Maynooth Community College

International Students


International Language & Culture Day

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The highlight of the school year for international students is the annual Language & Culture Day. Students put great effort into preparing their displays, posters and presentations. All first-year students get the opportunity to meet the international students and learn about their diverse home languages and countries. They gain an insight into the rich and vibrant cultural and linguistic mosaic that characterises our school environment. Observing the different alphabets, sampling beginner lessons in many different languages is an inspiring experience for the Irish students.

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Last years International Language & Culture Day at MEC was a great success. Students from many countries shared videos, posters, projects, beginner language lessons, and food dishes with students from each first-year class. It was a vibrant and colourful celebration of the language and cultural diversity at MEC.

International Lunch at M.E.C.

International students at M.E.C. hosted a special lunch in school on 9th December. Guests of honour were a group of Syrian students from St. Paul’s secondary school, Monasterevin. They were welcomed to the school by Syrian students attending M.E.C. and by the many international students who took part in Language & Culture Day in November.

The lunch menu comprised a vast range of dishes from many different countries, prepared by the international students and their families. Well done to all involved for the warm welcome and sumptuous dishes offered to our visitors from Monasterevin. Special thanks also to our past students Ciana Curley, Meadhbh Nelson, Charlie Harding and Adam Czubak who returned to school to help.

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Awards & Achievements

2017 ITIA Competition

Congratulations to 5th year student Emma Keane who will receive an Irish Translators and Interpreters award on the 14th of October, 2017. Her translation of the excerpt from the story "Geschichte vom goldenen Taler" by Hans Fallada is the winning entry for German in the 2017 ITIA competition. Well done Emma!

Language Learner

Congratulations to Alex Harding, a Transition Year student, who was The Léargas Language Learner at second level for 2016. Alex received his award at Farmleigh House in Dublin on 30th September. The award recognise exceptional achievements in language learning.

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I.T.I.A. Translation Competition for Secondary Schools

Congratulations and well done to Elena Giardini and Alexander Harding, both students at Maynooth Post Primary School, who were the two of only three national winners of the I.T.I.A. (Irish Translators’ and Interpreters’ Association) translation competition in Italian and Spanish.

The competition was held to mark the 40th anniversary of the founding of the association.

Elena and Alexander received their awards at a Gala Dinner for delegates from the International Federation of Translators which took place recently at the Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley, Dublin.

The judges praised the exceptionally high quality of the translations of these two young linguists, who were both Third Year students at the time of submission of the translation texts in May, 2016.

Elena and Alexander are pictured below receiving their prizes from the Chairperson of the I.T.I.A., Mary Phelan.

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EU Council Model Debate

Congratulations to Nicole Manalaysay, Alex Harding and Elena Giardini, 5th year students at Maynooth Post Primary School, who came second in the EU Council Model Debate which took place on 10th March in the Printworks Conference Centre in Dublin Castle.

The Model Council of the European Union is an annual debate organised by the European Commission. Its purpose is to encourage students to engage with the EU and its institutions and to become informed about EU priorities, policies and decision-making processes. 28 schools from across Ireland represented the 28 EU Member States. The Maynooth Post Primary students represented Malta. The debate theme was EU Trade Agreements. Students were expected to have thoroughly researched EU trade policy and to be sufficiently well informed to debate in detail the impact of new trade agreements on their respective country and the wider EU community.

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