It was a magical day at St Teresa’s NS last Thursday when pupils from four primary schools gathered together to celebrate their participation in this year’s Pushkin Trust School Programme.
Pupils from St Teresa’s NS; St. Bernard’s, Abbeylara; Aughnagarron NS and St John’s NS in Longford town listened intentenly as Fr Seán Casey (PP) warmly opened proceedings.
County Librarian, Mary Carelton Reynolds then spoke to those assembled. She said that it was a pleasure see all the projects by the children on view and pointed to the wonderful creativity that was clearly abundant in Longford children.
Town Mayor, Cllr Peggy Nolan then presented certificiates to the pupils. “You have amazed me today with your talents,” she said. “I know that going forward you will continue to amaze people.”
Finally, Ms Anne McErlane, Programme Manager at Pushkin Trust, presented the Pushkin Awards to the school principals.
In her address to those gathered, Ms McErlane apologised on behalf of the Duchess of Abercorn OBE, Sacha Abercorn, who was unable to attend on the day. “I would like to thank the teachers and staff of the schools involved,” she said. “I would also like to particularly thank Kitty Hughes, Longford area co-ordinator for Pushkin.”
Mrs Hughes, a retired primary school teacher, was the recipient of a special award which acknowledged her ongoing dedication to the Pushkin Trust School Programme.
The day’s proceedings closed with a memorable performance from the Killoe School Choir. They sang a selection of songs including ‘Happy Days’ and ‘Amazing Grace’.
Now in its 25th year, the Pushkin Trust encourages children and teachers in schools all over Ireland to find their ‘voice’ and discover their imagination, inspiration and integration.
In Longford, the pupils’ projects centred around the 2012/2013 theme of ‘Source’ and through creative writing, art, crafts and multimedia the children brought to life their adaptation of the theme.