Hi-tech CBS linking up with overseas students

THE pupils at CBS National School have been putting technology to good use to keep in touch with some of the many students from overseas who have taught at the school as part of the Comenius Programme.

Comenius is an EU supported programme which is designed to create links between schools all over Europe. CBS Tralee has been involved in the programme since 2010 and has been linked with schools in France, Spain, Cyprus, Hungary, Poland, Turkey and Slovakia.

The programme also sees CBS National School hosting assistant teachers from across Europe and among them was Miguel de Cabo Riveiro from Spain who spent a year teaching Spanish at the school. Recently the school's fourth class pupils got a chance to catch up with Miguel in his native Galicia when they held a group chat with the Spanish teacher using Skype and the school's interactive whiteboards.

The success of the Comenius programme would have more than apparent to anyone watching the Skype call with Miguel and his former pupils chatting away merrily in four languages English, Irish, Spanish and Italian.

There's more news from the school as well.

A chat in the school this week led the pupils to carry out some research into the history of the little river that runs nearby. The river school is known locally, and somewhat ironically, as 'The Big River' but the pupils found out that wasn't always its name.

After a little bit of research, the pupils found out that the official name of this river is the River Gyle - a name that dates back to the 1600s.

But how did it become known as The Big River? The CBS pupils solved that riddle as well.

It seems the river was originally called the Abhainn Beag - in other words the small river, which is a pretty fitting name all things considered. Through the years this was anglicised to Owen Beg and eventually this became the Beg River, or the Big River as we now know it.

Funny how a small river river can become a big river with the passage of time.