The Ardee Community School Christmas newsletter is another great success for the school.
The newsletter includes a feature on the students’ response to the news of the catastrophe in the Philippines caused by Typhoon Haiyan.
The students decided to do something to help out and at a meeting of the student council, it was decided to hold a raffle in aid of the victims. Many prizes were secured, including €100 donated by two teachers and first prize of a 32 inch TV. This was donated by Mr John O’Neill of O’Neill’s Bakery in Annagasan.
Student Council chairperson Neil Reilly drew out the winning tickets. The winner of the TV is third year student Jack O’Reilly. Other prize winners included staff, students and parents. All in all €1,800 was raised for this worthy cause. The money will go to Medicine Sans Frontières, otherwise known as Doctors without Borders. Well done to the students for responding in such a generous manner.
Ardee Community School have been involved in the Cinemobile School Twinning Project, which is funded directly by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and an article explaining the project appears in the newsletter.
School twinning is a cross border initiative which is based on the concept of school twinning along the border. By participating in this programme the TY students get to integrate and foster friendships between students from different backgrounds on the island of Ireland. Ardee Community has been twinned with Dromore High School county Down. The idea behind school twinning is to introduce students from different backgrounds, allowing them to work together and explore the very human theme of conflict and conflict resolution through the medium of film.
As part of the project the students sawthe film ‘The Tenth Generation’. This film features the story of Slovakian-born Tomi Reichental giving his account of being imprisonment as a child at Belsen concentration camp.
The students were honoured to take part in a discussion on the film by Tomi Reichental himself. For over 50 years he didn’t speak about the horrific scenes he witnessed. He lost a staggering 35 extended family members in the Holocaust.
However he has chosen to break his silence and set out on a mission of remembrance and touring schools to tell his story as a lesson in ethnic tolerance. This is indeed a superb production and well done to all the editorial team and contributors.