In March 2018, 22 students and 13 teachers from England, Poland, Germany, Greece and Spain came to visit our school as part of an Erasmus+ Project. This Project entitled ‘Eurotrading, Young Entrepreneurs on the Move’ is a two year programme which aims to explore entrepreneurship, creativity and connections between a variety of European countries. The visitors became part of our school for the week and learned about our customs and traditions. They viewed the beautiful landscape of Kenmare and the surrounding areas and saw performances from our many talented students at our school concert. There are a lot of people we would like to thank for making the week such a success. These include Local Entrepreneurs Margaret McCarthy and Benoit Lorge for their wonderful workshops, Local Historian Dónal Sleator for his informative tour of Kenmare (how he remembers all those facts is incredible), Bernie O’Sullivan, Joanne Cashman, Peggy Healy and Maria Laffey for their work in organising both concerts, Vinnie and Mo at Wild Derrynane for their amazing tour and Kenmare Marketing and Events Group for organising this, Romi Curran for her Art Workshop, Deputy Mayor of Killarney John Joe Culloty for his tour of the Killarney area and the staff and students of St. Johns for organising events and hosting students in their classrooms. Finally, we would most especially like to thank the parents and students who took the children in for the week. We realise it is not easy to open your homes to visitors as people are so busy but we really do appreciate the effort you went to in doing so. The children were all so happy and well looked after all week and we are truly grateful for your kindness! The week was a great success with positive feedback from all the countries. Thank you to all!
Today we celebrated Pancake Tuesday in St. Johns! Our busy chefs were hard at work making over 400 pancakes for all the pupils and staff in the school! A big thanks to the wonderful Mrs. Curtis for returning for the day to resume her post as Pancake Chef and of course to the amazing Alanna McCarthy for her impressive culinary and organisational skills! A lot of satisfied bellies going home this evening! Here we have some information on Pancake Tuesday!
The long build up to Easter is called Lent. The day before Lent begins is called Shrove Tuesday. ‘Shrove’ means being forgiven for wrong-doings. It happens on a different date each year depending on when Easter is. This year Shrove Tuesday is today 13 February, 2018.
Another name for Shrove Tuesday is Pancake Day. Long ago this was a day for feasting and having a good time. People went to church to confess the bad things they had done and would be ‘shriven’ or forgiven before the start of Lent. As rich foods such as eggs were forbidden during Lent, one way of using them up would be to make pancakes.
Many people make pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and in some parts of the UK run in pancake races. This custom grew up because of a legend dating from 1445. On Shrove Tuesday one woman was still making pancakes as the church bells rang. Rather than be late she took her frying pan and pancake with her.
One of the most famous pancake races is held in Olney, Buckinghamshire where women over 18 years of age, wearing a skirt, apron and head covering, have been competing for hundreds of years. They have to toss their pancake on the start line and again at the finish to prove they haven’t lost it.
In France and the United States Pancake day is called Mardi Gras which means ‘Fat’ or ‘Grease Tuesday’.
A big thanks to all of you who contributed to the Irish Pilgrimage Trust Charity Cake Sale in St. John’s today. We were delighted to receive over €1300 as a result of your remarkable efforts! As always, parents and students went to extraordinary lengths to bake the most beautiful and delicious cakes and treats and we are truly grateful! This money will go towards bringing Special Needs children from all over Ireland on a trip to Lourdes! A lovely treat this Spring! Thank you all!
Best of Luck to Anú Hayes from 5th Class who will be representing St. Johns in the All Ireland Swimming Competition in the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin on Sunday! Anú will be taking part in the 50m Butterfly and the 100IM which is 25m laps of each stroke. We are very proud of you here in St. Johns Anú! Well done and Good Luck!