ST. MARY’S, ARK­LOW

Bray People - - SCHOOLS REPORT -

COME­NIUS TRIP

St. Mary's Col­lege, to­gether with 6 other schools from Eng­land, Ice­land, Ro­ma­nia, Slove­nia, Spain and Tur­key are cur­rently tak­ing part in a EU funded Come­nius pro­ject en­ti­tled: Find­ing my Voice - Democ­racy in Ac­tion.

As part of this pro­ject, rep­re­sen­ta­tive stu­dents and teach­ers vis­ited Eng­land from 28 Feb un­til 4 Mar and were hosted by the English pro­ject school, Up­ton Hall, Liver­pool.

The week con­sisted of pro­ject meet­ings and vis­its to places of demo­cratic and po­lit­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance, in par­tic­u­lar Wal­lasey Town Hall, Wir­ral, and the Houses of Par­lia­ment, West­min­ster, Lon­don.

The group met the Mayor of Wir­ral, Coun­cil­lor Alan Jen­nings, and also en­joyed a ques­tion and an­swer session with 3 Wir­ral Coun­cil­lors rep­re­sent­ing the Con­ser­va­tive, Labour and Lib­eral Demo­crat Par­ties. The trip to West­min­ster proved just as in­ter­est­ing with an in­for­ma­tive tour of both Houses of Par­lia­ment and a live video link to the Prime Min­is­ters Ques­tion Time which high­lighted the pas­sion and lively ban­ter of the House of Com­mons! To end the week, the whole group trav­elled to Ark­low to en­joy the hos­pi­tal­ity of St. Mary's Col­lege.

The Tran­si­tion Year Come­nius class hosted the stu­dents from the 6 vis­it­ing coun­tries.

Teach­ers and stu­dents en­joyed a guided tour of St.Mary's, an af­ter­noon of en­ter­tain­ment which de­lighted all and a trip to Glen­dalough dur­ing their short stay.

Over­all it was a won­der­ful week of cul­tural learn­ing, pro­duc­tive re­search and demo­cratic in­sights. The next pro­ject meet­ing is in Ice­land in April.

EM­MANUEL

On the Wed­nes­day, March 23, the TY stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in Em­manuel, a spec­tac­u­lar evening of mu­sic in the He­lix, DCU, Dublin. Em­manuel is a pro­ject of the Dublin Dioce­san Com­mis­sion for Sa­cred Mu­sic and pro­motes the use of Sa­cred Mu­sic in sec­ondary schools.

Over 40 schools and their choirs were in­volved in the event. Well done to the TY choir and Mr Tim Hicks, choir mas­ter, on their great achieve­ment. Par­tic­u­lar congratulations to the fan­tas­ti­cally tal­ented soloists: Roisin Hunt, Lau­ren Smith and Kath­leen Holden.

CLASS OF 1991 - RE­UNION TIME

The class re­union for the class of 1991 is tak­ing place on Satur­day, April 16 in Ark­low Golf Club. Tick­ets are €40 and in­clude Cham­pagne Re­cep­tion, 3 course meal, Wine, Disco and Karaoke. Not to be missed!

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