EU Book of Culture

DUNDALK Grammar School students have contributed one of five stories to an international book about heroes.

DUNDALK Grammar School students have contributed one of five stories to an international book about heroes.

Third year Grammar students were selected to take part in the Comenius project, which involved co-creating ‘The European Book of Culture’.

The “Amazing Book!” consists of five stories and is a two year initiative, part of the European Lifelong Learning Programme and part funded by Léargas.

The countries involved in the project each had to choose a national hero such as Fionn Mac Cumhaill and were given a proverb from another country.

They then had to create an opening narrative based around this. These parts were then swapped around until the stories had been completed by every school involved.

Part of the project focused on creating material for a book launch for the “Amazing Book!” that the students produced together. The final book will be published later this month.

The Grammar school recently hosted a visit from Finnish, German and Czech students and teachers who were also involved in creating the Amazing Book.

Last month, 21 students and six teachers visited from Rautjarven Lukio ja Simpeleen yhteiskoulu, Finland; Friederich-Schiller-Gymnasium Zeulenroda, Germany; and Zakladni Skola Mecholupy, The Czech Republic.

Each country

During the visit guest and host students attended two classes and had project work such as media, art, writing, drama afterwards.

Each afternoon was taken up with cultural activities, which included a trip to Carlingford Adventure Centre, The Ulster Folk Museum, The Book of Kells, Dublin and a walking tour of Dundalk.

After school the international students returned to their host families to experience Irish family life. The hosts included the Breagy, O’Connor, Badun, Duffy, Burgess, Bell, Molloy, Walsh, Ronan, Rowntree, Kelly, Lucas-Clements, Hayes, Thongthip and Ellis families.