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This year we completed a stimulating music programme with Naomi Clarkson. Each week Naomi taught music lessons with the class teachers. At the end of November the children performed in a school concert and their enthusiasm and joy of singing was evident to all. The children sang an exciting range of songs from musical like Mary Poppins, Matilda and Les Miserables. We all enjoyed this programme and I'm sure some of the children are still singing the songs
Our green schools committee are working hard and we focused on our school garden this term. We have planted up the four flower beds to represent the four seasons. A special thank you to everyone who donated plants and time to develop our garden. We look forward to observing the changes in growth over the year. For 2014 our green schools target is to reduce waste and recycle more.
At the time of writing this we are eagerly anticipating all our usual Christmas traditions in school. The boys and girls will be travelling into Dublin to see the Snow White Pantomime. We have our Enniskerry Christmas Market on Saturday 14th December and our School Nativity in St. Patrick's Church on Sunday 15th December at 11:30. We hope to see you there.
Anna Ovington Principal


Memories of Powerscourt National School

Georgina Masterson in 5th Class: I started in Powerscourt National School in 1964 in a class of four; my other classmates being Ruth Beattie, John Griffin and Sylvia McKee. We remained a foursome right up to the time that we all left the school to go on to secondary education in Wesley College. I had two older siblings in the school and one of my memories is that my older sister was a favourite for "goal-keeping duties" she later went on to become goalkeeper for the hockey team at the Church of Ireland College of Education. I also remember the outside toilets so it was literally "an bhfuil cead agam dul amach", how times have changed!! Of course, one of the major events in the school calendar was the Annual School Outing to Arklow; the bus journey down the old N11 with streamers flying and lots of singing along the way. We often stopped off half way in order for the bus driver to release his racing pigeons. Before I left in 1971, we had the added excitement of "Hall's Pictorial Weekly" visit to the school. This programme was hosted by Frank Hall and filming took place on a lovely sunny day I often wonder if it is in the RTE archives somewhere! My teacher throughout my time in the school was Mrs Burgess and her residence was at the school. Her husband at one time came into the school building to access the residence and helped me thread a sewing needle his eyesight being somewhat better than mine at the time!! Shortly after I left, the school was to become a two-teacher school with the arrival of Miss Langley.
Georgina Masterson is Hon Secretary of Kilbride Church Select Vestry and works in St. Vincent's Private Hospital. Dr. Ruth Beattie has degrees in Chemistry from TCD and Queen's University Belfast, and is at present an Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky, teaching Microbiology among other things. Sylvia McKee is married and is a qualified teacher.
If any one has memories of PNS they would like to share, please send them to Judy Cameron ( or the Rector.

Powerscourt National School from a set of photographs of the village taken in the 1970's

Powerscourt National School 1970's
Powerscourt National School 1970's 2

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