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October - November 2003

WELCOME TO OUR
GOOD MORNING WORLD
SNAPSHOT PROJECT

 


This project was part of Netd@ys Europe .

Netd@ys Europe is an initiative of the European Commission, organised by the Directorate-general for Education and Culture, which promotes the use of new technologies, especially the Internet, in education and culture.

The theme for Netd@ys Europe 2003 was "Dialogue Between Cultures".

Our project Good Morning World was designed to help pupils learn about the different cultures and traditions in their own and other countries.

 
     
     
 

The Project.

Students read the questions below, which were suggested by schools, and discussed the answers. Each group or class decide a common answer to each question. These answers were e-mailed to our mailing list vnet-International@longboy.eun.org during the Netd@ys week: November 17- 23, 2003. Thanks to those schools who took part. Below the questions we have the answers from some schools.

THE QUESTIONS.

1. What time does your school start at ?
2. Do you wear a uniform at school? Would you like to wear one or not and why?
3. What do you think it is most important to learn in school?
4. If you couldn't live where you do now, which country would you choose and why?
5. What is your favourite hobby?
6 . What is the most popular sport in your area ?
7 . Should sport be compulsory at school?
8 . If you could be a famous character from your country's history who would you be and why?
9 . What is the best thing about where you live? What is the worst thing?
10. If you could only have one music CD which would it be?
11. Do you get presents Christmas night ?
12. What the main dish for Christmas day dinner?
13. How do you celebrate your birthday ?
14 . Who is your national saint ?
15. What is your most Favourite Food ?

 
 
Greetings from 5th and 6th class in Tankerstown N.S. in Tipperary in Ireland.

At the moment we have 22 pupils in our room and 60 in this mixed school. These are our replies to the snapshot Questionnaire.
Q1 Our school day begins at 9.20 a.m.
Q2 We have a blue uniform in our school but everybody feels that they would prefer not to wear one as they would have freedom of choice!
Q3 11people expressed a preference for maths and 5 opted for Englishas these subjects would give us more life skills.
Q4 A majority said they would like to live in the U.S. while some said they would love the climate of Canada.
Q5 Our favourite hobbies are swimming and Gaelic football while one pupil "collects cars."
Q6 The most important sports in our parish are Gaelic foolball and hurling which is a 15 aside field game played with ash sticks and a ball called a sliotar.
Q7There was a small majority in favour of sport not being compulsory.
Q8 this question provoked some interesting comments with answers including Fionn Mac Cumhaill, a legendary hero, Patrick Pearse, leader of the 1916 Rising and Michael Collins executed during our Civil War.
Q9 Most people felt the best part of our locality is the peace and quiet, the rivers and the absence of pollution. On the other hand some felt that our parish is too quiet and boring.
Q10 This question brought a great variety of answers with the top 3 albums of choice being "Lose Yourself"-Eminem, "Guilty"-Blue, "Album"-Busted.
Q11 Everybody receives presents on Christmas Eve, whether they believe in Santa or not.
Q12 The most popular dish on Christmas Day by a mile is Turkey and Ham
Q13 Sleepovers, cinema and having a party are the most popular means of celebrating our birthdays.
Q14 Our national saint is St Patrick who is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland.
Q15 Even though Bacon and cabbage is a traditional Irish dish, most people went for Pizza, Pasta, Curry or lasagna.

Good Morning World from 6th class, St.Seachnalls National School, Dunshaughlin, Co.Meath, Republic of Ireland.


1. What time does your school start at? 9.20 a.m
2. Do you wear a uniform at school? Would you want to wear a uniform and why (not)? Yes, we wear a uniform, although most of us disagree with them.
3. What do you think is the most important subject in school?Most people think that maths is the most important subject in school.
4. If you couldn't live where you live now, which country would you choose and why? The majority of kids in our class would like to live in America, because of the weather.
5. What is your favourite hobby? Soccer is our favourite hobby, although we also enjoy our native Gaelic football.
6.What is the most popular sport in your area? Gaelic football is the most popular sport in our area because it is our native sport.
7. Should sport be compulsory in school? Yes.
8. If you could be one character out of Irish history who would you be? boys = Micheal Collins girls= Anna Parnell
9.What is the best thing about where you live? what is the worst thing about where you live? The best thing about where we live is that there is a very low crime rate. The worst thing about where we live is that our village is small and it does not have a by-pass so the traffic is very bad.
10.If you could have one music CD what would it be? The Eminem Show is the most wanted c.d in our class.
11. Do you get presents on Christmas Eve? Everybody in our class says yes!!!
12.What is the main dish for Christmas dinner? The main dishes for Chrirtmas dinner in our village are turkey,lamb and ham.
13.How do you celebrate your birthday? We have a party with our family and friends and we receive presents,money and cards.
14.Who is your national saint? The national saint of our country is Saint Patrick.
15.What is your favourite food? The most liked food in our class is take away food
Merry Christmas from Sixth Class, Dunshaughlin
 

