Hundreds turn out for 60th at Raphoe school

Pauline ODonnell who was the youngest student in the school when it opened and Josh Bradley who is the schools youngest student now, pictured cutting the cake at the St Eunans NS 60th Anniversary in Raphoe.
Hundreds of former pupils of St Eunan’s National School in Raphoe, called to the school when the school community celebrated its 60th anniversary with a spectacular fun an Open Day.

Hundreds of former pupils of St Eunan’s National School in Raphoe, called to the school when the school community celebrated its 60th anniversary with a spectacular fun an Open Day.

Many of the school students and volunteers who looked after the various events on the day, dressed in vintage clothing adding to the festive atmosphere on a day when old friends were reunited and many tales of the past recalled.

Former members of staff also came along on the day, adding to the special sense of occasion and school principal Hugo Lafferty said the celebrations were a

fantastic success.

“We were blessed with a beautiful day and it was fantastic to see so many former students of the school come along to re-live their school days. Many of them brought family members with them and there were a lot of special memories rekindled.”

Mr. Lafferty paid particular tribute to all those who had helped put the day’s programme together and all who had volunteered to help on the day.

“We have a brilliant school community here of parents of current and even former school pupils and the enthusiasm and energy they brought to the

celebrations is what made it such a massive success.”

The open day saw visitors get the opportunity to visit all of the school’s classrooms, there was a display of old photographs and music, food and fun

games in the school yard all afternoon.

“One of the great things about St Eunan’s NS is how it has been such a huge part of the community over the years. The marching band and the Raphoe

Showstoppers variety group used to rehearse in the school and it was brilliant to have old dvds that incorporated both of these on display,” said Deputy Principal Anita Keeve.

As an extra special treat the students even revisited the days of the Showstoppers by putting on their own musical, drama and comedy performances.

One of the biggest treats of the day though was the first showing of the school lip dub, filmed just last week in the school.

“The children were all so keen to take part in the lip dub and they had such fantastic fun when it was being filmed that it generated a real buzz around the

school for days. It was a fantastic way to show the school in a positive light, but was also a great learning experience for the students.

Learning has been a key theme of our 60th anniversary celebrations and we have used every opportunity to teach the students in a variety of ways. Talking to so many former students on Saturday, they all had great memories of St Eunan’s NS, hopefully the events of the past week will be memories our current student body carry with them now for years to come,” Mrs Keeve concluded.