The children from 6th Class were again invited to attend the annual state commemoration ceremonies in the Church of the Most Sacred Heart Arbour Hill, Dublin.
This was attended by President Michael D. Higgins and An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar among other state representatives. Asha made us all very proud as she read a prayer from the altar and Sadirah and Nickolas confidently brought up the gifts during the mass in front of a large crowd. As an inter faith ceremony, representatives from the Jewish and Islamic communities, the Catholic and Romanian Orthodox churches, and the Church of Ireland were in attendance and offered prayers at the graveside of the 1916 leaders. Here, President Higgins and An Taoiseach laid wreaths and and led a minute of silence.
The pupils of St. Gabriel’s really enjoyed the chance to attend these ceremonies. As a school community, we have children from many different cultures, races and faiths, all of which are embraced by pupils and teachers alike. This atmosphere of respect was shown by the children at these ceremonies. as it is shown everyday in our school. All the pupils take great pride in our school and they are a credit to St. Gabriel’s NS.