There were proud parents and delighted girls and boys aplenty last week as two of Cork’s Community National Schools (CNS) gathered together in the Carrigaline Court Hotel to sing, dance and celebrate their students’ talents and achievements. The two schools in question, Scoil Aonghusa in Mallow and Scoil Chlíodhna in Carrigtwohill – both of which are governed by the Cork Education and Training Board (CETB) – are child-centred, multi-denominational primary schools, which provide high quality education and maintain an ethos of equal education for each of their students.
The celebratory concert began on a literal high note, with all students from both schools coming together to perform the inspiring song ‘Hello to All the Children of the World’. Scoil Chlíodhna students continued the good vibes with beautiful renditions of popular songs like ‘You Are My Sunshine’, ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ and ‘Fly a Kite’ from Mary Poppins. Brief addresses followed from special guests Cllr. Patrick Gerard Murphy, the Mayor of County Cork, and CETB’s Chief Executive Denis Leamy, who were quick to praise the hard work of the students and teachers, while commending each CNS on their dedication to providing an inclusive and community focused educational experience. The students of Scoil Aonghusa provided more entertainment, with pupils from Junior Infants up to 6th Class showing their talents through dance spectacles, poetry recitations, tin whistle compilations and the performance of an array of well-known songs.
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Photo credit: Jim Coughlan