ENNIS Educate Together National School had a winter fair at the school last Friday, looking at different countries and how they celebrate different aspects of their culture.
Speaking about it, Deputy Principal Aoiffe Lynch said, “We’re an Educate Together School, a multi denominational school, so we have lots of different cultures within our school.
“The only difference between ourselves and other schools would be that we don’t teach religion, we teach ethical education, which is teaching them about all the different religious traditions.
“With this we selected different countries to represent some of the students in our school, each class got to research a country and celebrate its cultures, religions through art, music, drama, poetry and dance.
“We had a full winter fair and all the children got a passport to go into all the different countries.
“Parents were invited in, a lot of them had cooked home made traditional dishes from their countries so there was a tasting table for each of the countries as well.”
She said it had been a great event for the school children.
“The kids loved it, they had an absolute ball, they had a great time researching on the countries they were working on. There was a great buzz around the school, the kids loved tasting the different foods and getting their passports stamped. They went around the world in 90 minutes!”
Among the countries featured were Turkey, Ireland, India, Poland, Spain, Ukraine, Taiwan, Zimbabwe, Brazil and Syria.
The students also learned about religions and festivities linked to them such as Eid, Christmas and Diwali.
Owen Ryan has been a journalist with the Clare Champion since 2007, having previously worked for a number of other regional titles in Limerick, Galway and Cork.