Proclamation Day and Raising of the Flag
Along with all schools in the country, Esker ETNS will commemorate the Easter Rising and the first reading of the Proclamation on Easter Monday 1916, tomorrow 15th March, 2016, almost one hundred years later.
Tomorrow, our school will ceremoniously raise the Irish National Flag, the green white and orange tricolour. The 1916 Proclamation of an Irish Republic will also be read out at this ceremony. The Proclamation is regarded as the seminal document in the Irish Revolutionary period which began in 1916 and led, ultimately, to the birth of an independent Irish State. Earlier in this school year, we had a visit from members of the Irish Air Corps who presented our school with the National Flag and a copy of the original Proclamation.
The children in the school have also worked on a new Proclamation, a Proclamation for a New Generation. A copy of this Proclamation, which articulates the dreams and hopes of our children for their future, will be sent home to each household after Easter.
At 10:40 am on Tuesday, the school children and staff will assemble at the front of the school. Extracts from the 1916 Proclamation will be read by two of our children. The Proclamation for a New Generation will also be read by senior children from the school pupils’ council. The National Fag will be raised at 11:00am followed by a rendering by school community of the Irish National Anthem, Amhrán na bhFiann.
Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish Language week)
As we are also celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge this week, ceilis and ceolchoirms (Irish dancing and concerts) will form part of our full day of celebration tomorrow Tuesday. 6th Class Green has prepared a drama about the events of Easter Week a hundred years ago and will perform this for the school on Tuesday morning.
We invite all the children to wear green or green, white and orange to mark this very special day in Irish schools across the country.
School closes early (12:20pm) on Wednesday 16th March for the Easter Holidays. School re-opens after the holidays on Monday 4th April.
There will be no school lunches on Wednesday this week as we are closing early. Please send in a small lunch for your child.