The theme for Catholic Schools’ Week this year was “Catholic Schools – places of faith and learning. Our school got off to a good start this year by preparing the Sunday Mass in Holy Family Church, Aughrim Street to launch the CSW. Students welcomed the parishioners and handed out the leaflets for the Mass. They did the readings, sang the Responsorial Psalm, presented many icon of the faith in the Offertory Procession, and three first years did a Prayer Dance after communion to the Magnificat. Fr. Paddy Madden, the parish priest and the parishioners were most lavish in their praise for the students and wished that such masses with young people could occur more often.
Every day during the week a prayer reflection echoing the theme for each day was said. (See poster with the five themes done out in circles).
On 31st January there was a Catholic Schools Prayer Service for the whole school in the hall. Students processed into the hall to solemn music carrying several icons/images relating to our Catholic faith. These were carried up one by one by the students and placed on the altar as a commentary relayed the meaning of the icons.
First years performed a mime in honour of Mary Aikenhead to the song “Who Will Speak if You Don’t?”.
At the end of the service the Principal presented eight deserving students with a Mary Aikenhead Certificate for their positive contribution to the school.