Durham/Dryden England

Day 1: Larry’s Adventure in England:

Morning everyone! Larry the leprechaun here.
Myself and Mrs. Murray are here in Dublin airport. We are just about to fly to Newcastle to visit our Comenius partners in Oaks Secondary school in Durham and Dryden School in Gateshead.
We are flying with Ryanair this morning at 9.40am.
Can you find out three things for me:
1. What terminal are we flying from in Dublin?
2. What is our flight number?
3. What time will we arrive in Newcastle?

Looking forward to keeping you up to date on my trip!
Le grá mór,
Do chara buan,

P.S. Mrs. Murray has packed me in her bag as you can see..Ryanair only allow one piece of hand luggage and I’m too small for my own seat!!!


Waiting to board


Dia dhaoibh go léir!


Our aeroplane


Check out how big the wing is!

Studying the Flight Safety Instructions

1. cstudent2033 says:
May 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm (Edit)
Hello Larry and Mrs. Murray.
We hope you are having a wonderful time in Newcastle.How is Larry behaving?
What is the weather like over there? Here it is 14 degrees and fresh but cloudy.We are working very hard in Irish going over our colours. We have also started our lego models on ” snack attack.” Thanks for all the lovely pictures.
Keep in touch,
le grá
Junior, Senior, 1st and 2nd Class.

2. cstudent2833 says:
May 22, 2012 at 1:54 pm
Hello, Mrs. Murray and Larry!
We have found out the answers to all of your questions.
Q:What terminal are we flying from in Dublin?
A:Terminal 1
Q:What is our flight number?
Q:How long did the trip take?
A: 1 hour and 5 mins. (Arrival 10:45 a.m.)
We hope ye have a great time exploring England!We will be happy to answer any questions you have over the next week! Bye!!:)

3. cstudent2833 says:
May 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm
Afternoon everyone!
Myself and Mrs. Murray have had a very busy day. It is beautiful here; 19 degrees! Wow! Mrs. Murray has made sure I have put my factor 50 sun cream on because you know I burn with my red hair!
It’s lovely to hear about all your hard work today! Comghairdeachas leis an obair Gaeilge.
Go dtí amárach,
Larry an Leipreacháin
4. cstudent2833 says:
May 22, 2012 at 2:06 pm
Well done! Super answers! I hope you like all the photos I’ve taken. Mrs. Murray says I am really improving at taking photos. What do you think!
Go dtí amárach,

Day 2: Larry’s Adventure in England:
Last night the teachers from France, Estonia, Sweden, Ireland and England gathered in the Oaks Secondary for a Welcome Ceremony.
I met many of the teachers who travelled to Ireland. Can you remember where Cedric is from? What about Tina, Charlotte and Marina? I know you will remember where Les, Julia and Phil are from but what about Evie? ( Hint: if you get stuck is there somewhere in school where you can check?)
The Spanish teachers arrived later and met us in Durham. Mireya, Mila, Rutt and Aroa are travelling together.



This morning I was up at 7am for breakfast to head back in the Oaks School Bus. The school is very lucky as they have four school buses. There are 248 students in Oaks and they come from all over the county. Can you believe it but there are 105 staff in the school? There are teachers, administrators, cooks, maintenance and special needs assistants.

This morning I have attended assembly with the students followed by a tour of the school. Mrs. Murray has asked me to take some photos of the beautiful sensory garden and horticulture garden in the school.

There is fantastic art all around the school. Check it out here.
Keep an eye out for me at the end I the rainbow!






After the tour we visited some of the classrooms: first up was a visit to Mrs. Quinn’s room.Some of the students made cucumber sandwiches and tea cakes for me!

Then Mrs. Priest and Miss Davis.
I played some games with some very friendly boys. Thank you!

There are lots of Union Jack flags around the school. Can you find out about some of the history of the flag for me?

This afternoon was so busy for us. First up was a cool falconry display (keeping with our Comenius bird theme)





Can you name the birds?
Next up we had a meeting where the English education system was explained. Did you know that the students here in Oaks range in age from 11 to 19?

Afterwards we met to discuss our Final Project outcomes. This means that we were talking about the benefits of doing a European Project like this. Tell me what the benefits have been for YOU!

This evening we will visit Durham Cathedral. You can read more about its history here. http://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/

Táim tuirseach traochta tar éis an obair go leir inniu ach caithfidh mé a rá go bfhuil an áit seo an suimiúil agus tá an t-ádh orm bheith anseo le mo chairde go léir.

Go dtí an Chéadaoin,
Do chara,
Larry an Leipreacháin.

P.S. Thank you so much for all your responses today. I am so looking forward to hearing from you again this evening!

1. Star and Bobbles says:
May 23, 2012 at 11:57 am
Dia duit Larry,
Here are the things you wanted us to look up:
The Union Flag, popularly known as the Union Jack, is the national flag of the United Kingdom. It is the British flag.
It is called the Union Flag because it symbolises the administrative union of the countries of the United Kingdom. It is made up up of the individual Flags of three of the Kingdom’s countries all united under one Sovereign – the countries of ‘England, of ‘Scotland’ and of ‘Northern Ireland’ (since 1921 only Northern Ireland has been part of the United Kingdom). As Wales was not a Kingdom but a Principality it could not be included on the flag.
The colours of the flag are red white and blue.
The teachers are from:
Cedric = France.
Tina, Charlotte, Marina =Sweden.
Julia, Les and Phil are from England.
Slan agus go raibh maith agat Larry!

