St. Josephs Culture Week 2019 - St. Joseph's 2nd annual Culture Week celebrated the presence of over 30 different nationalities within the student population, reminding everyone in the school community of the valuable contribution being made by such diversity. 1st Year students in particular were highly enthused by a range of activities including workshops, music performances, presentations and sporting events.
The week was officially launched by an inter-faith ceremony which was attended by students and invited guests such as the schools trustees (ERST) , sponsors of the week (Drogheda Credit Union) , the Parents Association , local clergy and the Boomerang Youth Café along with teachers and management.
This joyous event was subsequently followed by a celebration of World Cultural Diversity Day (May 21st) during which all 1st Years received a customised T-shirt for the day. The week ended with a fun filled morning in the gym where 1st Years were treated to a high energy basketball play-off between the schools senior teams before a raucous performance by two rock 'n' roll student bands.
Presentation students Challenge to Change
On May 15th ten pupils from Presentation Primary School, Drogheda travelled to Tullamore to present their project at the 2019 Challenge to Change seminar. Challenge to Change is a development education project aimed at young people attending the Presentation Sisters primary and post-primary schools in Ireland. The initiative seeks to raise awareness and understanding of development issues and global inequality through the exploration and engagement in issues such as justice, human rights, fairtrade, racism and exploitation.
This year the pupils in three classes completed a project called 'Together as One'. Their goal was to promote respect for other cultures with particular focus on the cultures within their school community. As part of the project they organised a poster competition with different slogans celebrating cultural diversity. Each class completed projects on different countries. The children enjoyed learning dances from other countries and enjoyed playing games from around the world.
As part of a whole-school event the pupils held a flag parade and the winners of the poster competition were announced. The children chose to fundraise for 'Friends of Calcutta'. This charity has been feeding and educating hundreds of children in the slums of Calcutta for almost 25 years. The pupils organised a non-uniform day and a raffle with many prizes donated by local businesses. The children were delighted to have raised over €900. The pupils are now looking forward to a visit by Miriam Doran who will explain how the money will be used.