St. Louis currently holds the Intermediate International Schools Award, which recognises the international activities we carry out within the school year. These include various educational visits abroad, links with schools in other countries and internationally themed projects in various curriculum areas. Some of these projects include:
- Learning more about Irish culture and the culture of other countries during language lessons
- Art in Africa
- Global citizenship in LLW
- Geography around the world
- Food around the world
‘Connecting Classrooms’ Global Exchange Programme
Together with eight other primary and secondary schools in the area, we are in our third year of the ‘Connecting Classrooms’ programme, working with the Education Board and the British Council. We are linked with nine schools in Sudan and Ethiopia. Some pupils in each school carry out projects on certain curriculum areas and their work is exchanged with other schools doing the same project in Sudan and Ethiopia. In St.Louis, some of our pupils have been working on the following projects:
- "Olympic Dreams”
- "The Rivers Project”
- "Christianity in Ethiopa”.
Miss Pickering is going out in January to Ethiopia along with teachers from here and Sudan to exchange projects and learn more about life and education there. We are looking forward to hearing all about her visit when she returns.
European Studies Programme
Pupils involved learn about countries in Europe and carry out two projects about their country, culture and lifestyle, which they exchange on a virtual learning website with pupils in other schools we are linked to in the North and South of Ireland, Wales, Spain, Romania and Denmark.
Friends for Romania
We have a strong link with ‘Colegiul National Dr. loan Mesota’, a school our 6th formers visit in February. Students from both schools get to know each other and learn about each others’ culture. Both parties give traditional music and dance performances and the Romanian pupils have the opportunity to improve their English language skills. Teachers also have the opportunity to compare the curriculum in both countries and exchange ideas.