In the morning pupils and teachers from St. Colmcille’s Primary and Carniny Primary came along to experience the interactive story trail and workshops and in the afternoon, we were joined by Ballykeel Primary and St. Brigid’s Primary. Altogether we had more than 140 pupils along with their teachers joining us.
The story trail begins in the church hall where pupils enter the world of Patrick or “Maewyn Succat” as he was known in his younger days. First of all, they meet Maewyn’s mum and dad in their Roman style villa and then catch up with Maewyn just as he is being captured by pirates and taken away to Ireland or Hibernia- the Land of Winter. The trail continues into the church itself as Patrick escapes Ireland and makes his way back home before eventually receiving God’s call to return as a missionary to Ireland to lead the Irish people to Christ.
Teachers commented that their pupils were enthralled throughout the story trail and were listening very well. They learned some new information about the life of Patrick to take back to school and discuss further. Pupils also joined in enthusiastically with the two workshops and were able to take their art work (Celtic cross on canvas) back to school with them.
The day finished off with competition results and there was great excitement as the pupils waited to hear if their entry had won a prize. The prize for second place overall in the “Design and colour a snake pattern” competition was Alan from Ballykeel Primary and prize for third place overall was Chloe from St. Colmcille’s Primary. They took home £30 and £20 respectively. There were also individual school prizes of Chocolate Easter eggs and bunnies to distribute and everyone went away with a goody bag and information booklet about the trip.
We look forward to our final school day tomorrow!