Proclamation Day in Sandylane NS
Mrs Burns' 5th and 6th Class pupils did a lot of work on the history of Ireland. They compiled projects focusing on the 1916 Rising and how Ireland fought to become a Republic. They rewrote a modern version of the proclamation that was read out in our school ceremony to celebrate 100 years since the Easter Rising. They also learned about the leaders of the Rising, how they fought for an independent Ireland and the meaning of the flag that we now fly as our national flag: green for the Catholic Irish people, orange to symbolise the Protestant English people and white to represent the peace between them:
All the children and teachers in the school gathered in the GP room alongside many parents, grandparents and other family members. We were also joined by the Archdeacon who said prayers. There was a sea of green as many wore green clothes to mark the occasion and children showed off their art work of garlands, hats and badges in the colours of the Irish flag. We enjoyed learning Amhrán na bhFiann, the Irish national anthem, and all the children sang out loud and proud.
Children from Ms McCracken's Fourth Class read the original proclamation that was written 100 years ago and our new Proclamation was also read out:
5th and 6th Class pupils treated us to a drama about the 1916 Rising and Ireland of the past and we enjoyed being entertained by dancing, costumes and acting. Some children also played traditional Irish music on the tin whistles and recorders:
Next we gathered outside around the flag pole. We were blessed with sunshine, blue sky and even a breeze to fly our Irish flag. The Archdeacon raised the flag and the children all burst into song again, singing Amhrán na bhFiann and Ireland's Call! A great day was had by all and a day that we will remember for many years to come. Well done to all the children and teachers who worked hard to put the ceremony together and thank you to the parents that came to support us.