Spirits will be high at a celebration of 25 years of integrated education in Armagh, as the Parents’ Council of a city school host a black-tie event later this month.
Saints and Scholars PS will be celebrating its silver anniversary in style with a four-course meal and night of entertainment at the Armagh City Hotel.
Speaking to Armagh I, Martin Smyth, chair of the Parents’ Council, said: “Initially it is to celebrate 25 years of integrated education in Armagh, but we are also raising funds to help furnish the eleventh classroom for next year.
“We are also going to be raising money for the Southern Area Hospice.”
Raising money is nothing new to the good folk at Saints and Scholars, who are always prepared to put others first and help in any way they can, with the Hospice particularly close to everyone’s hearts.
Martin explained: “We have done a few fundraisers over the years; there have been a couple of children, past pupils, who have been diagnosed with cancers, one with leukaemia and another with a tumour.
“The Hospice is close to many, as most have been affected by cancer, or have had family who have been in the Hospice.”
The Parents’ Council chair said it was exciting times for the school – celebrating the past and looking to the future.
Martin added: “Integrated education is vital, the respect these children are learning, the school is very good at teaching about all cultures, including those that aren’t represented in the school.
“The school has been going from strength to strength, it has been adding on gradually and now the eleventh classroom from what had initially been a smaller school.”
The black-tie event will be hosted at the Armagh City Hotel, on April 13. The tickets are £50 which can be purchased from a member of the Parents’ Council or at the school office.
This includes a drinks reception and a four-course meal.
There will be live music from Brian Finnegan and the Bizz and all are urged to come along and join in the celebrations.