On Wednesday 15Th July, 2015 the Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Chris O' Leary wished bon voyage to a group of 6 students from the North Monastery School who are heading to China to represent the City at the 2015 Shanghai International Youth Camp.
"The educational dimension of our Sister City Agreement with Shanghai has been particularly strong, and this strength derives in no small part from the active participation of Corks schools and colleges", said the Lord Mayor. "Our world is becoming a very small place, and the continuing improvements in technology, travel and communication create the potential for enormous benefits, especially to an open economy such as we have in Ireland. The North Mon travelling to take part in this International Youth Camp, represents a small but very important step on the road we must travel to realise this potential."
The North Monastery Past Pupils Union is supporting the initiative and also presented a cheque to help cover the costs involved. Barry Hill, PPU President said: "This trip will be a fantastic experience and represents an enormous opportunity for learning for the entire school. The students are committed to share this experience and learning with their fellow students."
Principal, Mick Evans, also expressed his enthusiasm about his school’s involvement: "We were delighted to become involved in the project, and to be working closely with the City Council in building upon the great work done since the Shanghai twinning of 2005. The North Monastery has a long and proud history of education. Our participation in this project marks an important new milestone, which will undoubtedly add to the quality and depth of the education being provided in our school."
The Shanghai International Youth Camp has been running since 2009, and participants have from over 21 Twin Cities from across the 5 Continents of the World.
The students are being accompanied by their teacher Fergal Walsh for the two-week Summer Camp.
Group of Students from North Monastery School who are travelling to Shanghai