Last week, five lucky pupils visited St Mary’s Primary School in Dublin, Ireland as part of the Erasmus project called ‘Unblocking Limits Together’. The aim of the project is to learn about social inclusion and diversity. Upholding these two values is crucial in modern Britain and in particular, our vastly diverse city of London.
The school collaborated with five schools from European countries; the countries involved were Spain, Italy, Romania, Greece and our host country, the Republic of Ireland. The host school was very welcoming and supported our pupils in understanding the active role they play in society. Over the week, our pupils also further developed their social skills, creativity to complete tasks, and perseverance.
To promote the empowerment of these pupils and allow them to recognise the ability they have to participate actively in society, they created some fantastic posters to raise awareness for some of the causes campaigned for by the ‘global goals’ organisation. These included good health and well-being, gender equality and affordable and clean energy.
All pupils continued to navigate the five languages, by working together to make videos about inclusion based on the story ‘Something Else’ by Kathryn Cave; there are certainly some future Oscar winners amongst this group of pupils as some of the acting skills on display were brilliant.
The pupils also took part in an international food festival which displayed another way in which they can unblock limits. People were tasting food from numerous countries that were all displaying their amazing cuisines. No food was the same and not everything was to everyone’s taste, but it did not stop people communicating – instead it created a positive and social atmosphere in which all the different countries and cultures were made to feel honoured.
On one of the days, the pupils even had the opportunity to learn some Irish traditional céilí dancing. Everyone was impressed with how quickly they picked up the steps. They finished the week by creating some really interesting and insightful podcasts about ‘what makes you, you’. Everyone is already looking forward to the next phase of the project which takes place in Greece. However, our pupils cannot wait for May, when all of the schools will visit us and our fantastic school!