Tuesday was a fantastic celebration of our culture and heritage. Paul and Jim from the Defence Forces complimented the Redwood class on their knowledge of the 1916 timeline and the Student Council on their reading of the Proclamation of Independence. We look forward to learning more about 1916 and partaking in centenary celebrations on 15th of March 2016. Thanks to the PTA for organising tea and coffee. Thanks to all the paretns who could attend the special day!
Commemorative Programme initial celebration is on Tuesday 29th September 2015 at 10:30am. Parents, guardians and friends are all invited to attend.
To commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising and to celebrate 100 years since the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, the Government has tasked Óglaigh na hÉireann with delivering a National Flag to Powerstown ETNS this Tuesday, 29th September at 10.30am.
This is a key part of the Ireland 2016 commemorative programme and will see members of Óglaigh na hÉireann, in uniform, visiting schoolchildren, teachers and parents in over 3,200 schools across the Republic.
Powerstown ETNS will be visited by a team, led by an Officer or senior NCO, who will formally present the National Flag to the School in a special ceremony. Defence Force personnel will teach the school children about how the National Flag should be cared for and the protocol that surrounds this vibrant symbol of our nation.
The Officer or NCO will also read out the 1916 Proclamation and present a high-quality copy of the Proclamation, which has been produced from the Defence Forces Printing Press.
In addition to the National Flag and the 1916 Proclamation, the Defence Forces will also deliver a pack for each school, containing a booklet on how to care for the Flag; a poster of Amhrán na bhFiann, our National Anthem and a poster on the history of Óglaigh na hÉireann and the Flag. The format for our visit to Primary Schools will be as follows:
Arrival of the Defence Forces team at the school: welcome and introductory remarks.
- 1916 Timeline introduced by Redwood Class.
- The 1916 Proclamation in context.
- Reading of the Proclamation, a student council member will read a pre-selected extract.
- The National Flag – Q&A for the students on our Flag.
- Flag Protocols how we should care for our National Flag
- Presentation of the Flag to student council
- Pupils will sing Amhrán na bhFiann
Each ceremony will last not more than 30 minutes. Weather permitting, it will take place at 10.30am in Basketball Courts. PTA will have tea and coffee station set up for parents.
Óglaigh na hÉireann is proud to be leading this unprecedented initiative, which will culminate in Proclamation Day on 15th March 2016, where every school will raise the National Flag in special ceremonies – following the example of Óglaigh na hÉireann – and the 1916 Proclamation will be read.