Comenius Visitors

This was  a very big week in the life of St. Joseph’s.

Monday we started proceedings with a nature walk to Bushy Park led by Andrew, our visiting environmental expert. The boys from Ms. Bleahene’s and Mr. Brennan’s class accompanied our guests. The boys and girls from Barcelona brought the sunshine with them as we  went looking for the first signs of Spring in Bushy.

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Tuesday we had a monster table quiz for all the boys in 5th and 6th classes. The boys and girls from Barcelona joined us for the quiz. This was a great event and was very enjoyable. Ms. Bleahene was the chief organiser and she was ably assisted by Ms. Lynch. Mr Ring wrote the questions and he included some Spanish related questions in each round. Mr. O’Riain was the quizmaster.  See some of the images here

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Wednesday we welcomed our Italian students and their teachers to St. Joseph’s for the first time. The day got off to a great start with as the visitors were treated to a performance of ‘Pup Fiction’ by Mr. O’Flynn’s class in the parish hall. As the play was in progress Ms. Bleahene and Ms. Lynch and some of the fifth class boys turned our school hall into a restaurant. The boys brought in a mouth watering selection of food – main course and dessert. This provided another great opportunity for the boys in St. Joseph’s to meet and chat to our guests. It was a fantastic occasion and was very enjoyable.  See more details and images here

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Thursday the guests told us all about their schools and their families. They did it really well and their English was really good. This was followed by a concert given by various boys and classes in the school. We had brilliant performances from Mark, Micheal and Max in sixth class. Ms Hogan’s, Ms Durkan”s, Ms. Maher’s and Mr. O’Flynn’s classes and Ms. O’Riodan’s recorder band all performed and entertained us with a fantastic show of talent. Thanks to Ms. O’Riordan for co-ordinating this concert. This was followed by an international football match in the school yard.

On Tuesday and Thursday our guests were hosted by boys in the school in their homes. We would very much like to thank all the boys and their parents for their hospitality and their generosity. The boys and girls from Spain and Italy had a great time and were delighted to be given the opportunity to visit an Irish home and experience life in Ireland. You can see some images here

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On Friday the guests went to Croke Park and as the boys and girls from Barcelona returned home the pupils and teachers from Italy went to Dublinia. They returned to Italy on Saturday morning.

This was a great week in the history of St. Josephs school. The boys showed great hospitality and they put in a big effort in making the guests feel welcome. A special word of thanks also to the teachers for their huge amount amount of preparation and organisation that made the week such a success.