American Exchange

American Exchange 2017 - Trip to St. Charles (St. Louis)

American Exchange 2017

American Exchange 2017 photo album

Thirteen pupils, along with Mr. Fiorentini and Mr. Spencer, visited our Sister City, St. Charles (Missouri) for the last two weeks in October. Our pupils got the opportunity to experience life as American High School students (including EARLY wake-up calls), while also enjoying the tourist lifestyle in and around the St. Louis area. As usual, there were tears shed on leaving, although Dean reckons there was something in his eye...The full write-up will be pieced together in due course. For now, a few photos...

It's Official! Irish Sister Cities Covenant Signed in June

Irish Sister Cities Covenant photo albumIrish Sister Cities 2016

In early June, a delegation from Inishowen including Rena Donaghey (Chairperson of the Inishowen Municipal District) and Deputy Principal John McGuinness visited our sister city St. Charles, Missouri. Two important documents were signed by the officials in attendance. The covenant between Carndonagh Community School and St. Charles West High School was signed by Mr. McGuinness and Dr. Kim Fitterling (SCW Principal). Further to the formal twinning of the schools, the twinning of the municipal districts was overseen by Rena Donaghey and Sally Faith, Mayor of St. Charles. An interesting development of the project has been the appearance of "softball" on the sporting horizon at CCS. It took no time at all for sports fans in St. Charles to offer their services...

"The Irish Chapter has just finished another project for their Sister City school in Carndonagh, Ireland. The students played softball in PE at the end of this year. It was a great big hit. We now welcome the Carndonagh Cardinals! We have gathered up softball and baseball equipment to add to their bat and ball. This equipment is being sent over with a local friend in a couple of weeks. We are excited that they have added this into their PE curriculum. Go Cardinals!"

To return the favour, we're trying to establish if the game of Hurling would be legal in St. Charles City...The Irish Sister Cities movement goes from strength to strength.

St. Charles Exchange Returns to Carndonagh (August 2015)

P1020271In August, our friends from St. Charles, Missouri arrived in Carndonagh following a tour of the country. Their week-long Inishowen stop was the finale of an adventure that took them from Dublin, through Cork and Galway, and onwards to the northwest. The aim of the visit was to solidify the connections that have already been established between St. Charles High School and Carndonagh Community School. Carla O'Dell, one of the visiting group's chief organisers, expressed great satisfaction that the links between the schools have now expanded to include the wider areas of St. Charles and Inishowen. The formalities included a welcome evening and barbecue in Carndonagh CS, several tours of the locality, and a municipal meeting of visitors, CCS staff and local political representatives. The meeting was ably chaired by Aideen Doherty. The twinning is in the early stages, but with further exchange trips already on the horizon, there's no doubt that the links and friendships that have already been made can only become stronger.

St. Charles Exchange Visit photo album

St. Charles Sister Cities Exchange 2019

St Charles CCS 2019

St. Charles Sister Cities American Exchange photo album

The 2019 edition of the St. Charles Missouri Exchange took place over two weeks at Halloween. Nineteen pupils and four adults made the Dublin-Philadelphia-St. Louis trip where they reunited with old friends and made some new ones. The itinerary was packed as always with outings to the Gateway Arch, St. Charles City Jail, St. Louis Science Centre, Daniel Boone Home and Old St. Charles Town among the field trips organised. Pupils also spent a couple of days in St. Charles West High School, and there was plenty of interest in their presence, with such queries as, "Do Irish people use cellphones?" and "Do you have Walmart in Ireland?" Pupils also got to see a classic yellow school bus in its natural environment. The kids conducted themselves admirably throughout the trip with drama at an all-time low. (Although we're currently reviewing the merits of ice-skating for first-timers.) A couple of the pupils got to experience a St. Louis Blues ice hockey game at close quarters, and that's likely to be the best thing that ever happened ever! The whole group were treated like celebs for two solid weeks. When the tears are at the end, you know it's been a success. It would be very difficult to write the full diary of the fortnight as it was non-stop. It may suffice to say that we're under serious pressure to return the favour when St. Charles pupils and staff make the return trip in March. All we can guarantee is that the weather will be Irish.