Sunday 25 August 2019

Davidstown pupils end year in style

Children and teachers at the Davidstown NS end of year celebrations
Children and teachers at the Davidstown NS end of year celebrations

Simon Bourke

The end of the school year was celebrated in style at Scoil Mhuire in Davidstown last week as pupils, staff and parents came together to recognise the achievements of the last ten months,

In that time the school has been awarded Creative School status, Health Promotion School status, received the Digital Schools Award, the Blue Star award, two Discover Primary Science awards for excellence in Maths and Science, received the latest Green Flag, and been named a GAA Five Star school.

To mark the occasion, families and friends of the school came together to watch a musical performance by the pupils, followed by the raising of all the flags the school received this year.

Present on the day were representatives from each of the agencies the school had worked with during the year: Aileen Lambert, Creative Associate with the Arts Council/Creative Ireland Creative Schools Initiative, Becci Whelan from 2Many Dance Moves, Cliona Connolly from the Environment Section in Wexford County Council, Nuala Harpur from the HSE Healthy Ireland Initiative, Cllr John O'Rourke, Lorraine O'Gorman from the County Wexford Education Centre, all of whom offered their congratulations to entire school community for its achievements.

As part of the Creative Schools initiative Aileen conducted research with pupils and staff to determine what creative activities they would most like to explore. This resulted in a visit from Conor Moore of Sound Out Drumming who presented a percussion workshop at the school.

Another visitor to the school was dance artist Becci Whelan who, following a taster workshop, engaged with the students over a number of weeks, exploring and developing dance pieces.

'Working with Davidstown National School was such a wonderful experience, being matched with a school which is genuinely passionate about developing creativity is extremely refreshing for a rural dance artist,' Becci said.

After working with Becci for five weeks, taking classes in contemporary, modern and creative dance, the children devised their own movements for a grand performance which featured pupils from Junior Infants all the way up to Sixth Class.

Continuing this musical theme, the school is already making plans for the visit of Music Generation Wexford this coming September.

Enniscorthy Guardian