Irish Rail project keeps Clara school on track

SCOIL Bhríde, Clara was one of sixteen lucky schools to be chosen to take part in a unique collaborative, cross curricular project in association with Irish Rail and Galway, Athlone, Portlaoise, Kildare and Drumcondra Education Centres.

SCOIL Bhríde, Clara was one of sixteen lucky schools to be chosen to take part in a unique collaborative, cross curricular project in association with Irish Rail and Galway, Athlone, Portlaoise, Kildare and Drumcondra Education Centres.

The ‘Keep on Track’ project connects sixteen schools and stations from Galway to Dublin along the Inter City Rail Line. Each school was assigned a station and asked to tell the story of that station through a variety of formats.

Through blog posts on line, all the hard work and efforts of the children and their teachers was accumulated and presented.

The ‘Keep on Track’ project came about in Scoil Bhríde when the Director of Athlone Education Centre, Frank Walsh approached the school to ask them to tell the story of Clara Train Station.

Fifth class of Scoil Bhríde was only too eager to become involved in the project and was chosen to represent their school and Clara Train Station.

Since January the girls and their teacher Ms Triona O’Lone have been creating timetables, making model trains, researching for mini-projects, writing poems and stories and creating fabulous artwork all in association with trains and Clara Train Station.

As part of the project fifth class had to visit the local station. They were lucky to have a brilliant tour guide and an employee of Irish Rail, Eoin Brennan to show them around the station and answer all the girl’s questions.

They had a great visit learning about the history of the station, the daily running of the station, watching two trains arrive and depart and taking plenty of photographs.

On June 9 a launch day was held in the Radisson Hotel in Galway in which schools presented their Project Findings. A Special Iarnród Éireann train brought all schools involved to and from Galway for the day of celebration, and a celebration it certainly was.

All the girls of fifth class had a fantastic day meeting all the other schools and had a chance to see all the work the other schools completed. Each school was presented with a certificate for their hard work and Paul the MC kept all the children greatly entertained for the day.

It was a particularly special day for Scoil Bhríde, Clara and one pupil of fifth class. At the beginning of the project all the children of each school had to create a logo for the ‘Keep on Track’ project. The best logo would win a special prize and appear on the certificates awarded to each school.

Aoife Digan was the very lucky and talented winner from our school. Aoife designed a fabulous, colourful logo of a railway surrounded by each of the stations involved in the project and a smiling sun. Aoife was very surprised and delighted with her prize. She did her school and class very proud.

After all the hard work the girls completed during the year the day in Galway was an occasion which went above and beyond our expectations, a special thanks to everyone who made it possible.

The ‘Keep on Track’ project was a fantastic experience for everyone involved and the teachers and pupils of Scoil Bhríde will remember it for many years to come.