Coola Post Primary School

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USA School Visit

May’s 2011 highlight, was the visit to the school by a group of students from across the Pond, namely from Thornton Donovan School, New Rochelle, New York.  Thornton Donovan is located at Overlook Circle in New Rochelle and is one of the oldest private schools in Westchester County established in 1901 The school caters for students from the ages of five to eighteen years of age.

Approximately forty minutes from Manhattan the school offers a culturally thematic education where students are encouraged to learn by focusing on a different part of the world each year. Their motto being “Individually focused, Globally engaged”

Thus every year the school develops links with the country they are studying before visiting for approximately fifteen days each May. Thornton Donovan first made contact with Coola Post Primary School over fifteen months ago via Ms. Lorna Davey.

Ms. Davey has had a long association with New Rochelle and has visited the school on many occasions over the years. Coola Post Primary staff and students were happy to offer any assistance in order to ensure that the American visitors’ sojourn in  Ireland was a success.

Seventy-eight teachers, parents and students arrived in Dublin on April 30th to begin their two-week tour, which they had aptly named A Celtic Crossing. On the first day they toured the Museum of Archaeology, Merrion Square, Grafton St and the Guinness Storehouse accompanied by Ms Davey.

After a second day in Ireland’s capital the group travelled south visiting Waterford, Cork, Kerry and Galway before arriving in Sligo on Sunday May 8th where they spent the evening enjoying the delights of Rosses Point.

The group spent Monday touring the locality of Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon, visiting such sights as the Arigna Mining Experience, Lough Key Forest Park and the Carrowmore tombs. After dinner the group were entertained by Mr. Martin Enright who gave a lecture and slide show presentation on the connection between the Celtic Mythology, the scenic landscape of Sligo and Yeats’ poetry.

On Tuesday a total of 38 students and 7 teachers from Thornton Donovan spent the day in Coola Post Primary School, and Sooey National School. Students and teachers joined non-exam classes during the morning session to gain an understanding of an Irish school.   Transition Year students welcomed the group, breaking the ice with a discussion of Irish poetry and a presentation of projects instigated by Ms. Julie Acheson, while Ms Davey made a presentation on the wonders of Science.

During lunch break Transition Year students, aided by Mr. Eamonn Bruen, held a coaching session in the school’s sports complex explaining the principals of, and demonstrating the basic skills of, Gaelic football and Hurling.

Ms. Amanda Kelly, assisted by the Leaving Certificate Applied student, provided lunch for the visitors, which was followed by a showcase of talent from both schools organised by Mr. Michael Rooney and Mr. Liam Baum, the music teachers from both schools.

After a thoroughly enjoyable and successful trip, the newly formed friendships made between the students looks set to benefit both schools considerably.   It is sincerely hoped that students from Coola Post Primary School will be able to embrace whole-heartedly an invitation extended by the Headmaster of Thornton Donovan school to visit their school New Rochelle.

The Group returned to their hotel after school where a number of parents teachers and students from both schools made their way to Knocknera to climb the mountain. There visit to Sligo was completed by a traditional music session in the hotel after dinner hosted by Coola’s music teacher Mr. Michael Rooney Ms Davey and some students from Coola