Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire Ardee, celebrated Catholic Schools Week which included a celebratory Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral Armagh on Wednesday 22 January.
The Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Eamon Martin, Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh.
The school was represented by Mrs Mary Dunne, chairperson Board of Management, Mrs Sinéad Farrell, teacher and 6th class. The theme of Catholic Schools Week 2014 was “Catholic Schools: Places of Faith and Learning”. This theme was chosen to show that all learning takes place in a values context. In other words, education is never simply about transmitting facts, it also involves an education in values. Pupils and teachers explored how faith calls them to live, learn, love, serve and celebrate.
Mrs Sweeney, school Principal, acknowledged that Catholic Schools Week is an occasion to celebrate the work and achievements of catholic schools, which seek educational excellence while remaining faithful to their distinctive vision and approach. They create “a safe and happy learning environment where every child is encouraged and enabled to develop to their full potential. Catholic Schools are also an inclusive and respectful community, welcoming students of all denominations and none”.
Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire celebrated the week with a programme of activities centred on home, school and parish. Each day a pupil read a reflection over the intercom system to link the whole school community. Wednesday was Grandparents Day and the pupils in 2nd class invited their grandparents in to celebrate the wonderful gift that grandparents are to children, families and the communities. The class hosted a tea-party for the grandparents and pupils listened as their grandparents recalled their own school days and life experiences. A special display was created in the entrance hall and pupils held a school prayer service. The pupils enjoyed the tradition of making St. Brigid’s crosses using a variety of materials and of course from the traditional rushes. Mrs Dunne, school chairperson said: “our school continues to work to ensure that we honour the faith of the past as we look forward to the future. We strive to make sure everyone is treated with respect and dignity.”