Our 75th Anniversary celebrations will commence officially on this Friday coming, the 20th April with our Symbolic Walk from the old schoolhouse in Myrtleville and walking a route from there back to the school (via Brightwater and the village). Our school here, Scoil Chros tSeáin on the Upper Road in Crosshaven opened on 1st April 1943 and replaced the all boys’ school in Myrtleville which had been founded in the 1830’s. It is only fitting that 75 years later we make this connection between the past (1943) and the present (2018) by setting foot from the old schoolhouse to the “new” school. We aim to begin the walk at 11:00am and have returned to school by 12:30pm.
All are welcome to join the walk. We are hoping to have as many pupils, parents, staff, board of management members, parents and past-pupils walking with us or joining with us along the way. Word has it that we will have 3 generations of the one family from Scoil Chros tSeain who attended as pupils walking. We will be joined by the Coastguard who will assist with road safety. Classes from 2nd to 6th will be bused out to the old schoolhouse in Myrtleville on Friday morning. We will light a lamp at the old schoolhouse and carry the lamp back to the school. We will also have our 75th Time Capsule with us too. Each class will have chosen items to include. The Time Capsule will be opened on the 100th Anniversary. There will be some vintage cars from the locality joining us as well. Jason Deasy, from the Carrigaline Pipe Band, will lead us in our walk accompanied by some drummers from the school. We will depart from the old schoolhouse and walk along Cooney’s Lane and from there we will make our way to Goat’s Cross before joining the main road, walking down to Gash’s Corner before joining with First Class, Senior Infants and Junior Infants at the top of Brightwater. First, Seniors and Juniors will leave the school at 11:30am. We will make our way then down to the village and parade back to the school. All are welcome to join us for refreshments in the hall once we arrive back at school.
The weather on Friday is predicted to be dry and sunny! Hard to believe but that’s what is forecast. We are asking that all boys to wear their tracksuit on Friday for comfort, along with a warm jacket . The older classes (2nd to 6th) are asked to bring a spare pair of shoes with them (just in-case they get a bit mucky!). Boys are asked to wear high-vis jackets on Friday. We will try and supply those who don’t have a high-vis.
There are a number of other activities in the planning before the Summer break including an Open Night and a Special Celebratory 75th Mass and Fun Day. Along with this, we are putting together a 75th Anniversary Publication to mark the occasion. If you have any old photos, stories or memorabilia connected with the school we would love to scan them so as to archive them. Call in to the school or drop in any items over the coming weeks. You can also send an email to 75@crosshavenbns.com