Pupil's new book hits the shelves of Gaelscoil's new library!
New school library is the result of four years of hard work
The official launch of Gaelscoil Inis Córthaidh's 'leabharlann scoile' or school library took place recently, with the students launching their very own brand new book to adorn its shelves at the same time.
'Aon Scéal?' is a bi-lingual collection of short stories and poems penned by 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class pupils. A really creative compilation, it aimed not only to develop children's literacy skills 'as Gaeilge agus Béarla', but also to provide a really interesting read for whoever picks it up.
The project was co-ordinated by Deputy Principal Helena Ni Fhloinn de Róiste, who said that 'it was a most beneficial project on many levels as it gave the children an incentive to develop their creative writing skills in both languages' and that 'the sense of achievement and self-confidence it has given them at the end of the process is invaluable!'
Local author Caroline Busher was on hand to officially launch the book on the day and encouraged each and every one of them to continue to write, stating that they should be very proud of the finished product
The new library itself is the culmination of four years of planning and a lot of fundraising and hard work from the Coiste na dTuismitheoirí/Parents' Association in conjunction with the school's Bord Bainistíochta/Board of Management, School Principal Judy Uí Ifearnáin and Deputy Principal Helena Ní Fhloinn de Róiste.
It was designed by interior designer and parent Helen Martin along with the school management and features an oak tree, custom made by local craftsman Brian Maher, as a centrepiece, symbolising the root of lasting knowledge that comes from reading.
'We had been dreaming of having our library since we moved into our new building in January 2013 and we know the páistí agus múinteoirí will reap the benefits of having such a valuable resource in our school,' said Ms Ni Fhloinn de Róiste.
'It's even more special that we now have a book written by our own pupils sitting on the shelves!'