Scoil Mhuire, Portlaoise are preparing to welcome the Pakistani Ambassador to Ireland, Naghmana Hashmi, to their school.
On Wednesday, April 6, the Pakistani ambassador will visit the school to receive a donation for the Pakistan Flood Relief fund.
The children raised the money with a witchy walk around the school last October.
“The whole school is very excited and very proud to have such a visitor to our school,” said language support teacher, Jill Hackett.
“This is a whole school effort and the Ambassador’s visit would not have been possible without the support of the principal, Ann Buggie, the staff and students.”
Ms Hackett said it will be the Ambassador’s first visit an Irish school.
“We’re hoping to make the Ambassador’s visit memorable for herself and the students of the school,” she said.
The plans for the Ambassador’s visit date back to last summer.
“I saw a picture of the Ambassador in one of the national newspapers and she was showing her own private art collection to try and raise money for the flood relief efforts.
“We have a number of Pakistan families in the school and I thought it would be a good way to integrate the families into the school. With modern technology now, we can view the scenes from Pakistan last year in the classrooms. It’s nice for the Pakistan families in Portlaoise to see us doing something to help their country, as many of them would still have family back in Pakistan,” said the teacher.
The school hopes to use the visit as part of their action day for their third green flag for water conservation. While the 6th class students are using the experience as part of their Challenge for Change Project.
Some of the parents are looking after the catering for the day, and some of the Pakistani children are practicing a special greeting to welcome the Ambassador when she arrives. The Pakistan children will also wear their national dress.
One of the parents is also teaching some of the children a traditional Pakistan dance, while other students will put on a display of Irish dancing.