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Faythe School to hold 'authentic 1875 day'

David Tucker

Published 18/03/2014 | 05:42

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TEACHERS AND pupils of the Faythe School are to turn back the clock to 'the good old days' and discard their 21st century trappings to celebrate the end of 139 years as a national school.

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Principal Liam Turner said the children, parents and guardians have been asked to fully embrace the idea of returning to 1875 'as we try to create an authentic 1875 school day'.

From September 1, the school will be reborn, with the CBS Primary and the Mercy School, in a co-educational setting that reflects society and in which boys and girls can start and finish their education.

During the consultative process that began back in 2011, the three schools were advised to mark the transition and acknowledge their past. The Faythe School intend doing that with the 'Goodbye, Hello Week'.

Mr Turner said suggestions for a specific 1875 day, that could become two, so far include no electricity in the school, no intercom, no interactive whiteboards, rote learning for one day, reciting tables and more. Celebrations, which will run over the last full week of March, will culminate in the 'Goodbye, Hello Concert' in the Dún Mhuire on Friday, March 28.

Featuring the Faythe School Choir, 'The Story of the Faythe' will be performed by the South End Family Resource Centre. All who want a good night's entertainment are invited to attend. Those attending can wear Victorian outfits and Hanrahan's Londis, in The Faythe, has sponsored a €250 shopping voucher for the best 'olden day outfit'.

Tickets at €5 each went on sale last week and are selling fast. They are available from the school or can be booked at goodbyehello2014@gmail.com or 086 2747282.

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