Big crowds at Ardee Com­mu­nity School’s open even­ing

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THE an­nual open night took place in Ardee CS re­cently, an op­por­tu­nity for all those pupils in the lo­cal pri­mary schools to go in and view the fa­cil­i­ties on of­fer. Many fam­ily groups at­tended and were greeted at the re­cep­tion upon ar­rival by teach­ers and pre­fects.

Maps and in­for­ma­tion leaflets were dis­trib­uted, how­ever, vis­i­tors could also avail of guided tours pro­vided by se­nior stu­dents who are also men­tors in their daily school life. Many vis­i­tors availed of this op­por­tu­nity and were pleased to ex­pe­ri­ence the stu­dents’ per­spec­tive of school.

Two in­for­ma­tion ses­sions were also held in the Dal­ton room (named af­ter the first school prin­ci­pal, Mr To­mas Dal­ton, whose ten­ure lasted from 1974-1990). Ms. Jack­son, prin­ci­pal, ad­dressed the au­di­ence and en­cour­aged par­ents to send their chil­dren to the school in the ‘com­mu­nity’ which caters for all needs, cul­tural, aca­demic, sport­ing and pas­toral. She also re­ferred to the build­ing project, in­volv­ing a school ex­ten­sion, which is due to open in April 2018. The orig­i­nal build­ing is un­der­go­ing a com­plete re­fur­bish­ment.

The guests were also in­tro­duced to Head Boy, Cor­mac Rafferty and Head Girl, Katie Com­mins, who spoke about their per­sonal school ex­pe­ri­ences and how hon­oured and priv­i­leged they both feel to rep­re­sent their school. Both of them men­tioned how aca­demic suc­cess is their pri­or­ity and they are cur­rently study­ing for their leav­ing cert, yet how cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties have al­ways been a ma­jor part of their school lives. Katie spoke about peer men­tor­ing in the school and act­ing as a role model for the stu­dents. Cor­mac spoke about the work of men­tors + pre­fects in the school. He also men­tioned the im­por­tance of sport in his school life.

Ni­amh Craw­ley , chair­per­son of the Stu­dent Coun­cil, also gave a speech. As Chair­per­son, she rep­re­sents the stu­dent body, chairs meet­ings and li­aises with man­age­ment to make the school ‘the best it can pos­si­bly be’. Ni­amh spoke about the fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties which the coun­cil gets in­volved in, in­clud­ing rais­ing €1200 for the on­col­ogy unit in the Lour­des Hos­pi­tal and €500 for the Dara Con­lon ben­e­fit fund.

The open night also in­volved an ex­hi­bi­tion of re­cent Ju­nior Cert projects, in­clud­ing art, wood­work, met­al­work and home eco­nomics.

All rooms were open to the pub­lic, where they could see the dis­sec­tion of hearts in the sci­ence lab­o­ra­to­ries, taste culi­nary de­lights in the home eco­nomics rooms, lino print in the art room and join along in tra­di­tional mu­sic ses­sions and choral ren­di­tions in the mu­sic rooms. Teach­ing staff were avail­able to chat to guests and an­swer any ques­tions. En­roll­ment forms were also made avail­able. Photographic dis­plays pro­vided an in­sight into the his­tory of the school, por­tray­ing its many suc­cesses and high­lights over the past 43 years. Many stands and ex­hi­bi­tions were on dis­play, show­ing the wide range of pro­grammes, sports and ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer.

Adam McMullen Murtagh had Katie Car­berry as a tour guide in Ardee CS. Right: Pri­mary school chil­dren vis­it­ing Ardee Com­mu­nity School.

Molly Whe­lan and Char­lotte McEl­roy show­ing Se­nan Taaffe around Ardee CS

Josh Con­lon hav­ing a look at the sci­ence labs with Cameron Ste­wart

Andy Mur­phy vis­it­ing Ardee CS last week with stu­dent Ciara Cal­lis.

Kyle McGa­han and his lit­tle sis­ter Abby get­ting a tour of Ardee CS from Amy Doggett.

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