GALLERY: Students celebrate Catholic Schools Week

Dundalk Democrat

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Dundalk Democrat

The corridors of Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire are alive with the sound of music, and have been for a number of weeks now!

On Saturday last, the pupils of Third Class performed as part of the Peace Proms Choir with the Cross Border Orchestra in the RDS Arena.

On Thursday January 26th, pupils and teachers were treated to a pantomime by M&M productions, journeying to Sherwood Forest with the much loved Robin Hood.

The school community has indeed had much reason to celebrate in recent times.

The month of December saw a programme of Christmas plays that could compete with the Bord Gáis Theatre! Each class from Infants to fifth took to the stage to present their class play.

In mid December, the school marked its Diamond Jubilee with a special Mass in the Church of the Nativity, with Bishop Eamon Martin travelling home from work commitments abroad to lead the celebration. The ceremony was a truly joyous and memorable one, with the overwhelming feedback and compliments received testament to the time and effort invested by staff, pupils and the wider community.

Last week was another significant point in the school’s calendar - the beginning of “Catholic Schools Week.”

This national festival offers schools the opportunity to embrace their faith and develop a deeper awareness of the unique contribution that Catholic Schools make to life in Ireland. Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire, as a Mercy Order school, strives to promote mercy and compassion.

The theme of this year’s week-long event was “Working together to care for our common home.” Pope Francis’ aim was to encourage schools to cultivate a greater awareness of the wonder of our world and to do our best to protect our planet for future generations.

This is an issue which is close to the heart of Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire, who currently boast nine Green Flags - a feat achieved by only a small number of schools nationwide.

The Greenschools Committee works tirelessly to achieve a high standard in this regard, so the theme of Catholic Schools Week resonated with pupils and teachers alike.

Staff and children engaged in this special celebration with a myriad of activities woven into the timetable. At midday each day, and led in prayer by children from various classes, everybody in Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire engaged in a period of reflection.

Classes from Rang a Dó to Rang a Sé attended morning Mass in the Church of the Nativity. On Monday, the pupils of Mrs O’Malley and Miss Mullen’s second classes presented a special assembly based on the theme of Catholic School’s week.

'Grandparents Day' is traditionally one of the highlights of Catholic Schools Week, when children acknowledge the indelible mark that grandparents make on their lives.

With wisdom, knowledge and unconditional love, they hand on their faith to their grandchildren and guide them on life’s journey.

Pupils of both second classes hosted a concert and tea party in the school hall, inviting grandparents to come and share some quality time with the children.

Grandparents were in for a treat, with the girls of Rang a Dó putting together a rousing repertoire of song, dance and drama.
Dundalk FM radio visited the school and part of this performance, as well as interviews with a number of pupils, featured on the local station.

During the morning, the age barrier dissipated as the girls interacted with grandparents, becoming engrossed in conversation as they reminisced on their own school days.

They presented their own entertaining version of “Reeling in the Years” with a host of well-known hits of the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s. Feet were tapping and hands were clapping as guests joined in the singing - it was a truly joyous occasion and heartening to observe the bond between generations.

During a short prayer service, local priest Fr. O’Leary, performed a Blessing of Throats on the feast day of Saint Blaise.
Once again, Grandparents Day in Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire proved to be a great success - a most enjoyable celebration for pupils and adults alike.