St John Bosco Teaching School Alliance

Special Event - Year 6 Prepare for St Patrick's Day

15 March 2011

Year 6 pupils from St John Bosco Catholic Primary School played an instrumental part in preparing for the annual West Bromwich St Patrick's Day parade and celebrations by spending a day as the guests of Sandwell Irish Society.

The class travelled to the 'Corner of Ireland' exhibition at Queens Square Shopping Centre and their first task was to learn something about the culture of Ireland by looking at maps and artefacts and learning about the life of St Patrick. They learned traditional Irish songs including The Wild Rover and Danny Boy and got the chance to play and listen to a Bodhran and a violin with some of them breaking into an Irish jig. There was also a solo from teacher Mr Mobberley, a unique event!

Throughout the day numerous passers by came in to the exhibition many of whom treated the children to impromptu Irish singing and poetry and told them about their Irish background and traditions. Lunch included a range of Irish fayre including soda bread, Tayto crisps, traditional cake and red lemonade.

The afternoon saw the class travel the short distance to 'The Public' Art gallery where, under the guidance of a professional artist in residence they were shown how to make banners and bunting to be used in the St Patrick's Parade and events on Saturday. These incorporated a range of artistic styles all with an Irish theme including harps, shamrocks and Celtic crosses. They were all very colourful and striking and will stand out well at the parade.

Everyone had an wonderful time and huge thanks go to Siobhan Gorman from the Irish Society who put in an amazing amount of work to organise the celebrations and ensure that the culture of Ireland is thriving in Sandwell and is shared with the wider community.

All of the St John Bosco pupils said they were looking forward to St Patrick's day and whatever their nationality felt a 'bit Irish' after their day.

Celebrating St Patrick's Day with Some red lemonade.
Playing the Bodhrans.

Hard at work making bunting.
The whole class in the corner of Ireland.

All smiles as we learn about Ireland.
More artwork ready for the parade.

Trying our hand at sewing.
This is the Celtic Cross.

Two pupils with a couple of leprechauns!
Playing the bodhran

We did an Irish jig to this fiddle.
Looking after baby whilst her mum sings us a song.

Outside the exhibition.