School Partnership

How it all began:

In 2010, our school was asked by the University of Konstanz, if we would like to participate in the project "Europe makes schools". We jumped at the chance, on the condition that the students visiting us should come from an English-speaking country.

Our wish was met promptly and a few days before “Europe Day” in May 2010, Elaine and James from Ireland came to visit us and spend some time at our school in Stahringen. We did lots of work together, sang songs and even learnt a few Gaelic phrases!

James then had the idea to Skype with an Irish school. His aunt taught German at a secondary school near Tipperary. No sooner said than done!! We set up a Skype call and the pupils at the Irish school demonstrated traditional Irish dancing and sang Irish songs for us.

We wanted to continue this new friendship. However, since we are a primary school and the Irish pupils were 12 years and older, this was not ideal. Fortunately, a few days later, we received an e-mail from the Irish school's headmaster, who told us that his wife worked at a small primary school in Borrisoleigh and would like to start an exchange with us.

So began the friendship between St. Therese National School and Stahringen Primary School, which continues to this day.

The Irish primary school used to be an all-girls' school but amalgamated with a boys’ school in 2015 and is now called Scoil Naomh Cualán (a Catholic National School).

www.scoilnaomhcualan.ie/