It was a proud day for all of us all in St. Brigid's on the 15th of March 2016. At 12 noon we came together as a school to remember the men and women who were involved in the 1916 Rising and to raise our national flag.
Ms. Burke spoke to all of the children and staff about the reason we were celebrating and about the importance of the day. Two 3rd class girls who were celebrating their birthdays -Grace from Room 10 and Abbie from Room 1, raised the flag. Holly from R15 read aloud the special proclamation that was created jointly by Ms. Moran and Ms. Devlin's class. This was most impressive and very relevant to the Ireland we live in today.
Then we raised our flag and we sang our National Anthem. A terrific end to a marvellous celebration. A huge well done to all !
The 5th class girls of Room 14 have been very busy over the last month slowly turning their classroom into a museum commemorating the events of the 1916 Rising. On 14th March, they got a chance to open their doors to visitors who came to view all of the displays (and to have a cup of tea with some delicious treats :-))! They were even dressed in clothes typical of the time!
Sophia welcomed everyone at the door with a smile and encouraged our visitors to sign our proclamation visitor book.
Emily, Áoibhe and Hannah were our wonderful tour guides. They helped make sure that none of our lovely displays were missed!
Cerys, Caoimhe, Skye and Áine showed off their amazing artwork depicting key scenes from Easter weekend, 1916.
Alana and Emma showed 'the other side of the story' with their great power point presentation about life in Britain during the same time period.
Alannáh, Ella and Eve presented a display of food typical of 1916 and the refreshments and delicious home baking ensured they had a steady line of visitors!!
Wiktoria and Ashlenne helped their visitors to take a virtual tour of the key battlegrounds of that weekend 100 years ago.
(They also showed off their super sewing skills by doing an extra mini-project on clothing of the time.)
Ella proudly explained the history of the Irish flag at her station.
Alyiah and Lana had written their own 'proclamation of today' with their vision of what the future of Ireland should entail based on the aspirations of the seven signatories.
Emma, Hally, Jessy and Hannah made an excellent model of the GPO along with a display of facts on this key building.
Sophie did a personal project on Boland's Mills which she was proud to share while Alannáh did the same. Both girls had relations who fought in the rising.
Mia, Carrie, Molly and Alesia presented projects on some key women of 1916- a very important topic in our girls' school.
Finally, Kate and Ellen showed off a large display of items and artefacts of the time, very kindly donated by each of the other groups, with some personal items from Hally, Mia and Emily. Some of these items were from girls' relations who also fought in The Rising.
Earlier in the afternoon, the two 5th class had come together in the school hall to perform a narrative based on the seven signatories and the important women that helped shape the story of 1916. They also sang the songs 'Grace' and 'Óró 'Sé Do Bheatha 'Bhaile' beautifully.
Below are some more memories from the day. Well done everyone. You did yourselves proud!
To commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising, the senior classes created ICT projects based on Irish History during their Computer Class over the last few weeks.
Some 5th & 6th class pupils made Scratch projects based on aspects of the 1916 Easter Rising. They used 'Scratch' to create animations and tell the story of the people involved in the Rising and the story of the Rising itself.
What is Scratch?
Easter 1916 by Dearbhla & Hannah - Ms. McGrath's Class
Hannah has completed a wonderful project on her great granduncle Dennis O'Callaghan who was involved in the Easter Rising. Well done Hannah! It has been uploaded to Scoilnet and can be found at https://www.scoilnet.ie/1916-ancestry-project/ancestry/ancestryid/2/.
3rd and 4th class have spent some time discussing and writing their own versions of the Proclamation and including what they think is important for Ireland in the next 100 years. They worked really hard and put a lot of thought into their efforts. These ideas have been combined to create one proclamation from St. Brigid's which has been uploaded to 'Scoilnet' as part of their 1916 programme.
The themes covered include love for all people, education, homelessness, equality, care for the environment and peace. Click on the picture have a look at our proclamation for a new generation.
On Thursday, the 8th of October, 2 army officers visited our school. Their names were Lieutenant Deirdre Molloy and Sergeant John Maloney. They came to present us with the Irish Flag and read the Proclamation. For 10 minutes, they asked us to pretend that we were in the army too which was fun. That meant we had to sit up straight and answer with "Yes M'am" and "Yes Sergeant". Sergeant Maloney told us some rules about the Irish flag and Lieutenant Molloy presented the flag to Hannah, Taylor and Mya, who received the flag on behalf of the whole school. Hannah's great grand uncle fought in the war, Taylor's great grand father witnessed the war and Mya's birthday is on the day the rising began. The Irish army are our heroes.
By Emily D & Lauren R16.
******Click on the photos below to bring you to a Video Slideshow of our special day *****
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