cesky Tesin Slezska, Czech Republic
  • Zespol Szkol Sportowych, Poland

The purpose of the project is

Goals

Comenius aims to:

  • Improve and increase the mobility of educational staff across the EU
  • Enhance and increase partnerships between schools in different EU Member States, with at least 3 million pupils taking part in joint educational activities by 2010
  • Encourage language learning, innovative ICT-based content, services and better teaching techniques and practices
  • Enhance the quality and European dimension of teacher training
  • Improve pedagogical approaches and school management.

See below some of the work compiled by the children of 5th/6th Class for our Comenius Project and subsequent meeting in Slovenia.

Percy French

LIFE

(William) Percy French (1 May 1854 – 24 January 1920) was one of Ireland's foremost songwriters and entertainers in his day. He was born in 1854 at Cloonyquin House, County Roscommon.

He was educated in Ireland and England. In 1872 he began an engineering degree at Trinity College, Dublin. There he developed his talent for songwriting.

He qualified as a Civil Engineer but continued to develop his interest in music, drama, and especially painting which he then considered to be his true vocation. When later became well known, his paintings from this time were sought after. In 1891, his wife, Ettie died in childbirth, just a year and a day after their marriage, and their baby daughter died some days later. In 1894 he married Helen Sheldon, an English chorus girl. They had three daughters.

French was now based in London but performed at the holiday resorts and towns of Ireland each year and occasionally the ski resorts of Switzerland.

In 1916 he was dragged by a train and injured and his health subsequently deteriorated. Against his family’s advice he continued to tour. In the winter of 1920 he began a tour of Scotland but while performing in Glasgow he took ill; he went to the home of his cousin in Formby, Lancashire and some days later died from pneumonia on 24 January 1920, aged 65.

Songs

While the "Mountains of Mourne" is a very well known song about an Irish immigrant in London longing for home, the songs of Percy French are mostly humorous. He drew on his local knowledge and very often named local people and told of local events in a humorous way. He poked fun at the social niceties of the time he lived in and when "Queens English" was the accent deemed "proper" at the time he used his lyrics to celebrate the variety of accents and dialects in Ireland. Some of his song names are: "Donegans Daughter", "Maguires Motorbike", "Mrs. Brady", "The night Mrs. Cooney eloped".

Why we chose Percy French

His birthplace is quite close to Cavan. We have learned two of his songs:

Phil the Fluther's Ball
With a toot on the flute
And a twiddle on the fiddle-oh
Hopping in the middle
Like a herrin' on the griddle-oh
Up, down, hands around
And crossing to the wall
Sure hadn't we the gaiety
At Phil the Fluter's ball


Come Back Paddy Reilly to Ballyjamesduff, 1912
My mother once told me that when I was born
The day that I first saw the light,
I looked down the street on that very first morn
And gave a great crow of delight.
Now most newborn babies appear in a huff,
And start with a sorrowful squall,
But I knew I was born in Ballyjamesduff
And that's why I smiled on them all.
The baby's a man, now he's toil-worn and tough
Still, whispers come over the sea,
Come back, Paddy Reilly to Ballyjamesduff
Come home, Paddy Reilly, to me.

Poems

Song of William, Inspector of Drains

Art

In recent times, artworks by French have increased in value; on 20 September 2005 a Percy French watercolour "Where ever I go my heart turns back to the County Mayo" was sold by Dublin-based auctioneers Whytes for a then record price of €44,000.

Carrickfergus Harbour Where the wind meets the water Wherever I go my heart turns back to County Mayo