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Parteen National School website – The school teamed up with Limerick Institute of Technology, who helped with the capturing of video and photo content, along with staff member Aisling O’ Hara and well known Limerick photographer, Eamonn Andrews.

Parteen National School launches new website with a day of fun

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The new Parteen School Trad. Band performed three songs at the event; John Ryan’s Polka, Maggie in the Woods and The Kerry Polka.

This week marked a morning of celebration and togetherness in Parteen National School where the pupils gathered, along with staff, parents, community members and Board of Management members to launch the new school website. 


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 Many months’ work has gone into the redesign of the Parteen National School website by new principal, Ms Miriam Smyth, along with tech-savvy staff members Siobhán Barry and Ruth Andrews. A collaborative approach was taken to this redesign with consultation with staff, pupils and the Parents Association as to what should feature on the new website.  

The school teamed up with Limerick Institute of Technology, who helped with the capturing of video and photo content, along with staff member Aisling O’ Hara and well known Limerick photographer, Eamonn Andrews. Pupils partook in an art competition last October and some of this art is now featured on the website.

With such enthusiasm from pupils around this new website, the school decided to mark the occasion with music, song and dance.  It is the first time in two years parents have been able to attend an event in the school so there was a real air of excitement from pupils and parents alike.  The event was hosted by Kara Foley and Niall Cox, two 6th class pupils who are also members of the School Council.  Their wonderful public speaking skills kept the show on the road! 

 Firstly, parents were treated to Edelweiss played by two staff members, Ruth Andrews on clarinet and Judy Meskell on flute.  Following this, the newly formed Parteen School Trad. Band, comprising teachers, pupils and relatives of pupils performed three tunes – John Ryan’s Polka, Maggie in the Woods and The Kerry Polka.  Five fantastic Irish dancers from the student body danced to these tunes.  

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All the schoolchildren were treated to popcorn, supplied by the Parents’ Association.

Finally, following weeks of practice with their class teachers, the whole school community, conducted by teacher Olivia Parkinson, joined together to sing “A Million Dreams”, a song voted for by the children.  Confetti cannons officially launched the Parteen National School website.  All the children were then treated to popcorn, supplied by the very active Parents’ Association.  Parents were invited into the school hall for teas and coffees afterwards if they wished. 

Speaking after the event, Principal Smyth thanked the pupils and staff saying “Children, your enthusiasm each and every day makes this school a joy to teach in, and of course to our teachers who give 100% to ensure that the children are not only receiving an excellent education but are also enjoying each and every lesson they experience. Your combined input has made our website a vibrant celebration of the essence of Parteen National School.” 

Visit the new Parteen National School website HERE

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.