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Ardaghy school is making great strides



Nestled in the hills overlooking Omeath is Scoil Naomh Bhríde, Ardaghy National School. As the new school year begins, the hills have certainly come alive as ten new Junior Infants made their way through the doors to begin primary school.

The teaching staff comprises Mrs Teresa Preston, Principal, Mrs Natalie McKevitt, Vice Principal and Mrs Donna McParland. Resource teachers are Ms Hanratty and Ms Imelda.

Ardaghy, built in 1954, was always a two teacher school until January 2007 when a third classroom was needed and Miss Donna Lee came along.

The classroom was named Seomra Áine in honour of Annie O'Hanlon, who was the last native Irish speaker in the area. There was a blessing performed by Fr. McCraois and the classroom was officially opened by Annie's Great Grandsons Seán and Patrick O'Hanlon in the absence of their father Seán (Sen).

During a busy school year, Wellie Day took place on a Sunday afternoon in which the school community came together and worked hard in putting in raised beds.

At Hallowe'en, a board games morning was held in support of school funds, while at Christmas, Santa arrived in great style every year, escorted by local Garda Siochána.

The green committee was set up. Teachers, parents and children were all involved in a Long Woman's Grave clean up, old clothes collection in aid of St Vincent De Paul and a lot of emphasis on recycling.

The school received the silver award in year 2007/2008 but this year went straight to platinum, a great feat for a school not yet flying its green flag. Hopefully 2009/2010 school term will be flying high its Green Flag in Ardaghy.

The parents association put on the performance of a lifetime when 'Cinderella' with a difference hit the stage, and the funds raised from the Christmas draw and the pantomime have gone towards the purchasing of three white boards, one for each classroom, an incredible achievement. These boards will enhance teaching and learning in the school.

The girls Gaelic team qualified for the final in the Allianz Primary Schools' League in Drogheda.

They excelled on the day and won their match very convincingly, returning home with Corn Choláiste Bhríde.

Other sporting tournaments also proved successful with both the boys and girls teams reaching the semi finals in the JJB Ribena Soccer Tournament.

As the new school year gets underway, the school welcomes the new Junior infants and sends good wishes to the old sixth class who have now began secondary level.