Tuesday 8th March was a very special day for St. Conleth & Mary’s Primary School. Our school was given the honour of planting a tree to celebrate National Tree Week. We planted an oak tree, as they are a symbol of County Kildare. We were joined by special guests including the President of the GAA Mr. Aogán Ó’Fearghaíl, the President of the National Tree Council Mr. Kevin Hutchinson, representatives from Coillte and the ESB, who sponsor Tree Week, representatives from our local GAA clubs and Cumann na mBunscol, members of the Newbridge Tidy Towns committee, local principals and members of our school community, including the Chairperson of our Board of Management Mr. Andrew Cody.
The children prepared a special assembly for the occasion. They performed the traditional Irish songs Óró ‘sé do Bheatha ‘Bhaile, Báidín Fheilimidh and Peigín Leitir Móir. Mrs. Nugent’s fifth class performed the poem ‘An Iomáint’. Ms. Glendon and Mrs. Honan’s class played the recorder, 2nd class performed a poem and a dance to ‘Friend Like Me’and 4th class performed a poem. Aela Power read the poem ‘Trees are the Kindest Things I Know’ by Harry Behn. Luke and Fionn Brennan and Niamh and Sive Armour performed an Irish dance. The children put on a great show for our guests and were a credit to themselves.
After the assembly we moved outside to our green where we witnessed the oak tree being planted. The guests, children and teachers really enjoyed the celebration. We must say a special thank you to Mr. O’Brien for all his hard work organising the event.