It was Tuesday morning after storm Ophelia and even though every school in the country was closed, the dedicated Rush and Lusk Educate Together N.S. Green School representatives were at the Rush and Lusk train station ready to do our bit to end poverty!
We bought our tickets and got on the train. Our train took us to Tara Street. Once we reached our destination we started to wander out of the train station towards the poverty stone. On the way we saw the Customs House and stopped to take a few pictures. Then we soon reached the poverty stone to join the other nine groups from Dublin City Centre.
We all gathered around the stone and sat down. We were all there to celebrate UN (United Nations) End Poverty Day. Before it started we were all called over to colour a paper Stop Poverty hand each and we got a special t-shirt to help spread the word about End Poverty Day.
After finishing our masterpieces we sat down again and the ceremony began. There were a lot of speeches made, including one by the Lord Mayor of Dublin. He spoke about poverty in Ireland and how we all need to work together to combat it. He was delighted that so many people made it there despite the storm. There were many other speeches. Lucy Walsh (me) and James Robertson from R.a.L.E.T. N.S. spoke on behalf of the schools that could not make it, while Shaun Dunne and Hailey Lombard introduced our Boat of Hope to the audience. Soon after the speeches we released all of the Boats of Hope, sending out our wishes to end poverty by 2030. The sail of our boat was a patchwork of different squares of material designed by each class. The R.a.L.E.T. boat (Go Go Dermo) quickly started picking up pace before surprisingly taking a sharp left down the canal, never to be seen again! We all said our last goodbyes, and watched the boats slowly drifting away.
Later we returned to our seats and sang along to the song ‘Something inside So Strong’. All the TV cameras were pointing at the small stage where the little group of people stood singing the song. Soon after we shared some cake and sandwiches that were generously offered and we had a well-deserved hot chocolate. Before heading home, we had a quick trip up the river to see the famine ship the Jeanie Johnston. We were all wrecked after a long, exciting day and soon returned back home with a smile on our faces.
We had “Harvest Week ” in our school this week, where classes picked fruit and vegetables from the school gardens and made food such as apple crumble, chutney and jam. Margaret and Darragh visited classes and gave classes some of the food, which was enjoyed by all!
Great fun was had at Newbridge Park on Friday 29th September. The school spent the day in the park, playing games, doing a treasure hunt, visiting the farm, making nature art and even taking part activities where children challenged the teachers! The kids were victorious, as usual!
The boys and girls of 5th and 6th Class attended the special celebration for the 100th year anniversary of the death of Thomas Ashe. The Defense Forces were part of the service as well as Fingal Old IRA and representatives (including RaLET’s own Áine Gaffney) from The Black Raven Pipe Band. There were speeches, music and poetry. A wreath was laid and there was an official raising of the Irish flag, while everyone sang Amhrán na bhFiann. Caoimhe Luccan from Simon’s 6th Class read part of the poem “Let Me Carry Your Cross”.
Two RaLET staff members bid farewell to our school last week. Eileen, our lollipop lady, finally hung up her lollipop after nine years of keeping the kids safe crossing the road. We will miss you Eileen, good luck in your retirement!
We also said goodbye to Dermot Higgins, a teacher who has worked in the school for nine years. Dermot was also one of the parents who originally set up the school in 2003. Dermot has been involved in many projects withing the school in his time here. He will be sorely missed and we wish him all the very best in his retirement and in his cycle around the world.
We had an assembly to say goodbye to Dermot and Eileen and some videos can be viewed below.
Junior Infants sang some songs on film.
3rd Class told some poems about Dermot.
4th Class performed a play about Dermot.
5th Class performed a puppet show about Dermot.
6th Class sang a song
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