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18th January 2019

The future looks to be an exciting one for the College’s Maths department, as they have officially become a part of the Erasmus+ programme!

The maths teachers meet

The maths teachers meet

The programme, funded by the European Union, aims to modernise and enrich education and youth work across the globe. As part of the programme, St Brendan’s Maths students and staff will have an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, cultures and best practice with peers across Europe.

To launch their partaking in the project, Maths teachers Joseph Pymar and Shaun Hatton travelled to Slovakia this month to meet with other maths teachers from Greece, Poland, Slovakia and Turkey. They spoke about the project ahead and began planning how their programme will work. Upon their return, the teachers spoke to their students about the brief: a challenge to solve mathematical problems using GeoGebra, a maths software programme. Over the next year, students and staff on the team will keep in contact and take it in turns to host each other in their countries; providing an opportunity to meet and discuss progress whilst enjoy each other’s culture.

The next trip will see two St Brendan’s maths teachers and four first year students head to Poland and then to Athens in April! Next year, the group will meet again in Slovakia and Turkey, with an official de-brief and discussion to be hosted by St Brendan’s in 2020! We look forward to tracking the team’s progress.