Moortown Primary pupils to experience the Victorian classroom for school’s centenary

St Peter's PS, Moortown in 1915

St Peter's PS, Moortown in 1915

  • Community fun day at St Peter’s PS in Moortown on Saturday, June 13
  • History of the school talk followed by a Victorian classroom experience on Friday, June 12
  • Archbishop Eamon Martin to say a centenary Mass on Thursday, June 18
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In celebration of the school’s centenary, children at Moortown Primary School are to get a taste of what life was like in the classroom 100 years ago.

St Peter’s, which first opened its doors in 1915, is bringing in a teacher from days of old to show the children how those who sat their place 100 years ago got their education.

Current day pupils at St Peter's Moortown

Current day pupils at St Peter's Moortown

So along with a Victorian teacher delivering Victorian lessons in character, they will be taking their notes on slates, whilst in full Victorian dress.

Let’s hope she doesn’t bring back the cane.

Speaking about the celebrations, Principal John Quinn said: “It’s a very exciting time in the history of the school, and even though you are remembering the past, it’s also a time to take stock and look towards the future.

“It’s a great opportunity for people in the community who haven’t been at the school in years, to come back in.”

It’s a great opportunity for people in the community who haven’t been at the school in years, to come back in - Principal John Quinn

As well as a Victorian theme day, the primary hosted Hugo Duncan along with a BBC TV crew last Friday, and held two centenary cup Gaelic Football competitions for the boys and girls.

“Next Friday we are having a talk on the history of the school and on that night we are also having a classroom set up as a Victorian classroom,” Mr Quinn added, “so anybody who wants to take a trip back in time can enter that classroom - if they dare.”

St Peter’s is also holding a community fun day on Saturday 13 from 12.30-3.30pm and Archbishop Eamon Martin is to say Mass on June 18.