Message from the Principal
“Congratulations to our pupils, teachers and staff for making the celebration event on the 12th of December such a huge success. Every wall, display board and classroom celebrated the children’s research into the school’s history since the explosion in 1991 and Craigavon’s fifty year existence. The event was further enriched by the 14 community groups which displayed the work they currently do in the Craigavon area.
The feedback we have received online, via social media and in letter form has served to affirm the excellent reputation of St. Anthony’s Primary School and how those who attended the event appreciated their trip down memory lane.”
The Reasoning Behind the School Project
Approximately two years ago, during a staff meeting, Sean Mc Morrow spoke about a principals meeting he had attended in Belfast. There was a presentation given at the meeting by a principal from St. Joseph’s P.S in Madden, Mr Paud Loughrin. The presentation was based on a school project, which his school had carried out on the Armagh Train disaster. The purpose of the presentation was to make the point that World Around Us Topics which are taught in school should be more about our local environment and what is right on our doorstep.
Claire Mc Conville and Helen Hamill set to work planning how the project would be organised and what work would be covered by each year group. Helen contacted the AMMA Centre in Armagh and Clare and Helen had an initial meeting with Vanessa Treanor from the AMMA Centre, during which they presented their plans for the whole school project. Vanessa and her team agreed to help with the project focusing on the P.7 year group. Nicola Inglis’s class and Helen Hamill’s class presented a film through the decades, which looked at global and local news for each decade. Shane Scullion’s class used Makey Makey boards to create an interactive instagram display.
We had visits from past principals and vice-principals including Harry Hoy, Vincent Braniff and Trea Lawson who spoke to our P.5 and P.7 classes. Catherine Seeley and Paul Mc Grane came in to speak to our P.2 classes.
This project has been a real team effort with every member of staff involved, both teaching and non-teaching. The work the children have produced and the effort made by everyone has just been amazing.
The date of the 12th of December was selected for the celebration evening as it was the date 25 years ago when the school was destroyed by an IRA bomb.