During the Erasmus + HAPPENS Festival in ZSG No. 2, students, parents, teachers and school staff gathered on 9 and 10 June 2017 to spend time together to celebrate the end of the Erasmus + HAPPENS project. We encouraged everyone to do sports and healthy eating. We engaged students of all grades, especially those who were marginalized and had a learning disability, as well as parents, teachers and school staff to prepare and take part in the event. All sorts of attractions, such as traditional games from different countries, volleyball match: adults vs. youth, sports competition with a smile, colorful stands with delicious food. “Flavors of the World” offered dishes from different countries, participants could taste some products of “Sirt food” diet, everyone admired our students dancing Zumba and other artistic dances. Students also presented a show of traditional dances from Erasmus + partner countries. Our students also presented their artistic programs devoted to a healthy lifestyle. Among the guests the mayor and local authorities were also presented.
We were honoured and delighted to welcome Mairéad McGuinness MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament, to the school as part of our celebrations to mark Europe Day and the successful completion of our two-year Erasmus+ project on health and well-being for both staff and students.
Ms. McGuinness spoke eloquently to the children, staff and parents about the founding dream of the European Union – all the countries of Europe working together peacefully for each other’s benefit – and asked them to remember its importance as they grow up.
She was also treated to a number of dances our children had learned as part of the Erasmus+ project, and some beautiful singing from the school choir. Not exactly a stuffy politician, Ms. McGuinness even joined our musicians Mr. Kelly, Ms. Fahy and Ms. Browne for an impromptu sing-song before she left! We were delighted to see that she later tweeted about how much she enjoyed visiting the school.
The pupils toured the wonderful displays celebrating all the work completed as part of the Erasmus+ project. We watched a great video which highlights all the activities and associated improvements to our health and fitness which have taken place in school thanks to the fantastic project. It was a great chance to celebrate and reflect on all we have achieved!
Claddagh N.S. Erasmus+ Project Highlights from erasmusplus.happens on Vimeo.
Claddagh Teachers and Pupils Erasmus+ Feedback from erasmusplus.happens on Vimeo.