Comenius  Project

We were hosting 31 students and 3 teachers from Italy from January 9th until January 18th.  Please click here for all the exciting details!!


Coláiste Bríde Secondary School in Clondalkin is currently involved in an educational project called Comenius Bilateral Partnership, which is approved and funded by the European Union.  The project involves collaboration between Coláiste Bríde and Scuole San Giuseppe, a school in the Italian town of Bassano del Grappa, near Venice and Verona.  The classes involved are the current third year Italian classes.  The project runs over two years and it involves working and communicating with the Italian students through Skype, email, padlet and edmodo.

An important component of the project is an exchange between the two schools.  Last March, thirty four students and three teachers from Coláiste Bríde travelled to Bassano del Grappa for ten days to take part in the exchange.  This involved the students taking part in classes with their Italian counterparts during the day, as well as doing different cultural activities once the school day finished.  Towards the end of the trip the students spent two nights with a host family to get a better insight into real Italian culture.  On return to Ireland, the girls could not speak highly enough of the trip and are still in contact with their new Italian friends!


The second leg of the project is up and running, and it will involve the group from Bassano coming to Clondalkin in the new year to take part in classes in Coláiste Bríde and soak up the Irish culture.  Numerous trips and events will be planned to showcase the best of Irish culture and highlight everything that Clondalkin and Dublin have to offer.

The feedback to date has been very positive, our students are learning topics that they need as part of the Junior Certificate oral exam, they are improving their IT skills and having fun in the process!  This is currently the only partnership in action in Europe where the co-ordinator is from an Irish school, yet again an indication of the foresight and innovation being displayed in Coláiste Bríde.

The driving force behind the project is Salvo Cacciato, head of the Italian Department and two other teachers, Martin O'Keeffe and Karen Hopkins are also involved in the project.

Please click here for more information...



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