Saturday 24 February 2018

Busy end of year for pupils at St Lachteen's

Joanne O'Riordan who was the special guest at the 6th class graduation at St Lachteen’s NS. with pupils and 6th class teacher Ms. Aislinn Sexton.
Joanne O'Riordan who was the special guest at the 6th class graduation at St Lachteen’s NS. with pupils and 6th class teacher Ms. Aislinn Sexton.

St. Lachteen's National School, Donoughmore recently celebrated receiving their second Green Flag at a reception held at The Silversprings Hotel.

The flag was raised by Cork City F.C. player Colin Healy and the occasion was marked by a celebration of pupils, teachers and parents.

The Green Schools Committee comprised of pupils from each class have worked tirelessly under the guidance of Ms. Susan O' Hanlon for the past school year in preparation for getting their second green flag. Energy conservation was the main focus for this green flag and pupils put in a tremendous amount of work to ensure lights were switched off and electrical items were unplugged when not being used.

The pupils had a second reason to celebrate on the day also, as they had been planning to make a surprise presentation to the school principal Ms. Deirdre Kelleher on her upcoming wedding in July.

The pupils had been excited about their little secret and were relieved to finally reveal the surprise they had been keeping with the help of their teachers.

The teachers,staff, pupils and parents wish Deirdre and her fiance Ger the very best for the future and hope their wedding day will be filled with cherished moments.

Meanwhile St. Lachteen's N.S. Donoughmore were thrilled to have had the opportunity to establish links with a school from Freshford, Co. Kilkenny, Scoil Lachtain, over the past few months. The Kilkenny school were interested in developing a relationship with a Cork school linked to the same saint as themselves, St. Lachteen.

Pupils from both schools have been exchanging letters and learning about each others schools, lives and counties. As part of the twinning of the two schools and in keeping with The Gathering 2013, Scoil Lachtain visited St. Lachteen's N.S. for their school tour.

Their visit coincided with the annual school sports day in Donoughmore and great fun was had when the schools amalgamated to take part in the schedueled sporting events.

As part of The Gathering the Kilkenny school presented the Donoughmore school with a beautiful framed sketch of St. Lachtin's Arm, the logo which features on the school crest in Donoughmore and is also the crest for Donoughmore GAA and Community Centre.

Both schools are united in their historic link to St. Lachteen, and students felt very proud to be gathered together in recognition of their patron saint.

An end of year celebration to mark the graduation of 6th class pupils took place on Tuesday 17th June. Parish priest Fr. O' Riordan and Fr. Downey concelebrated the mass at St. Lachteen's Church and prayed for the pupils as they make the transition from primary to secondary school.

A graduation ceremony was held following the mass in the school hall and certificates were presented to the pupils by Millstreet teenager Joanne O'Riordan.

As part of a class project organised by Mrs. Mairead Harrington, a 4th class student Maeve Barrett, had written a letter to Joanne and was thrilled to receive a letter of reply from the North Cork girl who has total amelia and was born without limbs.

Maeve went one step further and invited Joanne to their school as she is seen as a celebrity by pupils in Donoughmore owing to her "no limbs no limits" attitude to life. Pupils were delighted to meet Joanne and found her words of encouragement on the day to be very inspiring.

A very busy and successful school year has come to an end. The staff of St. Lachteen's wish their graduating pupils the very best when they begin their secondary school journey in September and wish all of their pupils a great summer.


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