St Lau­rence’s awarded Euro­pean lan­guage prize

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ST LAU­RENCE’S Na­tional School, Grey­stones, was last week awarded The Euro­pean Award for Lan­guages La­bel (EAL) at the newly re­vamped Croke Park Sta­dium.

Si­mon Coveney TD, Fine Gael Front Bench Spokesper­son for Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, En­ergy and Nat­u­ral Re­sources and for­mer MEP for Ire­land South pre­sented the award to Prin­ci­pal Cather­ine Coveny, Sinead Kin­sella and Aran Ho­ran.The event was also at­tended by Min­is­ter Dick Roche.

The school sub­mit­ted a very com­pre­hen­sive project based on its in­no­va­tive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment called A Whole School Ap­proach to the Teach­ing and learn­ing of Span­ish.

Judges re­marked that many of the teach­ers have learned a suf­fi­cient amount of lan­guage to be able to teach ba­sic Span­ish in all classes and that the en­thu­si­asm of the pupils was pal­pa­ble when they came out to visit the school.

This sub­mis­sion has brought par­tic­i­pants added value in terms of com­pe­tence and mo­ti­va­tion and Mrs. Cather­ine Coveney, Prin­ci­pal hopes that achieve­ment will serve as a model for other schools in Ire­land. The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion co­or­di­nates the Lan­guage La­bel. Schools, colleges, uni­ver­si­ties, busi­nesses and other in­sti­tu­tions ap­ply en­gaged in lan­guage ini­tia­tives are in­vited to ap­ply.

The aims of the Award are to alert the pub­lic to the im­por­tance of lan­guage learn­ing and is de­signed to recog­nise creative ways to in­crease aware­ness and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of ALL the lan­guages spo­ken in Europe.

Si­mon Coveney TD, Fine Gael Front Bench Spokesper­son for Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, En­ergy and Nat­u­ral Re­sources and for­mer MEP for Ire­land South presents the award to Prin­ci­pal Cather­ine Coveny, Sinead Kin­sella and Aran Ho­ran of St Lau­rence’s Na­tional School, Grey­stones.

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