FRIDAY, June 22 was a day of celebration in Scoil Mhuire in Portlaoise. It marked the end of another school year, filled with many achievements and successes.
The events of the day started when the principal Anne Buggie introduced the school orchestra to play a number of pieces. There then followed the raising of the school’s third green flag which was awarded in recognition of the efforts made by the whole school community to conserve water and reduce water wastage.
Though the days leading up to the event had been very wet, the sun managed to shine down on the proceedings, no doubt encouraged by the first class pupils singing of “Mr. Golden Sun, Please Shine Down on Me!” The Green School committee are justifiably proud of their new flag but have also worked hard to maintain their two previous awards by keeping the school litter free and by saving energy.
Certainly when the parents and pupils arrived into the school that morning they were delighted to see the grounds so tidy and festooned with balloons and flowers. Much energy was used during the day with Zumba dancing workshops, Giant Board Games and Bouncy Castles provided for the childrens (and some brave teachers) entertainment.
A puppet show sponsored by the school’s parents council and hand painting gave an opportunity for a much needed rest, while lunch on the day was a real treat with Supermacs serving up pizza and drinks to everyone.
The sixth class pupils were looking cool in their new “Class of 2012” hoodies. They launched a cookery book which sold out very quickly but a re-print is on the way for anyone who was disappointed. The day of celebration was a great success and a tribute to the team work and co-operation of all the staff and pupils of Scoil Mhuire.