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Catholic Schools’ Week 2019 at Monastery NS Ardee

Monastery NS Ardee recently celebrated Catholic Schools Week 2019 which ran from 27th January to 3rd February 2019. The theme for Catholic Schools Week this year was Catholic Schools: Celebrating the Work of Our Local Catholic Schools. As Irish society changes, it is important that we reflect on the unique contribution of Catholic schools to our collective goal of education. Each Catholic school shares an ethos that is inclusive, welcoming and vibrant. Each school works towards a vision of each student as made in the likeness and image of God (imago Dei). This means that in Monastery NS we work towards helping each child, irrespective of background, ethnicity or creed, reach their full potential academically, spiritually and socially. To be in the likeness and image of God means that we have the capacity to truly care for ourselves, each other and the environment around us.

While each Catholic school shares this profound commitment to this vision, every school does this differently. Each school is influenced by the community it serves; be it large urban schools, small rural schools, schools with a wide variety of ethnicities and every school in between. For this reason, Monastery NS works in a unique and distinctive manner in educating each child to holistically develop their talent, skills and potential. Saint Paul writes in his first letter to the Corinthians; ‘For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.’ Each Catholic school is a vital member of the one community which is called to work towards the Kingdom of God. Monastery NS like other Catholic school contributes to this mission in a unique way.

Each day of Catholic Schools Week the pupils of Monastery NS Ardee examined and reflected on a daily theme in class. However the highlight of the week took place on Wednesday as Monastery NS welcomed over 200 grandparents to our school for
Grandparents Day. They visited classes, spoke to our pupils and shared memories of the importance of their faith in their lives. Afterwards we all had tea and buns in our Gym and many old friends met again. Canon Peter Murphy Parish Priest Ardee spoke to the grandparents assembled and asked that they continue to guide and encourage their grandchildren in their faith formation. Principal Mr McGee recounted a conversation between two pupils that morning. One pupil said his granny was coming to the school for Grandparents Day. The other pupil said his granny was in Heaven and couldn’t come. The first pupil said “don’t worry I’ll share my granny with you”. Such is the spirit of generosity of the pupils of Monastery NS Ardee!
Catholic Schools Week ended on Friday February 1 with the celebration of St Brigid’s Day. Our pupils learnt to make St Brigid’s Day Crosses and proudly displayed them to the school.

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