Friday, the 21st of June promises to be a memorable day for the community of Cloonfour N.S. It will see the launch of ‘Cloonfour N.S. through the Decades’, a short book compiled by the pupils of this two-teacher school based between Tarmonbarry and Rooskey.
Principal, Ms. Ciara Kearney explained that the project began in January. Staff delved into the old school roll books, which date back to 1896, and selected a past pupil from each decade dating back to the 1930s. The students of Cloonfour themselves devised questions to put to the past pupils. Interviews were held – and with this, the book was born!
“This history project encompasses the whole community, with records, stories and memories being sent into the school – the response was overwhelming”, acknowledges Ms. Kearney.
“Throughout the decades, you can see how certain aspects of school life have remained intact to this day, however the progression within the teaching methodologies and in particular the development of positive reinforcement as an alternative to discipline procedures has thankfully changed. The students got a real insight into what school was like throughout the decades in Cloonfour N.S. and were in awe and disbelief at some of the stories retold by past pupils”.
Ms. Kearney acknowledges the part the school community plays in such a small school and feels both “privileged and fortunate” to be part of the Tarmonbarry parish.
The launch takes place in Cloonfour NS on Friday, June 21st at 12 noon and will be followed by refreshments with a collection of school archives, publishings, photographs and much more being displayed in the school. A warm invitation is extended to everyone to attend this special event.