Monday 22 July 2019

Danescastle pupils end year on a high

Teacher Pat Wickham presenting pupils with their Chess Certificates
Teacher Pat Wickham presenting pupils with their Chess Certificates

Simon Bourke

It was a busy week for the students and staff of Danescastle National School as they celebrated a number of significant achievements before breaking for the summer holidays.

Three new flags were proudly raised at the school in recognition of the students prowess in sports, entrepreneurship and Irish-speaking. The Hurling 365 flag celebrated the efforts of the children, teachers and coaches in hurling throughout the year, with the boys' Rackard League team winning their District Final and finishing runners up in the county final.

There to present and raise the flag were Willie Cleary, co-ordinator of Hurling 365, along with Wexford senior hurlers Joe O'Connor and Seamus Casey.

The second flag to be raised was the Junior Entrepreneur Flag which was the culmination of months of hard work from this year's Sixth Class students. Having worked on a business idea entitled 'Pretty Pom-Poms', which saw them create hand-made pom-poms, the students visited the RDS for the Junior Entrepreneur showcase. Pretty Pom-Poms have gone on to become a huge success and is still reporting a healthy profit. Local businessman Joseph Wallace was in attendance to raise the flag with the students and their teacher, Tricia Foley.

The final flag to be raised was the Gaelbhratach flag which the school received for the third time. This flag acknowledges the initiatives the school's students and teachers have put in place to make Danescastle National School a place where Irish is used and celebrated. Teacher Áine Kehoe along with children from the Gaelbhratach committee proudly raised the flag.

In addition to this trio of achievements, further certificates were presented to the After School Chess Club, run by Mr Patrick Wickham, and the children involved in Walton's Music for Schools who were highly commended in their category in this year's competition.

Principal Áine Kennedy also acknowledged the hard work and dedication of both pupils and staff in the many initiatives that have been carried out throughout the school year. As well as being involved in the Norman Commemorations, the school received the Discover Science and Maths Award and children participated in Active School's Week, Cooking All- Stars, debating, Green Schools, sports, music, drama, Be Active, orienteering and swimming. The children participated in Coirm Gael Linn when they performed a play and music as Gaeilge. They also participated in Seachtain na Gaeilge and Scríobh Leabhair and performed in Wexford Opera House for Sing Out Loud.

Wexford People