Monday 16 September 2019

End of an era for primary school kids

MORE OFTEN than not a few tears of joy are shed around this time of year as the school holidays beckon!

However, it can't be forgotten that for sixth class pupils it can also be an emotional occasion as they prepare to bid farewell to primary school and their peers as they progress to secondary level.

To mark this important transition, the two schools in the Clonard/Coolcotts district held special this week to mark this milestone transition.

At Scoil Mhuire, the three sixth classes pooled together to give on a show-stopping performance of the Disney classic, 'Mulan'.

The show was a spectacular occasion and as it was one of the final projects which the students would work together on they certainly pulled out all of the stops!

The musical, which tells the story of a Chinese girl who disguises herself as a boy to enlist in the army, was entirely produced and performed by the 66 students in their final year at the school.

Members of the audience noted that the costumes were very impressive. Help was drawn from all members of staff at the school in assembling the costumes and set.

The lead role was played by Carla Fusciardi Wallace. Meanwhile, Kelly Lynch gave a stellar performance in the role of 'Mushu the Dragon'. Francessco Pons also wowed the audience as Captain Shanks.

Certainly this group of students went out on a high note as the show was a magnificent last hurrah for the group who will bid farewell to the school this week and begin secondary school this coming September.

Nearby, sixth class students from Kennedy Park N.S. were also making preparations to bring their time at the school to a close.

Students and parents gathered at the school to attend a special graduation barbecue.

The main focus of the evening was the personalised stones which the students had spent time creating for the school garden.

On the night, each student was given the opportunity to take their parents to the garden and show them where they had placed their stone.

Each student during the course of their final months at the school was given the opportunity to take a stone from the garden. They then painted and varnished them with their own unique design.

The stones will be kept in the garden as a reminder of the time which they spent at the school.

As one teacher explained it is a way of preserving the memories made by the students during their time at the school.

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