8 February 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Veronica Corr

One could be forgiven for feeling like Gulliver in Lilliput when visiting the newly renovated St. Louis Infant School, Monaghan Town — albeit less well travelled! Indeed, it’s a small world after all.

The prayer service, which preceded the blessing of the new wing and speeches, was an intimate and well rehearsed affair.

All the children sang, danced and recited poetry in perfect harmony and their contentment and camaraderie shone through.

Invited guests and pupils were seated around the edges of the large hall, which meant that the ceremony took part in the centre, adding to the communal feel of the celebration.

Principal Ms. Tina McTiernan acted as mistress of ceremonies on the day, which kicked off with a candle-lit procession featuring a child from each class. Religious artifacts were also blessed for every classroom in the new extension.

The head teacher said that it was very fitting that the blessing was happening in Catholic Schools Week, just ahead of the school’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Ms. McTiernan explained that rooms 1-6 were built 50 years ago, rooms 7-10 were added later, whilst rooms 11-14 formed the new extension.

The principal paid tribute to everyone who had made the day and school life in general so fulfilling, teachers past and present, the housekeeper, secretary and caretaker, the Board of Management, the Parents Association, the parents and last but not least the pupils themselves.

She too paid tribute to Bishop Liam Mac Daid, Patron and Fr. Paddy McGinn, Chaplain for concelebrating the prayer service and blessing.

The school is made up of four Junior, Senior and …

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