Last week, Catholic Schools Week was celebrated throughout Ireland. During this week schools across the country were afforded an opportunity to reflect upon, and celebrate, the contribution that Catholic Education makes to the wider community and to the people who make up the living and vibrant faith communities that characterise these schools.
The theme for this year was Catholic Schools - Rooted in Jesus Christ and it was inspired by the Pastoral Letter of Pope Benedict XVI to the Catholics of Ireland, which was published on 20 March 2010.
On Tuesday last, as a way of marking this week, some of the Transition Year Students of St Kieran’s College, who aspire to become teachers themselves one day, decided to teach a religion lesson to some of the local primary school children. Twelve students in total prepared lessons on some of the saints whose feast days were celebrated during Catholic Schools Week. Most students concentrated on St Bridget, St Blaise and St John Bosco, while others chose to focus on St Patrick.
These lessons were aimed at Fifth and Sixth class students in St Patrick’s De La Salle and St John of God Schools. The students from St Kieran’s College taught their groups in pairs assisted by the regular class teacher. This venture, which would not have been possible without the welcome, support and encouragement of the class teachers and principals of the two primary schools, was a great success. All involved reported that the experience was worthwhile, educational and most enjoyable.
St Kieran’s College hopes to continue to work with the local primary schools for similar programmes in the future. It was hoped that projects such as these would give the students, both the ‘new teachers’ and the primary school children, the chance to experience being “Rooted in Christ” and to share something of their common faith.