Day 3: Larry’s Adventure in England:

Dia dhaoibh go léir a pháistí,
Inniu an Chéadaoin an triú lá is fiche de mí Bealtaine dhá mhíle is a dó dheag. Tá gach éinne anseo i Durham ar buin na muice inniu.

Today we left Durham and visited Dryden School in Gateshead. This is Julia Kelly’s school. We arrived at 9.30am and were given a fantastic tour of the school. There are 54 students in the school.
Following the tour of the school we were treated to a fantastic assembly.




Dryden is very near to a monument that you learned about with Mr. O’ Riordan when he was at the Contact Seminar to set up the project. Can you remember the name of the monument? Yes, that’s right, it is the Angel of the North. You can find out more about it here: let me know what you discover..http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_of_the_North


Afterwards we visited the Beamish Open Air Museum. Here we learned about the Industrial Revolution in Newcastle. Who can explain what that was? We also visited a drift mine in the museum. Check out the photos. 42,000 children visit the museum every year.



We had a traditional lunch of fish and chips..yum!

Afterwards we met Simon Wooley. He is the Head of Learning at the Beamish Open Air Museum.


We travelled down the drift mine. Here you can see the Davy lamp with the lamp shed man.


This is Frasier with me. He is a tour guide in the mine. His wife is Irish.


Can you find out the difference between a drift mine and a shaft mine for me?

Also in the Beamish Open Air Museum they have steam engines. They have a replica Stevenson Locomotive No. 1 and I went for a spin on Chapman’s Elephant. Can you find out some info about Chapman and this engine for me?

It has been an extremely busy day here for us. Have you any questions for the teachers or students here?

Go raibh maith agaibh as an árd iarracht atá déanta agaibh leis na ceisteanna go léir! Go h-iontach!

Slán arís,
Do chara buan,
Larry an Leipreacháin beag.

1. cstudent2033 says:
May 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm
hello Larry and Mrs. Murray. The angel of the north is a sculpture it is 20metres tall 60ft with wings measuring 117ft wide 54 m the wings are not straight . It over looks the A1 and A167 roads. It cost £1m in 1994. The funding was from the national lottery. The musem is about everyday life in urban rural. It tells you about the industrial revolution.
A shaft mine refers to the method of excavating a vertical or near vertical tunnel from the top down. The drift mine is either the mining of a placer deposit by underground methods.Enjoy the rest of the trip. Hope the weather is nice. How many degrees is it over there. Larry, Can you find out how many degrees it is over here in Ireland.We got a present from Corrib Oil. It is called Triqo. Can you find out all about Triqo. Best wishes, From all the hard working students in Clontuskert.

2. cstudent2833 says:
May 25, 2012 at 7:30 am
Morning everyone!
Well, thanks so much for your answers! I’m up early this morning as I am flying out at 11.10am. It is 7.33am now. I like that you have given me some homework too!
The temperature in Clontuskert is at 16 degrees right now and the weather forecast says there will be a high of 23 degrees today with the lowest temperature being 12 degrees! Nice- don’t forget to put on your sun screen!
I also found out about Triqo for you. You can read about it here; http://www.corriboil.com/triqo
I like the look of Triqo- will you teach me all about when I get home?
Feicfidh mé sibh ar an Luan!
Le grá,

Day 4: Larry’s Adventure in England:

Haigh a pháistí,
Inniu an Déardaoin an 24ú lá de mí Bealtaine, dhá mhíle is a dó dheag. Inniu an lá deireanach i Newcastle. Beimid ag dul ar ais go Cluain Tuaiscirt amárach ar an eitleán.

This morning we arrived in Dryden school in Gateshead at 9.30am. We have visited classes; Post 16A and Class 4.



Here you can see some of the bird boxes made in Dryden for our bird project.

Afterwards Post 16 held a café for us in the hall.

We also enjoyed a fantastic karate display and a dance festival. Can you find out a bit about karate for me? I would love to learn how it works as a sport!



After lunch we had a cruise along the River. Can you find out the name of the river that flows through Newcastle?


Táim ag tnuth leis an t-ám go mbeidh mé ar ais i gCluain Tuiscirt. Beidh mé ag deanamh scanánn faoi na h-imeachtaí anseo in Newcastle agus Durham. Deir Bean Uí Mhuirí ‘Dia dhaoibh’ chuig gach éinne ar Scoil.

Feicfidh mé sibh ar an Luan,
Go dtí sinn,
Le gach dea ghuí,


1. Puppy says:
May 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm
karate is a martial art developed in Japan.karate is a striking using punching kicking knee and elbow strikes.a white suit is wornand you get get differentcoloured belts for differrent grades

2. kmurray3190 says:
May 26, 2012 at 5:27 pm
Well done Puppy! Great research! Hope you are enjoying the lovely weather!
Mrs. Murray

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