Saturday, 27 April 2013

The Pushkin Trust of Northern Ireland

12-19 April this year our school was visited by Mr Peter Heaney, representative of the Pushkin Trust of Northern Ireland, Coordinator in Ireland.The purpose of his visit was meeting Russian members of Pushkin Project. Representatives of schools from Moscow, Podolsk, Khabarovsk and StPetersburg came to meet MrHeaney.
     MrHeaney analysed the results of work, connected with the theme "Sources", spoke in detail about the project work and greeted the new members. Thanks to this visit, the number of participants from Russia has increased. Now Moscow has 5, Podolsk - 1, St. Petersburg - 1, Khabarovsk - 6 schools, working in the project.
      MrHeaney is a great enthusiast and a teacher, who has worked at school for 40 years. The main purpose of his visit was visiting Moscow schools and helping the teachers, who are ready to develop creativity in children, connected with the projects of the Pushkin Trust. The Trust is headed by a direct descendant of A.S. Pushkin, Alexandra Abercorn. Besides meeting numerous teachers inside our school, MrHeaney visited schools number 843, 1741, and school Phoenix 1666. He was heartily greeted everywhere, shown interesting things and told about history of every school.
     For MrHeaney this was the first visit both to Russia and to Moscow. That is why we tried to make him closer to Russian culture. We organised excursions to Pushkin Literary Museum, to the Tretyakov Gallery and to museums in Izmailovo. Every evening he visited Moscow theatres.
      Everybody was sad, when MrHeaney's seven-day-long visit came to its end. He flew back to Ireland to tell everybody about his impressions, Russian friends and colleagues, but he promissed to come back in September with  more teachers from the Pushkin Trust. What we have to do before the end of the school year is to organise a conference about the Sources, start reading the books, which Peter Heaney has brought from our Irish friends and get ready for meeting new guests from Ireland any time!
    We express great thanks to all the teachers, pupils and different specialists, working in our school, who have helpen in preparing and making MrHeaney's visit fruitful and pleasant!

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