The weather smiled down on the pupils and teachers of St. Joseph’s National School last Thursday October 10 as they embarked on their annual charity walk and breakfast morning.
The pupils, parents and teachers began their morning by gathering at Round Tower in Old Kilcullen at 9am for a talk followed by walk to school at 9.30am.
School principal, Marion Sherlock spoke about the history of the tower at the site.
“We were very lucky with the weather. We had a fantastic day,” explained the principal.
The pupils also celebrated their environmental endeavours with the raising of the school’s first Green Flag. There was double reason to be proud as St. Joseph’s has also been awarded the Active School Flag for its promotion and encouragement of physical exercise and activities.
Afterwards, breakfast awaited the hungry walkers as the waft of tasty sausages lulled them indoors.
Courtesy of the senior classes under the guidance of parent volunteers, everyone was catered for.
Marion explained that this annual school event is organised by senior pupils as an initiative where children in the school raise money for a children’s organisation - “Children Helping Children” This year, the chosen charity (selected by the senior pupils) was Autism Assistance Dogs of Ireland.
A total of €300 was raised to help provide dogs for families of children with autism.
Autism assistance dogs Ireland was founded in April 2010 and is based in Cork.
This is a primary service providing highly trained assistance dogs for children with autism. It provides a valuable service that can have life changing effects for the children and their families. The assistance dogs are provided free of charge.
Autism assistance dogs Ireland relies exclusively on voluntary contributions as it does not receive any Government funding.
This annual event is hugely successful.
The school would like to thank sponsors, Nolans Butchers, Eurospar, Kilcullen; Centra; Daybreak; Crowes Butchers, and McCanns of Calverstown for their support.
The principal also praised the parents who cooked scones, bread and other delicious products for the breakfast.
She also singled out those who volunteered on the morning for special praise. Patrick Crawford along with June and Sam Crawford; and Colette and Katie O’Connor all worked very hard in preparing the hearty breakfast while everyone was out on the walk.
There are currently 56 pupils at St. Josephs from junior infants up to sixth class.
If you would like to find out a bit more about the school or if you are interested in sending your children there, you can attend the open day on November 21 from 7pm to 9pm. All prospective parents are welcome.
Now, the planning for next year’s event begins!