ARDEE Community School held its annual open night last week.
This is the night when the school open its doors to the wider community who are invited to come and view the facilities on offer. It is particularly important for those primary school students who are choosing where to go to secondary school. Hundreds of parents and children visited the school on the night. Classrooms were open and displays were put on in many of the classrooms including the science laboratories, the woodwork rooms, art rooms and metalwork areas. Projects from the recent junior and leaving certificate exams were on display in the malls.
Guests were welcomed in the school lobby by teachers, mentors, prefects and the headboy and headgirl, Colm Mckeever and Lauren Reilly. Ms. Jackson, the principal, spoke to a gathered audience in the Dalton room about the facilities and resources on offer in the school. The recent introduction of transition year is a welcome addition to the school.
Speeches were also given by Colm and Lauren who spoke about their experience in school and how proud they were to represent their school. They encouraged perspective students to come to Ardee Community School where they will be taught well in a “safe, secure environment”, Nicole Hanratty, chairperson of the student council, also spoke about the role of the council in school and how the students have a voice as elected representatives. These students epitomise the confident 6th years who are working so hard to achieve their potential in the leaving cert exam in 2011.
Music could be heard coming from room 42 where the school choir sang and musicians performed. Sports teams participated in football, gymnastics, basketball and other sports.