St Mary’s forge links with German counterparts

A GROUP of Year 11 students from Magherafelt’s St. Mary’s Grammar School have been forging links with their German counterparts during their participation in an educational and cultural schools’ initiative.

Accompanied by Miss McAllister, Citizenship Co-ordinator, and Miss Donoghue, Head of Modern Languages, the Year 11 students travelled to Reutlingen as part of a two-year British Council Comenius School Partnership project.

The students visited St. Mary’s partner school – Friedrich List Gymasium – and engaged in activities such as working on a joint newspaper. They enjoyed a visit to Stuttgart and Tubingen also, as well as a stop at a local pretzel factory.

Comenius is part of the European Community’s Lifelong Learning Programme which seeks, among other goals, to promote co-operation and mobility, and to strengthen the European dimension in education.

Comenius is guided by two overall objectives: to develop knowledge and understanding of the diversity of European cultures and languages and to develop an appreciation of the value of this diversity.

It aims also to help young people acquire basic life skills for their personal development and future employment.

The students who embarked on the trip were: Kyle Johnston, Paul McCarron, Katie McAuley, Roisin McErlain, Niamh Hughes, Orla Mallon, Eva Kelly, Annie O’Loane, Mark Rushe and Hannah Connolly.