Good Morning World, from 5. grade, group 1, Hovinhogda skole, Fetsund, Norway

1.What time does your school start at ? Our school starts at half past eight.
2.Do you wear a uniform at school? Would you like to wear one or not and why? We don’t use a uniform at our school, and we don’t want to use one because we like to choose what to wear at school.
3.What do you think it is most important to learn in school?
We think English is most important to learn at school.
4.If you couldn't live where you do now, which country would you choose and why? If we couldn’t live where we do now, we would like to live in Spain.
5.What is your favourite hobby?
Our favourite hobby is to play an instrument.
6.What is the most popular sport in your area ?
The most popular sport in our area is playing soccer.
7. Should sport be compulsory at school?
Yes, we want sport to be compulsory at school.
8 . If you could be a famous character from your country's history who would you be and why?
We would like to be Thor Heyerdal, because he sailed across the Atlantic ocean with his raft Kontiki.
9. What is the best thing about where you live? What is the worst thing?
The best thing about Fetsund is the beautiful nature. It is snow in
wintertime, and the summer is warm. Nobody is starving here. The school is good and so are the teachers. The worst things are all the drugs and the high energy-prices.
10. If you could only have one music CD which would it be?
It would be a CD with Robbie Williams11. Do you get presents Christmas night?
Yes, we get presents Christmas night.
12. What the main dish for Christmas day dinner?
The main dish for Christmas day is pork rib and sausages.
13. How do you celebrate your birthday?
We celebrate our birthday with friends and our family, and we get presents.
14. Who is your national saint?
We don’t have any national saint in our country.
15. What is your most Favourite Food?
Our favorite food is hamburger.
Merry Xmas, Marit (teacher)


Good Morning World - 03 from 5. grade, group 2, Hovinhogda skole, Fetsund, Norway

1.What time does your school start at ? - My school starts at half past eight in the morning.
2. Do you wear a uniform at school? Would you like to wear one or not and why? - No, we do not wear a uniform.
3. What do you think it is most important to learn in school?
- We think maths, reading and writing Norwegian, English are the most
important subjects.
4. If you couldn't live where you do now, which country would you choose
and why? - Dubai, United Emirates, Florida,
USA, Spain, Mexico, Denmark, England (because of the good football
teams, New Zealand, Japan (because of the special language)
5. What is your favourite hobby?
- Henriette: Dancing, Ida: Riding, Marius: Go skiing, Oda, Erik:
Slalom, Stine: Handball, Michael, Ulrik, Joachim: Football, Havard:
Listen to music, Hanna: Singing in a choir.
6 . What is the most popular sport in your area ?
- Football, handball, biathlon, all sorts of winter sports are very common.
7 . Should sport be compulsory at school? - Yes, yes, yes !!!
8 . If you could be a famous character from your country's history who
would you be and why? - Edward Munch, because he is a famous painter.
9 . What is the best thing about where you live? What is the worst thing?
- Being with my friends is most important! We did not find any "worst thing".
10. If you could only have one music CD which would it be?
Gaute Ormasen, Kurt Nilsen, David Pedersen, McMusic 22, Nellie Millecolin.
11. Do you get presents Christmas night ? - We celebrate Christmas Eve, and get our presents after dinner.
12. What the main dish for Christmas day dinner?
- Our meal Christmas Eve is: Spareribs, pork sausages and sauerkraut.
13. How do you celebrate your birthday ?
- Oda: I have a party with friends, having cakes.
- Michael: I have a party with my friends, with music, food and a lot of candy.
14 . Who is your national saint? - King Olav the Saint
15. What is your most Favourite Food?
-Lots of food: Raclett, spaghetti, porridge, pizza, hamburger, pancakes,
Tandori chicken, taco, lamb shops, kebab, Lasagne, sausages and french fries, mashed potatoes, stew.
Best wishes for a merry Christmas, Tove (teacher)

       
     

 

Updated 15 February 2004 by The Viking Network.
Irish Co-ordinator Dr. Michael Farry. Navan Education Centre.

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