Proclamation Day 2016
A wonderful day was had by all on Tuesday March 15th when we
celebrated ‘Proclamation Day’ in our school. It was a very special day
as schools across Ireland remembered and commemorated the events
of Easter Week 1916. The theme of the event was ‘Remember ,
Reflect, Re-imagine’ .
To mark the occasion we had a ceremony to raise the Irish Flag which
was presented to us by the Defence Forces earlier in the school year.
Our ceremony opened with the raising of the Irish Flag by Acting
Squadron Sergeant John Hanley. John Hanley along with our
Principal Joanne O’Brien Kennelly, the chairperson of our Board of
Management Helen Arnold and our local historian John Arnold
proceeded to read out the 1916 Proclamation .
The very inspiring 2016 version of the Proclamation composed by the
children of the school was then read out by the students. In this
‘Proclamation for a New Generation’ the children re-imagined the type
of Ireland they would like for themselves and future generations.
John Arnold our local Historian gave a very interesting and informative
speech about the 1916 Proclamation and also on the history of the
Some of the children from 4th, 5th and 6th class who had recently
made us all very proud by coming second in the Leiriú section of the
Scór na bPáistí competition with their historical sketch, performed this
piece excellently for us again on the day. The act which is called
‘Bartlemy Remembers’ is based in a modern day classroom looking
back to the events of 1916.
The children accompanied by Mrs. O’Brien Kennelly played Amhrán
na bhFiann on the tin whistle and everyone joined in for the singing of
our National Anthem.
Our ceremony concluded with the Siege of Ennis which was enjoyed
Proclamation Day was a memorable success. We are very lucky in
Bartlemy National School to have such a wonderful network of support
in both the parents and friends of the school and we would like to
thank all who participated in and attended on the day.
Below are some of the photographs from the day thanks to our brilliant
photographer Una Finn.
Our 'Proclamation for a New Generation'.